Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): ABC, Adobe, thePlatform, Aereo, Fox, Dish, Amazon, CBS, HBO, AMC, "Breaking Bad," Anvato, Apple, BBC

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.

  • ABC Names Mike Dean VP of Programmatic and Data-Driven Sales
  • Adobe Releases Q1 2014 Video Benchmark Report (Adobe Digital Index); Findings Include 245% Year-over-Year Increase in Online TV Consumption across All Devices; 536% Market-Share Growth for Game Consoles and OTT Devices; iOS Apps Surpassing Browsers as Most Popular Access Point for "TV Everywhere" (June 4th)
  • Adobe Releases Version 2.0 of its Adobe Primetime "TV Everywhere" Platform; New Features Include Cloud Ad Insertion, Concurrency Monitoring, 4K and MPEG-DASH Support, Support for Xbox 360 and Roku (April 8th)
  • Adobe Partners with Comcast-Owned White-Label Video-Publishing Company, thePlatform; Partnership Sees Companies Integrating Adobe Primetime with thePlatform's mpx Video Management System, as Part of End-to-End IP Video Solution that Will Be Sold Jointly to Customers (April 8th)
  • In Lower-Court Filing, Aereo Seeks to Survive by Using Supreme Court's Decision that it "Is for all Practical Purposes a Traditional Cable System" to Argue that it Is Entitled to Copyright Statutory License and thus Allowed to Negotiate Retransmission Fees with Broadcasters; also Argues that its Supreme Court Defeat Doesn't Prevent it from Delivering Time-Shifted Content
  • Aereo CEO Kanojia Urges Users to Lobby Congress
  • Following Supreme Court Defeat, Aereo Announces "Pause" in Operations (June 28th)
  • Fox Using Aereo Precedent in Legal Challenge to Dish Network's Slingbox-Based Dish Anywhere Placeshifting Service
  • Nevertheless, Argument Fails to Convince 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Amazon Studios to Encourage Binge-Viewing by Releasing All 10 Episodes of Original Series, "Transparent," Simultaneously
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video to Be Exclusive Premium Subscription Streaming Home for CBS's "Extant"; Episodes Will Be Available on Amazon 4 Days after Broadcast
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video UK Signs Multiple Deals for Children's Programming
  • Amazon Announces Line-Up for its 3rd Pilot Season
  • Amazon's 2nd Original Children's Series Launches on Prime Instant Video (June 27th)
  • Amazon in Exclusive Content-Licensing Agreement with Drafthouse Films (June 26th)
  • Amazon in Exclusive US Content-Licensing Agreement with Aardman Animations (June 19th)
  • New Amazon Fire Smartphone Offers Content-Recognition, Related-Content, Recommendations and Content-"Flinging" Features (June 18th)
  • HBO Makes Multiple Series Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video; HBO Go to Launch on Amazon Fire TV Later this Year (May 21st)
  • Hulu Plus, Crackle, Showtime Anytime Integrate their Catalogs with Amazon Fire TV's Unified Voice Search (April 17th)
  • AMC to Hold "Breaking Bad" Binge-Viewing Event with Synchronized Second-Screen Experience on its Story Sync Platform
  • "TV Everywhere" Technology Provider, Anvato, Launches Anvato Live Cloud Solution for HD Live Streaming, Clip Editing and Social Sharing (May 12th); Solution Powers Live, Social Coverage of Northern California Emmy Awards (June 17th)
  • Apple Launches "iTunes Extras" for Apple TV
  • BBC Names iPlayer Veteran, Matthew Postgate, CTO

Mike Dean


Matt Postgate