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

Sling TV, Maker Studios, Burberry, Snapchat, Periscope, Eli Roth, Sorenson Media, FremantleMedia, StarMaker Interactive, Syfy, Synacor, TiVo

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.
  • Sling TV Launches its First 30- and 60-Second Commercials, "Old TV Model," "Useless Channels" and "Customer Service"
  • Sling TV Suffers Outage
  • Sling TV Launches "Polaris+" Channel from Maker Studios as Part of its Core Package (June 18th)
  • Sling TV's "Hollywood Extra" Package Adds TCM (June 18th)
  • Sling TV Launches More Spanish-Language Packages (June 4th)
  • Sling TV Appoints Content-Discovery Expert, Ben Weinberger, Ex-CEO of Digitalsmiths, as Chief Product Officer (June 1st)
  • Sling TV Launches on Android TV (May 21st)
  • Sling TV Adds ESPN Deportes to its "Deportes Extra" Package (May 21st)
  • Sling TV Adds Bloomberg News to its Core Line-Up (May 1st)
  • Sling TV Launches Spanish-Language Add-On Packages (May 1st)
  • Report: Burberry Ad Campaigns on Periscope and Snapchat Deliver Record 100 Million Impressions
  • Snapchat Redesign Facilitates Access to Snapchat Discover
  • Eli Roth's CryptTV to Offer Live, Interactive Mystery on Snapchat, Featuring "Murders" of Real-Life Social-Media Stars; Viewers Will Have 24 Hours to Search for Clues to Find the Killer
  • Sorenson Media CEO, Marcus Liassides, Publishes TVOT 2015 Recap
  • Sorenson Media Names Smart-TV Industry Veteran, Albert Mombarg, EVP and GM, Europe (June 3rd)
  • Sorenson Media-Commissioned Study from Frank N. Magid Associates Finds "Positive Responses to Interactive and Personalized TV Features Offered by Broadcasters, and a Greater Interest in Purchasing Smart TV's as a Result of the Smart Broadcast Functionality on Offer" (April 13th)
  • FremantleMedia North America Teams with Video Karaoke-App Company, StarMaker Interactive, on Contest for Chance to Audition for "American Idol"; StarMaker, which Raised $6.5 Million Earlier this Year, Previously Partnered on a Similar Contest with NBC's "The Voice"
  • Syfy Launches Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) App to Promote New Drama Series, "The Expanse"; App Was Developed in Partnership with NBCUniversal Media Labs
  • Synacor in OTT Partnership with Siemens Convergence Creators
  • Synacor Expands "TV Everywhere" Relationship with Mediacom via Multi-Year Deal (June 17th)
  • Synacor Reports Higher Q1 Revenues, Lower Losses (April 30th)
  • Cable Operator, WOW!, Taps TiVo to Power New STB, Web and Mobile Experience; Partnership Billed as "First Low-Cost Non-DVR Deal where TiVo's Software Will Enable Popular OTT Applications like Netflix, Amazon and YouTube"
  • TiVo Names Frank Foster SVP and GM of TiVo Research and Analytics
  • TiVo Adds Support for Apple AirPlay
  • TiVo Binge-Viewing Study Finds Original Streamed Series Most Popular with Consumers (June 30th)
  • TiVo Launches Free "TiVo Online" Portal for Searching and Discovering Programming (June 9th)
  • Global Satellite Selects TiVo's CubiTV Middleware to Support DVB Rollout in Philippines (June 2nd)
  • TiVo Acquires Polish TV-Software Company, Cubiware, in Bid to "Increase International Distribution" (May 26th)
  • TiVo Reports Fiscal Q1 Results and Subscriber Totals (May 26th)
  • TiVo Study Finds Majority of Cord-Cutters Come from Satellite (May 6th)
  • Major Japanese Networks to Launch Free, Ad-Supported Online Video Service, "TVer"
  • Major Cable MSO's and Networks Set to Launch "TV Everywhere" Marketing Campaign
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