Vid-Biz: RealNetworks, Travel Channel, Cablevision

RealNetworks’ COO Giamatteo Quietly Resigns; according to an SEC filing, John Giamatteo will step down effective April 2. (paidContent)

Travel Channel Site Makeover Adds Video; the cable network, now managed by majority owner Scripps Networks International, has relaunched with a new video player and a deep library of travel video, itineraries and destination guides created for the site. (Multichannel News)

Cablevision’s Interactive TV Ads Work Well; cable company claims that conversion rates — the percentage of viewers who, after initially clicking on an ad, successfully requested the advertiser’s product sample or coupon — ranged from 40 percent to more than 70 percent. (Multichannel News)

CBS AdLabs Beta Review: A Gimmick for Free CBS Episodes Online?; CBS has an interesting gimmick going on at its Ad Labs site, in which you can view advertisements in order to watch CBS full-length episodes online. (WebTVWire)

Cablevision Gets Board Approval for MSG Spinoff; the board has approved a spin off of its Madison Square Garden business to the company’s shareholders, which will take place on February 9, 2010. (paidContent)

Skype Names Former Sony Ericsson Mobile President as Chairman; Miles Flint will be the Luxembourg-based phone and video conferencing company’s new chairman, leading its 17-person board of directors. (Bloomberg)

SetJam Working on “TV Everywhere” Widgets; the online TV search engine developer announced it is working with major media companies to build a suite of specialized “TV Everywhere” widgets to transform static entertainment sites into on-demand interactive TV watching destinations. (InteractiveTV Today)

Mzinga Teams with Kaltura to Deliver Integrated Social Video; with Kaltura’s video solution, Mzinga OmniSocial users can more easily import and share rich media content across their community and within social applications. (press release)

CastUP Launches Video Delivery Solution for iPhone; the new product provides a framework for video to be delivered to the iPhone via multiple delivery mechanisms, including live broadcast and VOD. (InteractiveTV Today)