Netflix Over-the-Top Service Now Available on Sony's Bravia TV's and Network Blu-ray Disc Player

--Facebook to Launch on PlayStation 3
Video rental company, Netflix , announced Tuesday that subscribers to its service can now instantly watch its streaming movie and TV show offerings on Sony Bravia connected HDTV's, on earlier Bravia models that are compatible with the company's Bravia Internet video link module, and on the Sony Network Blu-ray Disc Player . An OTT partnership between Netflix and Sony Electronics was first announced in July ( see the article published on, July 12th ):...

Facebook, Twitter, and Zune Instant-On HD Video to Launch on Xbox Live November 17th

At the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco last week, Microsoft announced that it will launch Facebook , Twitter , and "instant-on" HD video from Zune on its Xbox Live service, November 17th. "We're delivering some truly exciting social entertainment experiences to our members," Xbox Live general manager, Marc Whitten, said in a prepared statement. "Xbox Live's differentiator has always been our community, and we've already seen a tremendous response to these features in...

On-Air Finale of MTV's Multiplatform Interactive Series, "Valemont," to Feature Live Twitter Component

MTV Networks contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that today's (Tuesday's) on-air finale of its multiplatform (linear TV, Web and mobile), interactive, supernatural mystery series, " Valemont ," will feature a live Twitter component (note: for a detailed overview of the show and its various interactive elements, see the article published on, September 27th ).

The on-air finale--the last of a series of two-minute episodes that have aired on MTV's...

News Round-Up

--ADB Issues Cautiously Optimistic Update, Says it Has "Redistributed" Osmosys' Resources
--War of Words between Kudelski and Arcadia over Kudelski's OpenTV Bid
--Cisco Demo's Widget-Enabled EPG for Cable Operators Switching to IPTV
--Crunchyroll Launches Anime App for Boxee
--Motorola Launches HD Set-Top with Optional MoCA Interface
--New Interactive TV Games System Will Place Players Side-by-Side with Drivers in Real Races
--TiVo Launches in New Zealand
--Two Way Limited's Interactive TV Betting Service Shows Growth
--Ustream Enables Simultaneous Publishing of Comments to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, AIM
--Virgin Media Enjoys Record VOD Usage in Q3
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue (as well as some stories from last week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, which our editorial team was unable to attend): Digital TV technology provider, ADB Group , has issued a cautiously optimistic business update. "The Group's business was sound during the third quarter of 2009," the update states. "The margins and profitability ratios continue to be...

Characters from New E4 Show, "Misfits" to Tweet to Audience During Each Episode

--Other "In-Character" Multiplatform Extensions Include Facebook Page, YouTube Channel
" Misfits ," a new drama series from Channel 4 's digital channel, E4 , that centers on a group of teenage superheroes, will offer a multiplatform experience by having two of its characters send out tweets during the course of each of its hour-long episodes, according to an article in The Guardian. The tweets for the show's first episode have been written in advance of its November 12th broadcast by a team led by...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Tapped by STV to Power Long-Form, Catch-Up HD Programming Initiatives
--BSkyB Attacks Project Canvas in New Submission to BBC Trust
--Channel 4 Said to Be Close to Deal to Offer Majority of its Content on YouTube
--Monotype Licenses Typefaces to Yahoo! for TV Widget Development Kit
--Nielsen Invites Clients to Meeting to Discuss Implications of "TV Everywhere"
--Redux Supporting Facebook and Twitter Feed Importing
--Scripps' New Cooking Channel to Feature VOD, "Fully Interactive Internet and Broadband Platform"
--Shaw Communications Adding More Content to its VOD Service
--Virgin Media to Trial Delivery of TV over Copper Phonelines
--Layoffs at ZillionTV
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Brightcove has announced that Scottish broadcaster, STV, is using its platform to launch "a series of new HD-quality, long-form video initiatives for catch-up viewing purposes," including making its three-part documentary series, "Scotland Revealed," available through its STV Player service for 90 days without the geo-restrictions typically imposed by UK broadcasters' catch-up TV services. In a submission to...

New Augmented Reality Apps Launched for Apple iPhone

--Apps Let Users Discover Points of Interest, View Nearby Tweets and Flickr Photos, Capture Fairies
A number of new augmented reality applications for the Apple iPhone have launched in the Apple App Store over the past few days, now that that technology is officially supported by the device (thanks to the release this month of iPhone OS 3.1). They include: Bionic Eye from Presselite , which allows users to look through their phone's video screen to see icons alerting them to nearby (i.e. less than a kilometer away) points of...

Bravo's Late Night Interactive TV Show, "Watch What Happens: Live," Enjoys Ratings Success

--Beats "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "Chelsea Lately" in 18-49 Demographic
Bravo is trumpeting the success of its new, weekly, live, late night interactive TV show, "Watch What Happens: Live." The show, which is hosted by Bravo's SVP of original programming and development, Andy Cohen, is based on a live broadband TV show that aired for several years on and that focused on eliminated contestants and other personalities from Bravo's stable of reality-TV series. The show, as Bravo describes it, features Cohen chatting with guests...

Kyte Launches LivePro Add-On, Enabling HD Live Streaming

Broadband and mobile video platform provider, Kyte , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has launched a new solution, called Kyte LivePro, which it says brings high-definition (1080p), professional-grade live streaming functionality to its platform. According to the company, Kyte LivePro, which is designed to be used in conjunction with Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, is an add-on component for the Kyte platform that enables publishers to deliver HD live streaming video...

MTV Offers Twitter Visualization Tool, Interactive Video Feed and Other Enhancements for VMA's

MTV offered a range of interactive and new media enhancements to complement its broadcast of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night. The broadcaster teamed with social media measurement company, Radian6, and design firm, Stamen, to develop a " Twitter visualization " tool that it billed as allowing it to track "the real-time aggregate activity and volume of buzz" around what was happening live on and before the show, and then report on air...