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Brightcove 4 Features Support for Native iPhone App Development, Expanded Live Streaming and More

--Brightcove Targets SMB's with Entry-Level Brightcove Express Offering, Priced from $99 per Month

Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove, on Monday announced the general availability of Brightcove 4, which it describes as a "major new release" of its flagship online video platform that incorporates a range of new features, including support for native iPhone video application development, expanded live streaming capabilities, advanced analytics, and new resources for video distribution, monetization and custom online video applications.

Sezmi Secures $25 Million in New Funding, Launches Public Pilot in Los Angeles

--Company's Flagship Offering Combines Traditional TV, Movies and Internet Video

Sezmi, a company that has developed a set-top box-based offering which it bills as "combining traditional TV content, movies and Internet video in a single, easy-to-use product and service," said Monday that it has secured $25 million in new funding from new and existing investors. The company--which last year announced that it had raised $33 million in an earlier funding round--also announced Monday that it has made its "all-in-one personalized television service" available via a public pilot in Los Angeles, in preparation for a nationwide launch next year.

Ooyala in Broadband Video Overlay Advertising Partnership with YuMe

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, and YuMe, which bills itself as "the first advertising technology company built from the ground up for broadband video," announced Monday that they are partnering in order to "help publishers monetize live online video streams" (note: the announcement follows Ooyala's announcement last week of advanced ad network integration, as well as adaptive bitrate delivery). According to the companies, Ooyala's Backlot dashboard now includes a simple process for publishers to specify ad insertion points for YuMe overlays when publishing a live video stream.

SetJam, Yidio and Clicker Emerge to Tackle Problem of Online Programming Discovery

Three different companies--SetJam, Yidio and Clicker--contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about solutions they have developed to make it easier for consumers to discover the programs they want to watch from the increasing amount of programming now available online. All three solutions are designed to facilitate online access to full-length, professionally produced and legally available programming.

TVGuide.com Launches "DVR" Functionality

TVGuide.com, an online portal for TV listings and other TV-related content (note: the site, which, along with TV Guide Network, is part of a joint venture owned by Lionsgate and One Equity Partners, claims to reach 21 million unique users each month), announced Wednesday that it has launched "DVR" functionality, enabling users to select their favorite TV shows, organize them in one location and watch them online at their convenience. "My TVGuide.com DVR," as the new feature is called, also provides users with notifications whenever new episodes of their favorite shows become available.

Flumotion Powers Broadband Video Portal with 3D UI for Spanish Broadcaster, Cuatro

Flumotion, a Barcelona-based company best known for developing an open source multi-format video streaming software that it claims allows streaming of content "live and on-demand in all the leading formats from a single server," contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about a new broadband video service it has developed for Spanish broadcaster, Cuatro.

Cookie Jar Entertainment Launches Broadband Video Service for Children, Jaroo.com

Children's entertainment company, Cookie Jar Entertainment, has launched a free, advertising-supported broadband video service, called Jaroo.com, which it claims offers one of the largest selections of full-length episodes of current and classic children's programs and movies.

BBC Launches iPlayer-Like Broadband Video Service Providing Coverage of Political Institutions

--Service Covers UK and European Parliaments, Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies

The BBC has launched an iPlayer-like broadband video service that provides live and on-demand coverage of Parliament and other British national political institutions, as well as of the European Parliament (note: the BBC says the service "will cover all proceedings in the main chambers of the House of Commons, House of Lords, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, Welsh Assembly and full sittings of the European Parliament" as well as "Westminster Hall and Select Committees at Westminster").

Livestream Launches Beta Version of Procaster for Mac

In a posting on its corporate blog, Monday, Livestream (formerly Mogulus), a New York-based company which offers a platform that enables amateurs and professionals to produce and distribute live TV on the Internet, announced the release of a beta Mac version of its Procaster product.

New Hires: BBC Future Media & Technology, Music Choice On Demand, Episodic

The BBC has named Simon Lloyd director of marketing, communications and audiences for its Future Media & Technology (FM&T) division. He will report to the BBC's director of marketing, communications and audiences, Sharon Baylay, and--in addition to his core duties of developing FM&T's marketing, communications and audiences strategy in accordance with the corporation's overall strategy--he will play a role in the strategic leadership and development of the division, the BBC says: he will have a seat on FM&T's board and is expected to work closely with the division's director, Erik Huggers.

Reality Digital's New Broadband Video Platform Lets Businesses "Socialize" their Video Assets

San Francisco-based Reality Digital on Tuesday launched Reality Digital Spotlight, a white-label broadband video management and distribution platform. According to the company, Spotlight is an SaaS-based platform that eliminates the need for technical or video expertise and that makes it easy for businesses to:

Clearleap Launches Content Marketplace, Secures New Content Partnerships

--Company Specializes in Technologies for Bringing Web Video to VOD Platforms

Clearleap, an Atlanta-based company which offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets (note: the company has announced deployments with Atlantic Broadband and Bresnan--see the articles published on itvt.com, June 30th and September 13th), on Monday announced a new offering called Content Marketplace, which it bills as a customizable content-management platform that leverages Internet technologies to enable quick and easy acquisition and aggregation of local, traditional and Web video content.

News Round-Up

--ActiveVideo, Concurrent, Harmonic Announce SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Plans
--Babelgum Launches Channel for Culture-Jamming Duo, The Yes Men
--CNN.com Relaunched with More Video, iReport Integration
--Comcast COO Burke: TV Industry Must "Get in Front of" Internet or Face Cord-Cutting
--Video-Sharing Company, Dailymotion, Secures $25 Million in New Funding
--News Corp.'s Chase Carey Confirms that Hulu Will Launch Premium Service
--Sky+ HD DVR Now in 1.6 Million Households
--Thomson in Deal to Provide Interactive HD Set-Tops to Israel's HOT
--Windows 7 Offers Extensive Internet TV Features

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

AFI Digital Content Lab to Hold its DigiFest November 4th and 5th

--Event Showcases Projects Incubated by the Lab and Significant Digital Productions from Past Year

The American Film Institute Digital Content Lab, an organization which for more than a decade has played a key role in fostering the development of interactive and multiplatform TV--and interactive media in general--in the US, will hold its annual interactive media showcase, the AFI DigiFest (formerly known as the AFI Digital Content Festival), at the Mann Chinese Theater (auditorium #1) in Hollywood, November 4th and 5th.

News Round-Up

--BigBand Networks Announces SCTE Cable-Tec Exhibit Plans
--Endavo in White-Label Broadband Video Deal with Etisalat
--OpenTV Not in Compliance with NASDAQ's Audit Committee Requirements
--Rogers-Owned OLN Offering Full Episodes on its Web Site
--New Broadband Video Service, Vevo, Receives Significant Investment
--YouTube to Live-Stream U2 Concert, Launches Real-Time Comments Search Feature
--Over 700 VOD Services Now Available in Europe

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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