Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): A+E Networks, Time Warner Cable, Amazon, Animal Planet, Apple TV, BBC, Instagram, Bravo, Civolution, Axonista, Comcast, Elemental Technologies

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.

  • A&E, History and Lifetime "TV Everywhere" Services Launch for Time Warner Cable Subscribers; Are Slated to Launch for Bright House Subs Next Week
  • Wall Street Journal: Amazon Planning to Launch Pay-TV Service; Company Denies: "We Are not Planning to License Television Channels or Offer a Pay-TV Service"
  • Animal Planet to Offer Range of Interactive and Social Enhancements for "Puppy Bowl X"; Enhancements Include Real-Time Voting, Viewer Instagrams on Live TV, Fantasy Game
  • Report: Apple TV Successor Likely to Launch in 1H, 2014; Will Include Revamped, iOS-Based Operating System; May Include App/Game Store
  • Apple Awarded Patent for Automatic Video and Audio Playlist Generator that Can Switch between Multiple Sources
  • BBC Begins Distributing News Clips via Instagram
  • BBC Kids' Channel, CBBC, to Distribute New Drama, "Dixi," Exclusively Online
  • New CBBC Series Based on Henry Winkler's "Hank Zipzer" Books to Premiere on BBC iPlayer
  • Bravo's Interactive/Social Late-Night Show, "Watch What Happens Live," Returns to SXSW Interactive
  • Bravo Media Launches Digital Initiatives, "Top Chef Home Edition" and "Social Snaps" (October 7th)
  • Marketing Agency, La Moderna, Taps Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) Specialist, Civolution, to Power Synchronized Second-Screen Apps for Spanish Broadcasters (November 5th)
  • Civolution Teams with Second-Screen App Developer, Axonista, to Produce "ShowPal" App for Irish Commercial Broadcaster, TV3 (October 28th)
  • Civolution Teams with Social Advertising and Analytics Specialist, Optimal, to Enable Synchronization of Facebook Ads with TV Commercials; Companies Claim Broadcast-Synchronized Facebook Newsfeed Ads See 60% Lift in Consumer Clickthrough Rate (October 23rd)
  • Civolution's SyncNow Technology Used to Deliver Synchronized Subtitles and Sign-Language Interpretation on Second Screen for Hearing Impaired (October 22nd)
  • Civolution Powers Second-Screen App for Vienna State Opera's OTT-Delivered Performances (October 16th)
  • Comcast to Use Sochi Winter Olympics as Test Bed for New Tech, Including "Instant On Demand" Restart Functionality; Porting of NBC Sports Extra "TV Everywhere" App to the X1 Platform; TVE Authentication Improvements
  • Elemental Technologies to Power Multiscreen Streaming of Sochi Winter Olympics for Russia's Channel One
  • Elemental Demo's Full-Frame-Rate Live 4K HEVC Video Processing (December 10th)
  • Elemental Deploys Live Digital TV Video-Processing System for China's Gansu Broadcast and Television Network (November 11th)
  • Elemental Claims World's First Real-Time 4K Ultra HD HEVC Transmission (October 29th)
  • Elemental Powers Broadband SVOD Service for Chile's Canal del Futbol (October 21st)
  • Elemental Powers OTT and Advanced-TV Services for Mongolian Operator, Skymedia (October 16th)

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