Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VI): Viggle, Boxfish, BuddyTV, Dijit/NextGuide, Virgin Media, Vision247, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, MixBit, YouTube, YouView, BT, YuMe

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.

  • Rewards-Based Second-Screen Company, Viggle, Launches "Viggle Audience Network," Enabling it to Sell Advertising in Multiple Formats across Partner Services "at the Intersection of TV and Mobile Entertainment"; Claims Reach of Close to 10 Million Viewers; Launch Partners Include Boxfish, BuddyTV, Dijit Media/NextGuide
  • UK Cable MSO, Virgin Media, in VOD Deal with DHX Media; Titles Covered by the Deal Include "Paddington Bear," "Inspector Gadget," "Caillou"
  • Virgin Media in VOD Deal with Sesame Workshop (August 1st)
  • Vision247 Launches "Perception" IPTV/OTT Platform; Billed as "a Pre-Packaged, Fast-to-Deploy, Highly Scalable, End-to-End Content-Acquisition, Management and Distribution Platform which Supplies Network Operators with IPTV Middleware, Content Management, Billing and Monetization for Delivery of Premium Linear Broadcast and VOD": Features "Full Integration with Smart TV's, STB's and Transcoding for iOS and Android Smartphones and Tablets"
  • Vision247 Tapped by ViewSat as its Exclusive Partner for Provisioning Web Video Streaming Services to its TV-Channel Customers (July 11th)
  • Vision247 Launches "Vision TV Network" App for iOS and Android; App Provides Polish-, Greek- and French-Speaking Viewers in UK with Selection of Live, Free-to-View and Subscription-Based Channels (May 21st)
  • YouTube Co-Founders, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Launch Video-Editing/Mixing App, MixBit; App Lets Users Combine Up to 256 16-Second Clips into Hour-Long Video; Hurley: "The Whole Purpose of MixBit Is to Reuse the Content within the System. I Really Want to Focus on Great Stories that People Can Tell"
  • YouTube Offers Viewer-Controlled 360-Degree Livestream of Kings of Leon Concert
  • YouTube Wins Technology & Engineering Emmy for its Personalized Video Recommendations
  • UK Hybrid-TV Platform, YouView, Expected to Launch 130+ IP Channels within the Next Year
  • BT Adds 21 OTT Channels to its Implementation of the YouView Platform
  • Digital Video Advertising Solutions Provider, YuMe, Closes IPO


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