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6rounds Rebrands as Rounds, Extends its Video Chat Platform to Facebook

--Platform Lets Users Video-Chat while Watching YouTube Videos, Playing Real-Time Games, and More

6rounds--a Tel Aviv-based company which offers a real-time interactive video chat platform that allows users to video-chat while watching video, playing games and otherwise using online media in real time (note: the company, which was founded in 2008, has so far raised $2 million in venture capital from Rhodium and Startup Factory)--said Tuesday that it has rebranded itself as Rounds and that it has launched a version of its platform, called Video Chat Rounds, for Facebook.

UK Broadcaster, ITV, in Deal to Launch its ITV Player Broadband VOD Service on Sony PlayStation 3

--ITV, TalkbackThames Launch Exclusive "X Factor" Trailers on Facebook

UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV, said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Sony to make its online catch-up service, the ITV Player, available on Internet-connected PlayStation 3 games consoles by the end of the year (note: Sony on Tuesday also announced similar deals with Germany's Animax, Holland's NOS, Spain's TV3, Finland's YLE and Australia's Seven).

OVP Company, Brightcove, Says It Has Doubled Size of its Customer Base to 1,800+ in First Half of 2010

--Announces Multiple New Customer Wins in Japan
--Taps Dennis Rose to Lead Asian Expansion

Online video platform provider, Brightcove, said Wednesday that it has doubled the size of its global customer base in the first half of 2010 to over 1,800 media publishers in 48 countries. New customers that have signed up for its platform since the beginning of the year include American Standard, Audi France, D-Link Systems, Electronic Arts, EMI Group, Federated Media Publishing, the Financial Times, Macy's, Nikkei, Turner Broadcasting, the University of South Carolina, Virgin Media and Werner Publishing Corporation. The company claims that its growth has been fueled by the launch of a number of enhancements to its platform over the course of the first half, including:

News Round-Up (VIII): Telus, Microsoft, thePlatform, RCN, TiVo, DISH Network

--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.

News Round-Up (IV): Dreampark, Epix, FASCINATE, Gotuit

--Dreampark Announces its Booth Plans for IBC 2010
--Epix Hires Ex-Showtime Exec, Signs First-Look Deal with Albie Hecht's Worldwide Biggies
--Pan-European Interactive TV Project, FASCINATE, Receives EUR 9.35 Million of EU Funding
--Gotuit Powering Broadband Video Portal for Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance"

The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (VI): NDS, Netflix, News Over Wireless (Yahoo! TV Widgets), Ooyala

--NDS Announces its Booth Plans for IBC 2010
--Netflix Extends Deal with Warner Bros., Will Launch Streaming Service in Canada
--News Over Wireless Creating Yahoo! TV Widgets for over 30 Local TV Stations
--Ooyala Supports Silverlight, Demo's Interactive Video Capabilities

The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (IX): Time Warner Cable, Comic-Con, Transgaming, TubeMogul, Tunerfish

--Time Warner Cable Marks Comic-Con with VOD Offering
--Transgaming Secures First Deal for its Video-Games-on-TV Service, GameTreeTV
--TubeMogul Offering Online Video Analytics Free of Charge
--Comcast's Social TV Platform, Tunerfish, Offering Badges for HBO's "True Blood"

The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up

--Report: Google CEO, Schmidt, Championing "Interactive Video Ads"
--Reports: Hulu Planning International Hulu Plus Launch, Is in Talks about Launching on US Cable VOD
--MTV Acquires Social Gaming Company, Social Express
--Panasonic in VieraCast OTT Deal with AceTrax
--PlaySpan Launches Micropayments Service for Broadband Video
--USPTO Suspends DISH Network's Application to Trademark "TV Everywhere"
--Comcast Attempting to Register "DVR2Go" with USPTO
--Visiware Develops Multiplayer Skill-Based Internet Games for France's TF1
--YouTube Announces 4K Support, Partner Grants Program

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

CBS Unveils a Range of Multiplatform and Interactive Enhancements for "Big Brother"

CBS on Monday unveiled an array of multiplatform and interactive enhancements that it plans to offer around the latest season of the long-running reality TV show, "Big Brother" (premieres July 8th, 8:00-9:00PM ET/PT). According to the broadcaster:

News Round-Up (III): BrightLine, Chad, Matt & Rob, Clearleap-Roku, Clikthrough, Comcast-NDS

--BrightLine iTV Study Shows Hispanic Viewers More Likely to Engage with Interactive TV Advertising
--Chad, Matt & Rob Release Trailer for their First FremantleMedia-Backed "Interactive Adventure"
--Clearleap, Roku Partner to Enable Operators, Premium Programmers to Offer VOD on Roku OTT STB's
--Clikthrough Creates "Interactive Stylepad" for Armani Exchange
--Comcast Taps NDS as Prime Integrator for tru2way, Says It Is "Committed" to CableLabs' tru2way RI

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 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. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (II): Bravo-Foursquare-Sephora, Brightcove, Canoe Ventures

--Bravo Teams with Sephora on Foursquare-Powered Promotion
--Brightcove Releases v4.1.2 of its Platform, Incorporating VPAID Support
--Canoe Ventures Appoints New VP of Communications

The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (II)

--BSkyB to Acquire Virgin Media Television
--Cellcast Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Loss
--Coincident TV Beta-Launches "Interactive Video Experience Builder" for HTML5/iPad
--Comcast Announces World Cup Programming Plans, Including 3D, VOD, Online

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (V)

--Netflix to Launch Free iPhone App
--Netgem Powers Interactive TV-Enabled Hybrid TV Service for Monaco Telecom
--Ocean Blue-Powered Talking Set-Top Boxes Scheduled to Launch in August
--Ooyala Now Offering "Behind-the-Firewall" Hosting of Video Assets

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

England's Football Association Taps Brightcove for Broadband Video Initiatives

--thePlatform, Ooyala Announce Updates to their Platforms

Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, said last week that it has been tapped by English soccer's governing body, the Football Association (FA), to power a range of new online video offerings for its TheFA.com Web site and for its official site for England's World Cup team (including interviews with players and highlights from previous games and tournaments), as well as a new iPhone app. "Football in England today has more spectators, participants, revenues and media interest than any other sport," Alistair Robertson, project lead at the FA, said in a prepared statement.

News Round-Up

--BBC iPlayer, Sky Mobile TV, Livestation Now Available for Apple iPad
--BBC Announces Red-Button Interactive TV Programming Line-Up through June 18th
--CRTC Allows Advertising on VOD programs
--CJ HelloVision Launches Social TV-Enabled Broadband Video Service
--DMGT Fined £225,000 for Closing Teletext
--Fox Mobile Beta-Launches Bitbop Mobile TV Service
--Overlay TV Powers Interactive Video for Tory Burch

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

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