Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 3/10/15 (III): Peel, Pronto, PGA, Omnigon, POSSIBLE, PlayStation Network, Quickplay, Roku, RTE, Samsung, SeaChange, Shazam, Showtime

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2015 (June 23rd-24th in San Francisco--purchase your Early-Bird tickets here!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:
  • Nexway Tapped to Power White-Label Android App Store on snakebyte's QEUS SmartTV Set-Top Box
  • NPD: Connected TV's Edge Out Blu-ray Disc Players to Become 3rd Most Widely Owned Device that Delivers Apps to TV's (after Game Consoles and Streaming Media Players); 30 Million US Homes to Have Internet-Connected TV by 2017
  • Nvidia Launches Nvidia Shield, Billed as "the World's First Android TV Console, which Delivers Video, Music, Apps and Amazing Games to the Home"
  • Online Sports Programmer,, Selects Octoshape's Infinite HD Technology to Power OTT Delivery
  • Smart-Remote-App Company, Peel, Expands Scope of its Platform to Encompass the Smart Home; App Can Now Control Range of Home Electronics, Including Smart Thermostats, Lighting, Air Conditioners, Plugs and other Appliances: "Our Customers Have Pushed us to Extend our Universal Remote Capabilities beyond TV's, STB's and Other Entertainment Devices"
  • Peel Teams with Pronto on Smart Remote Solution for European Market
  • Peel Says its Smart Remote App Surpassed 100 Million Users in Less than 30 Months (October 22nd)
  • Peel Receives $50 Million Investment from Alibaba Group (October 9th)
  • Peel Smart Remote App to Be Pre-Loaded on Android Smartphones from Indian Manufacturer, XOLO (September 29th)
  • PGA Tour Teams with Omnigon and POSSIBLE Mobile on Second-Screen App for iPad; App Features Real-Time Predictive Statistics, Updated after Each Stroke; Ability to Follow Play in 3 Different Ways; Bird's Eye View; Live Streaming Video; and More
  • PlayStation Network Premieres its First Original Scripted Series, "Powers"
  • Quickplay Acquires Roundbox, a Provider of Technology for Optimizing Video over Mobile Networks; Deal Billed as "Support[ing] Quickplay's Strategy to Enable the Monetization of Engaging Premium Viewing Experiences on any Device or Network by Using Multicast...and Unicast...Technologies that Leverage 4G LTE Broadcast--eMBMS, WiFi, 3G and 4G--to Launch New Services, or Enhance Existing Services, with Dramatically Improved Economics and Scale"
  • Quickplay Announces Plans to Integrate LTE Broadcast Capabilities into its Managed Video Platform
  • CinemaNow Launches on Roku in UK, Canada and Ireland
  • Redbull TV Launches on Roku in US, UK, Canada and Ireland
  • Irish Broadcaster RTE Launches "RTE Player International" for iOS, to Bring its Content to Global Audiences; App Offers 500 Hours of Free and Paid Content, "Including Just-Aired Television Content Refreshed Daily"
  • Samsung Launches OTT VOD Service, "Moony," in Brazil; Service, which Features Niche and Independent Content, Is Available on Samsung Smart TV's, Smartphones and Tablets
  • Samsung Gear VR Headset to Launch before Year's End
  • UK Communications-Infrastructure Company, Arqiva, Using SeaChange Adrenalin Software and Professional Services to Create Metadata System for UK DTT Platform Freeview's New Connected-TV Service, Freeview Play
  • Cooking Channel Show, "Avec Eric," Lets Viewers Access Recipes via Shazam
  • Showtime Anytime "TV Everywhere" Service Now Available to DISH Network Subscribers

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