Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II)

BBC, beActive, Beenius, Bravo, Innovid, Cablevision, CBS, Charter, CIMM, Cisco, Civolution, Comcast, EA, RDK, Cognitive Networks, LG, Digitalsmiths, Ericsson

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):

  • BBC iPlayer iOS App Adds AirPlay Streaming for Downloaded Content, Improved Search
  • New Version of BBC iPlayer Android App Supports Video Downloads
  • BBC Releases Red Button Interactive TV Schedule through September 14th
  • Transmedia Producer, beActive, Launches App for Samsung Connected TV's, Tablets and Smartphones
  • Interactive TV Middleware Provider, Beenius, Launches Android Set-Top Box Client
  • Beenius Teams with Incospec Communications to Offer Interactive TV Solutions in the Canadian and Caribbean Markets
  • Bravo, FIAT Team on Multiplatform Co-Branded Campaign for "Watch What Happens Live" Wedding Special; Campaign Includes Interactive Online Video Ads Powered by Innovid; Bravo Cites Engagement Success of its Previous Innovid-Powered Interactive Ad Campaigns
  • Cablevision Adds Music Choice to its Optimum TV to Go "TV Everywhere" Line-Up
  • CBS Sports to Stream Entire 2013 South East Conference (Football) on its Web site and iOS App, with "All-22" Camera Angle
  • CBS, Time Warner Cable Resolve Dispute; CBS Retains Digital Rights
  • Report: Charter Communications Developing Cloud-Based Next-Gen Platform, "World Box"
  • CIMM, SMPTE Begin Work on Establishing Open Standard Technical Solution for Binding EIDR and Ad-ID Identifiers to Professional Video Content and Advertising
  • Cisco Reorganizes its Service Provider Video Technology Group: SP Video Software and Solutions Business Will Be Responsible for "Content Security, Software and Solutions, Including Videoscape Offerings, Conditional Access, and Services and Delivery"; SP Video Infrastructure Business Will Be Responsible for "Cable Access, Cable Modems, Video Gateways and Set-Top Boxes, and Video Infrastructure Hardware"
  • Civolution's SyncNow ACR Technology Powers Second-Screen Interactive TV App for Shanghai Media Group's "Chinese Idol"
  • Civolution's NextGuard Forensic Watermarking Technology Integrated with Aspera's Orchestrator Workflow Automation and Management Solution
  • Civolution Announces its IBC Exhibit Plans
  • Report: Version 2.0 of Cable's Reference Design Kit (RDK) to Drop US-Centric Requirements Including OCAP, Add DVB Support
  • Report: Comcast Testing Electronic Arts-Powered Games Service for its X1 Platform
  • Blind Executive Leads Efforts to Develop "Talking TV Interface," Other Accessible Products, for Comcast's Next-Generation X2 Platform
  • Comcast Xfinity "Digital Onboarding" Initiative to Give New Customers Instant Access to Xfinity TV via Connected Devices (June 12th)
  • Comcast Unveils X2, the Next Generation of its Cloud-Based Platform; Key Features Include Customizable Dashboard, Personalized Recommendations, Integrated Multiplatform Content, Social Integration; Company also Unveils "Send-to-TV" Feature and Second-Screen Integration for X1 Platform (June 11th)
  • LG Electronics Integrates Cognitive Networks' ACR-Powered "Engage" Real-Time Data Service, to Enable Interactive TV on its Smart TV's; Engage Billed as a "Cloud-Based Data Service that Provides Real-Time Event Triggers" that Are "Accurate to the Second and Allow Application Providers to Launch Opt-In Based Applications...which Are Intelligently Synchronized with Live or Time-Shifted Television"; Is Already Powering Interactive TV on LG Smart TV's for Showtime Networks
  • Cognitive Networks Names Joshua Siegel VP of Product (July 9th)
  • Cognitive Networks Secures $3.5 Million in Additional Financing from DCM Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank (June 25th)
  • Digital TV Labs Launches Ligada iSuite for DASH; Billed as Enabling Compliance Testing for the DASH264 Profile on Any Compliant Video Player on Any Device
  • Digital TV Labs Launches Ligada iSuite for HbbTV/CI+; Billed as Ensuring Interoperability between HbbTV Devices Supporting CI+ Modules
  • New Report from Digitalsmiths Identifies "Cord-Cheating" as Significant Threat to Pay-TV; Defined as "the Growing Trend by Consumers to Seek On-Demand Content from Third-Party Services and OTT Services, as an Alternative to their Pay-TV Provider"
  • New Ericsson ConsumerLab Report Released; Key Findings Include 1) 72% of Respondents Use Mobile Devices to Watch Video at Least Once a Week; 2) 42% Do So Outside Home; 3) 75% Use Mobiles while Watching TV; 4) Each Piece of Video Content Increasingly Watched across Several Locations and Times; 5) 40% of Respondents over 65 Watch On-Demand Content
  • Ericsson Closes Acquisition of Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV Platform
  • Ericsson to Launch New Multiplatform Media-Management Services at IBC 2013
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