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News Round-Up

--Brightcove Powering Broadband Video for New Sports Social Media Site, Sportpost
--FTC Seeking Input on Whether COPPA Should Be Updated to Reflect Interactive TV, Other New Tech
--Harmonic Secures VOD and Web/Mobile TV Deals in China and Switzerland
--Hulu Sued by Hulavision
--LG Electronics Demo'ing Mobile Phones with Broadcast DTV Reception
--Twitter-Based Interactive TV Show Launched in Spain
--Widevine and Verimatrix Settle Patent Dispute
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Brightcove has announced that Sportpost , a newly launched social media site for European sports fans, is using its platform to power its broadband video offerings. According to the company, the video will be ad-supported and will include "high-def exclusives from Nike Football, Red Bull, Monster Energy, UFC, Laureus Sports and World Sport TV." Sportpost...

News Round-Up: Miscellaneous

--SeaChange, Big Band Announce Demo Plans for CableLabs Winter Conference
--Living TV Launching Alternate Reality Game to Promote "Supernatural"
--never.no Appoints VP of Sales for UK and Ireland
--Pace Networks Signs Up First Latin American Partner
--Twitter Hires Former Current TV Executive to Head Up Media Partnerships
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of recent news in various categories: VOD, IPTV and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , has revealed its plans for next week's CableLabs Winter...

News Round-Up I: Connected TV

--DivX Launches DivX TV: Will Be Deployed by LG Electronics
--Home Jinni Launches Social Entertainment Platform/Media Center for Android-Based HDTV's/BDP's
--LG Electronics Expands its Netcast Entertainment Access Service
--Panasonic Adds Fox Sports, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and Skype to Viera Cast
--Samsung Launches App Store, Napster Launches TV Widget on Samsung's Internet@TV
--Sony Launches 3D-Enabled Bravia Connected TV's, Blu-ray Players
--Toshiba Launches Broadband-Connected CELL TV, Featuring 2D-to-3D Conversion and More
--Trinity Convergence Working with Skype to Embed Skype Video Calling in Connected TV's
--Vizio Launches New Connected HDTV's, Expands its Vizio Internet Apps Service
A number of pieces of connected TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief--and by no means exhaustive--round-up (note: also see " Vudu Unveils Vudu Apps OTT Service ," " ActiveVideo Networks in Deal to Provide Blockbuster with Cloud-Based User Interface ," and " Showtime Networks, Betfair Launch Interactive TV Widgets "): DivX has announced DivX TV, which it bills as a "comprehensive embedded Internet TV platform that provides access to a...

New NBC Social Media Game Rewards Viewers for Promoting "Chuck" on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace

NBC last week announced the launch of a new social media game, called " Mission: Chuck Me Out " ( http://www.chuckmeout.com ), that is designed to reward viewers who use popular social networking sites to promote the network's returning action-comedy series, "Chuck" (note: the series' third season premieres at 9:00PM Eastern, January 10th, before the series moves to its regular day and time--Mondays at 8:00PM Eastern--on January 11th). According to the broadcaster, the game's grand...

UK-Based 3View Unveils HD Set-Top that Combines Internet Connectivity with Freeview Reception

A UK company called 3View unveiled a hard drive-equipped, broadband-connected HD set-top box, Tuesday, that combines the ability to receive standard- and high-definition linear-TV programming from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, with various Internet/OTT capabilities. The company says that the box--which is slated to be available in retail in March--will allow users to receive a range of over-the-top video services, as well as browse the Web and use Facebook and Twitter. It bills...

News Round-Up

--Artivision Integrates its Target-Ad Service with Kaltura's Open Source Broadband Video Platform
--Denmark's Comtech to Use never.no's Interactive TV Technology at Conference Facilities, Retailers
--NDS Appoints New Indian Reseller
--Nielsen Provides More Info on its Single-Source Measurement Plan
--New iPhone Augmented Reality App Takes Advantage of Twitter's New Geotagging Feature
--YouTube Said to Be in Discussions about Streaming TV Shows on Pay-Per-View Basis
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Kaltura , a company that offers what it bills as the first open source broadband video platform, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that Artivision has joined its partner program and integrated its Target-Ad "in-video monetization service" with the Kaltura platform. According to Artivision, Target-Ad generates "smart ad placements that adapt in real time for optimal...

Hallmark Channel Using Facebook, Twitter to Drive Interest in "Countdown to Christmas" Programming

--USA Network Invites Viewers to Send Farewell Messages to "Monk"
Hallmark Channel last week announced various digital and social media offerings designed to drive interest in the 450 hours of holiday-themed programming it plans to offer under a promotion called "Countdown to Christmas." At the center of the off-network effort is Hallmark Channel's Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/HallmarkChannel ), which it says will offer viewers exclusive videos, games, quizzes and opportunities to exchange virtual gifts. In addition, a newly created "Countdown to Christmas" Twitter feed (...

Livestation 3.0 Offers New Twitter-Powered Social Features, Multiview, and More

Livestation , which streams live news from a range of international sources via browser and desktop player solutions, on Monday announced the launch of version 3.0 of its desktop software. New features, according to the company, include: The ability to use Livestation as a native Twitter client, making it possible to follow one's friends and post tweets directly under the video window without having to switch applications. "More interestingly," Livestream CEO, Matteo Berlucchi, wrote in...

OxygenLive to Add Two-Screen Social/Interactive TV Component to Oxygen's Original Shows

Oxygen Media --the company behind Oxygen, a US cable channel that targets a female demographic--on Monday announced the pending launch of a Web site, called OxygenLive ( http://www.OxygenLive.com ), which it says will add a two-screen social/interactive TV component to every one of its original series. "Fans no longer have to wait until the next morning to chat around the water cooler about the latest show gossip," the company says in its promotional materials for...

frog design Develops Twitter-Powered Two-Screen Social/Interactive TV App for the iPhone/iPod touch

--Endemol Said to Be Working on Twitter App
frog design --a 40-year-old San Francisco-based company which describes itself as "a global innovation firm" that "works with the world's leading companies, helping them to create and bring to market meaningful products, services, and experiences" and which says it maintains a staff of "more than 400 designers, technologists, strategists, and analysts (its clients include Disney, GE, HP, Logitech, Microsoft, MTV and Yahoo!)--contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about a new, Twitter-powered two-screen social/interactive...

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