Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 4/7/14 (II): Anvato, AOL, Apple, Comcast, Applicaster, AT&T, AwesomenessTV, Big Frame, BBC, BET, Bottlenose, Bravo, BrightLine, BSkyB, CableLabs, Charter

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:

  • Hearst Television Deploys Anvato's Digital Ad Insertion Technology for Live Streaming at 20+ Stations; Anvato's Server-Side Technology Is Billed as "Enabl[ing] Broadcasters to Use the Same Live Linear Adaptive Bitrate Streams on Every Screen, while Allowing them to Insert Unique, User-Targeted Ads via their Existing Digital Ad Server"
  • AOL Launches its AOL On Broadband-TV Service in UK; Programming Partners Include Channel 4, ITN, Scripps Networks International, MyMovies, LittleDot and Others; Smart-TV Apps for Samsung and Sony Planned
  • AOL On Makes its First Foray into Long-Form Video: Commissions Reality-TV Series, "Connected," from Israel's Koda Communications; Promises More Original Series
  • AOL Announces Original Series Starring Steve Buscemi: "Park Bench"
  • Report: Apple in Talks with Comcast about "Last Mile" Express Lane for Streaming-TV Service ("5 Reasons to Be Skeptical of Any Apple-Comcast Deal")
  • Applicaster Integrates with Avid's iNEWS Newsroom Management System, to Enable Broadcasters to Trigger Second-Screen Activities Directly from the System itself and Send Back Results to on-Screen Graphics Systems
  • AT&T U-verse TV Launches Interactive TV Channel for Masters Golf Tournament; Features Include Multiview of Live Broadcast; Player Bios, Scores and Stats; Leaderboard and News
  • Dreamworks Animation-Owned AwesomenessTV Acquires Fellow YouTube Multichannel Network (MCN), Big Frame, for $15 Million
  • BBC Launches "Guerrilla Group" Digital Innovation Unit: "A Team of Storytellers and Engineers in Birmingham Will Begin to Work across the BBC with a Focus on Engaging Younger, More Diverse Audiences...[and] Will Have the Creative Freedom to Produce Experimental New Forms of Content for Programs and Services, Using the Technology and Approaches of the Future"
  • BBC Trust Approves 30-Day Catch-Up Window for BBC iPlayer (Window Was Previously 7 Days); However, "Series Stacking" Will End
  • BBC Three Will Make "Far Fewer" Shows when it Goes Online-Only
  • BET Launches BET Now "TV Everywhere" App
  • Social-Media "Trend Intelligence" Company, Bottlenose, Teams with "Broadcast Intelligence" Company, Critical Mention, to Enable "Unifie[d] Analytics of Real-Time Trends in TV, Radio, Social Platforms like Twitter and Facebook, Online News and Blogs"
  • Bravo Unveils New Social-/Interactive-TV Initiatives: 1) "Select a Scene," which Allows Viewers to Use Bravo's "Play Live" Experience to Influence on-Air Broadcasts; 2) "Mobile Pass," which "Delivers Content that Allows Sponsors to Connect Directly with Bravo Fans Using Geo-Targeted Alerts for Coupons and Special Offers when they Are Close by"; 3)  "Social Commercials," which "Focuses on Fan Recognition through on-Air Vignettes"
  • BrightLine Launches "User Experience TV" ("UXTV") Advertising Product Suite, Billed as "Convert[ing] BrightLine's Proprietary Method and 600+ Campaigns' Worth of Interactive TV Data into a Suite of Highly Turn-Key Automated Rich Media Ad Products that Are Deployable across the Entire Interactive TV Footprint"
  • Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Taps BrightLine to Develop Smart-TV App for Samsung and LG Devices; App Lets Viewers Access Information, Videos, Photos, Interactive Resort Maps, Trivia Quiz and More
  • BSkyB Launches "Buy & Keep" Movie Service as Part of its Sky Store Service; Is Accessible from the Sky+HD Set-Top Box
  • Marc Watson to Step Down as CEO of BT TV
  • Report: Patent Application Reveals that CableLabs Is Eyeing NFC and RFID Tags to Deliver Personalized Programming and Advertising
  • Charter Names Ex-Cablevision Exec., Gary Schanman, SVP of Video Products; Duties Will Include Overseeing "the Development of an Innovative Cloud-Based UI, Evolving the Charter TV Apps [and] Driving Charter's All-Digital Initiative"


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