Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/17/15 (I): Oscars, Accedo, XiveTV, Amazon Fire TV, Sling TV, AMC, Amino, Apple, Applicaster, FremantleMedia, AP, AwesomenessTV, Beamly

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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  • Academy Launches "Oscars Creators" Social-Media Campaign, in which "Seven Artists from Platforms Including Instagram, Tumblr and Vine Will Cover the Excitement of Oscar Week Events through their own Creative Perspective"
  • Accedo Launches Version 2.0 of its "Accedo VIA" Multiscreen App Solution; New Features Include Ability for Viewers to Watch and Manage Video Content Continuously even when Switching between Devices during Video Playback; Full Chromecast Support and "Integration Possibilities" for other Technologies; Updated UI; Performance and Scalability Enhancements
  • Accedo Opens Office in Mexico to Support "Rapidly Increasing Business" in the Americas
  • Accedo Develops "Sky Online" (Live Sports, Movies, TV Series) and "Snap" (On-Demand Titles) Apps for Sky Deutschland's New Sky Online TV Box; Box Was Developed in Partnership with Roku under Latter's "Roku Powered" Program (December 19th)
  • Accedo in Global Partnership with Cloudio TV, a Provider of OTT TV Content for Expats (October 21st)
  • Alliant Content Launches XiveTV, an OTT VOD Service Devoted to Long-Form Documentaries; Can Be Viewed Free of Charge with Ads, or Ad-Free via Subscription
  • Amazon's First Original Hour-Long Drama Series, "Bosch," Now Available to Prime Members in US, UK and Germany
  • Amazon Studios Developing "Reimagined Pilot" of '70's Children's Show, "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters," with Sid and Marty Krofft
  • DISH Network's Sling TV Launches on Amazon Fire TV; Amazon Says Fire TV Content Selection Has Increased 5-Fold Since Launch; Recent Additions Include Fox Sports Go, TED, WSJ Live, Crossy Road, and Game of Thrones-A Telltale Games Series
  • AMC Launches "Mad Men: The Fan Cut" Promotion for Final Season of "Mad Men"; Promotion Invites Viewers to Submit Recreations of Scenes from Show's Pilot Episode
  • "Major Operator in the Netherlands" Becomes First Customer for Amino's TimeShift Pause-Live-TV Solution: Solution, which Buffers Video for up to an Hour, Allows Middleware Providers to Offer Pause-on-Demand and Instant-Rewind Functionality
  • Amino Fiscal Results for 2014 Show Increased Full-Year Profit and Return to Revenue Growth in Second Half
  • Amino, Incognito Software Systems Announce TR-069 Interoperability for Device Portfolio, Improving Operator Management, Monitoring and Remote Diagnosis (December 8th)
  • Turkish Telco, Turkcell, Awards Amino Contract to Provide its Live Advanced Media Platform for Multiscreen IPTV Rollout (November 10th)
  • KM Telecom Deploys Amino HD STB's for Minnesota IPTV Rollout (November 5th)
  • Amino Deploys its A150 IPTV STB with "Leading European Network Operator" (October 27th)
  • Amino Secures Contract to Provide US IPTV Provider, ITC, with its Live Advanced Media Platform (September 29th)
  • Report: Apple in Talks with TV Programmers about Launching its own OTT Service
  • Cross-Screen TV Apps Company, Applicaster, Raises $10.5 Million in Series-B Funding Round, Led by Pitango Venture Capital; Funding Will Be Used for "Further Global Expansion and Establishing European and North American Offices"
  • Mediaset Taps Applicaster to Bring Interactivity to Reality-TV Series (December 28th)
  • FremantleMedia Taps Applicaster to Develop Second-Screen Companion App for its "Master Athletes" Format (October 7th)
  • Applicaster Integrates its Second-Screen Suite of Technologies with Civolution's SyncNow ACR Technology to Enable Broadcast-Synchronized Interactive TV Content and Advertising (September 3rd)
  • Associated Press Expands its Live Streaming Video Offering
  • YouTube MCN, AwesomenessTV, Names Ex-Hearst Exec., James Deutch, to Newly Created Role of Creative Director of Branded Entertainment
  • Hearst Corporation Acquires 25% Stake in AwesomenessTV (ATV) for $81.25 Million; Will Work with Majority Owner, DreamWorks Animation, to Support the MCN's Efforts to "Enter into New Content Channels, Broaden its Audience and Expand its Geographic Reach"; Deal Will also Give ATV "Immediate Access to Hearst's Subscription VOD Technology, which Will Rapidly Accelerate ATV's Ability to Offer Content Directly to Consumers across All Types of Formats" (December 11th)
  • BAFTA in 3-Year OTT Streaming Deal with China's Youku Tudou
  • "Social Network for TV" Beamly (Formerly zeebox) Launches "Interactive Graveyard" for "The Walking Dead"
  • Beamly CEO, Jason Forbes, Says Company Plans to "Super-Charge" its Advertising Offerings
  • Beamly Promotes Jennifer Kavanaugh to EVP, US General Manager (September 18th)
  • Beamly Co-Founders, Anthony Rose and Ernesto Schmitt, Form New Social-Media Venture, UTD (November 10th)



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