Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VII): Rovi, Samsung, Virgin Media, Arris, Panasonic, Shaw Communications, Veveo, Seevibes, Shazam, Showtime Networks

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.

  • Rovi Renews and Expands Patent-License Agreement with Samsung
  • Virgin Media Prevails in Patent Dispute with Rovi
  • Rovi Trumpets its Ability to Enable Customers to Enhance World Cup Coverage with "New Data and Advanced Advertising Opportunities" (May 28th)
  • Rovi Names Andy Elder EVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing (May 5th)
  • Rovi Reports Increased Q1 Revenues, Swings to a Profit (April 30th)
  • Rovi Signs Global, Multi-Year Patent-License Agreement with Arris (April 30th)
  • NCTC Signs Master Agreement for Use of Rovi DTA Guide by its Membership (April 29th)
  • Rovi Renews Patent-License Agreement with Panasonic (April 29th)
  • Rovi Signs Long-Term i-Guide Renewal and Patent-License Agreement with Canada's Shaw Communications (April 29th)
  • Rovi Launches Personalized Discovery Solution Incorporating Tech Acquired via Purchase of Veveo; Solution Billed as Offering "Voice-Enabled, Natural-Conversation Interaction" and a "Contextual and Predictive Search and Recommendations Engine" (April 28th)
  • Rovi Launches New Cloud Platform, Services and Connected Guides; Forms Development Partnerships with Evolution Digital and Entone (April 28th)
  • Samsung Closes its Samsung Video and Media Hub; Users Can Transfer Purchased Content to M-Go; Samsung Promises "Exciting New Video Products"
  • Seevibes White Paper Finds that Canadians Generated almost 57 Million Social Interactions around TV in Q1 (June 11th)
  • Montreal-Based Social-TV Analytics Company, Seevibes, Closes $1 Million Seed-Funding Round (May 28th)
  • Seevibes Teams with Havas Media on New Social-TV Measurement (April 25th)
  • Fifth Harmony Debuts New Music Video on Shazam
  • Shazam App Launched for Google Glass (June 24th)
  • Shazam Names Patricia Parra CMO; Resume Includes Stints at Ouya, Hulu and HBO (June 11th)
  • Shazam App Update Features "Streamlined Second-Screen Experience for Television in the US" (May 15th)
  • Movie Theater Network, NCM, Taps Shazam to Power Interactivity for its Pre-Show Program (May 14th)
  • Shazam Appoints Ex-NBCU Exec., Lauren Zalaznick, to its Board (April 22nd)
  • Showtime Networks Launches Showtime Anytime "TV Everywhere" Service on Xbox 360; Xbox One Launch to Follow Later this Year
  • Showtime Anytime Launches for Cox Subscribers (May 1st)
  • Showtime Anytime Launches on Amazon Fire TV (April 2nd)

Patricia Parra



North America