Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 3/7/14 (III): My Damn Channel, NBCU, Netflix, FitBit, Nickelodeon, Virgin Media, Nielsen, Ofcom, Pace, PBS, Piksel, Roku, Showtime, Sling Media, Synacor, The CW, TiVo

T:3 Showdown - The Triple Threat Talent Show

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:

Eventbrite - The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014


  • My Damn Channel Launches New Slate of Programming, including "T:3 Showdown," an Interactive Talent Show from Albie Hecht and Robert Small whose Finalists and Winner Will Be Chosen "Based on Views, Likes, Shares and Comments of the Videos Online"
  • NBCUniversal Trumpets Significance of its "TV Everywhere" Coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Provides Usage Stats
  • NBCUniversal Television Distribution Launches Free, ACR-Powered "Beyond the Screen" Second-Screen Companion App for Movie Watchers
  • "Sleep Tracker" App, Developed by Staffers during Netflix Hackathon, Uses FitBit Data to Determine that Viewer Is Asleep, then Pauses Video
  • Nickelodeon UK Launches its My Nick Jr. App on Virgin Media's TiVo-Based Hybrid-TV Platform; App Allows Parents to Create Customized Playlist from 650 Nick Jr. Episodes; Invites Kids to Rate Shows and Presents them with Additional Episodes Based on their Preferences; Emails Parents Summary of their Kids' Viewing Choices
  • Report: Now Relying on Measurement of Actual Usage instead of Surveys, Nielsen Slashes its Estimate of Monthly Mobile Video Viewing by 538%
  • Study Commissioned by UK Broadcast Regulator, Ofcom, Finds that Second-Screen Interactivity Has not yet "Had a Large Influence on TV" and Is Still "Immature," but Could Have Positive Impacts Going Forward
  • Pace Revenues Up 2.7%, Profits Up 65.6%
  • PBS Names Ira Rubenstein GM of Digital
  • Belgian Public Broadcaster, VRT, Taps Piksel to Power OTT Service; Service, Based on Piksel's Video Content Management System (VCMS), Will Offer Linear TV, VOD and Catch-Up TV
  • Roku Launches HDMI Version of its Roku Streaming Stick; $50 Device Includes Remote Control
  • Showtime Networks' Showtime Anytime "TV Everywhere" App Now Available to Charter Subscribers
  • Sling Media Launches its Slingbox 350 TV-Placeshifting Platform in Mexico
  • Ron Frankel to Resign as CEO of "TV Everywhere" Technology Provider, Synacor, Following Declines in Q4 Revenue and Profit; Has Led the Company since 2001
  • The CW Offering Uncensored Version of Episode of "Reign" Online; Uncensored Version Released during Same Week as Broadcast of Edited-for-Broadcast-TV Version
  • Ginx TV, an International TV Network Devoted to Video Gaming, Selects Thomson Video Networks' Sapphire MPEG Stream Server and "Channel-in-a-Box" Solution to Power Dynamic Ad Insertion
  • Evolution Digital Casts Light on How Much MSO's Pay for TiVo

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