Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): TvTak, VH1, Visiware

--TvTak Demo's its Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) Technology
--VH1 to Bring Back "Pop Up Video" with New Interactive and UGC Elements
--Visiware Launches its Playin'TV Interactive TV Games Service on Bouygues Telecom's Bbox
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA trade shows--and because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more 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...

LG Partners with YouTube to Bring 3D to the World of User-Generated Content

Consumer electronics giant, LG Electronics , said Monday that it is partnering with YouTube to "provide a unique 3D mobile experience to users": according to the company, its new Android-powered Optimus 3D smartphone will enable users not only to capture 3D videos and view them without glasses, but also to upload them to YouTube. "The Optimus 3D is LG's newest flagship smartphone," Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG's LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said...

News Round-Up (VII): Yahoo!, Vestel, YouTube, Zappware

--Yahoo! in Connected-TV Deal with European TV Manufacturer, Vestel
--YouTube Launches Interactive Gallery for User-Generated Documentary Project, "Life in a Day"
--Zappware to Launch Cloud-Based Interactive TV Platform at IBC, Demo Flux Enhancements
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IFA and the run-up to the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us 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...

YouTube Beta-Launches New TV UI, Relaunches Mobile Service, Announces UGC Project with Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald

YouTube on Wednesday 1) beta-launched YouTube Leanback, a version of its service that is optimized for viewing on a TV screen (i.e. in "leanback" mode); 2) relaunched the browser-based mobile version ( of its service; and 3) announced a user-generated content (UGC) collaboration with directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald that will invite users of its service (and other people around the world) to help create a documentary, entitled "Life in a Day."

YouTube... Rolls Out Deeper Integration with Facebook

In a posting on its corporate blog last week, , a San Francisco-based company that bills itself as "the largest online community for people to broadcast, watch and interact around live video," announced that it has rolled out deeper Facebook integration, in order to help users to discover their Facebook friends on its service and to enable them to share more easily on Facebook when they broadcast.

"Finding your Facebook friends...

AMC, JibJab Team to Let Viewers Star in "Mad Men"

AMC has tapped JibJab Media , an online entertainment company best known for its viral videos and for its Starring You product line (which allows users to insert their own faces into online videos and photos), to create a service called " Mad Men Starring You " that promotes the fourth season of AMC's 1960's-ad-industry series, "Mad Men" (premieres July 25th). "Mad Men Starring You" allows users to take photos of themselves and their friends...

Yoostar Appoints Acclaim Veteran, Gregory Fischbach, as President and CEO

--Appointment Comes as Company Prepares to Launch "Social Video Game" at E3
--Current Media Names John Arianas VP of East Coast Sales
Yoostar --a New York City-based start-up that offers a product (consisting of a Web cam with built-in dual microphones and remote control, a portable green screen, a professional stand, and what the company calls "Active Immersion" software for PC's and Macs) that digitally removes the original actors from scenes, so that users can insert themselves in their place and then record their performances to their PC or Mac or upload them to the company's Web...

News Round-Up

--DISH Faces April 30th Deadline in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case
--Audience-Driven, Interactive Sci-Fi Franchise, "Purefold," Abandoned
--Peled: NDS Likely to Seek Listing on London Stock Exchange in 2012
--NeuLion Selected by Major League Soccer as its Broadband Video Partner
--OpenTV Voluntarily Delisted from NASDAQ
--New UFC Site Offers All Episodes of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" Free-of-Charge
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: US District Court Judge David Folsom has granted DISH Network an extension through April 30th of a stay of his injunction requiring the company to disable DVR's that infringe on TiVo 's so-called "Time Warp" patent. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler explains why Sanford Bernstein analyst, Craig Moffett, believes that "DISH is now negotiating with a...

CBS Invites Viewers to Decide Which Song Bon Jovi Will Perform During Grammys Telecast

--Also Holds UGC Contest for Chance to Appear During Black Eyed Peas' Grammys Performance
CBS is inviting viewers to decide which song the band, Bon Jovi , will perform during the broadcast network's January 31st telecast of the 52nd Annual Grammy awards (note: according to CBS, this will be the first time ever that the band has performed at the Grammys).

In order to cast their votes (note: viewers can cast as many votes as they wish, and no registration is required), viewers go to

Fox Launches User-Generated Video Promotion for "American Idol"

--ABC Adding Several Holiday Specials to Full Episode Player
--STV's mySTV Integrated with Facebook Connect
US broadcast network, Fox , on Tuesday launched a user-generated content (UGC) promotion that invites fans of the reality show, " American Idol ," to create "video testimonials sharing what they love" about the show, and upload their testimonials to a special "Idol Fans" section of its Web site ( ).

According to Fox, the testimonials will be evaluated for inclusion in a promotional campaign for "American Idol"--whose next season kicks...