Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 8/28/14 (VII): Saffron Digital, Shazam, Rogers, Shaw, You.i, Showtime,, SocialStudios, Netflix, Sky Deutschland, StudioNow, Synacor, thePlatform

Eventbrite - TV of Tomorrow Show NYC 2014

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2014 (December 9th in New York City--purchase your Super-Early-Bird tickets here!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • Saffron Digital to Launch Superfan TV at IBC 2014; Is Billed as "an 'out-of-the-Box' OTT Subscription Channel which Combines CRM and Social Technology with Saffron Digital's Premium OTT Platform," in order to Enable "Talent and Content Owners to Quickly and Cost-Effectively Launch Direct-to-Consumer OTT Channels that Feature On-Demand and Live Video, Exclusive Value-Added Content and Community Engagement across Smartphones, Tablets and Web"; Has Been Deployed by Paula Deen Network
  • ACR Company, Shazam, Says it Has Surpassed 100 Million Mobile Monthly Active Users
  • Shazam Says MTV VMA's Were "Shazamed" 500,000+ Times, Representing a 46% Increase from Last Year
  • Shazam Launches Resonate "Digital-Engagement Sales Solution"; Billed as Allowing Sales Executives to "Control Messaging, Content Experiences, Brand Engagement and Revenue through Distributed and Dynamic Second-Screen Experiences"; Partners at Launch Include AMC, A+E, Dick Clark Productions, Fuse
  • Nielsen Study Finds that TV Ads with a Shazam Call-to-Action Have Higher Recall and Likeability
  • Shazam for Mac Launches (July 31st)
  • Canadian Pay-TV Operators, Rogers and Shaw, to Launch CAN$8.99-per-Month Netflix-Style Broadband SVOD Service, shomi; You.i-Designed Service Will Initially Be Available to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV Customers; Will Offer 14,000 Titles, Feature Recommendations from a "Team of Entertainment Experts"
  • Showtime Anytime "TV Everywhere" Service Launches on Apple TV
  • "Cord-Cutters' DVR,", Lets Users Share Recorded Shows over the Internet, by Setting up "Guest Passes"
  • SocialStudios Secures $3.1 Million Investment from New VC Firm, Moonscape Ventures; Company Offers Technology that Transforms Web Content into Video
  • Sky Deutschland Prepares for Netflix's Pending Launch in Germany by Slashing Subscription Price of its VOD Service
  • Sky+ EPG Updated with New Recommendations Engine and Smart Series Link
  • StudioNow, Formerly AOL-Owned Company that Offers "a Suite of Services and Technology Tools Designed to Match Tens of Thousands of Video Content Creators with Enterprises who Need their Services," Raises $5 Million in Series-B Funding, Makes New Hires, Opens Offices in San Francisco and New York
  • Former CEO, Ron Frankel, Steps Down from Board of "TV Everywhere" Technology Company, Synacor
  • Comcast-Owned White-Label Video Publishing Company, thePlatform, Signs Expanded, Multiyear Agreement with BT; Company's mpx System to Serve as Cloud-Based Central Video-Publishing System for BT TV
  • Thomson Video Networks Touts "Behind Every Screen" Strategy, Billed as "a Unified and Intelligent Video Delivery Approach that Combines on-Premises and Cloud-Based Resources to Support Broadcast and Multiscreen Services"

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