Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II) 8/19/16: Cox, Discovery, Sling TV, Disney, BAMTech, Facebook/Instagram Video, FourthWall Media, FreeCast, Furious Corp., IRIS.TV, FX, Hulu, Intel, Kaltura

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.

  • New Study Tracks Differences in Viewing Behavior between Cord-Cutters/Nevers and Cable TV Subscribers
  • Cox Communications to Launch Latino-Focused $9.99-per-Month Subscription Streaming Service, "Glosi"; Will Feature "Thousands of Hours of Exclusive Content and Original Programming"
  • Discovery Communications Takes Minority Stake in Chinese MCN, VS Media
  • Ex-Samsung Smart TV Exec, Bernard Ho, Named VP of Partnerships and Development for Discovery Digital Networks
  • New Dish-NFL Network Carriage Agreement Will See NFL Network and NFL RedZone Added to Sling TV
  • Report: Dish, EchoStar Close to Retail Launch of Sling AirTV, a Platform that Integrates Local OTA TV with Sling TV's Virtual MVPD Service
  • Disney Acquires 33% Stake in Video-Streaming Company, BAMTech, for $1 Billion: BAMTech Will "Become a Key Partner for Disney in the Delivery and Support of Streaming Video and Other Digital Products," Including "a New ESPN-Branded Multi-Sport Subscription Streaming Service in the Future"
  • WSJ: NFL, Disney, NBCU and Other Content Owners Wary of Striking Video Deals with Facebook, due to Concerns about Advertising Arrangements
  • Facebook Rolls Out "Guide" ("a New Way to Give Your Viewers a Guided Tour of Your 360 Video as it Plays, so They Can Enjoy a Lean-Back Experience and Never Miss a Key Moment") and "Heatmap" ("Shows You Which Portions of a 360 Video's Field of View Your Audience Is Spending the Most Time Watching") Publisher Tools for 360-Degree Video
  • Facebook Rolls Out New Video Metrics
  • Facebook Begins Testing Ability to Stream Videos to TV via Apple AirPlay, Google Chromecast
  • Facebook's Instagram Testing New "Channels" Section for Video Binge-Viewing
  • Instagram Launches Video Channel for Live Events
  • Facebook Teams with IOC and Multiple National Olympic Committees and Broadcasters for Major Video Push; Previously Announced Video Partnership with NBC
  • Facebook Live Streams to Include Ads; Facebook: "We're Running a Small Test Where a Group of Publishers Have the Option to Insert a Short Ad Break in their Facebook Live Videos"
  • Survey of Agency and Client Marketing Executives Finds Large Social-Media Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter Play Bigger Role in Success of Online Video Ad Campaigns than Video-Specific Platforms such as YouTube
  • Start-Up Filtrie Announces "Patented Technology for Customized TV Ads"
  • Fine Bros. Entertainment Rebrands Following "React" Backlash
  • FOTV Media Networks (FilmOn, CinemaNow, OvGuide) Set to Go Public
  • FourthWall Media Partners with Data Trust to Create Addressable Voter Segments for GOP Ad Campaigns
  • FourthWall Media Secures US Patent for "Data Collection and Compression Technology for Low-Bandwidth Transmission Critical to Census-Level Measurement" (May 10th)
  • FourthWall Media's Census-Level STB Data to Power Collective's VISTO Advertising Hub and Audience Engine Advertising Network (April 6th)
  • Cablevision Media Sales to Use FourthWall's Census-Level Viewership Data and Data-Collection Solutions to Target Audiences across US (March 30th)
  • AOL Taps FourthWall to Help Bolster its Programmatic TV Offering (March 23rd)
  • FreeCast Provides Extensive Coverage of Rio Olympics via its New Select TV Platform
  • FreeCast Launches its Next-Generation Platform, Select TV; Billed as "Search[ing] Millions of Sources Worldwide to Bring together More Content than Even the Largest On-Demand Libraries" (July 25th)
  • FreeCast Rolls Out New Features, Content for its Rabbit TV Plus Platform (June 20th)
  • UK Free-to-Air Satellite TV Service, Freesat, Launches Real-Time Audience-Measurement Service
  • Funny or Die Lays Off 30% of its Work Force, Closes Silicon Alley Office
  • Personalization Company, IRIS.TV, Partners on End-to-End Video Programming and Monetization Solution with Inventory and Revenue Optimization Specialist, Furious Corp.; Partnership Will See Furious Corp. Guaranteeing to IRIS.TV Publishers that It Will "Deliver a 10X Advertising Revenue ROI in the First Year after Integration of the Combined Solution"
  • Despite Ongoing Increase in Number of Scripted Shows, FX CEO Landgraf Maintains that "Peak TV" Will Decline in "2019 at the Latest"; Warns of Netflix Creative "Monopoly"
  • Google Touts Chrome Update as Improving Quality, Efficiency of Online Video on Android
  • HBO CEO Plepler Trumpets HBO Now's "Enormous Momentum," Says Company Is Having "Constructive Conversations" with Hulu
  • HBO to Begin Airing Nightly News Program from Vice Media
  • Hulu to Phase Out Free TV on Its Own Site, though Will Still Offer Free Library via "View" Partnership with Yahoo
  • Time Warner Takes 10% Stake in Hulu, Will Offer its Turner Networks on Hulu's Planned Live-Streaming Service
  • Hulu Secures Exclusive Off-Network US Streaming Rights to "Homeland"
  • Intel Unveils "Project Alloy" VR/AR Headset, Announces Windows 10 VR Collaboration with Microsoft
  • Video Technology Company, Kaltura, Secures $50 Million in Pre-IPO Funding from Goldman Sachs
  • Kaltura Launches "Video Platform as a Service" (May 18th)
  • Kaltura Teams with Encompass Digital Media on Managed OTT TV Solution (April 19th)
  • Kaltura Teams with Harmonic on SaaS Platform for Fast Launch of "Live to OTT" Services (April 14th)
  • India's Viacom18 Taps Kaltura to Power its OTT VOD Service, "VOOT" (April 6th)

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