Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): CenturyLink, Cisco, NBC, Facebook, Cognitive Networks, Comcast, Samsung, NBC, zeebox, Nielsen, Twitter

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.

  • CEA/NATPE Study of Viewers' Attitudes to Broadcast-Synchronized Second-Screen Content: 42% Have Tried Synchronized Second-Screen Apps; 13% Say the Apps Made Programming "Much More Enjoyable"; More than Half Say Apps Made it "Somewhat" Better; Most Second-Screen Users Access Apps during Commercials
  • CenturyLink Launches Version 3.0 of its Prism TV "TV Everywhere" App; Says Prism TV Will Be Available on LG Smart TV's and Android-Powered HDMI Sticks
  • Cisco Expands its Videoscape TV Services Delivery Platform with New Cloud-Video Capabilities, Including SaaS Offering and OpenStack-Based Cloud Software Technologies
  • NBC Sports Taps Cisco's New Videoscape Cloud Solution to Power Live and On-Demand Streaming of Sochi Winter Olympics
  • NBC Sports Partners with Facebook on Sochi Winter Olympics Coverage
  • NBC Sports Taps Akamai to Provide Video Streaming Delivery, Site-Performance and Security Services for its Sochi Winter Olympics Coverage
  • Cisco Videoscape Powering Megacable's New "Megacable OnDemand" Service (November 6th)
  • ACR-in-Smart-TV Company, Cognitive Networks, Secures Partnerships with Advertiser Solution Providers, BrightLine, DG MediaMind, emuse, Furious Minds and Visible World; with App Developers, Accedo and A Different Engine; and with Interactive Content Platforms, Ensequence and Watchwith (December 19th)
  • Cognitive Networks Awarded US Patent for its ACR Technology; Technology Billed as "Enabling Contextually Related Content to Be Displayed on Smart TV's in Synchronization with its Related Television Programming, Enriching the Viewing Experience through Engaging Viewing Capabilities" (December 3rd)
  • Comcast to Offer Streaming Xfinity TV 4K App on Samsung UHD TV's
  • Comcast Unveils VOD and Streaming Plans for NFL Playoffs, Super Bowl
  • Comcast/NBC Announces Digital Coverage Plans for Sochi Olympics; "Vast Majority" of Digital Coverage Will Be Exclusively for "Verified Cable, Satellite and Telco Customers"
  • Comcast, NBCUniversal and zeebox Sponsor Hackathon at TVOT NYC 2013 (December 23rd)
  • Xfinity TV X1 Remote App for Android Features Voice Control (December 19th)
  • Comcast Announces New Partners for its Twitter-Powered SEEiT Platform: ABC, A+E, AMC, Cablevision, Charter, Crown Media Family Networks, Discovery Communications, Fox Networks, Time Warner Cable (December 11th)
  • Comcast Teams with Nielsen to Trial "On Demand Commercial Ratings" (ODCR), in Bid to "Better Monetize the C3 Window" (December 2nd)
  • Comcast Ventures Invests in Personalized Video Platform, SundaySky (November 27th)
  • Comcast Re-Launches Xfinity TV Player App as Xfinity TV Go; App Now Lets Users Stream 35 Live TV Channels over WiFi (November 5th)
  • Comcast Spotlight Seeks to Educate Advertising Agencies on Benefits of Interactive TV via New "Interactive Television Emulator" (October 30th)
  • Comcast's Telemundo Media Launches "Telemundo Now" Enhanced "TV Everywhere" App (October 23rd)
  • Comcast, NBCUniversal, Twitter Launch SEEiT, Enabling Viewers to Tune to and Record Shows Directly from Twitter Feeds; NBCUniversal also in Advertising Partnership with Twitter (October 9th)
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