Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/21/16 (VI): Samsung, Shaw, Comcast X1, Showtime, Sling TV, ESPN, Snapchat, Sony, Syfy, T-Mobile, The Young Turks

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.

  • Samsung Unveils New Smart TV User Experience, Featuring "Smart Hub" UI and "Smart Control" Remote; UX Lets Users "Switch Seamlessly between Linear Content, OTT Content, as well as other Connected Devices Including Videogame Consoles or Blu-ray Players"
  • Samsung's 2016 Smart-TV Line-Up to Be IoT-Ready via Company's "SmartThings" Platform
  • Samsung Unveils "GAIA" Smart-TV Security Solution
  • Samsung Teams with Sinclair, ONE Media, Pearl TV and TeamCast on Demo of Live UHD HDR TV Broadcast via ATSC 3.0
  • Samsung Upgrades its Smart-TV Games Offering (December 30th)
  • Samsung Launches New "Smart View" App for Sharing Content on Smart TV's (December 10th)
  • Shaw Communications Launches Comcast X1-Based Mobile Viewing Service, "FreeRange TV"
  • Showtime Makes Sample Episodes Available Free of Charge on YouTube, Facebook and Other Venues
  • Sling TV to Become First Pay-TV Provider to Integrate ESPN's Multiscreen Digital Network, ESPN3, Directly into its Channel Guide
  • Sling TV Unveils New, Personalized User Interface; UI Will "Become Contextually Aware of Viewing Preference, Location, Device, Time of Day, Popularity and More"
  • CEO Lynch Says Sling TV "Exploring" Support for Multiple Streams
  • Channel Master Adds Sling TV to its OTA-Enabled DVR's
  • Cine Sony Television Network Launches on Sling Latino (December 16th)
  • Deal with T-Mobile Lets Sling TV Subscribers Watch Streaming Programming with No Data Caps (November 10th)
  • Sling TV Launches on Google Chromecast (November 3rd)
  • Report: Snapchat Users Now Viewing 7 Billion Video Clips per Day (vs. 2 Billion in May and 6 Billion in November)
  • Sony Announces "Ultra" App for its Bravia TV's, that Lets Consumers Buy Streaming 4K Titles from Sony Pictures
  • Syfy Launches Syfy Labs to Create "Immersive, Multiplatform Content and Experiences for Existing and Emerging Platforms"
  • Syfy Labs Demo's Philips Hue Integration for "The Expanse" at CES
  • T-Mobile Says 50+ Video-Streaming Services Have Joined its No-Bandwidth-Caps "Binge On" Program
  • T-Mobile Adds Live Soccer Channel, fubo TV, to Binge On
  • T-Mobile's Binge On Criticized by EFF and Others for Violating Net Neutrality
  • The Young Turks (TYT) Network Names Ex-Fullscreen Exec., Chris Puckett, VP of Advertising and Brand Partnerships
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