Zap2It Tracks Social TV Buzz with SocialGuide

-- Modules Display Shows Generating Discussion on Facebook and Twitter
TV listings site Zap2it is beginning to rank the most popular TV programs viewers are chatting about on Twitter and Facebook . Zap2It, which is owned by Tribune Media Services , struck a deal with SocialGuide that allows it to add modules to its site that display the most popular TV series, reality shows, news programs and live sports that are generating comments from users on Facebook and Twitter. The three most popular programs displayed... Builds Customized Social TV App for USA Network

-- Viewers can access chat groups, instant polls and cast photos
Top U.S. basic-cable channel USA Network signed yap.TV to build a customized version of its social TV app that it will use to promote programs such as Burn Notice and Psych . The app, which USA and yap.TV plan to unveil in November, will be distributed as a free download for Apple 's iPad and iPhone. USA and yap.TV said viewers will be able to chat with other fans of its various series through the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): thePlatform, Real Life, Hemisphere, Elemental, Weather Channel, Twitter

--thePlatform in Reseller Deals for Scandinavia, Australasia
--thePlatform in Multiscreen Video Partnership with Elemental Technologies
--The Weather Channel Forms Multiplatform Social Media Partnership with Twitter
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Comcast-owned white-label video...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo Networks, Verizon, BBC Worldwide, Samsung, BeeTV

--ActiveVideo-Verizon Patent Infringement Trial Begins
--BBC Worldwide Launches Video and Text News Service for Samsung Connected TV's
--BeeTV Launches "Twitter Client for TV"
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: ActiveVideo Networks ' patent-infringement lawsuit against Verizon (see the article published on, June 1st, 2010) is now being heard in US District Court. The lawsuit centers on technologies that were patented by then-Virginia Beach resident, Leo Hoarty, in the early 1990's, and Tim McGlone of local newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot, has...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Netgem,, Nickelodeon, Twitter

--Netgem Launches N Cloud to Facilitate Delivery of TV Content on Connected Devices in the Home to Showcase its New Synchronized Companion App Framework at IBC 2011
--Nickelodeon to Offer Original "SpongeBob SquarePants" Story on Twitter
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: French DTV technology provider, Netgem , has launched a solution dubbed the N Cloud, which it bills as "enabl[ing] operators to meet customers' demand for simple and consistent access to all content, including live TV and video-on-demand, from any connected device within the home." According to Netgem, it has signed up...

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 Roundup

-- ActiveVideo Touts CloudTV, iVOD -- BlackArrow Powers Multiplatform Advanced Advertising -- Arris Demonstrates Home Gateway, ConvergeMedia Platform -- AltiCast Pitches tru2Way, EBIF Solutions
ActiveVideo Networks said it will demonstrate at The Cable Show in Chicago next week how cable operators can use its CloudTV platform to improve the viewing experience for watching video-on-demand content on multiple screens. The company, which supplies interactive TV technology to Cablevision Systems Corp. , will tout its "iVOD" platform, which can enable cloud-based navigation on televisions and broadband connected devices in a subscriber's home. ActiveVideo said its exhibit will show how CloudTV can...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BigBand Goes Multiplatform at The Cable Show -- Ooyala Sells Ads with YuMe -- TV Genius Rolls Twitter Monitoring Service
Digital video networking specialist BigBand Networks said it will demonstrate several products focused on helping cable operators with multiplatform distribution next week at The Cable Show convention in Chicago. Its demos will include targeted advertising that can be delivered to multiple screens, enhanced TV capabilities and the delivery of linear TV and VOD programming to IP-connected devices. More Online video platform provider Ooyala said it is teaming up with video advertising company YuMe which to...

Yahoo Buys Social TV Startup IntoNow

Just 12 weeks after IntoNow launched its social TV application, Yahoo! Inc. said it acquired the Silicon Valley-based startup. The deal could help Yahoo expand into interactive TV programming, using IntoNow's automatic content recognition (ACR) technology. IntoNow's app for Apple 's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch lets users identify which TV programs they are watching, and share their viewing choices with friends. IntoNow, which has integrated its application with Facebook , Twitter , iTunes and...

History Launches Civil War iPad App

History launched a paid app focused on the American Civil war that offers owners of Apple 's iPad everything from daily news and photos to help using Morse code to send telegrams via Twitter . The cable network appears confident that history buffs will keep driving demand to its $7.99 The Civil War Today App – it has committed to producing daily updates for the app for four years. The History Channel told [itvt] that...