TV Reinvented: The TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) 2013 Brings Together the Top Innovators in Television

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[itvt] Gathers Executives and Experts to Discuss and Debate the TV of Tomorrow, Where We’re Headed and What We’ve Accomplished

June 25-26, 2013

• "Well done, Tracy: another great event filled with innovative ideas and great people! Thank you for having me and look forward to TVOT in '13!" -- Adam Lowy, General Manager of Interactive TV, DISH Network.

InteractiveTV Today, [itvt , the most widely read and trusted news source on multiplatform interactive and social TV, today announced its TV of Tomorrow (TVOT) landmark event is returning to San Francisco on June 25-26, 2013. Seven years strong, TVOT brings together executives, technologists and creatives working in the Interactive and Multiplatform Television industry/community. The two-day conference is also the venue for the presentation of the highly regarded Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television, presented by [itvt] since 2004.

Sponsors of TVOT 2013 include: PayPal, Softel, CableLabs, Gracenote, Cognitive Networks, LG Electronics, Dolby, OpenTV, Viaccess-Orca, Audible Magic, Rentrak, Alticast, Zeitera, Civolution, Innovid, Veveo, Nuance, Canoe, Ensequence, Rovi, Watchwith, TVplus, Bemis Balkind, Strategy & Technology, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the IAB, Breakaway Communications.

Sponsors of the first-ever tvot^ Hackathon 2013 taking place June 22-23 include: Gracenote, Ignite Video, Samsung Developers, PayPal, CableLabs, LG Electronics, Dolby, CableLabs, Leap Motion, Pemberley Digital, TMS, DirecTV, Sony, zeebox, Tierra IT and Mashery.) #tvothack

TVOT is the only industry event to focus exclusively on the delivery, user experience and business of interactive/advanced TV across multiple platforms (e.g. pay-TV, connected TV/OTT, tablets, smartphones and other second-screen devices, IPTV, Web, social networks, VOD, game consoles, augmented reality systems, etc.). Staying true to its heritage, TVOT is highly interactive, with sessions designed to encourage debate and participation, and with its own second-screen app. It also encourages cross-pollination between the interactive/multiplatform TV community and other creative communities, such as artists, designers, interactive storytellers, independent filmmakers, and more.

For the first time ever, TVOT will also host the tvot^ Hackathon, June 22-23. This hackathon will add an element of real-time innovation to the show, while bringing together some of the smartest developers to tackle the next generation of the TV experience. The tvot^ Hackathon will take place in the actual building where television was created in 1927 by Philo Farnsworth, adding more meaning and impact to its importance. For more information, click here.

Highlights of this year's show include:

  •     A keynote track on the burgeoning television commerce (tcommerce) space that will showcase the latest initiatives from such industry leaders as PayPal, Fox, Delivery Agent, zeebox and others.
  •     A keynote fireside on the Cable Reference Design Kit (RDK), the software bundle that is designed to enable the next generation of cable TV. The fireside will bring together some of cable's best known technology leaders, including Mike Hayashi, EVP of Architecture, Development and Engineering at Time Warner Cable; Mark Hess, SVP of Video Business and Product Development at Comcast; Steve Reynolds, SVP of Premises Technology at Comcast; and Matthew Zelesko, SVP of Technology, at Time Warner Cable
  •     A keynote presentation from Fred Graver, the executive who is leading Twitter's efforts to reshape the social-TV space.
  •     A session that will explore how television networks are developing rich, interactive experiences that take advantage of the incorporation of automatic content recognition (ACR) technology into smart TV's.
  •     Sessions that will provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of how advanced-TV leaders, such as Bravo, Turner Sports, Discovery Communications and Embassy Row, are working to reinvent the television experience with new forms of interactivity and audience participation.
  •     A session that will explore how visionaries such as former New York Times journalist, Saul Hansell, and CNN executive and best-selling novelist, Alex Wellen, are seeking to reinvent TV and video news.
  •     A session sponsored by US cable-industry R&D organization, CableLabs, that will explore the ways in which voice-control and other natural user interface technologies are promising to revolutionize the user experience of television.
  •     Two sessions sponsored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group (the organization responsible for the Interactive Media Emmys)--one of which will explore how interactivity and social viewing are transforming live TV, and the other of which will examine how "transmedia"/multiplatform storytelling is promising to change the nature of programming and advertising.

“TVOT’s momentum could not be any stronger. This year, due to popular demand and in a bid to foster even more innovation in the advanced-TV space, we have added our first-ever hackathon,” said Tracy Swedlow, founder of [itvt]. “Our goal continues to be to provide our attendees with a truly interactive and dynamic experience to discuss what will become of TV tomorrow. With our newest sponsors ranging from PayPal to Dolby, it’s evident that the interest in this topic goes beyond the traditional players in the space, with participants and sponsors encompassing everyone from technology startups to creative professionals to top executives in the pay-TV, broadcast and consumer electronics space. We couldn’t be more proud of what the TVOT franchise has become.”

Here is what attendees have said about previous TVOT events:

  •     “I was most impressed with the quality of the conference. The stage set, art exhibit, audience quality and planning were amazing. Fantastic job" -- Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association.
  •     "Just a note to thank you for having me at your event. I heard that the entire event was a huge success." -- Tony Werner, CTO, Comcast.
  •     "Tracy, a huge thanks for a brilliant TVOT event, and for that much-coveted speaking opportunity--hugely appreciated." -- Anthony Rose, Co-Founder and CTO, zeebox.
  •     "Well done, Tracy: another great event filled with innovative ideas and great people! Thank you for having me and look forward to TVOT in '13!" -- Adam Lowy, General Manager of Interactive TV, DISH Network.
  •     "Loved everything at [the TVOT NYC 2012 show]." -- Lisa Hsia, EVP of Digital Media, Bravo.
  •     “Thanks again for pulling together a great event on Monday! I am looking forward to next summer's!" --Chris Falkner, VP of Advanced Advertising, NBCUniversal.
  •     "Thanks again for the opportunity to participate in the conference. It was an excellent event, and I learned a lot from the participants." -- Justin Osofsky, Director of Platform Partnerships and Operations, Facebook.

To register for TVOT, click here.

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About Interactive TV Today:
Founded in 1998 by Tracy Swedlow and co-owned by Richard Washbourne, Interactive TV Today [itvt] is the most widely read and trusted news source on the rapidly emerging medium of multiplatform, broadband interactive television (ITV). We provide concise, original coverage of industry developments, technologies, content projects, and the people building the business to our readership, which is made up of hundreds of thousands of executives from around the world.

For further sponsorship information or speaking opportunities, please contact:
Tracy Swedlow
CEO, Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of TVOT
415 824 5806

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