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News Round-Up (I): ActionView, Comcast, Amino, AT&T

--ActionView International in Deal to Offer Mixed Martial Arts Programming on Comcast VOD
--Amino to Launch "Amino Solutions" Offering, Focus on OTT Solutions, at IBC
--AT&T Launches Interactive TV Account Manager App
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/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Pay-per-view event promoter, ActionView International , and its subsidiary, MatchFights , have announced that their World Championship Full Contact (WCFC) mixed martial arts events are now available on Comcast 's VOD service in the Mountain West region "with plans to expand the offerings...

News Round-Up

--Report: Apple in Talks with Networks to Launch $0.99 Rental Service, Will Unveil iTV September 7th
--blinkx in Online Video Partnership with AccuWeather.com
--DISH Network Officially Announces DishOnline TV Everywhere Service
--FoxSoccer.tv to Offer More Games, Multiple New Enhancements
--Tremor Media to Support HTML5
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Apple is in "advanced talks" with News Corp. that could result in iTunes users being able to rent Fox TV episodes--within 24 hours of their broadcast and with a 48-hour viewing window--for $0.99, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. According to the news service, the company--which has apparently abandoned earlier plans for a subscription-based TV service--is also in talks about implementing such a...

DirecTV Teams with ESPN to Offer Interactive TV Coverage of US Open Tennis Championship

--DirecTV to Offer Internet, Mobile Versions of NFL Sunday Ticket to Non-Subscribers
Satellite-TV operator, DirecTV , and sports broadcaster, ESPN , have unveiled plans for extensive interactive TV coverage of the US Open tennis championship . From August 30th through September 6th, DirecTV will offer an HD multiscreen interactive TV "US Open Mix" channel (ch. 701) that will allow viewers to watch up to six live matches simultaneously, including the featured match carried on ESPN2's main network feed and five outer-court matches (each with commentary) that will...

Virgin Media Launches Two-Screen Interactive TV Application for Premier League Soccer Broadcasts

UK cable operator, Virgin Media , last week unveiled a free, Web-based, two-screen interactive TV app that is designed to accompany live broadcasts of Premier League soccer games. Dubbed Sofa Stadium and incorporating social networking, real-time voting and game statistics, the laptop app debuted on Saturday in time for the first game of the Premier League season, and is available at http://www.sofastadium.co.uk .

According to Virgin Media, Sofa Stadium allows viewers to...

New Interview on Showtime's Award-Winning EBIF App, "Showtime Sports Interactive," New iTV Doctor Column on Pioneering Interactive TV Service, QUBE

[itvt] has just published an AUDIO INTERVIEW with David Preisman , VP of interactive television at Showtime Networks , and Geoff Katz , co-governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group , in which they discuss Showtime's high-definition EBIF-based " Showtime Sports Interactive " application. The Academy will honor the app with an Engineering Plaque--an award that celebrates "those achievements that exhibit a high level of engineering and are important...

Samsung Holds Contest to Encourage Development of Interactive TV Apps for its Connected-TV Devices

--Launches Free, Exclusive "ESPN Next Level" App, Reveals Plans to Launch 3D Movie Trailer App
Samsung Electronics America on Wednesday launched the " Free the TV Challenge ," a competition which it says will award $500,000 in prizes and is designed to encourage development of innovative interactive TV applications for connected TV's, Blu-ray players and Blu-ray home theater systems. The company also announced Wednesday that the number of applications available through its Samsung Apps store has more than doubled since the latter's launch five months ago, and that the store...

News Round-Up (III): DISH Network, Sling Media, Epix, Netflix, ESPN

--DISH to Let Subscribers Access TV on iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android
--Report: Epix Negotiating Five-Year, $1 Billion Exclusive Streaming Deal with Netflix
--ESPN Secures VOD Rights to Archived English Premier League Soccer Matches
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few 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, please bear with us. We apologize...

News Round-Up (VI): SeaChange's On Demand Group, Turner Sports, YouTube

--SeaChange's On Demand Group in Mobile SVOD Deals with Vodafone, 3 Italia, HBO
--Turner Sports to Offer Extensive Multiplatform Coverage of 92nd PGA Championship
--YouTube Updates Look-and-Feel of its Annotations Interactive Video Feature
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few 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, please bear with us. We apologize...

News Round-Up (I): ABC Family, ANT, AT&T U-verse TV

--ABC Family Launches Two-Screen Social/Interactive TV App for iPad
--ANT Announces its Booth Plans for IBC 2010
--AT&T U-verse TV Launches Multiview Interactive TV App for Chicago Cubs Home Games
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few 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, please bear with us. We apologize...

News Round-Up (VII): Sezmi, Verizon FiOS TV, Sportskool, S&T, Ensequence

--Sezmi's $4.99-per-Month Hybrid TV Service Now Available in 36 Markets
--Sportskool, Verizon FiOS TV Team on Youth Athletics Campaign
--Strategy & Technology Integrates TSBinder with Ensequence's iTV Manager Platform
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few 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, please bear with us. We apologize...

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