Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Next New Networks, YouTube, Peel, SeaChange, SCTE, ODG
--Next New Networks Acquired by YouTube, Will Form Core of "YouTube Next"
--Peel Transforms iPhone into Gesture-Based Universal Remote Control
--SeaChange Multiscreen Video Streaming Solution Wins SCTE Technology Challenge
--SeaChange's On Demand Group Provides VOD Content for TTNET's New IPTV Service
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.
- As expected (see the article published on itvt.com, February 11th), broadband video content company, Next New Networks, has been acquired by YouTube. "Our company will become a core component of YouTube Next, a new team that will focus on supercharging content creator development on YouTube, driving deeper expertise in partner audience development, and incubating new ideas that can be shared with the broader community," Next New Networks co-founder and CEO, Fred Seibert, wrote on the company's blog. "While our team will continue to work out of our offices here in New York as the YouTube Next Lab and Audience Development Group, I'll be stepping down from a rewarding stint as the company's CEO and continue producing cartoons from my company, Frederator Studios. Our popular cartoon network, Channel Frederator, will continue its partnership with YouTube, and I'm looking forward to a close and fruitful relationship with the company personally and professionally. Our current chairman, Lance Podell, will also be joining the YouTube Next team as global head for the group. Everyone here is very excited to work even more closely with the YouTube team, and looking forward to expanding our mission to provide guidance and support in creative, production, and audience development to all aspiring and current YouTube partners."
- The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg has published an "exclusive first review" of Peel, an iPhone/iPod touch app and companion $99 wireless device that allow users to control their TV, cable set-top box, TiVo, DVD player, Roku player or Apple TV via a gesture-based interface. The product was developed by a Silicon Valley-based company of the same name.
- At its Canadian Summit, Tuesday, the SCTE announced that a multiscreen video streaming solution from SeaChange International has been named the "Technology Most Likely to Succeed," following the SCTE's annual Technology Challenge. "The SeaChange solution was one of five products and solutions demonstrated at the Technology Challenge this morning," the SCTE states in its press materials. "All five have been designed to expand the capabilities of cable network architectures to reach new platforms and deliver new services. The winner was selected by SCTE Canadian Summit attendees using mobile text messaging. SeaChange showed how VOD can be expanded to serve video to multiple screens. The SeaChange demonstration featured on-demand and linear streaming to multiple screens including smartphone, PC, iPad and set-top. The presentation showed how operators can envision and plan for multiscreen services while illustrating the benefits of adding multiscreen delivery to existing platforms." Said SCTE Technology Challenge co-chair, Steve Irvine: "SeaChange offers a very innovative and compelling solution that can leverage existing platforms to enable rapid deployment of enhanced video services. SeaChange allows cable operators to expand existing linear TV and VOD services for a multiscreen experience that cannot be matched by over-the-top providers."
- In other SeaChange news: The company's VOD content-aggregator subsidiary, On Demand Group, has announced that it has been selected as Turkish telco TTNET's international VOD content management partner for both its Tivibu broadband TV and its Tivibu Ev IPTV service--the latter of which has just launched (note: the broadband TV service launched around a year ago, and TTNET is also planning to launch a mobile video service, Tivibu Cep, next quarter). According to ODG, it has "assisted TTNET in developing a compelling line-up of blockbuster and classic movies, favorite TV series and kids' programming, and the latest music videos" for its broadband and IPTV VOD services.