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BBC Announces Plans to Offer Four Original "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"

--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 "intera ctive episodes" of its long-running scifi series, "Doctor Who." Entitled " Doctor Who- -The Adventure Games " and available free of charge on, 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...

Social Video Start-Up, Qlipso, Acquires Assets of Veoh

--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 Platform Provider, Ooyala, Says it Enjoyed Record Revenue Growth in Q1

--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: It saw "double-digit" quarter-over-quarter revenue growth during the quarter, with revenues up more than 300% from the year-ago quarter. Non-US customers contributed over 30% of its revenue growth in the quarter. Revenues from existing...

Broadband Video Platform Provider, Brightcove, Raises $12 Million in Series D Funding Round

--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...

CBS Launches Multiplatform Series, "TV Briefly"

CBS Interactive has announced the launch of a multiplatform, original, "news and factoid-focused" series, entitled " TV Briefly ," which it says will focus on the behind-the-scenes stories of some of CBS's most popular shows, including "CSI: Miami," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "NCIS" and "Medium." The show, which is sponsored by HP, will also include two short videos for each of the four TV series featured, as well as a link to their full episodes...

News Round-Up

--BBC Future Media & Technology Undergoes Reorg
--BBC Develops "Mythology Engine" to Represent Dramas on the Web
--Dailymotion Launches New Video Player
--Panasonic Decides against Using Google Android in Connected TV's
--YouTube Launches Video Page Redesign
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC's Future Media & Technology division is being reorganized by its director, Erik Huggers. Paid Content UK has obtained an email from Huggers to the division's staff, that describes the various organizational changes that are being made to the division, including the creation of a new "director of digital media" role, and the appointment...

Music Choice Says Viewers Responding Enthusiastically to New Interactive Network, SWRV

--Imira, Enne Team on Interactive TV Series for Children
--MySpace, Fox Inviting Viewers to Audition for New Roles in "Glee"
--"Sims" Creator, Will Wright, Said to Be Teaming with Current TV on Interactive TV Series
Multiplatform music programmer, Music Choice , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that its new 24/7 interactive music video network, SWRV , has generated 500,000 viewer interactions in 750,000 homes since its launch last month. According to the company, 54% of those interactions were via the Web ( ) and 46% via the phone.

The SWRV program that has enjoyed the highest percentage of viewer interactions to date, Music Choice...

News Round-Up

--IPTV Set-Top Deals for ADB and Amino
--ANT Showcases Live HbbTV Implementation, Managed Service Portal
--China Deals for Concurrent and Harmonic Launches iPhone App
--NCTA Cable Show "My World" Exhibit to Feature Interactive TV Apps, Social TV, 3D TV and More
--Nielsen: Online Video Used as DVR, Not as Replacement for TV
--Ooyala to Power Broadband Video for
Here is a round-up of some of other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: ADB has announced that Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is deploying its set-top boxes to support a new IPTV service. Amino Communications has announced that it has secured a contract to deliver HD set-top boxes to Mahaska Communication Group , a triple-play provider serving the city of Oskaloosa, Iowa. The company says...

Ooyala Launches Video Search Engine Optimization (SEO) SDK

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala , on Wednesday announced the launch of its Video Search Engine Optimization SDK. Using Ooyala's video publishing tools, the company says, the SDK allows developers to expose video metadata to search engines in order to improve search engine rankings.

According to the company, developers can use the new SDK with its Advanced Metadata Management solution to create pages with video that Google and other search engines can...

thePlatform Launches its Next-Generation Multiscreen Video Publishing System, mpx Beta

--Features a Complementary mpx Dev Kit
Comcast-owned white-label video management and publishing company, thePlatform , on Monday evening launched mpx Beta , which it bills as a "radically re-engineered video management system designed to deliver an unmatched combination of efficiency and scalability for publishing online video"; and also unveiled a complementary mpx Dev Kit. The launches were scheduled to coincide with thePlatform's 10th anniversary.

According to thePlatform, mpx Beta incorporates an entirely new and "intuitive" console for managing...