Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/11/14 (V): Net2TV, Time, Netflix, Chromecast, NBC, Sony, Warner Bros., Nielsen, NFL Now, Ooyala, CBS, Opera, AdColony, Washington Post

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:

  • Connected-TV Programmer, Net2TV, Teams with Time Inc. to Launch Weekly, Half-Hour "Sports Illustrated" Show on Net2TV's Ad-Supported Portico Platform
  • Report: Netflix May Offer More Short-Form Content to Encourage Mobile Usage; Content Would Consist Primarily of Clips from Full-Length Titles
  • Netflix Commissions its First Original Docu-Series
  • Netflix Launches "Post-Play" Feature on Chromecast
  • Netflix Joins Pro-Net Neutrality Protest
  • Report: Netflix to Pay Sony Pictures TV $2 Million per Episode for Rights to NBC Drama, "The Blacklist"
  • Netflix Orders Third Season of Original Series, "Hemlock Grove"
  • Deal with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution Designates Netflix as "Exclusive SVOD Home" of New Fox Series, "Gotham"
  • New Netflix Social Recommendations Feature Allows Users to Privately Recommend Shows to their Facebook Friends
  • Netflix Commissions its First French Original Series, "Marseille"; Will Be Available in all Netflix Territories in Late 2015
  • Nielsen: Older Adults Are Increasingly Embracing Online Video
  • NFL Now Streaming Service Launches on 5 More Platforms, Adds 2 Original Unscripted Series
  • NPD: Record Number of US Homes Added Streaming-Media Players over Past Year, Increasing Penetration to 17% at End of Q2, 2014; Number of Households Using Players Expected to More than Double over Next 3 Years
  • Multiscreen Video Streaming and Analytics Company, Ooyala, Providing End-to-End Video Solutions for Sky Sports' Free Broadband VOD Offering; Offering Is Available to All Users of Sky Sports' Web Site
  • Ooyala Providing Video-Streaming, Recommendations/Personalization and Analytics Technology to Norwegian "Personalized Music Video Channels" Provider, vidFlow
  • Australia's Presto Using Ooyala Technology to Deliver Premium Movie Content via Google Chromecast
  • Ooyala's Mosaic Player Technology Powering CBS Local Sports' New "Gridcast" Offering; Service Lets Users "Simultaneously View Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Interviews and Host Interaction, and Toggle Audio across 5 Different CBS Radio Shows at Once"
  • Opera Launches Advanced-Advertising Solution for Connected TV; "Opera TV Ads SDK" Billed as Providing Monetization Opportunities for App Publishers, Operators and OEM's
  • Opera to Launch Enhanced HTML5 TV-Rendering Engine at IBC; Opera Devices SDK 4.2 Will Offer Android, RDK and 4K Support and New Internet Browser
  • Opera Completes Acquisition of Mobile-Video Advertising Platform, AdColony (July 25th)
  • Washington Post Launches App for Opera's Smart-TV App Store (May 20th)
     

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