Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/1/15 (V): Nielsen, Nintendo, Oculus, Ofcom, Ooyala, Otter Media, Periscope, Comedy Central, PGA, Rapt Media, Rentrak, Roku, Rovi, SeaChange, shomi, Simplestream

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2015 (December 3rd at the SVA Theatre in New York City--purchase your Super-Early-Bird tickets here!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • Nielsen Home Entertainment Consumer Trends Report Finds that "While the Type of Content...Consumers Watch and What Content they Pay for Has Shifted over the Past Few Years, their Path Isn't Always towards Digital"
  • Nintendo Discontinues Wii U TVii Second-Screen Service
  • NY Film Festival Unveils Slate for "Convergence 2015," its Line-Up of Projects Incorporating Interactive, Transmedia and Other New-Media Elements
  • Oculus Rift Premieres VR Short Film, "Henry"
  • Oculus Founder, Palmer Luckey: "Virtual Reality Is Going to Take a Long Time to Become Something that's Truly Mainstream"
  • UK Regulator Ofcom's Annual Communications Market Report Finds that 56% of UK Television Homes Had a Connected TV at End of 2014
  • Report: Telstra Planning to List Ooyala on NYSE or Nasdaq
  • AT&T-Chernin Group JV, Otter Media, Brands its New, Subscription-Based Online Video Platform as "Ellation"
  • OttoPlay Brings Traditional TV Experience to Online Video on Chrome
  • 5 More Movie Theater Chains Sign onto Paramount's Efforts to Shorten Home Entertainment Windows
  • Twitter-Owned Live Social-Broadcasting App, Periscope, Updated: New Features Include "Mute Users" (Provides More Control over Notifications), Support for iOS 8 Handoff to Mac, "Couch Mode"
  • Periscope Says it Has Surpassed 10 Million Registered Accounts and that 40 Years of Periscope Video Are Being Watched per Day
  • Comedy Central's "@midnight" Uses Periscope to Offer Viewers Multiple Different Live Perspectives
  • PGA Tour Launches "PGA Tour Live" OTT Service for PC and iOS
  • QVC Acquires E-Commerce Company, Zulily
  • Rapt Media Study Finds Consumers Want Personalized and Interactive Online Video Experience
  • Rentrak in Product-Development Partnership with MovieTickets.com; Company Will "Link its Merged TV Viewing and Box Office Sales Ticket Information with MovieTickets.com's Individual-Level Ticket Purchasing Information, in a Privacy-Compliant Way, to Help Studios and TV Programmers Better Target Television Advertising and Interpret the Effectiveness of their Campaigns"
  • Rentrak "State of VOD: Trend Report": Total Time Spent Viewing Free-On-Demand TV in the Broadcast Primetime Category Increased 22% YoY (June 15th)
  • Rentrak Launches "Rubik" Analytics Platform, Billed as Giving Clients "the Power to Analyze Viewing Patterns, Advertising Exposure and the Products Viewers Use and Buy against Rentrak's TV Audience Ratings" (May 28th)
  • Rentrak in TV Ratings and VOD Measurement Agreement with Viacom Media Networks (May 1st)
  • Report: States Considering Taxes on Streaming Video
  • DirecTV's Spanish-Language OTT Service, Yaveo, Launches on Roku
  • Haier Roku TV's Now Available in US Retailers
  • Parks Associates Study Finds Roku (34%) Top-Selling OTT Video Device in US Homes, Followed by Chromecast (23%), Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV
  • Australian Telco, Telstra, Taps Roku to Power New "Telstra TV" Streaming Service
  • Dropbox App Launches on Roku, Allowing Users to View their Personal Photos and Videos on TV
  • Rovi Names Ex-Sling Media General Manager, Michael Hawkey, SVP and GM of its Discovery Business Group
  • UK Court of Appeal Rejects Rovi Appeal in Patent-Infringement Case against Virgin Media
  • Rovi Reports Lower Q2 Revenues, Swings to a Profit
  • Rovi Renews Discovery Patent Deal with Funai
  • S3 Group Survey of 30 US and European Pay-TV Operators and Suppliers Finds that "Pay-TV Operators [Are] Embracing Role as Software Companies" with "50%...Deploying Multiscreen TV Software Releases More Frequently in 2015 vs. 2014"
  • Samsung Closes Down "PX" Project; Project Used Multiple Employees of Boxee, the Connected-TV Start-Up Acquired by Samsung in 2013
  • Sanford C. Bernstein's Todd Juenger: Major US TV Networks Increasing Ad Loads by as Much as 10% as (Measured) Audiences Decline
  • Traditional TV Companies' Share Prices Hit by "the Great Media Implosion of 2015"
  • SeaChange Names Paul Crann SVP of Product Management and Solutions Architecture, Promotes Mitchell Chun to SVP of Business Development
  • Rogers-Shaw SVOD JV, shomi, Now Available to All Canadians; Was Previously Available Only to Rogers and Shaw Subs
  • Simplestream Launches "TVPlayer Plus," a Premium Subscription Version of its OTT Service; £4.99-per-Month Service Offers 25+ Premium Channels in Addition to the 55+ Free Channels Offered by TVPlayer
  • Norwegian TV User Experience Company, Sixty, Launches "Ease TV" Set-Top Box User Interface, Billed as Allowing Broadcasters to "Easily Launch a Variety of New or Enhanced Services Including Interactive Capabilities, VOD, Startover, Catch-Up and Compelling Graphics"
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