Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 8/19/14 (III): Delivery Agent, Musictoday, Samsung, Discovery, DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, Digitalsmiths, ThinkAnalytics, Jinni, Flipboard, FourthWall, FreeWheel,

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s 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.

  • Tcommerce Specialist, Delivery Agent, Buys Merchandise-Distribution Company, Musictoday
  • Delivery Agent, Discovery and Samsung Partner to Enable "Shark Week" Tcommerce for Viewers with Samsung Smart TV's
  • Delivery Agent in Multi-Year Commerce and Marketing Deal with NBA's Sacramento Kings
  • Delivery Agent in Deal to Power Commerce for Food Network on Web, Mobile, Tablet and TV (June 4th)
  • Satellite-TV Operator, Digiturk, Taps AirTies and Octoshape to Power International OTT Service
  • CEO: DirecTV to Launch 4K VOD in 2014, Live 4K Streaming in 2015 or 2016
  • Dish Network Updates its Dish Anywhere App with New UI, Personalization Capabilities
  • Dish Chairman Ergen Confirms Plans to Launch Virtual MSO Service by Year's End
  • Dish in OTT Content Deal with A&E Networks
  • Appeals Court Rejects Fox's Bid to Kill Dish Hopper Features (July 15th)
  • Dish Launches "Wireless Joey" for its Hopper Whole-Home DVR (June 23rd)
  • Report: Dish Set to Launch Virtual MSO Service (April 22nd)
  • Dish in "TV Everywhere" Deal with Tennis Channel (April 15th)
  • Doctor On Demand, a Service that Enables Video Visits with Doctors, Raises $21 Million, Secures Deal with Comcast
  • Dramafever to Launch Horror and Documentary OTT Video Services in Partnership with AMC (June 18th)
  • Comcast, Digitalsmiths, Jinni, ThinkAnalytics to Receive Technology & Engineering Emmys for Work in "Personalized Recommendation Engines for Video Discovery"; HBO and Netflix to Receive Emmy for "Pioneering Development of Second-Screen Navigable Mosaic for Direct Programmer Offerings to Consumers via the Internet"; Other T&E Emmy Winners Include Apple, MLBAM, Microsoft, NBCU, Roku, Sony, Spredfast, TiVo, TWC, Twitter
  • Fanmode Seeks to Let Sports Fans Watching at Home Share their Emotions in the Stadium
  • Flipboard to Begin Selling Video Ads Next Month
  • Nielsen Catalina Solutions to Use FourthWall Media's Anonymous TV-Viewing Data; Deal Billed as Creating "Largest TV 'Watch & Buy' Single-Source Panel"
  • Fox Sports Digital in Online-Video Partnership with Perform Group's Sporting News Media
  • Australian MVPD, Foxtel, Broadens Channel Line-Up of its Foxtel Play Subscription-Based OTT Service
  • Comcast-Owned Advanced-Advertising Company, FreeWheel, Publishes its Q2 2014 Video Monetization Report
  •'s Programmatic Reserved Technology Integrated into FreeWheel's FourFronts Marketplace, in order to Enable Advertisers to "Purchase Premium Digital Television from Publishers Using Proprietary Data, while Enhancing the Value of Premium Inventory and Maintaining the Integrity of TV Ad Compliance" (May 29th)
  • FreeWheel Extends its FourFronts Advertising Marketplace with Programmatic Capability (May 13th)
  • ABC Becomes First Partner for FreeWheel's "FourFronts Programmatic" Offering (May 14th)
  • NBCUniversal and FreeWheel Expand Partnership for VOD Dynamic Ad Insertion (May 6th)
  • Channel 5 Selects FreeWheel to Power Digital TV Advertising across its Owned and Operated Digital Properties and Syndication-Partner Sites (April 22nd)
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