Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III) 8/19/16: Kudelski, LeEco, LG, Liberty, LinkedIn, Machinima, Microsoft, MikMak, NBC, Snapchat, Olympics, Netflix, Ooyala, Pinterest, Roku, Rovi, Samba TV, Showtime, Sky

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s news round-ups were on hiatus for a couple of months, because our editorial team was working on TVOT SF 2016 and then taking a post-event break. We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke), so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V): HuffPost Live, IAB, Invidi, iStreamPlanet, LiveU, Kudelski, OpenTV, Sony PlayStation3, M-GO, Vizio, Michael Kors, Facebook, Microsoft Xbox, "Blake's 7," MTV

As most of our readers are probably aware, [itvt]'s news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT 2013 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...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): Kudelski, ADB, Lovefilm, Warner Bros, LVL Studio, mDialog, Brightcove, Metaio, NBC Sports, MobiTV, Marvell, MTV Movie Awards, Instagram, Facebook

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 ( June 25th-26th in San Francisco ), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format. Kudelski Group in Multi-Year Technology Licensing Deal with Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) Amazon-Owned Broadband VOD Service, Lovefilm, in Deal with Warner Bros LVL Studio Unveils "Purple 1.0" TV Apps Platform for Second-Screen Interactive TV LVL's Purple TV Application Platform Integrated with Azuki...

Interview: GM of Advanced Advertising, Paul Woidke, on Nagra-OpenTV's New Deal with Time Warner Cable Media

Earlier this week (see the article published on itvt.com, March 5th), Kudelski Group-owned content-protection and multiscre en-TV solutions provider, Nagra-OpenTV , announced that it has extended its advanced advertising partnership with Time Warner Cable Media , the advertising sales arm of the US's second-largest cable MSO.

According to Nagra-OpenTV, the partnership sees Time Warner Cable Media selecting the company's campaign-management platform, EclipsePlus/xG Billing, as well as renewing an existing deal for...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--ADB, Espial, Kudelski Release Financial Results
--Kudelski Provides an Update on its OpenTV "Turnaround Plan"
--ADB Says it Has Secured Deals with Two Tier-1 US Cable MSO's in 2011
--Reports: "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" to Support Voting via Facebook
--BBC to Offer "Waterloo Road" Spin-Off through the Red Button
--E! Entertainment Television Teams with Trailer Park on Red-Carpet App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
--Liveclicker Enables Interactive Video Shopping via Facebook Pages
--Connected-TV App Developer, MOVL, Appoints Director of Technology, Acquires Interactiva Colombia
--Rdio Social Music Service Launches on Roku
--Report: Samsung May Launch Google TV Devices Based
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related news we didn't have room for in this issue: ADB , Espial and the Kudelski Group have all released their latest financial results this week. Kudelski 's results announcement contains the following update on OpenTV , the interactive TV technology provider it acquired early last year: "With the full acquisition of OpenTV completed at the beginning of 2010, the Group launched a turnaround plan, with a...

Kudelski, SkyLife Form JV to Develop and Market Addressable and Interactive TV Advertising Solutions

--Companies Plan to Market Solutions Internationally, Following Deployment in Korea
The Kudelski Group , the Swiss company that recently acquired San Francisco-based interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, said Tuesday that it has agreed to form a joint venture with Korean satellite and hybrid services operator, SkyLife , to develop advanced advertising solutions, including solutions that will allow operators to implement addressable (i.e. geographically and demographically targeted) and interactive (e.g. telescoping-, RFI- and tcommerce-enabled) advertising. Such solutions, the companies say, will enable TV...

OpenTV Partners with Coverity to Enhance its Middleware Testing Environment

Kudelski -owned interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , on Wednesday announced a partnership with Coverity , a provider of "software integrity" solutions, that it says will complement its middleware testing environment.

Starting this month, OpenTV says, it will begin offering Coverity Static Analysis software models to its integration and development customers and partners. According to the company, these Coverity models will help those customers and partners enhance the quality...

DISH Network Upgrading SeaChange Ad Insertion Systems to Meet Demand for HD Ads

--DISH Network in Conditional Access System Agreement with Kudelski's Nagravision
VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , announced Tuesday that satellite TV provider, DISH Network , is upgrading its entire platform of SeaChange Spot advertising insertion systems to meet what it claims is a growing demand for HD ad placements across its North American footprint. SeaChange is DISH Network's exclusive ad insertion technology provider, having delivered ads for the satellite TV provider since it launched its DBS service back in 1996.

Discovery Group Urges OpenTV to Repurchase Kudelski's Stake in the Company

--Says "Multiple Conflicts of Interest...Have Haunted OpenTV" Since Kudelski Became Involved in it
As [itvt] reported last week ( see article posted on itvt.com, June 5th ), Kudelski last Thursday issued a stinging response to the decision by a special committee of OpenTV 's board of directors to reject its unsolicited offer to acquire, at $1.35 each, all outstanding shares of OpenTV Class A ordinary stock that it does not already own. Now Discovery Group , OpenTV's largest independent shareholder, which was singled out for criticism in Kudelski's...

Kudelski Responds to OpenTV's Rejection of its Buyout Offer

--Criticizes Company for Prioritizing Short-Term Profitability over Long-Term Investment
As [itvt] reported earlier this week ( see article posted on itvt.com, June 3rd ), interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, announced Tuesday that a special committee of its board of directors had rejected an unsolicited proposal by its largest shareholder, Kudelski--which has an approximately 27% stake in the company that gives it approximately 75% voting control--to acquire all outstanding shares of OpenTV Class A ordinary stock that Kudelski does not already own...