Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 1/21/16 (VIII): Turner, Verizon go90, VHX, Vidgo, Virgin Media, Vevo, Oculus Rift, Puppy Bowl VR, Google Cardboard, Vubiquity, Yahoo, You.i TV, YouTube

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.

  • Turner Launches "Ad Lab" to "Refine the Linear TV and Digital Video Ad Experience for both Consumers and Advertisers"; Will Be Led by Advisory Board Composed of "Representatives from Industry Trade Organizations, Research Companies, Ad Tech Start-Ups and the Advertising Community"
  • Turner Shares Research Findings on Millennials and Plurals (Gen Z)
  • Turner Ad Sales Launches "Turner Ignite" Division; Led by Dan Riess and Michael Strober, Division Will Enable Company's "Business Partners to Re-Imagine Advertising by Combining Data and Content"; First Offering is "Turner Native Plus," which "Expands the Power of Native Advertising to Television" and "Extend[s] Storytelling into the Commercial Pod"
  • TBS Encourages Viewers to Binge-Watch its New Police Comedy, "Angie Tribeca"
  • Turner Sports Teams with NBA and NextVR on Live VR Coverage of Basketball Game (October 27th)
  • Report: One Third of UK Broadband Households Now Have an OTT Subscription
  • Sony Music in Deal to Distribute Slate of Original Programming through Verizon's Millennial-Targeted Mobile-TV Service, go90
  • Report: go90 Set to Reach 2 Million Downloads
  • Milo Ventimiglia, James Frey to Launch New Series, "Relationship Status," on go90
  • Verizon Expands FiOS Mobile App to Support Remote DVR Streaming (December 14th)
  • Verizon Digital Media Services Teams with App Developer, Digiflare, to Promote its Mobile/OTT Video Services via "72-Hour Challenge (November 10th)
  • VHX, a Start-Up that Helps Customers Sell Videos Online, Lets Publishers Launch Custom Mobile and Connected-TV Apps
  • New Virtual MVPD Service, Vidgo, Slated to Launch in 15 US Markets in 1H, 2016, with Full US Coverage Promised by Q4, 2016 (More)
  • UK Cable Operator, Virgin Media, Brings Vevo to its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
  • Virgin Media in Exclusive UK VOD Deal with Starz for "Ash vs. Evil Dead" (December 1st)
  • Canadian Semiconductor Company, ViXS Systems, Launches Xcode 5505 Chipset and "CordCutterTV" Stick for OTA Streaming to Mobile Video Devices
  • VLC Video-Playing Software Now Available for Apple TV
  • Animal Planet Launches VR Version of its Annual "Puppy Bowl"
  • Oculus Rift VR Headset to Be Priced at $599; CEO Had Previously Stated it Would Be Priced at c. $350
  • Google and Facebook Assign High-Profile Execs. to Work on their VR Initiatives
  • CTA (Formerly Known as CEA) Says Sales of VR Headsets Will Increase 500% in 2016, with 1.2 Million Units Sold
  • Google Cardboard SDK Adds Support for Spatial Audio in VR Apps
  • Quantum Leap VR Camera Seeks to Facilitate Live Streaming of VR in HD
  • Vubiquity in EST Deal with Frontier Communications
  • Vubiquity in SVOD Deal with AwesomenessTV to "Bring Millennial and Generation Z Content to International Partners" (December 17th)
  • Vubiquity, Concurrent, Encompass, IneoQuest, Mobolize, NBCU and Verimatrix Join Streaming Video Alliance (November 19th)
  • Vubiquity to Sell Digital Movies in UK Retail Stores (November 9th)
  • Vubiquity Partners with Voddler to Distribute Content in Asia (October 22nd)
  • Vubiquity Teams with TV2U to Launch Transactional VOD Services in Emerging Asian and Middle Eastern Markets (October 14th)
  • Yahoo Closes Yahoo Screen Online Video Hub, which It Launched in September, 2013; Company's Digital Video Properties Will Move to its Online Magazines
  • "TV-Appification" Company, You.i TV, Announces SDK for Developing Cross-Platform Video Apps, Names Valtech First Member of its Partner Program
  • YouTube's Kyncl Announces Support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) Video, 360-Degree Video Partnership with GoPro
  • YouTube Star, "Miranda Sings," Secures 8-Episode Series Deal with Netflix
  • Zappware Solution Integrated onto ALi's STB Platform; Joint Solution "Supports Full HD1080P60, MVC Video Decoding and Multistream, as well as the...Zappware UI [and] Remote Control of the STB through...Smartphones and Smartwatches"