Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 4/7/14 (I): Accedo, Accenture, Adconion, Ad-ID, Adobe Primetime, Harmonic, Aereo, EFF, CEA, ACA, Dish, CBS, Amazon, Hulu, RealNetworks, Animal Planet

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:

  • Accedo's "TV Everywhere" Solution Powering Sky Deutschland's Snap by Sky Service on Android
  • Fourth Annual "Accenture Digital Consumer Survey" Finds Strong Consumer Demand for Connected TV
  • Cross-Channel Advertising Solutions Provider, Adconion Direct, Launches Connected-TV Offering, Names smartclip and Yahoo Veteran, Shirlene Chandrapal, SVP of Connected TV
  • SAG-AFTRA Deal Means that all Ads Made under Union Contract Must Now Incorporate the Ad-ID Universal Tracking Code
  • Harmonic's Multiscreen Transcoding and Delivery Ecosystem Now Supports Workflows Compatible with the Ad-Insertion Capabilities of the Adobe Primetime "TV Everywhere" Platform
  • Investor Barry Diller: Aereo Is "Finished" if it Loses Supreme Court Case
  • Aereo Submits Filing to Supreme Court: "The Broadcasters Are Asking the Court to Deny Consumers the Ability to Use the Cloud to Access a more Modern-Day Television Antenna and DVR. They Are Asking the Court to Confine Consumers to Outdated Equipment and Limit their Access to Lawful Technology in order to Protect a Legacy Business Model, the Success of which is Built on Eliminating Consumer Choice and Competition in the Marketplace"
  • EFF, Joined by Public Knowledge, the Consumer Electronics Association and Engine Advocacy, Files Amicus Brief for Aereo in Supreme Court Case
  • American Cable Association Backs Aereo in Supreme Court Case
  • Dish Network Backs Aereo in Supreme Court Case
  • CBS CEO Moonves: "If we Don't Win [the Aereo Case], we Have other Ways of Making up for it: Putting our Shows Directly on Cable, Forming our own Aereo with other Networks, Going over the Top"
  • Amazon Launches $99 Amazon Fire TV Set-Top Box; Box Allows Users to Access Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Showtime, YouTube and other Video Services in Addition to Amazon Prime Instant Video; Key Features Include Voice Search; "Quad-Core Processor with over 3x the Processing Power of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3, a Dedicated GPU, plus 4x the Memory of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku"; "ASAP" Technology that "Predicts which Movies and TV Episodes you'll Want to Watch and Buffers them for Playback before you even Hit Play"; Gaming Support; IMDb-Powered "X-Ray" Second-Screen Functionality; Ability to "Fling" Movies from Tablet or Smartphone to TV
  • Amazon Releases Developer Tools for Fire TV; Says Companies Developing Apps for the Platform Include 2K, AOL, Bloomberg, Clear Channel, Disney, EA, ESPN, Gameloft, Hulu, Mojang, Pandora, Sega, Showtime, Telltale, Ubisoft and Vevo; Platform Supports Second-Screen Experiences via DIAL
  • Hulu Launches Hulu Plus Support on Amazon Fire TV
  • RealNetworks Launches its RealPlayer Cloud Integrated Video Player and Cloud Service App on Amazon Fire TV; Allows Consumers to Stream Personal Videos to their TV Set
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video Becomes "Exclusive Subscription Streaming Home" for "24"
  • Six More Amazon Original Pilots Greenlit for Full Seasons: "The After," "Bosch," "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street," "Mozart in the Jungle," "Transparent," "Wishenpoof!"
  • Amazon Studios' Original Comedy Series, "Alpha House," Renewed for Second Season
  • Scripps Networks and Discovery Communications Titles Removed from Amazon Prime Instant Video
  • Animal Planet Unveils Slate of Original Online Programming

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