Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Google, Disney, Unit9, Guide, Liberty Global, Virgin Media, FilmFlex, Livefyre, Lovefilm, Amazon, mirada, Ericsson, MONKEYmedia, NBCU, CableCARD, Netflix

Find Your Way to OZ: A Chrome Experiment, inspired by Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful.

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 (June 25th-26th in San Francisco), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • Google Teams with Disney, Unit9 on "Find Your Way to Oz," an HTML5-Powered Immersive Interactive Experience for Chrome
  • Google Updates Hangouts with "Bandwidth Slider" and "Audio-Only Mode"
  • Guide Raises $1 Million, Launches Service that Transforms News Feeds and Other Text-Based Web Content into Avatar-Presented Video
  • Liberty Global to Acquire UK Cable Operator, Virgin Media, for $23.3 Billion; Liberty Recently Launched Horizon TV Platform, Virgin Media Offers TiVo-powered Hybrid-TV Service
  • Liberty Global CEO Says Company Not Currently Planning to Replace Virgin Media's TiVo Platform with Liberty's Horizon TV
  • Virgin Media Adds 187,300 TiVo Customers in Q4, 896,900 in 2012; Now Has Total of 1.33 Million, Representing 35% of its TV Customer Base
  • Virgin Media Renews its VOD Partnership with FilmFlex
  • Social-TV Company, Livefyre, Raises $15 Million in Series-C Funding Round, Led by US Venture Partners
  • UK Broadband VOD Service, Lovefilm, to Offer 11 Original Series Pilots from Production Arm of its Corporate Parent, Amazon
  • Mexican Telco, Axtel, Deploys mirada's Navi User Interface for its New Hybrid-TV Service
  • Axtel Taps Ericsson for Deployment, Integration and Management of its New Hybrid-TV Service
  • MONKEYmedia Awarded Two More US Patents for its "Relativity Controller" Portfolio; Company Is in Patent-Infringement Litigation with Apple, Disney, Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Universal Studios and Warner
  • NBCUniversal Executive Reshuffle Sees Lauren Zalaznick Placed in Charge of Digital Properties, Emerging Technologies
  • NCTA Submits Report to FCC on CableCARD Deployment and Support
  • Netflix Makes First Episode of its New Original Series, "House of Cards," Available to Non-Members for One Month
  • Netflix in Exclusive US Licensing Deal with Queen Latifah's Production Company, Flavor Unit Entertainment
  • Netflix Reveals its Open Source Cloud-Management Roadmap

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