--TiVo Secures Deal to Provide Charter with Hybrid-TV Platform
--Microsoft Files Complaint with ITC Seeking to Block TiVo DVR Imports
--Vudu OTT Service Launches New Version of its User Interface
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. 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 yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular daily news coverage will return shortly.
InteractiveTV Today [itvt], the first, best and most widely read news source on interactive and multiplatform television, is pleased to present the fifth annual TV of Tomorrow Show, May 17th-18th (Tuesday-Wednesday), 2011 in San Francisco, California at the famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, said Wednesday that, following a strategic review, it is seeking an investment partner for its broadband TV service, SeeSaw (offers programming from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as from Disney, MTV and NBC Universal), with the aim of accelerating the development of the service.
--BBC iPlayer Sets New Records in December
--blinkx in Exclusive Online Video Deal with TV Guide Network
--Channel 4 Establishes Annual Fund to Invest in Apps and Concepts for Next-Generation Connected TV
--CineMexicano to Use Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials Service
Here is the first of two round-ups of interactive TV-related news stories that we didn't have room for in this issue.
--Management Buyout Funded by Vitruvian Partners
Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS, said last week that it has signed a deal under which funds managed by Vitruvian Partners will finance a management buyout of its subsidiary, OpenBet, a provider of online gaming and betting technology. According to the company, the deal will see Vitruvian and OpenBet's management acquiring OpenBet for £208 million in cash. It says it will use the proceeds of the transaction for general corporate purposes.
Silver Lake Sumeru Invests in PrimeSense, a Provider of Gesture-Recognition Tech for TV's and Other CE
PrimeSense--a Tel Aviv-based provider of sensing and recognition solutions, whose technology powers Microsoft Kinect--has received an undisclosed investment from Silver Lake Sumeru (note: Silver Lake Sumeru is a $1.1 billion middle market tech-focused fund managed by Silver Lake, a technology investment company that claims to manage over $14 billion in assets, and whose portfolio includes such companies as Skype and Avago).
--Fannie Mae Launches Interactive Video to Educate Homeowners about Foreclosure Options
--Social TV "Check-In" Service, GetGlue, in Promotional Partnerships with Fox, Showtime
--Interactive Transmedia Series, "Guidelines," to Premiere on Heavy.com
--Hulu Plus Coming to Android Smartphones
Due to the large volume of news generated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place last week in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.
[itvt] has just published an INTERVIEW with Corey Ferengul, EVP of product management and marketing at digital entertainment technology provider, Rovi. Ferengul discusses Rovi's recent announcement that it will acquire digital media delivery infrastructure company, Sonic Solutions, for approximately $720 million (see the article published on itvt.com, January 3rd).
--Comcast Unveils Plans to Extend its Pay-TV Offering to the iPad and to Android-Powered Tablets
--Hillcrest Launches Motion-Control System for Connected TV's, Licenses Freespace Tech to SMK
--"Mood-Based" Programming Search-and-Recommendation Specialist, Jinni, Raises $5 Million
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: 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. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.
[itvt] is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th, at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City), our new event devoted to the new national interactive TV platform and the rise of the ITV economy.
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--Online Video Platform Provider, Ooyala, Raises $22 Million
--Pace Launches Pace App Cafe, Unveils New MDC1000 Capabilities
--Project Canvas Publishes Draft Technical Specs, Receives Expressions of Interest from 40+ CE Manufacturers
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. 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. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.
--SeaChange Lowers Guidance, Plans to Restructure Servers and Storage Business Unit
--Actor Seth Green Teams with Digital Broadcasting Group on Interactive TV Series
--Sezmi Now Available through Amazon.com
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IFA and the run-up to the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. 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. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.
--ANT Reports Higher H1 Revenues, Lower Losses
--BBC Outlines iPlayer Design Strategy
--Evolution Digital to Incorporate EBIF into its DTA's
--Harmonic Reveals Exhibit Plans for IBC
--IMPALA Welcomes BBC's Decision to Open Source its MHEG+ Toolkit
--Netgem Posts Strong H1 Financial Results
--Sony Launches Qriocity OTT VOD Service in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
--Interactive TV Company, Two Way Media, Launches Web Game on Virginmedia.com
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:
--Company Reports Higher Revenues and Profits for its Fiscal Fourth Quarter
Concurrent, a company that specializes in VOD, media data and advanced advertising solutions, said Tuesday that it will use the IBC show in Amsterdam (booth 4.B74) to unveil a new "video ecosystem" which it bills as connecting media creation, publishing and delivery service companies with consumers via a unified video delivery and data collection platform that can tap into any screen. According to the company, the solution delivers TV-quality video to any device--including TV sets, tablet computers and smartphones--and allows key media-related metrics to be captured from each screen at a census level.