social tv

News Round-Up (X): theChanner, Turner, Adobe, FreeWheel, Verizon, Widevine, LOVEFiLM, mgMEDIA

--theChanner Launches Social Music TV App for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
--Turner Teams with Adobe, FreeWheel on "TV Everywhere" Solution for Verizon FiOS TV Online
--Widevine in OTT Deals with LOVEFiLM, mgMEDIA

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.

New Interview on Coincident TV's Interactive Video Player for "Glee"

[itvt] has just published an INTERVIEW with Matt Apfel, VP of content, East Coast, at Coincident TV.

Discovery Taps Hive Media to Develop Facebook Social Game for "Deadliest Catch"

Hive Media, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in branded social games, says that it has been tapped by Discovery Communications to develop and produce a social game based on "Deadliest Catch," which is currently the highest-rated show on the Discovery Channel (note: the show, which is produced by Original Productions, is a documentary reality series that centers on the crews of crab fishing boats on the Bering Sea). The game is slated to be released in November on Facebook. The deal between the companies is for the North American market only, and was brokered on behalf of Discovery by its licensing agent, the Joester Loria Group.

Comcast's New Social TV Service, "Tunerfish," Tapped by NBC News to Help Promote "Dateline"

Tunerfish, a new social TV service developed by employees of Plaxo, the address book/social networking service that Comcast acquired back in 2008 (note: Tunerfish is a business unit of Comcast Interactive Media--for more on the service, see the articles published on itvt.com, May 24th and June 28th), said Monday that it has been tapped by NBC News to power a promotion that rewards viewers of the news magazine show, "Dateline."

Verizon FiOS TV Launches Interactive TV Customer Support Application, "My Account"

--Verizon Teams with House Party to Recruit FiOS TV Subs to Host World Cup Viewing Parties

Verizon FiOS TV has launched an interactive TV customer support application, called My Account, that provides customers with a breakdown of their monthly bills, expiration dates for current promotions, and information on its rewards program for customers who refer family and friends to its service. "My Account is an another innovative tool that offers customers direct access to information they otherwise would have to obtain online or by calling Verizon directly," Shawn Strickland, Verizon's VP of consumer strategy, said in a prepared statement. "Subscribers have been able to interact with us through the Web and mobile devices.

News Round-Up

--Report: Google CEO, Schmidt, Championing "Interactive Video Ads"
--Reports: Hulu Planning International Hulu Plus Launch, Is in Talks about Launching on US Cable VOD
--MTV Acquires Social Gaming Company, Social Express
--Panasonic in VieraCast OTT Deal with AceTrax
--PlaySpan Launches Micropayments Service for Broadband Video
--USPTO Suspends DISH Network's Application to Trademark "TV Everywhere"
--Comcast Attempting to Register "DVR2Go" with USPTO
--Visiware Develops Multiplayer Skill-Based Internet Games for France's TF1
--YouTube Announces 4K Support, Partner Grants Program

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

Comcast's New Social TV Service, Tunerfish, Rolls Out a Redesign

Just a month or so after its launch (see the article published on itvt.com, May 24th), Tunerfish, a new social TV service developed by employees of Plaxo, the address book/social networking service that Comcast acquired back in 2008, has rolled out a redesign. According to a posting on the Tunerfish blog, the redesign enables:

Althea Systems Unveils Shufflr "Social Video Browser"

Althea Systems--a San Francisco-based start-up that bills itself as "focused on building solutions that simplify online video discovery and consumption across multiple screens," and which says it recently raised $3 million in a Series A funding round--on Monday announced the official launch of a "social video browser" called Shufflr. According to the company, the browser, which is located at http://shufflr.tv and which is designed for watching OTT video in "lean-back" mode, "blends learning algorithms and social graphs to steer videos towards you from all over the Web," and provides viewers with video recommendations, a social video feed and a trending video feed.

News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo Networks, AFDESI, AFI, Alticast-Cisco, Amino

--ActiveVideo Demo's "Friends Mozaic" Social TV Application
--AFDESI Announces Nominees for its Eighth Annual Interactive TV Awards
--AFI's Nick DeMartino Retires
--Alticast Plans IPO, Ports its tru2way Middleware onto Cisco Set-Top Boxes
--Amino Sells its 3 Millionth Set-Top Box

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.

News Round-Up (VIII): Softel, Sonic-Boxee-Sears, theChanner, thePlatform, TiVo-FrameChannel

--Softel Announces IBC 2010 Line-Up
--Sonic Solutions in OTT Deals with Boxee and Sears
--theChanner Launches iPhone and Android App for Live, Social, Mobile TV
--thePlatform Enables Video Publishing to Broad Range of OTT Services and Devices
--TiVo's New FrameChannel App Brings Customized Web Content to 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 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.

Miso Social TV Platform Gets Seed Funding, New Web Version

Bazaar Labs, the company behind the Miso social TV iPhone/iPod touch app (note: Internet programming service, Revision3, recently announced that it would use the app to drive awareness of and tune-ins to its programs--see the article published on itvt.com, May 10th), says that it has secured seed financing from a group of investors that includes Keith Rabois and Jawed Karim, and ex-Googlers, Georges Harik, Richard Chen, Thomas Korte, Kurt Abrahamson and others (note: Rabois will also join the company's advisory team, drawing on what Bazaar Labs says is his "extensive social and consumer Internet

Comcast Leverages Plaxo Team's Expertise to Develop Social TV/Social Discovery Service, "Tunerfish"

At the TechCrunch Disrupt event in New York City, Monday, Comcast unveiled a social TV service called Tunerfish that was developed by employees of Plaxo, the address book/social networking service that Comcast acquired back in 2008.

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 site (note: a video of TV personality, Jimmy Kimmel, using Yoostar's system is embedded above; for more on the company, see the articles published on itvt.com, May 19th and August 11th, 2009)--said Monday that it has appointed Gregory Fischbach as president and CEO.

ActiveVideo Networks, This Technology Team on Dynamic Advertising Solution for "iVOD"

--Solution Enables Dynamic Mid-Roll Ad Replacements, Including Ad Content from the Web
--ActiveVideo also Unveils Social TV and iPad Apps

Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks, and advanced advertising technology provider, This Technology, on Wednesday announced a joint initiative that they say will enable cable operators and programmers to improve monetization of and control over advanced VOD advertising. According to ActiveVideo, the initiative will "help grow the iVOD category" (note: for more on ActiveVideo's "iVOD" concept, see the article published on itvt.com, May 12th).

CBSSports.com to Offer Social TV-Enabled Live Video Coverage of NFL Draft

CBS Sports contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know about its plans to provide social TV-enabled broadband video coverage of Thursday's 2010 NFL Draft. According to the company, the centerpiece of its coverage will be "Inside the Draft Live," a show that will air live on CBSSports.com and that will also be simulcast on the CBS College Sports Network. Produced by CBSSports.com, the show will provide coverage of the first, second and third rounds of the draft: it will originate from the CBS College Sports Network's studio in New York City and will feature live segments from Radio City Music Hall, the site of the 2010 NFL Draft, and from CBSSports.com headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

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