Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III) 8/19/16: Kudelski, LeEco, LG, Liberty, LinkedIn, Machinima, Microsoft, MikMak, NBC, Snapchat, Olympics, Netflix, Ooyala, Pinterest, Roku, Rovi, Samba TV, Showtime, Sky

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.

  • Kudelski Group Settles Patent Litigation with Hulu and Apple TV; Previously Settled Litigation with Yahoo
  • LeEco Co-Founder: "We Are Planning a Very Significant Cooperation with Netflix, and the Details Will Be Announced in Q3"; Chinese Company Recently Acquired US TV Manufacturer, Vizio
  • LG Launches Xumo's "Channel Plus" Service on its 2016 Smart TV's; Service "Offers Free Access to an Extensive Roster of Premium Internet Content--Available as both Live and On-Demand Programming--Presented Simply as TV Channels alongside OTA Channels"
  • Liberty Global CEO Provides Update on Company's Next-Gen, Cloud-Powered 4K STB, "EOS"
  • Liberty Global CEO: Netflix Has Lost Its "Cool Factor" and Is No Longer a Major Threat to Pay-TV
  • LinkedIn Enters Video Space with Content from "Influencers"
  • MCN Machinima to Offer Programming on Amazon Prime Video and Sky Q; Programming Will Be Available on Amazon Prime as an Add-On Subscription Service; CEO Gutstein: "These Deals…Are Important Steps as We Continue to Expand Our Programming Service to an Increasingly Significant Number of Digital Video Platforms"
  • Machinima Overhauls its Network of Channels to Highlight Specific Content Categories
  • Microsoft Acquires Videogaming-Focused, Interactive Live-Streaming Service, Beam; Will Integrate into Xbox; "One of the Best Parts about Beam Is that the Interactivity Is Easy for Streamers to Enable and Customize, and Is Designed to Work with Any Game"
  • Tcommerce Company, MikMak, Raises $3.2 Million
  • MTV to Simulcast "Unlocking the Truth" Season Premiere on Facebook Live and YouTube
  • NBCUniversal to Produce Original Series for Snapchat under New Content and Advertising Partnership; First Offering Will Be "The Voice on Snapchat"
  • NBC Entertainment Chief, Bob Greenblatt, Casts Light on Company's OTT Plans
  • Ratings for NBC's Olympics Coverage on TV Decline, while its Streaming Coverage Surges (More)
  • NBC's NBC Olympics Arm Selects Microsoft Azure to Power Live and On-Demand Streaming
  • NBC Olympics Offers Temporary Streaming Pass for its Olympics Coverage
  • NBC Olympics in Search Partnership with Google
  • NBC Olympics in Digital Content Deal with Yahoo; Deal "Provides Yahoo's Audience in the US with Links to All of NBCOlympics.com's Exclusive Live-Streamed Events and Video Highlights"
  • NBC Ad Sales for Rio Olympics Up 20% from 2012 London Games; Digital Ad Sales Up 33%
  • Netflix Launches Promotional VR Experience for "Stranger Things"
  • Netflix Teams with Enseo to Offer its Service in More Hotel Rooms
  • UK Regulator Ofcom Publishes its 2016 Communications Market Report
  • Start-Up OmniVirt Powers 360-Degree Advertising on Mobile Browsers
  • Ooyala Launches Ooyala AppStudio, Billed as a "Turnkey OTT Solution for Innovative Video Providers to Cost-Effectively Build and Deploy Comprehensive OTT App- and Web-Based Video Entertainment Experiences"
  • Pennsylvania Begins Levying 6% Tax on Subscription OTT Services
  • Pinterest Upping its Video Game via Development of Native Video Player, Visual Search Tools for Video
  • Pinterest Launches Video Advertising Product, "Promoted Video Pins"
  • Report: Programmatic Lags in Hispanic Media
  • Discovery TV Everywhere Services Launch on Roku
  • Report: FCC Filings Suggest Roku Set to Launch New Line of Streaming Devices
  • Rovi Launches i-Guide HD R32; Click! Network Is First to Deploy
  • Smart TV-Powered Real-Time Advertising and Media Analytics Company, Samba TV, Names Ex-AOL ONE Exec, Dan Ackerman, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Samba TV in Deal to Provide Media Agency, MullenLowe Mediahub, with Analytics for Cross-Platform Media Planning and Buying (May 16th)
  • Samba TV Opens Nevada Office (April 28th)
  • Samba TV Appoints VP's of Marketing and Regional Sales (April 19th)
  • Showtime President Says Company's Standalone Streaming Service Has 1 Million+ Subs; However, He Is Still "a Big Believer in Bundling"
  • Sky Expands Online Video Section of its Sky Q Service with Content from Tastemade, Comedy Central UK, Vice, Copa90, GINX eSports TV and Machinima
  • Report: Sky to Launch its Now TV OTT Service in Spain "as the First Stage of a Plan to Challenge Netflix and Amazon across" Europe
  • Sky Streams "Soccer Saturday" on Facebook and YouTube

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