Interview: Visiware's PlayAlong Second-Screen Interactive TV Platform

Visiware , a company best known for its interactive TV games, recently announced that its PlayAlong second-screen platform has added interactivity to over 700 broadcasts across 10 countries (see the article published on, May 20th). [itvt] recently emailed some questions about PlayAlong to Visiware, and the company's responses are below (note: our regular daily news coverage will return shortly):

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): icueTV, DropWallet, Real Simple, KIT digital, NBC Sports

--icueTV's DropWallet in mCommerce Deal with Real Simple
--KIT digital Launches Social TV-Enabled Programming Guide
--NBCOlympics to Offer Comprehensive Streaming Olympics Coverage, but on "TV Everywhere" Basis
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Due to the volume of news generated by the NAB Show last week, we anticipate that it will take us a few more days to catch up: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Virgin Media, TiVo, DirecTV, zeebox

--Virgin Media Provides Usage Stats for its VOD Platform and its TiVo-Based Hybrid-TV Service
--Virgin Media's TiVo Service Doubled Subscriber Base in Q4, May Add Netflix and Lovefilm
--DirecTV Begins Offering TiVo HD DVR Nationally
--zeebox Rolls Out Support for Tcommerce-Enabled Advertising
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. UK cable operator, Virgin Media , claims that its VOD platform and its TiVo-based hybrid-TV service are exceeding expectations, and has provided some statistics on usage of the services. "Customers watched more TV on-demand than expected in 2011 as the advent of Virgin Media's TiVo Service accelerates dramatic changes...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): ConnecTV, Delivery Agent, Cablevision, Shazam, Boston Celtics

--ConnecTV Launches ACR-Powered Social-TV App
--Delivery Agent Powers Super Bowl Tcommerce for Cablevision, Shazam
--Delivery Agent in Multiplatform Commerce Partnership with the Boston Celtics
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. In time for the Super Bowl , ConnecTV , a social-TV company co-founded by interactive TV industry veteran Ian Aaron (note: the company recently announced an integration partnership with ACR technology provider, Civolution --see the article published on, January 10th), last week launched a second-screen app in the...

"T-Commerce Deployments: Overcoming Challenges Evolving Best Practices" at TVOT NYC Intensive 2011

[itvt] is pleased to present a video recording of the session, " T-Commerce Deployments: Overcoming Challenges and Evolving Best Practices ," which was one of the highlights of our recent TVOT NYC Intensive event (took place December 5th in New York City). The session was described in the TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 brochure as follows:

Verizon Sees Strong Demand for Tcommerce Product

-- Delivery Agent CEO: Initial Data 'Has Exceeded All Our Expectations Wildly'
New York -- Verizon is already seeing strong demand for a new tcommerce product that allows its FiOS TV subscribers to buy products from History channel with their remote controls, executives said here Monday at the TVOT NYC Intensive. "The initial data ... has exceeded all of our expectations wildly," said Delivery Agent CEO Mike Fitzsimmons , whose company is providing the technology for the tcommerce service. Fitzsimmons said it took 500 days for Delivery...

SeaChange to Host TVOT NYC Intensive Workshop Session, "Putting T-Commerce into Play"

[itvt] is pleased to announce that SeaChange International will be hosting a workshop at TVOT NYC Intensive (December 5th, 730 Third Avenue at 45th Street on the 17th Floor, New York: view the schedule of sessions here ; purchase tickets here ). Entitled " Putting T-Commerce into Play: Mapping Today's Real-World Examples through to Multiscreen Transactions and Integrated Advertising ," the workshop will explore examples of t-commerce in action today, and attempt to identify near-term...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- eBay, PayPal Enable Tcommerce Function in iPad App -- Revision3 Embraces Flash -- Netflix Revives 'Arrested Development' -- Panasonic Expands Connected TV Apps -- Optimedia: Social TV Buzz May not Drive Ratings

Shazam, Delivery Agent Enable Tcommerce in NBCU TV Series

-- Viewers of USA's 'Covert Affairs' can Buy Merchandise through Mobile Devices
Shazam struck a unique deal with Delivery Agent which will allow viewers of USA Network series Covert Affairs to easily buy merchandise related to the program through Apple iOS and Android mobile devices. The agreement announced Tuesday appears to be just the beginning of an effort by Delivery Agent, and Comcast 's NBCUniversal to add tcommerce capabilities to TV series by relying on Shazam's automatic content recognition (ACR) technology. Following the launch with Covert Affairs...

Intel, Liberty Global, Invest in Delivery Agent

-- Tcommerce Firm Raises $35.5 Million in Fifth Round of Funding
Delivery Agent said Thursday that it raised $35.5 million in funding from Intel Capital , Liberty Global Ventures , Grazia Equity and other investors in its fifth round of funding. The tcommerce specialist has raised a total of $107.3 million in equity funding, and said its latest round included additional cash from previous investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners . Backing from Intel and Liberty Global provides a big boost for Delivery Agent and the tcommerce...