Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/25/14 (IV): Facebook, YouTube, FourthWall Media, Hulu, i.TV, iWedia, Jivox, JW Player, Kaltura, Harmonic, Magid, MediaScience, Dotscreen, Metrological, Microsoft

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:

  • Report: Facebook Reaching Out to YouTube Creators, Encouraging them to Distribute Videos on its Social Network
  • Facebook Showcasing Social-TV Case Studies on New Facebook Media Hub Site
  • FourthWall Media Launches Precision Diagnostics, Billed as "a Tool for Cable Operators to Monitor their Physical Plant to Detect Problems in Advance of any Customer Interruptions"; Launch Sees FourthWall's MassiveData Division "Expanding the Return Path Data Collected from Millions of Set-Top Boxes to Include Deep Diagnostics that Report on the Health of Devices and the Cable Network Overall"
  • British, French and Italian Free-to-Air Satellite-TV Platforms Launch "FreeTV Alliance" to "Make it Easier and More Economical for Manufacturers to Develop Innovative New Products and to Assist Broadcasters and Content Providers to Deploy Advanced Hybrid-TV Services Combining Satellite Reception and IP-Based Connectivity"
  • Excaf Telecom Group, the DTT Operator in Charge of Analog Switch-Off in Senegal, Selects HTTV's Hybrid TVOS to Power DVB-T2 Set-Tops
  • Hulu in Original Content Deal with JJ Abrahams and Stephen King
  • Social-TV Company, i.TV, Launches Spit, an iOS App that "Tests Fans' Ability to Correctly Predict the Outcome of Real-Time Plays during Nationally Televised Sporting Events" and Allows Users to Challenge their Friends
  • iWedia Open-Sources its ANDROID4TV Software Framework and Publishes Reference Apps and Related API's
  • iWedia Software Powering Bouygues Telecom's New Android TV Set-Top Box
  • iWedia Teams with Accedo on Android-Based End-to-End Solution for TV Apps
  • iWedia to Integrate its Teatro 3.6 Software Solution for Android TV STB's with App Store Solutions from AppCarousel
  • iWedia Providing its Linux-Based Teatro-3.0 STB Software Solution on STMicroelectronics' Liege Family of Chipsets for Connected H264 STB's
  • Taiwan's TELE System Communications Selects iWedia Teatro-3.0 for its Next-Gen, Hybrid STB, Based on Mstar's K2 SoC
  • iWedia to Provide its Teatro-3.0 Software Integrated with MStar's Chipset for Connected HD STB's
  • iWedia Integrates its Comedia DVB Software and ANDROID4TV Framework with Ericsson Mediaroom Reach
  • Jivox Benchmarks Performance of IAB Rising Stars Ad Units via Analysis of 2.7 Billion Impressions; Finds "Strong Consumer Preference for Richer, More Engaging Ad Formats"
  • Jivox Unveils Jivox IQ Data Engine, Billed as "Enabl[ing] Advertisers and Agencies for the First Time to Automate the Production, Delivery and Re-Targeting of Personalized, Rich Media Ads to Millions of Potential Customers" (June 10th)
  • Online/Mobile Video Player Technology Company, JW Player, Raises $20 Million in Series-C Funding; Company Targets Video Publishers Looking at "Life after YouTube, or Life beyond YouTube"
  • Kaltura, Harmonic Team on Cloud-Based End-to-End OTT TV Platform that Is Delivered as a Service (TV PaaS); Combines Kaltura's OTT TV, Content-Management and Service-Delivery Platform with Harmonic's VOS Software-Based Media-Processing Architecture, Electra XVM Virtualized Media Processor and ProMedia Origin Streaming Video Server
  • Magid: Cord-Cutters Still a Niche Segment but Growing, Especially among the Young
  • Magid: More People Go to YouTube to Watch TV Shows than Netflix or Hulu
  • A+E Networks-Commissioned MediaScience Survey Finds that Disabling Fast-Forwarding on VOD Content Increases Ad Recall and Does not Diminish Viewer Enjoyment
  • App Developer, Dotscreen, Joins Metrological's Preferred Content Partnership Program; Will Develop TV Apps for the Metrological App Library, Using the Metrological SDK
  • Microsoft Launches $60 "Wireless Display Adapter" Dongle for Streaming Content to HDMI-Enabled TV's
  • Microsoft Previews Live Streaming and Content Protection for Azure Media Services Suite, Announces General Availability of Azure Media Services

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