Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 3/24/14 (V): Liberty Global, RDK, Revolt TV, Fuse, ToneMedia, Rovi, Grundig, Wyplay, ruwido, Samsung, Screenburn, SeaChange, Shaw, Siemens, Sky, PlayStation

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:

  • Liberty Global Joins Comcast and Time Warner Cable in the RDK Management, LLC Joint Venture: "We Believe RDK Provides a Baseline of Standardization that Will Yield Faster Development and Launch Cycles of Next-Generation In-Home Devices and Video Services"
  • Report: Sean "Diddy" Combs Makes $200 Million Bid for Cable-TV Music Channel, Fuse; Acquisition Would Enable Significant Increase in Reach of Combs' Comcast-Backed, Millennial-Focused Interactive/Social-TV Music Channel, Revolt TV
  • Revolt in Partnership with ToneMedia: Deal Sees ToneMedia Hosting Customized Video Player, Featuring Exclusive Clips from Revolt Original Programming, across its Music Properties
  • Rovi Names John Burke EVP and COO; Burke Was Previously President of Arris's Cloud Solutions Business
  • Grundig to Incorporate Rovi TotalGuide CE and Rovi Advertising Products into its LED TV's for Germany, the Nordic Region, Western Europe, Turkey and Russia
  • Wyplay Integrates Rovi Programming-Discovery Services into its Open-Source Frog Middleware
  • ruwido Launches "3D Input Sphere" TV Remote-Control Technology, Featuring "Bubble Interaction Mechanism"
  • Report: Samsung Looking to Add Gestural-Control, "Smart Home" Functionality to its Smart TV's
  • Samsung, 20th Century Fox Partner to Deliver UHD Content through Samsung UHD TV's via Samsung's Smart Hub Platform
  • Facebook-Based Transactional VOD Platform, Screenburn, Raises $500,000 in Angel Investment, Appoints Zodiak Rights and Arts Alliance Media CEO's to its Board
  • Finnish Telco, DNA, Using SeaChange's Adrenalin Platform and Integration Services to Launch Multiscreen VOD
  • Report: 76% of Second-Screen Users Aren't Looking for Content Related to the Show they're Watching
  • Shaw Media Offers Closed Captioning (CC) on its Online Programming Line-Up; CC Now Available on 1,300 Episodes
  • Siemens Launches Add-On OTT SWIPE Server for Existing OTT Deployments
  • Sky Revamps EPG for Sky+HD Set-Top Boxes: "For the First Time Ever, On Demand, Including Catch-Up TV and Sky Store and the Sky+ Planner, Now Sit alongside Channel Listings as Equal Options"
  • Report: First Original Program for PlayStation Will Be Drama Series, "Powers," Produced by Sony Pictures TV
  • Crunchyroll, NHL GameCenter Live, Qello Concerts Launch on Sony PlayStation Vita; Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant by Verizon, Gaiam TV Slated to Launch Later this Spring
  • SVOD Segment of UK Online Home Entertainment Market (Including Netflix and Amazon's LoveFilm) Grows 120% Year-over-Year



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