Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 4/6/15 (VII): Sling TV, HBO, A+E, Sling Media, Snapchat, Sony, "Seinfeld," Tcommerce, Synacor, Telemundo, thePlatform, Thuuz, TiVo, Virgin Media, Tubi TV, Twitch

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:

  • Sling TV to Offer Linear and On-Demand HBO for $15 per Month
  • DISH Network's Multi-Language International TV Service, DishWorld, Rebrands as "Sling International," Adds Content in 3 More Languages, Updates UI, and Launches on Sling TV for $15 per Month
  • Sling TV Now Available on Xbox One
  • Sling TV Adds A+E Networks' A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime Channels to its $20-per-Month "Best of Live TV" Core Package; also Rolls Out $5-per-Month "Lifestyle Extra" (truTV, Cooking Channel, DIY, WE tv, and More) and "World News Extra" (Bloomberg TV, HLN, Euro News, France 24, and More) Add-On Packages
  • Certain A&E, Lifetime and LMN Shows Not Available on Sling TV due to "Rights Restrictions"
  • DISH CEO Ergen: "Vast Majority" of Sling TV Customers Have Not Come from Traditional Pay-TV Market; Early Subscriber Numbers "Encouraging"
  • TV Place-Shifting Specialist, Sling Media, Begins Carrying Advertising on its Free Web Browser and Standalone PC Apps (though not on its Paid Apps); Despite Some Criticism, Company Says Move Is Proving Successful
  • Report: Snapchat Working to Form Live-Streaming Partnerships with Sports Leagues and Broadcast Networks, Including NCAA and Turner; Live Sports Will Be Delivered via Snapchat's "Our Story" Feature
  • Sony Launches PlayStation Vue "Virtual MSO" Service, Priced from $49.99 to $69.99 per Month; Service, Initially Available for PS3 and PS4, Offers up to 85 Channels, but not ESPN
  • Sony PlayStation Vue Adds AMC, IFC, Sundance, WE tv
  • Report: Sony Pictures Television "in Advanced Talks" to Sell "Seinfeld" to an Online Video Service; Bidders Include Amazon, Hulu and Yahoo
  • Spylight Launches ACR-Powered Second-Screen Tcommerce App
  • Synacor Launches Cloud ID SDK to "Simplify Mobile App Development and to Improve the Mobile Consumer Login Experience"; Claims "Authentication for any Mobile App Can Be Deployed in Days"
  • TCM Organizes "TV Everywhere" Promotion around its TCM Classic Film Festival
  • Telemundo Teams with AT&T on Interactive Series, "AT&T Presents Suelta la Sopa Novelas," Billed as "an On-Air and Digital Variety Show" for Telenovela Fans; Show Features Live, On-Air Viewer Participation
  • Telestream Unveils Dynamic Ad Insertion Solution, "VOD Producer DAI"
  • Comcast-Owned White-Label Video-Publishing Company, thePlatform, to Provide Central Video Management Systems for Canadian OTT SVOD Service, shomi, and Australian OTT SVOD Service, Stan
  • Thomson Video Networks Launches MediaFlex SUITE, Billed as "a Unified, Service-Driven Management Solution that Enables Digital TV Operators to Process Content from Many Sources for Delivery on a Variety of Platforms, including Satellite, Terrestrial, Cable, IPTV and OTT"
  • Thuuz App Uses 6 Criteria to Alert Viewers to Most Exciting "March Madness" Game Currently Airing
  • TiVo and UK Cable Operator Virgin Media Sign 3-Year Extension of their Hybrid-TV Partnership; TiVo STB's Are Now in 2.5 Million Virgin Media Homes
  • TiVo Research and Analytics in Programmatic-TV Advertising Deal with clypd; Deal Will See "the Incorporation of TiVo Research's Data Products, including the True Target Index, into clypd's Product Offerings to Help Media Owners Understand their Audiences' Media Consumption Patterns well beyond the Industry-Standard Demographics"
  • clypd in Programmatic-TV Partnership with Discovery Communications
  • TiVo Acquires Aereo's Trademarks and Customer Lists; Acquisition "Will Enhance our Ability to Serve the Growing Segment of Consumers who Want Access to both Broadcast Television and OTT Content"
  • Canadian Operator, Cogeco, Launches TiVo Service
  • Yahoo Screen Launches on TiVo
  • Report: Plex to Launch on TiVo
  • Advanced Advertising Company adRise's Ad-Supported VOD Service, Tubi TV, in Content Deal with Paramount Pictures
  • Amazon-Owned Gameplay-Streaming Company, Twitch, Hacked
  • Twitch in Streaming Deal with HBO: Will Stream Pilot Episode of Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" and Exclusive Clip from Upcoming Season; Host Live-Streaming Event in which Show's Cast Will Play Games, Answer Audience Questions
  • Twitch Live-Streams Ultra Music Festival 2015


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