Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/17/15 (III): Concurrent, SeaChange, Delivery Agent, DISH, Sling TV, DLNA, Epoxy, Facebook, FCC, FourthWall, Fullscreen, Google, Grapevine

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  • Former Rivals, Concurrent and SeaChange, Announce "Collaborative Partnership to Supply Software and Content-Delivery Network Technologies to a Leading Video Service Provider in North America"; Partnership Sees SeaChange Reselling Concurrent's UpShift Unified Content Delivery Solution and Object Storage with its own Adrenalin Multiscreen Video Software to "Deliver an Integrated Solution for Streaming Live and On-Demand Services to an Array of IP-Connected Devices, as well as TV STB's"
  • Concurrent Launches Software-Defined Object Storage Solution for Cloud DVR as Part of its UP Suite of Multiscreen Video Solutions
  • Concurrent Reports Lower Fiscal Q2 Revenues, Swings to a Loss
  • Concurrent Targets Latin America and Caribbean with Deal that Will See WESCO's TVC Communications Arm Reselling its UpShift Unified Content-Delivery Solution (December 8th)
  • Concurrent Names Former Arris Exec., Derek Elder, CEO, Replacing Dan Mondor (November 18th)
  • Portuguese Systems Integrator, Satcab, Deploys Concurrent's UpShift Unified Content Delivery Solution to Power Cloud DVR for African MVPD, ZAP (November 5th)
  • Concurrent Adds Support for New High-Density Edge Server Configurations to its UpShift CDN Software (October 2nd)
  • Concurrent Launches "UP" Unified Video Solutions Portfolio, Designed to Enable Service Providers to Accelerate Transition to IP; Portfolio Includes "UpShift" Unified Content Delivery Solutions and "UpLift" Unified Multiscreen Analytics (September 12th)
  • Concurrent Awarded US Patent for "Method of Creating Visually Appealing Consumer User Interfaces for TV, PC, Web and Mobile Video Services" (August 1st)
  • Tcommerce Specialist, Delivery Agent, Names James Peters President and COO; Peters, who Will Retain His Seat on the Company's Board, Has Extensive Experience in Retail
  • Discovery Renews its Distribution Agreement with Cablevision; New Deal Incorporates "TV Everywhere" Rights
  • DISH Network's $20-per-Month Virtual MVPD Service, Sling TV, Launches Commercially, Announces OTT Rights Deal for Live and VOD Programming from AMC Networks (Including AMC, BBC America, BBC World News, IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv); also Adds WatchESPN
  • Sling TV Launches $5-per-Month Add-On Sports Package; Package Will Include SEC Network, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Univision Deportes, Universal Sports and beIN Sports
  • Sling TV Offers Free Amazon Fire and Roku Sticks, Half-Price Amazon Fire and Roku Boxes, to Customers who Pre-Pay for 3 Months of its Service; Nexus Player Promotion to Follow
  • Sling TV in Linear and VOD Programming Deal with Premium Programmer, Epix
  • Ipsos MediaCT Survey Finds Low Market Awareness of Sling TV and Consumer Confusion with Slingbox; However, Survey Was Conducted February 1st, before Sling TV's Official Launch
  • Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Certifies First Wave of Products that Support the Advanced "Trick-Mode" (Fast-Forward, Rewind and Frame-by-Frame Playback) Capabilities which Are now a Mandatory Feature of its Interoperability Guidelines; Trick-Mode Specs Are also Part of DLNA's VidiPath Guidelines for Viewing Subscription Content on Multiple Devices in the Home"
  • Epoxy Announces Deals with Multiple YouTube MCN's, Including Fullscreen, AwesomenessTV, BroadbandTV, BentPixels, INDMusic and Whistle Sports; Company Offers "Multiplatform Engagement Metrics Crucial for Video Publishers Looking to Expand beyond YouTube Revenue"; CEO: "YouTube Is a Massive Force in Online Video, but Increasingly Video Creators and Brands also Need to Be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine. We Give Creators the Software to Maximize Engagement on Each Platform and Networks the Tools to Take Operations beyond YouTube"
  • ESPN to Provide Multiplatform Coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup; Offerings Include Live and On-Demand Streaming at, Updated ESPNcricinfo Smartphone App and More
  • The Young Turks Launches 5-Days-a-Week Original Series on Facebook; Show Is Billed as "Facebook-Centric"; Other Original Shows Recently Launched on Facebook Include ABC News's "The One Thing," "Access Hollywood's" "Early Access on Facebook" and's "Luminaries"; NFL also Recently Began Distributing Video on the Social-Media Platform
  • FCC Proposes Rules to Preserve Net Neutrality; NCTA Threatens to Sue
  • FCC Extends Comment Period for Proposal to Classify Linear OTT Video Providers as MVPD's
  • FourthWall Media in Deal to Provide Starcom MediaVest Group with Access to "Anonymous, Non-Aggregated Granular Viewership Data from Millions of Set-Top Boxes"; Acxiom Safe Haven to Work with the Companies on Ensuring Privacy; Deal Will See SMG Integrating FourthWall Media Dataset with its TARDIIS Planning and Buying Platform and its Multi-Touch Attribution Analytics Platform
  • FourthWall Media Partners with 4C Insights; Partnership Billed as "Combin[ing] and Expand[ing] 4C's Social and Behavioral Intelligence with FourthWall's Anonymous, Non-Aggregated Granular Viewership Data from Millions of STB's" to "Allow Advertisers to Plan and Execute Targeted Media Campaigns More Effectively than Ever Before"
  • UK Free-to-Air DTT Service, Freeview, to Launch "Freeview Play" Connected-TV Service Later this Year; Freeview's Logo and Visual Identity Refreshed "to Reflect the Platform's Evolving Service"
  • YouTube MCN Fullscreen Targets Branded Entertainment Space via New Strategic Content Group; Group Will Be Led by Ex-Chernin Exec., Billy Parks, and Ex-Hulu Exec., Bryan Thoensen
  • Google Acquires Launchpad Toys, a Developer of Apps that Allow Children to Create their own TV Shows and Cartoons; Acquisition Fuels Speculation about a "Children's YouTube"
  • Report: Google Sold 10 Million+ Chromecast Devices in 2014
  • Grapevine, which Matches Brands with YouTube Stars to Promote their Products, Raises $1.1 Million in Seed Funding
  • Telefonica Names Grey Juice Lab Exclusive Content Provider for its VOD Services in Argentina and Chile
  • 1991 TV Show, "Grudge Match," to Be Revived as "a Global, eSport Brand that Includes a Video Game, Online Streaming Platform, and an Updated Television Show"

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