social tv

CMA to Offer Twitter-Driven Social TV Experience during ABC's Broadcast of the CMA Music Festival

--Bravo's Interactive Talk Show, "Watch What Happens Live," Returns Next Week

The Country Music Association (CMA) said Monday that it will host its second "Tweet N' Greet" Twitter-driven live social TV experience on ABC.com during ABC's Wednesday night (8:00-11:00PM Eastern) broadcast of its "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" three-hour concert event.

Ustream to Power Social TV-Enabled Live-Streaming "Backstage Live" Show at Primetime Emmy Awards

--Host Jimmy Fallon to Incorporate Viewer Tweets into his Emmy Presenter Introductions

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Wednesday that its Emmys.com Web site, NBC.com and social TV-enabled live video streaming company, Ustream (note: the latter offers users of its service a social TV experience via its Social Stream capability, which enables real-time interactions through Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and AIM integrations), are partnering to offer exclusive live-streaming behind-the-scenes coverage of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, which will take place this Sunday (5:00-8:00PM Pacific, 8:00-11:00PM, Eastern).

Clicker Launches iPhone App for its Online Video Discovery and Social TV Service

Clicker for iPhone: Available Now from Clicker on Vimeo.

Online video content discovery specialist, Clicker Media (note: the company recently also launched a social TV service, called Clicker Social, which it bills as "allow[ing] people to discover, share, rate, discuss, and check-in to shows on Clicker and third-party partner sites"), said Tuesday that an iPhone app for its service is now available in the Apple App Store.

According to the company, the new app (a demo video of which is embedded above), allows users to:

News Round-Up

--Broadcom Unveils FastRTV Technology for Fast Channel Changes
--Cablevision Said to Be in tru2way Set-Top Deal with Samsung
--Espial Reports Flat Revenues, Lower Losses
--Hulu Wins Patent-Infringement Case Brought by Ultramercial
--Report: Mafiosi Sending Coded Messages via SMS-Based Interactive TV Show
--Teevox Launches iPhone Remote Control
--Social TV Service, Tunerfish, Launches "Kardashians" Award
--TVO in VOD Deal with Rogers Cable
--Warner Bros. Television Group's Studio 2.0 in Dailymotion Syndication Deal with AlphaBird

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

6rounds Rebrands as Rounds, Extends its Video Chat Platform to Facebook

--Platform Lets Users Video-Chat while Watching YouTube Videos, Playing Real-Time Games, and More

6rounds--a Tel Aviv-based company which offers a real-time interactive video chat platform that allows users to video-chat while watching video, playing games and otherwise using online media in real time (note: the company, which was founded in 2008, has so far raised $2 million in venture capital from Rhodium and Startup Factory)--said Tuesday that it has rebranded itself as Rounds and that it has launched a version of its platform, called Video Chat Rounds, for Facebook.

Panasonic Launches Twitter App on Viera Cast-Enabled Plasma HDTV's

Panasonic said Tuesday that it has activated a Twitter app on plasma HDTV sets equipped with its Viera Cast connected-TV platform. The company also said that it will launch Twitter functionality on Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray disc players at a later date.

Two Way Limited, Foxtel Launch Interactive TV Chat Application for "Australia's Next Top Model"

--"Chat On" App Will Be Made Available to Other Programs and Channels on Foxtel's Pay-TV Platform

Australian interactive TV company, Two Way Limited, has partnered with Australian pay-TV operator, Foxtel, to develop an interactive TV application, called "Chat On," that is accompanying the latest season of the reality show, "Australia's Next Top Model," on Foxtel's OpenTV-powered platform.

News Round-Up

--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:

TV Guide's New iPad App Incorporates Social TV Functionality into its Listings Grid

--Will Offer Full Episode of "The Big C" from Exclusive Sponsor Showtime
--Fox Business also Launches iPad App

TV Guide Digital (note: the company's assets include TVGuide.com and related programming guidance applications for iPhone and Android) said Monday that it has launched a free TV Guide App for iPad in the Apple App Store. According to the company--which says that its iPhone app has seen over 1.3 million installations--the new app, which is sponsored exclusively by Showtime Networks, features what it calls "social TV listings," as well as a day-by-day primetime schedule, entertainment news, photo galleries, original videos, and TVGuide.com's "signature" fall TV preview coverage.

Social TV Services, Clicker Social and Tunerfish, Launch Awards for Checking into Showtime Series

--Clicker Social Launches Comments Feature, Miso Launches Android Version of its Service

Last month (see the article published on itvt.com, August 2nd), online video content discovery specialist, Clicker Media, announced the launch of a social TV service, called Clicker Social, which it billed as "allow[ing] people to discover, share, rate, discuss, and check-in to shows on Clicker and third-party partner sites."

Miso Tapped to Provide Social TV Experience for WE tv's "Bridezillas," Rolls Out New Features

Miso, a recently launched social TV platform which is operated by Bazaar Labs and whose backers include Google Ventures (see the article published on itvt.com, June 2nd), said last week that it has been tapped by WE tv, a Rainbow Media-owned channel that targets a female demographic, to drive viewership of the seventh season of the latter's original series, "Bridezillas" (airs Sundays at 9:00PM Eastern/Pacific).

News Round-Up

--CBS Interactive Testing Social TV App, "TV.com Relay"
--DirecTV, Google in Ad Sales Partnership
--UK Broadcaster, Five, in Deal to Embed its Broadband VOD Player in Facebook
--iN Demand Renews VOD Deal with SES World Skies
--Panasonic Taps Netgear to Provide Wireless Connectivity for its Viera Connected TV's
--Sony in Bravia OTT Deal with Germany's sevenload
--Transpond Acquired by Webtrends

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

News Round-Up (VI): Ocean Blue, Ooyala, Facebook, Oxygen

--Ocean Blue Announces its Booth Plans for IBC 2010
--Ooyala Launches Facebook Sharing SDK
--Oxygen Extends OxygenLive Social TV Service with OxygenLive TV

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 few 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.

News Round-Up (IX): Tunerfish, WGBH, Widevine, Sonic Solutions, Saffron Digital, Hisense

--Tunerfish Launches iPhone/iPod touch Version of its Social TV Service
--WGBH Appoints Former ABC Digital Media Exec as VP of Broadband and Interactive Media
--Widevine in Deals with Sonic Solutions, Saffron Digital, Hisense

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 few 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.

News Round-Up (IV): Cadreon, Visible World, Clearleap, Verizon FiOS TV, Clicker

--Cadreon, Visible World Partner on Targeted Advertising Initiative
--Clearleap's Cloud-Based Platform Deployed by Verizon FiOS TV
--Clicker Launches Clicker Social and Clicker Mobile

The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, 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. It will likely take a short while 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 in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

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