Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 4/6/15 (I): 1 Mainstream, AdGorilla, Adobe, Adult Swim, Alticast, Amazon, AMC, Anvato, AOL, Fox Sports, Apple, Discovery, AT&T, AwesomenessTV, BBC, BET

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:

  • Sky Invests an Additional $5 Million in OTT Start-Up, 1 Mainstream; Company's Platform Offers "Automation Technology to Enable Content Companies to Launch OTT Services across Multiple Platforms--such as Apple TV, Xbox, Android TV and Samsung--in Only a Matter of Weeks and with almost no Upfront Costs"; 1 Mainstream-Powered Services Include Sky News and Sky's NOW TV, CBS's CBSN
  • AdGorilla Touts Interactive Advertising and Content Solution for US Broadcasters; Technology Integration with Strategy & Technology Leverages ATSC 2.0 Standards to Enable Interactive Targeted Advertising and Content for OTA Broadcasts
  • Adobe Digital Index: "'TV Everywhere' Ballooned in Size in 2014 Versus the Year Before" (More)
  • Adult Swim Launches New Version of its "TV Everywhere" App
  • South Korean Cable Operator, CJ Hellovision, Selects Alticast's AltiProtect Conditional Access Solution to Provide Security for its New UHD Services
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video in Exclusive Multi-Year Content-Licensing Deal with Bleecker Street
  • Amazon Unveils New Features for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick: Fire TV Adds Expandable USB Storage, Private Wireless Listening via Bluetooth; Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Add Captive Portal Support; Fire TV Stick Launches in UK and Germany
  • Amazon Instant Video Improves its Android Support
  • Amazon Greenlights Second Season of Original Drama Series, "Bosch"
  • Nielsen: Amazon Prime Instant Video Now Has Twice the Reach of Hulu Plus
  • AMC Launches "Mad Men Carousel" Facebook App, Allowing Fans to "Incorporate their own Emotionally Meaningful Photos in ["Mad Men's"] Carousel Scene"
  • "TV Everywhere" Platform Provider, Anvato, Trumpets Role as Launch Partner for New Facebook Video API
  • Fort Myers Broadcasting Company, Heartland Media, Hubbard Broadcasting Select Anvato's Media Content Platform to Power their Online and Mobile Video Services (January 22nd)
  • AOL in Programming Deal with Fox Sports
  • Report: Apple to Launch OTT Service in the Fall; Will Feature around 25 Channels and May Be Priced between $30 and $40; Talks Underway to Include Broadcast Networks, though not NBCUniversal Nets and Cable Channels due to Dispute with Comcast
  • Report: Apple Asking TV Networks to Shoulder Responsibility and Cost of Streaming Video Infrastructure for its Planned OTT Service
  • Report: Previous Agreement with Regulators May Force Comcast/NBCUniversal to Enter Negotiations with Apple about Joining its OTT Service
  • Report: Discovery and Viacom in Talks to Join Apple's Planned OTT Service
  • Discovery Launches Initiative to Secure 1 Million Subscriptions for its EuroSport App; CEO Zaslav: EuroSport "Will Drive us to the Direct-to-Consumer Business"
  • Report: Apple Offering to Share Viewer Data with Potential Programming Partners to Entice them to Join its OTT Service
  • Report: New Siri-Enabled Apple TV Device with App Store to Be Unveiled at Company's Worldwide Developers' Conference
  • Apple TV Adds TED, Tastemade and Young Hollywood Channels
  • Apple Watch to Include Apple TV Remote
  • Report: Patent Application Reveals AT&T Is Exploring How to Use Facial-Recognition Technology and Microphones to Develop Targeted "Media Streams"
  • Larry Shapiro, Head of YouTube MCN AwesomenessTV's Big Frame Talent Arm, Leaves the Company after just 6 Months
  • Slovenian Interactive TV Technology Provider, Beenius, Launches New Version of its Flagship "Beenius TV" Platform; Updates Include Tcommerce and Enhanced Advertising Support
  • Bernstein Analyst, Todd Juenger, Says Focus Group-Based Research Casts Doubt on Prospects for Virtual MVPD Services
  • BET Adds Live Video to its "BET Now" TV Everywhere App
  • BBC Offering $12 "Box Set" of "Doctor Who" via BitTorrent's BitTorrent Bundle Platform
  • "Top Gear" Helps BBC iPlayer Set Usage Record in February



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