--httv's New httvBox Solution Integrated onto SMiT Set-Tops
--New Multiplatform, Interactive Storytelling Project, "The Karada," Launches
--Liberty Global Unveils "Horizon" Hybrid-TV Platform
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 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's Annual TV Pulse Survey Shows Significant Increase in Time-Shifted Viewing
--Gary Traver Steps Down as COO of Comcast Media Center
--GetGlue Launches Android Version of its Social TV Service, New Mobile Site, New "Stickers"
--"Heroes" Creator, Tim Kring, and Nokia Claim Success for "Conspiracy for Good"
--Mixed Martial Arts Promoter, Strikeforce, Taps Ooyala to Power its Online Video
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:
--IPTV Operator, Fastweb, Launches Interactive Ad Formats Powered by justAd.TV
--FourthWall Media-Commissioned Survey Shows "Overwhelming Consumer Demand" for Interactive TV
--Google Publishes Google TV Video, Logitech's Google TV Device to Be Called "Logitech Revue"
--"Heroes" Creator, Tim Kring, Teams with Nokia on ARG to "Effect Social Change" in the Real World
--iN Demand Promotes Two, Launches VOD Golf Tutorial Featuring Phil Mickelson
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. 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 your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the winners of the International Digital Emmy Awards. The awards were presented at a ceremony at MIPTV in Cannes that was hosted by "Beverly Hills 90210" star, Jason Priestly, organized in partnership with Reed Midem, and sponsored by Nokia and Ooyala.
--Also Launches New "Heroes" Broadband Video Spin-Off Series
Broadcast network NBC's broadband video-enabled NBC.com Web site unveiled several new advertising capabilities and a new full-episode widget Tuesday (note: NBC recently announced that NBC.com's Rewind player had generated over a billion full episode streams over the past 18 months--see the story posted on itvt.com on April 16th). The company bills the new advertising capabilities as allowing brands to "stay front and center as users interact with the content around their favorite shows." They include:
[itvt] is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for The TV of
Tomorrow Show 2009 (March 10-11, San Francisco). The schedule is included in full below. For more info, please go to http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com
--Lets Viewers Sample Shows on a Range of On-Demand Platforms
US broadcast network, NBC, is offering a range of broadband video and other supplemental content on its NBC.com Web site to accompany its fall season shows:
- For "America's Toughest Jobs" the site is offering exclusive deleted and bonus scenes, and extended contestant profiles.
- For "The Biggest Loser" the site is offering extended versions of the show's elimination scenes, exclusive weekly bonus scenes, recipes from Rocco deSpirito, and more of Alison McSweeny's blog.
At its annual Creative Arts awards ceremony in Los Angeles last
Saturday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the
winners of the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding
Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. This year, the awards
recognized creative achievement in two areas of interactive media
endeavor: Fiction and Nonfiction:
The winner of the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding