Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/26/14 (I): Accedo, Accenture, KPN, ActiveVideo, Aereo, Amazon, AOL, BBC, Bravo, Oxygen, BT, Civolution, Comcast, Netflix, AT&T, Verizon

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:

  • Spain's Telecable Taps Application Solutions Provider, Accedo, to Power Android-Based "TV Everywhere" Service
  • Accenture and Dutch Pay-TV Operator, KPN, Develop Proof-of-Concept that Uses Google Glass and the Accenture Video Solution (AVS) for Interactive TV Viewing, Storage and Control; Demo Includes Remote-Control, Second-Screen and "TV Everywhere" Functionality
  • Charter Communications Provides Preview of its ActiveVideo-Powered, Cloud-Based HTML5 "Sky" Guide, Scheduled to Launch Later this Year; President and CEO Rutledge: New Cloud-Based UI "Will Be Available on Every Single Set-Top Box in Every One of our Video Customer Homes"
  • Judge Grants Aereo 14-Day Reprieve from Injunction that Would Prohibit it from Offering Service in Salt Lake City and Denver
  • TV Networks Petition Supreme Court to Shutter Aereo: "The Copyright Act Does not Tolerate Business Models Premised on the Unauthorized Exploitation of the Copyrighted Works of Others" (Full Text of Petition Here)
  • Aereo Announces Plans for March 3rd Launch in Greater Austin, TX Area
  • Report: Amazon to Launch Android-Powered Internet-TV Box Next Month
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video Begins Running Pre-Roll Ads for Geico on its Newest Batch of Amazon Studios-Produced Pilots; Geico Designated as "Presenting Sponsor" for Amazon's "Pilot Season"
  • Amazon in Deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to Bring 5 US Primetime Series to Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK
  • AOL Video Chief, Ran Harnevo, Foresees Decline of Pre-Rolls in Favor of Branded Content: "Brands Will Have to Become Publishers"
  • BBC Releases Red Button Interactive TV Schedule through March 1st
  • Bravo and Oxygen Media Name Dara Levine VP of Programming and Digital Research; Duties Will Include Managing All Multiplatform and Digital Research Reporting Initiatives including VOD, Hulu and Online Platforms
  • BT Launches New YouView+ Box, with No Fan and therefore a Smaller Footprint
  • Indian Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Taps Civolution to Provide Watermarking Technology for New Audience-Measurement Platform; Deployment Sees Civolution Working with TV-Measurement Company, Mediametrie
  • Comcast and Netflix Sign Multi-Year Interconnection Deal to Improve Netflix User Experience for Comcast Subs; Companies Stress that "Netflix Receives No Preferential Network Treatment"; Deal Believed to See Netflix Paying Comcast $25-50 Million (More)
  • Consumer Groups and Media Watchdogs Express "Grave Concerns" over Comcast-Netflix Deal
  • Netflix also Said to Be Discussing Interconnection Deals with AT&T, Verizon
  • Report: Netflix Streaming Speeds for FiOS Customers Fell 14% between December and January, amid Verizon-Netflix Dispute
  • Report: Netflix Using Detailed Viewer Data to Guide its Program-Commissioning Process
  • Netflix Said to Be in Carriage Talks with ISP's Orange and Free in Preparation for Expected September Launch in France

Google Glass, Accenture, KPN

Charter Communications, ActiveVideo "Sky" Guide

North America