Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 9/1/15 (I): aioTV, Amazon Prime, AOL, Apple TV, Arris, AT&T, BBC, BitTorrent, BlackArrow, Cross MediaWorks, Brightcove, BroadbandTV, CableLabs, Cablevision

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:

  • aioTV Powers YipTV's New Hispanic-Targeted OTT TV Service
  • aioTV Says it Has Signed Licensing Deal with Tier 1 Cable MSO
  • aioTV to Launch Ad-Supported "Cuyte" App, Featuring Video from Vimeo, NBC,ABC, Maker Studios, CBS and Others (June 1st)
  • aioTV Secures US Patent Covering "Normalization of Disparate Metadata Sources, Associated Packaging and Video Playback" (May 7th)
  • Akamai Exec. Warns that the Internet Infrastructure Is Not Ready for Widespread Live-TV Streaming
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video to Launch in Japan
  • Jeremy Clarkson and Other Former "Top Gear" Co-Presenters Secured for Amazon Prime in "Very, Very, Very Expensive" Deal
  • Amino Completes Acquisition of Entone
  • AOL Publishes "Programmatic TV Primer"
  • AOL Launches 5 New Interactive Linear Video Ad Formats
  • New Programming-Discovery Show, "What to Watch," Launches on AOL.com
  • AOL in Deal to Assume Management and Sales Responsibility for Microsoft's Display, Mobile and Video Advertising Inventory in US, UK, Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan (June 30th)
  • AOL Teams with MCN on Programmatic TV Marketplace (June 15th)
  • AOL.com Relaunched as a "Dynamically Programmed, Mobile-First, Personalized Content Experience...Driven by Video and Mobile Growth"; Move Follows 93.8% Year-over-Year Increase in Video Views (June 2nd)
  • AOL in Video Content Partnership with NBCUniversal (April 29th)
  • AOL Unveils 2015 Line-Up of Original Video Programming, Announces "Content 365" Video-Programming Strategy (April 28th)
  • AOL Launches "ONE by AOL," Billed as "an Open, Unified Programmatic Platform Enabling Marketers to Optimize against Campaign Goals across All Screens, Formats and Inventory Types"; Unit's TV and Video Offerings Are Based on Solutions Acquired via Purchase of Adap.tv (April 14th)
  • Fourth-Generation Apple TV Expected to Launch Next Month; New Features May Include Siri Support
  • Launch of Apple OTT TV Service Postponed until 2016 as Negotiations with Content Owners Stall
  • Windstream Selects Arris Wireless Video Gateways and STB's to Power New Kinetic TV Service
  • Arris Reports Lower 2Q Revenues and Income
  • AT&T Merges DirecTV Advertising Sales into AT&T AdWorks; Unveils "AddressablePlus" Offering, Combining DirecTV's Addressability with AT&T's TV Blueprint Targeting
  • AT&T Stresses Importance of Mobile to Future of its Pay-TV Strategy
  • AT&T Secures Interactive TV Advertising Patent
  • UK's BARB to Beta-Launch "TV Player Report" Next Month; Service Will Measure Online Viewing
  • BBC iPlayer Rolls Out New Features, Including Live Restart for Smart TV's, Cross-Device Pause and Resume, "My Programmes" for Mobiles
  • BBC Invites Viewers to Create their Own "Doctor Who" Shows (More)
  • BBC to Triple Ad Spend for BBC3 as Youth-Focused Channel Becomes Online-Only
  • BBC Worldwide in VOD Deal with India's Tata Sky
  • BitTorrent Inventor, Bram Cohen, Granted Patent for P2P Technology for Live Streaming
  • Dynamic Ad Insertion Company, BlackArrow, Acquired by Local TV Ad Sales Company, Cross MediaWorks (Holdings Include Cadent Network, The Cross Agency) for $90 Million-$120 Million; BlackArrow CEO, Nick Troiano, Becomes CEO of Cross MediaWorks, Cross MediaWorks CTO, Stephanie Mitchko-Beale, Becomes CTO/COO; Troiano: "By Combining BlackArrow's Multiplatform Expertise and Advanced-Advertising Technology with Cadent Network's Best-in-Class Media Sales Force and Deep Pay-TV Provider Relationships, Cross MediaWorks Will Have the Leading Technology Platform and Sales Organization across all Forms of Television Viewing"
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra Launches Brightcove-Powered On-Demand HD Streaming Video Service, "Replay"
  • YouTube MCN, BroadbandTV, Forms "Windfall" Joint Venture with Bertelsmann's BMG; JV Will Provide "an End-to-End Solution to Find, Develop and Service Artists across All Platforms"
  • BroadbandTV Teams with Huffington Post on Online Video Journalism Network, "Outspeak" (June 9th)
  • BroadbandTV Bolsters its Line-Up of Children's Programming via Acquisition of YoBoHo (April 21st)
  • Report: CableLabs Exploring Virtual Reality
  • Cablevision to Offer CBS All Access and Showtime Standalone OTT Services to its Broadband Subscribers
  • CBC Research Report Finds Cord-Cutting on the Rise in Canada
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North America