Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/21/16 (IV): Maker Studios, PewDiePie, MHL, Mitu, Nagra, NBCU, Symphony AM, Seeso, Netflix, NeuLion, NFL, Ooyala

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.

  • Disney-Owned MCN, Maker Studios, Teams with YouTube Star, PewDiePie, to Launch Gaming-Themed "Revelmode" Network
  • Maker Studios Premieres 4 Original Series Created in Collaboration with James Franco's Rabbit Bandini Productions (December 21st)
  • Courtney Holt Replaces Ynon Kreiz as President of Maker Studios (December 15th)
  • MHL Consortium Showcases superMHL Innovations at CES 2016, Including Complete superMHL-Powered 8K Home-Entertainment System
  • Mitu, an MCN Targeted at Latino Millennials, Raises $27 Million in Series-C Funding; New Investors Include AwesomenessTV, Verizon, WPP Digital
  • Nagra Launches "intuiTV," Billed as "Deliver[ing] the Best of Television and Internet TV to Pay-TV Subscribers through an Intuitive and Immersive Viewing Experience in 4K UHD and HD"; Solution Is "Offered to Pay-TV Operators as a Managed, Cloud-Based Platform They Can Configure with a Full Line-Up of Premium Content and Advanced-TV Services, Including Live TV, VOD, SVOD, PVR, Social TV and More via an Innovative Streaming Device and Touchscreen Remote Control"
  • Nagra's anyCAST Content-Protection and OpenTV Middleware Technologies Powering Digital Cable Launch for Indian Operator, VSMPL
  • Nagra's anyCast Content-Security and MediaLive Multiscreen Technologies Power French Pay-TV Operator SFR's Launch of 4K UHD (November 9th)
  • Kudelski's Nagra France and OpenTV Subsidiaries File Patent Suit against Verizon and AOL; Lawsuit "Alleges that Verizon and AOL Infringe on 7 US Patents Owned by OpenTV and Nagra France and Identifies the Infringing Products and Services as Including Verizon's FiOS TV Services, FiOS TV Everywhere Services, Verizon's Redbox Instant and go90 Video Services and AOL's Spot On Advertising and Streaming Video Services" (November 2nd)
  • NBC Research Chief, Wurtzel, Uses Symphony Advanced Media's ACR-Based Measurement Technology to Issue "Reality Check" on Netflix's Viewership
  • NBCUniversal Launches Comedy-Themed OTT TV Service, "Seeso," Priced at $3.99 per Month
  • "SNL" Producer, Broadway Video, Teams with NBCUniversal Telemundo to Launch "Mas Mejor," a Comedy-Focused Digital Studio and Network Targeting Latino Millennials
  • NBCU's Evan Shapiro Reveals Plans to Launch 9 Additional Niche OTT TV Services
  • Netflix Announces Major International Expansion (130+ Countries) of its Streaming Service
  • In Preparation for its International Launch, Netflix to Crack Down on Proxies and Unblockers
  • Netflix CEO: We're OK with Account Sharing
  • NeuLion Unveils "Project 88" 4K Mobile App that "Enables Consumers to Seamlessly Play Out Video Content, in up to Ultra HD 4K, Captured from their Cameras and Smartphones, to Every Connected Device"; App Billed as Connecting NeuLion CE Partners to "the World of 4K UGC"
  • Samsung to Integrate NeuLion's DivX CE SDK to Enable NeuLion-Powered 4K OTT Sports and Premium Content Services on its 2016 UHD TV's
  • Changhong Electric Adopts NeuLion's DivX HEVC Solution for its Digital TV Line
  • Sony Embeds NeuLion's DivX CE Technology to Enable Live 4K Streaming Events and OTT Services
  • NeuLion Licenses DivX CE SDK to MediaTek for 4K Chipsets
  • TCL to Integrate NeuLion's DivX CE SDK in its Newest Line of UHD TV's
  • NeuLion Licenses DivX Video for In-Car Devices to Panasonic
  • NeuLion Powering Univision's "Univision NOW" OTT Service
  • HiSilicon Technologies Licenses DivX HEVC to Power New 4K UHD STB Chipsets (November 9th)
  • NeuLion Reports 80% Increase in Q3 Revenues, Swings to a Loss (November 5th)
  • NeuLion in "Transitional Services" Deal with NHL (November 4th)
  • Report: NFL to Live-Stream All 3 London Games Next Season; Apple, Google in Talks to conduct the Streams
  • Ooyala Publishes "State of the Broadcast Industry 2016" Report
  • Ooyala Publishes "Q3 2015 Video Index" (December 9th)
  • Ooyala Powers Multiscreen SVOD Service for Hallmark Cards-Subsidiary, Feeln (December 7th)
  • Ooyala Names Ramesh Srinivasan CEO; Was Previously CEO of Innotrac and Bally Technologies; Replaces Jay Fulcher (November 30th)
  • Ooyala Releases Unbundled Version of its Ooyala IQ Video-Analytics Product (November 23rd)
  • Ooyala Names Scott Braley GM of Programmatic Advertising (November 3rd)
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