Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VI) 1/24/17: VCC, Wetpaint, VideoAmp, Videology, Vimeo, VR Industry Forum, Watchwith, Within, Alan Wurtzel, Xumo, You.i TV, Turner, YouTube, YuMe, ZoneTV

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 NYC 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.

  • Video Call Center and Wetpaint Say "The Tea" Has Attracted 500,000+ Viewers in First Month
  • Video Call Center and Wetpaint Launch Online Daily Video Call-In Gossip Show, "The Tea" (December 5th)
  • VideoAmp Launches Advanced Television Ignite, an Automated Solution for Video and Linear-TV Planning, Buying and Optimization; Partners Include comScore, LiveRamp, Neustar, WideOrbit and Clypd
  • VideoAmp Integrates its Graph and Screen Tensor Video Technologies with Immersv's VR/360 Advertising Platform
  • Advanced Advertising Company, Videology, Releases "2017 TV & Video Outlook"
  • Vimeo's VHX OTT Platform Adds Support for Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbon One; Signs Multi-Year Deal with Blue Ant Media
  • VR Industry Forum Formed to "Promote the Adoption and End-to-End Interoperability of VR across Key Media and Entertainment Sectors"
  • VRScout Teams with White House to Offer Live 360-Video Stream of President Obama's Farewell Address
  • Comcast Acquires Watchwith; Will Incorporate Company into Its Comcast Metadata Products & Social Services (COMPASS) Arm, Retain All 15 Employees
  • Chris Milk's Within Launches Science-Themed VR Documentary Series, "The Possible"
  • NBCUniversal Research Chief, Alan Wurtzel, Steps Down, Will Take on Advisory Role; Prominent Executive's Legacy Includes Development of NBCU's Total Audience Measurement Index, Creation of CIMM
  • Live and VOD OTT Service, Xumo, in Deal to Offer 60 Ad-Supported Channels on Hisense and Sharp Smart TV's in the US via Virtual Input Integration
  • You.i TV Adapts Turner's Cartoon Network App for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV
  • You.i TV Launches Engine One "Out-of-Box" User-Experience Platform to "Accelerate Development, Delivery and Maintenance of Direct-to-Consumer Video Experiences on TV's, Tablet and Phones from a Single Codebase" (December 15th)
  • You.i TV Named a "Fastest Growing Technology Company in North America" by Deloitte (November 16th)
  • "YouTube Labs" Initiative Links Agencies and Brands with YouTube Creators/Influencers, to Produce Video Ads
  • Report: 29% of Millennial YouTube Viewers Watch Ads to Completion, Only 11% Use Ad-Blocking Software
  • Google Announces Updates to YouTube Advertising to "Allow Advertisers and Agencies to Better Measure their Campaigns and Reach their Audience on YouTube across Screens"
  • YouTube Launches "Super Chat" Feature for its Live Social Broadcasting Service; Feature Lets Viewers Pay to Highlight their Messages
  • YouTube Promotes Creators via "On The Rise" Feature
  • YouTube Premieres Original Show, "This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous" at Sundance Film Festival
  • Soniq Smart TV's to Integrate Seraphic's YouTube TV Solution
  • YuMe Releases Report on Consumer Attitudes toward VR, AR and 360 Video Ad Formats; Finds that Consumers "Engage More and Pay Greater Attention with Immersive Advertising"
  • YuMe Releases 360-Degree Video Ad Format (December 5th)
  • Report: ZoneTV, an OTT Service Targeting Integrations with MVPD STB's, Says It Is Seeking 10,000 Hours of Content at NATPE
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