Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V) 8/1/16: RDK, Redbox, Rovi, TiVo, SeaChange, Snapchat, PlayStation Vue, Spike, Starz, Roku, Taboola, The QYOU, thePlatform, Tremor Video, Twitch, Airtime

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.

  • Eurofins Licenses RDK
  • RDK Management, LLC: 15 Million+ RDK Devices Deployed Worldwide; RDK Community Membership Surpasses 275 Companies (May 16th)
  • Redbox Says It Is "Testing a Potential New Transactional Digital VOD and EST Offering, with a Small Subset of Our Customers"
  • Rovi Receives Regulatory Clearance for Acquisition of TiVo
  • Rovi in Deals with Verizon, KDDI, Revista Eletronica
  • Rovi Announces Plans to Acquire TiVo for $1.1 Billion (April 29th)
  • Rovi in Deals with Funai, Sharp, KT, LG
  • Rovi Names Ted Schremp CMO (April 11th)
  • Rovi Sues Comcast for Patent Infringement (April 1st)
  • SeaChange Names Peter Faubert CFO
  • SeaChange Updates its Adrenalin Platform; New Features Include "UHD Content Support, Binge Watching and Geographic-Failover" (June 29th)
  • SeaChange Buys Polish STB and Multiscreen Device Software Developer and Integrator, DCC Labs (May 12th)
  • SeaChange Fires Jay Samit, Names Ed Terino CEO (April 7th)
  • SeaChange Names Tony Dolph SVP of Marketing (March 3rd)
  • Canadian Pay-TV Operator, Shaw, to Begin Deploying White-Label Comcast X1 STB's Later this Year; Deployment to Be Complete by End of 2017
  • Elisabeth Murdoch's Vertical Networks Launches Snapchat Discover Channel, "Brother"; Channel Targets Male Millennials
  • Report: NFL Planning to Develop Snapchat Discover Channel
  • Indigenous Media to Produce Sequel to its Snapchat-Based Horror Film, "Sickhouse"
  • Snapchat Expands its Advertising Capabilities (June 13th)
  • Sony's PlayStation Vue Virtual MVPD Service Adds NFL Network, NFL RedZone, More Local CBS Stations
  • PlayStation Vue Begins Offering Local Feeds of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox in those Broadcasters' Owned-and-Operated Markets (May 31st)
  • PlayStation Vue Launches Nationwide (March 14th)
  • Spike Launches "Lip Sync Battle" App
  • Adam Carolla to Host "Interactive Chat Show" on Spike (April 7th)
  • Starz App Launches on Roku
  • Dwayne Johnson Teams with MCN Studio71 (Formerly Collective Digital Studio) to Launch YouTube Channel
  • Report: 59% of US Households Now Have Netflix or Another SVOD Service
  • Content Recommendations Company, Taboola, Acquires Video Advertising Specialist, ConvertMedia, in Bid to Expand its Native Advertising Capabilities
  • T-Mobile's Binge On Data-Free Streaming Program Adds 16 Partners; Now Has Over 100; Program Has Been Criticized by the EFF over Net Neutrality Concerns
  • Internet-Video-to-Pay-TV Company, The QYOU, Launches in Latin America via Deal with Mexican Triple-Play Provider, TotalPlay
  • The QYOU Expands into APAC Region via Deal with MCA
  • The QYOU in Deal with Lufthansa (April 5th)
  • The QYOU in Programming Deal with Fox Sports (March 31st)
  • Vodafone TV Portugal Launches The QYOU (February 9th)
  • The QYOU in Deal with Dutch Pay-TV Operator, Ziggo (January 19th)
  • Comcast-Owned White-Label Video Publishing Company, thePlatform, Powers NBCUniversal's New Reality TV-Themed SVOD Service, hayu; Service Launched in the UK, Ireland and Australia Earlier this Year
  • Comcast Wholesale and thePlatform Launch theVideoPlatform; Billed as "Unify[ing] Broadcast and Online Video Technologies and Offer[ing] One of the Most Comprehensive Solutions for Video Management, Publication, Distribution and Monetization" (April 18th)
  • Advanced-Advertising Company, Tremor Video, Names Jeanne Houweling, VP of Programmatic Demand Partnerships
  • Tremor Video Expands into Malaysia (June 28th)
  • Tremor Video/Cygnal Study: Millennial and Hispanic Voters "Disproportionally Impacted by Online Video" (June 22nd)
  • Tremor Video Adds "Advanced Creative Review" to its Seller Platform, Allowing "Publishers to Evaluate Creative Assets that Are Currently Competing in the Auction Environment to Ensure the Ads Appropriately Match the Content on the Page" (June 6th)
  • Tremor Video Expands Partnership with DoubleVerify to Offer "Real-Time Viewability Optimization through a Unique Direct-to-VPAID Data Pass" (May 3rd)
  • Tremor Video Expands Relationship with SaaS Marketing-Analytics Company, Moat, to "Measure Mobile In-App Viewability and Attention" (May 2nd)
  • Tremor Video Expands into New Zealand (April 25th)
  • Tremor Video in "Real-Time Viewability Optimization" Partnership with Integral Ad Science (March 21st)
  • Tremor Video Hires Andy Morley to Head Programmatic Efforts in the UK (March 14th)
  • Tremor Video Names Jonathan Penn National Director of Automotive for its Buyer Platform (February 2nd)
  • Twitch Begins Shift from Flash to HTML5
  • Sean Parker's Video Chat Company, Airtime, Adds Support for Twitch
  • Twitch Continues Expansion beyond Games-Streaming with Launch of New "Social Eating" Category

  • Twitch Launches "Cheering" Social Feature, Billed as "a Chat Message Highlighted by Special Highly Visible Animated Emotes that Viewers Can Buy Called Bits" (June 27th)
  • Twitch in Multi-Year Deal with Turner-Backed ELEAGUE to Distribute Live and On-Demand eSports Content (May 20th)
  • Twitch, FACEIT Launch "ECS" eSports League Featuring "Team Co-Ownership" (April 6th)
  • Twitch in eSports Partnership with Super Evil Megacorp (March 31st)
  • Twitch Launches 24/7 Food Channel (March 15th)
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