Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/25/16 (III): Sling TV, Snapchat, TiVo, Tongal, Tribeca Shortlist, Verizon, go90, VR, Fox Sports, Yahoo, YouNow, Roker Labs, YouTube, Ubisoft

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.

  • Sling TV Offering Discounted OTA Antennas to Customers who Pre-Pay for 3 Months of Service
  • Goldman Sachs Analyst: "We Expect Dish to End 2016 with More than 2 Million Sling TV Subscribers"
  • Snapchat Appoints 2 Execs to Oversee its "Live Stories" Offerings
  • Millennial-Targeted Live OTT TV Network, TalkCenterAmerica, Launches; Network Powered by Technology from The Video Call Center
  • Report: Time Warner Raises OTT-Related Issues in Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger
  • TiVo Research to Integrate its Data into Oracle Data Cloud
  • TiVo Opposes Charter-TWC Merger over CableCard Concerns
  • Crowdsourced Video Content-Creation Company, Tongal, Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA); "UTA Will Help Develop Deeper Relationships between Tongal and Studios, Networks, Digital Publishers, Advertising Agencies and Brand Marketers, and Will also Expand Tongal's Offering by Bringing more Traditional Talent into the Tongal Ecosystem. UTA Will also Assist Tongal in Forming a Network of Creators who are Fluent in the Evolving Virtual Reality Landscape"
  • Tongal Joins Instagram Partner Program (November 10th)
  • Tongal Selected as Facebook Marketing Partner for Content Marketing (October 29th)
  • OTT SVOD Service, Tribeca Shortlist, Names Elisabeth Glass SVP and Head of Content Acquisition
  • Tribeca Shortlist Available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and iPhone (December 17th)
  • Tribeca Shortlist Launches (October 1st)
  • Hub Entertainment Survey Finds 54% of US Pay-TV Customers Believe TV Everywhere Services Cost Extra, and 53% Are Unaware of those Services' Existence
  • Verizon Wireless Launches FreeBee Data, a Sponsored Data Service Targeted at Streaming Content Providers
  • Verizon FiOS TV Sees its Lowest-Ever Subscriber Additions, but Says it Sees Strong Demand for Skinny Bundles
  • Verizon CEO Expects Company's Millennial-Targeted Mobile Video Service, go90, Will not Be Profitable for at Least 2 Years
  • Goldman Sachs: VR Market to Be Bigger than TV Market by 2025
  • Report: Nearly $700 Million Invested in AR and VR in 2015
  • Apple Hires Prominent VR Expert, Doug Bowman
  • NextVR Teams with Fox Sports to Offer Live VR Coverage of Premier Boxing Champions Matches
  • "Grease" Director, Randal Kleiser, Launches 12-Episode VR Series, "Defrost"
  • Google's Expeditions Program Offers VR Tour of Buckingham Palace
  • Yahoo Launches Branded-Content Video Series, "Cities Rising: Rebuilding America," Sponsored by H&R Block and Hosted by Katie Couric
  • Live Social Broadcasting Company, YouNow, Teams with Roker Labs to Launch Two New Food-Themed Shows
  • YouNow, Roker Labs Announce Production Partnership at TVOT NYC 2015 (December 3rd)
  • Al Roker, Weather Channel Launch Mobile Morning Show (October 7th)
  • YouTube Extends its Content Deal with Sundance Institute
  • Ubisoft Taps YouTube Creators, Corridor Digital, Devinsupertramp and RocketJump to Develop Short Film Promoting New Game
  • In Advance of Super Bowl, YouTube Updates its AdBlitz Site
  • Fox News Partners with Google and YouTube for Next Republican Presidential Debate: Google Trends and Data to Help Determine Questions for Candidates, YouTube Stars to Have Opportunity to Pose Video Questions
  • Google Spotlight Stories Brings Interactive 360-Degree Storytelling to YouTube App on Android Devices (December 21st)
  • YouTube Launches YouTube Music (November 12th)
  • YouTube Rolls Out New VR Features: "VR Video" and "Cardboard" Viewing Option (November 5th)
  • YouTube Launches $9.99-per-Month "YouTube Red"; Service Allows Subscribers to "Experience YouTube without Video Ads,...Save Videos to Watch Offline, and Play Videos in the Background on [a] Mobile Device"; in Early 2016 Will Offer "Member-Only Access to New, Original Shows and movies from Some of YouTube's Biggest Creators" (October 21st)
  • YouTube Updates its "YouTube Gaming" Gameplay-Streaming Service (October 15th)



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