Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II) 8/1/16: AwesomenessTV, ITV, BBC, BitTorrent, Cadent, TiVo Research, CBS, clypd, Dish, Sling TV, comScore, Dolby Labs, EPIX, Jon Dakss, ESPN, Evolution Digital

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s news round-ups were on hiatus for a couple of months, because our editorial team was working on TVOT SF 2016 and then taking a post-event break. We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke), 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.

  • MCN AwesomenessTV in Sales and Production Deal with UK Free-to-Air Commercial Broadcaster, ITV
  • AwesomenessTV Highlights its Focus on Gen-Z, Announces "Bot" Partnership with Kik (May 12th)
  • AwesomenessTV Names Ex-Discovery Exec, Rebecca Glashow, Head of Worldwide Distribution (May 11th)
  • Verizon Buys 24.5% Stake in AwesomenessTV (April 6th)
  • Banijay Zodiak Nordic Group Trumpets Success of its Interactive TV Game Show, "All Against 1"; Show Invites Viewers to Play against Contestants via App

  • BBC Launches BBC+, a Personalizable App that Unifies Access to iPlayer and its Other Digital Services
  • Bell Media's CraveTV Streaming Service Launches on Xbox One
  • BitTorrent News Channel Launches on BitTorrent Live
  • BitTorrent Now "Direct-to-Fan" Streaming App Now Available on All Apple Platforms
  • BitTorrent Spins Off its Sync Business to Facilitate Focus on "Building a Global Consumer Media Platform" (June 16th)
  • BitTorrent Launches BitTorrent Live, Billed as "a Multichannel, Live and Linear Video Streaming Platform Spanning News, Sports, Music, Tech, and Youth Culture" (May 17th)
  • Cadent Technology Teams with TiVo Research on Targeted TV Advertising Solution; MODI Media First to Employ
  • Cadent Embraces RDK (May 17th)
  • Cadent Develops Network-Based Addressable Ad Platform for Linear TV (March 14th)
  • Cadent Forms Cadent Technology Arm, Based on BlackArrow and Cadent Network Teams and Focused on "Developing Addressable, Cross-Platform Advertising and Data Solutions" (February 17th)
  • CBS News Launches New Apple TV App, Designed to "Spotlight" its CBSN Streaming Service and Enable "New Native Advertising Opportunities"
  • Live Social Broadcasting Takes Off in China
  • clypd Launches Optimize Private Marketplace, Billed as "a Suite of Sales Tools for Media Companies Engaged in Yield Optimization and Advanced Audience Sales Transactions"
  • CNBC International Streams "Street Signs Europe" on Facebook Live
  • Connected-TV Marketing Start-Up, ColorTV, Raises $1.5 Million in Seed Round Led by Foxconn; Company "Is Developing a Platform for Brands to Drive Native Discovery of Content and Apps on Connected TV's and for Developers to Better Monetize Connected-TV Applications"
  • Comcast CEO: "We Fundamentally Believe, for Now, that Our In-Market Footprint Strategy Is Where We Add the Most Value to Consumers…OTT Economics Are Unproven to Us"
  • Comcast in Deal to Offer Netflix on its X1 Platform
  • Dish Network Launches Voice Remote
  • Dish Media Sales in Addressable-TV Advertising and Measurement Partnership with Neustar
  • Dish Media Sales Integrates its ONPOINT Programmatic TV Platform into BidSwitch's Real-Time Partner Ecosystem (June 15th)
  • Dish's Sling TV in Renewal Agreement with Zee; Deal Will See Sling TV Adding 27 Zee Channels, Sling TV and Dish Serving as Exclusive US Providers of Zee's Premium VOD Library (June 2nd)
  • Dish Launches HopperGO "Personal Mobile Video Drive"; Device Lets Users Transfer up to 100 Hours of Recorded Programming from Hopper DVR for Out-of-Home Viewing (May 26th)
  • Dish Media Sales Powering Addressable Advertising on 8 Latino Networks (May 17th)
  • Dish Hopper 3 DVR Adds Support for Netflix in UHD (April 8th)
  • Nielsen to Integrate Dish's Aggregated STB Data (April 4th)
  • comScore Renews its Data Deal with Dish (April 1st)
  • Dish Launches "Sports Bar Mode" on its Hopper 3 DVR (March 17th)
  • Sling TV in Long-Term Agreement with Cricket Programmer, Willow TV (February 23rd)
  • Dolby Laboratories, Jaunt Launch VR Content Portal Featuring Titles with Dolby Atmos Immersive Sound
  • Elemental Technologies Powering Canadian OTT SVOD Service, shomi
  • Interactive Media Emmy Nominations Announced
  • EPIX Names ITV Industry Veteran, Jonathan Dakss, Chief Digital Officer
  • Report: ESPN to Offer "a Package of Live Programming" OTT, though Service Will Not Include Big-League Content
  • Evolution Digital Secures Distribution Deal with NCTC for its eVUE-TV IP VOD Service
  • Pay-TV Operator, WOW!, to Deploy Evolution Digital's eVUE-TV IP VOD Service (June 7th)
  • WOW! Deploys Evolution Digital's TiVo-Powered eBOX IP Hybrid STB (May 17th)
  • Evolution Digital Launches eGUIDE on its eBOX IP Hybrid STB; Is Powered by Rovi's Fan TV Platform (May 12th)
  • Evolution Digital in Distribution Deal with NCTC for its Hybrid IP STB (February 17th)
  • Evolution Digital Launches eVUE-TV, Billed as "an IP Video Solution that Offers Thousands of Hours of Top-Rated VOD Content Aggregated with Live Cable Television Offerings, All on One Platform" (February 8th)
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