Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/12/14 (I): Aereo, Apple TV, Accelerated Media, Simple.TV, BIM, BlackArrow, Ericsson, CNN HLN, Comcast, Warner Bros., NBC,, DirecTV, WeatherNation

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:

  • US Supreme Court to Hear Aereo Case April 22nd
  • Apple Marks 50th Anniversary of Beatles' US Debut by Launching Beatles App on Apple TV
  • Accelerated Media Signs Up Meredith and Post-Newsweek TV Station Groups for Smart-TV Advertising on its "Connected Ad Network" (November 7th)
  • Simple.TV Using Broadcast Interactive Media's (BIM) TitanTV Signal-Prediction and Data-Services Technologies to Help Users of its DVR Find Free HDTV Stations (November 19th)
  • Ericsson Taps BlackArrow to Enable Dynamic, Addressable Ad Insertion across all TV Screens; Partnership Sees BlackArrow's Advanced-Advertising Technology Integrated with Ericsson TV Platforms including Mediaroom (November 12th)
  • CNN's HLN Channel Announces Plans to "Reformat and Rebrand in 2014 to Become the First TV Network for the Social Media Generation"; Channel Will "Curate the News from across all Platforms," Source Headlines from "the most 'Plugged-in' Sites and Blogs, and...Make it its Mission to Share the Trending News, Viral Events and Stories that Have Viewers Most Obsessed, plus Discover Emerging Social Stars"
  • Electronic Sell-Through (EST) Deal Sees Comcast Adding Warner Bros. Movies and TV Programs to its Xfinity On Demand Digital Store
  • Comcast Levying Upgrade Fee of up to $99 on Existing Subscribers Seeking to Switch to its Cloud-Based X1 Platform
  • Report: NBC's Live "TV Everywhere" Coverage of Sochi Winter Olympics not Available to Customers of Comcast's Basic Cable and Digital Economy Packages
  • HTML5 Set-Top Box Software Provider,, Names Werbayne McIntyre Global Head of Sales and Marketing; Was Previously SVP of Global Marketing at Piksel (November 18th)
  • in OTT Deal with South Africa's Discover Digital (November 11th)
  • Launches "Sammy's Science House" Learning-Game App for Samsung Smart TV's (November 8th)
  • Embroiled in Carriage Dispute with The Weather Channel, DirecTV Turns to Interactive TV for Weather Coverage: Partners with WeatherNation to Launch "Local Weather Now" Red-Button App and "Severe Weather Mix" Interactive Multiscreen Channel

The Beatles on Apple TV

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