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-- VOD Technology Vendor Reduces Earnings Estimates
After exploring a sale, video-on-demand vendor SeaChange International said Wednesday that it will remain a standalone technology supplier.
-- Pricing for Enterprise Edition Starts at $15,000
Brightcove is expanding from online video to selling software tools and services that can help developers build apps for Android and iOS devices.
The company unveiled its Brightcove App Cloud on Wednesday – a content app platform that combines an open HTML5 Web development model with cloud services.
Brightcove said more than 1,200 users participated in a beta testing program for App Cloud, and that several apps built with its tools are available through Apple's iTunes App Store and Google's Android Market, including apps from Lifetime Networks and the U.S. Department of State.
-- Deal Could Allow Cable Programmers to Sync Content with Mobile Phones and Tablets
Cable programmers will be able to deliver interactive content to mobile phones and tablets that is synced to TV shows, under an agreement that Ensequence announced with Civolution Wednesday.
The companies said that they will integrate Ensequence's iTV Manager platform with Civolution's VideoSync product, which uses automatic content recognition technology to identify programming that is being watched on a TV or PC.
Ball State University Center for Media Design to Host TVOT NYC Intensive Workshop Session, "Researching the Second Screen and Social Viewing: Two Recent Studies"
-- App Turns Tablet into Remote Control; but doesn't Support Live Streaming
Time Warner Cable launched an app Tuesday that lets subscribers with the Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Xoom tablets to use the devices as a remote control and to set remote DVR recordings. But its TWC TV app doesn't allow subscribers to watch live video on the tablets – a feature the cable MSO already offers through apps it has developed for Apple's iPad and iPhone.
Time Warner Cable said the app is designed to work on any tablet that runs the Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform.
--Panelists Include Professor Bobby Calder of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management; Craig E. Moffett, Senior Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.; Professor David A. Schweidel of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business; and Matt Seiler, CEO of Mediabrands
--Session to Be Led by Seth Haberman, CEO of Visible World
[itvt] is pleased to announce the line-up of panelists for the session, "Starting with a Clean Slate: Industry Experts Envision TV's Ideal Evolution," at TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 (December 5th, 730 Third Avenue, New York: view the schedule of sessions here; purchase tickets here). The panelists include:
-- Ogilvy Entertainment President Doug Scott Named U.S. Chair
Booming sales of connected TVs capable of delivering both video programming and advertising to viewers has led to the formation of a new industry group comprised of advertising, technology, media and entertainment executives. The Connected TV Marketing Association (CTVMA) plans to announce its U.S. launch on Wednesday, following the launch of its Asia-Pacific division last week.
-- Following Patent Infringement Ruling, Court Tells Verizon to Find Alternative Interactive TV Technology by May 23
A U.S. District court ordered Verizon to pay ActiveVideo nearly $11 million monthly to continue using technology in its FiOS TV service that it found infringed on the company's interactive TV patents.
The injunction issued Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Jackson is a big score for ActiveVideo. The ruling will likely force Verizon to strike a licensing deal to use ActiveVideo's CloudTV technology, since Jackson said the telco has until May 23 to find alternative technology to power products such as its video-on-demand platform and its FiOS TV widget bazaar.
For this edition of INdustry, we spoke with Eric Schmitt, EVP of Allant's cable and media business. Allant is a company to watch. An established player in the market services (database marketing, direct marketing, etc...) business, Allant has traditionally helped TV service providers manage customer lists and implement consumer direct marketing campaigns for old problems such as subscriber acquisition and churn management.