Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 10/6/15 (VII): Verizon go90, New Form Digital, Publicis, Viamedia, Vubiquity, Watchup, Watchwith, Wurl, Xstream, You.i TV, YouNow, YouTube, YuMe, Kaltura

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 Fall Discount tickets here!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • Verizon Launches its "Mobile-First," Millennial-Targeted OTT Service, go90
  • New Form Digital to Launch 6 Original, Scripted, 12-Episode Series on Verizon go90 over Coming Year
  • Deal with AOL Gives Publicis Groupe First Access to Advertising Inventory on Verizon go90 for 3 Months
  • Verizon Enables Customers of all its Legacy and Current Wireless Plans to View Streaming NFL Games at No Extra Charge
  • Viacom International to Roll Out Suite of "Play Plex" OTT/TVE Mobile Apps, in order to Ensure "Maximum Flexibility in Distributing our Content as the Way Viewers Consume their Favorite TV Shows Continues to Evolve"
  • Cable-TV Ad-Management Company, Viamedia, Renews its Deal with CenturyLink; Deal Will See Viamedia Continue to Represent Ad Sales for CenturyLink Prism TV in Multiple Markets, Including Denver
  • International OTT Service, Viki, Begins Production on its First Original Series, "Dramaworld"
  • Vision247 Acquires Interactive TV Applications and Services Specialist, Synapse TV, from Strategy & Technology
  • Vodafone Portugal Lets customers Watch Live TV on their Smart Watch; Service Initially Available on Sony SmartWatch 3
  • Doug Sylvester Steps Down as President of Content Services Company Vubiquity's Americas Division, Becomes CEO of Payroll Company, CAPS
  • Vubiquity Teams with BBC Worldwide to Deliver Original Content to South African VOD Service, MTN FrontRow
  • Vubiquity in Deal to Acquire "Digital End-To-End" ("DETE") Managed Content Technology Service from Warner Bros. Technical Operations
  • Vubiquity in Deal to Bring Children's Programming from Saban Brands to Vubiquity-Powered SVOD Services in Middle East, South East Europe, Africa and Latin America
  • Video News App, Watchup, Launches on Nintendo WiiU
  • Watchup Adds Video News Content from McClatchy
  • Watchwith Announces that It Will "Enable TV Networks to Deliver In-Program Advertising Relevant to the Context of their Shows," Enabling Networks to "Automate the Deployment of In-Program Ads against Metadata within Shows, at Scale"
  • Syfy Uses Watchwith to Extend its Syfy Sync App to LG Smart TV's (June 17th)
  • Weather Channel Says its Live "TV Everywhere" Service Now Available to Most US Pay-TV Subscribers
  • Wurl Releases "AMOV" ("Average Minutes of Viewing by US Adults on Each Video Platform") Index
  • OTT and TVE Solutions Provider, Xstream, Partners with Nice People At Work to Deliver Enhanced OTT Analytics and End-User QoE
  • Xstream Launches Version 8 of its MediaMaker OTT Platform; New Version Is Billed as "Designed to Automate Complex Processes End-to-End, Accelerate Time-to-Market, Simplify Supply Chain Management and Optimize Merchandising and Monetization"
  • Xstream Teams with Content-Discovery Company, XroadMedia, to Deliver "OTT Personalization"
  • Xstream Partners with Paymentwall to Facilitate Payment for Content on Xstream-Powered OTT Services
  • Xstream in Strategic Partnership with TV Apps Company, Accedo (May 28th)
  • Xstream Opens Office in London (May 5th)
  • Xstream Partners with CDN Load-Balancing Specialist, Cedexis (April 28th)
  • Xstream Partners with Deluxe OnDemand to Offer "Turnkey" Solution for OTT Services (April 13th)
  • Report: Yahoo Considering Launching its own Streaming Device
  • YipTV, an OTT Service Targeted at Foreign-Born US Residents, Launches 10 Filmbox Channels, Oscar De La Hoya's RingTV
  • TV Apps Company, You.i TV, Closes $15 Million Funding Round; Company's Flagship Technology Is its You.i Engine, Billed as "a Cross-Platform App Engine that Simplifies and Accelerates Multiplatform App Development"; Customers Include Sony Crackle, Rogers, Corus, shomi
  • You.i TV Announces Support for Apple tvOS
  • You.i TV Powers TreehouseGO "TV Everywhere" App for Corus Entertainment's Preschool Network, Treehouse (June 29th)
  • Live Social Broadcasting Platform, YouNow, Secures $15 Million in Funding Round that Sees Participation of Comcast Ventures
  • YouNow Partners with Huffington Post to Create Original Weekly Live Program, "HuffPost Now" (August 18th)
  • YouNow Says 1,000+ Creators Now Monetizing their Broadcasts on its Platform (July 20th)
  • YouNow Star, Emma McGann, Premieres Song and Video Tribute to the Platform
  • Report: YouTube's Long-Awaited Subscription Service Set to Launch at End of Month
  • YouTube to Launch Vcommerce-Enabled Ads, that Can Be Associated with Any Video
  • Disney Enlists YouTube Creators to Promote "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Merchandise via Live Unboxing Videos
  • YouTube Stars, PewDiePie and KSI, Launch Mobile Apps
  • McDonalds UK Enlists YouTube Stars, Gabriella Lindley and Oli White, to Front New YouTube Channel, "Channel Us," Targeted at Millennials
  • Report: Following Complaints from Unilever, Kellogg's and other Advertisers, YouTube Set to Allow Companies to Independently Verify What Proportion of their Ads Are Seen by Viewers
  • YouTube Updates, Expands Availability of its YouTube Kids Service
  • YouTube Spaces to Open in Rio de Janeiro, Paris
  • Duran Duran Launches 360-Degree Music Video on YouTube
  • Report: Google Charges Advertisers for Fake YouTube Video Views
  • Sony Launches 4K YouTube Channel
  • Kaltura and YuMe Enable WeatherNation to "Stitch" Video Ads Directly into its OTT Stream
  • Yume-Horizon Media-Nielsen Neuroscience Research Finds that "Video Ads across All Platforms Provide Different and Unique Opportunities to Engage Viewers"
  • YuMe Promotes Joe Farrell to SVP of National Sales and Tom Wolfe to SVP of Business Development
  • YuMe Launches "Full-Stack" Programmatic Video Marketplace, Including both Demand- and Supply-Side Platforms (June 25th)
  • YuMe Teams with IAB to Publish Whitepaper on Strategies for Reaching the "Liquid Audience" in a Changing Digital Landscape (June 22nd)
  • YuMe Launches Operations in China (June 10th)
  • YuMe Partners with Media-Buying and Selling Software Provider, Strata, to "Deliver Automated Digital Video Opportunities to Augment Local TV Buying"
  • Vodafone Spain Selects Kaltura's OTT TV Platform to Power New VOD and Catch-Up Services on its TiVo-Powered TV Service
  • Kaltura Launches OTT Now, Billed as "World's First End-to-End OTT Platform in a Box"
  • Kaltura Launches MediaX Cloud-DVR Solution
  • Kaltura Unveils HTML5 Web App for Amazon Fire TV, Enabling Kaltura Customers "to Seamlessly Publish Video Content from within Kaltura Directly to Amazon Fire TV" (April 21st)
  • Switzerland's AZ Medien Selects Kaltura's Video Platform to Power Online TV Channels, News Portals and Specialist Online Magazines (April 17th)
  • Kaltura Launches Open Source Video Library for HLS Playback on Android Devices (April 15th)
  • Kaltura Launches DRM Solution (April 9th)
  • Report: US Consumers Now Spend More Time Using Apps than Watching TV

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