Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V): Samsung, Boxee, Shaw Media, Sony, SPB TV, Thomson, Time Warner Cable Media, TRA, TVCatchup, TVplus, Twitter, Nielsen, Valve, Verizon FiOS, Vimeo

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):

  • Samsung Shuts Down Boxee's Cloudee Video-Sharing Service; Users Have Until End of Month to Save their Videos
  • Shaw Media's Global Network Launches "Global GO" TV Everywhere Service, Designed for "Binge Viewing"
  • Sony to Offer iOS/Android Companion App for PlayStation 4 when New Game Console Launches in November
  • Russian Broadband/Mobile TV Technology Provider, SPB TV, Showcases New Interactive TV Solutions at IBC 2013
  • SPB TV Opens Singapore Office (September 2nd)
  • SPB TV Updates its SPB TV 5 iOS App (August 28th)
  • Europe's IRT Broadcast Technology Institute to Use Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 Multiscreen Encoding/Transcoding Platform for HbbTV Interoperability Tests
  • Time Warner Cable Media Launches "TWC Media Ads Everywhere," Billed as "Enabl[ing] Marketers to Customize and Target their Brand Message in Live Programming from Televisions to Tablets across More than 50 Cable Networks" and as "the First Multiscreen Solution for iOS and Android Devices, as well as Desktops, to Offer Live Ad-Insertion Capabilities across such a Wide Breadth of Programming"
  • TiVo Research and Analytics (TRA) Unveils Results of Study of Purchase Habits of 735,000 Households Exposed to Comcast Media 360 Cross-Media TV/Digital Ad Campaign; Finds that "Television Drives New Customers while Digital Secures More Sales from Existing Customers"
  • Japanese Production Company, Toei, Launches Subscription-Based OTT TV Service in US
  • UK Internet TV Company, TVCatchup, Launches Catch-Up TV Service
  • White-Label Second-Screen/Interactive TV Company, TVplus, Signs MOU with Global Eagle Entertainment to Explore In-Flight Interactive Video
  • Heineken Launches Twitter-Based Second-Screen Campaign, "#sharethesofa"
  • Nielsen SocialGuide Study Finds that 70% of Tweets Are Sent During Program Time and Only 30% During Commercial Breaks
  • Valve Launches Linux-Based Operating System, SteamOS, Enabling Users to Stream Video Games from PC or Mac to TV
  • New Version of Verizon FiOS Mobile App Lets Subscribers Watch Live Linear-TV Channels Outside the Home, in Addition to VOD; App Initially Supports Out-of-Home Viewing of 9 Channels
  • Verizon FiOS Patent Application Suggests Company Eyeing Groupon-Style Approach to Marketing VOD Titles
  • Vimeo Revamps its Vimeo On Demand Service with Rent/Buy Options, Preorders, More Detailed Stats; Service Is Intended to Enable Vimeo Creators to Monetize their Work
  • Vimeo Launches iOS 7 App

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