Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 4/6/15 (VIII): Twitter, Periscope, Ustream, Verizon, AwesomenessTV, Vessel, Vubiquity, Watchup, Whipclip, Wurl, WWE, Yahoo, YouTube, Zealot, Zuora

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

  • Twitter Launches "TV Timelines" Social-TV Feature
  • Twitter Launches "Curator" Tool to "Allow Media Publishers to Search, Filter and Curate Twitter Content that Can then Be Displayed on Web, Mobile and TV"
  • Twitter Confirms Acquisition of Live-Streaming-to-Social-Media Company, Periscope
  • Twitter Begins Testing Autoplay Videos in its iPhone and iPad Apps
  • Twitter's Vine Adds Support for 720p Video
  • Univision Deportes in Multiyear, Multiplatform Partnership with NBA
  • Live-Streaming Company, Ustream, Announces Mobile Live Broadcasting SDK
  • Verizon in Multi-Year OTT Programming Deal with AwesomenessTV and DreamworksTV
  • CFO: Verizon's OTT Service May Rely Largely on Advertising for Revenue
  • Verizon FiOS in VOD Deal with Independent-Film Crowdfunding and Distribution Company, Seed&Spark
  • Verizon FiOS Launches "Free On Demand Spring Marathon" VOD Promotion
  • Vessel, the Broadband SVOD Service Offering Early Access to Content from YouTube Stars and other Sources, Launches; Company Founded by Ex-Hulu CEO, Jason Kilar
  • Viacom International Media Networks Study Finds Linear TV Still the Dominant Viewing Source among 6- to 34-Year-Olds
  • Vox Media Launches Digital Video Studio in LA
  • Vubiquity Teams with Deutsche Telekom on "Comprehensive Solution for Operators and Service Providers Looking to Launch Multiscreen Video Services"; Solution Combines DT's VideoRise Platform with Vubiquity's Content Services
  • Streaming News Service, Watchup, in Deal with Tribune Broadcasting; Deal Means that Watchup Users Will Be Able to Access Video from Web Sites of 30 Local Stations, including KTLA-TV, WGN-TV and WPIX-TV
  • Watchup in News-Streaming Deal with Bloomberg (February 10th)
  • Watchup in Sports-News Streaming Deal with Vox Media's SB Nation (January 28th)
  • Watchup Targets Millennials via News-Streaming Partnerships with Fusion, The Verge, and AJ+ (January 6th)
  • Watchup Launches on Xbox 360 (November 26th)
  • Watchup Raises $2.75 Million in Funding Round Led by Tribune Media (November 6th)
  • TV-Clipping-and-Sharing App, Whipclip, Launches with Content Partnerships with ABC, CBS, FOX, Comedy Central, VH1, A&E/Lifetime, Bloomberg, OWN, truTV, Universal Music Group and Sony
  • WOW! Selects Wurl's 1Guide Streaming Video Platform to Power New StreamLand OTT Service on its UltraTV Set-Tops; Platform Provides "Cable Subscribers with an HTML5-Based User Interface for Access to a Robust Catalog of Streaming Video Applications and Services"
  • WWE Shares Decline after Company Reports Lower-than-Expected Subscriber Totals for its WWE Network OTT Service
  • WWE Network Teams with Seth Green, Jerry Springer, Jeff Tremaine on 3 New Original Series
  • Yahoo and Disney/ABC Television Group Expand their Content Partnership
  • Paul Feig's Eight-Episode "Other Space" to Premiere on Yahoo Screen April 14th
  • Season 6 of Canceled NBC Series, "Community," Launches on Yahoo Screen
  • "Sin City Saints" Launches on Yahoo Screen
  • YouTube Rolls Out Support for 360-Degree Video Uploads
  • YouTube Replacing "Annotations" with "Cards" that Will "Work across Screens," Including Mobile
  • YouTube Launches "YouTube for Artists" Resource Site for Musicians
  • Report: YouTube Planning SVOD Service
  • Report: YouTube Planning to Relaunch its Live-Streaming Platform with Emphasis on Live Gaming and eSports; Company Failed to Acquire Twitch Last Year
  • YouTube to Live-Stream Coachella Music Festival--Complete with "Interactive Fan Experience"
  • Ex-Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin's Zealot Networks Acquires its Third Ad Agency: Threshold Interactive
  • "Subscription Economy" Company, Zuora, Raises $115 Million in New Funding Round


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