Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Verizon FiOS, Virgin Media, Spotify, Wired City, YouTube

--Verizon Resumes Roll-Out of Version 1.9 of its Interactive Media Guide
--Virgin Media to Offer Spotify on its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
--Funding Sought for "Internet Television Network," Wired City
--YouTube Invites Users to Check Out Experimental Re-Design of its 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: Verizon has resumed the roll-out of version 1.9 of its FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide, with launches in the Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay areas. The IMG 1.9 roll-out began in Harrisburg, PA, and Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, NY in April, but was then suspended so that the company could "make some...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): OIPF, Ryz Media, Virgin Media, TiVo

--OIPF Elects New President
--Ryz Media Launches Social-TV/Programming-Discovery/Remote-Control App, blinQ
--Virgin Media Launches First Ad Campaign for its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV 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: The Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) --an industry group that is attempting to bring together telcos, consumer electronics manufacturers, and network infrastructure providers, in order to develop specifications for an open, end-to-end solution that will facilitate development and deployment of interactive, personalized IPTV services-- has announced the election of Dr. Nilo Mitra...

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): TiVo, Toshiba, Irdeto, wireWAX

--TiVo Set to Launch iPhone and Android Apps
--Toshiba to Use Irdeto Security Technology in Cinema Series Connected TV Sets
--wireWAX Teams with FremantleMedia to Study Viewers' Engagement with Interactive Video
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: A full-page ad in the June issue of CEPro, that was noticed by Dave Zatz , reveals that TiVo plans to shortly launch control and management apps for the iPhone and Android platforms, similar to the app it recently launched for the iPad. Irdeto has announced that Toshiba has selected its dynamic security...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): thePlatform, Alcatel-Lucent, TiVo, Zodiac Interactive

--thePlatform Teams with Alcatel-Lucent on Multiscreen Video Platform
--TiVo Unveils Two New Set-Tops to Power "Next Generation" of its Whole-Home Solution
--TiVo Revamps its iPad App with New Features Tailored for Cable Operators
--Zodiac Interactive to Demo New PowerUp Solutions at Cable Show
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: thePlatform and Alcatel-Lucent have announced that they have jointly developed a "multiscreen video platform that supports the delivery of live scheduled TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and 'TV Everywhere' services to a variety of screens, allowing pay-TV subscribers to access their video content in the home or on the go, on whichever device...

Media Heavyweights Back Fanhattan

-- Startup's iPad App Integrates Content from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes
Several media and technology industry veterans are teaming up to back Fanhattan , a San Mateo, Calif.-based digital startup that has developed an iPad app that integrates content from Netflix , Hulu , iTunes , ABC and other online video services. Fanhattan's board includes investor Jarl Mohn, who is the former CEO of E! Entertainment Television and Liberty Digital . TiVo founder Mike Ramsay also sits on the board, and Fanhattan's executive team includes veterans...

Pandora Launches Comedy Channels

Internet radio site Pandora expanded into comedy, debuting six free comedy channels. In addition to letting listeners create personalized comedy stations based on their favorite comedians, Pandora has created comedy channels for genres such as political comedy, working class comedy and PG comedy. Pandora's comedy channels are also available on TV to Web surfers with connected devices such as Roku 's over-the-top video receiver and TiVo's Premiere DVR. More

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BrightLine Names Michael Finn President -- Dish Network Settles TiVo Patent Dispute -- SocialGuide Buys Tribune TV Listings Data -- Kabel BW Licenses S3's Development Suite
BrightLine named former Dish Network executive Michael Finn president of the advanced TV advertising company. Finn, who was VP of media sales at Dish, is the first person to hold the title of president at BrightLine since it was formed in 2003. He'll report to BrightLine CEO and co-founder Jacqueline Corbelli. During his tenure at Dish, the company's ad-sales revenues doubled, and he built partnerships with Rentrak , Google , Comcast Spotlight and DirecTV ...

Peel Eyes Retail Opportunities with $16.7 Million in Financing

-- Lightspeed Ventures Partners Leads Series B Funding
Peel said it is looking at retail opportunities for its wireless device and mobile app, after raising $16.7 million in its second round of funding. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the investment in Peel, which makes a free app and a $99 wireless device which allows viewers to control their TVs, cable set-tops and other devices by swiping an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. Peel's app is personal TV recommendation system designed to help viewers find...

YouTube Asks Roku to Remove Channel

Attorneys at YouTube have reportedly asked over-the-top video provider Roku to remove a an unlicensed channel from its service. According to Zatz Not Funny editor Dave Zatz , a Roku user built a channel that allowed owners of Roku boxes to surf YouTube videos. But Roku wasn't authorized by YouTube to add the channel to its content offering, which include channels for Hulu , Netflix and other Internet video providers. "We received a takedown notice...