Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VIII): Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VIII): Viacom, Viggle, Vimeo, Scripps, DirecTV, Twitter,Vizio, WWE, Yahoo Smart TV, YouTube, DreamWorks, zeebox, Digitalsmiths

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As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC 2013 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so 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.

  • Viacom to Launch Personalized, Interactive Children's Channel, "My Nickelodeon Jr."
  • Rewards-Based Social-TV Company, Viggle, Seeking to Raise $58 Million, Trade on Nasdaq
  • Viggle Launches Viggle Music Feature
  • Viggle Teams with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on "Ellen Sync" Experience within Viggle App (December 23rd)
  • Viggle Acquires Wetpaint in $30 Million Cash-and-Stock Deal; Acquisition Billed as Creating "Integrated Network of TV Fans across Mobile, Web and Social Media, Including 12 Million Wetpaint Monthly Unique Users and More than 3.5 Million Viggle Registered Users" (December 16th)
  • Scripps Networks Interactive Becomes First Programmer to Offer Viggle's Platform to its Advertisers; Lexus Is First Participating Advertiser (December 10th)
  • DirecTV Re-Ups its Marketing Deal with Viggle (October 31st)
  • Vimeo Launches New HTML5-Based Video Player
  • Vimeo Using Crowdfunding Platforms, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, to Find and Fund Movies
  • Cinemax Creates Vine Series to Promote Second Season of "Banshee"
  • Nielsen SocialGuide: TV Tweeters Make Up 73% of the Total Number of People who Tweet about Brands
  • Twitter-Commissioned Analysis from MarketShare Finds TV Ads More Effective when Combined with Twitter Advertising (December 19th)
  • Twitter Amplify Launches in Australia
  • Vizio Rolls Out More Apps on its Smart-TV Platform, Including Spotify, Lyve, AirCast Live, Baeble Music and Plex; also Launches 4k Ultra HD Netflix Streaming, and Second-Screen Experiences for YouTube and Netflix
  • World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Set to Launch $9.99-per-Month 24/7 OTT Network February 24th; DirecTV Says it May Sever Ties with WWE over the New Offering
  • Yahoo Launches Yahoo Smart TV, the Next Generation of its Connected-TV Platform; Features Include Yahoo Smart Guide, which "Scans Thousands of Program Options and Learns from your Viewing Habits to Recommend Content that's Personalized just for you"; and Yahoo Smart Info, which "Automatically Surfaces Content Related to the Show you're Watching"
  • YouTube Teams with DreamWorks Animation on Daily "YouTube Nation" Show
  • YouTube to Offer Sneak Preview of Super Bowl Commercials
  • YouTube Launches Tool to Streamline Comment Management
  • UK's Channel 4 Removes Full-Length Programming from YouTube: "We've Decided to Focus on Bringing Online Viewers of our Full-Length Shows to our own 4oD Apps"
  • YouTube Launches on Xbox One (November 20th)
  • YouTube Launches Google+-Powered Comments (November 6th)
  • zeebox Launches "Augmented TV," to "Upgrade the Second Screen to a Complete Network around Social Community, Story Feeds and Live Interactivity" (December 19th)
  • zeebox Taps Digitalsmiths to Power TV Recommendations in UK and Australia, following Partnership in US (November 5th)
  • Digitalsmiths Boasts "Record Growth and Market Leadership" for its Personalized Video-Discovery Platform in US (October 30th)

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