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

Meerkat, Periscope, Discovery, TabletTV, MyEye, Net2TV, Netflix, New Form Digital, Jim Henson Company, Ooyala, Roku, Innovid, Nielsen

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.
  • Meerkat Updates its Social-Broadcasting Platform; New Features Include Ability to Sign Up via Facebook; Ability to Let Others Take Over Your Stream; Ability to Save Streams to "Meerkat Library"
  • Report: Periscope Winning Social-Broadcasting Race against Meerkat
  • Meerkat Launches Embeddable Player, Partners with Discovery for "Shark Week" (June 26th)
  • Motive Television Integrates Google Cast into TabletTV US Apps, Enabling TabletTV Customers to Use Chromecast to Cast Content from their Tablet to the TV Screen
  • Motive Develops Technology to Add OTT Channels to TabletTV
  • Motive Develops Mobile DVR for ATSC
  • TabletTV for Android Launches in US and UK (June 10th)
  • Soccer Star, David Beckham, Becomes Founding Investor in UK-Based Social-Broadcasting Startup, MyEye
  • New Study from Net2TV and SmithGeiger Finds that "Only 18% of Video Viewing by Millennials is Real-Time Broadcast or Cable TV"
  • Net2TV Teams with Opera Software to Deliver Line-Up of OTT Programming for Sony, Samsung, Hisense, RCA and TiVo Devices via Opera TV Store (June 9th)
  • Netflix Now Has 66 Million+ Subscribers Worldwide; Added 3.55 Million Net Additional Subs in Traditionally Quiet Quarter
  • Netflix Updates its TV Apps: "Now when You Select a Title, It Will Start or Resume Playing while Displaying Key Information to Help You Confirm Your Choice"
  • New Form Digital Teams with Jim Henson Company for New Series, "Oscar's Hotel for Fantastical Creatures"; Series Brings together Digital (e.g. PewDiePie) and Traditional-TV (e.g. Patrick Stewart) Talent
  • Ooyala in Deal to Power Ad Serving and Programmatic TV Services for Spanish Broadcaster, Atresmedia
  • Irish Broadcaster TV3 Selects Ooyala Video and Advertising Solutions
  • Ooyala Acquires Cloud-Based Media Logistics and Workflow Software and Services Company, Nativ (June 29th)
  • Ooyala Q1 2015 Global Video Index Finds Mobile Devices Accounted for 42% of Online Viewing; Smartphones Received Four Times More Plays than Tablets (June 24th)
  • Six Months after Acquisition of Videoplaza, Ooyala Releases First Integration of its Video and Ad-Tech Platforms (June 16th)
  • Ooyala Adds Viewability-Based Measurement and Campaign Planning to its Videoplaza Ad-Serving Platform (May 27th)
  • Ooyala Integrates its Video Player with NPAW's Youbora Analytics Platform (May 19th)
  • Ooyala Facilitates Video Syndication to Amazon Fire TV (April 15th)
  • Ooyala Launches "Ooyala IQ" Analytics Platform (April 8th)
  • HBO Go "TV Everywhere" Service no Longer Supported on Older Roku Boxes
  • Roku Names Steve Louden CFO (June 15th)
  • Sharp Joins Roku TV Program (May 6th)
  • Roku Announces Availability of Insignia Roku TV Models (May 6th)
  • Roku in OTT Audience-Measurement Partnership with Nielsen (April 30th)
  • Roku Teams with Innovid to Offer Advanced-Video Advertising Solutions (April 30th)
  • Roku Facilitates Content Discovery via New "Roku Feed"; Launches New Roku 3 Box with Voice Search, and Faster Roku 2 Box (April 6th)
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