Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/21/16 (II): Bravo, Brightcove, AccuWeather, Canoe, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Cisco, Dish, Ericsson, Volvo, ESPN, FilmOn, Fox, ODG, FreeCast

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.

  • Bravo Media Launches Food-Themed "The Feast," the First in a "Series of New Lifestyle Content Platforms Featuring Food, Travel, Home Design and Relationships"; Travel-Themed "Jet Set" to Launch Next Month; Company Says BravoTV.com Has Seen 61% Year-over-Year Growth in Monthly Visitors
  • Brightcove Powers AccuWeather.com "Video Wall"
  • Brightcove, Demand Metric Release Interactive Video Benchmarking Study (December 9th)
  • Brightcove Releases Native Player SDK for tvOS (November 30th)
  • Thailand's Siam Sport Taps Brightcove to Power Online Video (November 9th)
  • Brightcove Reports Higher Q3 Revenues, Lower Losses (October 29th)
  • Brightcove Launches "Brightcove Lift" Ad-Optimization Solution, Billed as "Defeat[ing] Ad-Blockers while Delivering Seamless TV-Like Ad Experiences for Viewers, Client-Side Interactivity, and Integration with the Industry's Leading Providers for Reporting and Analytics" (October 26th)
  • Brightcove Launches Brightcove Live Event, Billed as "a 'Live-Event-in-a-Box' Solution for Companies who Want to Live Stream Events for External and Internal Audiences" (October 20th)
  • Canoe Serves 11 Billion+ Viewed Ad Impressions in Cable Free VOD Programming in 2015, Up 75% from 2014
  • New York State Regulators Approve Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger
  • Cisco Powers Altice's New OTT SVOD Service, "Zive"
  • Nordic TV Distributor, Com Hem, Launches Remote-Control App for Smart Watches
  • Dish Network Unveils Slate of 4K UHD Programming for its Upcoming Hopper 3 and 4K Joey Devices
  • Dish to Integrate Netflix Titles into its Hopper Platform's Universal Search; Feature Will Be Available on Hopper 3 at Launch, Subsequently Rolled Out to Hopper 2's
  • Dish Launches HopperGO Mobile Video Drive; Device Allows Users to Transfer 100 Hours of Recordings from Hopper DVR for Offline Viewing On-the-Go
  • Dish Launches Hopper 3 Whole-Home DVR, Featuring 16 Tuners, 4K Support
  • Dish Media Sales Launches Impression-by-Impression Programmatic Marketplace for Linear TV; Allows Advertisers "to Purchase Targeted, Linear TV Ads, Impression by Impression, Using Real-Time Bidding Technology" (October 26th)
  • Ericsson, Volvo Team on Video-Streaming Solution for Self-Driving Cars
  • Ericsson Launches "NuVu" End-to-End SVOD Service (November 17th)
  • Survey Finds 56% of Current Subscribers Would Be Willing to Drop ESPN to Save $8 per Month on their Cable Bill, Have Little Interest in a Hypothetical $20-per-Month Direct-to-Consumer ESPN OTT Service
  • ESPN Launches E-Sports Division
  • Streaming TV Service, FilmOn TV Networks, Launches "Om Nom" Children's Channel Dedicated to Programming Based on Mobile Game Developer Zeptolab's "Cut the Rope" Games
  • FilmOn Names David Goldsmith Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Corporate Development (December 15th)
  • Fox Acquires Minority Stake in Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and Smartglasses Designer/Manufacturer, ODG
  • FreeCast Launches its Select TV Set-Top Box, Billed as "Offering over 350,000 TV Episodes, 200,000 Movies, 1,000 Web Channels, Local OTA Channels from the Major Networks, a Full Calendar of Live Events and Concerts, over 50,000 Streaming Radio Stations, Music Videos, Games and More, from Free, PPV and Subscription Sources, All for Just $2.99 per Month"
  • FreeCast Shares "OTT Viewership Insights," Based on Usage of its Rabbit TV Offering (December 23rd)
  • FreeCast's Rabbit TV Mobile Apps Now Available on Google Chromecast (December 15th)
  • FreeCast's "Rabbit TV Lite" Facebook App Exits Beta (November 23rd)
  • FreeCast Updates its Rabbit TV iOS and Android Apps (November 17th)
  • FreeCast Adds Podcasts to its Rabbit TV Plus Service (November 5th)