Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/6/14 (I): Adobe, NBC Sports, Aereo, Amazon, FreeWheel, Applicaster, Univision, Apple TV, AT&T U-verse, AwesomenessTV, BBC, Brightcove, Unicorn Media

Applicaster CrossMates

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:

  • NBC Sports to Use Adobe Primetime to Power Winter Olympics Coverage on PC and Mobile Devices; Partnership Sees Adobe Making Several Updates to Primetime, Including Integration with Microsoft Azure Media Services, Auto-Authentication Based on Individual IP Addresses, Free Preview Feature, "TV-Like" Advertising, and More
  • NBC Sports Providing Digital Winter Olympics Coverage via Two Adobe-Powered Apps: the Redesigned "NBC Sports Extra" App and a New "NBC Olympics Highlights and Results" App; NBC Sports Live Extra Will Allow Authenticated Pay-TV Customers to Stream 1,000+ Exclusive Hours of Content; NBC Olympics Highlights and Results Will Double as a Second-Screen Companion App for NBC's Primetime Coverage
  • Adobe Publishes US Digital Video Benchmark Report for Q4, 2013
  • Aereo Runs Out of Capacity for New Members in New York and Atlanta
  • Aereo to Launch in San Antonio, February 19th
  • Amazon Says it Might Increase Price of its $79-per-Year Discount-Shipping/Broadband-Video Service, Amazon Prime, by up to 50%
  • FreeWheel Tapped to Power Advertising in Short-Form Video on
  • Univision's Uvideos Service Using Applicaster's CrossMates Technology to Enable Viewers to Interact with TV Characters; Viewers Receive "Personal Messages through the Season, with Photos, Video Clips, Exclusive Bits of Plot Information and Commercial Offers in Context of the Shows"
  • Report: Next-Generation Apple TV Box May Offer Cable-TV Integration
  • Report: Apple Building Out its Own CDN
  • AT&T U-verse to Supplement NBC's Olympics Coverage with its own "U-verse Olympic TV" Single-Screen App
  • Dreamworks Animation-Owned YouTube Multichannel Network, AwesomenessTV, Appoints Ex-Blip CEO, Kelly Day, to Newly Created Chief Digital Officer Position
  • AwesomenessTV to Run New Multichannel YouTube Network for Hearst Corporation's Seventeen Magazine
  • BBC Says iPlayer Generated Record 3 Billion Requests in 2013--Up 33% from Previous Year
  • BBC Worldwide, Microsoft in Deal to Offer BBC Programming on Xbox in Latin America
  • BBC News and BBC Sport Apps Launch on UK Free-to-Air Satellite-TV Platform, Freesat
  • Brightcove Video Cloud Platform Powers Video Commerce for Australian Retailer, Michael Hill; Viewers Can Buy Featured Products by Selecting them from within a Video
  • Brightcove Reports Higher Fiscal Q4 Revenues, Lower Losses
  • Polish Broadcaster, TVN, Using Brightcove Video Cloud Platform to Power On-Demand News and Entertainment Video
  • Brightcove Closes Acquisition of Cloud-Based Video Ad-Insertion Company, Unicorn Media
  • Brightcove Opens Middle East/North Africa Office in Dubai
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