Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): Beachfront Media, MeFeedia, Google TV, CBS, Charter, CableCARD, Comigo,, Hola, KPMG

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 generated earlier this month 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.

  • Beachfront Media's Beachfront Builder Video-App Development Platform Adds Support for Connected TV; Supported Connected-TV Platforms Include LG, Samsung, Roku, Most Google TV devices; Company also Announces that its MeFeedia Video-Discovery Engine is Available on Google TV, Together with Second-Screen Experience
  • Renewed CBS-Charter Carriage Agreement Includes New Online and VOD Availability of Programming from CBS and Showtime
  • Charter Seeking Two-Year CableCARD Waiver
  • Comigo Supplies its Smart-TV Solution to International Russian-Language Broadcaster, KartinaTV; Solution Includes IP STB, Client Apps for Android and iOS, and a Range of Social-TV Capabilities
  • Integrates HbbTV into its "Iris" HTML5 Platform for Set-Top Boxes
  • Hola Unblocker Allows Out-of-Country Users to Access Geo-Restricted Broadband Video Sites, Such as BBC iPlayer and Hulu
  • KPMG Survey Finds Nearly 60% of US Consumers Use Tablets and Smartphones while Watching TV

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