Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/26/14 (II): Dailymotion, Orange, Microsoft, Disney, Facebook, Network Ten, Hoodlum, zeebox, Xbox, Twitch, MobiTV, Mohu, NatGeo, NBC Sports, Ooyala, Univision

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:

  • Orange Looking to Sell Minority Stakes in Broadband-Video Service, Dailymotion; Microsoft Said to Be in Talks about Acquiring a 10% Share, Bundling Dailymotion with Certain of its Products
  • Dish's Charlie Ergen on Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger: "There's Nothing that I Can See that's Positive about it for Anybody in the Video or Broadband or Content Business," though "It Certainly Doesn't Hurt the Case for Consolidation within the Satellite Providers"
  • Disney Launches Cloud-Based Digital Movie Service, Disney Movies Anywhere, Allowing Users to "Discover, Purchase, Manage and Watch Movies from Disney, Pixar and Marvel at Home and on the Go"; iTunes Designated as "Premier Digital Movie" provider for the New Service
  • Facebook Names Sibyl Goldman Head of Entertainment Partnerships; Goldman Was Previously EVP of New Media at Ryan Seacrest Productions
  • Australian Pay-TV Provider, Foxtel, Says its Presto Broadband SVOD Service Will Launch March 13th, Priced at AUS$19.99 per Month
  • Australia's Network Ten Teams with Transmedia Production Company, Hoodlum, on Multiplatform Interactive Drama Series, "Secrets & Lies"; Plot "Unfolds across Television, Online and Social Media"; Viewers Can Use Network Ten's tenplay Site to Access "Key Storylines and Suspects, a Series of Lie Detector Videos, Exclusive Webisodes and New Clues Each Week"; During Broadcasts they Can Use zeebox to "Engage with the Series in Real Time, with Exclusive Scenes and Extra Clues to Help Solve the Mystery" (More)
  • Microsoft Launches $24.99 Xbox One Media Remote
  • Improved Version of Gameplay-Broadcasting Service, Twitch, Set to Launch on Xbox One Next Month; Will Now Allow Xbox One Users to Live-Stream Games, Join Broadcast Games, Start Game Broadcasts with Voice Commands, Archive Game Clips and More
  • MobiTV Teams with Jabil Circuit on White-Label HDMI Dongle Targeted at Wireless Operators that Want to "Deliver a Turnkey in-Home TV Everywhere Experience"
  • Leaf Antenna Company, Mohu, to Launch Kickstarter for New $79 "Mohu Channels" Dongle; Device Will Provide Common Interface for Over-the-Air TV Channels and Online Video Services
  • National Geographic Channel's "Live From Space" to Feature Multiplatform (PC, Tablet, Smartphone) Second-Screen Experience, Ability to Ask Astronauts Video Questions via Instagram Using #HelloFromEarth Hashtag; Second-Screen Experience Will Allow Viewers to Explore Cultures of Countries Passed by International Space Station's Orbit; Show's Digital/Social Enhancements Sponsored by Lexus
  • NBC Sports' Authenticated "TV Everywhere" Stream of USA-vs.-Canada Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Attracts Record 2.1 Million Unique Users
  • Univision Selects Ooyala to Provide Video-Player Support for its UVideos Service and the Digital Properties of its Univision Deportes Network; Deployment Sees Ooyala Technology Integrated with Adobe Pass and FreeWheel Ad Manager
  • Ooyala Powering Hopster's New, Subscription-Based TV and Learning Tablet App

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