Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VII): ODEMAX, OpenVV, Oxygen, Instagram, Roku, Apple TV, Showtime, LG Electronics, Sony, Viacom, Switch Media, Foxtel, Syfy, Synacor, Tastemade, Telemundo

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.

  • ODEMAX Launches Private Beta of 4K Downloading Service
  • Online Video Advertising Viewability Initiative, OpenVV, Quadruples Membership
  • Oxygen Media to Launch its First Instagram Series; Series Will Feature Exclusive Content from Network's Original Shows
  • New Research Finds that Roku Is the "Most-Used" Streaming Video Device in US, Beating Apple TV 37% to 24%
  • Senator Schumer Calls on CE Manufacturers to Adopt Security Protocols to Protect Consumers from Being Spied on by "Hackers" via Camera-Equipped Smart TV's
  • Showtime Networks Using LG's LivePlus Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) Technology to Deliver its "Sho Sync" Interactive TV App on 2012 and 2013 LG Connected TV's
  • Report: Sony in "Preliminary" Deal to Offer Viacom's Cable Channels on its Planned Connected-TV Programming Service; Deal Covers Linear Channels and On-Demand Content; Service Expected to Launch on PlayStation Consoles by Year's End
  • Switch Media Trumpets its Role in Foxtel's New "Foxtel Play" OTT Service
  • Syfy Launches Syfy Now "TV Everywhere" App for iPhone and iPad
  • "TV Everywhere" Technology Provider, Synacor, Enters Latin American Market via Deal with Grupo TVCable Ecuador
  • Food-Focused YouTube Programmer, Tastemade, Raises $10 Million
  • Telemundo Offers Extensive Social/Interactive TV Enhancements for "Premios Tu Mundo" Awards, via Vine, zeebox, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook


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