Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/29/14 (III): PBS, Google, Meograph, Motility, NATPE, CEA, NDN, Net2TV, Racing UK, PayWizard, Samsung, LG, Philips, Smokebomb Entertainment, Revolt, SMT

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.

  • PBS Newshour Partners with Google and Meograph on "#MyZeitgeist" Contest for Middle and High School Students; Contest Invites Students to Use Meograph Digital Storytelling Tool to Create Interactive Videos
  • Motility Ads Launches ActivateTV, Billed as a "Turnkey Advertising Solution that Harnesses the Power of TV for Mobile User Acquisition"; ActivateTV Ads Display SMS Shortcodes or Custom URL's that Enable App Downloads, Special Offers and Exclusive Content
  • NATPE, CEA Release Part Two of Joint Research Study on Second Screen; Part Two Focuses on Views of Show Runners, Finds that they "View Second Screen as an Inevitable Part of the Future," but that "Second-Screen Content Designed for Synchronous Viewing Does not Currently Have Unanimous Support among Show Runners, beyond Sports, Reality Shows and News"
  • Online Video News Distributor, NDN, Names Ex-Hulu Executive, John Vilade, EVP of Sales (December 3rd), Ex-Tribune Exec., Jason Jedlinski, SVP of Marketplace Development (October 29th)
  • Connected-TV Programming Provider, Net2TV, Teams with Future Today's on Weekly 30-Minute International Cooking Show, "World Eats" (November 21st)
  • NYU Business Students Win 2013 Interactive Launch Competition (November 23rd)
  • Racing UK Teams with Subscriber Management and Billing Specialist, PayWizard, to Launch Multiplatform "Racing UK Anywhere" Service (November 25th)
  • Report Identifies Security Problems with Smart TV's from Samsung, LG and Philips
  • Shaftesbury's Digital Arm, Smokebomb Entertainment, Sells Four Interactive Digital Series to Hulu, Announces Plans to Develop Google Glass App for its Sci-Fi Series, "State of Syn," as Part of Program Operated by San Francisco-Based Mind Pirate and the Canadian Film Centre's IdeaBOOST (December 12th)
  • Sean Combs' New Multiplatform Music Channel, Revolt, Using SMT's "GOTO Board" Social Media System to Enable Real-Time Dialog with Viewers; System Allows On-Air Talent to "Operate one of...four Interactive Touchscreens, Highlighting the Most Compelling Content and Trending Information Related to Music News and Videos" (December 13th)
  • SMT Powers Social-Media Integration for Live Media Group's Webcast of Premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (December 4th)
  • SMT Teams with IMG Productions to Provide Social-Media Integration for Food Network's "Thanksgiving Live!" Special (November 22nd)


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