Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I)

ABC, Accedo, ActiveVideo, ADB, LG, smartclip, ATSC, Aereo, Alticast, Amazon, AppCarousel, Apple, Arris, Sling Media, Aspiro, AT&T, attracTV, MuchMusic, Azuki

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):

  • ABC to Premiere 3 New Fall Comedies--"The Goldbergs," "Trophy Wife," and "Back in the Game"--via its WatchABC Web Site and Mobile Apps
  • Accedo's "Accedo Application Sphere" App-Store Platform to Support Android
  • Accedo Expands into Latin America and Germany
  • Accedo in "TV Everywhere" Partnership with Verimatrix (June 14th)
  • Accedo Develops App for Fox International Channels' Moviecity Play VOD Service in Latin America; App Is Available on Smart TV's, Game Consoles, Tablets and Smartphones; Also Teams with Moviecity to Launch Latin America's "First Connected-TV Innovation Lab" (May 31st)
  • ActiveVideo Networks Powers Test of Cloud-Based "Virtual Set-Top Box" TV User Interface by Deutsche Telekom's T-Labs
  • ActiveVideo Unveils "Major Advances in Platform and Network Scalability" for its CloudTV H5 Platform; Announces Market Trial with Charter, Partnership with Sumitomo to Target Japan and Asia-Pacific Market (June 6th)
  • Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) Launches ADB Multi-Screen, Billed as "a Software Suite that Combines Broadcast and Broadband Delivery with Home Network Content Redistribution"; Solution Has Been Deployed by Polish Satellite-TV Operator, nc+
  • Adconion Media Group's smartclip, LG Electronics Team on Study of Smart TV Ad Effectiveness; Findings Include: "Over Two Thirds of Interviewed Smart TV Users Stop to Watch Interactive Ads and Have a Positive Attitude towards Advertising on the Platform. Half of the Study's Smart TV Users Say that they Have already Interacted with an Ad and 31% of People Engage in an Action as a Result of Watching a Smart TV Ad; 15% of these Users who Interact with an Ad Think about Buying the Product Straightaway, 24% Talk about the Ad, and 20% Search for More Information on the Brand or Product on the Internet"
  • Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Receives 10 Initial Proposals for the Physical Layer of the New ATSC 3.0 Broadcast-TV Standard
  • Aereo to Launch on Android This Month
  • Alticast, Entropic to Showcase RDK Solutions at IBC
  • Alticast Announces its IBC Exhibit Plans
  • Amazon Studios/Prime Instant Video Greenlights Electus' Original Children's Pilot, "Maker Shack Agency"
  • Report: Amazon May Be Looking to Launch its Instant Video Service in Russia
  • Amazon-Owned Broadband Video Service, Lovefilm, Expands Animation Library via Deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution
  • Lovefilm Expands Line-Up of Reality-TV, Comedy and Children's Programming via Deal with Viacom International Media Networks
  • AppCarousel Launches Developer Program for Open Source, Standards-Based Software Platform, Tizen (June 26th)
  • AppCarousel Launches Multiscreen Custom App Store Platform for Connected Devices; Platform Is Available for Tablets, Consoles, STB's, Smart TV's and Other Devices (June 11th)
  • Apple TV Adds Apps for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Vevo, Weather Channel, Smithsonian Channel
  • Apple Patent Suggests Company Planning to Use iPhone as Universal Remote Control with "Smart Home" Capabilities
  • Arris Teams with Sling Media to Launch Arris MS4000 Multiscreen Media Streaming Device; Device, Available to Operators Offering the Arris Whole Home Solution, Supports up to 4 Simultaneous Live HD Channels
  • OTT TV Specialist, Aspiro TV, Re-Brands as Norigin Media, Following Management Buy-Out
  • Aspiro TV Launches "TV Everywhere" Multiscreen Client Apps (August 20th)
  • AT&T U-verse Launches "TV Everywhere" Service for Longhorn Network
  • attracTV Tapped to Bring Interactivity to's Coverage of the MuchMusic Video Awards (June 14th)
  • Bermuda Cablevision Taps Azuki Systems to Power "TV Everywhere" Services
  • Azuki Systems Launches MSO Solution to Facilitate Cable Operators' Migration from QAM to IP Video (June 10th)
  • Version 4.0 of Azuki Media Platform Features Azuki One-Pass TVE Workflow, Billed as "Uniquely Support[ing] a Distributed MPEG-DASH Controller and an Open Standards Multiscreen Video Client SDK for Personalized TV Services" (June 4th)

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