Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 3/3/14 (I): ABC, Oscars, Twitter, Livefyre, Al Jazeera, Alticast, Amazon, BBC, "American Idol," Google, Facebook, Fox, FremantleMedia, 19 Entertainment, Apple 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 tickets here!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • ABC Offers "TV Everywhere" Live-Streaming of the Oscars via its WatchABC App,, and; Available only to Authenticated Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Midcontinent, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse Subs in ABC's 8 Owned-Station Markets; ABC and The Academy also Offer "The Oscars Backstage" 3-Channel Social TV-Enabled Second-Screen Experience to all Viewers via WatchABC, and Post Embeddable Video Highlights on Immediately after Telecast
  • #MyOscarPhoto Promotion Sees Academy Teaming with Twitter and Social Curation Company, Livefyre, to Let Viewers Tweet Selfies to Oscars Red Carpet Video Wall and Telecast
  • Report: Al Jazeera Hiring "Dozens" of Video Journalists in Preparation for Launch of its AJ+ OTT Video Network
  • Korean Satellite-TV Operator, SkyLife, Selects Alticast's Media Cloud Platform to Power New Cloud-Based PVR Service, "SkyLife on Demand"; Deployment Billed as "World's First Large-Scale Deployment" of Cloud-Based PVR
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video in Deal to Revive Cancelled BBC Drama Series, "Ripper Street"; also Secures UK Subscription Streaming Rights to Show's first two Seasons
  • Fox, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment in Interactive/Social-TV Partnerships with Google and Facebook for "American Idol"; Viewers Can Now Vote for Finalists Directly from Google Search via Keywords "american idol" or "idol"; Facebook Supporting "Visual, On-Air Voting Progress Updates Based on Real-Time East Coast Voting Data during Select Live Shows"
  • CEO Cook Says Apple Sold $1 Billion+ of Apple TV Boxes in 2013 and Is Investing Heavily in Next-Generation Apple TV: "It's a Little More Difficult to Call it a Hobby These Days"
  • Apple Discounting Apple TV with $25 iTunes Card in Advance of Rumored Launch of Next-Generation Device
  • BBC Trust Approves Proposals for a BBC Store; Store, Operated by BBC's Commercial Arm BBC Worldwide, Will Allow Consumers to Buy New Programs and Programs from the BBC Archives on a Download-to-Own Basis
  • BBC Director General, Tony Hall, Calls for Licence Fee to Be Extended to Include the c.500,000 UK Households that Have no TV Set but Watch BBC Programming on the iPlayer
  • BT Expands Line-Up of HD Channels on its YouView Service

WatchABC at "The Oscars"

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