Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/21/16 (III): Freeform (ABC Family), Fullscreen, GroupM, Funimation, Google, Hulu, JW Player, Kaltura, Kannuu, KlowdTV, LG, Livestream, Magnavox

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.

  • Freeform (Formerly ABC Family) Launches Streaming/Social-TV App
  • UK Broadcaster OTT Service, Freeview Play, to Launch on LG webOS 3.0 Smart TV's
  • Freeview Play Launches on Panasonic DVR and Blu-ray Recorders (December 1st)
  • MCN Fullscreen in Deal with WPP's Media-Buying Arm, GroupM; Deal, Dubbed the "Playa" Initiative, Will See Fullscreen Providing GroupM and WPP Clients First-Look Access to Content from its Talent and Providing Exclusive Access to its Proprietary Data and Analytics Tools
  • Fullscreen Names Ex-Razorfish CEO, Pete Stein, General Manager and Head of its Brand Group
  • Fullscreen Names Ex-Hulu Interim CEO, Andy Forsell, COO (November 30th)
  • Fullscreen Names Veteran TV Exec., Jason Klarman, Chief Marketing Officer (November 2nd)
  • Anime Distributor, Funimation Entertainment, Teams with Sony to Launch Ad-Free HD Streaming Service, FunimationNow
  • Google Set to Make it Possible to Send Media to Chromecast without a Browser Extension
  • Launch of Hulu VR Pushed Back to Spring, 2016; Was Originally Slated to Launch Last November
  • Video Player Company, JW Player, Raises $20 Million in Series-D Funding
  • JW Player Hires New CTO (October 20th)
  • JW Player's "Trends in Online Video" Report Finds that Only 10% of Video Ads are Mobile-Compatible (October 8th)
  • Kaltura to Offer 24i Media's "SmartTemplate" User Interface as a New Front End for its OTT TV Platform, Allowing Companies to "Launch a Full, Multiscreen OTT Service in a Matter of Weeks"
  • TEN: The Enthusiast Network Taps Kaltura and 3 Screen Solutions to Power its New Motor Trend SVOD Service (November 24th)
  • Zonzia Media Selects Kaltura's OTT TV Platform to Power its New VOD Services (October 20th)
  • Kannuu Launches Expanded Content-Discovery API Services for MVPD and OTT Providers
  • Kannuu Launches "Compass," Billed as "an API Plug-In for MVPD and OTT Providers that Improves Consumers' Content Search and Discovery Speeds Dramatically, Reducing Time to Discover Content up to 95%, or Greater" (October 15th)
  • Kiba Launches "World's First Automated Home Video Maker"
  • OTT TV Company, KlowdTV, Launches Cloud DVR; Prices Start at $1 per Month for 3 Hours of Storage Capacity
  • LG Conducts Live ATSC 3.0 Broadcast during CES, Delivering 4K UHD HDR Content to its Next-Gen OLED 4K TV's
  • LG Launches Line-Up of 4K HDR-Enabled OLED TV's, Featuring Version 3.0 of its webOS Smart-TV Platform
  • New LG Smart TV's Integrate OTT Channels into Traditional TV Channel Line-Ups via Partnerships with Xumo and Watchmi
  • LG Announces 4K HDR Partnerships
  • LG's webOS 3.0 Smart-TV Platform Receives UL Verification for Compatibility with Internet-of-Things Devices in the Home (December 22nd)
  • LG to Offer Prepaid Netflix Access Internationally
  • LG Unveils Version 3.0 of its webOS Smart-TV Platform, Billed as "Adding Advanced New Features to Make Finding and Switching between LG's Expanded Content Options--Including Broadcast TV, Streaming Services and External Devices--Simple and Fast" (December 21st)
  • Google Play Movies and TV Launches on LG Smart TV's (November 17th)
  • Livestream Launches "Movi" Video Camera and Companion iOS App to "Enable Consumers to Capture, Edit and Share Live Events in Real Time"
  • Magnavox Targets Cord-Cutters with New OTA DVR's




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