DirecTV Reveals Feature Set of its Soon-to-Launch iPad App

--Features Include Personalizable Home Screen and "Sports Roster"
DirecTV has provided some information on the feature set of a new iPad application that it says is "coming soon." According to the company, the new DirecTV iPad App will: Function as an advanced remote control, complete with play, pause, rewind, fast-forward and record buttons, as well as remote DVR management and full search capability. Allow users to "simply tap" to view DirecTV's line-ups of movies and sports programming, as well as a 14-day EPG,...

UFC Teams with NeuLion on Online Interactive TV Experience for Pay-Per-View Events

Mixed martial arts fight promoter, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) , has teamed with broadband TV specialist, NeuLion , to create an online interactive TV service featuring UFC pay-per-view events. Dubbed and priced at $44.95 per event (i.e. $10 less than UFC PPV events on multichannel pay-TV services), the service launched Saturday in association with UFC's "Silva vs. Belfort" PPV event. Among other things, the new service--a demo video of which is embedded above and...

Univision Launches Free Sports Scoreboard App for iPhone, iPod touch

Univision Interactive Media , the digital arm of US-based Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision Communications, has launched a sports scoreboard app, called Univision Marcador, in the Apple App store. Designed for the iPhone and iPod touch, the free app is billed as providing real-time scores and stats of games and matches from top soccer leagues and other sports. According to Univision, it is the first in a series of apps targeted at sports enthusiasts that it plans to release for all the major smartphone and tablet platforms.

USA Today Taps metaio to Enhance its Super Bowl Coverage with Augmented Reality Experiences

USA Today has tapped Munich-based augmented reality (AR) specialist, metaio , to enhance its Super Bowl coverage with two interactive AR experiences that allow readers to use their smartphone to experience enhanced 3D visuals and audio. According to the newspaper, today's (Friday, February 4th) edition will "include" a 360 degree tour of this year's Super Bowl venue, the Dallas Cowboys stadium, together with an introduction by stadium and Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, and interior and...

BBC America Teams with Foursquare on Social-TV Promotion for its 6 Nations Rugby Coverage

BBC America is teaming with location-based social-media service, Foursquare , in an attempt to seed TV viewing parties in pubs and restaurants for its live coverage of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Championship.

Turner Sports and the NCAA Form NCAA Digital in 14-Year Agreement

Turner Sports and the NCAA said Tuesday that they have signed a 14-year agreement to form an operation called NCAA Digital , wherein Turner will manage and operate the NCAA's digital portfolio and strengthen coverage of all 88 NCAA championships. According to the parties, NCAA Digital will encompass and additional NCAA digital platforms, including mobile Web and applications, as well as other connected devices. Turner will enhance editorial coverage and the technology behind live...

News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon Attempting to Acquire Lovefilm
--AT&T Teams with NCAA Football on Social App
--BBC Commissions Second Series of "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"
--CBS Sports Launches Pro Football App for Apple iPad
--ivi Receives Cease-and-Desist Letters from Broadcasters, Files Complaint for Declaratory Judgment
--Motive Television to Acquire Adecq, Provider of the Bestv DTT-Based VOD Solution
--Ofcom Hands over Responsibility for VOD Content Regulation to Association for Television on Demand
--Open IPTV Forum Adds Four More Members
--Pace Hires Nokia UK & Ireland MD, Mark Loughran, to Head New Convergence-Focused Unit
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report in the now paywall-blocked Sunday Times, Amazon has initiated a takeover bid for Lovefilm , the company often referred to as "the European Netflix." The bid is said to value Lovefilm at around £200 million. AT&T and NCAA football have announced the launch of a free NCAA Football Fan Zone App...

News Round-Up (II): Canoe Ventures, Disney/ABC, Nielsen, FourthWall Media, Blue Ridge

--Canoe CTO: US Cable Industry to Focus on Interactive TV Commerce
--New Disney/ABC-Nielsen iPad App Uses Audio Watermarks to Enable Broadcast-Synchronized ITV
--FourthWall's "My Football Tracker" EBIF App Launched by Blue Ridge Communications
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Cable operators and technology vendors are increasing their focus on tcommerce and plan to launch tcommerce trials next year, Arthur Orduna , CTO of Canoe Ventures , the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and addressable advertising, told...

News Round-Up (VIII): TransGaming, Boxee, Ustream, Yahoo!, Toshiba

--TransGaming Unveils Revamped User Experience for its GameTreeTV Games-on-Demand Platform
--United Football League App Launches on Boxee
--Ustream Multiview Lets Viewers Switch between Multiple Camera Angles on a Live Event
--Yahoo! Connected TV Available on New Toshiba HDTV's
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last week, TransGaming , unveiled what it billed as a "completely redesigned" user experience for its GameTreeTV videogames-on-demand platform (note: according to TransGaming, GameTreeTV is optimized for HDTV on set-top boxes and other connected consumer...

News Round-Up (VII): Syfy, Shazam, TV Genius, Verizon FiOS TV

--Syfy Offering Extra Content to Shazam Users Who Tag "Eureka" and "Warehouse 13"
--TV Genius Releases Research on Programming Discovery
--Verizon FiOS TV Adds New Features to its Interactive TV Football Widget
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a few more days for us to catch up with all the recent news: 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 in this issue,...