Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/19/14 (II): Dish, Elemental, Ericsson, Facebook, FremantleMedia, Vice, Grabyo, Hulu, Interlude, NBC, "The Tonight Show," Netflix, Comcast, Lucasfilm, Disney/ABC

Orange Is The New Black - Season 2 - Teaser - Netflix [HD]

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:

  • Dish Network Abandons Efforts to Trademark the Term, "TV Everywhere"
  • Elemental Technologies Teams with Broadcom and Russia's NTV-PLUS on 4K HEVC Live Satellite Broadcast of Sochi Winter Olympics
  • Thai Pay-TV Operator, TrueVisions, Expanding its Use of Elemental's Video-Processing Technologies to Power 60-Channel Multiscreen Service
  • Ericsson Unveils "Future TV Anywhere" Platform/"Vision" to "Bring Modern Web Technologies to the TV Operator World" and "Enable Operators to Combine the Quality of Service and Content Depth of Pay TV with the Interactivity and Multiscreen Capabilities of OTT Video Start-Ups"; Future TV Anywhere "Leverages the Acquired Assets from Mediaroom, as well as the Recently Announced Intention to Acquire ['TV Everywhere' Technology Provider] Azuki Systems"
  • Report: Facebook's Auto-Play Video Ads Might not Launch until Summer
  • FremantleMedia, Vice Media Team on Multichannel Food Vertical Targeted at Millennials
  • TV Clip-Sharing Platform Provider, Grabyo, Names Ex-BSkyB Exec., Gareth Capon, CEO; Capon Led Social-TV and Second-Screen Initiatives at BSkyB, Including its Investment in zeebox
  • Hulu Names Tian Lim CTO; Was Previously SVP of Product Engineering at Sony Network Entertainment International
  • Interlude Creates "First-Ever Stereo 3-Way Interactive Music Video" for New Band, NightBus, Providing "Three Ways to Hear the Song and even more Ways to Experience the Music Video"
  • NBC Launches iOS/Android Mobile App and Interactive Web Site for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"; App Lets Viewers "Submit Content for Interactive Challenges that May Be Featured On-Air, Play Custom Jimmy-Themed Games and Get Exclusive Messages from Jimmy and the Show"
  • NBC: Digital Winter Olympics Coverage Seeing 54% Increase in Unique Visitors; Two Thirds of Olympics Viewers Are Using at Least One Second-Screen Device while Watching TV
  • Report: Netflix CEO and CFO Deny Rumors that Comcast, Verizon and Other Operators Are Throttling Company's Video Streams
  • Comcast's David Cohen: "We Would not Throttle Netflix or any other Online Video Provider--both because it's Bad Business and because it Wouldn't Be Lawful under the Open Internet Rules to which we Are Still Subject until 2018"
  • Netflix in Exclusive Deal with Lucasfilm and Disney/ABC Television Group to Offer Sixth and Final Season of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" in US and Canada; Multi-Year Deal also Designates Netflix as the "Exclusive Subscription Service" for Entire Series
  • Netflix to Release Second Season of Original Series, "Orange Is the New Black," June 6th
  • Report: Netflix Using Amazon's Cloud to Build "Artificial Brain"
  • Nielsen's New "Digital Consumer Report" Finds 84% of Smartphone and Tablet Owners Use their Devices as Second Screens while Watching TV

Interlude "NightBus"

Jimmy Fallon

"Orange Is the New Black"

Nielsen Report

North America