Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VII): RDK Management, itaas, S3 Group, RGB, Conax, Roku, Rovi, SeaChange, Axel Springer, Netgear, Shazam, Smart TV Alliance, SnappyTV, Sony, Starz, Target, TDF

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2013 (December 11th in New York City), and because of the huge volume of news generated by the IBC and IFA conferences, we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format (note: 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):

  • Comcast-Time Warner Cable Reference Design Kit (RDK) Joint Venture, RDK Management, LLC, Names Steve Heeb President and General Manager; Taps S3 Group to Oversee Code Management and itaas to Oversee Community Support Services; Heeb Will Continue to Serve as VP of Licensing and Strategic Development at Comcast
  • Report: Liberty Global Plays "Leadership Role" in Organizing Invite-Only RDK Event in Amsterdam
  • RGB Networks Integrates its TransAct Packager Adaptive-Streaming Product with Conax's CA and DRM Solutions
  • New Version of Roku's Android App Supports Video Streaming on Select Devices
  • FCC Filing Reveals New, Low-End Roku Box
  • Rovi, STMicroelectronics Team to Accelerate HEVC Adoption
  • Rovi Trumpets 1 Billion DivX Devices Milestone
  • Chinese CE Manufacturer, TongFang Global, to Integrate Rovi DivX Plus Streaming into its TV Sets for the European and US Markets
  • Japan's Kinema-Junposha Selects Rovi's DivX Video Service to Power Online Video Store
  • Rovi Updates its MainConcept HEVC SDK; New Features Include Real-Time 4K Decoding, Support for HM 11 Anchor Streams, Integration of Core Encoder and Decoder in a Range of DivX and Rovi Solutions
  • SeaChange International, Axel Springer Digital TV Guide Team on "Turn-Key" VOD Advertising Solution; Solution Integrates Axel Springer's "Channel Manager, its innovative Campaign Manager and an Ad Decision System with the SeaChange Infusion AdPulse Campaign Manager and Ad Decision Software"
  • SeaChange Launches "Pay-as-You-Grow" Cloud Adrenalin Multiscreen-TV SaaS Offering, Targeted at Small and Mid-Sized Operators Looking to Offer "TV Everywhere" and other OTT Services
  • Netgear Integrates SeaChange's Nucleus Gateway Software into its New HMG7000 Headless Media Gateway
  • Latvian Cable Operator, Livas Telecommunications, Extends Multi-Year Service Agreement with SeaChange; Company Uses SeaChange's CASIS Linear Broadcast Software to Handle EPG Metadata and DVB Table Generation for its Multiplatform TV Services
  • Second-Screen/ACR Company, Shazam, Names Kevin McGurn Chief Revenue Officer; McGurn Was SVP of Advertising Sales at Hulu
  • Smart TV Alliance (Founders Are LG, TP Vision, Toshiba) Announces Developer Support Program, Updated SDK and Nine New Members
  • Social Video Editing and Publishing Specialist, SnappyTV, Integrates with thePlatform's mpx Platform, to Facilitate Creation and Sharing of Highlight Clips during Live Events
  • Sony Launches "Bravia Smart Stick" Google TV Dongle
  • Starz Launches Original Comedy Channel, "Union Tube," on YouTube
  • Report: Target to Launch its Target Ticket Transactional Broadband Video Service October 1st or Sooner; Will Offer around 30,000 Titles; Will Initially Be Available on PC's, Mac's, Xbox, iOS, Android, Roku, Samsung Smart TV's
  • TDF Media Services Launches End-to-End OTT Platform
  • TDF-Backed Cognacq-Jay Image Powers OTT Service for Bouygues Telecom


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