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News Round-Up (IV): Howcast, Interactivation, Stingray Digital, Ligos, Zodiac Interactive (EBIF)

--Howcast Claims Its Smartphone Apps Have Been Downloaded by over 2 Million Users
--Interactivation Sells Concert TV VOD Service to Canada's Stingray Digital
--Ligos Joins Zodiac Interactive's Partner Program, Will Use Zodiac's EBIF UA for its Ligos ETV Suite

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us 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. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (VII): Music Choice, Cox, NDS, Ooyala

--Music Choice Rolls out "Largest HD Music Video-on-Demand Library" to Cox Customers
--NDS Bolsters its Senior Management Team for China Expansion
--Ooyala Supports Dynamic Insertion of IAB-Standard Ads for iPhone, iPad

The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, 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. It will likely take a short while for us 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. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (VIII): Sigma Designs, Microsoft, Ski Channel, Comcast, SnagFilms, Verizon, SyFy

--Sigma Designs Launches "Low-Cost" Set-Top Box Solution for Microsoft Mediaroom
--Ski Channel in VOD Deal with Comcast
--SnagFilms Plans to Increase Distribution, Starting with VOD Deals with Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV
--SyFy Launches Three iPhone Apps

The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, 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.

News Round-Up (IX): Time Warner Cable, Comic-Con, Transgaming, TubeMogul, Tunerfish

--Time Warner Cable Marks Comic-Con with VOD Offering
--Transgaming Secures First Deal for its Video-Games-on-TV Service, GameTreeTV
--TubeMogul Offering Online Video Analytics Free of Charge
--Comcast's Social TV Platform, Tunerfish, Offering Badges for HBO's "True Blood"

The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, 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.

News Round-Up (X): TVNZ, WealthTV, Verizon FiOS TV, XStreamHD, Zappware, naxoo

--TVNZ Commissions Second Season of Emmy-Winning Interactive Online Series, "Reservoir Hill"
--WealthTV Offering 3D Episode on Verizon FiOS TV's VOD Platform
--Satellite VOD Company, XStreamHD, in Distribution Deal with Lionsgate
--Zappware in Interactive TV Deal with Swiss Cable Operator, naxoo

The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, 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.

New iTV Doctor Column Features Interview with First-Ever Digital VOD Customer

--Karl Willard Was First Subscriber to Full Service Network (FSN) Back in 1994

[itvt] has just published the first in a new series of columns, collectively entitled PERSPECTIVE, from the iTV Doctor, Rick Howe. The series will discuss Full Service Network (FSN), QUBE, Video Jukebox, Sega Channel and other ground-breaking interactive TV efforts, and the impact those deployments still have on interactive television today.

News Round-Up

--Report: Kip Meek to Be Named Chairman of Project Canvas
--never.no Announces its Booth Plans for IBC 2010
--Social Animal Creates Interactive 360-Degree Video for Zipfizz
--Unicast Report Details Engagement Levels with Different Interactive Ad Formats
--Zee TV Invites Viewers to Help Name and Market New Show

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we are following:

SeaChange International's On Demand Group Launches Subscription VOD Service for du

On Demand Group (ODG), the London-based VOD content-aggregation-and-management subsidiary of SeaChange International, said Monday that it has teamed with United Arab Emirates integrated telecom service provider, du, to launch a fully managed subscription VOD service. The new SVOD offering, dubbed "Unlimited Video on Demand," joins a transactional VOD service that du launched last December.

Insight Launches "QuickView" Interactive TV Multiscreen Apps, Primetime VOD Service

Insight Communications, a cable operator that serves markets in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio (note: it has approximately 750,000 customers and is the ninth-largest cable operator in the US), last week announced the launch of new "QuickView" multiscreen mosaic channels that are available at no extra charge to customers equipped with HD DVR's. The mosaic channels each present viewers with miniscreens of a set of channels in a specific genre: channel 100 showcases basic entertainment channels, channel 300 children's channels, channel 400 news channels, channel 500 sports channels, and channel 800 music channels.

News Round-Up

--Report: Google CEO, Schmidt, Championing "Interactive Video Ads"
--Reports: Hulu Planning International Hulu Plus Launch, Is in Talks about Launching on US Cable VOD
--MTV Acquires Social Gaming Company, Social Express
--Panasonic in VieraCast OTT Deal with AceTrax
--PlaySpan Launches Micropayments Service for Broadband Video
--USPTO Suspends DISH Network's Application to Trademark "TV Everywhere"
--Comcast Attempting to Register "DVR2Go" with USPTO
--Visiware Develops Multiplayer Skill-Based Internet Games for France's TF1
--YouTube Announces 4K Support, Partner Grants Program

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

Netflix, Relativity Media Bypass Pay-TV with New OTT Movies Deal

DVD rental/OTT video company, Netflix, and Relativity Media, the financing and production company behind such current-release movies as "Get Him to the Greek" and "Grown Ups," said Tuesday that they have signed a long-term agreement, under which major theatrically released films owned by Relativity will be licensed exclusively to Netflix for streaming to its subscribers on its "Watch Instantly" service during the pay-TV window (note: Netflix subscriptions that include the "Watch Instantly" service are priced from $8.99 per month). Until now, such films have been distributed via Relativity's studio releasing partners to premium TV channels such as HBO, Showtime and Starz.

Blockbuster On Demand Available on New Philips Blu-ray Players

Struggling video rental chain, Blockbuster, said Tuesday that the latest Philips Blu-ray players, the 5320 and 7320 (note: the devices are built by Funai Electric-subsidiary, P&F, which is the exclusive licensee for Philips consumer television sets and home theater systems in North America), feature its transactional VOD service, Blockbuster On Demand. "Blockbuster On Demand gives customers instant access to the very latest new releases on the same day as DVD and Blu-ray," Bruce Anderson, Blockbuster On Demand's SVP and general manager, said in a prepared statement. "These new Philips Blu-ray players are a great way for you to enjoy the latest hit movies or cinema classics and we are excited to enhance that experience." 

Charter Launches PBS Kids Sprout on its VOD Platform

Charter Communications announced last week that it has launched PBS Kids Sprout--a multiplatform programming service which is a joint venture between PBS, Comcast, HIT Entertainment and Sesame Workshop and which targets children aged 2-5--on its VOD platform. The MSO also says it plans to make the service's 24-hour linear channel available on a market-by-market basis by the end of the year.

News Round-Up:

--BT Vision Planning to Launch VOD Advertising
--DirecTV Teams with Panasonic to Launch 3D Channels
--Groups Seek to Expand COPPA to Interactive TV, Other New Media

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

iN Demand Trumpets Cable VOD Line-Up for July

Cable industry-owned VOD content aggregator, iN Demand, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to share with us the list of first-run movies that it is premiering on cable VOD platforms this month. According to the company, most of the titles will be available day-and-date with their DVD release, one title will be available in advance of its DVD release, and around half of the titles will be on cable VOD platforms weeks before they are available through Netflix and Redbox. All the titles will be offered in both standard- and high-definition, iN Demand says.

The new-release movies that iN Demand will be premiering on VOD this month, according to the company, are:

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