Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): FXNow, Gracenote, Tribune Media Services, YuMe, GroupM, Mike Bologna, Modi Media, HBO, Hulu, Innovid, Cisco, ITV AdSync, LG WebOS Smart TV, M-GO

Episode #1 // HITRECORD ON TV

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 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 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.

  • FX Begins Rollout of FXNow "TV Everywhere" App; Starting in August, App Will Be "Exclusive Non-Linear Home" of All 530 Episodes of "The Simpsons"; FX CEO Landgraf: FXNow "Will Allow us to Begin Rebuilding our Advertising Business"
  • Tribune Company to Acquire Metadata/ACR Company, Gracenote, from Sony for $170 Million; Will Combine it with its Metadata Arm, Tribune Media Services (TMS) (December 23rd)
  • Gracenote Teams with YuMe to Facilitate ACR-Powered Synchronized Second-Screen Advertising
  • Simple.TV Taps Gracenote to Power its EPG (December 12th)
  • GroupM Forms Modi Media Advanced-TV Advertising Unit, Headed Up by Industry Veteran, Michael Bologna; Will Focus on Digital Content Distribution, Addressable Advertising, Hyper-Local Advertising and Interactive TV
  • HBO's HBO Go "TV Everywhere" Service to Launch on PlayStation 3 and 4
  • CEO Pleper: HBO Willing to "Pivot" to Direct-to-Consumer OTT Model "if the Market Changes"
  • Hulu Unveils Original Programming Line-Up for 2014
  • Hulu Generates $1 Billion in Revenue for 2013; Claims 5 Million Hulu Plus Subscribers (December 18th)
  • Hulu Plus Launches on Xbox One (November 21st), PlayStation 4 (November 12th), Chromecast for iPhone (October 21st), Nintendo 3DS (October 17th)
  • Hulu Launches Mobile Clips Offering (October 23rd)
  • Hulu Names Mike Hopkins CEO (October 17th)
  • Innovid Teams with Cisco to Power Contextual Advertisements on the Second-Screen by Enabling Real-Time Identification of Keywords Spoken on TV
  • UK Commercial Broadcaster, ITV, Claims "Extremely High Engagement and Clickthrough Rates" for its Second-Screen Advertising Platform, AdSync
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Collaborative" TV Show, "HitRecord on TV," Premieres ahead of Schedule
  • New LG Smart TV's to Be Powered by webOS; Will Connect and Interact with Android and iOS Apps, "Enhancing the Second-Screen Experience"; App Partners Featured at CES Include: zeebox, Yidio, Imgur, TalkLittle, Stevie, Neura (ACTV), BuddyTV
  • LG's New webOS-Powered Ultra HD TV's to Support Ultra HD 4K Streaming from Netflix
  • LG to Incorporate Qualcomm's AllJoyn Open Source Software Framework into its Smart-TV Platform to Facilitate Interoperability between Devices; Integration Will "Allow Multiple Devices to Communicate with LG Smart TV's Simultaneously, Creating an Expansive Cross-OS Environment where Users Can Interact in New Ways" (December 4th)
  • Social-TV Platform Provider, LiveRelay, Taps Octoshape to Power Streaming for its Relay TV Platform; Relay TV Billed as "Enabling Consumers to Connect with Friends and Chat Directly through their Television..., Channel Surf by what Friends Are Watching...[and] Talk and Text each other through the TV...while Watching the Same Show in Different Locations"
  • Meet-Bob Launches Android-Based HDMI Stick to Enable Social TV; Billed as "Turn[ing] any TV into a Content and Communications Center, Enabling Family Members to Watch TV Shows, Movies or Videos together, Easily Share Favorite Content and Special Moments with each other, Keep in Touch (Using a Web Cam), and Play Games with One Another--even if they Are on Different Sides of the World"
  • M-GO Unveils 4K Transactional Streaming VOD Service for Samsung UHD TV's; Is Scheduled to Launch in the Spring
  • M-GO Signs Content-Licensing Deal with Walt Disney Studios, Launches "M-GO to GO" iOS App (December 19th)
  • M-GO Transactional Streaming VOD Service Launches on LG Smart TV's (November 5th)
  • High-Profile Video and Entertainment Executive, Blair Westlake, to Leave Microsoft
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