Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): Interactive Media Emmy Winners, ActiveVideo, Amino, Apple, BBC Red Button, Boxfish, Cisco, Intel, Verizon, Discovery, Disney/ABC, EKT, Entropic, nangu.TV

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.

  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group Announces Winners of Emmy Awards for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media: 1) Multiplatform Storytelling: "Top Chef's Last Chance Kitchen", Bravo Media, Magical Elves; 2) Original Interactive Program: "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"--Pemberley Digital; 3) Social TV Experience: "Oprah's Lifeclass"--OWN Digital; 4) User Experience and Visual Design: "The Nick App"--Nickelodeon
  • ActiveVideo Whitepaper Finds that, even in Worst Case Scenarios, the Latency of its CloudTV Cloud-Based Interactive TV Technology "from Keyclick to Visual Result Clocks in at Under the 500 Milliseconds that is Acceptable to Viewers"
  • UK Set-Top Box Company, Amino, Rolls Out Software Upgrade
  • Amino Secures Deal to Supply HD Set-Top Boxes to US Telco, Ace Communications
  • Report: Apple Has Adopted "a New Strategy of Talking Directly to Content Providers" for a Planned OTT TV Service after "Years of Halting Negotiations with Cable Companies [that] Haven't Gotten [it] Much Closer to its Grand Vision for Television"
  • BBC Releases Red Button Interactive TV Schedule through August 31st
  • Video-Discovery Specialist, Boxfish, Opens API with Goal of Integrating its Technology into Set-Tops and Smart TV's
  • Report: Cisco, Intel, Verizon Develop Neuroscience-Based Algorithms that Adapt Video Quality in Accordance with Demands of Human Eye, in order to Reduce Data Traffic on Wireless Networks
  • Discovery's Science Channel and TestTube in Multiplatform Development Partnership with Facebook-Based I F****ing Love Science (IFLS); IFLS Online Video Channel Launched
  • Disney/ABC Television Group's Live-Streaming "TV Everywhere" App, Watch ABC, Launches in Houston; Is Now Available in Seven Major US Markets
  • EKT, Entropic, nangu.TV Supply Interactive TV-Enabled IPTV Set-Top Box to Telefonica Czech Republic

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