Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/10/14 (II): Ericsson, Azuki, Facebook, Google Chromecast, Telstra, NBC, Twitter, Netflix, Hulu, Alticast, Espial, S3 Group, RDK, Roku, Verizon, Viddler, Vungle, Freeview

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:

  • Ericsson Acquires "TV Everywhere" Delivery Platform Provider, Azuki Systems; Azuki "Complements" Mediaroom IPTV Platform, which Ericsson Recently Acquired from Microsoft
  • Facebook Adds Editing Functionality to its New "Lookback" Movie-from-your-Timeline Service
  • Report: Google in Talks with Telco Telstra to Launch Chromecast in Australia
  • Hulu in Exclusive Streaming Deal for Full Seasons of ABC's "Nashville"
  • NBC Sports Partners with Twitter in Bid to "Magnify the Olympic Conversation on Twitter and Encourage Tune-In to NBCUniversal's Multiplatform Coverage" of the Sochi Games
  • NBC Sports Trumpets Plans for Extensive Digital/Social/Interactive Coverage of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
  • Deal with Scholastic Makes Netflix "Exclusive Streaming Home" of Children's Series, "Clifford the Big Red Dog"
  • Netflix Invites "House of Cards" Fans to Tweet Questions to Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright; Promises "Your Questions May Be Answered in a Video"
  • Northwestern University Piloting Hulu Plus for Residential Students
  • Alticast to Demo HDMI Set-Top Stick, Espial to Demo HTML5 TV User Interface, S3 Group to Showcase Code-Contribution Methodology and Systems-Integration Services at RDK Users' Conference
  • Report: Roku Planning to Open Development Center in Austin
  • Verizon Patent Application Casts Light on its Plans for Monetizing its New LTE Multicast Technology
  • Video-Blogging Pioneer, Viddler, to Close its Free Site; Creates "Affordable" Basic Paid Account for Long-Term Users; Says it now Focuses on the "Delivery of Secure, Interactive Video Solutions"
  • In-App Mobile Video Advertising Platform, Vungle, Secures $17 Million in Series-B Funding; Plans to Build In-App Mobile Video Advertising Exchange
  • Report: UK Public-Service Broadcasters, BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Working on "Freeview Connect" Initiative for Catch-Up TV on Smart TV's in Response to "Hijacking of [UK Hybrid-TV Platform] YouView by Pay-TV Partners BT and TalkTalk"

Netflix, Scholastic, "Clifford the Big Red Dog"

Netflix, Twitter

North America