Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/10/14 (I): AdGorilla, Lenny Melamedas, Aereo, Amazon, BBC, Canoe, This Technology, Comcast, ABC, ABC Family, Sportskool, Arqiva, Capablue, Discovery, Disney

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:

  • Multiplatform Advertising Sales and Video-Delivery Company, AdGorilla, Names Interactive TV Industry Veteran, Lenny Melamedas, EVP; Will Be Charged with "Developing and Executing the Strategic Introduction of AdGorilla Products and Services to Cable and Telcom MSO's"
  • TV-Placeshifting Upstart, Aereo, Re-Opens Service to New Subscribers in NYC
  • Appeals Court Agrees to Hear Fox Request for Preliminary Injunction against Aereo
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video and Amazon's UK Streaming Service, Lovefilm, Unveil 10 New Pilots; "Viewer Feedback Will Help Determine which Series Go into Full-Season Production"; Creative Talent Involved in the Pilots Includes Chris Carter, Roman Coppola, Malcolm McDowell, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Tambor and others
  • Deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution Makes Amazon Prime "Exclusive Online-Only Subscription Home" for all Past Episodes of FX's Period Drama, "The Americans"
  • Amazon in "Kindle Worlds" Fan-Fiction Deals with Hasbro and Warner Bros. Television Group's Alloy Entertainment
  • BBC Trust Report Calls for the Corporation to "Carefully Review its Investments in TV Platforms, Namely Freeview, Freesat and YouView"
  • Cable-Industry Advanced-Advertising Company, Canoe, Certifies This Technology's "MetaMore for Programmers" Cloud-Based Metadata Asset-Management Product to Streamline VOD Ad Insertion; Programmer Can Use MetaMore to "Efficiently Create and Distribute Information about Video Assets for VOD and Advanced Advertising," thus Enabling "Streamlined Metadata Authoring, Automated Input for Multiple System Types and Efficient Delivery of Dynamic Ads on VOD"
  • Multi-Year Deal with Comcast Cable Sees This Technology Powering Dynamic Ad Routing on IP Video Platforms, including IP STB's, Gaming Consoles, Connected TV's, Smartphones and Tablets (December 9th)
  • This Technology Launches "VEX" Manifest Manipulation Software for Scalable, Targeted Insertion of Dynamic Ads and Alternate Content in IP Deployments; Billed as "Advanc[ing] the Market by Facilitating Hyper-Addressable Multiscreen Video Splicing for Adaptive Bitrate Streams Served to Smartphones, Tablets, Gaming Consoles, Connected TV's and IP-Enabled Set-Top Boxes" (October 22nd)
  • At TVOT NYC 2013, Canoe Announces Dynamic VOD Ad-Insertion Deals with ABC, ABC Family and Sportskool (December 10th)
  • DTV Infrastructure Company, Arqiva, Acquires Connected-TV App Developer/Solutions Provider, Capablue; Arqiva: "The Skills and Experience of the Capablue Team Will Enable further Development of Existing Services including Connect TV, which Enhances the Freeview Proposition with Free-to-Air and Premium IP Channels and Video-on-Demand Services"
  • UKTV Taps Capablue to Build Seven-Day Catch-Up Services on UK's YouView Hybrid-TV Platform for its Yesterday and Really Channels
  • NOW Music Taps Capablue to Develop Vevo-Powered "NOW That's What I Call Music" Music-Video App for Samsung Smart TV's (October 25th)
  • Discovery's Science Channel Launches Sci2, Billed as a "Video-Focused Digital Destination for the Scientifically Curious"; Features Collection of Short-Form Videos and Live Feeds, Curated by Elise Andrew of "I F___ing Love Science"; Will Be Available on Desktop, Mobile, Smart TV and Other Platforms
  • CEO Iger: Disney Open to "Binge-Viewing" Pay-TV VOD Deals, Since this Could Create Monetization Opportunities through Dynamic Ad Insertion and Counter DVR-Based Ad-Skipping

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