Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IX): YuMe, zeebox, Gracenote, Comcast Xfinity TV, BlackBerry, Sky, Virgin Media, Ex Machina

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2012 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period--as well as the huge volume of news currently being generated by CES 2013--we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a couple of weeks to catch up with all recent developments, 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.

  • YuMe Launches "Click-to-Ngage" Interactive Long-Form Video Ad Unit for Connected TV's
  • YuMe Teams with Frank N. Magid on Survey on Connected-TV Advertising (December 18th)
  • YuMe Trumpets Mobile Video Advertising "Milestones" in the UK, Opens New Offices in France (December 4th)
  • YuMe Launches New Interactive Video Advertising Offerings for Tablets (November 20th)
  • Second-Screen Interactive TV Platform, zeebox, Has Seen 1 Million US Downloads since September Launch
  • zeebox Integrates Gracenote Entourage Audio Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) Technology
  • zeebox Updates its App with Remote-Control Functionality for Comcast Xfinity TV, Spanish-Language Channel Support and More (December 18th)
  • zeebox Launches on BlackBerry (December 18th)
  • zeebox Launches in Ireland, Adds Remote Control Capability for Sky+ and Virgin Media TiVo Customers (December 11th)
  • zeebox Licenses Ex Machina's PlayToTV Technology; Will Enable Range of Interactive TV Widgets, Including Polls, Play-Along Games, Prediction Games and Voting (December 10th)
  • zeebox Launches in Australia (November 14th)

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