Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): Bravo, Megaphone, Charter, Cisco, Clypd, CMT, Comcast, NBCU, DTG

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:

  • Bravo Expands Use of its Megaphone-Powered "Play Live" Interactive TV Platform to Pre-Recorded Shows
  • Charter CEO, Rutledge, Says Company May Eventually Be Able to Stop Buying Set-Top Boxes
  • Norwegian Cable Operator, GET, Selects Cisco Videoscape Unity Video-Services Delivery Platform to Power "Personalized and Synchronized TV" across Multiple Devices
  • Belgian Cable Operator, Telenet, Selects Cisco Videoscape Snowflake User Interface to Power Navigation of Content and Services across Devices
  • Clypd, a Start-Up Offering an Exchange for Interactive TV and Video Advertising, Raises $3.2 Million in Series-A Funding Round; Company Founded by Ex-PayPal Execs, Joshua Summers and Doug Hurd
  • JB and The Moonshine Band Invite CMT Viewers to Vote for Ending of their New Music Video
  • In FCC Filing, Comcast States NBCUniversal Has "Received and Is Negotiating Several 'Full Freight' Requests" from Online Video Distributors (OVD's); Says Agreements with OVD's "Have Become a Regular Part of the Company's Program Licensing Business"
  • Comcast "Watchathon" Promotion Will Offer Subscribers Free Access to HBO Go, Showtime Anywhere and other Premium "TV Everywhere" Content
  • Comcast 2012 Xfinity On Demand Awards Recognize Most-Viewed Programs, Movies and Musicians on MSO's VOD Platform
  • Report Finds Consumers Increasingly Interested in Purchasing a Connected TV
  • UK's Digital Television Group (DTG) Launches Consultation on Future Management of Digital TV Interoperability

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