News Round-Up

--Germany's 7P Developing Interactive TV Widgets for Yahoo! Widget Engine
--Accenture Launches OTT TV Solution
--Amino in IPTV Set-Top Deal with CDE Lightband
--Brightcove Releases Version 4.1 of its Platform
--bwin Launches Social TV System
--Edgeware Appoints New CMO, EVP of Sales
--Fox Networks Names Julie Simon SVP of Advanced Services
--New IneoQuest Social TV Service Will Also Gather Feedback on Pay-TV QoS
--iStreamPlanet Integrates Silverlight Rough Cut Editor into its Video Workflow Automation Platform
--China's JENA to Integrate Qtv's Internet Media Player into its Connected TV's, STB's
--Netflix on Wii Now Available to All US Consumers
--Nordija Partners with
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cologne-based Seven Principles (7P) has announced that it is developing interactive TV widgets as a development partner of Yahoo! Connected TV . The company says that it will launch a phone book widget later this quarter, which it says "allows a search by name and place as well as a reverse search using the phone...

Netflix Launches Streaming Service for Nintendo Wii

In a posting on its corporate blog last Thursday, Netflix 's VP of marketing, Jessie Becker, announced that the company is "in the final phase of getting ready for the launch of streaming" to the Nintendo Wii games console (note: the Wii is currently the most popular games console in the US). The company--which originally announced Wii streaming support in January ( see the article published on itvt.com, January 13th ) and which has previously...

Project Canvas Announces Arqiva's Participation, Submits Merger Analysis to UK's Office of Fair Trading

--Wii iPlayer Surpasses 1 Million Downloads, Updated Version Released
Project Canvas --an initiative that sees UK public service broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, and UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk, partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD, as well as other Internet-based services (including VOD and interactive TV widgets), to broadband-connected Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes (note: the partners...

Netflix to Offer Streaming Video on the Nintendo Wii

Netflix is set to announce today that its streaming video service will launch on the Nintendo Wii games console this spring, providing it with distribution in a potential 26 million additional US homes (note: the Wii is currently the most popular games console in the US). The company has previously secured distribution deals for the service through the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 games consoles, as well as through Roku OTT set-tops, TiVo...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

--New Version of BBC iPlayer Launched on Nintendo Wii
The BBC announced last week the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks and beyond: At 8:00PM on November 18th, during BBC Three's re-run of " Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars ," digital viewers will be able to press red to access episode commentary from the long-running scifi show's producers, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, as well as from the actor who...

Fujisoft Taps Sonic Solutions for Nintendo Wii VOD Service

Sonic Solutions announced Thursday that it is partnering with Fujisoft to deliver content from its Roxio CinemaNow broadband video-on-demand service to the Nintendo Wii game console (note: Sonic acquired the CinemaNow service last November and subsequently added the name "Roxio" to its branding). The content--initially comprised of new releases and library titles from Paramount Pictures--will be offered under the auspices of Minna no Theater Wii ("Everyone's Theater Wii"), a Fujisoft VOD service for the Japanese...

Hillcrest Labs Claims Nintendo Wii Infringes on its Patents

--Launches Reference Kit, Secures Deal with Kodak

[itvt] Radio: Interactive TV Design Roundtable

A roundtable comprised of some of the most high-profile designers and
design experts in the interactive TV industry--Patrick Donoghue, SVP
of strategic product development at Cablevision ; John Gilles, VP of
media and entertainment at Method ; Terry Green, principal of
twenty2product ; Dale Herigstad, chief creative officer at Schematic ;
Stephanie Otto, CEO of Brainstorm Communications ; David Preisman,
VP of interactive television at Showtime Networks ; and Suzanne
Stefanac, director of the American Film Institute Digital Content
Lab --provide our listeners with an overview of the current state of the

[itvt] Radio: Review of the 2008 NCTA Cable Show

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," a panel of interactive TV
experts-- Steve Borelli , VP of marketing and business development at
Integra5 ; industry analyst, Leslie Ellis (author of the popular
Multichannel News column, " Translation Please "); Will Kreth , director of product management for interactive TV at Time Warner Cable ; Alex

BBC iPlayer Now Available on the Nintendo Wii

The BBC has formed a partnership with Nintendo UK to make its BBC
iPlayer "catch-up TV" service available via the Nintendo Wii gaming
console (note: last month, the Corporation also made the iPlayer
available via the Apple iPhone). The partnership was announced by
Erik Huggers, the BBC's group controller for future media and
technology, in a keynote speech at the MIPTV-Milia conference in
Cannes earlier this month. "Working with Nintendo marks another
exciting milestone for BBC iPlayer," he said. "It underlines our
commitment to reaching new audiences by making BBC iPlayer