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UK Takes Lead in Delivering Video to Connected TVs

If NBC or another major network allowed viewers without pay TV subscriptions to access any program they missed in the last week through a broadband connected TV, there may be a backlash from providers that pay license fees to deliver VOD programs and catch-up services such as Time Warner Cable's "LookBack" feature. But it's another story in the UK, where the BBC iPlayer is expanding the number of connected TVs and devices that viewers can...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Two Way Limited, Vudu, Sony, YouTube, Green Parrot Pictures

--Two Way Limited's Tab Active Interactive TV Wagering Service Adds Fixed-Odds Betting Support
--Two Way Limited Partners with Betfair to Bring Interactive TV Wagering to Connected-TV Devices
--Walmart's Vudu OTT Service Shipping on 2011 Sony Blu-ray Players
--YouTube Acquires Green Parrot Pictures to Improve Quality of User-Generated Video
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): smartclip, Sony, Billabong, Telus, Leonard Nimoy

--smartclip Appoints Former Yahoo! Connected TV Executive as VP of Connected TV
--Sony UK in Connected-TV Partnership with Online Action Sports Programmer, Billabong
--Telus Launches Facebook App for its IPTV Platform, Taps Leonard Nimoy to Help Market it
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Apple May Bring Gaming to Apple TV
--Current TV's Will Wright-Created Interactive TV Series, "Bar Karma," Premieres Tonight
--Court Lifts Stay of EchoStar Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo
--Envivio: Sales Have Doubled Due to Demand for Multiscreen Video Technologies
--Report: Google "in Final-Stage Discussions" to Acquire Next New Networks
--NCTA Denounces Google-Sony Proposal in FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Netflix to Redesign its API
--Skype iPhone App Adds H.264 Support to Enable Video Calls to Connected-TV Devices
--Time Warner Cable Launches Standalone Whole House DVR Service for East Coast Customers
--YouView Confirms Commercial Launch Delayed until 2012
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: "New code in the iOS 4.2 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming," Engadget reported Wednesday. According to the publication, the code contains several references to "ATVGames" and "ATV Thunder" that "point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Amino Reports Higher Annual Revenues, H2 Operating Profit
--Report: BBC to Launch Dedicated iPlayer App for iPad This Thursday
--Rovi Replenishes its Cash Reserves
--Sony Launches Qriocity Connected-TV VOD Service in Canada
--Report: Hybrid TV Set to Strike Deal to Ensure Australians Continue to Receive TiVo Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related news stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Cambridge, UK-based IPTV/OTT set-top box company, Amino Technologies , has released financial results for the year ended November 30th: Revenues totaled £44 million, compared to £25.3 million for the prior year; gross profit totaled £12.6 million, compared to £8.3 million; gross margins were 28.6%, compared to 32.9%--largely due, the company said, to adverse foreign exchange markets...

Sony to Deploy Opera Browser on Bravia TV Sets and Blu-Ray Disc Players

Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software , said Wednesday that it has secured a deal with Sony to deploy its browser on the latter's Bravia television sets and Blu-ray Disc players. The company says that it aims to "deliver more 'lean-forward,' interactive components to connected home users" by offering its browser on the Sony devices.

According to Opera, its Opera Devices Software Developer Kit (SDK) is the cross-platform, standards-based "backbone" of its...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Samsung, SeaChange, Technicolor, Skype, Sony, Vizio

--Samsung Announces App Contest Winners, Launches Smart TV SDK
--SeaChange to Integrate its VividLogic tru2way Software Stack onto Technicolor's Next-Gen STB's
--Skype to Be Available on Sony and Vizio Connected TV's
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Softkinetic, TransGaming, Sony, Time Warner Cable, UltraViolet

--Softkinetic, TransGaming Enable Gesture-Based Gaming on Set-Top Boxes, Connected TV's
--Sony in IPTV Partnership with Time Warner Cable
--Major Studios Pledge Support for UltraViolet
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered...

News Round-Up (VIII): Philo, Red Bee Media, ITV, Roku, Hulu, Ooyala, Sezmi, YTL, Sony, Google TV

--Philo in Social TV Marketing Partnership with Starcom USA
--Red Bee Media in VOD Deal with UK Broadcaster, ITV
--Roku Unveils New Product Line-Up
--Roku in Content Deals with Hulu, Ooyala
--Sezmi in Wireless Hybrid TV Partnership with Malaysia's YTL
--Sony Launches Line of Google TV Devices
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th in New York City), our new show on the national interactive TV platform and the emerging ITV economy, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. Social TV company, Philo , has announced "a first-of-its-kind partnership with media agency, Starcom USA," in support of the new Touchstone movie, "You Again." "Viewers tuning in...

Neovia to Process Payments for Sony/Disney-Owned Broadband VOD Service, FilmFlex

--Broadband VOD Service, Lovefilm, Launches Yahoo! App
Payment solutions provider, Neovia Financial , says that UK-based FilmFlex will use the Neovia Payment Network to process all online payments for its recently launched broadband VOD service. Neovia has also previously announced deals with UK broadband video platforms, SeeSaw and Perform.

FilmFlex, a joint venture between Sony and Disney, secured its first customer win earlier this year (see the article published on itvt.com, April 28th): a deal to provide content...

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