Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Comcast, Comcast Spotlight, Rubicon Project, NBCU, Starz, Turner, ConnecTV, TweetTV, CTAM, Charter, Digitalsmiths, Sharp, Tribune, Disney/ABC

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.

  • Reports: Comcast Trialing "Super DVR" Service that Lets Users Record 15 Programs Simultaneously
  • Comcast Promotes its VOD Offerings via "The People's Hot List" Vote
  • Comcast: "TV Everywhere" Streaming of World Cup Easily Surpasses Sochi Olympics
  • Comcast Unveils Interactive Enhancements for its Tour de France Coverage
  • Comcast Spotlight in Programmatic Ad-Buying Partnership with Rubicon Project
  • Comcast Launches Google Chrome Extension for Xfinity TV Go (June 20th)
  • Comcast's VOD Service Now Offers Access to All Nielsen's Top-100 Broadcast and Cable Shows (June 12th)
  • Comcast, NBCUniversal Hold Inaugural Hackathon (May 27th)
  • Comcast Makes Every World Cup Match Immediately Available in Spanish via New Instant On Demand Feature (June 11th)
  • Comcast Makes Starz "TV Everywhere" Apps Available to its Subscribers (May 19th)
  • Comcast-Turner Broadcasting Deal Includes VOD Stacking Rights, VOD and TVE Dynamic Ad Insertion (May 13th)
  • Comcast Names Ex-Cisco Exec, Ken Klaer, SVP of Premises Technology (May 12th)
  • Comcast Rolls Out New Social Features for its X1 Platform (May 9th)
  • Comcast Expands Roll-Out of X1 DVR with Cloud-Based Technology and Live In-Home Streaming (May 8th)
  • Comcast Unveils New X1 Features, Including Ability to Stream Video from Mobiles to TV, Talking Guide, Instant On Demand and More (April 29th)
  • Comcast Trumpets Success of Watchathon Week 2014 "Binge-Viewing" Promotion (April 17th)
  • ConnecTV Acquires Social TV Analytics/Guidance Company, TweetTV; Launches ClipADS to Enable Brands and Agencies to "Develop Bite-Sized Video Ads that Can Be Distributed Virally across Social Media Sites"
  • CTAM Research Study: "Awareness of TV Everywhere Features Has Reached 49% of MVPD Customers Aged 18 to 64...44% of MVPD Customers Have Verified at Least Once to View TV Content in the Past 6 Months"
  • CTAM Rolls Out Tactics to Increase Consumer Awareness, Understanding and Usage of "TV Everywhere"; Tactics Include "a Series of User Experience Best Practice Recommendations, Adoption of an Official Category Moniker, and a Plan for Benchmarking Members' Progress toward Aggressive Year-End Goals" (April 14th)
  • Charter Deploys Digitalsmiths' Seamless Discovery Platform for Cloud-Based Video Discovery (May 13th)
  • Sharp Taps Digitalsmiths and Tribune Media Services (TMS) to Enhance Discovery Experience on its 2014 Aquos LED Smart TV's (May 7th)
  • Disney Announces First 11 Media and Technology Start-Ups to Participate in its Disney Accelerator Program
  • Disney Junior Launches its First Spanish-Language "Appisode"; App Allows Viewers to "Touch, Tap, Swipe, Tilt, Shake and Talk their Way through Various Fun-Filled Activities Embedded into Full Episodes" of Shows (June 18th)
  • Disney/ABC Television Group Relaunches its WATCH "TV Everywhere" Services for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior with New Designs and Features; also Launches Spanish TVE Service for WATCH Disney Junior (May 30th)

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