Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/21/14 (III): Massive Interactive, Channel 5, NBC, Amazon, thePlatform, Twitter, Vevo, Viki, YouTube, "Simon's Cat," Channel Frederator Network

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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:

  • UK-Based TV Everywhere/Multiscreen Software and Design Company, Massive Interactive, Launches "Demand 5" VOD App on Sony Smart TV's for UK Commercial Broadcaster, Channel 5; Demand 5 App Has Previously Launched on YouView, Freesat, Samsung, LG, Now TV, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One
  • Massive Interactive Names BBC Veteran, Peter Deslandes, Director of Experience Design for the EMEA Region
  • Massive Interactive Launches Massivision Managed Video Platform (MVP), Billed as an End-to-End "Hosted Multiscreen Video Delivery Platform for 'TV Everywhere'" (January 6th); Australia's Dendy Cinemas Uses the New Platform to Develop Broadband VOD Service
  • NBC, Amazon Launch "#13HourDevour" Social-TV Event on Twitter and Tumblr to Encourage Binge-Viewing of First Season of Serial-Killer Drama Series, "Hannibal"; Second Season Set to Premiere on February 28th
  • Internet-TV Channel, TheatreGuide.TV, Seeking Show Submission Applications from TV Producers in Advance of its Launch; Channel Is Billed as "a Free, Nationwide Internet-TV Station Dedicated to Original Programming about Theatre, Music and Dance"
  • thePlatform's mpx System Tapped to Power NBC's Online VOD Coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics; NBC Using mpx to Upload Video, Manage Metadata, Set Viewing and Advertising Policies, Publish Video to and the NBC Sports Live Extra Mobile App, and Syndicate Video to Third-Party Sites
  • thePlatform in Deal to Offer Cloud-Based Video-Publishing Services to Front Porch Digital's Media and Entertainment-Industry Customers
  • Report: Twitter's Growth as a Social-TV Platform Appears to Be Stalling; Twitter Super Bowl Chatter down 3% Year-over-Year, NBA All-Star Game Chatter Down 21%
  • Online Music Video Company, Vevo, Sees 46% Year-over-Year Increase in Views in December 2013; Company Planning to Launch More Original Programming
  • International Broadband Video Service, Viki, Beta-Launches in Japan; Service, which Was Acquired Last Year by Japan's Rakuten, Uses Crowdsourcing to Subtitle its Programming
  • YouTube Re-Design Highlights Playlists, Features "Center-Aligned Look"
  • Animation Franchise, "Simon's Cat," Joins YouTube MCN, Channel Frederator Network


Massive Interactive - Demand 5

North America