Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VII): RVU, Samba TV, Toshiba, Sony, Samsung, RDK Management, SeeSpace, Dale Herigstad, Sky, Smart TV Alliance, Sony, ThinkAnalytics, TiVo, Tvinci

InAiR Demo with sound

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.

  • RVU Alliance, Organization behind RVU Remote User Interface (RUI) Standard, Expands Standard into the Cloud
  • Samba TV (Formerly Flingo) to Integrate its Technology into Toshiba Smart TV's; Technology "Identifies Related Content and Gives Consumers a Multiscreen TV Experience through Applications Running on the TV or any other Device within the Home"
  • Samba TV Launches Apps on Sony Connected-TV Devices (November 6th)
  • Samsung Partners with Comcast, Netflix, DirecTV, M-GO and Amazon to Bring Ultra-HD Content to its New 4K TV's
  • Samsung Unveils "Smart Control" Enhanced Remote Control for Smart TV; Device Features Gesture Recognition, Is Designed to Facilitate Access to Internet Video
  • Samsung Demo's "Contextually Aware" Smart TV Apps at CES
  • Samsung Launches Smart TV SDK 5.0
  • Samsung Expands Voice Control on its Smart TV's (December 23rd)
  • At TVOT NYC 2013, Samsung Announces it Has Licensed the Cable Reference Design Kit (RDK) from RDK Management LLC, in Bid to "Accelerate the Set-Top Box and Gateway Development Cycle, and Deliver a Rich, Multiplatform Home Entertainment Experience" (December 11th)
  • Samsung Releases 5 New or Revamped SDK's to Facilitate Development of Multiscreen Experiences (October 29th)
  • Samsung Launches Smart Media Player to "Help any TV Get Smart" (October 17th)
  • "Augmented Television" Start-Up SeeSpace, Co-Founded by Prominent TV UI/UX Designer Dale Herigstad, Unveils ACR-Powered InAiR Device that Brings "Minority Report"-Style Overlays to TV; $99 Device Slated for Availability in 2H, 2014; Company Launches Kickstarter Campaign
  • Following Six-Month Trial, Sky Launches Sky AdSmart Targeted Advertising Service; Launch Partners Include Tesco, Royal Bank of Scotland, Littlewoods, American Airlines and Audi
  • Smart TV Alliance to Launch "One-Stop" Developer Portal, with Joint Application Developers Agreement and Developer Support Program, to Simplify App-Publishing Process
  • Sony Planning Internet-TV Service; Will Feature Live and VOD Content, Personalized Channels, Social Functionality
  • Sony in Smart-TV 4K Partnership with Netflix
  • ThinkAnalytics, SeaChange Sign Global Reseller Agreement for Multi-Device Video Delivery and Content Recommendations; Deal Sees SeaChange Adrenalin Multiscreen Video Platform Integrated with ThinkAnalytics Search and Recommendations Engine
  • ThinkAnalytics Expands Capabilities of its ThinkCloud Hosted Search and Recommendations Solution (December 17th)
  • ThinkAnalytics Teams with UXP Systems to Enable Personalized, Real-Time Content Recommendations for Individual User Profiles (October 18th)
  • TiVo Demo's Network DVR Prototype at CES
  • Report: Liberty Global-Owned UK Cable Operator, Virgin Media, Testing TiVo's New Network DVR
  • TiVo Releases Research on Binge-Viewing, Second-Screen Viewing and Advertising Brand Engagement
  • TiVo: "78% of 'Streaming-Capable' TiVo Subscribers Are Streaming Content to their Mobile Devices at Least once per Month"
  • TiVo Teams with Control4 to Bring Home Automation to Customers of its Roamio Platform
  • Top-20 Cable Operator, Blue Ridge Communications, Taps TiVo to Power Multiscreen Viewing Experience (November 19th)
  • TiVo Fiscal Q3 Results: 34% Increase in Service and Technology Revenues, 32% Increase in Subscriptions, Close to 300,000 MSO Gross Subscription Additions (October 31st)
  • TiVo Research and Analytics Partners with comScore to Provide Single-Source, Cross-Media Measurement Solution to P&G (October 31st)
  • TiVo Launches Out-of-Home Streaming on its Roamio Pro and Roamio Plus DVR's (October 24th)
  • TransGaming in Smart-TV Partnerships with Samsung and Toshiba
  • Tvinci Tapped to Power OTT TV Service for Israel's yes Satellite TV
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