--Plus TubeMogul Interview, New Blog Posts on Interactive TV Games, AT&T's CruiseCast
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe's regular column, "The iTV Doctor Is In!" This week, Will Kreth, senior director of advanced video strategy at Time Warner Cable and founder of OEDN (note: the name is an acronym for "OCAP/EBIF Developer Network), an organization which is attempting to drive application development efforts using the US cable industry's OCAP/tru2way and EBIF middleware standards, explains how OEDN is working with academic institutions to foster a broad base of experienced interactive TV developers.
--OTT Deal with Conde Nast Digital to See Launch of Several Additional Boxee Apps
Conde Nast Digital announced Tuesday that it has formed a content distribution partnership with over-the-top-TV platform, Boxee (note: earlier this month, the latter announced that it had secured $6 million in new financing--see article published on itvt.com, August 13th). As a result, broadband video content from its Wired.com and Style.com properties, as well as runway photo slideshows from Style.com, are now available via new Boxee apps.
--London Symphony Orchestra Taps Kaltura for Interactive Broadband Video
Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala (note: the company claims to have over 140 global media and enterprise customers, including Warner Bros., Electronic Arts and Sybase), announced last week that it has been tapped by Brazilian movie rental company, NetMovies, to power the latter's new, Web-based movie-streaming service, NetMovies Live.
Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala (note: the company claims to have over 140 global media and enterprise customers, including Warner Bros., Electronic Arts and Sybase), announced Wednesday that venture capitalist, Fred Warren, an original investor in the company, has been elected as non-executive chairman of its board of directors.
--Trial Is Part of "TV Everywhere" Initiative, Announced by Comcast and Time Warner in June
Comcast, the US's largest cable MSO, announced Thursday that Discovery Channel has joined its On Demand Online trial and is now making a selection of its full-length programming available online to trial participants.
--Roku Believed to Be Updating its Netflix Interface
AnySource Media, a company that has developed an over-the-top-TV solution, called the Connected HDTV Platform, which it says will be embedded in certain new HDTV sets later this year (note: the company has not yet announced any partnerships with TV manufacturers) and will allow viewers to access hundreds of "virtual" on-demand channels "out of the box," announced Thursday that it has signed up social TV-enabled broadband video sharing service, Viddler, and instructional broadband video provider, Graspr, as content partners.
--Launch Follows TiVo's Announcement Last Week that it Is Opening Up its Platform to Video Podcasters
As [itvt] reported last week (see article published on itvt.com, August 6th), TiVo recently announced that it is making available "hundreds" of free broadband videos to broadband-connected TiVo Series3, TiVo HD and TiVo HD XL subscribers via new "podcast channels," and also announced that it is now possible for any video podcast provider to publish video content to TiVo DVR's using industry-standard Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and H.264 video (note: TiVo users can access video podcasts published in this way and not listed on the TiVo menu by entering the URL for the podcast they want to watch within the "Video On Demand" menu on their DV
The BBC announced Wednesday that it is offering extensive coverage of the World Athletic Championships (take place in Berlin, Germany from August 15th to 23rd) through its red-button interactive TV service. According to the corporation, UK digital viewers will be able to press red to access looped re-runs of BBC Two's live coverage of the event, as well as a daily 20- to 30-minute highlights program, featuring action from the event's morning and evening sessions (note: the extent of the red-button coverage varies according to platform).
--New Partners Include YouTube, Vimeo, NBC Local Media NY, Roku, TubeMogul, FreeWheel
Blip.tv, a broadband video company that claims to offer over 38,000 original Web shows which collectively reach over 22 million viewers and generate 72 million video views per month, announced Tuesday that it has expanded its distribution capabilities, formed new partnerships to monetize its content and track advertising and viewership across its distribution network, and redesigned the dashboard that it offers to its content providers so that the latter can now reach viewers across the Web and TV with a single upload.
Pink Weddings, a UK company that specializes in wedding/civil union planning services for same-sex couples, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it is planning to launch a channel called TogetherTV that will be devoted to gay and lesbian weddings, on September 1st. The company says that the channel will be launched as a "sub-channel" on TV Polari, which is billed as the first UK-launched and globally broadcast lifestyle IPTV channel for a gay and lesbian audience.
--Site Slated to Offer 100 Minutes of New, Original Video Content Each Month
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV (note: the name stands for Independent Television Network), announced last week that its ITV Studios Digital Productions arm will produce around 100 minutes of new broadband video content each month for the recently revamped Web site (itv.com/corrie) of its long-running soap opera, "Coronation Street." The content--which will include exclusive cast interviews, backstage footage and archive clips, as well as episode summaries, sneak previews and character profiles--was commissioned by Kate Bradshaw, ITV's deputy managing director and head of online
The BBC said Wednesday that record numbers of people watched coverage of this year's Glastonbury Festival on-demand through its dedicated festival Web site and through its BBC Red Button interactive TV service. According to the corporation, the site--which offered highlights of around 60 acts playing on the festival's main stages--received 7.2 million video requests. Lady Gaga's performance proved the biggest draw, the BBC says, with 1.3 million requests, followed by Lily Allen's with 762,000 requests, and Blur's with 538,000 requests.
Broadcast network CBS announced Wednesday an extensive multiplatform initiative around the 11th season of the US version of the Endemol reality-TV show, "Big Brother" (Premieres July 9th, 8:00PM Eastern/Pacific). According to CBS:
Veeple, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company that specializes in interactive online video solutions for marketers (note: for an in-depth overview of the company's products and strategy, see the interview with its co-founder and CEO, Scott Broomfield, that was published on itvt.com, April 22nd), said Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with online video distribution platform, TubeMogul (note: the company also recently signed a deal with BitGravity--
--Series, Written by Hayden Black, Will Have Exclusive First Run on Dailymotion
Paris, France-based broadband video company, Dailymotion (note: the company claims that over 15,000 new videos are uploaded to its network of 18 localized sites each day), announced Tuesday that Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on the original "Star Trek," has joined the cast of "The Cabonauts," a 15-part original Web series (each episode will be 10 minutes long) that the company is launching in partnership with Evil Global Corp.