With the launch of the ibox from Vantage last Wednesday, FOXXUM, international expert in Smart TV portal solutions, content aggregation and TV-Apps development, has launched the first Smart TV portal solution for Android and has set a new standard for Android-based TV-devices. Vantage and FOXXUM are responsible for setting the trend: classic TV-devices will increasingly be developed as Android-based.
“The implementation of Android-based Smart TV solutions is an important basis for achieving increased accessibility and coverage. While other providers are still busy announcing these types of products, FOXXUM, in close cooperation with Vantage, has already delivered this innovation and has proved being ahead of competition when it comes to technological excellence. Over the coming weeks, more of our clients will be launching a Smart TV portal solution on their Android-devices, developed in close connection with us,” said Ronny Lutzi, FOXXUM CEO.
The Vantage ibox integrated FOXXUM Smart TV portal provides an extensive selection of on-demand video content. Customers can watch missed episodes of TV programmes from public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. The Vantage ibox caters to all tastes with further online offers like a huge range of music from Tunein or news coverage from NOS or France 24. And to top it all off, over 40,000 videos from online video-store maxdome are also available.Add a comment Add a comment
Pushing the boundaries of multiplatform TV content development is central to the cross platform ethos of the Apps World event, and they are delighted to have joined teams with the TV HackFest to host the first Apps World TV hackathon in San Fran this Feb at the Moscone Centre West.
Ian Johnson, Founder, Apps World says:
"We are thrilled to be bringing the TV HackFest to Apps World. TV is an exciting new area for developers and our aim is to provide a platform at our events for these guys to really get creative with their coding and design… and TV HackFest does just that."
Richard Kastelein, Founder TV HackFest says:
“Teaming up with Apps World in San Francisco and London in 2013 is a perfect fit for HackFest and with hundreds of APIs and SDKs relative to hacking new TV experiences – we expect the participants will really take TV to another level. The intersection of TV and the Internet is here – and there’s half a trillion dollars globally at stake in the traditional TV value chain. The Internet massively disrupted both print and music and TV is not immune.”
Presently, the global Games industry is worth around $70 billion for 2012. That's twice the size of the Music industry, twice the size of the book industry, and three times the size of the movie industry. We have Generation G (gamers) who are now in their forties who have grown up engaging with content. Over 100,000 people play along with The Million Pound Drop live on Friday nights in the UK, and over 600,000 downloaded The Voice of Holland out of a population of 16.5 million (in USA terms that would be 11,528,900 second screen engagement downloads for one show).
One should not underestimate how quickly and drastically consumer behaviour can change. Remember when we used to use mobile phones for just calling people? Look what we do with them now? TV will change from what we have known for decades - it's ripe for it - there's too much visual ritalin, too many commercials, and, as narrative developments show in the Transmedia world, stories are going to get more complex on TV... as they should in the future. We have been on a long journey from - people screaming at a screening of an oncoming train during the first ever publically shown film - to extremely rich, complex narratives withTransmedia properties such as The Matrix and Avatar today.
Taking place on the first day of the event, the TV HackFest http://www.hackfest.tv/northamerica/ will bring together Silicon Valley’s finest for a coding marathon workshop of creativity and hands on developer collaboration.
The aim of TV HackFest is to provide a range of TV technologies, SDKs and APIs as well as briefs and competitions - to developers, designers, agencies, creatives and entrepreneurs to build design and show how future video entertainment could be delivered within an interactive multi-screen environment.
The HackFests will feature at both Apps World San Fran and Europe in 2013, with the brand expanding into niches to create targeted coding workshops throughout 2013.
Apps World will feature nine workshop tracks over the duration of the show including three FREE developer workshops and a one day agenda purely focused to TV Apps and Multi screen, featuring discussion and advice about the industry's topic issues and detail how to get involved in developing this new technology.
Find out more about the TV HackFest North America and register to take part for free here http://www.hackfest.tv/northamerica/Add a comment Add a comment
In the latest update to its award-winning app – now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play – zeebox adds new remote control capabilities, Spanish-language channel support, more TV providers and other improvements.
These new features come just two months after the award-winning TV companion app launched in the US to critical acclaim and announced partnerships with content providers NBCUniversal, Viacom and HBO, who are already providing enhanced zeebox experiences for hundreds of shows across dozens of channels.
By upgrading to the latest version of zeebox, XFINITY TV subscribers have another option to change TV channels directly from their iPad, iPhone or Android smartphone. The user experience is seamless: fire up zeebox to see instantly what’s on TV, what’s buzzing, what the celebrities and your friends are watching.
Tap on a channel logo in zeebox’s guide view to tune instantly to that channel. Or, pick a show in zeebox and tune to that channel while zeebox automatically displays that show’s page. With one click, you’re watching the show and at the heart of the related social buzz, accessing a wealth of additional information, interactivity and commerce.
With zeebox you can jump to a TV show to watch alongside your friends or favorite stars with just one click – no matter who their provider is. There is no need to know the channel numbers or search for the show.
“We believe seamless remote control is one of those killer features – integrated with our content and embedded with the consumer experience. Consumers absolutely love zeebox’s remote control feature. In addition to launching with XFINITY TV, we’re working on adding remote control support for additional cable and satellite providers in the near future,” said Anthony Rose, co-founder and CTO of zeebox.
In the UK, zeebox can already remote control Sky+ and Virgin TiVo set top boxes and a range of smart TVs from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.
Since launching in 2011, zeebox has become the market-leading TV companion app, uniquely enabling consumers to discover TV content through their extended social network, to follow their favorite celebrities’ viewing, and to automatically get more information about shows. zeebox knows what consumers are watching, and engages them with relevant content and ecommerce opportunities in synch with live TV.
The latest version of the zeebox app also adds:
To find out how to get zeebox on the Web, on iPad, iPhone and Android smartphones visit http://zeebox.com.Add a comment Add a comment