Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V): Scripps Networks, SCTE, Simulmedia, Sling Media, Sprout, STMicroelectronics, NTT Plala, Swisscom, CBS, Syncbak, TBS, Tremor Video, IAB UK, Nielsen, Vine

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 (June 25th-26th in San Francisco--special $300 discount on tickets ends midnight April 30th!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format.

  • Scripps Networks Interactive to Roll Out Suite of "TV Everywhere" Web Sites and Mobile Apps this Summer
  • SCTE Publishes New Standards Document, SCTE 130-10 2013 ("Stream Restriction Data Model"), that Is Designed to Provide Programmers and Cable Operators with New Capabilities for Selectively Enabling or Disabling Fast-Forwarding in VOD Programming and Advertising
  • Simulmedia Report Finds Audience Fragmentation Is Hampering Reach of TV Ad Campaigns
  • Sling Media Releases Slingbox 500 Firmware Update, Enabling "SlingSync" Feature that Lets Users Push Content from Mobiles to Slingbox 500-Connected TV's and Play Back Files on External Hard Drive Connected via Box's USB Port
  • New Show, "Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave," from Children's Programmer, Sprout, Will Let Viewers Play Along via Smartphone and Tablet; Broadcaster Touts "Aggressive Multi-Platform Strategy"
  • STMicroelectronics' Orly System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Powering New Generation of Sumitomo-Built, Android-Based, IPTV Set-Top Boxes for Japan's NTT Plala
  • Swisscom Lets Subscribers Access "TV Everywhere" Services outside Switzerland
  • In Move Seen as Attempt to Counter Aereo, CBS Takes Minority Stake in Syncbak; Syncbak Uses Location-Based Authentication Technology to Enable Local TV Stations to Stream Video to In-Market Consumers
  • TBS Holds Crowd-Sourced Casting Call to Find Viewers' Champion--Dubbed "The People's Nerd"--for Competition Series, "King of the Nerds"
  • Tremor Video, IAB UK, Nielsen, Performics Publish Study that Finds VOD Advertising Successfully Complements TV Campaigns
  • Tribeca Film Festival Announces Finalists of its Vine-Driven #6SecFilms Contest

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