Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 7/24/15 (VII)

Twitch, Roku, Twitter, Verizon, Vice, Scripps Networks Interactive, Ofcom, Vine

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT SF 2015 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.
  • Twitch Launches "Choice Chamber," Billed as "the First Game Built for Twitch"
  • Twitch Launches "Pop-Out Player" for Android
  • Sony Mobile Launches Android "Screen Recorder" Mobile-Broadcasting App for Twitch and YouTube
  • Twitch Launches HTML5 Chat (June 30th)
  • Twitch Draws 21 Million+ Unique Users during E3 (June 30th)
  • Twitch Launches "Top Broadcaster" Program (June 18th)
  • Twitch Launches "Twitch Specials," Billed as "a Promotional Tool that Carefully Selected Content Partners and Sponsoring Brands Can Work with Twitch to Broadcast their Original Programming"; Company "Anticipate[s] Curating a Limited Number of Non-Gaming Events that we Feel Fit with the Culture and Passion of Gamers" (June 12th)
  • Twitch Launches Roku Channel (May 14th)
  • Twitter Allows Advertisers to Drive App Installs Directly from Promoted Videos
  • Twitter Launches Autoplay Video Ads with "100% Viewability" Guarantee (June 16th)
  • Verizon in Deal to Bring Vice Programming to its Planned OTT Service; CFO: Service to Launch "by Late Summer"
  • Verizon in Mobile Video Deal with Scripps Networks Interactive (June 25th)
  • Verizon "Drives its LTE Wireless Video and OTT Strategy" via Acquisition of AOL (May 12th)
  • Verizon FiOS "Free On-Demand Spring Marathon" Promotion "Sets Viewership Record" (April 30th)
  • Verizon FiOS Lets Viewers Personalize their Channel Line-Up via New "Custom TV" Offering (April 21st)
  • Verizon Secures Mobile Video Deals with Multiple College Sports Programming Providers (April 16th)
  • Ofcom Rules that Video Services on Vice's UK Web Site Cannot Be Regulated by UK Authorities; Ruling Contradicts Early Ruling by UK's Authority for Television On Demand (Atvod)
  • Vine Promotes its Top Stars via New Suggested User List
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