Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VI): Syfy, Gracenote, Synacor, Tesco, BBC Worldwide, Thomson, Time Warner Cable, TiVo,, TransGaming

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.

  • Syfy Presents Multiple New Interactive- and Social-TV Shows at its Upfront (More)
  • Syfy Trumpets Ratings, Social-Media and Gameplay Success of its New Transmedia Series, "Defiance"
  • Gracenote's Entourage Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) Platform Powering Second-Screen Interactive TV for Syfy's "Defiance" and "Haven" Shows; App Lets Viewers Access Bonus Content, Pictures, Bios and Backstories; Viewer Polls with Real-Time Feedback; Alternate Endings
  • Midcontinent Using Synacor's Cloud ID Social Login Technology to Authenticate Subscribers for its "TV Everywhere" Services via Facebook, Twitter or Google
  • UK Retailer, Tesco, in Programming Deal with BBC Worldwide for Clubcard TV, its blinkbox-Powered, Free, Ad-Supported Streaming-Video Service for Members of its Clubcard Loyalty Program
  • Thomson Video Networks Launches High-Density, 8-Channel Versions of its ViBE Broadcast and Contribution Encoders
  • Thomson Launches New Version of its ViBE EM4000 Multichannel HD ATSC Encoder
  • Thomson's ViBE VS7000 Multiscreen Video Encoding/Transcoding System Adds Support for HEVC Compression Standard
  • Time Warner Cable's TWC TV "TV Everywhere" App for iOS Now Supports Access to Live and VOD Programming Out of Home
  • TiVo Appoints Olson as its Agency of Record
  • Voice-Driven Social-TV Specialist,, Launches "TOK Baseball" Second-Screen App
  • TransGaming in Deal to Launch its GameTree TV Connected-TV Gaming Service on Roku
  • TransGaming in Deal to Offer GameTree TV in the Opera TV Store (February 20th)
  • Tribeca Film Festival Programs 5 Transmedia Works

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