Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): Simulmedia, SoftAtHome, Suddenlink, TiVo, Samsung, Tesco, ThinkAnalytics, TWC, Twitter, Western Digital, YouTube, Freesat, zeebox, Viacom, NBCUniversal

Suddenlink Any-room DVR with TiVo Mini

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:

  • TV Ad-Targeting Company, Simulmedia, Raises an Additional $5 Million
  • SoftAtHome Integrates Microsoft's Smooth Streaming Technology into its SoftAtHome Operating Platform (SOP)
  • Suddenlink Launches TiVo Mini to Support Multi-Room DVR Service
  • Telemundo Internacional in Deal with Samsung LatAm to Launch VOD App on Connected TV's and Mobiles (January 29th)
  • UK Supermarket Chain, Tesco, Launches Blinkbox-Powered "Clubcard TV" Streaming Video Service in Private Beta; Following Planned Commercial Launch in the Spring, Service Will Be Available Exclusively to Tesco Clubcard Members
  • Multiplatform TV Search and Recommendations Company, ThinkAnalytics, Says it Now Has 40+ Operator Customers, 100 Million Licensed Subscribers; New Customer Wins Include Swisscom, Zon, Canal Digital, LGI's Unity Media; Company Claims to Have Doubled Revenues and Profits in 2012
  • Time Warner Cable Adds On-Demand Content to its Site; VOD for the TWC TV App for iPad Launched Last December
  • Twitter: 66% of Primarily Mobile Twitter Users Use the Service while Watching TV; Primarily Mobile Users 32% More Likely than other Users to Use Twitter while TV Watching
  • Unicorn Media Launches OnceUX, Billed as Enabling Dynamic Ad Insertion and Interactive Ad Capabilities for IP-Enabled Devices (January 16th)
  • Warner Bros. Attempting to Combat Piracy by Offering Movies on China's You On Demand Just Four Weeks after US Premiere
  • WD (Western Digital) Launches $69.99 "WD TV Play" Streaming Media Player; Featured Apps Include YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, SlingPlayer, Spotify, Pandora and Facebook; Device also Lets Users Access Media Files from other Networked Devices in the Home
  • YouTube to Launch Service on UK Free-to-Air Satellite Platform, Freesat; HTML5 App Will Offer "TV-Optimized, Visually Stunning and Fully Interactive Viewing Experience"
  • zeebox Launches "SpotSynch" Automated Second-Screen Advertising Platform in US and UK; Platform Lets Advertisers Serve Ads within the zeebox App that are Synchronized with their TV Spots; Viacom, NBCUniversal First to Use

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