Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 7/24/15 (III)

Pebbles Interfaces immersive 3D real-time hands!

Comic-Con, Lionsgate, Dolby, DramaFever, Elemental, DEFY Media, Emmys, ESPN, Facebook, FCC, FilmOn, Google, Hulu, JustWatch, Maker Studios, Blip

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 SF 2015 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.
  • First Original Series Announced for New Comic-Con/Lionsgate SVOD Service
  • Vizio and Sony Visual Products Select Dolby AC-4 for TV's
  • Dolby Brings Dolby Vision to Consumer Market via Vizio Reference Series 65- and 120-Inch UHD Full-Array LED Smart TV's; Consumers Will Be Able to Watch 4K UHD Dolby Vision Titles from Warner Bros. on WalMart's Vudu (April 13th)
  • Reports: OTT Service, DramaFever, Looking to Sell for $80-$140 Million
  • Elemental Technologies Powering Sky's OTT Service, NOW TV, and Mobile TV Service, Sky Go
  • Orange TV Group Using Elemental Video-Processing Technology to Expand and Enhance its Indonesian OTT Service, Genflix (May 31st)
  • Red Bull Media House Selects Elemental Video-Processing Solutions for Live and Pooled Content (April 12th)
  • Comcast Selects Elemental's Video-Processing Software to Power Encoding for its X1 DVR with Cloud Technology (April 7th)
  • Subscription-Based OTT Service, Dance Network, to Launch in October
  • Online Video Company, DEFY Media, in Deal with Game Show Producer, Andrew Golder, to Develop Game Shows Targeted at Millennials
  • DEFY Media-Owned Video Humor Site, Break, in Licensing Deal with Paramount Pictures; Deal Will Bring Movies from Paramount's Library to Break's Free Streaming Service, Break Movies (Available on Web, iOS, Android, Xbox and Roku) (June 30th)
  • DEFY Media in Deal with NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content to Develop "Social and Mobile Experiences Targeting 'Generation M' (Millennial, Mobile, Multicultural)" (May 12th)
  • Television Academy Announces Interactive Media Emmy Nominees
  • Netflix, Amazon Garner 46 Emmy Nominations
  • Report: ESPN "Feeling the Pinch" from Cord-Cutters and/or Cord-Shavers; Has Lost 3.2 Subscribers over Past Year or So; Could Be Pulled from Sling TV
  • Evolution Digital Acquires IP VOD Technology Start-Up, i-Velozity
  • Report: Facebook Seeking Music-Video Licensing Deals with Major Recording Companies
  • Facebook Testing "Floating Videos"
  • Facebook Launches New Tools for Video Publishers
  • Facebook Testing "Watch Later" Button to Increase Video Views
  • Report: Video Ads on Facebook Accounted for 22% of Total Ad Spend on the Platform in June
  • Facebook-Owned VR Company, Oculus, Acquires Motion-Sensing Company, Pebbles Interfaces
  • Republican FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai, Opposes Rule Change that Would Classify OTT Linear-TV Providers as MVPD's
  • In Surprise Ruling in Light of Aereo and Ivi Cases, Federal Judge Declares that Streaming Company, FilmOn, Is Potentially Entitled to a Compulsory License of Broadcasters' Copyrighted Programming
  • Fox Broadcasting to Appeal Ruling
  • Google Launches $15 Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast
  • Hulu Taps Ex-SundanceTV Exec., Jordan Helman, to Head Development and Production of Original Drama Series
  • Report: Hulu Exploring Offering Ad-Free Version of its Service for $12-$14 per Month
  • JustWatch, a Startup that Offers a Search Engine for Cord-Cutters, Launches iOS and Android Apps
  • Maker Studios to Shut Down Online Video Portal, Blip, which it Acquired in 2013
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