Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Delivery Agent, DirecTV, i.TV, LiveClips, GetGlue, Discovery, Dish Network, Ensequence AdConneqt+, Espial, Fandango, Samsung, Freesat

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.

  • Tcommerce Specialist, Delivery Agent, Partners with H&M to Enable Shoppable 30-Second Super Bowl Ad on Samsung Smart TV's
  • Delivery Agent Names Michael Novelly CFO (December 3rd)
  • DirecTV Invests in LiveClips, i.TV (December 4th)
  • DirecTV Expands its "TV Everywhere" Service; Service Now Offers 30+ Out-of-Home and 100+ In-Home Live-Streaming Channels (November 19th)
  • i.TV Acquires GetGlue; Will "Continue to Build and Grow GetGlue as an Independent Product, while Enabling GetGlue to Benefit from i.TV's Broader Platform of Partners and Services" (November 6th)
  • Discovery's Animal Planet Launches Interactive Online Episode of "Whale Wars" (December 5th)
  • Animal Planet L!VE Launches on Xbox 360; Service, which Launched on Samsung Smart TV's in April, Features 20+ "Live Animal Cams" (December 3rd)
  • Discovery in Long-Term Agreement with Time Warner Cable; Deal Includes "TV Everywhere" Distribution, Making TWC Discovery's First TVE Partner (November 18th)
  • Dish Network Announces "Virtual Joey" Software Clients to Enable Dish Hopper Whole-Home DVR on PlayStation 3 and 4 Consoles and LG Smart TV's
  • Dish Network Unveils Slate of Enhancements to its Hopper Whole-Home DVR Platform, Including Ability to Record 8 Shows at Once
  • New Dish Anywhere App Integrates Hopper Transfers for Android and iOS
  • Dish CEO Says Company Has Signed Carriage Deals with Multiple Programming Suppliers to Enable Distribution of Live TV Networks OTT
  • Ensequence Signs Up AMC Networks and Reelzchannel as Partners for its AdConneqt+ National Interactive-TV Advertising Platform (December 10th)
  • Ensequence Launches "HBO Instant Upgrade" Feature on Dish Network; Service Allows Customers to Preview HBO's Most Current Titles and Instantly Upgrade (October 8th)
  • Espial's MediaBase Platform Powers New VOD and Timeshift-TV Services for Lithuanian Telco, TEO
  • Espial's MediaBase Powers New VOD and Timeshift-TV Services for Norwegian Cable Operator, Canal Digital Kabel (December 17th)
  • Espial Raises $4 Million via Private Placement (November 15th)
  • Espial in "Multi-Year, Multi-Million Dollar" Deal with "Tier 1 North American Cable Operator" for its RDK STB Client Solution and HTML5-Based G4 User Experience (October 16th)
  • Fandango Launches Service on Samsung Smart TV's; Service, Incorporated into "Movies & TV Shows" Panel on Samsung Smart Hub, Lets Consumers View Trailers and Purchase Tickets for Current and Upcoming Movies
  • UK Free-to-Air Satellite Platform, Freesat, Launches iOS App; App "Doesn't Just Act as a Guide to what's on TV [but also] Works as a Companion to Freesat's...Freetime [Connected-TV] Service and Enhances Freetime's Key Features"
  • Freesat Launches Initiative to Bring its Freetime Connected-TV Platform to Smart TV's (November 22nd)
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