Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): ESPN, Eyepartner, ABC, Facebook, FilmOn, FremantleMedia, Freesat, FreeWheel, Google, httv, Irdeto, Kaltura, LiveU, Live Nation Entertainment, Ford

Arcade Fire's Just A Reflektor: Behind the Scenes

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2013 (December 11th in New York City), and because of the huge volume of news generated by the IBC and IFA conferences, we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format (note: 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):

  • ESPN Deportes Launches Web-Based, Broadcast-Synchronized Second-Screen App, ESPN Sync; Offers Live Streams, On-Demand Videos, Timeline with Real-Time Scores and Stats, Polling, Trivia and Social-TV Functionality; Is also Designed to Enable Interactive TV Advertising
  • Eyepartner to Stream Premium Content on its TikiLIVE Platform as an Official Dish Network Private Cable Operator
  • ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Becomes First Network Primetime Show to Integrate Facebook's New "Public Feed API" and "Keyword Insights API" Social-TV Tools; Tools Bring Facebook Conversations about the Show, Plus Data about those Conversations, to the TV Screen
  • Facebook Test of Autoplay Video Expected to Pave the Way for Autoplay Video Advertising
  • IC Punch Media Launches VU Television Network on FilmOn Platform: "FilmOn Will Cover the Broadcasting Cost, IC Punch Media will Handle all Aspects of Running the Network and the two Companies Will Share the Advertising Revenues"
  • Judge Upholds Nationwide Injunction against FilmOn X; Company Appeals
  • FremantleMedia North America Names Gayle Gilman to Newly Created Role of EVP of Digital Content
  • UK Free-to-Air Satellite-TV Platform, Freesat, Launches Low-Cost Humax STB that Allows Users to Access its freetime Connected-TV Service
  • Channel 5's Demand 5 Catch-Up Service Launches on Freesat's freetime Service (August 6th)
  • Channel 4's 4oD Catch-Up Service Launches on Freesat's freetime Service (June 27th)
  • FreeWheel Study Finds "Increased Viewer Comfort Watching 30-Second Ads Online, Movement of Linear-TV Creative to Digital Video Environments, and More Effective Digital Inventory Management by Publishers Looking to Better Reflect the TV Ad Experience"; However, Despite Mobile Video's Growth, Monetization Lags
  • Google Explores Interactive Video Capabilities of Chrome for Mobile via "Virtual Projection" Video for New Arcade Fire Song, "Just a Reflektor"; Video Lets Viewers "Cast a Virtual Projection on your Computer Screen by Holding up Your Mobile Device in Front of your Computer's Webcam," and "Control all of the Visual Effects in the Moving your Phone or Tablet through the Physical Space around you"
  • Google Glass Update Lets Users Watch YouTube Videos
  • httv Launches httvLink for Broadcom Chipsets; httvLink Billed as an Open, HbbTV-Compatible, Linux- and HTML5-Based Middleware for Connected-TV Receivers
  • httv Integrates its httvLink Open Middleware Solution with EKT DVR and "Zapper" Satellite-TV Set-Top Boxes
  • httv Teams with Intertrust Technologies to Build "MYTF1VOD" HbbTV 1.5 Service with MPEG-DASH and DRM for French Broadcaster, TF1
  • Irdeto Launches Irdeto Multiscreen, Targeted at Operators Seeking to Launch Multiscreen Services "in as Few as Four Weeks"; Solution Features Recommendation Engines, Social Media Integration, Targeted Advertising and Ability to Add New Applications
  • Open Source Video Platform Provider, Kaltura, Launches New Version of its Video Player; Features Include Unified Feature Delivery across HTML5, Flash and Native iOS/Android; Section 508 Compliance; WAI-ARIA Support; Company also Launches "Player Factory" Site to Facilitate Extension and Customization of the Kaltura Video Player
  • Kaltura, LiveU in Strategic Partnership to Offer "Live-to-VOD" Solution; Solution Allows Live Video from LiveU's Portable Units to Be Imported into Kaltura's Video Player
  • Kaltura/Taboola "Expert Poll": 95% of Respondents Would Consider Switching from Traditional Advertising to Paid Recommendations to Market their Videos (August 14th)
  • Owner, Live Nation Entertainment, Teams with Ford Motor Company on Web-Based Branded Reality Series, "The Rider Challenge," that Promotes Ford Fiesta

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