Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/6/14 (IV): NFL, Revolt TV, HBO, Roku, DirecTV, Rovi, Shazam, Simplestream, Syfy, Tellyo, TWC, Univision, TiVo, Digitalsmiths, TMS, Gracenote, Twitter

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:

  • NFL to Launch "NFL Now" Personalized Internet-Video Service this Summer: "Users Will Indicate their Favorite Team, Fantasy Players and which Videos they Like and Dislike," and "the Content Stream Will Dynamically Personalize each User's Viewing Experience to Deliver a Customizable News, Analysis and Highlights Offering"
  • NFL Blocks Video-Streaming in Super Bowl Stadium
  • Sean Combs' New Multiplatform Music Channel, Revolt TV, Selects (n+1) designstudio to Enable Real-Time Social Media Interaction with On-Air Talent via On-Screen "Augmented Reality" Graphics
  • HBO Go Now Available on Roku for DirecTV Subscribers
  • Rovi to Launch HTML5 EPG on Japanese MSO J:COM's New Set-Top Box
  • Rovi in Deal to Deploy its Digital Terminal Adapter (DTA) EPG on Regional MSO Armstrong's SD and HD DTA's
  • Rovi: Our Metadata Will Facilitate "Binge Watching" of the Winter Olympics
  • Shaw Media's Food Network Canada Launches Branded-Content Campaign with Lincoln Motor Company of Canada; Campaign Consists of Six Webisodes Featuring Celebrity Chefs and "Draw[ing] a Connection between each Chef's Favorite Part of Cooking and the Sleek Features of the 2014 Lincoln MKZ"
  • Second-Screen/ACR Company, Shazam, Offers "Big Game Experience" for Super Bowl Telecast; Features Include Exclusive Bruno Mars Video, Ability to Purchase Bruno Mars Tickets, Ability to Replay and Share all Ads, Ability to Interact with Timeline of "Key Moments"; Company Says Service Generates "700,000 Shazams, More than Doubling from 2013"
  • Electrofunk Band, Chromeo, Premieres Music Video on Shazam App
  • Simplestream Says its TVPlayer Streaming App Has Seen 250K Downloads within 28 Days of Launch; Company Launches Tablet Version; TVPlayer Is Billed as "Offer[ing] UK Television License Holders the Opportunity to Legally Watch Live UK Channels within a Single Free App"
  • Syfy's New Reality Series, "Opposite Worlds" Lets Viewers Influence On-Screen Competition in "Unique Interactive Social Experiment" (More)
  • Finnish Start-Up, Tellyo, Launches "Share the Moment" Service, Billed as "Enabl[ing] Facebook to Challenge Twitter on Social Television"; Broadcasters Can Embed Service on their Shows' Facebook Pages to Allow Viewers to Take Video Clips and Share them with their Friends
  • Time Warner Cable, Bright House Subs Can Now Access Univision's Uvideos "TV Everywhere" Service
  • Time Warner Cable Announces Plans to Implement "Major Enhancements" to TV and Internet Service in NYC and LA; New TV Features to Include Revamped VOD Portal, Improved Search Capability, 75,000 Hours of VOD Content, Advanced STB with Ability to Record Up to 6 Channels Simultaneously and 12 Times More Recording Capacity
  • TiVo to Acquire Cloud-Based Content-Discovery Company, Digitalsmiths, for $135 Million in Cash; Acquisition Billed as "Accelerat[ing] TiVo's Evolution to a Device- and UI-Independent Cloud-based Software-as-a-Service" and as Giving it Access to Digitalsmiths' Established Relationships "with 7 of the Top 10 US Pay-TV Operators, Reaching 64% of US Pay-TV Households"; TiVo also Increases its Stock-Repurchase Authorization by $100 Million
  • Tribune Completes $170 Million Acquisition of Gracenote
  • Twitter-Commissioned Research Finds that: 1) "Hashtags in TV Ads Drive Positive Brand Conversation"; 2) "Twitter Keeps Viewers Tuned in to Advertising; 3) "Twitter Makes TV Advertising More Effective"
  • Twitter Building up its Commerce Capability
  • Time Warner CEO Bewkes: Number of UltraViolet Accounts Increased 65% in 2013


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