Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/25/16 (II): Huffpost Live, IBM, Ustream, Clearleap, IM360, Kantar Media, Andrew Jarecki, Layer3 TV, Metrological, Netflix, Comcast, Niche, Vine, Nielsen, Roku, Sky

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC 2015 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.

  • Huffington Post Scales Back "Huffpost Live" Service, Shifts Focus away from Live Video
  • IBM Acquires Live-Streaming Company, Ustream; Latter Will Become Part of New Cloud Video Services Arm, Headed by Ex-Clearleap CEO, Braxton Jarratt
  • IBM Acquires Cloud-Based Video Services Company, Clearleap (December 8th)
  • IM360 Teams with Boxer David Haye to Produce Live VR Boxing Match
  • Netherlands TV-Industry Body, SKO, Teams with Kantar Media to Offer Daily Online TV Ratings
  • Kantar Media Secures Multiplatform TV Measurement Contract with Thailand's Media Research Development Association (December 16th)
  • Kantar Media, TNS Gallup Secure Multiplatform TV Measurement Contract with Danish TV Audience Measurement Steering Committee (November 4th)
  • Kantar Media Announces Addition of Social Media Engagement Metrics to its Advertising Intelligence Solutions in the US (October 19th)
  • "The Jinx" Director/Moviefone Founder, Andrew Jarecki, Launches "KnowMe" iOS App to Facilitate Video-Editing; Investors Include JJ Abrams
  • "Next-Generation Cable Operator," Layer3 TV, Conducting Trials under "Umio" Brand
  • Dutch TV Apps Company, Metrological, Names Advanced-TV Industry Veteran, Mike Pohl, Strategic Advisor; also Appoints Wouter van Boesschoten as VP of Technology
  • Qatar-Based Operator, oredoo, Taps Metrological to Power its "Mozaic" TV App Store (December 2nd)
  • Indie-Movie Streaming Service, Mubi, to Launch in China; Receives $50 Million Investment from Huanxi Media
  • Report: 20% of US MVPD's Now Integrating OTT Services
  • Netflix Says It Had Nearly 75 Million Subscribers at End of Q4, 17 Million More than Last Year; Revenues Up, Profits Down
  • Netflix CEO Warns that Expanding into China May Take "Many Years"
  • Content Chief, Sarandos, Says Netflix Trying to Renew Deal for CW Programming
  • Sarandos Characterizes NBC/Symphony AM Estimate of Netflix's Ratings as "Remarkably Inaccurate"--though Refuses to Provide Figures of His Own: "I Can't even Tell You how Many 18-49 Users We Have...We Don't Track Them"
  • Comcast Taps Twitter-Owned Niche to Promote its X1 Platform via Campaign Featuring Vine Creators
  • Nielsen to Expand its Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings to Include Programming-Related Conversations on Facebook; Will Integrate Instagram "at a Later Date"; Service Re-Named "Social Content Ratings"
  • Nielsen Local Watch Report Finds that "Live TV Remains the Primary Medium to Consume Video"
  • Nielsen's eXelate Subsidiary Expands its Mobile User Dataset via Partnership with PushSpring (November 3rd)
  • Report: Standalone OTT Services Proving More Popular on Roku than TV Everywhere Offerings
  • Sky's Sky Go Mobile TV Service to Receive its "Biggest-Ever Redesign" in UK and Ireland
  • Sky Sports Claims New Records for its Digital and On-Demand Services
  • Sky in Online Video Deals with Barcroft TV, Electus Digital and Funny or Die for its New Sky Q Service
  • Sky News and Sky Sports Launch on Twitter Moments (December 15th)
  • "TV from Sky" App Launches on Xbox One (December 8th)
  • Sky Go Launches on Amazon Fire Tablets (December 1st)
  • Sky Unveils Sky Q "Next-Generation Home Entertainment System"; Features Include Multi-Room Viewing, Ability to Download Shows to a Tablet (November 18th)
  • Sky's "Now TV" OTT Service Launches on Apple TV (November 4th)
  • Sky's Ad Sales Arm, Sky Media, Launches Multiplatform Ad Product, "Sky AdVance" (October 21st)
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