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News Round-Up

--Verizon Launches FiOS Labs Site
--Over 200,000 Users Participate in ITV's Social Coverage of Election Debate
--ITC to Investigate Certain Cablevision STB's
--Microsoft Releases Silverlight 4
--MHL Consortium Aims to Develop New Interface Standard for Connecting Mobiles to HDTV's
--Sony to Integrate PlayTV with Facebook
--TiVo Calls on FCC to Probe Economics of CableCARD
--Widevine Selects Arxan's Application Hardening and Key Protection Solutions
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Verizon revealed via Twitter Sunday that it has launched a FiOS Labs site , which it says will allow interested parties to "take a look backstage at some ideas we're working on, along with some of our most recently launched features." Projects listed on the site include an initiative with iheartradio to bring the latter's...

News Round-Up

--AirTies, GooMe Interactive in OTT Partnership
--Brightcove Tapped to Power New Finnish Broadband TV Service
--Analyst: EchoStar May Buy TiVo
--Google Launches Search Stories Video Creator
--Juniper to Acquire Ankeena
--Telstra in OTT Deal with LG Electronics, ABC (Australia) in OTT Deal with Sony
--Netflix's New Deals with Fox, Universal Impose 28-Day Delay on Streaming New Releases
--ninemsn Launches Catch-Up TV Service
--Visible Measures to Support HTML5 Video Measurement
--Wowza, Digital Rapids in Three-Screen Video Partnership
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: AirTies and GooMe Interactive have announced a joint OTT solution, consisting of 1) an AirTies set-top box with advanced graphics capabilities, supporting pause-live-TV and progressive download via Flash memory (i.e. without the need for a hard drive), and 2) GooMe's M Cube platform, which the company bills as "a content management system that allows the...

News Round-Up: Broadband Video

--Clikthrough Teams with EuroRSCG to Create Interactive Video for New PlayStation Game
--Immersive Media Powers Live Interactive Video Coverage of Grammys Red Carpet
--NFL Network Programs, Super Bowl "AdZone" Launch on Hulu
--Ooyala Powering Video for TVGuide.com, IC Places
--SeeSaw Secures Multiple New Content Deals
--Ustream Launches Tool to Enable Users to Increase Production Values of their Broadcasts
--1.3 Million Viewers for White House's Live Streaming Coverage of State of the Union Address
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of broadband video news for the past few days: San Francisco-based interactive video and video analytics company, Clikthrough (note: for some background on the company,...

Comcast, HBO Partner to Promote New WWII Miniseries, "The Pacific," via VOD

--Sony Pictures Television in VOD Deal with Voddler
MSO Comcast and premium programmer HBO last week announced a partnership that will see the companies promoting HBO's new World War II-themed miniseries, "The Pacific," to Comcast digital subscribers via a range of supplemental VOD content. (Note: the 10-hour miniseries, which will premiere March 14th and which was executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, the team behind the 2001 HBO miniseries, "Band of Brothers," follows the intertwined war experiences of three...

News Round-Up I: Connected TV

--DivX Launches DivX TV: Will Be Deployed by LG Electronics
--Home Jinni Launches Social Entertainment Platform/Media Center for Android-Based HDTV's/BDP's
--LG Electronics Expands its Netcast Entertainment Access Service
--Panasonic Adds Fox Sports, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and Skype to Viera Cast
--Samsung Launches App Store, Napster Launches TV Widget on Samsung's Internet@TV
--Sony Launches 3D-Enabled Bravia Connected TV's, Blu-ray Players
--Toshiba Launches Broadband-Connected CELL TV, Featuring 2D-to-3D Conversion and More
--Trinity Convergence Working with Skype to Embed Skype Video Calling in Connected TV's
--Vizio Launches New Connected HDTV's, Expands its Vizio Internet Apps Service
A number of pieces of connected TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief--and by no means exhaustive--round-up (note: also see " Vudu Unveils Vudu Apps OTT Service ," " ActiveVideo Networks in Deal to Provide Blockbuster with Cloud-Based User Interface ," and " Showtime Networks, Betfair Launch Interactive TV Widgets "): DivX has announced DivX TV, which it bills as a "comprehensive embedded Internet TV platform that provides access to a...

News Round-Up II: Miscellaneous

--Concurrent Forms Advisory Board to Provide Counsel on Cross-Platform Strategy
--DirecTV to Launch Three 3D TV Channels
--DISH Network, EchoStar Announce "TV Everywhere" Products
--Hillcrest Labs Integrates Freespace with Broadcom's Bluetooth Chipsets
--iN Demand Names Bob Benya President and CEO
--ThinkAnalytics Joins NDS's Recommendations Engine Partner Program
--NDS to Offer End-to-End e-Publishing Solution
--Sky Says its 3D TV Service Will Be Compatible with Sets from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony
Here is a brief round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, Concurrent , has announced the establishment of an advisory board. According to the company, "media industry leaders Chris Bowick, William Markey and Vin Bisceglia will serve on the board to provide third-party counsel on Concurrent’s cross-platform strategy and execution." DirecTV has announced plans to launch three 3D TV channels in...

Open IPTV Forum Forms Working Relationships with DLNA, DVB, ETSI

-- LG, Samsung, Sony Pictures, Valens to Form HDBaseT Alliance
The Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) --an industry group that is attempting to bring together telcos, consumer electronics manufacturers, and network infrastructure providers, in order to develop specifications for an open, end-to-end solution that will facilitate development and deployment of interactive, personalized IPTV services (note: the organization, whose founding members include Ericsson, FT Group, Nokia Siemens, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony and Telecom Italia, recently published the Architecture Specification for IPTV infrastructure elements and services to be...

Sony's Crackle Launches on Boxee's OTT Platform

--Boxee to Unveil Beta Version of its Platform in Brooklyn, December 7th
In a posting on over-the-top-TV specialist Boxee 's corporate blog, Wednesday, the company's VP of marketing, Andrew Kippen, announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment -owned broadband video service, Crackle , is now available on the Boxee platform, providing users with 49 TV show "minisodes" (i.e. condensed versions of classic TV shows) and 37 original Web shows. "Crackle has long been a portal for great original Web content, old TV shows, and movies backed by one of...

BT Vision in VOD Movies Deal with Sony Pictures Television

--BT Vision CEO Says He Expects to Offer Sky Sports Premier League Soccer by 2010
UK incumbent telco BT announced Monday that it has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Television that will give BT Vision, its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered, interactive TV-enabled hybrid IPTV service (note: the service is enabled via a hybrid set-top box that allows viewers to access linear channels from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, alongside IP-delivered on-demand and interactive content), VOD rights to a range of the latter's new-release and library movies. Recently released movies...

Netflix in Over-the-Top-TV Deal with Sony Electronics

--Has Also Recently Signed OTT Deals with Microsoft, LG, Roku, Samsung, TiVo, Vizio
DVD rental service provider, Netflix , last week announced another over-the-top deal for its service with a consumer electronics company: starting in the fall, subscribers to Netflix's unlimited plan (priced from $8.99 per month) will be able to instantly watch more than 12,000 streamed movies and TV episodes on Sony Electronics' Bravia Internet-connected HDTV sets, as well as on previous Bravia models equipped with Sony's Bravia Internet video link module, the company said. The other...

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