Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/11/14 (VIII): Twitter, Vbox, Vevo, VHX, Kabillion, Viaccess-Orca, Vice Media, Videotron, Vidmind, Hisense, Vimeo, Vubiquity, Weather Channel, Wyplay, Xstream

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

  • Twitter Begins Test of Commerce Capability
  • Strategy Analytics: Heavy Focus on Twitter Can Be a "Waste" for the TV Industry, since "It's Irrelevant to over 80% of TV Viewers"
  • Vbox Communications Launches 129-Euro "TV-Gateway"; Device Receives DVB-T2 HD Signals and Streams them to Connected Devices in the Home
  • Vevo Names David Rice Chief Product Officer; Rice Was Previously SVP and GM of CBS Interactive's Games Division
  • VHX, Service that Lets Video Creators Sell their Work Directly to the Public, Updates its Admin Dashboard
  • VHX in Deal with Splash Entertainment's Children's Programming Service, Kabillion
  • Pay-TV Operator, M7 Group, Selects Viaccess-Orca's Prime Sentinel Cloud-Based Conditional Access System to Secure DTH Services in 7 European Countries
  • Conditional Access Module (CAM) Developer, SMiT, Becomes First Company to Launch a CAM that Is Integrated with Viaccess-Orca's Dynamic Sentinel Cardless Solution
  • Vice Media Secures $250 Million Investments from A&E Networks, Technology Crossover Ventures
  • Quebec MSO, Videotron, Launches X8 Multiroom HD DVR for its illico Service; Box Features Ability to Record 8 Shows Simultaneously, Store 2 Terabytes of Content
  • Videotron Launches New Version of its illico iPad App (June 5th)
  • White-Label Virtual MSO Platform Provider, Vidmind, Teams with Hisense to Launch Vidmind V2, the New Version of its Hybrid Android Set-Top Box for Virtual Operators
  • Vidmind Partners with Verimatrix to Launch "DRM-in-the-Cloud" Service for OTT Video Services
  • Video-Sharing Site, Vimeo, Announces New Content Partners, Including BFS Entertainment & Multimedia, Drafthouse Films, Gaiam, Gravitas Ventures, Inception Media Group, MarVista Digital Entertainment, X-Treme Video
  • Multiplatform Video Services Provider, Vubiquity, Promotes Pete Bryant to EVP of Corporate Development and Strategic Business Development, Names Gabriel Berger SVP of Business Development and Adam Poulter EVP and MD, EMEA
  • Weather Channel Launches Android App with Social Features
  • Wyplay Announces "Turnkey Integration" of its Open-Source Frog by Wyplay Set-Top Middleware with Sigma Designs' SMP875x Family of SoC ARM Processors
  • Wildmoka Becomes a Frog by Wyplay Partner; Company "Brings an Essential Component for the Development of a Cloud Video-Recording Solution with Real-Time Auto-Chaptering, Social Sharing and More"
  • Wyplay and Chinese STB Company, Shenzhen Jiuzhou, Secure "Commercial Contract with a Major IPTV Wholesale Operator in Brazil"
  • Vestel to Develop "Next-Generation TV Software Solutions" Based on Wyplay's Frog by Wyplay Middleware
  • Korean STB Company, Homecast, Licenses Frog by Wyplay
  • •    Spark New Zealand (Formerly Telecom NZ) Selects Xstream's MediaMaker Video-Management Platform to Power Delivery of its New Lightbox OTT SVOD Service
  • Spark New Zealand Using TV-Apps Company Accedo's Accedo VIA Solution to Power Lightbox User Interface across Platforms


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