Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 4/6/15 (VI): Ovation TV, Android TV, Piksel, Pluto TV, Quickplay, Rapt, RDK, Rentrak, Roku, Rovi, Fan TV, Saffron Digital, Nowtilus, Savveo, Scripps, Skipr, Sky

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:

  • Ovation TV Launches Ovation Digital Arts, Billed as a "Multiplatform Artist Community [that] Links YouTube Creators with Ovation TV's 54 Million+ Subscribers"; Company Names Stephen Dypiangco VP of Ovation Digital Arts
  • TP Vision: Vast Majority of Philips Smart TV's Powered by Latest Version of Android TV
  • Piksel Powers VOD Catch-Up and Online Live Streams for UK Local Broadcaster, Made Television
  • Piksel Releases Version 6.0 of its "Digital Enterprise" Cloud-Based Asset Management System for Online Video; New Release Features "Modernized Interface and New Media Library, Allowing all Media Assets to Be Navigated on a Single Screen"
  • Pluto TV, an OTT Service that Curates Web Video into TV-Like Channels, Signs Content Deals with AOL Originals and Endemol Beyond USA
  • Toronto-Based Multiscreen Video Company, Quickplay, Raises CAN$57 Million in Growth Capital
  • Conde Nast Entertainment Taps Rapt Media to Bring Interactivity to its Original Digital Video Programming and Advertising
  • RDK Management Teams with Application Solutions Specialist, Metrological, to Build App Environment for Developers to Remotely Create and Test Applications for RDK-Based Devices
  • Rentrak Signs TV Ratings and VOD Measurement Agreements with GSN
  • Rentrak Signs TV Ratings and Automotive Information Agreement with Discovery Communications
  • SXSW Teams with Roku, Float Left Interactive and Brightcove on "SXSW On" Streaming Service
  • Tennis Channel Launches "TV Everywhere" and Standalone-Subscription Services on Roku
  • ABC News Channel Launches on Roku
  • AOL Offers Exclusive Preview of Original Series, "Connected," on Roku
  • Report: FCC Filing Casts Light on 2 New Roku Boxes
  • TCL to Launch 11 New Roku TV Devices
  • Rovi in Patent-Licensing Deals with CJ HelloVision, Bell Mobility and Sharp
  • Rovi Looks to Add Analytics Expertise to its Board via Appointment of SAP's President of Platform Solutions, Steve Lucas
  • Rovi in Proxy Fight with Activist Investor, Engaged Capital
  • Rovi Names Dave Longaker Chief Revenue Officer
  • Rovi to Offer $300 Million in Convertible Senior Notes
  • Rovi Reports Q4 Financial Results
  • Rovi-Owned Fan TV Unveils "Complete Redesign" of its iPhone App
  • Saffron Digital Partners with Content-Workflow Platform Provider, Nowtilus, to Add Live Streaming to its MainStage OTT Platform; Partnership Allows Saffron Digital "to Offer Broadcasters and Operators a Seamless TV Everywhere Solution that Includes Live TV, Catch-Up and VOD in one Place"
  • Ad Tech Start-Up Savveo, Media Agency Empower MediaMarketing, and Broadcasting Group EW Scripps Company Form Partnership for Local Programmatic-TV Ad Buying
  • SeaChange International Reports Lower Revenues, Higher Losses
  • Skipr Demos Android TV STB with Cable-TV Pass-Through; Box Will Switch Users to Alternative Content during Commercial Breaks
  • Sky to Expand OTT Offerings in Germany and Italy, and Launch "Restart" Service in UK

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