tcommerce

Widget Version of HSN's "Shop by Remote" Interactive TV App Launches on Verizon FiOS TV

--Features Special "Verizon FiOS Deal of the Day"
In a corporate blog posting, Wednesday, Verizon 's director of external communications, Bobbi Henson, announced that the company has partnered with home shopping network, HSN , to create a new widget version of the latter's Shop by Remote interactive TV application for the Verizon FiOS TV platform (note: Comcast has just announced the national roll-out of an EBIF version of Shop by Remote-- see the article in this issue ). The new widget will feature...

Comcast Media Center in Deal to Deploy icueTV's Interactive TV Commerce Applications on HITS AxIS

--Apps Include Click to Email, Click to Purchase, Voting, Polling, and Audio and Video Downloads
Interactive TV applications provider, icueTV , and Comcast Media Center (CMC) will today announce an agreement to deploy a full suite of icueTV's tcommerce applications on CMC's HITS AxIS platform . (Note: HITS AxIS--whose name stands for "Headend In The Sky Advanced Interactive Services," and which was developed in collaboration with Vidiom and TVWorks--is a centralized platform that operates on the NAS and DAC headend-management platforms and that is designed to facilitate the deployment and...

Comcast Spotlight's "Video Circulars On Demand" Converts Retailers' Print Advertising into VOD Assets

Comcast's advertising sales arm, Comcast Spotlight , on Wednesday announced a new service, called Video Circulars On Demand , which takes retailers' print advertising materials--including weekly newspaper inserts ("circulars"), display ads and catalogs--and converts them into on-demand video slideshows.

According to the company, the service allows Comcast customers to browse "the most up-to-date sale items traditionally featured in printed newspaper inserts from several top retailers." The Video Circulars can be accessed in...

Zugara, RichRelevance Launch Augmented Reality-Driven Social Shopping Application on Tobi.com

--"Fashionista" App Lets Consumers Use their Webcams to Try on Clothes "Virtually"
Interactive marketing company, Zugara , and RichRelevance , a company that specializes in personalization and product-recommendation tools for ecommerce sites, on Monday announced the launch of a new, augmented reality-driven "social shopping" application, called "Fashionista," that they describe as combining "the benefits of the fitting room with the convenience of online shopping and the power of the social Web." The app, which is initially being offered by fashion retailer, Tobi.com, is billed by the companies...

Interactive Video Company, Overlay.TV, to Focus Its Efforts Solely on its Ecommerce Platform

--Company Launched Overlay.TV for Retail in June
In a posting on its corporate blog, Monday, Overlay.TV , an Ottawa, Canada-based start-up that offers a platform which, among other things, allows users to add a layer of custom-designed, clickable content over broadband videos (note: for a detailed overview of Overlay.TV's platform, see the article published on itvt.com, October 2nd, 2008 ), announced that it has decided to focus its efforts on Overlay.TV for Retail, the interactive video commerce platform that it launched in...

BT Teams with emuse, Canis Media on VOD Shopping Channel

UK incumbent telco, BT , has launched an on-demand shopping channel, called Vision Shopping and fronted by celebrity presenter, Gaby Roslin, on BT Vision, its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered, interactive TV-enabled hybrid IPTV service (note: the service is enabled via a hybrid set-top box that allows viewers to access linear channels from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, alongside IP-delivered on-demand and interactive content). The channel was built by and is hosted (on channel 960) by...

HSN Launches "HSN Shop App" iPhone Application

--App Offers Live Video Streaming, Interactive Features
HSN , the home shopping network, which has long been a pioneer in adopting new technologies (its Shop-by-Remote interactive TV application, for example, launched on Oceanic Time Warner Cable in early 2006), announced Monday the launch of a free iPhone/iPod touch application, which it bills as enabling it to offer the ecommerce industry's first "live-video 3-screen experience." According to the company, the new application, which is available for download in both the iTunes App Store...

New Interviews with Hand Eye Technologies' Jonathan Kessler and acrossair's Chetan Damani

--Topics Discussed Include Smartphone-Based Interactive TV and Augmented Reality
[itvt] has just published in-depth audio interviews with Jonathan Kessler , founder and CEO of Hand Eye Technologies, and with Chetan Damani , co-founder and managing director of acrossair. San Francisco-based Hand Eye Technologies has developed a software platform, called Hand Eye Interactive Technology (HIT), which enables viewers to use their camera-equipped smartphones to interact with highlighted hotspot objects on the TV screen (note: according to the company, the technology works with almost any video...

New Interviews with Irdeto's Jan Steenkamp and the BBC's Russell Barnes

--Topics Discussed Include RSS-TV and "Open Source" TV Production
--Plus Verizon FiOS TV's Rachelle Zoffer Explains Interactive TV Widgets
[itvt] has just published in-depth audio interviews with Jan Steenkamp , VP America at Irdeto , and Russell Barnes , senior producer at the BBC . Steenkamp, who co-founded Irdeto (among other things, his resume also includes stints as president and CEO of OpenTV and as CEO of Entriq), provides an overview of that company and the space in which it operates. Topics covered include the company's content management system and its other product offerings;...

New Interactive TV Company, Intertainment Broadcasting Corporation, Launches

An Irvine, Calif.-based interactive TV start-up called Intertainment Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) announced its existence via a press release, Wednesday, in which it stated that it plans to "deliver live and interactive programming via TV and Internet, nationwide, through [a] partnership with a leading cable and satellite company in the US, beginning September, 2009." The company says it has filed two preliminary patents, "including...technology to allow viewers to immediately purchase gift cards in real time. The...

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