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Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): NDS, Time Warner Cable, Virgin Media, TiVo, Youku, Warner Bros.

--NDS Joins MoCA
--Time Warner Cable Northeast OH/Western PA Rolls Out ITV App for Ordering Premium Services
--Virgin Media Developing iPad Companion App for its Virgin Media TV Powered by TiVo Service
--China's Youku Signs Broadband VOD Deal with Warner Bros., Launches Premium Service
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: Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , has joined the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) as an associate member. "NDS is engaged in a number of service provider projects featuring MoCA," MoCA explains in its press materials. "NDS is responsible for the middleware and user experience in Liberty Global's...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Time Warner Cable, Tremor Video, Viacom, Cablevision

--Time Warner Cable to Launch African-American-Targeted Talk Show on VOD
--Tremor Video Claims Success for Interactive Video Ad for Nokia E7
--Viacom Sues Cablevision over iPad Live Streaming App
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: Time Warner Cable has announced the winners of a three-month-long contest to find on-air talent for "Born to Shine," a talk show that is targeted at African-Americans and that it plans to launch this fall on its VOD platform. The UK branch of online video advertising network provider, Tremor Video (formerly...

Cable MSOs Tout WiFi, New Interactive Program Guides

-- Comcast to Integrate Facebook Recommendations in XFINITY TV IPG
CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – Broadband wireless services won't topple cable, top industry executives said here Thursday. Instead, cable is poised to profit by delivering content to mobile devices connected to its broadband infrastructure via WiFi connections, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said at the closing general session at The Cable Show. "We're as relevant as we have ever been," Roberts said. While more consumers are relying on Apple 's iPad and mobile devices to...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Motorola, Time Warner Cable, Nielsen, Pace

--Motorola Mobility Teams with Time Warner Cable on Video Gateway Platform
--Nielsen: Americans Watching More Video--Both on TV and Alternative Platforms
--Pace's App Cafe Platform Now Available for Deployment in US, Canada and Latin America
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Motorola Mobility has announced that it has been collaborating with Time Warner Cable to develop an advanced video gateway platform, dubbed the DCX3600M. According to Motorola, the new video gateway, which it is demo'ing in its Cable Show booth (609) this week, "includes built-in transcoding capabilities, allowing it to take QAM...

Netflix, Web Video Rule The Cable Show

-- Executives from Time Warner Cable and Insight Say Web Video Drives Broadband Business
CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – While major cable operators insist that Netflix isn't hurting the pay TV business, the top over-the-top video provider continued to dominate panel discussions during the second day of industry's annual convention. Time Warner Cable COO Robert Marcus ripped Netflix, which distributes thousands of movies and TV shows for as low as $7.99 monthly, arguing that it doesn't have the premium content offered by cable. "Cheapness and breadth of content...

Clearleap Shops iPad Solution to Pay TV Providers

-- itaas Builds App Based on Clearleap Platform
Clearleap is looking to boost revenue from pay TV providers that want to develop iPad applications, taking the wraps off of a cloud-based solution that can enable the delivery of IP video to tablets and other connected devices. The Atlanta-based firm said its Stream On Demand product is designed to allow application developers to focus on the user experience, while Clearleap would manage billing, subscriber authentication, security, parental controls for apps for the iPad and...

Interactive TV News Roundup (Part 2)

-- Oxygen Teams with Facebook for Paris Hilton Series -- Clikthrough Powers Hugo Boss Campaign -- Brightcove Launches App Cloud -- CableLabs Tests EBIF Apps -- France's Normandie TV Tests HbbTV Standard -- Univision Launches Web Novela -- SeaChange Debuts Advanced Ad Platform
Oxygen built a Facebook application viewers can use during the premiere of its new series starring Paris Hilton. "The World According to Paris," set to debut June 1, will include a live video stream and chat function on Facebook. The Facebook application is an extension of OxygenLive , the network's two-screen experience. More

TVOT: Connected TVs, Mobile Devices Drive Interactive TV

San Francisco – Advances in interactive TV won't be constrained by the slow rollout of technology by pay TV providers, with programmers able to reach viewers through broadband connected TVs and second-screen devices such as Apple 's iPad. That was a key theme here this week at itvt's " The TV of Tomorrow Show ." While cable executives on TVOT panels boasted that they will be able to reach 30 million to 40 million homes...

Time Warner Cable Adds 14 Channels to iPad Lineup

Time Warner Cable added the live feeds from 14 channels to the programming lineup available to subscribers with Apple' s iPad, but the MSO is still missing several networks from Viacom, Fox Cable Networks Group and Discovery Communications . While its 73-channel lineup features some niche channels from Fox and Discovery, the MSO doesn't offer the most popular networks from the cable programmers, including FX , Fox News Channel and Discovery Channel . Fox and...

HBO to Launch iPad App

HBO is preparing to launch an app for its HBO Go TV Everywhere product for Apple 's iPad, laptops and other mobile devices. The app will launch on May 2, according to a YouTube video HBO posted to tease the new service. But it's not clear how many HBO subscribers will be able to use the app to watch HBO original series and movies on mobile devices. The premium network only has a few deals...

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