Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 8/19/14 (VII): Bewkes, TWC, NBCU, TiVo, Twitter, Vadio, Verizon FiOS TV, Syfy, Watchwith, Vidmind, Vine, Coca-Cola, Virgin Media, Wayin, WWE

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.

  • Bewkes: Time Warner Open to OTT Deals that Are "Additive" to its Current Distribution Partnerships
  • NBCUniversal Broadcast and Cable Networks Join Time Warner Cable's "TV Everywhere" Line-Up
  • Cable ONE Launches Netflix App on its TiVo Platform
  • TiVo-DirecTV Agreement Extended through 2018
  • Report: TiVo to Launch New, High-End DVR at CEDIA Next Month
  • Twitter Announces Beta-Launch of Promoted Video; Service Billed as "Build[ing] upon" Twitter Amplify
  • Video for Michael Jackson's "A Place with No Name" Premieres on Twitter
  • Vadio Raises $2 Million, Announces Partnership with Vevo, to "Bring Vevo's More than 100,000 Music Videos, Live Concert Events and Original Programming to Online Radio and Streaming Music Platforms"
  • New Version of Verizon FiOS TV App for Xbox Adds 14 Channels, No Longer Requires Xbox Live Gold Subscription
  • Verizon Planning to Deliver TV via 4G LTE
  • Verizon: 57% of Millennial DVR Users "Highly Satisfied" with their DVR Experience (July 9th)
  • Verizon Adds 39 Channels to its FiOS Mobile App (June 27th)
  • Verizon's "Quantum TV" DVR Now Available in All FiOS Markets (June 10th)
  • ESPN and Univision Sports Channels Launch on Verizon FiOS Mobile App (June 10th)
  • My FiOS App Offers Second-Screen Experience for MTV Movie Awards (April 8th)
  • Syfy's Watchwith-Powered Syfy Sync App Controls Viewers' Philips Hue LED Lights to Create "Transmedia Lighting Experience" for "Sharknado" and "Sharknado 2"
  • "Sharknado 2" Generates Significant Twitter Traffic
  • Tel Aviv-Based White-Label Virtual MSO Platform Provider, Vidmind, Receives $30 Million Investment from Russian Retail Group, Trellas
  • Vidmind Powers Virtual MSO Service for Trellas-Subsidiary, TVzor
  • Vine Updates its iOS App with Improved Notification Controls, New Share Screen
  • Coca-Cola's Fanta Brand Sponsoring and Co-Creating Weekly Comedy Series Composed Entirely of Vine Videos
  • Virgin Media Expanding Availability of its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service in East London
  • Virgin Media Enables Mobile Access to Sky Sports and Sky Movies
  • Watchwith Joins Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR), thus "Extending the Reach of EIDR's Universal ID Solution to Interactive Companion Experiences on Mobile, Web, Advanced Set-Top Boxes and Internet-Connected TV's" (April 22nd)
  • Wayin-Powered TV Ad Campaign for 20th Century Fox's "Let's Be Cops," Integrates Comments from Twitter in "Near-Real Time"
  • OTT WWE Network Now Available in 170 Countries; Scheduled to Launch in UK in October
  • Report: OTT WWE Network Seeing Significant Subscriber Losses
  • WWE Network Launches on Xbox One (April 30th)
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