Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V): Facebook, LiveRail, FIFA, Fuisz Media, GCI, Google, Android TV, Chromecast, mDialog, Hulu, IAB, IMDb, Machinima, Xbox, MiTu, MobiTV, Amlogic, NBCU

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.

  • Facebook Testing New "Related Videos" Recommendations Feature
  • Facebook to Acquire Online Video Advertising Platform, LiveRail
  • FIFA World Cup Final Filmed in 360° Ultra HD
  • World Cup Final Breaks Twitter and Facebook Records
  • Clickable Interactive Video Advertising Start-Up, Fuisz Media, Raises $2.1 Million; Company's Technology Being Trialed by Kraft, Nike, Target and WalMart
  • Alaskan Cable Operator, GCI, Adds Fox Network, BTN2Go, MTV, VH1 and Spike to its "TV Everywhere" Line-Up
  • Google Chromecast Now Supports Mirroring-to-TV for Android Devices
  • Google Launches Android TV Operating System; Will Initially Be Available on Smart TV's from Sony, Sharp, TPVision (June 25th)
  • Google Buys Multiscreen Video Advertising Company, mDialog (June 18th)
  • Google's Sydney-Based Creative Lab Launches WebGL-Based "Cube" Platform for Interactive Video Storytelling (June 4th)
  • Australian Band, The Presets, Debuts Interactive Music Video for Google's Cube
  • Hulu Secures Exclusive SVOD Deal for "South Park"
  • Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Certifies 29 Advanced-Advertising Technology Providers as Compliant with QAG 2.0, its Revised Quality Assurance Guidelines Program (May 13th)
  • IMDb Launches Interactive Video "X-Ray" Feature on Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
  • Kickstarter Campaign to Revive "Reading Rainbow" Raises $5.4 Million
  • Comedian Lewis Black Interacts with Fans in Live Streaming Show, "The Rant Is Due"
  • YouTube MCN Machinima's Flagship Channel Surpasses 5 Billion Views
  • Yahoo! Screen Launches on Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Microsoft Xbox Offers Live, Interactive Coverage of Bonnaroo Festival (June 12th)
  • Microsoft Unveils 45+ New Entertainment Apps for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Including Xbox One Twitter Integration (June 4th)
  • Microsoft Allows Access to Xbox Entertainment Apps without Xbox Live Gold Membership (May 13th)
  • Microsoft Announces Interactive "Xbox Originals" from Xbox Entertainment Studios (April 28th)
  • Latino-Targeted YouTube MCN, MiTu, Raises $10 Million, Staffs Up
  • MobiTV Taps Amlogic to Provide Chipset for its Planned HDMI Dongle
  • NBCUniversal Taps Ex-HBO Execs for "TV Everywhere": Alison Moore Named EVP and GM of TV Everywhere, Dina Juliano Named SVP of Consumer Product Strategy for TVE (June 26th)
  • NBCUniversal's E! Launches E! NOW "TV Everywhere" Service (May 22nd)
  • NBCUniversal Launches Original Programming Initiative for Digital Platforms and VOD; Initiative "Is Designed to Connect Advertising Brands with Consumers in the Most Engaging and Immersive Ways" and Will Include Content Development "in Direct Collaboration with Advertising Partners" (April 16th)

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Microsoft Xbox Live Coverage of Bonnaroo Festival

 

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