Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VI) 8/1/16: Twitter, MLB, NHL, NFL, Bloomberg, CBSN, Periscope, USA Network, "Mr. Robot," Verizon go90, Vevo, Vizio, VR, Vubiquity, Wurl, YouTube

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s news round-ups were on hiatus for a couple of months, because our editorial team was working on TVOT SF 2016 and then taking a post-event break. We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke), 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.

  • Twitter to Live-Stream Weekly Out-of-Market Games from MLB and NHL, plus Nightly Highlights Show from 120 Sports; Deal Is Result of Partnership with MLBAM
  • Twitter Says it Has Signed Up Anheuser-Busch InBev, Nestle, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Verizon and Others as Advertisers for its NFL Live-Streaming Service
  • Twitter in Deal with Campus Insiders to Live-Stream College Sports Events
  • Twitter's VP of Media Partnerships, Kirstine Stewart, Leaving the Company; Other Recent Departures Include Joanne Park, Head of Cable TV Partnerships; Nathan Hubbard, Interim Head of Media
  • Update to Twitter's Periscope Adds Replay Highlights, Periscope Tweet Embeds, Live Autoplay
  • Twitter in Live Video Deal with NBA
  • Report: Twitter Negotiating New Deals for Live Sports Streaming Rights
  • Twitter in Live-Streaming Deal with Pac-12 Networks
  • Twitter Partners with CBS to Stream CBSN's Video Coverage of RNC and DNC
  • Twitter in Live-Streaming Partnership with Bloomberg Media
  • Twitter Launches Live Streaming Coverage of Wimbledon
  • Report: Twitter's Vine Has Seen Multiple Executive Departures over Past 4 Months, amid Stagnating Growth
  • Twitter Announces "New Ways to Tap into Video"
  • "Twitter Food Council" Launched: Group of Chefs and Influencers Will Create Original Content for Twitter, Vine and Periscope
  • Twitter Launches Live Video Button (June 16th)
  • Twitter in Deal with NFL to Live-Stream Thursday Night Football (April 5th)
  • USA Network Releases "Mr Robot" Season 2 Premiere on Social Media
  • USA Network Launches "The 'Mr Robot' VR Experience" on the Within VR App
  • Verizon CEO Casts Some Light on Role Yahoo Acquisition Will Play in Company's Streaming Strategy
  • Verizon Names Ex-Vessel Exec, Ivana Kirkbride, Chief Content Officer for go90
  • Ben-Affleck-Matt-Damon-Produced Interactive Reality Series, "The Runner," Launches on Verizon go90
  • Social Media Star, Hayes Grier, to Star in "Comedy Docuseries" on Verizon go90
  • Vevo Unveils "Company-Wide Reboot," Including Brand Refresh, New App Features, Curators; Company Previously Announced Plans for a Paid Tier, Launched New Mobile and TV Apps
  • China's LeEco Acquires US TV Manufacturer, Vizio, for $2 Billion; Vizio Founder, Wang: "With the New Ownership, Vizio Could Grow beyond the US"
  • Comcast Ventures Invests in VR Games Developer, Kite and Lightning
  • Report: Google Abandons Project to Develop High-End VR Headset, Will Focus on its Android-Based Daydream Platform
  • Google Adds Ex-Samsung Exec, Matt Apfel, to its Daydream VR Team
  • Report: Google Developing Headset that Combines AR and VR
  • Vubiquity Teams with ICX Media to Offer Independent Content Creators Access to Vubiquity's Global Distribution Services
  • Vubiquity Names Kristopher J. Brown SVP of Digital Sales
  • Vubiquity Selects Arris Content-Protection Solution (April 19th)
  • Vubiquity Teams with Technicolor to Offer "In-Network" HDR Up-Conversion and Distribution Services for TV and OTT Providers (April 11th)
  • Internet-Video-to-Pay-TV Company, Wurl, Launches "The Wurl Network," Offering "Five New Channels of 24/7 Programming, Featuring Shows Produced by Leading Digital and Traditional Media Brands"; Service Is "Broadband-Delivered through Cable TV Operators' Internet-Connected STB's and Appears in Operators' On-Screen Guides"
  • Report: YouTube Developing $35-per-Month Virtual MVPD Service, "Unplugged," that Will Include ABC, CBS, ESPN, Others
  • Report: Publishers Cooling to YouTube as a Platform for Building Video Audiences, Turning to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat
  • YouTube Updates its TrueView Video Ads
  • Scripps Networks Taps YouTube Star, Hannah Hart, to Host New Food Network Show
  • YouTube Offers Live Streaming Coverage of DNC, RNC
  • YouTube Says its ContentID System Has Paid Out $2 Billion to Copyright Holders
  • FTC Announces Settlement with Warner Bros. over Payments to YouTube Influencers for Positive Game Reviews
  • Warner Bros. Teams with YouTube to Use Creators to Promote "Lights Out" Movie

  • YouTube Launching Live Social Broadcasting on its Mobile App; Service Initially Available Only to Handful of Creators (June 23rd)
  • YouTube Rolls Out New Features Targeted at Creators (June 23rd)
  • YouTube Launches VR App for Google's Daydream Platform (May 19th)
  • YouTube Announces Initiative to "Improve Content ID for Creators" (April 28th)
  • YouTube Space Toronto Opens (April 27th)
  • Mexico's Megacable to Use Zenterio OS and JetUI HTML5 UI Framework on New and Legacy STB's
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