Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/19/14 (I): GOVA, YouTube, CBS, Aereo, Amazon, Apple TV, Comcast, TWC, Netflix, BBC, Brightcove, Chromecast, Cisco

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:

  • 9 YouTube Multichannel Networks (MCN's)--Maker Studios, Fullscreen, Collective Digital Studio, Big Frame, BroadbandTV, DECA, Revision3, Magnet Media, MiTu--Form Global Online Video Association (GOVA) to Drive Advertising
  • CBS Chief Moonves Downplays Aereo Threat
  • Amazon Claims Streaming Up 100% for Primetime Pilots, Up 200% for Children's Pilots
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video to Be "Exclusive Subscription Streaming Home" for MTV's "Teen Wolf"
  • Report: Apple in Talks with Media Companies and Pay-TV Operators about Launching Revamped Apple TV Set-Top
  • Reports: Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner Cable Could Kill Rumored Apple TV-TWC and TWC-Netflix Deals
  • BBC Launches "Digital Episode" of its New Comedy Series, "Inside No. 9"; Episode "Replac[es] Linear Video with a Series of Cinematic Photographs or "Cinemagraphs" with Dialog, with Each Cinemagraph "Capturing a Single Moment in [the Lead Characters'] Adventure through a Still Image, which Contains an Isolated Piece of Movement that Repeats on an Infinite Loop"; Viewers Can "Move the Story along when they Want to by Clicking or Swiping"; Episode Created by Digital Agency, Kanoti, under Auspices of BBC's Connected Studio Program
  • Brightcove's Brightcove Once Advanced-Advertising Solution Now Available for Content Providers Developing Apps for Google Chromecast; Brightcove Once Is Billed as a "Cloud-Based Ad-Insertion and Video-Stitching Service that Reduces or Eliminates the Need for Platform-Specific Ad Technology"
  • Study: 60%+ of Broadband Households Now Have at Least One Internet-Connected TV, Up 19% from Last Year
  • Cisco Predicts Mobile Video Traffic Will Grow 14-Fold and Make up 69% of Global Mobile Data Traffic by 2018
  • Comcast Execs. Outline Technology "Playbook" for Merged Comcast-Time Warner Cable
  • Report: Comcast "Eye[ing] Netflix Territory by Seeking Rights to Offer "Despicable Me 2" Free to Subscribers
  • MIT, University of New Hampshire Trialing Comcast's "Xfinity On Campus" Multiscreen Video Service

Paul Kontonis of GOVA


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