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

A+E, Al Roker, Periscope, Amazon, Amino, Entone, AnyClip, Apple, Arris, ATSC 3.0, AwesomenessTV, BBC, Bell Media, Shomi, Berne, Brightcove

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.
  • A+E Networks Launches "Lifetime Movie Club" OTT Service
  • Al Roker Entertainment Launches Roker Labs Division, Partners with Dextro; New Division "Will Focus on Tracking Live-Streaming Talent and Creating the First-Ever Listing of Leading Periscope Personalities Called the Al Roker Entertainment (ARE) Index"; Future Indexes to Include Other Live-Streaming Platforms
  • Amazon Launches Amazon Fling SDK to Facilitate Development of Multiscreen Services for Amazon Fire TV; in Addition to Facilitating "Flinging[of] Media Content to Amazon Fire TV," Fling SDK Lets Developers "Leverage Two-Way Communications between Amazon Fire TV and Mobile Apps to Create Engaging Second-Screen Experiences"
  • HBO's "HBO Now" OTT Service Launches on Android Devices and Amazon Fire Tablets; Will Be Available Soon on Fire TV
  • Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" to Be Amazon's First Original Movie
  • Movie-Theater Chains, AMC and Cineplex, Agree to Let Paramount Studios Release 2 Titles on VOD just 17 Days after Release
  • UK-Based Amino to Acquire US Counterpart, Entone, for $73 Million
  • Amino Acquires Finnish Cloud-TV Platform Provider, Booxmedia, in Bid to Strengthen its "TV Everywhere" Offer (May 20th)
  • Amino's A150/A550 and Live Advanced Media Platform Device Series to Include YouTube on TV HTML5 App (April 16th)
  • Entone, Zappware in Integration Partnership for Hybrid TV (June 8th)
  • AnyClip Media, a Content-Marketing Platform for Distributing Branded Video, Raises $21 Million
  • AnyClip Media Names Robert Quicksilver Chief Content Officer (June 3rd)
  • Report: Apple's Negotiations with Broadcast Networks for its Planned OTT Service "Gaining Momentum"
  • Apple Watch Can Now Be Used as a Remote for Hulu
  • Arris Revises Q2 Guidance Downwards
  • 2015 Arris Consumer Entertainment Index Finds 59% of People Watch Mobile TV, Including 72% of 16- to 24-Year-Olds
  • Suddenlink Selects Arris E6000 Converged Edge Router (May 5th)
  • Arris to Integrate TiVo Software and Cloud-Based Services with its STB's (May 4th)
  • Arris, Charter Complete $135 Million Acquisition of CloudTV Company, ActiveVideo, via Joint Venture; ActiveVideo to Continue to Operate Independently, with Arris as Sales Channel (May 1st)
  • Arris to Offer Akamai CDN (April 29th)
  • Arris to Acquire Pace for $2.1 Billion in Stock and Cash (April 22nd); DoJ Requests More Information on Deal
  • LG Electronics: Field Tests in Cleveland "Show Capabilities" of Emerging ATSC 3.0 Standard; Test Participants Include Tribune Broadcasting, LG, LG's Zenith R&D Lab, GatesAir
  • YouTube MCN, AwesomenessTV, Appoints Former Nickelodeon Exec., Paula Kaplan, to Newly Created Position of Head of Talent and Live Content
  • Report: BBC iPlayer Watched by 60 Million+ People outside UK for Free via VPN's or Proxy Servers
  • Bell Media's Crave TV Service to Be Offered OTT Directly to Consumers Starting January 1st
  • Rogers' and Shaw's Shomi Service to Go Direct-to-Consumer this Summer
  • YouTube Star, Casey Neistat, Launches Beme, a Social-Video App that Attempts to Avoid Self-Consciousness
  • Brightcove Launches New Version of its Flagship Brightcove Video Cloud Solution
  • Brightcove Names Andrew Feinberg President of International Operations; SVP of Worldwide Operations, Paul Goetz, to Leave Company
  • Brightcove Powers FreeviewPlus HbbTV Service for New Zealand Free-to-Air Broadcasters, TVNZ, Mediaworks and Maori TV
  • Brightcove Launches Amazon Fire TV Web App Kit for Brightcove Video Cloud Customers (May 27th)
  • Brightcove Unveils Enhancements to its Core Products (May 4th)
  • Australia's Network Ten Selects "Brightcove Once" Cloud-Based Ad-Insertion and Stream-Stitching Solution to Power Apple TV and Sonia Bravia Apps for its tenplay Catch-Up Service (April 9th)
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