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Interview: John Callahan, CTO of ActiveVideo Networks

ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV) recently appointed interactive TV pioneer, John Callahan, as its CTO. Callahan previously spent 15 years at Time Warner Cable, where he was involved in many of the operator's interactive TV and VOD initiatives, and where he served most recently as SVP of software engineering for its Advanced Technology Group. He was a significant contributor to the creation of the Time Warner Cable Pegasus digital television system architecture, and to such seminal...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/21/16 (I): Accedo, SeeSo, Al Jazeera, Amazon, Android TV, Apple TV, Nuvyyo, Time Warner, Arris, AT&T, Azubu, BBC

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC 2015 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/25/14 (VI): Piksel, QuickPlay, RelayTV, Roku, Rovi, Samsung, SeaChange, Showtime, Sky, Sony, Disney, Fox, Starz, Time Warner, TWC, TiVo, Digitalsmiths

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2014 (December 9th in New York City--purchase your Early-Bird tickets here !), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: Piksel Unveils Piksel Mosaic "Proof-of-Concept" Application, Billed as "Designed to Take the Pain out of Content Discovery by Offering a Hyper-Personalized Service to the Individual"; App "Unites all Forms of Content in one Simple Browsing Experience, Using a Tile-Based Interface," and...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): Google, HBO, FiOS TV, Hulu, "Star Trek," Intel, Time Warner, NBCU, Viacom, iStreamPlanet, Juniper, Jelli, All3Media, Lovefilm, Magic Ruby, M-GO, Lionsgate

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 ( June 25th-26th in San Francisco--Early-Bird Registration ends midnight Sunday! ), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: Google Updates Play Movies & TV App; App Now Displays Related Information when Video Paused Google Launches Google Fiber TV App in Google Play; Plans to Launch iOS Version Shortly HBO Go, Max Go "TV Everywhere" Services Now...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VI): Shazam, Google+, Social Studios, SPB TV, Synacor, Technicolor, Time Warner, Ball State University, TiVo Research and Analytics, TiVo, TVNZ

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 ( June 25th-26th in San Francisco -- Super-Early-Bird Registration ends midnight Thursday!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: ACR Company, Shazam, Surpasses 300 Million Users, Unveils New User Experience for iPad and Android Tablets; New Features Include Redesigned Home Screen, New Layout for Tag Results, New Streams of Other Users' Tagging Activities, and More Shazam...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V): TWC, DirecTV, Time Warner, TiVo, Super Bowl, TNT, Twitter, Bluefin Labs, Vevo, Disney, Google, STV, Videoplaza, WeVideo, wywy, YouView, TalkTalk, zeebox

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 (June 25th-26th in San Francisco) , we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes Now Available to DirecTV Subscribers, as well as TWC Subs, on "TV Everywhere" Basis Time Warner Planning Significant Increase in Original Programming on TBS and TNT, due to Demand for its Content on Netflix...

Samsung CES News Round-Up

--Launches AdHub Interactive Ad Platform for its Smart TV's, Partners with Rovi and YuMe
--Redesigns Smart Hub UI with "Smart Interactions" Voice- and Motion-Control, and Other New Features
--Reveals Plans to Future-Proof its Connected TV's via "Smart Evolution"
--Launches Camera System that Brings Connected-TV Functionality to Regular HDTV's
--Expects to Achieve 20 Million App-Downloads Milestone this Month
--Launches New Family-Focused Apps
--Partners with Rovio to Bring "Angry Birds" to its Connected TV's
--Partners with DirecTV to Enable "Boxless" Viewing
--Will Offer UltraViolet-Powered "Disc to Digital" Feature on its Blu-ray Players
--Demo's Pay-TV Apps from Comcast, TWC
Samsung generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up: The company has launched Samsung AdHub , an interactive advertising platform for its Samsung Smart TV platform. "Through the newly announced AdHub service, brands can deliver 3D, video and interactive advertisements into the living room via Samsung's market-leading Smart TV's," it states in its press materials. "Samsung AdHub allows delivery of advertisements to the front page of Samsung's Smart TV interface, with...

John Gilles Joins Coincident TV

-- Digital Media Veteran named EVP of Sales and Marketing and GM of Coincident Studios
Interactive video technology provider Coincident TV named cable TV and Internet veteran John Gilles executive vice president of sales and marketing and general manager of Coincident Studios . The former general manager of San Francisco-based studio Code and Theory , Gilles specializes in new product development, programming development, content production and digital content business strategy for several top media companies, including Fox , Warner Bros. , Comcast , Time Warner , Electronic Arts , PBS...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Bluefin Unveils Tech for Analyzing Real-Time Viewer Response to TV Shows and Ads via Social Media
--New EMEA Hire, Customer Wins for Brightcove
--BT Vision Adds 40,000 Subscribers in Q4
--Cable VOD Offerings Celebrate Black History Month
--Hulu in Content Deal with Viacom
--CEO Kilar Provides Information on Hulu's Growth and Financials
--Kaltura in Broadband Video Partnership with Siemens IT
--MTV Launches Micropayment-Based Online VOD Service
--Russia's IMAQLIQ Integrates Opera's Browser Technology into its IPTV Devices
--Suddenlink Rolls Out VOD in Cabot, Arkansas
--Time Warner's Bewkes Confirms Premium VOD Plans
--Verimatrix Secure's PMT's OViVO Personalized
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue. Bluefin Labs has unveiled technology which it says will "discover and analyze what people say via social media about the shows and ads they watch on television in real time. The technology, currently in pilot with several global brands, agencies and media companies, lets marketers see audience response to mass media, providing insight to develop measurably more...

Comcast and Time Warner Sign Long-Term "TV Everywhere" Agreement Covering Turner Networks

--Deal to Result in Live Streaming of Turner Networks for Comcast Subscribers Later This Year
Comcast and Time Warner said Tuesday that they have expanded their "TV Everywhere" partnership with a long-term agreement that will provide Comcast digital cable customers with online and mobile access to "hundreds of hours" of content from networks operated by Time Warner-subsidiary, Turner Broadcasting System, including TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim (note: the "TV Everywhere" programming distribution model, which was originally championed by Time Warner chairman and...