Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/26/14 (III): Qplay, Roku, Rovi, Veveo, SeaChange, ThinkAnalytics, TiVo, Evolution Digital, TMS, The Filter, NCM, Twitter, Intel, Wowza, WWE, MLBAM, TheFineBros

Introducing Qplay

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!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • TiVo Co-Founders, James Barton and Mike Ramsay, Launch Internet-Video Company, Qplay; Company Promises to Let Users "Curate Internet Video across the Web and Enjoy Highly Personalized Streams of Content Called Q's"; Qplay System Consists of iPad App for Discovery, Playback and Control; a TV Adapter; and a Cloud Service that Manages and Accesses Content; It Enables Two Kinds of "Q's": "Personalized Q's [that] Allow Viewers to Create Virtual, on-the-Fly Channels around their Favorite Interests [and] Social Q's that Leverage Social Discovery, Bringing Videos Directly to Viewers via Friends' Feeds on Social Networks and Picks from Tastemakers"
  • Report: Roku Considering IPO Later this Year
  • Report: New Iteration of Roku Streaming Stick Set to Be Available in April, Priced at $50
  • Rovi to Acquire Semantic/Voice-Based Programming-Search Company, Veveo, for $62 Million in Cash and up to $7 Million in Performance-Dependent Additional Cash Payments; Deal Billed as "Combin[ing] Veveo's Personalization and Contextual Search Tools with Rovi's Robust Search and Recommendation Engine and Metadata" to Enable "Faster, More Meaningful and Simplified Entertainment Search and Recommendation Service for MSO's, Device Manufacturers and Social Media Companies"; Veveo Holds 50 Patents; Customers Include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, DirecTV, Rogers, Verizon
  • SeaChange International Expects Fiscal Q4 Results to Fall Short of Previously Issued Guidance; Blames Shortfall on "Delays in Receiving Anticipated Orders from Customers in the Americas, along with Continued Delays in Receiving some Final Acceptances"
  • Multiplatform TV Search and Recommendations Company, ThinkAnalytics, Names Rich Soucie VP of Business Development; Soucie Will Spearhead Opening of a New Office in Silicon Valley
  • TiVo Publishes Results of its 2013 Millennial Video Entertainment Survey; Finds Millennials "Primarily Access Video from Streaming and Subscription Services, whether they Be through Individual TV Channel Apps and Web Sites, or Streaming Services such as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix"
  • TiVo Integrates its Service/UI with Evolution Digital's HD Digital Transport Adapters (DTA's) for Deployment with Vyve Broadband
  • TMS in Deal to Provide its On Entertainment Metadata to The Filter for Use in the Latter's Search and Recommendation Services for Telecommunications, Mobile and Digital Media Companies
  • US Cinema Network, NCM Media Networks, Partnering with Twitter Amplify to Develop "a New Branded Entertainment Series that Will Bring the Most Exciting Movie Conversations, Tweets and Vines to the Big Screen"; Weekly One-Minute Show, Slated to Launch Mid-2014, Will Allow Viewers to Use Hashtags to "Join the Conversation and Help Shape the Content of the Show"
  • Vine Comedian, Nick Spears, Dead at 35
  • Veteran UK TV Personality, Michael Parkinson, in Deal to Front Supermarket Chain Waitrose's Internet-TV Channel
  • Intel Selects Wowza Media Systems to Enable Video-Streaming Capabilities as Part of its Intel Integrated Native Developer Experience (Intel INDE) Beta; Integration Billed as "Enabl[ing] Android Developers to Deliver In-App Video Streaming out of the Box"
  • Sign-Ups for WWE's New Standalone OTT Service Overload Servers of its Technology Provider, MLB Advanced Media
  • YouTube Stars, TheFineBros, Launch #ReactToThat Twitter Campaign to Convince Nickelodeon to Greenlight "React" Show

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Vine's Nick Spears


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