Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/21/16 (V): Otter Media, Peel, Periscope, Twitter, E!, Apple TV, Quickplay, Rightster, Roku, HDR, Rovi, Fan TV

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.

  • Chernin Group-AT&T Joint Venture, Otter Media, Launches Digital Studio, Gunpower & Sky; Studio--a Partnership with Ex-Viacom Media Networks Music Group CEO, Van Toffler, and Ex-Endemol Global Strategy Head, Floris Bauer--Will Develop Millennial-Targeted Content
  • Smart Remote Company, Peel, Launches App for Apple Watch
  • Peel Revamps its Smart-Remote App to Merge Live-TV and Streaming-Video Experience (November 13th)
  • Periscope Makes it Possible to Watch Live Broadcasts without Leaving iOS Twitter App; Functionality Promised for Android and Web "Soon"; Company Says it Has Surpassed 100 Million Live Broadcasts
  • E! "Partyscopes" Promotion Invites Viewers to Livestream their Golden Globes Viewing Parties on Periscope
  • Periscope App Launches on Apple TV (October 30th)
  • Quickplay Launches "TV Lite," Billed as "an OTT Solution Designed to Enable Content Programmers and Operators to Roll Out Branded and Configurable Skinny TV Bundles across all Networks and Devices, with Added Support for Apple TV"
  • Digital Video Services Company, Rightster, in Channel-Management/Audience-Development Deal with Paramount Pictures International; Will Provide Local Language Translation and Metadata Optimization across all 29 of Paramount Pictures International's YouTube Channels
  • Turkish Airlines, Turkish Tour Board Partner with Rightster on Travel Campaign Featuring YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook Creators (October 20th)
  • Rightster Launches "VideoSpring" Searchable Video-Licensing Portal "for Brands, Agencies and Producers to Source Trending Content for their Creative Campaigns and Programming"
  • Roku Announces Roku TV HDR Reference Design; Says 60 Roku TV Models to Launch this Year, TCL to Launch 4K UHD Roku TV's in US, First Roku TV in Mexico
  • Roku Launches its Streaming Players in France (October 20th)
  • HBO Now Launches on Roku (October 8th)
  • Roku Launches OS 7, Featuring Improved Discovery, and New Mobile App (October 6th)
  • Roku 4 Streaming Player Launched for 4K UHD (October 6th)
  • HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel "TV Everywhere" Services Launch on Roku (December 18th)
  • USA Network "TVE" Service Launches on Roku (December 17th)
  • Other Recent Roku Channel Launches Include Tribeca Shortlist (December 17th), NGSN (December 10th), Lifetime Movie Club (December 8th), CNNgo (December 3rd), CW Seed, Encore Play, MTV, NewsON, Nick Jr., Pluto TV, Smithsonian Earth, Vice, Watch ABC, Watch ABC Family, Young Hollywood (November 2015)
  • Seeking to Capitalize on "Black Friday," Roku Launches Limited-Edition $25 Roku SE (November 11th)
  • Amazon Video Launches on Roku in UK (November 9th)
  • Rovi Develops Fan TV into "a Modular Platform that Service Providers, Developers and Channel Partners Can Deploy as an End-to-End Solution or Integrate as Standalone Features for Entertainment Discovery"; Company Acquired Fan TV Developer, Fanhattan, in 2014
  • Rovi Launches "Rovi Sports" Metadata Product, Billed as "Provid[ing] Extensive Descriptive Information about Sports, Leagues, Teams and Players" and as "Enabl[ing] Consumers to Identify the Most Interesting Plays of the Game in Real Time"
  • Rovi Study Finds 60% of Respondents "Frequently Stream Content in their Car or on Public Transportation"
  • Rovi in Patent-License Deals with Shaw (December 30th), Sony (December 28th) and AT&T (December 23rd)
  • Malaysia's Media Prima Selects Rovi Metadata to Support its Tonton Video Portal (December 17th)
  • Rovi-Sponsored Survey Identifies Trends in Viewer Behavior Related to Discovery, Search and Recommendations (December 2nd)
  • Rovi Reports Lower Q3 Revenues, Higher Losses (October 28th)
  • Rovi Launches i-Guide HD EPG, Announces that Summit Broadband Will Be First Customer for its Passport Guide HD EPG (October 14th)
  • Panasonic Selects Rovi's G-Guide xD EPG for the New Version of its Panasonic Media Access Mobile App (October 14th)
  • Sky Renews Entertainment-Discovery Patent-License Deal with Rovi (October 13th)
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