Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 7/28/14 (IV): Concurrent, Maker Studios, Omnicom, DramaFever, Espial, Facebook, Nielsen, FourthWall Media, FX, FXX, "The Simpsons," Chromecast, Hulu

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s 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.

  • Concurrent Launches Transparent Caching Solution for Boosting Performance of OTT Video Services
  • Concurrent Launches "Multiscreen Video Certification Program" for Multiscreen Video Engineers (June 6th)
  • Concurrent Launches New Version of its Multiscreen Origin Server Software that Features UHD and HEVC Support (May 14th)
  • Concurrent Awarded US Patent for "System, Device, and Method for Delivering Multimedia" (April 16th)
  • Disney-Owned YouTube MCN, Maker Studios, Names Ex-AOL Exec, Charles Gabriel, Chief Advertising Officer and EVP of Global Sales
  • Maker Studios Launches Creator Network, "Maker Gen," and Merchandise Store, "Maker Shop" (June 26th)
  • Maker Studios Launches Consumer-Facing Video Site, Maker.tv; Hosts its First NewFront; Launches Labs@Maker Initiative (May 6th)
  • Maker Studios Signs Upfront Deal with Omnicom Media Group (May 6th)
  • Maker Studios in Programming Deal with Comedy Central's Key & Peele (May 5th)
  • OTT Programmer, DramaFever, in Content Deal with Well Go USA Entertainment; Deal Focuses on Asian Action Films
  • Espial Q2 Revenues Increase 107%, Company Swings to a Profit
  • Facebook Teams with Nielsen to Track Mobile TV Viewership
  • Report: Facebook Planning "Sequential" Video Ads that Follow Users from Device to Device
  • FCC Extends Closed-Captioning Requirements to Online Video Clips
  • FourthWall Media Awarded US Patent for Method for Rapidly Deploying Interactive Ad Widgets; Technology Allows Advertisers to Choose from Range of Certified Ad Widgets that Overlay Interactivity on their Spots and Require No Additional Testing
  • FourthWall Media in Deal to Provide Second-by-Second TV-Viewing Data to Political Media Planning and Buying Agency, Smart Media Group (June 27th)
  • FourthWall Media Launches Reveal 3.0, Billed as "Monitor[ing] All Television Viewing with Second-by-Second Measurement and Next-Day Reporting" (April 23rd)
  • FourthWall Media Awarded US Patent for Method of Targeting Broadcast Messages Using Embedded Sets; Technology Allows Advertisers to Target Ads to STB via the MAC Address without Downloading Info to the Box in Advance (April 16th)
  • Video-Curation Start-Up, Frequency, Adds Chromecast Support to its Android App
  • FX Delays Release of Ratings for "The Strain" until Nielsen Live+3 Numbers Available
  • FXX to Launch Searchable, Personalizable "Simpsons World" Online Portal, Making Every Episode of "The Simpsons" Available to Authenticated Pay-TV Subscribers
  • Report: Apple TV to Get FXNow "TV Everywhere" Service and FXX's New "Simpsons World" Portal within a Year
  • Google Begins Cataloging Chromecast Apps on its Chromecast Web Site; 400+ Apps Now Available
  • Chrome for iOS Gains Chromecast Support
  • Hearst Corporation Launches New "CosmoBody" OTT SVOD Service though its New Hearst Digital Studios Unit
  • Hulu Launches "Hulu Summer Film School"


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