Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 3/24/14 (III): Foxtel, Ooyala, zeebox, Chromecast, Glass, Harmonic, HBO Go, Instagram, IAB, iPowow, Layer3 TV, RDK, Machinima, Maker Studios, Turner Sports

Glassware "Preview for glass" - recognize the movie image and play its trailer video

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:

  • Australian Pay-TV Operator, Foxtel, Rolls Out its Ooyala-Powered "Presto" Subscription-Based Broadband Video Service
  • Foxtel Adds zeebox Functionality to its Foxtel Guide App as Part of Update
  • Foxxum Smart-TV Portal Pre-Integrated with MStar Software Platform
  • FremantleMedia UK Names Kat Hebden Head of Interactive, Replacing Peter Cassidy who Has Joined Applicaster
  • Google Launches Chromecast in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK
  • Google Acquisition of Gaming Company, Green Throttle, Fuels Speculation that Company Is Planning to Offer Console/Set-Top Box Device
  • "Preview" Glassware App Uses Image Recognition to Launch Trailer on Command when Google Glass Wearer Looks at Movie Poster
  • Danish Telco, TDC, Using Harmonic's ProMedia Origin Streaming Video Server and MediaGrid Shared Storage System to Power Multiscreen Catch-Up TV Service
  • Demand for Season Finale of "True Detective" Crashes HBO Go "TV Everywhere" Service
  • Cartoon Network Premieres Episode of "Rick and Morty" on Instagram as 109 15-Second Video Clips
  • Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Releases Updated Version (First Since 2009) of its "Digital Video In-Stream Ad Metric Definitions" for Public Comment
  • Inview Technology Launches HDMI Dongle that Lets Users "View Content such as VOD, Live-Streamed Channels and Social-Networking Apps on any Television [while] Controlling what they Watch Using their Mobile Phones"
  • iPowow Teams with Red Bull Media to Bring Interactive/Participation TV to Soccer and Hockey
  • iPowow Powers Interactivity for USA Network Reality Series, "Chrisley Knows Best"
  • Layer3 TV, a "Next-Generation Cable Provider" Founded by Several Cable/Advanced-TV Industry Veterans, Secures $21 Million in Series-A Funding Round, Led by North Bridge Venture Partners and Evolution Media Growth Partners; Job Listings Reveal Company's Interest in RDK
  • Gaming-Focused YouTube Multichannel Network (MCN), Machinima, Raises $18 Million from Warner Bros. Entertainment, MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Google Capital; Company Recently Laid Off 42 Employees
  • Disney Said to Be Close to Deal to Acquire Millennial-Focused YouTube Multichannel Network (MCN), Maker Studios, for $500-$900 Million
  • Turner Sports Says NCAA March Madness Live Has Seen "Record-Setting" Video Streams and Engagement across All Digital Platforms during First Three Days; Video Streams Up 42% Year-over-Year, Hours of Live Video Consumed Up 18%
  • NCAA March Madness Live Adds Kindle and Android Tablet Support

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