Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): ABC, Mass Relevance,, Aereo, AOL On, Carambola, Apple,, Aspiro TV, The Atlantic, AwesomenessTV, Russell Simmons, Azuki Systems, LG

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.

  • ABC, Country Music Association, Mass Relevance Partner on "Broadcast Television Instagram Integration," which Debuts during ABC's August 12th Broadcast of CMA Music Festival; Initiative Lets Viewers Appear on TV by Posting Photos to Instagram Using "#CMAfest" Tag
  • Report Claims that Online Video Advertising Exchange,, which Was Recently Acquired by AOL, "Has a Major Problem with Suspect Inventory"
  • CEO Kanojia Claims Aereo Will Be Profitable with Just "Hundreds of Thousands" of Subscribers
  • AOL's AOL On Video Arm Taps Carambola to Power New "Spot On" Interactive Video Ad Format; Carambola's Algorithms Analyze Each Video, then Add Thematically Related Interactive Layer Featuring Polls, Trivia, Commerce and More; AOL Claims Pilot Program Generated Significant Increase in Engagement
  • Apple Buys Programming-Guidance Company,; Company, which Offered iOS App, Closed in May
  • Aspiro TV Launches "TV Everywhere" Apps Suite
  • "The Atlantic" Debuts Two New, Original Broadband Video Series, Expands its Video Team; Plans to Launch More Programming Later this Year
  • Russell Simmons Teams with AwesomenessTV to Launch All Def Digital, a YouTube Channel Devoted to Urban Music, Comedy and Spoken Word; Channel's Launch Marred by "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" Controversy
  • AwesomenessTV Set to Earn $95 Million from its Acquisition by DreamWorks Animation
  • OTT Specialist, Azuki Systems, Teams with LG Electronics on "Android Stick" HDMI-Port Streaming Device, Targeted at Pay-TV Operators


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