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Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): ITV, Moonbot Studios, NDS, BSkyB

--UK Broadcaster, ITV, to Launch Interactive Online Spin-Off of Soap Opera, "Coronation Street"
--Moonbot Studios Develops iPhone/iPad-Based Interactive Music Video for The Polyphonic Spree
--NDS Software Powering Sky's Sky+HD Set-Top and Sky Anytime+ VOD Service
--NDS-Designed Remote Control Wins Red Dot Product Design Award
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , is planning a three-episode, interactive, online spin-off of its long-running soap opera, "Coronation Street," Jessica Davies writes in New Media Age. The spin-off, which is being produced by ITV's ITV Studios arm, will see "Coronation Street" character, Rosie Webster, moving from Manchester to London to...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CBS Interactive, "Star Trek," Channel 4, Facebook, Cisco

--CBS Interactive Launches "Star Trek" App for iPad
--Channel 4 to Offer Live Streaming Coverage of its T4 on the Beach Event through Facebook
--Report: Cisco Selling Off its Set-Top Box Manufacturing Facility
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: CBS Interactive on Monday announced the launch of the official " Star Trek PADD " (stands for "Personal Access Display Device") app for iPad. Priced at $4.99 and available in the Apple App Store, the app "features an authentic reproduction of the LCARS interface--the fictional computer operating system depicted in the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Sigma Designs, "The Voice," Time Warner Cable

--Sigma Designs Unveils Reference Design for Ultra-Thin Set-Top Box
--NBC Reality Show, "The Voice," Offers Extensive Social Media Integration
--Time Warner Cable to Launch Version 2.0 of its iPad App Later this Month
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Sigma Designs has unveiled a platform reference design for an "Ultra-Thin" set-top box that it claims will enable "an experience only found in devices that are combined with networking gateways" and "will add more fuel to the growing market of set-top-boxes by enabling these products to stream high-definition content from the Web, in...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Cablevision, Canoe, chumby, Pace, Comcast

--Cablevision Launches, Claims Success for, Optimum Select RFI with Email Fulfillment
--Canoe Ventures Unveils ExpandTV, a New Consumer-Facing Brand for Interactive Ads and Programs
--chumby, Pace Team to Demo chumby Apps on Pace Set-Top Boxes
--Comcast to Unveil "Next-Generation Xfinity TV Experience" This Thursday
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Cablevision has announced the launch of Optimum Select RFI with Email Fulfillment, an interactive TV advertising format that allows viewers to "opt-in and engage directly with advertisers through a few clicks of the remote to request more information via email from a 30-second spot." According to the MSO, which launched its...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): EchoStar, Comcast Spotlight, Ensequence, Epix

--EchoStar Launches Three STB's to Facilitate Operators' Roll-Out of its "Aria" TV Applications
--Comcast Spotlight Licenses Ensequence iTV Manager for Local Interactive TV Advertising Roll-Out
--Ensequence Names Paul Jelinek SVP of Global Business Operations
--Epix-Commissioned Survey Finds Younger Consumers Embracing Multi-Device Movie Watching
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: EchoStar Technologies has launched three new HD set-top boxes which it says are designed to enable mid-sized and independent cable operators to easily launch its cloud-based TV applications. "EchoStar's powerful HC-620DRS, HC-410D and HX-410 set-top boxes come loaded with IP-based content management features and are optimized to support EchoStar's new Aria...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Oberon Media, Redux, Google TV, Rentrak, Rovi

--Oberon Media Brings Tetris to Samsung Connected TV's
--Redux Launches its Social Video Discovery and Curation Service on Google TV
--Rentrak Re-Designs OnDemand Essentials to Reflect Multiscreen Video Consumption
--Rovi Launches Solution to Bring its TotalGuide Platform to Legacy Set-Top Boxes
--Rovi Launches Multi-Device Video Distribution Solution
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Oberon Media , which says it holds the exclusive rights to deliver Tetris to connected TV's, has announced that it is bringing a customized version of the game to Samsung 's Samsung Apps connected-TV app store. According to the company, the game--which is priced at $4.99 (a free trial version is...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ADB, Avail-TVN, Boxee

--ADB Unveils Third-Generation tru2way Set-Back Box, Other Cable Products
--Avail-TVN Targets "TV Everywhere" Market with AnyView
--Boxee to Roll Out Updated Versions of its Downloadable Software This Fall
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: ADB has announced its exhibit plans for the Cable Show (suite ES70). Solutions on display include: 1) A new commercial video solution that "offers a complete turn-key platform that is integrated into operators' existing network plants, leveraging both QAM video and the IP backbone infrastructure to yield an enterprise-class scalable system."...

Rovi's Connected Platform to Be Available Pre-Ported on Android Devices

--Will Enable Users to Stream Content from their Android Devices to Connected TV's, STB's and More
Rovi said Tuesday that its Connected Platform technologies will be available pre-ported on the Android platform, enabling end-users to share and stream entertainment content from their Android devices to a range of connected devices throughout the home. According to the company, at the core of the Connected Platform are advanced home-networking capabilities that will allow consumer electronics manufacturers to quickly and easily deploy interoperable device functionality to their Android-based mobile device, phone and tablet offerings.

Visioneering Releases vPortalTV IPTV Set-Top Box

Carlsbad, Calif.-based IPTV technology provider, Visioneering Corporation , contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has released its new vPortalTV 100 set-top box, which it bills as providing "leading-edge functionality for interactive IPTV," and which it is targeting at OEM's.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Amino, Cablevision, Cisco

--New Amino STB Targets Operators Seeking to Add OTT Functionality to their Pay-TV Offerings
--Cablevision Launches Interactive TV Application for Facebook Photos
--Cisco Unveils "Videoscape" Hybrid-TV Solution
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...

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