Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 4/7/14 (V): Net2TV, Netflix, Miranda,, Nielsen, Octoshape, Ooyala, Microsoft, Opera, Panasonic, Pearl, LG, Watchwith, Cognitive, Philips, Pluto.TV, Qplay, Roku

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:

  • Connected-TV Programmer, Net2TV, Expands its Partnership with Bonnier Publishing; Deal Sees Net2TV Renewing "Popular Science" Show and Adding 2 New Shows, "Cycle World" and "Saveur," to its Portico TV Line-Up
  • New Netflix Original Series, "Narcos," Set to Begin Filming
  • Netflix Acquires SXSW-Award-Winning Documentary on 3D Printing
  • Comcast EVP, David Cohen, Calls Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' Criticism of the Companies' New Peering Deal "Essentially Hogwash"
  • Miranda Technologies Integrates its Vertigo XG Broadcast Graphics Platform with's "Story" Social-TV Platform
  • and VidiGo to Demo Plug-and-Play Social-TV Solution at NAB
  • QVC Japan Using's Interactivity Suite for Social TV (February 11th)
  • Nielsen to Launch Twitter TV Ratings in Australia
  • OTT Streaming Company, Octoshape, in Strategic Partnership with Security Solutions Provider, Inside Secure
  • Ooyala in Strategic Partnership with Microsoft "to Help Develop, Promote and Accelerate the Deployment of Next-Generation IP Video Services Utilizing Microsoft Azure Media Services in Conjunction with Ooyala's SaaS-Based Video Distribution Analytics and Monetization Technology"; Partnership Includes "Global Sales and Marketing Alliance"
  • Ooyala Releases its Q4 2013 Global Video Index Report; Projects Mobile and Tablets Will Make up Half of all Online Viewing by 2016
  • Swisscom Becomes First European Pay-TV Operator to Deploy Opera TV Store Apps Platform
  • Panasonic Unveils New 4K TV's for European Market; Devices Feature Company's "My Stream" Functionality, Billed as Having "Completely Broken Down the Barriers" between Terrestrial TV and Internet-Sourced Content
  • Panasonic Unveils TV Set with Integrated SAT>IP Technology that Redistributes Satellite-TV Signal via the IP-Based Home Network, Including WiFi
  • Pearl Broadcast Venture, LG Electronics, Watchwith and Cognitive Networks Team on Trial of ACR-Powered Interactivity on Smart TV in Atlanta, Cleveland and Orlando; Trial Will See Local Stations Enhancing Live News Broadcasts with "Additional Photo and Map Overlays Offered to Viewers Wanting More Information about Particular News Events and Weather Reports, as well as Personalized Traffic Information and Content from the Stations' own Web Sites"; Viewers Will also Be Able to "Interact with Advertising by Requesting More Information, such as Store Locations or Receiving Coupons"
  • Android-Powered Philips/TPVision Smart TV's Set to Launch in Europe
  • Pluto.TV Promises "New Way to Experience Online Videos" via Nearly 100 "Hand-Curated" Channels, Programmed According to Specific Interests
  • Private Label Mobile TV Launches; Billed as "Allow[ing] Users to Attend Virtual Events or See Live Concerts via Pay-per-View from Anywhere"
  • TiVo Co-Founders' New Internet-Video Company, Qplay, Updates its iPad App, Makes it Generally Available; App Billed as Allowing Users to "Curate Internet Video across the Web and Enjoy Highly Personalized Streams of Content Called Q's"
  • Roku Launches Version 3.0 of its Roku Mobile App for iOS and Android; New Features Include New UI, Login-Not-Required, Roku Search
  • Yahoo Screen Programming Service Launches on Roku
  • Qello Concerts Channel Launches on Roku



Swisscom - Opera TV


Pearl Broadcast Venture, LG, Watchwith and Cognitive Networks


Roku Mobile

Yahoo on Roku

North America