Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I) 8/1/16: Olympics, Comcast, NBCU, ABC, Lorne Michaels, Turner, Accedo, ADB, Adobe, Alticast, Amazon, Anvato, Apple, Augmented Reality, AT&T, DirecTV Now

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.

  • 2016 Olympics: Comcast Hoping to Use Event to Showcase Capabilities of its X1 Platform; NBC to Offer 85 Hours of VR Coverage; BuzzFeed, Snapchat Tapped to Help Reach Millennials
  • Altice Licenses NBCU's Planned 6,755 Hours of 2016 Olympics Coverage for its Cablevision and Suddenlink Systems; Most of the Coverage Will Be Available Exclusively via TV Everywhere
  • Report: NBCU Using Social-Video Influencers to Promote 2016 Olympics Coverage to Millennials
  • IOC to Launch OTT Olympic Channel August 21st
  • ABC Relaunches Streaming Service: "ABCd" Is Ad-Supported and Requires No Pay-TV Authentication; Offers 7 Original Short-Form Series, Full Seasons of 38 Older Shows
  • ABC News Partners with Facebook on Live RNC and DNC Coverage
  • ABC News Launches New Apps for Android, iOS, Apple TV; Revamps Home Page
  • Disney/ABC Television Group Names Ex-Xbox Design Exec, John Solaro, Head of User Experience and Product Innovation for Digital Media, Ex-Gracenote Exec, Roger Tsai, VP of Digital Strategy, Business Planning and Operations
  • Lorne Michaels' Digital Comedy Studio, Above Average, Secures $15 Million Investment from Turner Broadcasting, Advance Vixeid Partners
  • TV Apps Company, Accedo, Opens Office in Brazil
  • Accedo Raises $10 Million, Appoints Ex-Broadway Systems and OpenTV CEO, James Ackerman, as Chairman (June 27th)

  • Accedo Brings Sky Deutschland's Sky Online Service to PlayStation 3 and 4 (June 14th)
  • Accedo Tapped to Develop maxdome's New SVOD Service (April 26th)
  • Accedo Partners with Net Insight to Enable Live and Linear OTT Experiences in Mobile Apps (April 18th)
  • Accedo Partners with Brightcove to Develop Brightcove OTT Flow, Billed as "a Turnkey OTT Solution for Media Companies and Content Owners...to Rapidly Deploy High-Quality Direct-to-Consumer, Live and On-Demand Video Services across Platforms" (April 11th)
  • Dubai-Based Pay-TV Provider, OSN, Taps Accedo to Develop TV App (March 22nd)
  • Accedo Opens Singapore Office (February 29th)
  • ADB to Launch graphyne2 Pay-TV/OTT Platform at IBC; Supports "Personalized User Interfaces and Second-Screen Applications"
  • Adobe to Launch Lightroom App for Apple TV
  • Alticast Names Mike Fallon President of Alticast Americas; John Carlucci (Previously President and CTO) to Focus on CTO Role
  • Alticast Teams with Videotron for "First Canadian Launch of 4K UHD STB" (March 23rd)
  • Alticast Names Nara Won VP of Business Development and Strategy for the Americas (March 3rd)
  • Amazon Announces First Winner of its Amazon Video Direct Stars Program
  • Amazon Launches Amazon Video Direct; Program Lets Creators Distribute their Videos via Amazon Video and Collect Royalties for Hours Streamed (May 10th)
  • Report: Amazon Planning to Launch Prime Video in France, Spain and Italy
  • Amazon Enables Android Users to Download Amazon Video and Prime Video Content to SD Cards
  • OTT/TVE Technology Company, Anvato, Acquired by Alphabet, Will Join the "Google Cloud Platform Team"
  • Anvato Adds "Instant Live-to-VOD," "Business Insights," Roku and Amazon Fire Support to its Media Content Platform (April 18th)
  • Anvato Adds Support for 360-Degree Video (April 14th)
  • Anvato Enables Broadcasters to " Take Content from the Cutting-Room Floor to an OTT Channel" (April 7th)
  • Anvato's Media Content Platform Tapped to Power MHz's MHz Choice OTT Service (January 20th)
  • Apple Seeking Participants for Reality Show, "Planet of the Apps"
  • Apple CEO Hints at "Bigger TV Plans," Including TV-Related Release in the Fall
  • Apple's Media Chief, Eddy Cue, Discusses Company's TV Plans
  • NASA Releases Apple TV App
  • Report: $2 Billion Invested in AR and VR Companies over Past Year
  • AT&T CFO: Planned DirecTV Now OTT Offering Will Be a "Game Changer"
  • Viewers of AT&T's AUDIENCE Network Can Now "Snack on Fullscreen"
  • AT&T Acquires OTT/TVE Technology Company, Quickplay Media (June 28th)
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