Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/11/14 (VII): S&T, Simplestream, Siemens, Snipper, Vidigo, Sony, Viacom, Suddenlink, Disney, TiVo, ThinkAnalytics, Thuuz, Thomson,, Juventus, Armstrong

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:

  • Strategy & Technology (S&T) Takes Sole Control of Synapse TV and VuTV, its Joint Ventures with Simplestream; Both Ventures Are Focused on Delivery of OTT Services to Connected TV's
  • S&T, Alticast Team on Demo of ATSC 2.0-Powered Interactive TV Apps at IBC 2014
  • S&T Launches Bastion Pro, Billed as "the Only Security Offering for Freeview HDTV's that Provides Hardware Authentication, thus Enabling Protection of Premium Content (May 20th)
  • S&T Taps OnScreen Publishing Founder, Gordon Maynard, to Lead New Initiative Focused on Web Apps, HTML5 and HbbTV
  • Siemens Convergence Creators Launches "UX-as-a-Service" Version of its OTT Swipe Offering, Bringing the Latter's Touch-Based User Experience to Legacy OTT Platforms
  • Snipper, Vidigo Launch Social-TV Solution
  • Sony Secures Deal to Carry 22 Viacom Networks, Including Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, VH1 and Nickelodeon, on its Planned Cloud-Based TV Service; Deal "Marks Viacom's First-Ever Agreement to Provide its Networks for an Internet-Based Live TV and VOD Service"
  • New Deal with Disney Will See Suddenlink Offering the Full Suite of Disney's WATCH-Branded "TV Everywhere" Services
  • Suddenlink in Deal to Offer Netflix on its TiVo Set-Top Boxes (May 7th)
  • Search and Recommendations Specialist, ThinkAnalytics, in Global Reseller Agreement with Sports-Programming Discovery Company, Thuuz; Companies' Joint Solution Will Enable Service Providers and Programmers to "Offer Sports Recommendations with Real-Time Ratings, Headlines and Alerts that Make it Easier for Fans to Discover, Watch and Keep Tabs on Sports Programming Based on their own Preferences"
  • ThinkAnalytics to Launch "MyThinkTV" Concept UI at IBC 2014; Is Billed as "Help[ing] Service Providers to Plan for Future, Recommendations-Optimized UI's by Letting them Simulate the Most Comprehensive Best Practice Set of Use Cases Using their own Metadata"
  • Swisscom Taps ThinkAnalytics to Power Personalized Recommendations and Search on its New Swisscom TV 2.0 Android IPTV Set-Top Boxes and on Legacy STB's (June 24th)
  • Viaplay Taps ThinkAnalytics to Power Cloud-Based Multi-Language Search and Recommendations for its Online Pay-TV Service in Scandinavia (June 2nd)
  • New Release of Thomson Video Networks' MediaFlex(OS) Video Operating System Includes Support for Virtual Machines and Cloud-Based Video-Processing Resources
  • Thomson Launches ViBE XT1000 Xtream Transcoder for High-Density Transcoding of Live Content for Broadcast and Multiscreen Delivery
  • TiVo Launches "Largest Consumer DVR Ever Made"
  • Regional Telco, Armstrong, Selects TiVo as its Exclusive Advanced-TV Solution "for Delivery of a Multiscreen, Seamlessly Combined Linear, Recorded, OTT, and VOD TV Experience"
  • Report: Amazon Instant Video and Vudu Set to Launch on TiVo
  • Report: Support Note Shows TiVo Is Preparing for Cable's MPEG4 Transition
  • Launches Version 2.0 of "Juventus Live," its Second-Screen Social-TV App for Fans of Italian Soccer Club, Juventus
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