streaming Launches Live Broadcasting App for Android Smartphones

In a posting on its corporate blog Wednesday, , a San Francisco-based company that bills itself as "the largest online community for people to broadcast, watch and interact around live video," announced that it has launched a live broadcasting app for the Android platform (note: the company previously launched an iPhone app that allows users to receive broadcasts from its service; it plans to roll out a live broadcasting app for the iPhone in...

News Round-Up (IV): Icareus (HbbTV), ITV, LOVEFiLM, MGM

--Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Launches Object Carousel and Lab Solution for HbbTV
--ITV Live to Enable Two-Screen Interactive TV for "The X Factor"
--LOVEFiLM in Streaming Video Deal with MGM
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. Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus , has announced two new HbbTV-compliant products: Icareus Playout CS100 for HbbTV, which the company bills as a professional DSM-CC object carousel for managing and delivering interactive TV applications in commercial broadcast networks; and Icareus Playout PC100 for...

Exclusive Agreement Gives Netflix Internet Streaming Rights to Epix Movies

As expected (see the article published on, August 9th), video rental company, Netflix , and Epix , a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom's Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate, on Tuesday announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement that will allow Netflix to offer streaming new-release and library titles from Epix's parent companies on its Watch Instantly service. According to the companies, movies covered by the...

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)

--Pace to Incorporate WiFi into Set-Tops
--Red Bee Powering Web-Based iPhone Simulcast Streaming App for ITV
--Roku Launches Six More Channels on its OTT Platform
--SeaChange Expands Board of Directors in Compromise Deal with Investor
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. UK-based set-top box company, Pace , has announced that it has joined the WiFi Alliance and that it will incorporate WiFi technology into certain...

Live Interactive Internet Broadcasting Company, Ustream, in Asian Joint Venture with Japan's Softbank

--Two New Ustream Apps Launched for Japanese iPhone Users
Live Internet broadcasting service provider, Ustream (note: in addition to enabling live one-to-many streaming, the company offers users of its service a social TV experience via its Social Stream capability, which enables real-time interactions through Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and AIM integrations), and Japan's Softbank --which in February was revealed to have led a Series B funding round for Ustream that could provide the company with as much as $75 million in new funding--on Tuesday announced...

Seagate Adds Streaming Capabilities to its FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player

--Box, Originally Designed to Enable Viewing of PC Files on TV, Now Supports Netflix, YouTube, etc.
Storage specialist, Seagate , said Monday that its FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player--a device originally intended to enable users to move photos and videos from their PC to their TV--now supports streaming of content from Netflix, as well as from other providers such as YouTube, vTuner (provides access to around 8,000 terrestrial and Internet radio stations) and Mediafly (aggregates a broad range of free and user-generated content, including podcasts, news and sports).


Netflix to Offer Streaming Video on the Nintendo Wii

Netflix is set to announce today that its streaming video service will launch on the Nintendo Wii games console this spring, providing it with distribution in a potential 26 million additional US homes (note: the Wii is currently the most popular games console in the US). The company has previously secured distribution deals for the service through the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 games consoles, as well as through Roku OTT set-tops, TiVo...

Live Streaming Interactive Reality Show Centers on Development of New iPhone App

Italian software company, Command Guru , recently produced an interactive, live streaming, fly-on-the-wall reality TV show, centering on the efforts of an international team of 10 developers, led by Cocoa guru, Aaron Hillegass (author of "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X"), to develop a free, open source, social networking iPhone application in seven days ("from start-to-publish on the App Store").

The show--entitled simply " iPhone Reality Show ," powered by Ooyala's broadband...

Japan's Gotcha Media Taps Ooyala to Deliver Live Stream of Mixed Martial Arts Event

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala , said last week that it partnered with Tokyo-based Gotcha Media to deliver a live stream of last month's Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) heavyweight title bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers. According to the company, its live Internet streams of the event generated "ground-breaking" viewer numbers in Japan, and viewership of the on-demand version of the fight continues to grow even a month after the event. Ooyala claims that...