Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 3/3/14 (III): Samsung, Mandalay Sports Media, Shazam, TVGN, Telescope, Crackle, PlayStation Vita, TiVo, Turner, ABC, Twitter Amplify, ViXS, RDK, Xbox, Tumblr, ZEFR

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014 (June 10th-11th in San Francisco--purchase your tickets here!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • Samsung Partners with Mandalay Sports Media for ACR-Powered Interactive TV on Smart TV's, Tablets and Smartphones; Mandalay "Is Currently Developing a Variety of Shows that Will Be Coupled with Samsung's ACR Technology Platform to Enable Complementary and Supplementary Content Experiences for TV Programming," Allowing Viewers to "Experience New Content from the Show at the Exact Time that it Is Relevant to the Storyline"; Interactivity Will Be Incorporated into these Shows from Ground Up
  • ACR Specialist, Shazam, Unveils Full Scope of App Redesign it Announced Last Month; CEO Riley: "With these Changes, Shazam Is Evolving to Become a Destination Experience and Content Platform for Artists, Shows and Brands"
  • TVGN (TV Guide Network) Teams with Shazam on Second-Screen Interactive-TV Experience for "TVGN Live with ET at the Oscars" Red-Carpet Special; Experience Allows Viewers to "Vote on Fashion, Unlock Exclusive Celebrity Videos, and Receive Real-Time Feedback from 'ET' Hosts"
  • Sony's Multiplatform Entertainment Network, Crackle, Launches on PlayStation Vita
  • Telekom Slovenije Integrates UEFA's LiveEx Technology into its New, Interactive TV-Enabled White-Label OTT Platform, TViN; LivEx Provides Viewers with Real-Time Notifications of Developments in Multiple UEFA Champions League Soccer Games
  • Canada's CBC-TV Taps Participation-TV Specialist, Telescope, to Develop Trivia App for Reality Show, "Recipe to Riches"; App Lets Viewers Accumulate up to 8 Bonus Votes by Answering Trivia Questions
  • TiVo Releases Fiscal Q4 Financial Results and Subscriber Acquisition Totals: Added Record 313,000 Cable Subscribers; Now Has 3.2 Million Cable Subs--Compared to 2.1 Million Last Year; Service & Technology Revenues up 28% Year-over-Year; Company Swings to a Profit
  • Turner Sports to Implement Multiple Enhancements to its NCAA March Madness Live Service, Expand it to More Platforms, including the Windows Store:
  • ABC Signs Up for Twitter's Amplify Campaign-Extension Solution; Twitter Now Has 61 Amplify Partners, including CBS, NBC, Fox
  • Media-Processing Solutions Provider, ViXS Systems, Signs RDK License; Trumpets its Status as "the First and Only Company with a Shipping Ultra High Definition 4K HEVC 10-Bit Solution to Sign" the RDK Agreement
  • Vodafone Germany, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Samsung Conduct Live Trial of LTE Broadcast; Point-to-Multipoint Video-Signal Distribution Technology Is Designed to Put no Additional Load on the Network, even in Device-Dense Locations
  • Red Bull TV App Launches on Xbox
  • Yahoo!-Owned Tumblr Appoints its First Director of Media: Ex-CAA Agent and Rogue Paper Co-Founder, Sima Sistani
  • YouTube Looking to Offer its Channels on IPTV Operators' EPG's
  • ZEFR, Provider of SaaS Content-Management Solutions for Brands and Content-Owners on YouTube, Raises $30 Million in IVP-Led Funding Round; Company's BrandID Solution Lets Brands Identify Fan-Uploaded Content; Company also Manages and Monetizes Rights for Studios and Labels; Clients Include Adidas, Wieden and Kennedy, Warner Bros, "Saturday Night Live," Sony Music, Universal Pictures

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