Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/1/15 (II): CBS, Charter, TiVo, Cinematique, Comcast, This Technology, Discovery, Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Disney, ESPN, Bravo, Endemol, Ericsson, ITV

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:

  • CBS to Live-Stream All 2016 Super Bowl Commercials
  • CBS Chief Research Officer David Poltrack on a "Crusade" to Get Viewers Off their DVR's
  • CBS's Poltrack and DeBevoise Attempt to Counter 3 Major "Myths" about the State of TV: 1) that Viewership Is in Decline, 2) that Millennials Are Abandoning TV, 3) that TV Advertising Has Lost Value
  • CenturyLink Planning to Offer OTT TV Offering both Within and Outside Footprint of its Prism TV Service
  • Report: Charter Has Begun Deploying its Next-Generation "Worldbox" Platform, Is in Discussions with TiVo about Retail Solution
  • CEO Rutledge Signals Charter Interested in Launching Skinny Bundles
  • Touchable Interactive Video Company, Cinematique, Beta-Launches Cloud-Based Editor, Allowing Brands to Create their Own Interactive Videos
  • Cisco Service Provider Video Revenues Down 7% Year-over-Year, Up 9% Sequentially; Company Is Selling its STB and CPE Business to Technicolor
  • Report: Comcast Preparing to Launch New, Curated Video Platform, Tentatively Branded as "Watchable"; Content Providers Said to Include Vox, Buzzfeed, AwesomenessTV, Refinery29, The Onion, Vice, NBC Sports and Others; Service Will Initially Be Available to Xfinity X1 Subscribers, then on iOS and Android Devices
  • Report: Comcast's Watchable Will Let Video Creators Keep 70% of Ad Revenues, vs. the 55% Offered by YouTube and Facebook
  • Comcast to Acquire Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) and IP Video Company, This Technology; Bulk of Company's Employees Will Join Comcast's Video IP Engineering and Research (VIPER) Arm
  • Comcast Makes its "Xfinity Share" App Available to All Customers; App Billed as "the First Live Streaming App that Lets Users Stream Content Directly to the Television"
  • Comcast Ventures Invests in "Social VR" Company, AltspaceVR, Touts its Co-Viewing Capabilities
  • Comcast to Shut Down its Controversial Xfinity App for Xbox 360
  • Comcast Testing XG2 "Non-DVR" Gateway for its X1 Platform
  • Comcast Rolls Out X1 Updates
  • Comcast Renews Carriage Agreement with Discovery Communications; Deal Includes "TV Everywhere" Rights
  • Cox Communications Launches $9.99-per-Month OTT TV-Gaming Service, flarePlay; Service Is not Limited to MSO's Cable Footprint
  • Cox Communications Launches "FlareKids" Free OTT App, Featuring Aggregated Children's Programming
  • DirecTV Expands Availability of Streaming Version of NFL Sunday Ticket
  • DirecTV Launches 4K UHD Set-Top
  • DishLATINO Launches Multiscreen Interactive "Zona Futbol"
  • DISH Network Agreements with The Weather Channel and WeatherNation Include Interactive TV Apps for Hopper Platform (April 21st and 23rd)
  • DISH Network Launches Vevo App for Hopper, Extends Netflix App to Joey Clients (April 14th)
  • Disney CEO Iger: ESPN Could Go Direct-to-Consumer, but Launch Would Be at Least 5 Years Away
  • Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD, Watch Disney Junior "TV Everywhere" Apps Launch on Xbox 360
  • DramaFever in Multi-Year Licensing Deal with Korean Distributor CJ E&M
  • Bravo Media, E! and Oxygen Media Form Cross-Network Partnership with Mobile App, Dubsmash: "Fans Will Have the Opportunity to Become Part of their Favorite Bravo, E! and Oxygen Shows by Creating their own Dubsmashes of Buzzy Moments from Upcoming Episodes. The Submitted Dubsmashes Will then Be Integrated into Special On-Air Dubsmash Social Editions"
  • DVEO to Launch Targeted Dynamic Ad Insertion Platform at IBC 2015
  • UK Mobile Operator, EE, Rolls Out Personalization and Social-Sharing Features for its EE TV Service
  • Will Keenan Steps Down as President of Endemol Shine's Digital Video Arm, Endemol Beyond USA; COO, Adrian Sexton, Named Interim President
  • UK Broadcaster ITV Extends Playout Contract with Ericsson through 2024; as Part of Deal, Ericsson Has Developed Simulcast Playout Platform to Support ITV's Delivery of Channels to Multiple Platforms and Screens
  • Ericsson to Focus on "the Internet Era of TV" at IBC 2015
  • Ericsson Powers Interactive Mobile Coverage of Swedish Open Tennis Championship
  • BT Sport Taps Ericsson to Build 3 New TV Channels and a "BT Sport Extra" Red Button Interactive-TV Service; Service Will Let Viewers Choose between 8 Live UEFA Games (June 23rd)
  • Ericsson Secures Playout Deal with BBC; Deal Includes Support for Corporation's Red Button Interactive-TV Service (June 2nd)
  • Bonnier Broadcasting Taps Ericsson to Power its Next-Generation OTT Services (April 13th)
  • Ericsson Launches Cloud DVR Solution, Following Acquisition of Fabrix Systems (April 8th)
  • Australian Transactional VOD and Electronic Sell-Through Company, EzyFlix.tv, Closes, as Netflix Increases its Presence in the Market
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