Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): i.TV, GetGlue, "tvtag," Jinni, Telus, Canal+, Xbox, Machinima, Sling Media, Time Warner Cable, Viacom, Showtime, A+E

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.

  • New Owner, i.TV, to Rebrand Social-TV Check-In Service, GetGlue, as "tvtag"; Promises "Major Updates"
  • Jinni's Semantic Video Search Solution Launches on Telus's Optik TV
  • Jinni Launches in Spain on Canal+
  • Microsoft Hires Ari Mark to Head Unscripted Programming for Xbox Entertainment Studios; Mark Credited with Leading AMC's Move into Unscripted Programming
  • Controversial Xbox One Promotion Saw Offering its Video Partners Additional $3 CPM for Posting Videos that Promoted the Console
  • Sling Media Launches SlingPlayer 3.0, SlingPlayer Channel on Roku, App for Windows 8.1; SlingPlayer 3.0 Billed as "Turn[ing] the iPad into the First Screen and Second Screen at the Same Time" (November 18th)
  • Arris in Exclusive Deal with Sling Media to Deliver Sling TV-Placeshifting Technology to Global Cable and Telco Operators (October 16th)
  • Time Warner Cable in Long-Term, Multiplatform Distribution Agreement with Viacom; Deal Includes VOD and "TV Everywhere" (December 24th)
  • Time Warner Cable Accelerating Roll-Out of its New Cloud-Based Guide; Features Include Simplified Navigation, More Program Info, New VOD Portal, Improved Search (December 19th)
  • Time Warner Cable Updates its TWC TV "TV Everywhere" App; Launches the App on Kindle Fire (December 18th)
  • Time Warner Cable Launches Showtime Networks' Showtime Anytime "TV Everywhere" Service (November 26th)
  • Time Warner Cable in Multi-Year, Multiplatform Deals with A+E Networks (November 7th), Univision (October 9th); Deals Cover VOD and "TV Everywhere"


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