Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/6/14 (V): Verizon, Viacom, TWC, Viki, Viggle, Dijit Media, Vimeo, Watchup, YouTube, YouView, S4C, BT, BBC, zeebox, Swrve

Watchup for Glass

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014 (June 10th-11th in San Francisco--purchase your Super-Early-Bird Discount tickets here!), and because we are catching up with a backlog of news (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • Verizon Demo's LTE Multicast Service during Super Bowl; Service Billed as Allowing Uninterrupted Video Feed Regardless of Number of Devices Accessing it; Company Says it Is in Talks with CE Manufacturers about Integrating the Technology into Connected-TV Devices
  • Verizon to Begin Deploying its Next-Generation FiOS Media Server at End of Q1
  • Verizon Re-Org Sees Shawn Strickland Overseeing FiOS TV, Verizon Digital Media Services and Redbox Instant, and Joe Ambeault Named as CEO of Redbox Instant; Strickland's Duties Include Overseeing Integration of OnCue Virtual-MSO Platform that Was Recently Acquired from Intel
  • Viacom-Time Warner Cable Carriage Deal Calls for Use of Dynamic Ad-Insertion Technology
  • International Broadband Video Service, Viki, Claims 17 Million+ Mobile App Installs, Publishes "Global Mobile Report"; Service, which Was Acquired Last Year by Japan's Rakuten, Uses Crowdsourcing to Subtitle its Programming
  • Social-TV Rewards-Program Company, Viggle, Buys NextGuide/Reminder Button Company, Dijit Media (Click Here to Hear Dijit CEO, Jeremy Toeman, Discuss the Acquisition with [itvt])
  • Vimeo Releases Usage Stats for 2013
  • Personalized Video News Start-Up, Watchup, Raises $1 Million from Microsoft Ventures and Other Investors
  • Watchup Launches Multichannel Video Experience for Google Glass (October 18th)
  • Google Taps SVP of Advertising and Commerce, Susan Wojcicki, to Head YouTube
  • Google Says YouTube Has Paid Out $1 Billion+ to Music Rights Holders "over the Last Several Years"
  • YouTube Begins Auditing Video Views
  • Welsh-Language Broadcaster, S4C, Launches Catch-Up Service on UK Hybrid-TV Platform, YouView
  • BT Launches Movie Store on YouView
  • Report: BBC and other UK Broadcasters Set to Slash Investment in YouView
  • zeebox Signs Up 13 New Australian Broadcast Partners
  • zeebox Taps Swrve to Help Increase Social Sharing of Content within its Second-Screen App
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