Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III)

Extreme Reach, DG, Facebook, FilmOn X, FremantleMedia, GetGlue, Google, LG, Gracenote, HDMI, Hillcrest Labs, httv, Hulu, Intel Media, Jinni, Horizon TV

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2013 (December 11th in New York City--Super-Early-Bird Registration ends midnight Friday!), as well as catching up with news we missed during our post-TVOT 2013 break, we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke):

  • Multiscreen Video Advertising Solutions Provider, Extreme Reach, Acquires DG's TV Ad-Delivery Business for $485 Million in Cash
  • Report: Facebook Pushes Back Video Advertising Launch amid User Experience Concerns
  • Facebook Unveils Tools--the "Keyword Insights" API and the "Public Feed" API--that Enable News Organizations to Integrate Facebook Conversations into Live Broadcasts
  • Facebook Cites SocialGuide Analytics Showing it Saw Significantly More Social-TV Activity than Twitter during VMA's
  • Music Duo, Big Data, Launches "Facehawk" Interactive Music Video for New Single, "Dangerous"; Facehawk Site Uses Viewers' Facebook Photos and Statuses to Create Personalized Video
  • Jay Z Premieres "Holy Grail" Video on Facebook
  • Broadcasters Win Preliminary Injunction against Upstart TV-Placeshifting Service, FilmOn X
  • FremantleMedia Names Senior Management Team for its New Digital and Branded Entertainment Division
  • GetGlue Releases Update to its iPhone App; New Features Include Redesigned Guide now Featuring VOD and Broadband Programming, DirecTV Remote-Control Functionality
  • Google Launches iOS App to Simplify Chromecast Set-Up and Management
  • Enblink Dongle Plugs into Google TV Devices to Enable Users to Control Household Appliances and Lighting
  • FCC Filing Casts Light on New Google TV Dongle from Sony
  • LG Electronics Taps Gracenote to Power its On Now Smart-TV Interface in Europe; Gracenote eyeQ Will Enable LG to Offer TV Listings, Descriptive Metadata, Cover Art
  • Gracenote Debuts Video API's at 2013 tvot^ Hackathon; API's Include TV Listings Data and Imagery, ACR Technology (June 14th)
  • Gracenote Powers Video Recognition for Vudu's In-Home Disc-to-Digital Service (June 4th)
  • HDMI Forum Releases Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification; Is Designed to Support 4K and Other New Features
  • China's Hisense to Deploy Hillcrest Labs' Freespace Motion Control Technology in its Smart TV's and Pulse Set-Top Boxes
  • Hillcrest Labs Secures RDK License from Comcast (May 29th)
  • Hillcrest Labs Extends Agreement to Bring its Freespace Technology to TCL's Smart TV's; Announces Freespace Availability for Android 4.2 and Google TV (May 23rd)
  • httv, Thomson Video Networks Partner on End-to-End HbbTV 1.5 Platform
  • httv, Quadrille Partner to Launch Push-VOD Platform
  • Hulu Orders 10-Episode Comedy Series, "Deadbeat," from Lionsgate TV and Plan B Entertainment
  • Intel Media Opens Offices in the Entertainment-Industry Hubs of New York and Los Angeles
  • Intel Media Testing its Virtual MSO Service with 1,000+ Employees in Oregon
  • Cloud-Based Interactive TV Games Specialist, itsmy.TV, Teams with Foxxum to Roll Out Service on Multiple Manufacturers' TV Sets, Set-Top Boxes and Media Players
  • "Taste- and Mood-Based" Programming Discovery Company, Jinni, in Multi-Year Deal with Microsoft to Provide Xbox Video Discovery Engine
  • Jinni's Semantic Video Discovery Technology Powering New User Experience for Scandinavian OTT Service, Filmnet
  • Jinni Launches "Watch Together" Social Recommendations Feature as Part of its Discovery-Engine API; Feature Billed as "Able to Recommend Something to Watch that Will Suit All the Household Members who Want to Watch TV or Movies Together" (June 18th)
  • Liberty Global's Unitymedia Launches Horizon TV in Germany
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