Canadian cable MSO, Rogers Communications, has now officially launched Rogers On Demand Online, its initial implementation of the "TV Everywhere" distribution model, following a beta period that began last November (note: the "TV Everywhere" distribution model--which was originally championed by Time Warner chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes--seeks, via authentication technology, to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available to those customers on multiple Web sites and platforms, and thus aims to head off the threat posed to pay-TV services by the increasing availability of over-the-top programming).
--Canoe Ventures Testing Dynamic VOD Advertising
--Envivio Tapped to Support Meo's New Internet TV Service
--MGM Mirage Launches "Vegas Reality" Augmented Reality App for iPhone
--Netflix to Use Microsoft PlayReady in "Netflix-Ready" OTT Devices
--Saffron Digital Powering NBC Universal International's New Online Video Platform
--Sezmi Updates its Service
--Stoneroos Launches TV Guide App for iPhone/iPod Touch, Yahoo! Widget Platform
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:
SeeSaw--the broadband VOD service that broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, launched following its acquisition of the platform assets of Project Kangaroo, the VOD platform developed by UKVOD, a joint venture between the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, and terrestrial broadcasters, ITV and Channel 4, for a price believed to be in the £8 million range (note: Project Kangaroo was believed to be close to launch, when it was nixed in February, 2009 by the Competition Commission, an independent public body that investigates mergers, markets and regulated industries at the UK government's behest)--announced last week that it has launched the "next generat
--Video Lets Viewers Determine its Narrative, Insert their Likeness, Record their own Dialog Lines
Toyota's Lexus brand has tapped creative agency, Skinny, and production company, Stink Digital, to develop a high-definition and high-production-values interactive video to promote its new luxury hybrid compact car, the CT 200h.
--BigBand Integrates with Entone, Orca, Verimatrix, Western Mediabridge
--Boxee Selects Vindicia as its Payments Platform Provider
--BrightLine iTV Says 2009 Was its Second Consecutive Year of Record Growth
--Edgeware Integrates Web TV Servers with MediaMelon's MediaCloud SaaS Solution
--Firefly Video Launches Interactive Online Video Advertising Platform
--Kaltura Launches New Version of its Self-Hosted Online Video Platform
--KickApps, Adobe Release OSMF App Studio Drag-and-Drop Media Player Solution
--Motorola Launches tru2way-Compatible Multiroom HD DVR
--NDS Extends Interactive TV Professional Services and Integration Work Contract with Cox
--Panasonic Demoing 3D, tru2way, New RUI at Cable Show
--Reuters Launches Interactive On-Demand Video Platform, Reuters Insider
--TiVo in Research Partnership with Millward Brown
--Two Way Limited's TAB Active Interactive TV Wagering Service Expands
Due to the volume of news generated by the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles this week, [itvt] is covering a number of stories in this issue in round-up/summary form:
--Revision3 to Use Miso iPhone/iPod touch Social TV App to Drive Interest in its Shows
--Rovi Launches Cable Operator Version of its TotalGuide EPG
--Rovi Licenses Passport EPG and Applications to Two Latin American Cable Operators
--Shaw Taps Verivue to Power Expansion of its VOD Service
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.
--Clearleap, Arris Integrate Technologies to Offer Content Management Solution for VOD and Ad Services
--Clicker Media Launches Clicker Live
--Clikthrough Powers Interactive Video Commerce Service for Elle Magazine
--Comcast Media Center Launches Managed Solution for Delivering ETV Apps Less Expensively
--Concurrent Launches MediaHawk VX Multiscreen Video Delivery Software
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.
Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, says that its platform will provide support for the Open Graph and new set of Social Plug-ins that were announced by social networking giant, Facebook, at its f8 Conference in San Francisco, Wednesday (note: an explanation of the Open Graph and the new plug-ins can be found here).
A company called Genos--which, according to its press materials, was founded by "Rob Shambro, serial entrepreneur and a founder of Savvis, Streamsearch and iLabs; Mike West, subject matter expert in consumer electronics and former technical leader at IBM; and Kevin Bachus, a creator of the Microsoft Xbox," and is a subsidiary of a company called ShambroWest--emailed [itvt] Tuesday to let us know about a broadband TV service it says it is developing, called GenosTV.
TubeMogul, an Emeryville, Calif.-based provider of distribution and analytics services for broadband video, last week announced the launch of its "Destinations" video publishing suite, which it says allows "from-anywhere-to-anywhere" video distribution--for free.
--Also Makes Children's Radio Reports Available through Red Button
--Commissions Second Series of "EastEnders" Broadband TV Spin-Off
The BBC last week announced plans to offer four original "interactive episodes" of its long-running scifi series, "Doctor Who." Entitled "Doctor Who--The Adventure Games" and available free of charge on bbc.co.uk/doctorwho, the "interactive episodes" will take the form of downloadable computer games for PC and Mac that will allow players to assume control of The Doctor and his human sidekick, Amy, as they embark on new adventures that complement the latest season of the TV series, the corporation says.
--Company Lets Users Interact via Webcam, Chat and 3D Avatars While Watching Flash-Based Media
Qlipso, a Jerusalem Venture Partners-backed social video start-up that allows users to interact live in "virtual rooms" with their friends, via Webcam, chat, voicechat and 3D avatars, while watching Flash-based media (including, for example, games and slideshows, as well as videos), said Wednesday that it has acquired "substantially all of" the assets (including its Web site, its video library, its advertising deals, its filtering, recommendation and backend technology, and--most crucially--its audience) of Veoh, the broadband video company that, in February, announced that it would declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
--Brightcove Expands Relationship with Italian Publishing Group, De Agostini Editore
Privately held broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, said Wednesday that it enjoyed record revenue growth in the first quarter, as it expanded its business into new markets in Europe, Japan, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. According to the company:
--Has Raised $99 Million To Date, Is Expected to Go Public This Year or Next
Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, has confirmed a report by Jessica Vascellaro in Monday's Wall Street Journal that it has raised $12 million in new funding. According to the company, the Series D funding round was led by Accel Partners and General Catalyst, and saw the participation of other existing investors, including AOL, Hearst, AllianceBernstein, Maverick, and Brookside Capital. It says it plans to use the new funds to "expand the company's cash balance sheet and increase investments in key growth initiatives, including expansion in Asia and Europe, the roll-out of new product lines like Brightcove Express on a worldwide basis, R&D innovation, and possible M&A activity."