Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V): Netflix, Ooyala, LG Electronics, PayPal, Rdio, Rentrak, RGB Networks, Roku, Facebook, Rovi, Showtime, Starz, Studio Moniker

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.

  • Netflix Will Launch New 15-Episode Season of "Arrested Development" May 26th
  • Netflix Casts Light on its Efforts to Replace Microsoft Silverlight with HTML5 Video
  • CEO Hastings: Netflix Streamed 4 Billion+ Hours of Video over Past 3 Months
  • NPD Report Claims that "Viewers Are Less Willing to Use their Second-Screen Devices to Interact Directly with Applications Designed Specifically for the TV Programs they Are Watching," and that "Play-Along Games, Check-In Rewards, Live Voting, and Other Interactive Features Are Highly Effective for the Minority of Second-Screen Viewers, but Do not Resound with Most"
  • Ooyala Publishes "Global Video Index: Broadcaster Edition"; Findings Include: "People Tune into Live Video 2.5 Times Longer than VOD Content" when Viewing Broadcaster Content Online; "Tablet Viewing Spikes on Weekends, when Viewers Spend Twice as Much Time Watching Video from Broadcasters Online"; "Nearly Half of All Tablet Video Consumption Was Spent Watching Videos at Least 20 Minutes Long"
  • LG Electronics Integrates PayPal into its Connected-TV Platform; Tcommerce Functionality, Initially Available in US, UK and Canada, Will Be Rolled Out Shortly in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia
  • Rdio Launches Playlist-Driven, Transactional Streaming Video Site, Vdio, in US and UK
  • Rentrak: Viewing of Free VOD Programming Up 40% Year-over-Year; Total Number of Free VOD Programs Up 29%; Increases for Broadcast-Network Free VOD Viewing and Programming Even Higher
  • RGB Networks Launches Second Generation of its Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) Transcoding Solution for "TV Everywhere"; VMG Gen 2 Is Billed as Being Capable of Transcoding 1,000+ Output Video Streams in a Single Chassis without Compromising Quality
  • Roku Names Logitech Exec., Erik Bardman, CFO
  • Facebook to Integrate Rovi's Rovi Video Database into its Platform; Integration Will "Offer App Developers a High-Quality, Standardized Base of Entertainment Data for Creating Meaningful Consumer Apps and Interaction with Entertainment-Related Content"
  • Showtime Anytime "TV Everywhere" Web Site and App Now Available to Comcast Xfinity TV Customers
  • Starz Launches iPad-Based Second-Screen App for "Da Vinci's Demons"; ACR-Powered App Offers both Broadcast-Synchronized and Post-Show Activities
  • Dutch Design Firm, Studio Moniker, Develops Interactive Video, "Do Not Touch," that Is Crowdsourced via Viewers' Cursors

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