Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): FilmOn.tv, M-GO, DreamWorks Animation, Technicolor, Nintendo, i.TV
--FilmOn.tv Networks Launches Over-the-Air Interactive TV Channel in Los Angeles
--DreamWorks Animation, Technicolor Launch UltraViolet-Enabled Broadband Video JV, M-GO
--Nintendo Taps i.TV to Power TVii Second-Screen Service for New Wii U Console
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (December 10th in New York City), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format:
- FilmOn.tv Networks, the Internet TV provider founded and helmed by flamboyant entrepreneur, Alki David, has launched its first over-the-air channel: FilmOn.tv LA, which is located on channel 64 in the Los Angeles market, and which is carried by that market's major pay-TV platforms. According to the company, the new channel's line-up offers a range of live and interactive TV shows, including "'Battlecam,' an interactive program where the viewer becomes the star of the show live via their Internet connection and webcam." Said David: "FilmOn.tv LA (KiLM Channel 64) is the last piece of the puzzle for FilmOn.tv. This is true interactive television where the audience gets to vote and interact by webcam or mobile phone. FilmOn.tv LA is currently available in 5.6 million homes in the Los Angeles and surrounding markets. We will also launch FilmOn in other major cities later this year as well as on satellite. I expect by the end of next year to be available in a good percentage of the cable universe and OTA in the USA, as well as major international territories."
- At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Wednesday, a new broadband video provider called M-GO--a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor--came out of stealth mode, announcing that it has secured content-licensing agreements with NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. "The deals will enable consumers to rent or purchase home-entertainment day-and-date new-release films, catch-up television and back-catalog film and TV shows," the company states in its press materials. "M-GO will also offer consumers the ability to purchase UltraViolet-enabled movies--giving them the ability to watch their content across multiple devices. The M-GO service, which launches later this year, will be available on all major platforms and function on a full spectrum of operating systems ranging from Android to iOS to Windows. M-GO will be pre-loaded on Samsung's 2012 smart TV's, Blu-ray players and WiFi tablets, Vizio's 2012 smart TV's, Blu-ray players, WiFi tablets and digital media players, and Intel Ultrabook devices through the Intel AppUp center...M-GO addresses the consumer craving for a service--not just another store--that helps them find the content they most care about and watch it on the devices they choose. M-GO centralizes viewing in one easy place, bridging the divide between viewing platforms, content sources, delivery technologies and devices...M-GO will offer UltraViolet and its streaming and download options, allowing viewers to own legal copies of premium content from select studios. UltraViolet, a digital rights authentication and cloud-based licensing system, lets consumers safely and securely access their purchased digital movies and TV shows by a cloud-based library. M-GO's support for UltraViolet lets users play UltraViolet titles wherever they go and on a wide variety of devices."
i.TV, a company which claims to have the most downloaded TV guide app in the history of the Apple App Store and which has built second-screen/social-TV experiences for such companies as AOL, Huffington Post and Entertainment Weekly, has teamed with Nintendo to create Nintendo TVii, a free, built-in, second-screen service that will launch in North America with Nintendo's new Wii U console on November 18th and that will ride on the console's GamePad Controller. "Nintendo TVii combines show discovery, remote control, and social interaction, all in one experience," i.TV CEO, Brad Pelo, said in a prepared statement. "There's nothing like it on the market. We are thrilled that Nintendo shares our vision for the future of television and is making it a reality with Nintendo TVii on Wii U." Added Zach Fountain, director of network business at Nintendo of America: "Nintendo TVii makes watching TV more simple and fun by combining and displaying video content from a variety of sources, all in one easy-to-use second-screen experience. i.TV’s strong legacy and commitment to reinventing TV make them an ideal partner to help bring Nintendo TVii to life." A demo video of TVii can be viewed here. CNET's Matthew Moskovciak has a detailed review.