Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): Qwiki, Microsoft Bing, ABC News, Rockify, Sky, Telus, Time Warner Cable, Paradox Interactive, TwitchTV, Twitter
As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for a few weeks, because our editorial team was working on the TV of Tomorrow Show and then taking a post-event break. We are covering the news we have missed via a series of headline round-ups, and will then resume daily news production. We expect it will take us a few more days to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.
Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VI): Sigma Designs, Trident, Simulmedia, SocialGuide, Univision, Sub Focus, Synacor, Carbyn, Telus, Time Warner Cable, TiVo, Comcast
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show, as well as moving to a new office (note: our new mailing address is 1274 35th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122), we are covering stories in this issue as a series of headline round-ups with hyperlinks to press releases and other news sources.
--smartclip Appoints Former Yahoo! Connected TV Executive as VP of Connected TV
--Sony UK in Connected-TV Partnership with Online Action Sports Programmer, Billabong
--Telus Launches Facebook App for its IPTV Platform, Taps Leonard Nimoy to Help Market it
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.
--Telus Enables Access to its Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service via Xbox
--thePlatform Launches Tools for Creating/Managing Video Feeds, Applying Ad Policies, Enforcing Viewing Restrictions
--RCN Launches TiVo Service in Chicago, FTC Weighs in on TiVo-DISH Litigation
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.
Canadian telco, Telus, has launched a new version of its Telus TV service in Western Canada that is based on the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform. The company says that the service is initially available in and around Edmonton and in 40 or so communities in British Columbia and Alberta, and will be expanded over time. Customers of Telus's earlier implementation of Telus TV, which is powered by Minerva Networks' IPTV platform, will have the opportunity to upgrade over the coming months, the company says. "We're excited that Telus has chosen Microsoft Mediaroom as the platform for their next-generation Telus TV service," Andreas Mueller-Schubert, general manager of Microsoft's TV and Video Platforms Business, said in a prepared statement.
Silicon Valley-based IPTV middleware provider, Minerva Networks, said Tuesday that its flagship iTVManager platform is now supporting the largest IPTV deployments in Canada and Latin America--by Western Canadian telco, Telus, and Chilean telco, Telefonica del Sur, respectively. Minerva bills iTVManager as a comprehensive software platform for next-generation IP-connected TV services, including HDTV, PVR, whole home PVR, and VOD. According to the company, the platform also offers a robust set of API's that allow third-party developers to easily integrate and deploy interactive TV communications and entertainment applications.