Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/15/15 (VIII): Syfy, Philips, Watchwith, Synacor, NimbleTV, Verizon, BuddyTV, thePlatform, TiVo, Digitalsmiths, HSN

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC 2014 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.

  • Syfy Teams with Philips on "Immersive Transmedia" Lighting Experience for "12 Monkeys": Syfy's Watchwith-Powered Syfy Sync Second-Screen App Will Control Viewers' Philips Hue Home Lighting Systems in Sync with Show
  • Watchwith Trumpets Use of its API by 2 Comcast NBCUniversal Hackathon Winners (November 24th)
  • Watchwith Advanced-TV Content-Management Solution Integrates Ad-ID (September 29th)
  • "TV Everywhere" Company, Synacor, Acquires Online TV Company, NimbleTV; Says Acquisition Will Allow it to "Accelerate Video Product Development and Client Commitments, as well as Leverage Client TV Rights," and that NimbleTV Patents Will Strengthen its Cloud ID Offering"
  • Verizon FiOS TV Deploys Synacor's New Startpage and Multiscreen Video Search & Discovery Products
  • BuddyTV Begins Offering Syndicated Video Content from Synacor (December 17th)
  • Synacor Names Advantage Capital Partners MD, Scott Murphy, to its Board of Directors (October 29th)
  • Pac-12 Networks Selects Synacor Cloud ID to Extend its Pac-12 Now "TV Everywhere" Service to Pac-12 College Campuses (October 8th)
  • Chinese TV Manufacturer, TCL, Previews its GoLive Video-Streaming Service
  • Syfy Using thePlatform's mpx Player as Part of Web Site Redesign
  • thePlatform Launches mpx Replay to "Expedite the Conversion of Linear TV Channels for Catch-Up or C3/C7 Video"; Solution Billed as Providing "Instant Asset Creation for Publishing and Distribution, Automated Metadata to Support Richer Search and Discovery, Pre-Set Availability Windows, Ad Policy Enforcement, and Increased Monetization Options" (November 12th)
  • thePlatform Names Michael Kurtzman VP of Sales for the Americas, Jouari Santiago Director of Sales for Latin America (October 6th)
  • TiVo Announces National Roll-Out of its Roamio OTA/Streaming DVR
  • TiVo Research and Analytics Releases its Annual "Battle of the Brands" Scorecard at CES
  • TiVo Announces Findings of its 2nd Annual Tablet and Smartphone Streaming Report; Finds 22% Increase in Streaming Sessions per User in Last 4 Months
  • TiVo Launches "TiVo OnePass," Billed as "Instantly Gather[ing] Every Episode of a TV Series Regardless of Source"
  • TiVo in Partnership with iHeartRadio
  • TiVo Research & Analytics Releases its First-Ever "State of TV Report" (December 18th)
  • TiVo Research Finds that Millennials Watch "More Music and Less Live Sports" than Other Generations (December 16th)
  • TiVo-Owned Search and Recommendations Company, Digitalsmiths, Launches "Seamless Insight" Reporting and Analytics Platform, Billed as "Provid[ing] Video Service Providers Actionable Visibility to Optimize Targeted Content Promotions that Increase ARPU and Improve Viewer Engagement" (December 3rd)
  • TiVo Surpasses 5 Million Subscribers (November 25th)
  • App for Walmart-Owned Transactional VOD Service, Vudu, Launches on TiVo (October 30th)
  • TiVo Research Finds "Dramatic Increase in Multitasking" during TV Viewing (October 16th)
  • TiVo in Tcommerce Partnership with HSN (October 15th)
  • TiVo Raises $223.5 Million (September 23rd)
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