Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 8/19/14 (IV): Sky, Jaunt, HbbTV 2.0, MHP, HBO, Hearst Digital Studios, Hulu, Jinni,, Twitch, LG, Liberty Global, Maker Studios, Zealot Networks, NBCU, Xbox

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.

  • Groopie Launches Social Video-Authoring App for iPhone
  • Sky Makes Additional Investment in "Cinematic VR" Company, Jaunt
  • Jaunt Teams with Variety to Offer VR Coverage of "Guardians of the Galaxy" Premiere
  • Italian Broadcasters Set to Abandon MHP in Favor of New HTML5-Based HbbTV 2.0 Middleware Standard
  • Australia's HbbTV-Powered FreeviewPlus Service Set to Launch Next Month
  • Report: HBO Exploring OTT Delivery in International Markets
  • Hearst Digital Studios Names Corey Moss SVP of Production and Development
  • Update to Hulu Android App Allows Users to Sample Free Content
  • Hulu in Distribution Deal with Spanish-Language Broadcaster, MundoFox
  • "Semantic Discovery" Company, Jinni, Opens Office in NYC
  • Jinni's Semantic Discovery Solution Launches on AT&T U-verse (May 7th)
  •, the Live-Streaming Video Company that Spawned Game-Broadcasting Service Twitch, Closes
  • Twitch Teams with ACR Specialist, Audible Magic, to Identify and Mute Unauthorized Audio
  • Twitch CEO's Reddit AMA Reveals User Anger over Recent Service Changes
  • Legendary Entertainment Buys Felicia Day's YouTube Channel, Geek & Sundry; Previously Acquired Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Industries
  • LG Electronics Launches First OLED TV to Feature its New LG Smart TV+ webOS Connected-TV Platform
  • LG's 2014 Ultra HD 4K LED TV's Feature Company's Smart TV+ webOS Platform, Billed as Making Live TV, Streaming Services and Previously Viewed Content All Accessible via One-Click "Launcher Bar" Menu (June 24th)
  • Liberty Global Releases Subscriber Totals for its TiVo-Powered and Horizon TV Advanced-TV Services
  • Disney-Owned YouTube MCN, Maker Studios, Launches iPhone App for YouTube Star, PewDiePie
  • Maker Studios Names Ex-AOL Studios Chief, Gabriel Lewis, EVP of Development and Strategy, and Ex-Yahoo Exec, Bonnie Pan, EVP of Programming
  • Maker Studios Co-Founder and Ex-CEO, Danny Zappin, Launches Multiplatform Digital Media Company, Zealot Networks; Company Has $25 Million in Funding from Zappin and Other Ex-Maker Execs and Talent
  • Maker Studios Co-Founders, Lisa and Ben Donovan, Leave the Company
  • USA Now and Syfy Now Become First NBCUniversal "TV Everywhere" Apps to Launch on Microsoft Xbox One
  • NBC to Premiere New Comedy Series, "A to Z," on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio and Other Digital Platforms

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