C21 Media is reporting that Recommendation Engine, TV Badge (Foursquare model ) company Miso has signed with History Channel UK to create interaction around the program Ice Road Truckers.
Miso, backed by Google, will being on September 9, 2010 for start of season 4 - which is attempting to apply a to TV shows, will kick off the Ice Road Truckers alliance with the start of season four on September 9.
"Viewers who tune into the series and check into Miso via the web or by using the company's iPhone, iPad or Android apps, will unlock unique virtual badges and be entered into a prize draw for Sony PS3," reports C21 Media.
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"Miso allows us to connect with fans of 'Ice Road Truckers' through a new engagement channel, and right at the moment they are watching on TV," History Channel UK digital marketing manager, Kiera Doherty, said in a prepared statement. "We're excited to be the first international network partner to work with Miso."
Bloomberg reports that Sky Deutschland is able to reach break-even with the new capital it plans to raise, said by CEO Brian Sullivan.
The pay- television operator 45.4 percent-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
Sky Deutschland said in August that it will raise at least 340 million euros ($438 million) by selling new shares. With the cash it will expand in high-definition television and invest in innovations and product extensions.
Bloomberg writes that Sullivan:
Plans to turn around the company with the help of three main strategies:
* Delivering high-quality content;
* Ensuring customers can get the content on any device they like, such as mobile devices and
* Through any platform, whether that is satellite, cable, broadband and mobile.
Sullivan elaborate on the strategy:
“Right now we force customers to either take our content in a linear fashion via satellite or cable when the reality is that we are sitting on the rights for all of this fantastic sports, movies and general entertainment content, not just on cable and satellite, but also on mobile, on broadband and even on Internet TV."
To complexify the matter concerning the rights:
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Sky Deutschland own rights to show German Bundesliga soccer matches, though not via Internet protocol TV and on mobile, where Deutsche Telekom AG has the rights.
The latest version of the BBC iPlayer adds new functionalities as chat, social networking.
Besides the social functionalities it adds also automated downloads and BBC's new sign-in system as reported by TechWatch and ZDNet.
ZDNet on the launch and sign-in system:
The third generation of iPlayer, launched on Wednesday, now includes the option for users to personalise its interface through the use of the BBC's iD sign-in technology, allowing individuals to access their iPlayer settings from a variety of devices.
Silicon.com further elaborates on the chat functionalities:
Another addition to iPlayer is the integration of a Windows Live Messenger chat facility, which is set to appear in the next few weeks.
On the BBC blog an article at length has been dedicated to the launch of the new iPlayer.
It describes the new features indepth.
The new iPlayer:
3. Personalised iPlayer home page
4. My Categories
5. Better live TV
6. New radio console
7. Recommend to friends
8. Watch with friends
9. Better video quality
10. New iPlayer Desktop
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AppMarket.tv will be present at the upcoming IBC2010 conference and exhibition in Amsterdam, from 9-14 September.
Core figures and facts on the IBC are:
* 1,300 companies from around the world exhibit at IBC.
* 45,000 plus visitors.
* 1000 plus journalists.
* Thirteen halls; innovative areas such as The Connected World, The New Technology Campus, and The IBC Big Screen.
* Covering both the technology, including the latest on stereoscopic 3D, IPTV and content creation, and its business implications.
One of the technologies, like mentioned above is IPTV, hot and opening up many opportunities for companies.
IBE Magazine produced a supplement in association with IPTV Zone at IBC2010, containing extensive information.
The Official Guide to IPTV at IBC2010 includes the following:
* A floor plan of the IPTV Zone plus an alphabetical list of exhibitors.
* A stand by stand preview of all the exhibiting companies within the IPTV Zone at IBC.
* Technology updates/Business updates with input from telco's, broadcasters and facilitators.
* Product updates with input from set-top box manufacturers, middleware providers, and automation providers.
* A section dedicated to the Connected Home.
View the Guide here.
Yahoo! and the Vestel Group, announced last week that consumers across Europe will soon be able
to easily access thousands of content sources, like movies, TV shows, social
networks, videos, and other kinds of Internet content through Yahoo!
Vestel Group is the largest TV manufacturer in Europe, Vestel and partner OEM brands will ship Yahoo! Connected TV to consumers in more than 40 countries across Europe starting in Q1 2011.
Turan Erdogan, board member and president of sales, marketing and R&D, Vestel Group, said:
“As a leader in the consumer electronics space, Vestel is committed to delivering the highest quality entertainment experiences across devices to our consumers.
Yahoo! has a proven track record of enabling a powerful developer community and delivering the best Internet TV experiences to millions of users around the world.
Through this partnership, we provide customers with a high-quality, easy to use, well-known platform for delivering Internet apps directly to our connected products.”
Rich Riley, senior vice president and managing director, Yahoo! EMEA, said:
“Yahoo! is transforming the television experience for millions of consumers around the world.
Vestel’s innovative consumer electronics products combined with Yahoo!’s industry-leading Connected TV platform allow consumers to experience the Internet and television together in ways they never have before.
This is the future of television.”
This is the opportunity for Yahoo! to penetrate European markets and further diffuse their Yahoo! Connected TV concept.
About Vestel Group
The Vestel Group is composed of 25 companies operating in manufacturing, technology development, marketing, and distribution fields in the consumer electronics, digital technologies, and household appliances, with € 3.7 billion turnover. Vestel is the largest TV manufacturer in Europe accounting for 16% of the LCD TV, as well as 25% of the digital set-top boxes markets in Europe.
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That is how Plex is announcing it on their blog.
Last couple of months have been turbulent in all the announcements in this space, now Plex is adding one more interesting to it:
LG Electronics is going to integrate the Plex platform into their 2011 lineup of Netcast™ connected TVs and Blu-ray devices.
A single integrated interface to access online content, local content, and personal content.
How will Plex impact content providers?
This is also a massive win for content providers.
Yesterday, writing a Plex plug-in would make their content available on a Mac, or a television powered by a Mac.
Yesterday, they could suddenly make their content available on 100 million iOS devices.
And tomorrow (early next year, technically), they will be able to get their content onto millions of LG TVs and Blu-ray devices. This, friends, is an unprecedented time in history.
The distance between content provider and consumer has never been this close or frictionless, and it’s incredible to be a part of.
In the press release of Plex, Hojun Nam, Director of LCD TV R&D at LG Electronics:
“After considering many alternative solutions, LG Electronics chose to utilize Plex’s media server platform technology as a part of its next generation NetCast™ enabled home entertainment products because of the breadth of available applications and content and the ease of developing new services.
Plex’s capabilities offer our customers’ additional methods of displaying their content on LG’s next generation TVs and that is exciting to us.”
The advantage of Open:
Third-party developers and owners of content have the ability to develop Plex plug-ins, which will then be available to all Plex users across all devices. Currently, there are nearly 200 plug-ins available through Plex’s service including iTunes, Netflix, CNN, Revision3, YouTube, and many others. Plex for OS X is downloadable for free, with a Windows version to be available later this year.
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Plex was founded in 2009 by several technology veterans looking to fulfill the promise of a seamless digital media lifestyle. Plex Media Center, the flagship product, is an easy-to-use software solution that allows consumers to access digital media from a wide variety of sources. The Plex platform also enables content providers to make their content easily available across a range of device.
Samsung Connected TVs will now be carrying Blinkbox which will allow viewers to launch the companies movie and TV on-demand streaming service via the next generation of Smart TV's. Counterparts include LoveFilm, MuZu and BBC iPlayer.
The wedding means owners of next generation Samsung TV's will be able to watch the Blinkbox video inventory which includes top shelf movies like Avatar and The Hangover, and TV shows Peep Show and Skins - all via a simple TV App or TV Widget on the TV.
Blinkbox’s has also recently inked deals with Sony to launch on the PlayStation3, and allegedly plans to become involved with the BBC-led IPTV joint venture Project Canvas. And just last week, Blinkbox announced a deal with Google, to offer its catalogue of 6500 videos for Youtube.
Both LoveFilm and Blinkbox are firing up their deal machines prior to US movie streaming giant Netflix in the UK.
LoveFilm, the main competition for Blinkbox recently paired up with MGM, bringing movies including The Graduate and Quantum of Solace to its online player.
Blinkbox CEO Michael Comish told NMA that the Samsung deal is a “significant” development for Blinkbox in the “increasingly important” web-enabled TV market.
“These devices aren’t only revolutionising how we consume media, but how we, as a business, interact with our ever-growing consumer base,” he said. “Research shows that TV-based viewing is driving growth accounting for 60% of the total VOD market while sales of internet-connected TV devices will rise to 375m globally in 2013. Blinkbox is the UK's leading online film and TV aggregator. Since its launch in April 2008, the company has amassed a catalogue of over 6,000 of the world's best film and TV titles from top tier studios including BBC Worldwide, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, Sony Pictures Television International, Twentieth Century Fox and more than 15 leading independent producers such as FremantleMedia, All3Media, Revolver, Zig Zag and Aardman Animations.
With an audience of over 1.2 million unique users a month, blinkbox.com combines premium programming with leading edge technology and a simple user interface. The company offers a buy-to-own and a watch-for-free service in a single destination where consumers can buy or rent the latest releases or watch Free TV, all streamed instantaneously to PC, MAC, TV and more recently, PS3.
Christophor Rick of Reelseo.com also has some excellent coverage.
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ANT, the leading provider of software and services for the delivery of digital TV has today announced a partnership with Ocean Blue Software, digital TV middleware specialist to deliver a fully integrated connected TV software stack. The combined solution provides connected TV services including HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) by integrating the ANT Galio Platform with Ocean Blue’s Sunrise™ DVB and Voyager™ MHEG technology.
The ANT Galio HbbTV Platform is already the software solution of choice for many of the industry’s leading device manufacturers targeting the HbbTV and connected TV markets. The new partnership utilises Ocean Blue’s advanced Sunrise DVB middleware client and Voyager MHEG system to provide a fully integrated connected TV software stack. This is ideal for CE device manufacturers such as TV and set-top box manufacturers looking to quickly roll out connected devices targeting the HbbTV and other hybrid markets.
The first HbbTV services were launched by German broadcasters in December 2009 and included catch-up programming from ARD and ZDF, VoD (Video on Demand) from Tageschau, ARD digital text and Bayerische Runfunk radio applications. The French government regulatory body for TV issues, the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), has since added its support of HbbTV with the launch of French interactive HbbTV services expected in 2011.
The connected TV market continues to grow with a need to deliver increasingly complex services while maintaining an intuitive user-friendly experience. The partnership between ANT and Ocean Blue meets the requirement of large mainstream CE manufacturers looking for an industry weight solution that reduces the development complexity of delivering connected TV devices. The widespread industry support for HbbTV is a strong reflection of this growing hybrid market trend.
Phil Evans, Director of Ocean Blue Software, said:
“We’re pleased to be working with ANT. The respective software already deployed by both companies is recognised as market leading and by working together we’re able to deliver a unique market proposition not just for the fast emerging HbbTV market but all connected TV devices.”
Simon Woodward President and CEO of ANT, said:
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The Apple iPad tablet was released in mid-summer this year... and it has since then sold millions of units worldwide. The Apple tablet has ignited the tablet market. There are a number of new Android and Windows based tablets now shooting for the Apple iPad’s top spot. But this one from Samsung looks to be a top contender. Running on Android makes it especially interesting for the upcoming Google TV launch as it's also based on Android (as well as HTML 5 and Adobe Flash) which could make for some interesting two screen Social TV experiences.
And today's announcement at IFA 2010 marks the first time the public is seeing official specs from Samsung.
Official pricing has not yet been released, but the device is due to hit European markets in mid-September, and U.S. and Asia by year's end.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet comes with a 7-inch AMOLED display that features capacitive multi-touch and runs on a Samsung Hummingbird A8 1.2GHz processor –to compare the Apple iPad comes with a Apple A4 1Ghz processor– which is ARM based just like the A4 chip from Apple.
The Samsung Galaxy tab is also built with 16GB to 42GB internal storage. The tablet will also come with a front facing 3.2 mega-pixels camera which will allow users to make video phone calls. Connectivity on the Galaxy Tab feature Wi-Fi and 3G and also supports Swype typing technology.
Industry pundits have said it could be priced under €200 with a two year contract in Europe, but company officials are not talking. Some experts believe that the Samsung Galaxy Tablet will become more popular than the Apple iPad. One feature of Samsung’s model will be the built-in digital camera, something that the iPad lacks.