Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 3/7/14 (II): Dish, Disney, DirecTV, Kindle, Fullscreen, HBO Go, PS3, Hulu, Atlas Solutions, Innovid, Jinni, KoldCast, Logitech, Machinima, Massive Interactive

Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard, with App and Hub

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

  • Dish in Wide-Ranging Deal with Disney; Deal Gives Dish Rights to Offer Disney, ABC and ESPN Networks on "Over-the-Top, Personal Subscription Service"; Key Points: 1) Dish Granted Rights to "Stream Cleared Linear and Video-on-Demand Content from the ABC-Owned Broadcast Stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, as Part of an Internet-Delivered, IP-Based Multichannel Offering"; 2) Dish Customers to Have In- and Out-of-Home Access to Disney's Live and On-Demand "TV Everywhere" Services, including Watch ESPN, Watch Disney, Watch ABC and Watch ABC Family; 3) All Pending Litigation, including Suits over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop, to Be Dismissed; 4) Dish to Disable AutoHop Functionality for ABC Content within the C3 Ratings Window; 5) Mutually Agreed "Structure for other Advertising Models as the Market Evolves, including Dynamic Ad Insertion, Advertising on Mobile Devices and Extended Advertising Measurement Periods"; 6) Dish Gains Access to Expanded VOD Line-Up from Disney-Owned Networks
  • Report: Dish Considering Charging $20-$30 per Month for its Planned OTT Service
  • Report: DirecTV in Talks with Disney to Secure Rights to Offer Disney Broadcast and Cable Channels as Part of an OTT Service
  • Dish Anywhere App Now Available for Kindle Fire HDX Tablets; Was Previously Available only on Android and iOS Devices
  • Freeview Australia Previews Key Features of its HbbTV-Based FreeviewPlus Hybrid-TV Service
  • YouTube Multichannel Network (MCN), Fullscreen, Names Michael Wann Chief Revenue Officer, Ashley Kaplan Head of Content
  • HBO Go App Launched for PlayStation3 (though not for Comcast Subs); Sony "Working Diligently" with HBO to Bring HBO Go to PS4
  • Hulu Names Tim Connolly Head of Distribution; Connolly Was Previously VP of Digital Video Distribution and New Product Development at Disney
  • Ad Server Company, Atlas Solutions, Selects Advanced Advertising Specialist, Innovid, as its "Preferred Global Video Ad Platform Partner"; Will Use Innovid's Technology to Deliver Addressable and Interactive Video Ads across Platforms and Gather Engagement Metrics
  • Jinni Uses its Discovery Engine to Predict Oscar Winners
  • Original Broadband Video Content Provider, KoldCast TV, Shuts Down
  • Logitech Launches "Harmony Smart Keyboard" to Facilitate Interaction on Connected-TV Devices
  • YouTube Multichannel Network (MCN), Machinima, Lays off 42, Hands over Ad Sales to Google
  • Deutsche Telekom Taps Massive Interactive to Bring its Videoload VOD Service to LG Smart TV's in Germany

DISH on Kindle

HBO on PS3

Jinni & the Oscars 2014

North America