Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/25/14 (VIII): Visiware, Wyplay, YouTube, Otter Media, Fullscreen, Machinima, KIN, Beautycon, Lionsgate, Maker Studios, MiTu, NASCAR, ZEFR, Zenterio

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

  • New Version of Visiware's Sync2TV Second-Screen Interactive-TV Platform Features New Monetization Tools, Including the Company's Sync2Ad Platform
  • Visiware Launches Le Studio, Billed as "the Industry's First Dedicated Facility for Second-Screen Creative Development"
  • Visiware Says its Sync2TV Platform Now Has 50 Million+ Users and Is Attracting "Half a Million Engaged Users for Several Single TV Shows"
  • Visiware Trumpets Usage of Sync2TV during Soccer World Cup
  • User Interface Specialist, 3 Screen Solutions, to Offer Multiscreen Development Services on Wyplay's "Frog by Wyplay" Open Source STB Middleware; Companies to Jointly Target Business Opportunities in Germany and Eastern Europe
  • MathEmbedded to Offer "Frog by Wyplay" Reference Implementation on STMicroelectronics' STiH2xx SoC Devices
  • Embedded Software Development Company, RT-RK, Joins "Frog by Wyplay" Program; Is Selected by Wyplay as an "Engineering Scaling Partner"
  • STMicroelectronics to Offer Reference Implementation of "Frog by Wyplay" Middleware for all its ARM STB SoC's
  • YouTube Promises More Funding for its Creators, though Provides Little Detail
  • Report: YouTube to Generate $1.13 Billion from Video Advertising this Year, but Revenue Growth Hindered by Nature of Site's content
  • Chernin Group-AT&T Joint Venture, Otter Media, to Purchase Majority Stake in YouTube MCN, Fullscreen; Fullscreen Founder, George Stompolos, to Continue as CEO
  • YouTube MCN, Machinima, Appoints Ex-Bunim/Murray Exec., Daniel Tibbets, to Newly Created Chief Content Officer Role
  • Machinima Relaunches its Machinima Prime Channel
  • KIN, the Company behind Female-Focused YouTube MCN, KIN Community, Raises $12 Million in Series-C Round, Led by Corus Entertainment
  • Seventeen Magazine Launches First-Ever Issue Devoted to YouTube Stars
  • Beautycon, a Company that Seeks to Convince Brands to Reach Millennials by Embracing YouTube Stars, Raises Seed Funding
  • Lionsgate Secures Global Distribution Rights to "The Smosh Movie," which Features YouTube Stars, Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox; Movie Jointly Financed by YouTube MCN, Awesomeness TV, and Defy Media
  • "America's Funniest Home Videos" in Deal to Produce Original Short-Form Online Programming with Disney-Owned YouTube MCN, Maker Studios
  • Maker Studios in Content Partnership with Latino-Focused MCN, MiTu
  • NASCAR to Offer Full-Length Replays of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races on its YouTube Channel Free of Charge
  • Online Video Monetization Company, ZEFR, Acquires Social-Advertising Start-Up, Engodo; Move Seen as Attempt to Extend Company's Reach beyond YouTube
  • Deutsche Telekom-Owned Telekom Romania Using Zenterio Software to Power New IPTV/OTT Service; Other Vendors Include Viaccess-Orca, Accedo, Kaon
  • M7 Group Deploys Zenterio Operating System to Power New IPTV Service in the Netherlands

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