Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Netflix, Neulion, Roku

--Netflix Now Supported on 22 Android Smartphones and Tablets
--Neulion Powering Broadband Video for Billie Jean King's World TeamTennis League
--Next Generation of Roku's OTT Set-Tops Features Support for Casual Gaming
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: In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, Netflix announced that it has just added support for its service on "a large number" of Android devices. According to Netflix's Android Market page, its service is now supported on the following Android smartphones and tablets: Casio G'zOne Commando C771 with Android 2.2,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): DirecTV, ESPN, BBC, Wimbledon

--DirecTV, ESPN Offer Interactive TV Coverage of Wimbledon Tennis
--ESPN Will Also Offer Wimbledon Coverage on Web and Mobile
--BBC Unveils Interactive TV Plans for Wimbledon
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: DirecTV is teaming with ESPN to offer exclusive interactive TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championship. "ESPN Interactive TV will be enjoyed exclusively on DirecTV and extended this year by a day to include the first seven days of competition, culminating on the second Monday," ESPN states in its press materials. "The day,...

ESPN Offering Interactive TV Coverage of Australian Open Tennis on DirecTV

ESPN has teamed with DirecTV to offer interactive TV coverage of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

For eight hours per night during the first eight days of the tournament (January 16th-24th), DirecTV customers can access a six-screen, HD "mix channel" (channel 701) that allows them to view up to six live matches at once, including the main ESPN2 center-court feed and feeds (channels 702-707) from five outer courts, each with its own...

News Round-Up (II): Comcast Spotlight, DirecTV-Wimbledon, Epix-Cox-Mediacom-Charter

--Comcast Spotlight Exec Says Interactive Remind/Record Spots Proving Successful
--DirecTV Provides Extensive Interactive TV Coverage of Wimbledon
--Epix's Authentication-Based HD Web Site Launches for Cox, Mediacom and Charter Customers
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 apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). Comcast and Turner Broadcasting executives revealed a couple of interesting nuggets of interactive TV news at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies conference in Atlanta last week. Kathleen DeBenedictis, director of product management...

DirecTV Providing Interactive TV Coverage of French Open Tennis Championship

Satellite TV provider, DirecTV , is offering interactive TV coverage of the French Open tennis championship. The company says that it will offer over 350 hours of interactive coverage during the championship's first eight days, thanks to partnerships with the Tennis Channel and ESPN2.

The company is dedicating one of its signature "mix" channels (channel 701) to the championship: the French Open Mix channel's multiscreen mosaic offers simultaneous live HD coverage of...

DirecTV to Offer Extensive Interactive TV Coverage of US Open Tennis

--Live, Interactive US Open Coverage also to Be Offered on
US satellite-TV provider, DirecTV , has announced plans to offer extensive interactive TV coverage of the upcoming US Open tennis championship (August 31st-September 7th). The coverage will include five extra live court channels, in addition to the main feeds from ESPN2 and CBS, on DirecTV's multiscreen Mix Channel . All of the coverage will be available in HD, the company says, and viewers will be able to select any of the channel's six miniscreens in...

BBC's Interactive TV and Broadband Video Coverage of Wimbledon Proves Popular

The BBC on Monday released viewership statistics for its red-button and broadband video coverage of this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament. According to the corporation: 7.5 million digital viewers accessed its red-button Wimbledon service. The interactive TV service provided viewers with a choice of up to five live matches, plus a highlights service and replays of the championship's top matches (note: when there was coverage on BBC One and BBC Two, viewers on the UK's free-to-air...

Interactive Media Partnerships Announced for Golf, Tennis

--PGA Extends Deal with Turner Sports, Tennis Channel Taps NeuLion for New Portal
The PGA of America and Turner Sports announced Thursday that they have extended their broadcasting and interactive media agreements covering the PGA Championship, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, and the Web site through 2019. Among other things, the extended deal will see Turner's Cartoon Network Enterprises arm serving as the PGA's licensing agent for the youth market, and will see Turner and the PGA collaborating on a number of interactive/social media initiatives designed...

NBC Sports Taps Microsoft Silverlight, iStreamPlanet, Akamai, Inlet to Stream Wimbledon Live

--Service Will Leverage Microsoft's Smooth Streaming Adaptive Bit Rate Technology
Webcasting specialist, iStreamPlanet , said Monday that it has been tapped by Microsoft to help deliver live streaming and on-demand coverage of the Wimbledon Championships for NBC Sports' Wimbledon Live service on . According to the company, it will manage the encoding of live coverage of the tennis championship, as well as design and deploy a custom Microsoft Silverlight-based "media experience" that will leverage Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS) Smooth Streaming adaptive bit...

DirecTV Launches Sports-Themed Interactive TV Application, ScoreGuide

--Round-Up of Recent Interactive TV Sports News from DirecTV
Satellite-TV provider, DirecTV, launched an interactive TV application called ScoreGuide, Monday, that extends its program guide with information targeted at sports fans. Viewers are alerted to the new application--which is being offered at no additional charge--by a small on-screen icon that is being displayed on all of DirecTV's approximately 200 sports channels (which include regional sports networks, subscription channels, and national cable channels devoted to sports). The app allows viewers with interactive TV-enabled DirecTV receivers...