Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): Bravo, Megaphone, zeebox, CBS, Coca-Cola, Cyriak, Comcast, Curzon, BT, Digitalsmiths, DirecTV, Discovery, Dish Hopper, Entone, Ericsson, Red Bee Media

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2013 (December 11th in New York City), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • Bravo Secures Toyota, Kraft Foods, Chase Sapphire Preferred and Cigna as "Multiscreen Sponsors" for New Season of "Top Chef"; Toyota to Sponsor "Play Live" (Powered by Megaphone TV) and zeebox Interactivity; Kraft to Sponsor "Top Chef Home Edition," Billed as "a New Digital and Social Extension of the Series" that Allows Interaction via Instagram, Facebook, Vine and other Platforms
  • CBS Interactive's CBS App Now Available for Android and Windows 8, Will Be Available for BlackBerry 10 by Year's End; App, Launched in March for iOS, Now Offers Expanded Content Line-Up, "CBS Connect" Synchronized Second-Screen Experiences and Social TV Features, and "Connect Live" Weekly Live Video Chats with Talent; Second-Screen and "Connect Live" Functionality to Be Available on Android Version this Fall
  • CBS Interactive's Webcast Concert Series, "Live on Letterman," Features Indie Band, Two Door Cinema Club; Webcast Offers Interactive Features, Including Multiple Camera Angles, "Share the Moment" Instant Photos, Ability to Choose Last Song in Band's Set; Non-Interactive Recording of Webcast Will also Be Available On-Demand on, Vevo and Other Platforms
  • CNET Launches Weekly Web Series, "Googlicious"
  • Coca-Cola Taps Animator Cyriak to Create Interactive Video Ad, "Polar Party," as Part of its "The Ahh Effect" Campaign
  • Report: Comcast Forms "VIPER" (Video IP Engineering and Research) Team, Focused on Delivering Video to Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Other Connected Devices
  • Comcast in Deal to Offer More CBS Content on its Xfinity Streampix and Xfinity On Demand Services
  • Report: Comcast Provides Preview of its X2 Platform
  • Indie Film Distributor, Curzon, to Launch Day-and-Date VOD Service on BT TV
  • Digitalsmiths Opens "Digitalsmiths Global Discovery Center" in Denver; Facility Will Enable Video Service Providers to "Preview, Simulate and Test Deployments of the Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery Platform across Multiscreen Environments, Including Set-Top Boxes, Smartphones, Tablets, Smart TV's and Gaming Consoles"
  • DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Charter and Cox Challenge Dish Network's "Dish Anywhere" Trademark
  • DirecTV in $40 Million Deal with Start-Up Film Studio, A24; Deal Will See DirecTV Partnering with A24 to Acquire Indie Films, in Exchange for Exclusive VOD Rights for 30 Days Prior to Theatrical Release
  • DirecTV CEO Alludes to Plans to Launch Small-Scale OTT TV Service
  • Discovery Communications Launches Animal-Focused Online Video Network, "Animalist"; Service, which Features Original Short-Form Video, Is Available at, on YouTube and Xbox, via Mobile, and via Distribution Partners
  • Dish Network Integrates its Hopper DVR with Control4 Home-Automation Technology
  • Dutch Cable Operator, Caiway, Selects Entone Amulet Hybrid Media Hub for New Fiber Roll-Out; Solution Allows Caiway to Complement Traditional Linear-TV Services with Pathe Thuis and Other Cloud-Based Video Offerings
  • Ericsson's Proposed Acquisition of Red Bee Media Referred to UK's Competition Commission

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