Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V): Luma, Maker Studios, Mass Relevance, Facebook, Xbox, Miranda, MobiTV, EchoStar, NBC, "Today," "Million Second Quiz," Virgin Media, TiVo, Netflix, Nielsen

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):

  • Programming Discovery Specialist, Luma, Launches Personalized Entertainment Guide for iPad
  • YouTube Network, Maker Studios, Raises another $26 Million for its Series-C Funding Round; Will Use Funding for International Expansion
  • Mass Relevance in Social-TV Partnership with Facebook; Is "the First and Only Social Experience Platform with Full Access to Both Facebook's Keyword Insights API and Public Feed API"; Touts "5 Facebook Social-TV Integrations" for Broadcasters
  • Microsoft Xbox President of Entertainment and Digital Media, Nancy Tellem, Promises TV Content Partnership Announcements in Coming Weeks; Says Platform Is Designed to Augment, not Kill, Traditional TV
  • Miranda Unveils IP Simulcast Output Functionality for its iTX Playout Platform; Billed as Facilitating Multiplatform Video Distribution
  • MobiTV Unveils Integrated Multiscreen In-Home Android Digital Entertainment Solution
  • MobiTV Launches HDMI Dongle
  • MobiTV, EchoStar Collaborate on Android Set-Top Box
  • MobiTV Powers Deployment of Deutsche Telekom's Entertain2Go Multiscreen TV Service
  • NBC's Revamp of "Today" Includes Social-TV "Orange Room," Hosted by Carson Daly, who Will Read Viewer Tweets and Facebook Posts On-Air and Conduct Online Video Chats with Viewers, Celebrities and Newsmakers
  • Report: App Crashes, Lack of Twitter Buzz Plague Premiere of NBC's Interactive TV Quiz Show, "The Million Second Quiz"
  • UK Cable Operator, Virgin Media, Begins 40,000-Subscriber Pilot of Netflix on its TiVo-Powered Hybrid TV Service; Service Will Launch to all 1.7 Million Virgin Media TiVo Households Later this Year
  • Netflix Original Series, "House of Cards," Wins Emmys for Casting and Cinematography
  • Sarandos: Netflix to Double Spending on Original Programming
  • Netflix Launches in the Netherlands
  • Sanford Bernstein Analyst Claims Cartoon Network Ratings 10% Lower in Netflix Households, since Implementation of a Licensing Deal with the Online Video Service
  • Exec.: Netflix Looks at Pirate Sites to Decide which Shows to Buy
  • Nielsen Q2 2013 Cross-Platform Report: Set-Top Box VOD Now Available in 60% of US Households, Compared to 37% in 2008; Feature Films Most Popular VOD Content
  • Orange in Deal with Norwegian "TV Everywhere" Specialist, Norigin Media (Formerly Aspiro TV), to Deploy Norigin's Localizable Hybrid Apps Product across Multiple Connected Platforms
  • Octoshape, AirTies Team to Offer OTT/IPTV Platform


Mass Relevance

Netflix in the Netherlands

North America