News Round-Up

--Brightcove Sales SVP, Mike Quinn, Replaced by Board Member, David Mendels
--BT Vision CEO, Watson, Concedes Service Has Not Been Marketed Effectively
--China Begins Development of National Broadband TV Channel with Interactive Features, UGC
--Citroen Uses Augmented Reality to Promote DS3
--Ustream Teaming with Skype for Anti-Poverty Initiative
--Internet-Exclusive World Cup Soccer Qualifier Attracts Only 500,000 Viewers
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , has let go Mike Quinn, its SVP of sales for the Americas, and replaced him with Brightcove board member, David Mendels , a close associate of the company's founder and CEO, Jeremy Allaire, according to a report in Contentinople. Brightcove has issued the following statement: "Mike has left Brightcove to...

AT&T Trials Multiview Interactive TV Application for Dallas Mavericks Basketball Games

--Says It Has No "Immediate Plans" to Bring Similar Team-Specific Apps to Other Markets or Games
AT&T is providing Dallas and Fort Worth-area customers of its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, U-verse TV , with a " Dallas Mavericks Multiview " interactive TV application intended to enhance their viewing of Dallas Mavericks basketball games. The application is a team-specific implementation of the new AT&T U-verse TV Multiview application format that was profiled in an article published on, September 14th (note: an example of AT&T U-verse TV's new Sports Multiview application, which...

Major League Baseball, Turner Sports, Fox Team on Interactive Video Service for Baseball Postseason

--Subscription-Based "Postseason.TV" Will Let Fans Choose Between 10 Live Cameras
Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced Tuesday that Postseason.TV , a live interactive broadband video service delivered by its division, in partnership with Turner Sports and Fox Sports (i.e. the two broadcasters that hold the US national TV rights to the Major League Baseball postseason), will launch today (Wednesday), when the Division Series begins airing on TBS. According to the partners, the subscription-based service--which will charge a one-time fee of $9.95 and which will...

News Round-Up

--Kaltura Launches Open Source Broadband Video Solution for Educational Institutions
--Limelight Launches New Version of its Network Platform, Incorporating "Adaptive Intelligence"
--MediaVest Diverting Ad Dollars from Broadcast TV to Hulu
--MONKEYmedia to Promote Its Patent Claims at Conference
--Nobel Prize Announcements Streamed Live on YouTube
--Publicis Taps Interactive TV Veteran to Head Up New Branded Entertainment Division
--Pioneering Broadband Video Company, TheFeedRoom, Acquired by KIT Digital
--TiVo Releases Data on Democrats' and Republicans' Viewing Behavior
--England-Ukraine World Cup Qualifier to Be Broadcast Exclusively on Internet
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Kaltura , a company that offers an open source broadband video platform, has announced the launch of what it describes as a "full solution stack for adding video and rich media to educational institutions' online properties." According to the company, the solution is already in use at a number of universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, the...

Verizon Teams with New England Patriots on Free VOD Offering

--Maya Entertainment in VOD Deal with iN DEMAND
Verizon announced last week that has launched a range of free on-demand programming on the New England Patriots American football team to subscribers to its FiOS TV service in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The programming, which is located in the company's locally themed VOD service, FiOS1 Local Zone, is being offered as part of a multi-year marketing partnership with the New England Patriots. It includes coverage of news conferences from Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, and...

Five Teams with Livestation to Offer Live Streaming Soccer on Apple iPhone

UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Five , said Wednesday that it has teamed with broadband video specialist, Livestation , to offer live streaming of Europa League soccer on the Apple iPhone. It claims to be the first UK broadcaster to offer live streaming soccer via an iPhone app. The new app, which is priced at £3.99 and which Five says was beta tested earlier this month, is billed as allowing live viewing of every one of...

Verizon Launches Kodak Gallery Interactive TV Widget in its FiOS TV Widget Bazaar

--Also Launches ESPN Fantasy Football Widget as Part of Three-Screen Fantasy Football Offering
Verizon on Wednesday announced the launch of a free Kodak Gallery widget on its FiOS TV service's recently launched ( see the article published on, July 15th ) Widget Bazaar applications marketplace. According to the company, the widget gives registered Kodak Gallery users instant access on the TV to photos and slideshows that they have stored on the online digital photo service, as well as to photos from family and friends that have been...

Verizon Launches NFL RedZone Interactive TV Widget

--Also Enables Customers to Order RedZone Channel through the Remote
Concurrently with the launch of the subscription-based NFL RedZone channel (offers live coverage of critical plays whenever any of the NFL's teams is inside its opponent's 20-yard line) on its FiOS TV service, Verizon has made available a free RedZone Widget in its recently launched FiOS TV Widget Bazaar applications marketplace. According to the company, the interactive TV widget, which is displayed on the right side of the screen and can also be viewed in...

News Round-Up

--LG Electronics to Offer Vudu OTT Service on Blu-ray Disc Player
--Broadcom in Hybrid STB Partnership with SoftAtHome
--Ericsson to Demo One-Way VOD System at IBC
--Nielsen Explains Plans for Measuring "TV Everywhere"
--Burke: Comcast's On Demand Online to Launch Nationally in 30-60 Days
--TVBLOB Selects Keisense for Interactive TV Text Input
--MobiTV, NBC Sports Team on iPhone App for Notre Dame Football
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time restraints, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: LG Electronics has announced that the Vudu over-the-top HD video service will be offered on its BD390...

Rallypoint Launches Fantasy Sports App Based on Yahoo! TV Widgets Platform

--Secures Deal with Electronics Retailer, Best Buy
Rallypoint , a San Francisco-based company that specializes in developing widgets for Internet-connected HDTV's, last week launched a social networking-enabled fantasy sports app, called Rallycast Fantasy Sports . The company also announced a deal with retail chain, Best Buy , to distribute its Rallycast TV Apps through the latter's Web site and retail stores. According to Rallypoint, its Rallycast TV Apps service allows users to overlay personalized content on their HDTV sets. The service features...