Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 10/6/15 (II): BroadbandTV, YouTube, CableLabs, Cablevision, Canvs, Cartoon Network, CBS, CNN, Comcast, comScore, Rentrak, Cox, Digitalsmiths, Dish, Disney

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:

  • MCN BroadbandTV Partnering with YouTube to Produce 52-Episode Original Children's Series, "The Adventures of Annie & Ben"
  • According to SocialBlade Statistics, BroadbandTV Is Now Second-Largest MCN in the World; Says It Is Seeing 5.7 Billion Monthly Views and Is Growing 10% per Month
  • BroadbandTV Forms "Windfall" JV with BMG, to "Find, Develop and Service Artists across All Platforms" (July 28th)
  • BroadbandTV Teams with Huffington Post to Launch Online Video Journalism Network, Outspeak (June 9th)
  • BroadbandTV Acquires Children's-Programming MCN, YoBoHo (Owns and Operates HooplaKidz) (April 21st)
  • Consumer-Targeted 360-Degree Camera Company, Bubl Technology, Raises $4.6 Million in Seed Funding; Investors Include Samsung Ventures
  • CableLabs Exploring VR and its Possible Role in the Future of Cable
  • Cablevision COO, Kristin Dolan, Says Company's Broadband Packages that Include OTA Antennas Are Bringing in New Customers, Not Cannibalizing its Pay-TV Offering
  • Cablevision in Talks to License its TAPP Software to Other Operators; Software Uses STB Data to Help Buyers Plan Targeted Ad Campaigns
  • "Qualitative Social-TV Insights" Platform, Canvs, Launches "Audience Tab" and Updates its "Explore" Feature
  • Canvs Teams with Twitter and Nielsen to Research Connection between "Social-TV Emotion" and Programming Loyalty (August 24th)
  • Canvs Rolls Out Platform Updates: "Timeline Video Player," "Context Panel 2.0," "Data Export" (July 31st)
  • Cartoon Network Launches VR Game for its "Adventure Time" Franchise
  • Cartoon Network Anything App to Launch in EMEA
  • CBS Brings its CBS All Access OTT Service to Android TV
  • Showtime, CBS Interactive Advanced Media Enable OTT Access to Mayweather-Berto PPV Boxing Match
  • CBS Sports to Increase Streaming Coverage of NFL Games
  • Cisco Extends its Agreement with Sky for STB Middleware Solutions
  • CNN Teams with NextVR to Offer Virtual Reality Livestream of October 13th Democratic Presidential Debate
  • CNN Republican Presidential Debate Generates 4.5 Million Live Video Streams
  • CNN Offers Authentication-Free Live Streaming Coverage of Republican Presidential Debate
  • CNN in Mobile Video Partnership with Samsung
  • Comcast Beta-Launches "Watchable" OTT Service, Billed as "a New, Cross-Platform Video Service that Curates a Selection of the Best Content from Popular Online Video Networks and Shows in an Easy-to-Use Experience"; Service Initially Available on iOS, Watchable.com and X1 STB
  • Comcast Teams with Fox to Offer "Scream Queens"-Related Content, Including Interviews and Behind-the-Scenes Footage, on its Xfinity On Demand VOD Platform
  • Comcast's "Xfinity Free View Latino" Promotion Returns, Offering Free Access to 3,500+ Hours of Latino-Focused Programming on Xfinity VOD and Online Platforms
  • Comcast Cultivates Latino Audiences via Spanish-Language Version of its X1 Interface, More Soccer Content on its X1 Sports App
  • Comcast Announces Major Expansion of its Xfinity On Campus Offering
  • Comcast Enhances its X1 Sports App with More NFL and NCAA Football Content and Data
  • Comcast Wholesale Launches Live Linear Streaming Service, Billed as "Combin[ing] Traditional and Online Video-Streaming Workflows into a Turnkey Solution"
  • Hearst Acquires $21 Million Minority Stake in Digital Media Network, Complex Media
  • comScore Launches Xmedia, a Syndicated Measurement Solution Designed to "Provide a Total View of the Consumer by Measuring Content Consumption across All Digital Platforms and TV in a Single Tool"
  • comScore and Rentrak to Merge
  • Turner Broadcasting to Use Rentrak Advanced Demographics Ratings to Fuel Ad-Targeting Products on "Select Media Buys"
  • Rentrak Acquires Social-Media Measurement Company, SponsorHub
  • Rentrak in Cross-Platform Measurement Partnership with AMC Networks
  • Concurrent Releases Version 3.0 of its Content Delivery Solution; New Version Features Enhanced Support for Cloud DVR and 4K Streaming
  • Verimatrix Acquires Concurrent's Multiscreen Video Analytics Business
  • Concurrent Launches Open Source CDN Solution
  • Cox Expands its Trial of Comcast's X1 Platform in San Diego (More)
  • Non-Fiction SVOD Service, CuriosityStream, Launches on Roku
  • CuriosityStream Launches Internationally
  • Defy Media in VR Partnership with 360fly
  • Digitalsmiths' "Q2 2015 Video Trends Report" Finds that 57% of Cable Customers also Use an SVOD Service
  • Dish Network Stops Selling its "Virtual Joey" Client for Connected-TV Devices
  • Disney/ABC Television Group Names John Frelinghuysen EVP of Digital Media
  • Disney COO, Tom Staggs: "We Continue to Believe in the Bundle...So, in the Foreseeable Future, I Don't See OTT...as Being an Outcome that's Going to Happen"
  • Disney Uses Vine to Promote "Jungle Book" in Advance of Release of Movie's Trailer
  • Disney Movies Anywhere Service Expands via Partnerships with Amazon and Microsoft
  • Disney Movies Anywhere Launches on Roku

Region: 
North America