Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VIII): Simulmedia, Wendell Wenjen, Starz, Synacor, thePlatform, TWC, TiVo, Cogeco, Comcast, Tribune Digital Ventures, Twitter, Univision, USA Network

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT 2014 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.

  • Advanced-Advertising Company, Simulmedia, Names Ex-LG Interactive TV and Advanced Advertising Exec., Wendell Wenjen, VP of Business Development
  • Simulmedia Makes its Debut at the Upfronts (June 13th)
  • Simulmedia Names Ex-Forrester Exec., David Cooperstein, CMO (May 28th)
  • Starz Offering "Free Sampling" of First Episode of New Original Series, "Outlander," on Multiple Pay-TV and Online Platforms
  • Strategy Analytics Report Estimates a Global Connected-TV Footprint of 1 Billion+ Installed Units, Predicts Footprint Will Double by 2018 due to Smart TV Growth
  • "TV Everywhere" Technology Provider, Synacor, Names Steve Oroszlan VP of Business Development
  • Activist Investors Push Synacor to End Search for New CEO, Seek Sale (June 26th)
  • Synacor's Cloud ID Powers Social Login for Dish Network "TV Everywhere" Service (June 25th)
  • Synacor Reports Lower Q1 Revenues, Swings to a Loss (May 13th)
  • Synacor Powers "TV Everywhere" iPad App for Suddenlink (April 23rd)
  • Comcast-Owned White-Label Video-Publishing Company, thePlatform, Names Marty Roberts and Jamie Miller Co-CEO's; Former CEO, Ian Blaine, Becomes "Strategic Advisor" (May 8th)
  • Fox, FX, NatGeo "TV Everywhere" Apps Now Available to Time Warner Cable Subs (May 23rd)
  • Canada's Cogeco Abandons IPTV Project, Announces Deal with TiVo
  • Comcast Completes Integration of its VOD Service with Retail TiVo DVR's
  • TiVo Research and Analytics Study Finds that Binge Viewing "Is Firmly Established as the Preferred Method of Consuming Entertainment Content" (June 25th)
  • TiVo Posts Strong Fiscal Q1 Financial Results and Subscriber-Acquisition Totals (May 22nd)
  • TiVo Trumpets "Record" 4.5 Million-Subscriber Milestone, Partnerships with 15 Pay-TV Operators around the World (April 29th)
  • TiVo Research Study Finds that "Moving From a C3 to C7 Rating Could Increase Commercial Ratings by More than 10% (April 21st)
  • Tribune Company's Tribune Digital Ventures Arm Acquires What's-ON, a TV Search and EPG Data Provider for India and the Middle East
  • Katie Jacobs Stanton Promoted to Replace Chloe Sladden as Twitter's Media Chief
  • In Bid to Encourage Usage of its "TV Everywhere" Service, Univision Offers Authentication-Free Streaming Coverage of First 56 Matches of 2014 World Cup; Streaming of Final 8 Matches Restricted to Authenticated Pay-TV Subscribers (June 2nd)
  • USA Network Launches Digital Hub for Reality Series, "Chrisley Knows Best," Featuring Original Video, Games, Galleries and More (June 10th)
  • USA Network Teams with Lexus on Interactive "Suits" Marathon (April 24th)

Wendell Wenjen


North America