Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/3/15 (I): Alticast, John Carlucci, Amazon, Annapurna, VRSE.farm, AOL, Vidible, AT&T, BBC, CAB, CBSN, Charter, Humax, Cisco Videoscape

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.

  • Interactive TV Software Company, Alticast, Promotes CTO, John Carlucci, to Newly Created Role of President of Alticast North America; Carlucci Will Continue to Serve as CTO
  • Alticast Powers Canadian Pay-TV Operator Videotron's Roll-Out of STB's that Enable Subscribers to Simultaneously Record 8 Different Programs (December 1st)
  • CEO Bezos: Amazon Invested $1.3 Billion in Prime Instant Video Last Year
  • Amazon Holds Free-to-Watch Promotion for "Transparent"
  • Amazon Instant Video Launches UHD/4K Support in Germany
  • Amazon Studios to Produce and Acquire Original Movies for Theatrical Release and Early-Window Distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video
  • Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures ("American Hustle," "Zero Dark Thirty") Forms Virtual Reality Division as Part of Partnership with Chris Milk's VRSE.farm
  • AOL Preps "Connected," its First Long-Form Original Series for its AOL On Platform; Forms Distribution Partnership with FremantleMedia International
  • AOL Canada to Launch In-House Production Studio
  • AOL Acquires Vidible, a Cross-Screen Video-Management and Exchange Platform for Buyers and Sellers of Digital Media (December 1st)
  • AOL Holds Open Auditions to Find Host for New Sports Show (November 13th)
  • AOL's AOL Platforms Division Teams with Australian Advertising Company, Multi Channel Network (MCN) to Pilot "First Integrated Programmatic Private Marketplace for Television"; Marketplace Is Powered by AOL Subsidiary, Adap.tv (October 30th)
  • AOL Teams with Carnival Cruise Lines on "Laughs on Deck," a Branded Series Starring George Lopez (October 30th)
  • AOL Names Ex-Viacom Exec., Dermot McCormack, President of Video and Studios, to Succeed Ran Harnevo (October 7th)
  • AOL in Deal to Program MSN's Redesigned MSN Service with Premium Video and News (September 30th)
  • AOL Platforms Expands its Technology Partnership with Programmatic-Buying Specialist, Havas, to Include TV Advertising (September 29th)
  • AOL Platforms Launches TV Ad-Targeting and Analytics Technology (September 29th)
  • AOL and Publicis Groupe Expand their Advertising Partnership to Encompass Programmatic Video and Linear TV (September 29th)
  • AT&T Virtual MVPD/OTT Service to Be Marketed in Retail Stores
  • BBC Launches BBC Taster (http://www.bbc.co.uk/taster), Billed as "a Space to Develop its Latest Ideas for Digital Content and Emerging Technology"; Offerings Include "Story of Now," an Interactive Show, Hosted by Idris Elba, Produced by TouchCast and Lambie-Nairn
  • BBC Announces 16 New iPlayer Exclusives
  • BBC Premieres "Bitter Lake," an iPlayer-Exclusive Documentary from Prominent Filmmaker, Adam Curtis
  • BBC iPlayer Saw 3.5 Billion Program Requests in 2014, its Biggest Year to Date
  • Report from Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau Finds that "TV Is Overwhelming Winner in the Battle for Video Attention"; that "Americans Devote Four Times More Attention to Multiscreen TV than to All Activity on the Four Internet Portals [AOL, Google, MSN, Yahoo], YouTube and Facebook Combined"; and that "when TV and YouTube Are Compared Side by Side, TV Comes out ahead on Time Spent by a Margin of 95% to 5%"
  • One Third of Viewers of CBS's OTT News Network, CBSN, Watching it on Smart TV's, Roku STB's and other Connected-TV Platforms
  • Charter Taps Humax as Second Source for its Next-Gen Worldbox STB
  • beIN Sports Selects Cisco Videoscape TV Services Delivery Platform to Deliver Video in around 20 MENA Countries


 

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