Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/19/14 (III): NTT, Qualcomm, SeeSpace, Emotiv Insight, Storygami, Thinkbox, RCN, TiVo, Opera, Showtime, Roku, aioTV, TMS, Univision, NUVOtv, Vevo, Virgin Media

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:

  • Japan's NTT Develops Digital Watermarking Technology for ACR-Enhanced TV Broadcasts; Claims that Watermark Can Be Captured and Processed by Smartphone in 1 Second, even at 60-Degree Angle from TV Set
  • Qualcomm Cancels Plans for Snapdragon 802 Smart-TV Chip just 5 Weeks after Launch; Says "Overall Demand for Processors Uniquely Designed for Smart TV's Has Proven to Be Smaller than Anticipated"
  • SeeSpace's InAiR "Augmented-TV" Device to Add Support for Emotiv Insight's Brainwave-Interpretation Technology, Enabling Users to "Control Our Beautiful Interface with Just Your Thoughts"; also Integrates Keyword Search
  • Interactive Video Company, Storygami, Launches with Backing from UK Entrepreneur, Richard Branson, and Commission from Virgin Media; Allows Users to Embed Interactive Elements and Apps within Online Videos (September 30th)
  • UK Commercial-TV Body, Thinkbox: Tablets Account for Less than 1.5% of UK TV Viewing
  • RCN Becomes First Cable Operator to Launch Opera Software's Cloud-Based HTML5 App Store, Opera TV Store, on TiVo Set-Tops; Launch Follows TiVo-Opera Partnership Deal Announced Last Summer
  • Showtime Networks' Showtime Anytime "TV Everywhere" App Launches on Roku; Initially Available to Authenticated Customers of AT&T U-verse, Bright House, Cablevision, DirecTV, Grande Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS
  • OTT Middleware Provider, aioTV, in Deal to Use TMS's On Entertainment Metadata to Power Search and Discovery of Live TV, VOD and Online Video in the Multiscreen UI's it Creates for its Cable-Operator Customers
  • Univision Launches Digital Content Production Unit, La Fabrica UCI; Unit's First Production, 12-Part Series Entitled "Medicina Desconocida," Now Available on Univision's Uvideos Service
  • Latino-Targeted English-Language Cable Network, NUVOtv, Teams with Vevo to Produce "The Collective, Powered by Vevo"; Following NUVOtv Premiere, Each Weekly Episode Will Air Exclusive across Vevo's Mobile Apps and Web Site
  • UK Cable Operator Virgin Media's TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Platform, "Virgin Media TiVo," Surpasses 2 Million Subs
  • "Tips for 2014" App Lets Virgin Media TiVo Customers Access Exclusive Interviews and Performances, Vote for "the Next Big Act of 2014" (January 17th)
  • Virgin Media Launches Android App for its "Virgin TV Anywhere" Service, Adds Nine Channels to the Service (November 28th)
  • Virgin Media Launches Netflix App on its Virgin Media TiVo Platform (November 12th)



RCN Opera TV

Virgin Media

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