Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/17/15 (V): Nielsen, Octoshape, ole, Cineflix, Pac-12, LeTV, Pace, Popcornflix, Rentrak, Reuters TV, Roku, GoPro, Saffron Digital, Samsung

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2015 (June 23rd-24th in San Francisco--purchase your Super Early-Bird tickets here!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

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  • Report: Nielsen Developing New "Tweets per Impression" Metric, Designed to Measure Social-Media Impact of Entertainment-Marketing Efforts
  • New Nielsen Study Tracks How Usage of Advanced-TV Offerings Varies by Region and Ethnicity
  • Nomura Analysts: Nielsen Data Shows Viewership of Live TV in US Declined by 12% Year-over-Year in January
  • Dish Mexico Selects Cloud-Based Streaming Technology Provider, Octoshape, to Power Multiscreen OTT Services
  • Independent Rights Management Company, ole, Expands its Involvement in OTT Video Space via New Deal with Cineflix Media
  • Digital Consultancy Omnigon Says its Content-Owner Clients Are Exploring Ways to Create Interactive Video Programming Tied to Wearables
  • Pac-12 Networks Teams with Chinese Interactive Video Platform, LeTV, to Live-Stream Pac-12 Men's Basketball Games in China this Season
  • STB Company, Pace, Names Bruce Gureck Chief Strategy Officer
  • Pace IPTV STB's and Whole-Home DVR Certified for Minerva's iTVFusion IPTV Middleware Platform (October 22nd)
  • Pace Launches New Range of ADSL and VDSL Gateways (October 20th)
  • Indian Cable MSO, Radiant Digitek Network, Selects Pace's Pre-Integrated Middleware, Conditional Access and STB Solution (October 8th)
  • Ad-Supported Streaming Service, Popcornflix, Adds an Array of Children's TV Shows and Movies to its Library; Content Available both through Popcornflix itself and its Popcornflix Kids Service
  • Popcornflix Says its App Has Been Downloaded 10 Million Times
  • Popcornflix Launches on Xbox One in US and Canada (December 16th)
  • Popcornflix Says its Channels on Roku (Popcornflix, Frightpix, Popcornflix Kids) Have Been Downloaded 4.5 Million+ Times (November 20th)
  • Popcornflix in Content Deal with Shaftesbury (October 30th)
  • Popcornflix Launches in Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Pakistan (September 25th)
  • Report: Programmatic Buying to Make Significant Gains in Connected TV, OTT Video
  • Rentrak in Deal to Provide Measurement Services to All Tribune Broadcasting TV Stations
  • Media Services Agency, Horizon Media, to Use Full Suite of Rentrak's TV Ratings Services for TV Targeting, Planning and Buying
  • Rentrak in Ratings Deal with Tennis Channel
  • Rentrak Releases Fiscal Q3 Financial Results
  • Allows Users to Stream Footage of their Video-Gaming Sessions to Multiple Online Video Sites
  • Reuters Launches Reuters TV, Billed as "News for the Netflix Age"; $1.99-per-Month Service, Initially Available only for iPhone, Offers "a Personalized, On-Demand, Always Up-to-Date News Show, and Live Feeds of Global Events"
  • GoPro to Launch Channel on Roku this Spring
  • OTT Platform Provider, Saffron Digital, Partners with Retailer, Carrefour, to Launch UltraViolet-Enabled Multiplatform Entertainment Service, Nolim Films; Service Allows Users to Rent or Buy TV Shows and Movies on Smartphones, Tablets, Smart TV and Web
  • Samsung Admits its Smart TV's Are Accidentally Forcing Pop-Up Ads into Third-Party Video Apps from Plex and Foxtel; Company "Currently Conducting a Full and Thorough Investigation into the Cause as our Top Priority"
  • Samsung Updates its Privacy Policies to Address Concerns that its Smart TVs' Voice-Recognition Technology Is Monitoring Users' Conversations
  • Senator Al Franken Investigating Smart-TV Privacy Issues: Sends List of Questions to Samsung and LG
  • Samsung Teams with NBA to Make NBA All-Star Game Events Available on Samsung's Oculus-Powered Milk VR Platform
  • FCC Test Report Reveals that Samsung Has Built Prototype 6-Tuner DVR that Supports ZigBee Home Automation and MoCA 2.0



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