Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Oscar.com, Philips, Rovi, Simulmedia, FourthWall Media, Theatrics, ThinkAnalytics, IVA, Thomson, TWC SportsNet, TiVo, Verizon, Intel Media, Viaccess-Orca

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.

  • NPD Group Publishes Report Claiming Premium Programming Services Losing Ground to Broadband SVOD Services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus; HBO, Showtime, Starz Dispute NPD's Findings; NPD Withdraws Report
  • China's Skyworth to Use Opera Devices SDK, Opera TV Store and Opera TV Browser for its Smart TV's
  • Oscar.com Unveils "Digital Roadmap" for this Year's Awards Coverage
  • Philips Unloads its Remaining 30% Stake in TP Vision, its TV Joint Venture with TPV
  • Rovi Renews EPG Patent-Licensing Agreement with Sony
  • Simulmedia Launches "Plan" and "Report" TV Advertising Tools on its Web Site
  • Simulmedia Expands Partnership with TV Data Company, FourthWall Media; Will "Integrate FourthWall's Full Daily Feed of Anonymous, Second-by-Second TV-Viewing Data from More than 2 Million US Homes, and Will Have the Ability to Match that Viewing to Household Purchase Data in a Privacy-Protected Way"
  • BlueLabs to Use FourthWall's "Second-by-Second" TV Viewership Data to Improve Targeting of TV Commercials
  • Theatrics.com Launches Two Fan-Powered Interactive Shows: Live Cosplay Contest in Partnership with Wikia and "Storyscape" Reality Show, "The Ghost Club" (October 7th)
  • ThinkAnalytics in Entertainment Metadata Deal with Internet Video Archive (IVA); Joint Solution Combines Trailers, Previews and Interviews from IVA with ThinkAnalytics ThinkTV, ThinkMovies and ThinkSports Metadata Libraries
  • VIDI to Resell Thomson Video Networks' Video Compression Solutions in Germany
  • Time Warner Cable SportsNet Launches Second-Screen Experience for Live LA Lakers Telecasts; Experience Includes Interviews, Behind-the-Scenes Content, Instant Replays, Interactive Prompts, Player and Game Facts, Polls, Stats, NBA Scores, Live Twitter Chatter; iPad Version also Offers Picture-in-Picture Functionality
  • Report: TiVo Lays Off Most of its Hardware Design Team as it Transitions to the Cloud
  • TiVo Social Media and Multitasking Study Finds Three Quarters of TV Viewers Are Primarily Focused on TV Programming, Even When Multitasking
  • Verizon Acquires Assets of Intel Media, the Unit Developing the OnCue Virtual MSO Platform; Will "Make Employment Officers to Substantially All" of Intel Media's 350 Employees and Retain Current Management Team; Deal Reported to Value Intel Media at Less than $200 Million
  • Israeli Satellite-TV Operator, yes, Using Viaccess-Orca's Compass Content-Discovery Platform to Support its New "TV Everywhere" Service
  • Viaccess-Orca Names Chem Assayag EVP of Sales (November 20th)
  • Orange Spain Taps Viaccess-Orca to Power its "TV Everywhere" Service; Viaccess-Orca Solution Includes its RiGHTv Service Delivery Platform, Connected Sentinel DRM Solution and Compass Content-Discovery/Recommendations Platform (October 22nd)

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