Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/21/14 (II): HLN, Condition One, Oculus Rift, Crunchyroll, Dish, WWE, Entone, FCC, Google Fiber, IAB, Kaltura, Logo TV

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:

  • On Heels of Announcing its New Social-Media Focus, CNN's HLN Unveils its Initial Development Slate for 2014; Shows in Development Include "'Keywords,' a Game Show of Search and Tag Trivia for Internet Addicts; 'I Can Haz NewsToons,' a Place on TV for Social Media's Best Satire Cartoons; 'One. Click. Away,' Untold Stories behind Online Classifieds; 'Vacation Hunters,' a Tweet-Driven Competition Show; 'Videocracy,' a Countdown Series about Entertainment Ripped from Social Media; and '#What'sYourFomo,' an App to Guarantee you never Miss a Thing"
  • Condition One Releases Interactive Trailer for 360-Degree Immersive Interactive Film, "Zero Point": Film Is Intended to Be Watched on Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Glasses
  • Anime-Themed Broadband Video Company, Crunchyroll, Beta-Launches "KDrama" Service Devoted to Korean Dramas; Service Will Initially Be Available to Current Crunchyroll Subscribers at no Additional Charge, and Will Roll Out to Public "in the Coming Weeks"
  • Dish Network Announces that it Will No Longer Automatically Offer WWE PPV Events: "WWE Has Chosen to Launch a 24/7 Online Network, without its TV Partners, that Includes all of its Pay-Per-View Events. As WWE Enters the Increasingly Fragmented Media World by themselves, Dish Will Continue to Consider the Value of WWE Pay-per-View on an Event-by-Event Basis"
  • South Central Rural Telephone Coop Selects Entone's EnterLink Video-Networking Solution for Delivery of IPTV Services to Multi-TV Households
  • Entone Unveils Magi 550 Hybrid CATV Media Gateway, Billed as "Leverag[ing] Existing Cable Headend Systems to Enable Cable Operators to Deliver an Integrated Hybrid-TV Service that Combines Traditional Linear TV with Emerging Cloud (OTT) Applications and Services"
  • FCC Looking to Develop New Rules to Maintain Net Neutrality
  • Google "Exploring" Launching Google Fiber in Nine More Metropolitan Areas, Including San Jose
  • IAB Publishes Guide to Video Advertising on Smartphones and Tablets; Topics Covered Include "Apps versus Mobile-Optimized Web Sites, Pre-Roll versus Banner Ads, Inline versus Native Players, Operating System Capabilities, Third-Party Tags, and Advanced Interactive Capabilities"
  • IAB Trumpets Data Showing that "Interactive Digital Video Ad Units Increase Purchase Intent by 225% over Traditional Digital Video Ad Formats"
  • IAB Releases Initial Schedule for 2014 NewFronts
  • IAB Publishes Final Version of its "IAB Digital Video Rising Stars Style Guide & Technical Specifications"; Was Developed in Partnership with CBS Interactive, Celtra, DG MediaMind, DoubleClick, Innovid, Jivox, Microsoft Advertising, Mixpo, Spongecell, Tremor Video, Yahoo!, and YuMe (November 21st)
  • Turkey's Dogus Media Taps Open Source Online Video Platform Provider, Kaltura, to Power its Ad-Funded tvyo Multiplatform Video Service
  • Logo TV's New "Ice Queens" Mini-Series to Premiere Simultaneously on TV, the Web, Logo's New iOS App, and the Channel's Social Platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine

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