Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 10/6/15 (I): ABC News, Jaunt, Accedo, Adobe, Amazon, Android TV, Anvato, AOL, Apple, Arris, ATSC 3.0, AwesomenessTV, BBC, BlackArrow, Bright House, Brightcove

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:

  • ABC News Supplements Report on Syrian Civil War with Jaunt-Powered VR
  • Accedo Unveils Next Generation of its Accedo VIA Multiscreen Solution; Solution's Core VIA Applications "Will Now Be Accompanied by 2 New Offerings: Accedo VIA Development Kit and Accedo VIA Go"
  • Accedo Says its AppGrid Application-Management Solution Is Now Serving 10 Million+ OTT Users
  • Accedo Powering Telecable's Tedi Cloud-DVR Service
  • ADB Launches ConnectedOS Platform, Reveals New Customers
  • Adobe Digital Index Releases its Latest US Digital Video Benchmark Report
  • Adobe Unveils New Features for its Adobe Primetime "TV Everywhere"/OTT Platform, Including Support for HTML5 Content Delivery across Mobile Browsers and Additional Connected Devices, "Instant On" Capability, Dolby AC-3 Support, OAUTH 2.0 Support, Improved Analytics
  • Chinese eCommerce Giant, Alibaba, Launches "Tmall Box Office" Broadband SVOD Service
  • Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix Form Alliance for Open Media, to Develop "Next Generation Open Media Formats" for Video
  • Amazon to Ban Sales of Apple TV, Google Chromecast
  • Amazon Prime Lets Members Download Movies and TV Episodes to iOS and Android Devices for Offline Viewing; Amazon Trumpets Prime's Status as "the First and Only Subscription Streaming Service to Offer this Feature"
  • Amazon Web Services to Acquire Multiscreen Video Delivery Solutions Provider, Elemental Technologies
  • Amazon Says that Fire TV "Now Has More Channels, Apps and Games than Any Other Media Player" and that the Number of Apps on the Platform Has Increased 17x since its April 2014 Launch; Company Expands Platform's Integrated Voice Search
  • Amazon Launches New Amazon Fire TV with 4K UHD Support and New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote
  • Amazon Launches Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition, Featuring "the New Amazon Fire TV, [a] New Game Controller, a 32 GB MicroSD card, and two Included Games"
  • Amazon Launches Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in Japan
  • Amazon Unveils Line-Up for its 2015 Fall Pilot Season
  • Complete "Sex and the City" Series Now Available on Amazon Prime Video
  • Amazon Warns FCC against Reclassifying Linear OTT Video Providers as MVPD's
  • Amino-Owned Booxmedia in Deal with Dutch Digital Services Company, Delta; Deal Will See Delta Offering, Installing and Maintaining End-to-End, Multiscreen Cloud-TV Solution, Using Booxmedia's White-Label Platform and Products
  • Booxmedia Launches End-to-End Cloud VOD Platform for RTL Belgium
  • Android TV Partner Ecosystem Expands
  • Anvato Powers Live "TV Everywhere" with Dynamic Ad Insertion for Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Anvato Launches Live-to-VOD Capability to Enable "Instant TVE Syndication" (June 25th)
  • Anvato in Integration Partnership with Grass Valley to "Give Content Creators Fastest, Most Efficient Path for Video Editing and Distribution for TV Everywhere" (April 14th)
  • Anvato Launches Cloud DVR for "TV Everywhere" (April 13th)
  • AOL's President of Video Operations, Dermot McCormack, to Leave the Company; Company Says His Departure Follows its Decision to Decentralize its Video Operations
  • AOL and NBCUniversal Implement their Video Content Partnership, with Toyota as Launch Sponsor; Partnership Sees Clips of NBCU Premium Content Made Available on AOL On Web Site and Apps
  • AOL Launches "ONE by AOL: Creative" to "Drive Data-Driven, Personalized Creativity in Advertising"; AOL President, Bob Lord: "With ONE by AOL: Creative, AOL Is Not Replacing the Human Touch of the Creative Process with Robots, We Are Empowering All Constituents with Data and Automation to Help Inform Intelligent, Human-Driven Design and Creative that Meaningfully Elevates Business Results"
  • AOL Launches "LIVE by AOL"; Verizon-Powered Offering Billed as "a Comprehensive, End-to-End Service for the Production, Streaming, Distribution and Monetization of Live Events"
  • Apple Launches $149 Next-Generation Apple TV; Device Features New iOS-Based tvOS Operating System, "Enabling Millions of iOS Developers to Create Innovative New Apps and Games Specifically for Apple TV and Deliver Them Directly to Users through the New Apple TV App Store"; Other New Features Include Siri-Powered Remote, Universal Search, Gaming Support
  • Report: Apple Exploring Move into Original Video Programming
  • Gilt Groupe Unveils Shopping App for Apple TV
  • Arqiva Tapped to Power Turner Broadcasting's VOD Launch on 32 European Platforms
  • Spain's Telefonica Selects Arris's VIP1113 Set-Top Box to Deliver HDTV, TVE, VOD and OTT Services to customers of its Movistar+ TV Service
  • Report: Arris Angry over "HEVC Advance" Licensing Plans
  • AT&T U-verse Discontinues Offline Viewing on its "TV Everywhere" Service
  • ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Elevated to "Candidate Standard" Status
  • MCN AwesomenessTV Names Shelley Zimmerman Head of Scripted Series
  • AwesomenessTV Seeks to Extend its International Reach via Strategic Partnership with Endemol Shine Group
  • AwesomenessTV to Launch Youth Marketing Research Firm, Wildness
  • AwesomenessTV's Awestruck "Network and Lifestyle Brand" Signs Digital Production Deal with Zoe Saldana
  • BBC to Launch OTT Service in US in 2016
  • BBC Announces Plans for "iPlay" VOD Service Targeted at Children
  • BBC Appears to Back Down on Making Children's Channels, Cbeebies and CBBC, OTT-Only
  • BlackArrow in Strategic Partnership with Telestream to "Simplify the Process for Pay-TV Providers and Broadcasters in Europe and Other International Markets to Monetize VOD Programming" by "Streamlining the Technical and Operational Challenges of Preparing VOD Assets for Dynamic Ad Insertion"
  • Bright House Networks Launches "Voyager" DVR Service, Featuring Whole-Home Functionality, Ability to Record 6 Shows at Once
  • Brightcove Launches "Jump Start for Apple TV" to Accelerate Development and Publication of New Video Apps on Latest Iteration of Apple TV
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