Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/12/14 (III): Monterosa, NBC,, Vidigo, Norigin, Nuvyyo, RDK, Rentrak, PlaceIQ, SecondSync, Facebook, Shazam, Snapchat, TWC, TMS, UUX, Veveo, YuMe

Demo of Veveo Conversational Interface for Video Applications

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:

  • Sweden's MTGx Taps Monterosa's LViS Studio Platform and Monterosa Apps Team to Develop Real-Time Second-Screen Interactive-TV Game, "Sochi Legends"
  • In Bid to Keep Viewers Engaged during Winter Olympics Coverage, NBC Launches Digital Spin-Off Series for "Chicago Fire," "Parks and Recreation," "Grimm" and "Parenthood"; Series Available on, Hulu and YouTube
  • Canadian Broadcaster, CTV, Using's Interactivity Suite to Power Social Interactivity on its Daily Talkshow, "The Social,"; Platform Allows Producers to Aggregate Viewer Responses from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for On-Air Display
  • Simply New Uses "Social Media Hub" to Curate Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Responses during Live-Streaming Obamacare Event
  • Fox Sports Australia Selects to Power New Social-TV Initiatives (November 22nd)
  • Norway-Based "TV Everywhere" Technology Company, Norigin Media, Renews Long-Term Contract with Deutsche Telekom for Streaming TV and VOD to Mobile Devices (November 12th)
  • Amedia Group Selects Norigin Media for Multiscreen Live Encoding (October 31st)
  • Canadian Start-Up, Nuvyyo, Set to Launch "Tablo" Device, Billed as a "DVR that Lets Cord-Cutters Access Free Local HDTV Broadcast Programs on any Device, anytime, anywhere in the World" (January 6th)
  • Germany's Largest Cable Operator, Kabel Deutschland, Licenses Reference Design Kit (RDK); CTO Lorenz Glatz: "Kabel Deutschland Licensed the RDK because it Is one of the Most Positive and Promising Developments in Terms of Standardization across Device Platforms"
  • Rentrak in Deal to Combine its TV Census-Based Viewer Information with PlaceIQ's Location Intelligence in order to Improve Targeting of Mobile-Equipped Consumers
  • SecondSync Publishes Report on TV Chatter on Facebook; Finds Facebook Is Widely Used for Real-Time Social TV, Generates Millions of Social-TV Interactions per Episode (Report Available Here)
  • ACR/Second-Screen Company, Shazam, Rolls Out First Phase of Update to its iPhone App, in Bid to Encourage Users to "Engage more Deeply with the Music or Television they Discover"; Update to Shazam Android App Slated to Follow
  • During Super Bowl Telecast, Washington Post Experiments with Snapchat as Social-TV Medium
  • FCC Documents Reveal that Time Warner Cable's Planned Six-Tuner DVR Service Will Be Based on Arris's IP805-M Set-Top
  • Internet-TV-as-a-Service Company, UUX, in Deal to Use TMS's On Entertainment Metadata in Entertainment Guides it Creates for its Latin American Network-Operator Customers
  • Semantic Search and Discovery Company, Veveo, Awarded US Patent for Speech-Based Interface Technology with "Conversational Capability"; Technology Allows Users to Communicate with Connected Devices and Applications Using Natural Dialog (November 18th)
  • Research from YuMe and Interpret Finds that Brands that Embrace Connected TV "Can Overcome Many of the Measurability Challenges that more Traditional Passive Advertising Platforms, such as Broadcast Television, Have Struggled with over the past Decades, while also Building Close and Meaningful Relationships with those Consumers"


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