Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 8/28/14 (VI): Netflix, TWC, NFL Now, Apple TV, NimbleTV, Pac-12, Piksel, Pivot, Philo, Rabbit, Rentrak, Roku, Hisense, TCL, AwesomenessTV, S3 Group, Nagra

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:

  • Netflix Signs Interconnect Deal with Time Warner Cable
  • Netflix, Dish Network File Objections to Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger
  • Netflix Hack Day Spawns 50 Hacks, Including Netflix App for Oculus Rift, App for Controlling Room's Lighting to Match Show Currently Being Watched
  • NFL Now Streaming-Video Service Launches on Apple TV
  • Upstart "TV Everywhere" Service, NimbleTV, Launches in Chicago Area; Free, Cloud-Based Service, which Boasts of "No Affiliation with any Cable or Satellite Operator," Allows Pay-TV Subs to Watch their Pay-TV Service from any Location on any Device; also Offers Cloud-Based HD-DVR for Additional Fee; Plans Launches in Additional US Cities this Year
  • Octoshape Tapped to Power New FainTV HD Mobile Video-Streaming Service from China's CSTV; Service Is Available on Samsung 4G-LTE Mobiles
  • Pac-12 to Distribute Live Programming to International Audiences on a Subscription Basis via YouTube (July 24th)
  • Piksel Launches Piksel Video Platform; Modular, SaaS Solution Is Billed as Allowing Content Owners, Aggregators and Distributors to Quickly Launch Personalized OTT Services without Major Infrastructure Investment
  • Participant Media's Millennial-Focused Network, Pivot, Launches on University Streaming Service, Philo
  • Rabbit Unveils its Long-Awaited Browser-Based Video Chat and Content-Sharing Application; Allows Social Viewing by up to 10 Users at Once; Currently Supports Chrome and Opera
  • Remedy Entertainment's New "Quantum Break" Xbox One Game to Feature Interactive Live-Action Story Sequences
  • Report: Rentrak on Track to Gather Data from 26 Million Set-Top Boxes by Year's End
  • Hisense and TCL Launch TV Sets that Incorporate Roku's "Roku TV" Smart-TV Reference Design Platform and Software Stack; Platform, First Announced at CES in January, "Gives Consumers a Roku Home Screen that Unifies all Content Sources in one Place"
  • DreamWorks Animation-Owned YouTube MCN, AwesomenessTV, Launches on Roku
  • S3 Group Launches StormTest Warning Center, Billed as a "Cloud-Based Platform [that] Provides Remote Service Monitoring, Validation and Real-Time Analytics of Video Services across Connected Devices on Live Networks"
  • Nagra Deploys S3 Group's StormTest Development Center Technology to Automate Testing of its OpenTV 5 Set-Top Box Middleware and Guide Solutions (May 20th)
  • Kabel Deutschland Selects S3 Group's StormTest Development Center for End-to-End Service Validation (May 12th)
  • S3 Group Expands its North American Operations via Opening of New Office in Philadelphia (April 23rd)