--Microsoft Launches Programming-Discovery/Social-TV iPhone App, TeleBing, in Japan
--Miramax Launches Ooyala-Powered Facebook App
--Nagra to Showcase Multiscreen TV Solution, Cloud-Based Services at IBC 2011
Because the [itvt] editorial team was recently on the road for several weeks--and has also been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011--we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days 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.
--Ford Making Extensive Use of Rovi's Interactive TV Advertising Platform
--Rovi in EPG Patent-Licensing Deal with Japan's NTT Plala
--Trident Microsystems Launches Integrated 240Hz SoC for Android-Based Connected TV's
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks--as well as working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011--we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days 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.
--Clikthrough Produces Four Interactive Videos for Japanese Pop Star, mini
San Francisco-based interactive video specialist, Clikthrough, said Tuesday that it has partnered with UK brand consultancy, Nucleus, to develop an interactive video that is designed to promote Corinthia H
Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on itvt.com, July 16th), said Monday that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (operates the SKY PerfecTV! satellite service) has become the first Japanese pay-TV operator to join its patent license program.
--Clearleap, itaas Develop EBIF App for Continuous, Lean-Back Viewing of Short-Form VOD
--Ustream Launches in Japan
--Verizon Adds YouTube Access, Internet Radio to FiOS TV, Extends Media Manager to All HD Subs
--Virgin Media Launches Online VOD Service, "Virgin Media Online Movies"
--Vidiactive Launches Social TV Platform
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.
--Also Launches Self-Serve Web Site for Japanese Market
Earlier this month (see the article published on itvt.com, January 12th), broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, announced that it had entered into a partnership with NTT Smartconnect--a subsidiary of Asia's largest telco, NTT Holdings--to sell a localized, co-branded version of its flagship Backlot video platform in Japan. On Wednesday, the company launched the new Japanese version of the platform, together with a Japanese Web site.
Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, will today announce that it has entered into a partnership with NTT Smartconnect--a subsidiary of Asia's largest telco, NTT Holdings--to sell a localized, co-branded version of its flagship Backlot video platform in Japan.
--Brightkite Launches AR Local Advertising Solution
--Layar AR Browser for iPhone Pulled from Apple App Store Due to Crashes
--Version 1.5 of metaio's junaio AR Platform Now Available in Apple App Store
--Japan's Tonchidot Launches "Sekai Camera" AR App Internationally
--Total Immersion Teams with McDonald's on AR Promotion for "Avatar"
A number of items of augmented reality news have come across [itvt]'s desk over the past few days. Here is a brief round-up:
--Report: YouTube to Launch Sports Hub, Ramp Up Live Streaming Activities
In what may be one of the most unusual examples of convergence to date, two researchers from Japan's Keio University have developed a microwave oven that plays YouTube videos while the user waits for their food to cook. Dubbed the Castoven, the device incorporates a 10.4-inch LCD screen into its door and also integrates a speaker.
Designed to be connected to a home computer, and powered by an Adobe AIR app that accesses videos through YouTube's API, the Castoven--which is not yet available for sale--selects the videos it displays based on length: thus, if the user is warming up their Hungry-Man TV dinner for six minutes, the device will automatically play a six minute-long video.
--Also Launches 30-Day Trial Program
Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove, announced Tuesday the general availability of what it bills as the first fully localized white-label online video platform for the Japanese market. It says that the new platform extends its existing localized player architecture to incorporate a full suite of backend online video platform services, including content management, player design and publishing, delivery, product documentation and customer support. "Japan is one of the most exciting and fast-growing markets in the world for online video and continues to be an important investment priority in Brightcove's global expansion strategy," Brightcove chairman and CEO, Jeremy Allaire, said in a prepared statement.
--New Deal is Latest in a Series of Japanese Wins for the Company
In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove, announced that Japanese utility company, Tokyo Gas, has chosen the Brightcove platform to power its broadband video initiatives. Tokyo Gas--which has five business divisions and 60 subsidiaries in such areas as natural gas, electricity, gas appliances and real estate--will use the platform for a range of applications, including marketing and corporate communications.
--Companies to Explore Collaboration on Interactive Video Advertising
Japanese incumbent telco, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), announced Tuesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Silicon Valley-based Ooyala, to launch a "joint exploration of the business potential and technologies related to interactive video advertising." Ooyala, which was founded in 2007 by former Google employees, Bismark Lepe, Belsasar Lepe and Sean Knapp and which last year announced that it had raised $8.5 million in a funding round led by Sierra Ventures, offers an interactive video platform which it claims, among other things, automates video object recognition and tracking, and allows the creation of clickable objects within a video, enabling viewers, for example, to access more information on products featured in a commercial or show.
--Round-Up of Recent News from Brightcove
In a posting on its corporate blog last week, broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove--which claims to power broadband video for over 30 major newspaper publishers across North America, Europe and Asia (note: its US customers include Cox Newspapers, Freedom Communications, Hearst Communications, Media News Group, the New York Times Company and New York Times Regional Newspapers, Tribune Total Media and the Washington Post)--provided some figures on how its newspaper customers are deploying broadband video services and how customers are responding to those services.
Partners with tvCompass on EPG for Wireless Devices
Signs Japan Distribution Deal with HitachiSoft
Macrovision, the company that earlier this year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide, has secured a slew of licensing agreements for its EPG technology over the past few weeks:
--Partners with tvCompass on EPG for Wireless Devices
--Signs Japan Distribution Deal with HitachiSoft