Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/25/14 (VI): Piksel, QuickPlay, RelayTV, Roku, Rovi, Samsung, SeaChange, Showtime, Sky, Sony, Disney, Fox, Starz, Time Warner, TWC, TiVo, Digitalsmiths

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:

  • Piksel Unveils Piksel Mosaic "Proof-of-Concept" Application, Billed as "Designed to Take the Pain out of Content Discovery by Offering a Hyper-Personalized Service to the Individual"; App "Unites all Forms of Content in one Simple Browsing Experience, Using a Tile-Based Interface," and "Is Built on Context-Based Recommendations, Intuitively Pushing Content to the User Based on an Understanding of what the User Likes to Access, when, and on what Device"
  • Piksel Launches its 2Si Second-Screen Framework in Europe; Framework Integrates "New Interactivity Features" from Ex Machina's PlayToTV Platform
  • Qualcomm Releases LTE-Broadcast SDK
  • QuickPlay Media Teams with Yospace on Dynamic Ad Insertion for Live Linear TV on iOS and Android
  • RelayTV: 76% of 18 to 29 Year-Olds Discover New Programming from Friends, Family and Social Media
  • Roku Says it Has Sold 10 Million Streaming Players in US to Date
  • Rovi Says it Has Deployed its Guides on 500,000+ DTA's
  • Rovi-Sponsored Study of Pay-TV Subs in the US, UK, Germany and France Finds "Relatively Low Rates of Awareness and Appreciation for Current Discovery Capabilities" with "Only 14% of Respondents Indicat[ing] they Use their Current Recommendation Feature Often"
  • Norwegian Cable Operator, Canal Digital Kabel, Selects Rovi Search and Recommendations Services for its "T-We" Entertainment Portal; Deal "Marks the First European Win for Rovi Services Based on the Combination of Rovi and Recently Acquired Veveo Technologies"
  • Rovi's New Cloud-Based "Rovi Guide" Debuts on Broadcom's BCM7445 Ultra HD SoC and Nexus-Trellis STB Software
  • Rovi Launches HTML5-Based "Rovi Guide"; Guide Is "Expected to Provide New Insights to Customers Based on Multiscreen Consumption Patterns and Behaviors"
  • Rovi Launches its "Rovi Personalized Discovery Solution" in Europe; Service Suite, Targeted at Cable and Satellite Operators, Offers a Predictive Search and Recommendations Engine, Conversational Interface Technologies, International Metadata
  • Samsung to Release Six-Episode Sitcom, Centered on two Samsung Employees, on YouTube and Social Media
  • SeaChange and UK Free-to-Air Satellite-TV Provider, Freesat, Unveil Connected-TV Platform at IBC 2014; Platform Integrates Freesat's Freetime EPG with SeaChange's Adrenalin Multiscreen TV Platform
  • Showtime Teams with Immersion to Launch Haptically Enabled "Homeland" Trailer on Android Devices
  • Sky Unveils Enhancements to its Sky AdSmart Advanced-Advertising Solution; Advertisers Can Now Use it to Deliver TV Ads to Sky Homes by Postcodes, and Can Use their Own Customer Data to Reach their Preferred Audiences
  • Report: Disney, Fox in Discussions to Provide Programming for Sony's Planned Internet-TV Service; Discovery, Time Warner, Starz also Said to Be Talking to Sony; Service Expected to Launch in US Later this Year
  • Sony PlayStation TV STB to Launch in US and Canada October 14th
  • Starz CEO Albrecht: Cable Operators Can Benefit by Offering Premium Channels OTT Outside the Pay-TV Bundle
  • New TDG Research Report Finds that "Authentication Is Not What's Holding Up Widespread 'TV Everywhere' Use"; Only 7% of Users Canvassed Viewed Authentication Process Negatively
  • CEO Bewkes: Time Warner "Seriously Considering" whether to Offer HBO as a Standalone OTT Service
  • Time Warner Cable's EVP of Architecture, Development and Engineering, Mike Hayashi, to Retire at Year's End; CTO Mike LaJoie, also Set to Retire
  • Spain's ONO to Leverage TiVo's Cloud Service API's to Enhance its Suite of "TV Everywhere" Applications
  • TiVo Launches European Sales and Support Organization for the Personalized Video-Discovery Solutions it Acquired via its Purchase of Digitalsmiths
  • TiVo to Offer $200 Million of Convertible Senior Notes to Fund Additional Share Repurchases
  • Broadcom to Power TiVo's Ultra HD Set-Top Box Technology
  • Report: TiVo Prematurely Releases New Version of Amazon Instant Video App

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