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

Apple, Comcast, Google, Kamcord, Meerkat, GoPro, Strike Social, Technicolor, Cisco, Twitch, Snapchat, Univision, Victorious, Viggle, YouTube

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.
  • Apple Patent Application Details TV Remote that Offers Personalization Based on User Fingerprint, Retinal Scan
  • Comcast Ramping Up X1 Roll-Out to 30,000 Boxes per Day
  • GfK Report: Video Streaming Third-Most-Popular Internet Activity after Social Networking; Households with Children More Likely to Stream Video and View it on Connected TV; 42% of Hispanics and 40% of Whites Use OTT, but only 29% of African-Americans; Hispanics More Likely than Whites to Stream Video on Smart TV's and Game Consoles
  • Google Launches iOS Version of "Google Spotlight Stories," a Mobile App Featuring 360-Degree Animated Films
  • Kamcord Adds Support for Livestreaming of Mobile Games
  • Social-Broadcasting Company, Meerkat, to Support Live Streaming from GoPro Cameras
  • YouTube Advertising and Analytics Company, Strike Social, Launches "Strike Predict," Billed as "Enabling Brands for the First Time to Accurately Determine the Amount of Advertising Spend Required on a YouTube Video to Achieve a Specific Number of Paid Plus Earned (Organic) Views": CEO: "Our New Tool Gives Brands and Agencies a Crystal Ball for Planning their YouTube Advertising Campaigns"
  • Technicolor to Acquire Cisco's Set-Top Box Business for $600 Million in Cash and Stock; Cisco Acquired the Business in 2005 for $6.9 Billion
  • Twitch Switches Video Player Controls from Flash to HTML5 and Javascript
  • Univision Taps Snapchat to "Create Unique Live Stories around Univision Events, Including Sports and Entertainment"; Deal Follows Collaboration to Enhance Univision's Coverage of USA-vs.-Mexico Soccer Match Last April
  • Variety-Commissioned Report Provides More Evidence that YouTube Stars Are More Influential on Younger Audiences (13- to 17-Year-Olds) than Are Mainstream Stars
  • Victorious, a Start-Up that Develops Mobile Apps that Allow YouTube Stars to Interact with "Superfans," Trumpets Success: Claims to Have Received 250 Million Views and 300 Million Engagements, and to Have Signed Up Creators that Reach 350 Million Subscribers; Says Users of its Apps Have Created 1 Million Pieces of UGC; Latest Partners Include Complex Media, theDOMINICshow, The Whistle
  • Victorious Hires 3 Ex-Instagram and YouTube Execs, Appoints Former YouTube Head of Product and Engineering, Shishir Mehrotra, to its Board of Directors
  • Social-TV Rewards Company, Viggle, Anticipates Fiscal 2015 Adjusted EBITDA Loss of $29.6 Million on Revenue of $25.6 Million; Platform Now Has 9.5 Million Net Users, Up 78% from End of Year-Ago Quarter
  • Viggle Closes $4.2 Million Underwritten Sale of Common Stock to Institutional Investor, Wolverine Asset Management (June 30th)
  • Viggle Names Kyle Brink General Manager, Mario Cruz Head of Product Development; Greg Consiglio Resigns as President and COO, Will Be Nominated to Join Board (June 29th)
  • Viggle Receives Notice of Allowance from USPTO for Patent that "Covers Proprietary Design Features Relating to a New Interactive Television Programming Guide" (June 11th)
  • Viggle Raises $8.4 Million via Public Offering of Common Stock (May 28th)
  • Viggle Launches New Version of its App (April 17th)
  • YouTube Names Ex-MTV Exec., Susanne Daniels, VP of YouTube Originals; Will Report to Head of Content and Business Operations, Robert Kyncl
  • YouTube Launches 360-Degree Video Ads; Will Initially Be Available via Android and iOS Apps and Chrome
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