Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/15/15 (I): Adobe, Aereo, Amazon, Woody Allen, HBO, AT&T, ATEME, STMicroelectronics, BBC, Blinkbox, BrightLine, Samba TV, Broadcom, Broadpeak

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC 2014 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.

  • Adobe Video Benchmark Report Finds Online TV Consumption Up 388% Year-over-Year (October 20th)
  • Bankruptcy Judge Allow  s   Aereo to Auction Off its Assets
  • Akamai: 12% of World's Broadband Connections Are 4K-Ready
  • Amazon Signs up Woody Allen to Direct his First-Ever TV Series; Series Will Be Available Exclusively on Prime Instant Video in US, UK and Germany
  • Amazon's Original Transgender-Themed Comedy, "Transparent," Wins Golden Globe
  • Amazon's First Pilot Season of 2015 Features 13 Original Comedy, Drama, Documentary and Children's Programs
  • HBO Go Launches on Amazon Fire TV (December 15th)
  • Amazon Instant Video Adds Support for 4K UHD (December 9th)
  • Amazon Begins Shipping its $39 Fire TV Stick (November 19th)
  • Amazon Trumpets Tripling of Content Available on Fire TV STB (October 24th)
  • AT&T Demo's LTE Broadcast at College Football Championship
  • ATEME, STMicroelectronics Demo 360-Degree "LiveSphere" TV App on Android STB; Allows Viewers to Change their Field of View via Remote Control
  • ATEME's LiveSphere Powers Live, 360-Degree Video Broadcast of Finnish Presidential Independence Day Celebration (December 10th)
  • BBC iPlayer Sets New Records over Holiday Period
  • UK Retailer Tesco Sells Blinkbox Movies VOD Service to ISP TalkTalk, in Deal Believed to Be Worth £5 million; May also Sell Big Data Company, Dunnhumby
  • BrightLine Rolls Out 3 Enhancements to its UXTV Connected-TV Ad Products: GeoSync CTV (Support for Geographically Customized/Addressable Content), SocialStream CTV (Integration with Social Media Platforms), ShopList CTV (Multiscreen Shopping Capabilities)
  • BrightLine UXTV Integrated with Samba TV's Connected-TV App Portfolio to Enable "Rich Interactive Advertising across 70+ Connected-TV Apps in over 118 Countries and 30 Million Screens" (October 14th)
  • Broadcom's DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 Silicon to Support the Cable RDK; Support Billed as Facilitating Development of Cable Home Gateways
  • Broadpeak Adds "Impulsive Recording" Capabilities to its Cloud-PVR Solution



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