Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 3/24/14 (IV): Netflix, Netgem, Nickelodeon, Norigin, OpenTV, Opera, RCA, Oregan, ZTE, Panasonic, PayWizard, Conax, Plex, Chromecast, Prospect Park

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:

  • Netflix in Peering Deal with Norwegian ISP, Telenor; Company Signed Similar Deal with Comcast Last Month
  • AT&T Fires Back at Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' Call for FCC to Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue
  • French Telco, Orange, in Talks to Offer Netflix on its IPTV Platform
  • Dreamworks Animation to Debut Three New Original Children's Series, New "Turbo FAST" Episodes, on Netflix in Late 2014
  • Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin to Star in Netflix Original Comedy Series, "Grace and Frankie"
  • Netgem Launches netbox360 "Out-of-the-Box" Connected-TV Solution, Offering Native Support for HTML5 and HbbTV
  • Nickelodeon Launches Free, Interactive, Multi-Touch Book for its 2014 Kids' Choice Awards; Book Offers Live Countdown Clock, Ballot, Treasure Hunt Game, Behind-the-Scenes Videos, Video Clips, and More
  • Norway-Based "TV Everywhere" Technology Company, Norigin Media, Licenses its TVE Client Apps to Teracom Group's Boxer TV for Use in Sweden and Denmark
  • Alaskan Cable Operator, Denali Media, Deploys OpenTV's EclipsePlus Advertising Billing and Traffic System
  • Opera to Power RCA Smart TV's in US via Partnership with ON Corporation; Partnership Sees Opera Providing its Opera Devices SDK and Opera TV Store Apps Platform
  • Vestel to Use Opera TV Store to Expand its Existing Smart-TV App Portal
  • Opera Revamps its Opera TV Snap Solution
  • Opera Devices SDK Extends its HbbTV Capabilities to Blink-Based Engine, Adds Official Certification for Implementing YouTube on TV
  • Opera Partners with Discretix to Enable Secure OTT HD Content and Services on Smart TV's
  • Oregan Networks in Hybrid-TV Partnership with ZTE; Companies to Offer "Comprehensive Platform for Delivery of IP-Based Video and Applications, in Conjunction with Satellite, Cable and Terrestrial Pay-TV Services"
  • Panasonic to Launch UK Free-to-Air Satellite TV Service Freesat's Freetime Broadband Catch-Up/VOD Service on its Viera Smart TV's in the UK
  • PayWizard in "Multiscreen Monetization" Partnership with Conax
  • Streaming Platform Plex Offers Free Chromecast Support (Was Previously Available Only to Plex Pass Members), New iOS Features
  • Prospect Park Networks, the Company that Revived Cancelled Soap Operas "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" Online, Files for Bankruptcy Protection; Is Suing ABC for $95 Million Plus Punitive Damages; Has Been Countersued by the Network for $5 Million




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