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

Rovi, Comcast, Netflix, Vizio, J:COM, Mediacom, Charter, DISH, SeaChange, Showtime, Simulmedia, Sling Media

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.
  • Comcast Wholesale to Offer Rovi's DTA Guide to its HITS Customers
  • US Federal Judge Rules that 5 Rovi-Owned Patents at Stake in Litigation with Netflix Are Invalid; Patents Cover Interactive TV and EPG's; Rovi to Appeal
  • Rovi in Content-Discovery Patent-License Agreement with Korean IPTV Provider, SK Broadband
  • Rovi Renews Patent-License Deal with Vizio
  • Rovi Names James E. Meyer Chairman
  • Rovi in Patent-License Agreement with Softbank Mobile VOD Provider, UULA (June 9th)
  • Japanese Cable Operator, J:COM, Selects Rovi's G-Guide HTML to Power VOD Discovery (May 29th)
  • Rovi in Multi-Solution Deal with Mediacom (May 5th)
  • Rovi Launches "Rovi Knowledge Graph" Dynamic Metadata Solution (May 5th)
  • Grundig Selects Rovi Guide CE (April 30th)
  • Rovi Renews Patent-License and EPG Product Agreement with Charter Communications (April 20th)
  • DISH Network in Deal to Add Rovi Conversation Services' Natural-Language Spoken-Voice TV Interface to its DISH Explorer Second-Screen App for iPad, Hopper Voice Remote and DISH Anywhere App (April 15th)
  • Rovi Teams with Entone on Cloud-Based Guide for RDK Operators
  • SeaChange CTO, Shiva Patibanda, Resigns; Led Development of SeaChange Nucleus Video Gateway Software; Company Will not Fill CTO Role "in the Near Term"; Steve Craddock Elected as Chairman of the Board
  • SeaChange Powers Catch-Up, Restart and Bookmarking for Belgian Cable Operator VOO's evasion TV Service (June 30th)
  • SeaChange Reports Fiscal Q1 Results (June 4th)
  • SeaChange Names Software-Industry Veteran, Edward Terino, COO (June 4th)
  • Showtime Networks Launches OTT Service; Initially Available on Apple Devices, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation Vue
  • Advanced-Advertising Company, Simulmedia, Names John Piccone Chief Strategy Officer
  • Simulmedia Launches "INSIGHTS" Application as Part of its VAMOS Platform; Is Billed as a "Self-Service Online Portal through which Clients Can Access Reporting for their Campaigns, Request Future Campaign Options, and Receive Fast and Interactive Results"
  • Simulmedia Launches SimulX Unit that Will "Specialize in Helping Advertisers with Little or no Television Advertising Experience Quickly Launch Campaigns that Will Drive Measurable Business Results"
  • Simulmedia Using Oracle Marketing AppCloud to "Integrate Data-Driven TV Measurement from Oracle Data Management Platform" (June 18th)
  • Simulmedia Launches "Video Advertising Marketing Operating System" (VAMOS), Billed as a "Data-Driven Ad-Targeting and Optimization Platform [that] Uses Data, Science and Software to Target and Reach Audiences on the Largest Footprint of Linear-TV Inventory" (June 4th)
  • Simulmedia Promotes Peter Giordano to VP of Marketing (May 26th)
  • Simulmedia Expands its "Better Business Outcomes" Guarantee to "not only Guarantee Better Business Outcomes against Other TV Campaigns, but also against all Digital Ads" (April 15th)
  • Sling Media Launches Slingbox M2, Eliminating the "Cost-by-Device Barrier"
  • Sling Media Sued for Carrying Advertising in its Free Apps; Lawsuit Claims "Bait and Switch"
  • Sling Media Launches Slingbox M1 in UK and Continental Europe (May 12th)
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