Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 10/6/15 (VI): Showtime, Simple.tv, Simulmedia, Sky Sports, Skype, Snapchat, SpotX, Starz, Streamup, Roku, Synacor, Tastemade, ThinkAnalytics, TiVo, TCM, Twitch

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:

  • Senate Commerce Committee Postpones Hearing on Future of Video
  • Showtime's Standalone OTT Service Launches on Amazon Fire and Android Devices
  • Simple.tv to Launch "ShowDrive" Cloud DVR
  • New Partnership Will See TiVo Research Providing Independent Verification of Simulmedia's Targeted TV Ad Campaigns
  • Simulmedia Names Matt Arkin SVP of Sales
  • Sky Sports Teams with Whistle Sports to Launch Soccer-Themed Channel on YouTube; Will also Have a Presence on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Vine
  • Skype's New "Mojis" Feature Lets Users Share TV and Movie Clips
  • Report: Snapchat Now Garnering 4 Billion+ Video Views per Day, Rivaling Facebook and Doubling its Figures for 3 Months Ago
  • Comedy Central Launches Original Short-Form Series, "Swag-A-Saurus," on Snapchat Discover; Announces Plans for Four More Snapchat Discover Series
  • Stephen Colbert Promotes "Late Show" via Series of Short Videos on Snapchat Discover
  • Burberry Debuts New Collection on Snapchat
  • NFL and Snapchat to Produce Weekly Video Content Using Snapchat's "Live Story" Feature
  • Epix and Machinima Launch Channels on Sony PlayStation Vue
  • Video Inventory Management Company, SpotX (Formerly Spotxchange), Partners with Video Personalization Company, Iris.tv, to "Enable Publishers to Maximize Revenue from Enhanced Targeting and Personalized Video Programming"
  • SpotX White Paper on Programmatic TV Calls for Unification of "Broadcast" and "Unicast" Business Models
  • SpotX, StickyADS.tv Become First Members of FreeWheel's Preferred Partners Initiative for Supply-Side Platforms
  • SpotX Launches "In-Content" Video Ad Unit
  • SpotX-Commissioned Research Study by IHS Predicts Programmatic Online Video Advertising in Europe Will Grow 5-Fold over Next 5 Years
  • Starz Play "TV Everywhere" Service Launches on Roku and on Samsung Smart TV's
  • Ex-Endemol Beyond USA President, Will Keenan, Named President and Chief Content Officer of "Live MCN," Streamup
  • Roku Ends Support for Older Boxes
  • Leaked Roku 4 Spec Sheet Appears to Confirm Device Will Support 4K
  • Synacor Expands its Relationship with Grande Communications; Multi-Year deal Covers Synacor's Next-Gen Portal, Cloud ID TVE Authentication, and Search-and-Discovery Metadata Platform for Multiplatform TV
  • YouTube MCN Tastemade's Web Series, "The Grill Iron," to Air as Seven-Episode Series on Scripps Networks Interactive's Cooking Channel
  • Technicolor Names Luis Martinez Amago President of its Connected Home North America Arm; Company Expects to Close Acquisition of Cisco's Connected Devices Arm by End of Year
  • Tennis Channel Launches its "TV Everywhere" Service and its Subscription-Based OTT Service, Tennis Channel Plus, on Amazon Fire TV
  • Cinedigm Taps thePlatform to Provide Backend Video Services for its New, Subscription-Based OTT TV Services, CONtv and The Dove Channel
  • thePlatform Launches Cloud-Based Unified Ingest Service to "Centrally Manage All of the Video and Related Metadata Files that Operators Want to Publish to Subscribers' STB's and Other IP-Connected Devices" (June 22nd)
  • Belgian Cable Operator, Voo, Taps ThinkAnalytics to Power Personalized Recommendations for Linear TV, Catch-Up and VOD
  • ThinkAnalytics Partners with Verimatrix; Partnership Will Allow Joint Customers to "Leverage the Verimatrix Verspective Intelligence Center as a Base for a Powerful Recommendation Engine that Is Capable of Making Relevant and Interesting Content Suggestions to Viewers Based on their Known Preferences in a Way that Has Never Been Done Before"
  • ThinkAnalytics Touts Research that it Says Shows Effectiveness of its Recommendations Engine vs. Editorial Recommendations and Marketing Promotions
  • Singtel Selects ThinkAnalytics to Power Personalized Search and Recommendations on its Singtel TV IPTV Platform
  • ThinkAnalytics Names Rick Schiavinato VP of Sales and Business Development for Latin America (August 27th)
  • ThinkAnalytics Says It Now Serves 20 Million+ OTT Subscribers (April 27th)
  • TiVo Launches "TiVo BOLT"; Company's Marketing Materials Stress Box's Ad-Skipping Capabilities
  • TiVo Set to Launch Amazon Fire TV App
  • TiVo in Latin American Pay-TV Deal with Millicom International Cellular:
  • Argentinian MSO, Supercanal, to Use TiVo-Owned Cubiware's CubiTV Middleware for its Digitalization Project
  • TiVo Launches TiVo Lite; Solution, Based on Technologies from the Company and its Subsidiaries, Cubiware and Digitalsmiths, Billed as "Answer[ing] Operators' Call for Distinctive, Next-Generation Multiscreen Experiences which Can Be Used to Improve their Competitive Position, while also Being very Cost-Effective to Deploy"
  • TiVo Releases Fiscal Q2 Financial Results and Subscriber Totals
  • TiVo Targets Independent Operators via Partnership with NCTC
  • Cox VOD Content Now Available to Subscribers via Retail TiVo Roamio and TiVo Premiere DVR's
  • TiVo Files Patent-Infringement Suit against Samsung
  • TiVo Launches Video Downloads to Android Devices
  • Lionsgate, Tribeca Enterprises Launch "Tribeca Shortlist" SVOD Service, Featuring "a High-Quality Collection of Hand-Picked Films that Are Recommended by Popular Actors, Directors, Insiders and Influencers who Know and Love Movies"
  • Turner Classic Movies to Launch "TV Everywhere" App for Amazon Fire TV
  • Videogaming-Focused Live Social Broadcasting Platform, Twitch, Teams with NFL and Electronic Arts on Weekly Live Series Devoted to "Madden NFL" Game
  • Twitter Begins Making its TV Timelines Feature More Widely Available, Adds New TV Discovery Feature
  • News Corp. to Buy Social Video Advertising Company, Unruly, for $176 Million

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