Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/29/14 (I): "American Idol," Google, Facebook, Apple TV, BBC, Beachfront Media, Bottle Rocket Apps, WPP, Brightcove, IBM, BrightRoll, Nielsen

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.

  • "American Idol" Enables Voting Directly from Google Searches during Broadcast; Launches On-Air Voting Progress Reports via Facebook
  • Changes to Apple Online Store Suggest Next-Generation Apple TV Will no Longer Be Just a "Hobby" for the Company
  • Red Bull TV Launches on Apple TV
  • BBC releases Red Button Interactive TV Schedule through January 31st
  • Beachfront Media Launches Next Generation of its Beachfront.iO Video Advertising Platform; Now Offers Support for Advertising in Connected-TV Apps
  • Version 2.0 of Beachfront Media's Beachfront Builder Video App Platform Adds "New Social Media Interface that Connects...Users' Content to their Fans' Social Channels, all from within the App they've Created" (December 3rd)
  • Beachfront Media Launches "FamilyCook" Video App (October 29th)
  • Beachfront Media's "Social Video Pulse" Video-Discovery App Launched on MetroPCS and Cricket Smartphones (October 16th)
  • FremantleMedia Taps Beachfront Media to Power "Family Feud" App (October 2nd)
  • Second-Screen Apps Company, Bottle Rocket Apps, Acquired by WPP; Bottle Rocket Clients Include Scripps Networks, ABC News, National Geographic and NBC Universal (November 8th)
  • Bottle Rocket's AWE Division Rolls Out Version 3.0 of the Bravo Now App (November 15th)
  • Bottle Rocket's AWE Division Rolls Out MSNBC App for iOS (November 12th)
  • Bottle Rocket Powers ABC News App (October 24th)
  • Brightcove Video Cloud Integrated with IBM's Web Content Manager
  • Cross-Platform Programmatic Video Advertising Platform Provider, BrightRoll, in Strategic Agreement with Nielsen; Deal Will See New Programmatic Planning and Reporting Capabilities, Based on Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings, Integrated into BrightRoll Console, the Company's Customizable UI for Planning and Executing Digital Video Advertising (December 12th)
  • BrightRoll Names Brent Horowitz VP of Business Development; Horowitz Was Previously at FreeWheel (November 4th)
  • BrightRoll Launches Programmatic Buying Console for Digital Video Advertising (October 24th)

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Bottle Rocket & Bravo

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