Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Comcast, Comedy Central, Xbox, Commercial Break, Cord-Cutting, Roger Corman, Cox,, Icareus, Screen, HbbTV, Digitalsmiths, zeebox, Thuuz

Commercial Break App

As most of our readers are probably aware, [itvt]'s news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT 2013 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.

  • Comcast Cable CEO Smit: X1 Cloud-Based Interface Now Deployed to 53% of MSO's Footprint
  • Comcast Testing Cloud-Based DVR App for iOS
  • Comedy Central Launches its CC:Stand-Up App on Xbox
  • "Commercial Break" App Launches in Public Beta in NYC; App Uses Digital Signal Processing to Distinguish between Advertising and Programming, and Alerts Users when their Program Comes Back from Commercials
  • Analyst Craig Moffett: Latest Pay-TV Subscriber Declines Show that Cord-Cutting Is No "Urban Myth"
  • Roger and Julie Corman's Subscription-Based YouTube Channel, "Corman's Drive-In," Now Available in UK, Japan, Brazil, France, Spain, Russia, South Korea, Australia; Previously Launched in US, Canada (July 2nd)
  • Cox Launches "Contour" Second-Screen App for iPad; Features Include User Guide with 8 Profiles, ThinkAnalytics-Powered Personalized Recommendations, Access to 90 Live National Cable Channels, VOD, Ability to Record 6 Shows Simultaneously on DVR
  •, Icareus and Screen Partner to Launch "HbbTV Toolbox" for Broadcasters (June 17th)
  • Digitalsmiths' Seamless Discovery Platform Powers Recommendations for zeebox (June 24th)
  • Digitalsmiths Teams with Thuuz to Add "Sports Discovery" App to its Seamless Discovery Platform; App "Leverage[s] the Thuuz Sports Rating Engine to Boost Recommendations for Sporting Events Based on the Game's Excitement Factor" (June 10th)
  • Digitalsmiths Launches Unified Data Service; Service "Creates a Single Index where Multiple Video-Related Data Sources Are Ingested, Aggregated, Reconciled and Stored," Providing Operators with a "Deep Video Metadata Library that Increases the Contextual Data of Each Video Asset" (June 6th)

Corman's Drive In

Cox Contour

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