Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 8/19/14 (I): Accedo, Access, Aereo, Alcatel-Lucent, Amazon, Anvato, AOL, Apple TV, AT&T AdWorks, BBC, Beamly, Bravo Media, Bright House, BlackArrow

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.

  • Interactive TV Apps Company, Accedo, Names Adam Nightingale VP of Sales for EMEA Region
  • Accedo Powers HbbTV Catch-Up App for Australian Broadcaster, SBS (June 23rd)
  • Accedo Joins Tizen Association Partner Program (June 9th)
  • Accedo Integrates its Accedo Application Sphere TV App-Store Management Solution with Cable RDK (April 28th)
  • Access Launches Twine Platform, Billed as "Solv[ing] the Fragmentation Issues Caused by the Requirement to Support a Multitude of Device Types, Browsers and OS, Screen Sizes, Interaction Methods, CA/DRM and More"
  • US District Court Judge Denies Aereo's Emergency Notion Seeking to Be Defined as a Type of Cable Company; CEO Kanojia Says Company Is "Bleeding to Death," Losing $1 Million a Month
  • Report: FCC Memo Shows that Aereo Is "Broke"
  • Alcatel-Lucent Powers Network DVR Platform for Spanish Telco Telefonica's Movistar Pay-TV Service; Platform Features Interactive 6-Screen Mosaic for Major Sports Events
  • Amazon Fire TV Adds Multiple New Apps, Including Watch Disney, MLB.TV, NFL Now, A&E and More; Says Additional Launches Planned by Year's End
  • Amazon's 3rd Pilot Season to Premiere August 28th in US and UK; Featured Talent Includes Steven Soderbergh, Whit Stillman, Selma Blair, Dana Delany, Ron Perlman and Others
  • Amazon Appoints Ex-MTV Networks CEO, Judy McGrath, to its Board
  • Anvato Launches Anvato Watch "TV Everywhere" Platform for MVPD's; Is Billed as "the First TV Everywhere Platform that Is Completely Turnkey"
  • Anvato Trumpets Compatibility of its "TV Everywhere" Platform with FCC's Closed-Captioning Mandates
  • AOL Names Nate Hayden VP of Originals and Branded Entertainment, Naomi Yasuda Senior Director of AOL Studios
  • Apple TV Adds "TV Everywhere" Services from CNBC, Fox
  • ABC News Says Viewers Are Watching 50% More of its Live Video on Apple TV than on Desktop and Mobile Combined
  • Report: Launch of Next-Generation Apple TV Delayed due to Disagreements with Cable Companies
  • Report Finds Significant Slowdown in Sales Growth of Apple TV
  • AT&T AdWorks Adds New Mobile and TV Data Streams to its "TV Blueprint" Targeted Advertising Platform
  • Atheist TV Launches on Web and Roku
  • BBC R&D Demos Use of TV White Spaces to Enable Delivery of Multimedia Content to Mobile Devices
  • Social-TV Company, Beamly, Promotes Jason Forbes to Global CEO; Co-Founder, Anthony Rose, Becomes President of New B2B Unit; Co-Founder and Current CEO, Ernesto Schmitt, Becomes Non-Executive President and Board Member; Company Claims its Active User Base Has Grown 350% since its April Re-Launch
  • Bravo Media Launches Online Hub for "The Singles Project," Allows Fans to "Impact the On-Air Storylines"
  • Bright House Networks Taps BlackArrow to Power Dynamic Ad Insertion on its VOD and Multiscreen-TV Products
  • BlackArrow Leverages its DAI Technology to Launch "Turnkey" Solution for Automating Workflows and Operations Required to Implement Nielsen's On-Demand Commercial Ratings (April 30th)
  • BlackArrow Launches BlackArrow Audience 2.0 Audience and Data-Management Platform for Pay-TV Industries; Platform Features "Profile Manager" Tool for Centralizing and Managing Audience Data (April 23rd)

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