Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/17/15 (II): PGA Tour, Bedrocket, BitTorrent, BlackArrow, Bravo, Brightcove, Canoe, CBS, Charter, CIMM, Cinemacraft, Cisco, Disney, Comcast

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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  • PGA Tour Teams with Bedrocket to Launch Internet Video Network, Skratch TV; Service, which Targets Younger Viewers, Will Offer Original and Curated Programming, PGA Tour Highlights and Event Coverage, across a Range of Online Video and Social Media Platforms
  • Bedrocket Raises $15 Million (September 4th)
  • BitTorrent in Exclusive Partnership with Rapid Eye Studios to Identify, Produce and Distribute Original Video Content for New "BitTorrent Originals" Offering
  • BlackArrow Deploys Dynamic Ad Insertion for VOD on Tablets, Smartphones and other Internet-Connected Devices; Time Warner Cable, which Has already Deployed Company's Tech for its Traditional VOD and Linear-over-IP Platforms, Is First Company to Use New Solution
  • BlackArrow Names Ex-Cisco/NDS Executive, Paul Ranger, VP of Sales
  • UK Cable Operator, Virgin Media, Deploys BlackArrow VOD and Multiscreen Advanced-Advertising Solutions (December 2nd)
  • Nick Troiano Replaces Dean Denhart as BlackArrow CEO (November 25th)
  • Bravo Using LinkedIn for Social Contest Promoting Business-Focused Reality Series, "Best New Restaurant"
  • Brightcove Trumpets "Broad Support from the Video Ecosystem" for its New Brightcove Player; Partners Include Adobe Analytics, Adways, Akamai, AOL Platforms, Chartbeat, comScore, Conviva, DoubleClick, FreeWheel, Google Analytics, IRIS.TV, LiveRail, Mediametrie, Nice People at Work, Nielsen, SpotXchange, Videoplaza, and YuMe
  • Brightcove Names Neil Lieberman CMO
  • Brightcove Reports Higher Revenues, Losses
  • Malaysia's MCIL Multimedia Taps Brightcove to Power Video for News Site,, and Ecommerce Site, (December 9th)
  • Brightcove in Online Video Deals with Indonesia's Okezone (November 4th), Philippines' ABS-CBN (October 29th), and Singapore's ONE Fighting Championship (October 27th)
  • Cable-Backed Advanced-Advertising Technology Company, Canoe, Releases "2014 VOD Viewed Ad Impression 2014 Year-End Report"; Highlights Include: 20%+ Growth in Each Quarter of 2014; "Vast Majority" of Viewed Ad Impressions Occurring in Mid-Roll Positions; Saturday and Sunday Seeing More Views than other Days; 1,900+ Campaigns Run through the Platform; Canoe DAI-for-VOD Available in 32 Million Digital Cable Homes in 29 of the Top-30 DMA's; 50+ Canoe-Enabled TV Networks; 70+ Networks "in the On-Boarding Process"
  • Canoe Serves its 10 Billionth Ad Impression (November 10th)
  • CBS and The Recording Academy Offer Grammys Telecast OTT via CBS All Access Subscription Service; First Time Available Online; "Grammy Live" Second-Screen Experience also Available on the Platform
  • CEO Moonves Says CBS Has Reached a Streaming Deal with an Unnamed SVOD Company
  • CEO Moonves Says CBS Succeeding in Convincing Advertisers to Pay for C7 Commercial Views
  • UK's Channel 5 Commissions Two Series Based on User-Generated Content
  • Charter Tells FCC it Will Soon Conduct Tests of STB's with New Downloadable Security System
  • Report: Viewership of Children's Cable TV Networks Falls Dramatically, due to Competition from OTT Alternatives
  • Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Selects Envivio to Power Trial of 4K HEVC Streaming Service
  • Cinedigm and TV4 Entertainment Partner to Develop and Launch Niche OTT Channels
  • Tokyo-Based Provider of Interactive Video Embed Technology, Cinemacraft, Raises $3.9 Million in Series-A Funding Round
  • Cisco Visual Networking Index Predicts Nearly 10-Fold Growth in Mobile Data Traffic over Next 5 Years; Finds Mobile Video Will Represent 72% of Global Mobile Data Traffic by 2019
  • CEO Iger: "There Is Definitely an Opportunity" for Disney to Offer ESPN and Other Brands as Unbundled OTT Services, but Company Doesn't Want to Be "Precipitous"; Mentions Marvel and "Star Wars" as Possible Candidates for OTT Services
  • Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM) Unveils 2015 Roadmap, Promotes Managing Director, Jane Clarke, to CEO
  • Comcast Rolls Out Updates to its X1 Platform to Facilitate "Simpler Navigation and Content Selection"
  • Comcast Rolls Out Live TV Buffering on its X1 Platform's Xi3 IP Set-Top Box

Paul Ranger

North America