Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): DramaFever, DVB, Interactive Emmys, Envivio, Espial, Sharp, Samsung, RDK, HbbTV, ESPN, Google, Expect Labs

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 2014 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.

  • Ex-Yahoo! CEO, Ross Levinsohn, Joins Board of Broadband Programming Provider, DramaFever
  • DVB Confirms UHDTV and OTT Specs for Europe
  • eBay, Sotheby's Team to Stream High-End Auctions
  • Interactive Media Emmy Nominees Announced
  • Envivio Powers Live UHD/4K World Cup Coverage for Globosat (June 26th)
  • Envivio Opens Denver Office, Hires Director of Global Customer Support (May 29th)
  • French Broadcaster, TDF, Uses Envivio HEVC Video-Processing Tech for Live DTT 4K Broadcast of French Open Tournament (May 27th)
  • Envivio Says its Muse Encoding Software Now Powers 10,000+ Live Cable Channels in a Fully Virtualized Software Environment (April 29th)
  • Envivio Launches G5 Family of Intel-Based Server Appliances, Offering Improved Encoding-Channel Density, 4K UHD Support (April 8th)
  • Envivio Unveils New Cloud-Based Video-Processing Solutions (April 7th)
  • Envivio Enhances its Ultra HD 4K Encoding Software (April 3rd)
  • Envivio "Powering Premium Live HD Sports Channels on Apple TV for a European Tier 1 Service Provider" (April 1st)
  • Sharp to Deploy Espial TV Browser in More Smart TV Models
  • Espial Raises $10 Million (June 24th)
  • Espial Partners with Samsung on RDK Solution (June 3rd)
  • Espial Says a "Global Top-5 TV Manufacturer" Has Signed a License Deal for Deployment of its TV Browser in Smart TV's (May 28th)
  • Espial Says it Is Expanding its Ottawa and London Operations (May 15th)
  • Espial Exec. Appointed to HbbTV Steering Group (May 13th)
  • Vodafone in Iceland and Tele2 in the Netherlands Tap Espial to Power Multiscreen Services on Tablets, Smartphones and PC's (April 15th)
  • WatchESPN "TV Everywhere" Service Crashes During USA-Germany World Cup Match
  • ESPN in World Cup Search Partnership with Google: "In-Progress and Post-Match Video Highlights from ESPN FC, Live Matches on WatchESPN featured in Google Search" (June 13th)
  • WatchESPN App for iOS and Android Now Compatible with Google Chromecast (June 3rd)
  • Expect Labs Releases API Service for Automating Voice Search across TV and Other Digital Media


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