Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 4/7/14 (VII): UNIV, Verizon, Vestel, Freesat, Vubiquity, WebTuner, WWE, Xbox,, Linkin Park, Team Dakota, Xstream, Yahoo, YouTube, YouView, YuMe, Zenterio

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:

  • Unified Video Technologies' (UNIV) uVOD OTT Managed Service Selected by Television Jamaica Parent, RJR Communications, to Enable New Linear and VOD OTT Offering, Targeted at Jamaican Expats in North America and Europe
  • Verizon Launches "Quantum TV" DVR Service, Allowing Users to Record up to 12 Shows Simultaneously, Store up to 200 Hours of HD Programming, Pause and Rewind Live TV on any TV in the Home
  • Vestel to Install UK Free-to-Air Satellite TV Service Freesat 's Freetime Broadband Catch-Up/VOD Service on its Smart TV's and Set-Tops
  • New Study from Visible Measures Finds that Branded Videos Are Becoming Increasingly Popular with Consumers
  • VOD/Multiplatform Content Provider, Vubiquity, Launches "AnyVU Cloud" Video Services Platform, Billed as "Open[ing] up Multiplatform Video Capabilities to any Type of Service Provider, Offering a Broad Set of Modular Services that Include a Deep Library of Licensed Content for both Linear and On-Demand, Set-Top Box Delivery and Direct-to-Subscriber Streaming, Electronic Sell-Through (EST), as well as other Next-Generation Video Services"
  • Vubiquity Names Ex-Mixpo CEO, Anupam Gupta, EVP of Cloud Services
  • Vubiquity Teams with Akamai on "Content-as-a-Service" Offering, Billed as "Combin[ing] Vubiquity's AnyVU Cloud and the Akamai Intelligent Platform to Offer a Robust Licensed Content Library, along with Cloud-Based Content Workflows, Storage and Delivery at a Global Scale"
  • Report: "Virtual MVPD" Company, WebTuner, Seeking to Persuade Pay-TV Operators to Adopt its Flagship Streaming Device
  • Sky Italia Selects Witbe's Multiscreen VOD Asset-Publication Monitoring Solution
  • WWE Runs Extensive Digital/Social-Media Initiatives for "WrestleMania 30"
  • Microsoft Announces Xbox One Updates: "Rent Once, Play Anywhere" for Xbox Video; New SmartGlass and OneGuide Capabilities
  • Major League Gaming Launches Xbox 360 App for its Broadband-TV Service
  • Linkin Park Teams with Game Maker, Team Dakota, to Launch Interactive, Remixable Music Video within an Xbox Video Game
  • Encore Play and Movieplex Play "TV Everywhere" Apps Launch on Xbox 360; Epix and Starz/Encore/Movieplex Apps Slated to Launch on Xbox One Later this Year; also Launches on Xbox One
  • Xbox Live Members in US Get "Exclusive Early Look" at New Hulu Original Series, "Deadbeat"
  • OTT and "TV Everywhere" Platform Provider, Xstream, Launches Operations in Asia-Pacific; Opens Offices in Melbourne and Sydney
  • Report: Yahoo Is "Considering Creating its own YouTube," and Attempting to Poach YouTube Stars
  • Report: Yahoo in "Preliminary Talks" to Acquire Online Video Service, News Distribution Network (NDN), for Approximately $300 Million
  • Report: YouTube, AOL On and Other Online Video Services Looking to Take Ad Dollars from Second-Tier Cable Channels this Upfront Season
  • Google to Run TV, Print, Online, Out-of-Home and In-App Ad Campaign Promoting YouTube Creators
  • Report: YouTube Offering Audience Guarantees to Advertisers that Make Advance Commitments; Will also Reserve Space for Advertisers that Commit to Buying Media in Top Shows
  • Report: YouTube Postpones Launch of its Planned On-Demand Streaming Music Service
  • New Deal for UK Hybrid-TV Platform, YouView, Sees BT and TalkTalk Taking on Larger Share of Funding Responsibilities, though Broadcasters Will Remain Equal Shareholders
  • YuMe Publishes Survey of World Cup Viewing Habits to Support Launch of its World Cup Multiscreen Advertising Package
  • Magyar Telekom Deploys Zenterio's OS on Two New Set-Top Boxes, to Support PVR and Interactive, Multi-Room Services

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