Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I) 8/19/16: ABC, Accedo, Alticast, Amazon, Apple, AT&T AdWorks, AwesomenessTV, BBC, BBDO, BitTorrent, Blab, Blake Krikorian, CBS, CNN, comScore

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.

  • ABC Entertainment Orders Additional Installments of 3 ABCd Series, Acquires 2 More Digital Series; Shows Will Be Available Exclusively on Recently Relaunched ABC App for Desktop, Mobile and Connected TV
  • Accedo Develops Olympics App for LG Connected-TV's in Brazil
  • Alticast Joins "Certified Widevine Implementation Partner Program"
  • Amazon Prime Video to Significantly Increase Content Spending, Triple Number of Originals, in 2H, 2016
  • Amazon Streams Pilots Free of Charge on Twitch
  • Amazon Streams Pilots Free of Charge on Facebook and YouTube
  • Apple Launches "Apple TV Remote" App
  • Redbooth Launches Collaboration App on Apple TV
  • Report: Apple Developing TV Guide that Would Facilitate Programming Discovery across OTT Apps
  • Apple in Documentary-Production Partnership with Record Label, Cash Money Records
  • AT&T AdWorks Launches 60-Second Linear Addressable TV Ad Format
  • AT&T AdWorks Trumpets Results of Cross-Screen Addressable Advertising Trials (May 10th)
  • AT&T AdWorks Conducts Ad Campaign to Promote Addressable Advertising (April 18th)
  • AT&T AdWorks Hosts 100+ Upfronts across the US (March 17th)
  • AT&T AdWorks Teams with Videology to Launch "Video Inventory Platform" (VIP); Billed as "an Automated, Self-Service Private Marketplace for Our Data-Optimized Linear-TV Ad Inventory" (March 3rd)
  • AwesomenessTV Names Ex-ABC Entertainment EVP, Samie Kim Falvey, Chief Content Officer of Premium Short-Form Mobile Content Service It Will Launch in Partnership with Verizon; Service Was Announced in April Following Verizon's Acquisition of a 24.5% Stake in AwesomenessTV
  • BBC iPlayer Users Must Pay TV License Fee, Beginning September 1st
  • BBC Launches "BBC Sport 360" VR Service for 2016 Olympics; Service Offers Live and On-Demand Video
  • Agency BBDO Launches "Project Thumb Breaker" to Help its Clients Edit Video for Facebook
  • Mexican Operator, Gobo, Deploys Beenius's "Unified TV" Platform
  • BitTorrent Looking to Nurture Creators via New "Discovery Fund"
  • Live Social Broadcasting App, Blab, Shuts Down; CEO Puri Promises It Will Return as "an 'Always On' Place to Hang with Friends" Rather than "a Way to Broadcast to an Audience"
  • TV Place-Shifting Pioneer, Blake Krikorian, Dead at 48
  • Bravo, Mashable Unveil "Real Housekids": Show Is First of 4 Web Series the Companies Will Co-Produce under Deal Announced in March
  • CableLabs Announces Start-Ups Selected for its "UpRamp Fiterator" Program
  • CBS to Launch Digital Edition of "Big Brother" on its CBS All Access Subscription OTT Service
  • CBS Interactive President: "We're Toying with the Idea of a Commercial Free Option [for CBS All Access] and How We Might Roll That Out to Consumers"
  • CEO: CenturyLink's OTT Plans Are Centered on "Skinny Bundles" that Will Include Local Broadcasters
  • UK Terrestrial Broadcaster, Channel 4, Appoints 3 Commissioning Editors to Curate Digital-First Content for its All 4 Service
  • Channel 4, Sky Co-Invest in Online TV Rights Company, TRX; Company Enables TV Rights Buyers and Sellers to Connect and Complete Licensing Deals Entirely Online
  • Report: Branded Content Now Part of Half of CNN International's Ad Deals
  • Comcast Patents Tcommerce Solution
  • Report: Comcast's Xi5 HDR STB in Employee Trials
  • CEO Dauman: Viacom Increasing its Reliance on comScore Data for Ad Deals
  • comScore Names Co-Founder, Gian Fulgoni, CEO; Ex-Rentrak CEO, Bill Livek, "Will Assume Strategic and Day-to-Day Responsibility for the Expansion of comScore's Fast-Growing TV, Cross-Platform and Movies Measurement Businesses"
  • CNN Using comScore's Xmedia Service to Enable Unified View of Audiences across TV, Desktop and Mobile (April 27th)
  • comScore in Advertising Viewability Partnership with Facebook (April 20th)
  • comScore Partners with Adobe to "Deliver Consistent, Cross-Device Audience Measurement of Video and Ad Content" (March 22nd)
  • comScore in Multi-Year Cross-Platform Measurement Deal with Viacom (March 18th)


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