Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VI): CBS, Rentrak, Rogers, Roku Smart TV, A+E, TWC TV, YouTube, WatchESPN, Watch Disney, Rovi, Samsung, LG, Google, DivX, Xbox One

What is Roku?

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.

  • CBS First Major Broadcast Network to Subscribe to Rentrak's "Advanced Demographics" Ratings Service
  • Report: Rogers Communications in Negotiations with Studios to Launch Streaming Video Service
  • Roku Launches "Roku TV" Smart-TV Reference Design Platform and Software Stack, with TCL and Hisense as First Partners; Platform "Gives Consumers a Roku Home Screen that Unifies all Content Sources in one Place"
  • A+E Launches "TV Everywhere" Apps on Roku
  • TWC TV App on Roku Launches VOD Content (December 18th)
  • YouTube Launches on Roku 3 (December 17th)
  • Roku Names Stephen Kay General Counsel (December 9th)
  • Sky Store and 4oD Launch on Roku in UK (December 4th)
  • WatchESPN, Watch Disney "TV Everywhere" Services Launch on Roku (November 12th)
  • Rovi Signs New Video-Discovery Patent-License Agreement with Samsung for Mobile and Tablet Devices
  • LG in Deal to Use Rovi Video Metadata on its Smart Devices
  • Rovi Signs Video-Discovery Patent-License Agreement with Google
  • Rovi, Sharp Renew Multi-Year DivX Licensing Agreement
  • Pegasys Licenses Rovi DivX HEVC for its Consumer-Targeted Video-Editing and Encoding Products
  • Rovi Launches Remote Access Services to Enable Connected Guides to Control Legacy Set-Top Boxes; First Capabilities Will Be Remote Tuning and Remote DVR
  • Rovi Launches SaaS Audience-Management Solutions--Ad Optimizer and Promotion Optimizer--for Optimizing Multiscreen TV Advertising
  • Rovi Launches Guide Solution for SD and HD Digital Terminal Adapters (DTA's) in North America
  • Rovi's DivX DRM Receives Conditional Approval for UltraViolet Downloads
  • MStar Licenses Rovi's DivX HEVC Technology for Integration into its STB and DTB SoC's
  • Funai Licenses Rovi DivX Plus Streaming and DivX HEVC
  • America Movil Signs Agreement to Use Rovi's Cloud Services for Guidance, Search, Recommendations and Metadata
  • Rovi to Supply Entertainment Metadata for Microsoft Xbox One's OneGuide EPG (November 14th)
  • Panasonic to Integrate Rovi's DivX HEVC Technology onto its Next-Generation DTV and Blu-ray Disc IC's (November 12th)
  • Cablevision Argentina Launches Rovi's EPG for Digital Terminal Adapters (DTA's) (October 23rd)
North America