Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 8/19/14 (V): Xbox Studios, Warner Bros, BBC iPlayer, NCTA, NCTC, NFL, Netflix, Nielsen, Ofcom, Ooyala, Telstra, Otoy, Pace, Sarah Palin, Peel, Pinterest

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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.

  • Report: Warner Bros. in Preliminary Talks with Xbox Studios about Possible Acquisition; Deal Could See the Studio Merged with Machinima, in which Warner Owns Minority Stake
  • Microsoft Launches Xbox One TV Tuner
  • Xbox One to Support Streaming of Live TV to In-Home Devices via SmartGlass
  • BBC to Launch iPlayer App for Xbox One by Year's End
  • Update to NFL App for Microsoft Xbox One Offers Multiple New Features, Including Support for DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL Now Personalized Streaming Network
  • NCTA Says CableCARD Deployments Have Surpassed 48 Million, though only 620,000 in Retail Devices
  • New NCTC-Disney Deal Covers Multiple VOD and "TV Everywhere" Products
  • NCTC Renews Multi-Year Agreement for Comcast Wholesale-Owned HITS National Authorization Service (NAS); NAS Now Supports uDTA Conditional Access, Multiroom VOD and DVR Viewing
  • Netflix Unveils Upcoming Stand-Up Comedy Slate
  • BBC Drama, "Happy Valley," to Premiere Exclusively on Netflix in US and Canada
  • Netflix in Peering Deal with AT&T U-verse
  • Report: Only 44% of Netflix Subs Have Watched "Orange Is the New Black," and Only 31% Have Watched "House of Cards"
  • CEO Hastings: Netflix Surpassed HBO in Subscriber Revenues Last Quarter
  • NFL Launches "NFL Now" Personalized Online Video Service
  • Nielsen Report Finds Social Media Particularly Effective at Increasing TV Viewing and Engagement among African-Americans, Asians and Latinos
  • UK Regulator Ofcom Publishes 2014 Communications Market Report (Link to "Television and Audio-Visual" Section)
  • Australian Telecommunications Giant, Telstra, to Buy US Video-Streaming and Analytics Company, Ooyala, for $270 Million; Ooyala to Retain Corporate Identity, Management Team within Telstra
  • Otoy Enables "Holodeck" Experience via "Emissive Light Field" Technology
  • STB, Media Server and Gateway Company, Pace, Reports Lower H1 Revenues, Higher Profits
  • Pace Says its Elements Middleware Platform Is Now Fully RDK-Compatible; Company Signs Up for RDK Management's RDK Advanced Support Program and Media Sponsorship Program (April 30th)
  • Pace Taps Cable Veteran, Jim Henderson, to Head its Pace International Business Unit (April 7th)
  • Controversial US Politician, Sarah Palin, Launches Eponymous $9.95-per-Month Internet-TV Channel
  • New Version of Peel Remote App for iOS Lets Users Control Dish and DirecTV STB's over Wi-Fi
  • Pinterest Adds Support for Vevo Videos; Previously Added Support for YouTube and Vimeo
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