--Revamps its NetCast Connected-TV Platform
--Launches Google TV-Based Connected 3D TV Line
--Unveils "Magic Remote" for its 3D Connected TV's
--Partners with Gaikai to Bring Cloud-Gaming Service to its 3D Connected TV's
--Will Launch Verizon FiOS TV App on its Connected-TV Devices Later This Year
LG Electronics generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related announcements and news from and about the company:
--TVNZ Commissions Second Season of Emmy-Winning Interactive Online Series, "Reservoir Hill"
--WealthTV Offering 3D Episode on Verizon FiOS TV's VOD Platform
--Satellite VOD Company, XStreamHD, in Distribution Deal with Lionsgate
--Zappware in Interactive TV Deal with Swiss Cable Operator, naxoo
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.
--Television Academy's Geoff Katz and Suzanne Stefanac Discuss the Interactive Media Emmys
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe's regular column, "The iTV Doctor Is In!" In this edition, the good doctor explores the emerging 3D TV space--among other things, interviewing Hitesh Shah, CEO of The Z Effect, a company that turns existing 2D programming into stereoscopic 3D.
Multiplatform casual games company, Oberon Media, on Wednesday unveiled a catalog of interactive TV games for 3D TV. According to Oberon, the stereoscopic 3D games are designed to be visually engaging and are based on the company's "commercially proven" casual games catalog, which among other offerings features the "Dream Day Wedding" franchise. The games will "help promote and highlight the capabilities of the latest advancements in 3D TV screens," the company claims.
[itvt] has just published a video interview in which Bob Perry, SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, provides an overview of Panasonic's connected TV and 3D TV product strategy.
--Sky Reveals its 3D TV Plans
--Miniweb in Advertising Deal with Real Media
--Rovi in Multi-Year EPG Patent License Agreement with Austar
--RTB Launches Interactive TV Service
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 interactive TV technology/operator news for the past few days.
--BT Vision Plans to Undercut Sky's Pricing of Premium Sports Programming
--CBS to Air Interactive Show Featuring Super Bowl Commercials
--DVPRemote v. 1.4 Released
--Google Seeks Patent for System that Would Enable Advertisers to Create Own Interactive Overlay Ads
--ITU Releases Three-Stage Roadmap for 3D TV, Sky Taps 3ality for its New 3D TV Service
--Kaltura Launches Video Extensions for Joomla
--Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Offer ESPN on Xbox
--NBC Unveils Broadband Video Plans for Winter Olympics
--never.no to Showcase Enhancements to its Interactive TV Product Line at BVE 2010
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new, post-TVOT EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form:
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe's regular column, "The iTV Doctor Is In!" This week, various interactive TV industry notables--including Mike Bloxham of Ball State University's Center for Media Design, Allison Dollar of the iTV Alliance, Jaspal Bhasin of itaas, Glen Friedman of Ideas & Solutions, and Gary Arlen of Arlen Communications--weigh in on the buzz around 3D TV at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.
--Concurrent Forms Advisory Board to Provide Counsel on Cross-Platform Strategy
--DirecTV to Launch Three 3D TV Channels
--DISH Network, EchoStar Announce "TV Everywhere" Products
--Hillcrest Labs Integrates Freespace with Broadcom's Bluetooth Chipsets
--iN Demand Names Bob Benya President and CEO
--ThinkAnalytics Joins NDS's Recommendations Engine Partner Program
--NDS to Offer End-to-End e-Publishing Solution
--Sky Says its 3D TV Service Will Be Compatible with Sets from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony
Here is a brief round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:
--CableLabs to Offer 3D TV Testing
--Comcast On Demand Offering 3D Horror Movie
--Discovery, ESPN to Launch 3D TV Channels
--JVC Launches 2D-to-3D Converter
--MPEG Industry Forum Launches 3D TV Working Group
--Samsung in 3D TV Partnership with RealD
--Sigma Designs to Demo New 3D Technologies at CES
--Vizio Launches New Line of 3D TV's
As was widely anticipated, 3D TV has emerged as one of the major themes of this year's Consumer Electronics Show--and a number of pieces of 3D TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief round-up:
--Note: Due to Thanksgiving, [itvt]'s Daily News Service Will Be on Hiatus until Monday, November 30th
[itvt] has just published an interview with Professor Tom DeFanti, the principal scientist behind the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) new 3D immersive visualization system, NexCAVE. Also participating in the interview is Dave Walton of JVC, the company whose 3D HD LCD monitors form a crucial component of NexCAVE.
JVC USA's JVC Professional Products division says that the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (note: generally known as Calit2, the institute is jointly run by the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Berkeley) is using JVC GD-463D10U 46-inch 3D HD LCD monitors as part of its new immersive visualization system.
--Will Feature 3D Technology Demos from Sony, CMC, Panasonic, Hyundai IT, LG Electronics
US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs, announced Monday that it has teamed with the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and a number of consumer electronics manufacturers to organize a showcase of the latest 3D theater and TV displays as part of next week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver (October 28-30). The showcase--which will take place in a 3,400-square-foot CableLabs 3D TV Pavilion, co-sponsored by the SCTE--is slated to include a D-Cinema 3D demonstration in a main theater provided by Sony and a home theater experience provided by Panasonic, as well as displays of consumer 3D TV sets from Hyundai IT, LG Electronics and Sony.
Kudelski-owned content protection specialist, Nagravision, has teamed with 3D technology specialist, 3ality Digital, to develop a new set-top box system, called the Nagra Media Guide for 3D, that will provide viewers with a 3D graphical user interface (GUI) through which to browse and watch 3D programming from their cable or satellite TV provider, according to a report in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal. A prototype of the system will be demo'd at the 3D Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles this week. According to the Journal, Nagravision and 3ality Digital are hoping that products like the new 3D media guide will encourage producers to create more 3D programming.
--European Commission-Funded HELIUM3D Project Aims for Commercial Production within a Decade
De Montfort University (DMU), which is located in the UK city of Leicester, announced Monday that it is developing a 3D TV system that will be able to "recognize where somebody is sitting in a room and what they wish to view and interact with on their television." The university says that the system--which is being developed under the auspices of a 4.2 million Euro project, dubbed HELIUM3D (for "high-efficiency, laser-based, multi-user, multi-modal 3D display"), that is funded in large part by the European Commission's Framework 7 program--represents a step towards "truly interactive 3D video games where