Netflix, the leading American Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand to the United Kingdom and Ireland in early 2012, offering unlimited TV shows and movies streaming instantly over the Internet to TVs and computers for one low monthly subscription price. Lovefilm, the leading streaming solution for VOD in the UK, recently bought by Amazon will now face competition on their home turf. With Netflix being available on some 200 SKUs (not devices) Lovefilm will feel the heat to expand on more platforms as quickly as possible.
Upon launch, Netflix members from the UK and Ireland will be able to instantly watch a wide array of TV shows and movies right on their TVs via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming from Netflix, as well as on PCs, Macs and mobile tablets and phones. Further details about the service, including pricing, content and supported devices, will be announced closer to launch.
Netflix has been streaming to U.S. members since 2007, adding Canada in 2010 and 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in September 2011. Netflix has revolutionized entertainment across the Americas by giving its members a huge selection of movies and TV shows to enjoy when and where they want.
People interested in becoming members of Netflix in the UK or Ireland can go to Netflix to sign up to receive an email alert letting them know when Netflix has launched in their country.Add a comment
Watch this live panel discussion and learn how service providers can use multiscreen video to engage their existing subscribers more deeply, differentiate themselves in the market, extend their service reach and potentially increase their revenues.
Last chance to register for the live panel discussion that starts at 11am GMT/12CET Tuesday 25th October. If you cannot watch it live, the entire session will be available on-demand 24 hours later to registered viwers.
For live viewers: Log in with your Twitter and LinkedIn account to interact with attendees and contribute to the debate. Speakers will be taking live questions so make sure you tune in. #vnetwebcast
Find out how existing and new entrant video providers can use ‘the cloud’, multi-device delivery and new customer experiences to lead the next era in TV.
Our distinguished panel, moderated by John Moulding, Editor of Videonet, includes:
David Meredith - Head of Consumer Innovation, TalkTalk Group
Stéphane Eymard - Product Line Director, Orange
Simon McGrath - VP and GM Europe, thePlatform
Andrew Brown - VP Business Development & Commercials, Alcatel-Lucent
This live panel discussion will address the following key issues:
Australia's leading online movie rental subscription company Quickflix, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment to stream its subscription movie service to PlayStation®3 (PS3™) starting later this year.
Announcing the deal, Quickflix Chief Executive Officer Chris Taylor said: "Having entered a streaming agreement for Sony Bravia in July we're very excited to now extend the partnership to PlayStation via its game console platform.
"Over 1.3 million Australian consumers who own an internet connectable PlayStation 3 will have access to Quickflix's on demand movie streaming service. This is a significant moment in the evolution of IPTV delivered entertainment in Australia and a major development for our company," Mr Taylor said.
Globally, PlayStation 3 is the game console platform most consumers connect to their TV screen at home to stream movies. In the US1 and UK, PlayStation 3 is estimated to account for over 30 percent of movie streaming by the leading online movie subscription providers in those countries.
The Quickflix movie streaming service on PlayStation 3 will provide unlimited viewing of movies from a constantly changing catalogue, complementing its online DVD and Blu-Ray rental by mail service which provides unlimited rentals each month from Australia's largest movie and TV series library that features more than 50,000 titles.
According to Quickflix Founder and Executive Chairman Stephen Langsford, connected devices are key to the company's growth strategy. "Combined with our rapidly growing DVD-by-mail business the PlayStation 3 deal strategically positions Quickflix to become the most popular movie streaming service in Australia," Mr Langsford said.
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia & New Zealand Managing Director Michael Ephraim said:
"This exciting agreement with Quickflix will further enhance PS3's already strong entertainment on demand credentials across TV, games, music and now, an even larger range of movie options. If you love games, and your family loves movies, quite simply there is no better choice of device for your home than PlayStation 3, which is also one of the most highly awarded Blu-Ray players."
The Quickflix movie subscription service will feature on the PlayStation 3 Xross media bar (XMB) interface to enable viewers to watch movies instantly. The console also features a DVD Blu-ray player, 3D playback capability and two existing on demand services: PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service (PSN VDS) and MUBI.Add a comment
Sky Bet has launched a new Facebook app for football betting fans, where hundreds of fans can share videos of themselves predicting weekend football results.
Each week, match predictions made by more than 300 football fans are uploaded by the online betting company via their 'Call of the Nation' app, which is hosted on Sky Bet's Facebook fan page.
One key Premier League match is selected every week and fans of both teams are captured on camera at matches making predictions about the clash. Fans are asked to make a call on the scoreline, first goalscorer and man-of-the-match and can also check out the video predictions of Sky Bet's panel of experts, which includes Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Redknapp.
Once their individual prediction video has been uploaded to Facebook, football fans can share it with their friends and check out what fellow fans, or the opposition, are predicting.
Sky Bet's PR Manager, Helen Jacob, said:
"Social media is the best way of interacting with our customers, who love to tell us and their mates how they're calling the weekend's big matches. The video element adds an extra dimension and acts as a kind of visual fan forum, allowing fans to find out their mates' views as well as having a laugh at their dodgy on-camera performances!"
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All the scoreline predictions are collated to give the consensus of the nation and links to the latest football betting odds from Sky Bet are featured.
This week, the featured match is Sunday's Manchester derby and anyone who successfully predicts the scoreline will be entered into a draw to win a VIP matchday experience for two at Old Trafford. 33.6% of fans have predicted a 2-1 victory to Manchester City, who haven't won at Old Trafford since February 2008.
Social TV veteran Miso, has partnered with Halogen TV, a television network that provides socially-conscious and aspirational programming, to enhance the viewing experience for its highly-anticipated original series “JUMP SHIPP.” Miso has been doing a number of B2B deals recently - making a move from a focus on building a consumer product, to enabling businesses including Fox, Showtime, NBC, TNT, AT&T U-Verse, and DirecTV, Starz, QVC, and Comedy Central.
“JUMP SHIPP” is the perfect show for the Miso partnership,” said Halogen’s VP of Marketing, Kyle Chowning. The show’s host, Josh Shipp, constantly encourages people to take a chance on things they’ve never tried before. We’re taking a page out of his book.”
Chowning further noted:
“Miso has made the second screen experience of watching television unique and interactive. I’ve used Miso myself and I’m impressed with how they’ve developed a platform that gives audiences new and innovative ways to enjoy content. This is an excellent fit for Halogen TV.”
In JUMP SHIPP, motivational speaker and career advice guru Josh Shipp intervenes in the lives of talented young adults who want to transition from their lackluster livelihood into their dream job, but they don’t know where to begin. Josh steps in by hijacking a potential “jumper” and dropping them into a series of dream job-training challenges to prepare them for what could lie ahead. He then presents them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to quit their current job and pursue their dream job. No matter the goal or the hurdle, viewers will be inspired when real people get a shot at their dreams and decide to JUMP SHIPP. Throughout this emotional process, Josh shows that quitting isn’t for losers, as long as you have a plan and a goal. In fact, sometimes it’s the only way to get the life you’ve always wanted.
Miso will provide an application on the iPhone that will allow viewers to enjoy complementary second-screen experiences for all ten episodes of JUMP SHIPP (whether live, on demand, or via DVR) when they air each Friday at 9/8c beginning on October 21st. Those viewers will have the opportunity to discuss the show, answer cool questions, get insider knowledge, take polls, post instant reactions and make predictions about who will take the leap. Miso will further promote JUMP SHIPP through its blog and on Facebook and Twitter.
And in a first for Miso, anyone who “checks in” to any other Halogen shows, will be rewarded a Halogen TV badge.Add a comment
“Our vision is integrating Akoo’s technology in set-top boxes, media servers, game consoles, and TV apps to drive the next generation of in-home on-demand television experiences.”
Akoo’s technology currently powers the Company’s out-of-home television network, which research firm Nielsen recently certified as having the largest audience of any U.S. digital out-of-home network reporting age 12+. Akoo’s television network is available throughout the U.S. in 161 “Akoo Pavilions,” which attract 64 million consumers each month in the most highly trafficked seating environments across premier shopping malls.
In addition to making on-demand content selections using their personal mobile devices, visitors to Akoo Pavilions can access free Wi-Fi services, connect with friends via Facebook and Twitter, and receive mobile coupons and exclusive special offers. Viewers spend an average 20 minutes per visit seated in front of Akoo’s programming, Nielsen research certifies, with an on-demand transaction occurring every four seconds on the network. As a result of this consumer engagement, Akoo drives unmatched marketing effectiveness and ROI for its brand advertisers.
“Akoo’s technology has been proven in the marketplace, successfully integrating TV, mobile, social and local to deliver magnetic and rewarding consumer entertainment experiences in out-of-home environments,” said Akoo CEO Niko Drakoulis. “Our vision is integrating Akoo’s technology in set-top boxes, media servers, game consoles, and TV apps to drive the next generation of in-home on-demand television experiences.”
Akoo’s technology supports plug-ins for on-demand and subscription billing services and includes advanced ad delivery capabilities that drive targeted advertising based on individual profiles, rather than geography, household, or demographic.
A recent study by Altman Vilandrie & Company and Research Now found that nearly half of TV viewers aged 18-34 would prefer their smartphone or tablet over their remote to control their TV.Add a comment
CDS offers artists a full range of creative, social media and distribution solutions to help them identify, develop and maximize opportunities across multiple platforms. CDS produces the original Yahoo! Web series "In the Dressing Room" with Cat Deeley, the host of "So You Think You Can Dance," and the celebrity talk show "Figgle Chat" featuring Lucas Cruikshank AKA Fred. CDS is in the process of rolling out a Fred animated series produced by Kate Boutilier and Eryk Casemiro ("Rugrats" and "Wild Thornberries"), and "Video Game High School," a new feature length original web series from FreddieW creators Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch. CDS also distributes Web series and artists including The Annoying Orange, iJustine and Megan & Liz. CDS brands attract hundreds of millions of views a month online and in traditional media.
"Our goal is to ensure that our artists and partners enjoy ubiquitous distribution of their content on as many platforms as possible," said Michael Green, CEO of the Collective. "The deal with Flingo provides an exciting opportunity for millions of consumers to experience and enjoy CDS content directly on their TVs."
Flingo's application publishing suite enables an ecosystem where media creators, brand advertisers and device manufacturers converge to give viewers a more engaging and personal TV experience. Viewers enjoy more content on TV than ever before in a highly personalized, interactive experience. Additionally, they can share their favorite moments across popular social networks. Flingo is currently available on 7.2 million screens, in 117 countries worldwide.
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"The Collective provides its talent roster a great service by seeking new distribution channels, embracing new monetization strategies and connecting directly with fans online," said Ashwin Navin, CEO and co-founder of Flingo. "Our partnership enables artists recognized worldwide to reach millions of people in their living rooms with the convenience of a TV remote control at any hour of the day with a more dynamic, engaging viewing experience than traditional broadcast."
One in three young adults will use their mobile phone to purchase Christmas gifts for friends and family this year. This is a brilliant trend which further augments the case for second screen monetisation of TV.
UTalkMarketing, the global hub for marketing knowledge, teamed up with online survey platform Toluna to survey 1300 UK consumers and found that a staggering 32% of 18 to 34 year olds plan to use their mobile device to purchase gifts in the run up to the festive season.
The trend toward mobile shopping is even gaining momentum in places like Afghanistan, where younger users are searching via the Afghan Wireless network to find cheaper goods on the internet.
The result is a strong indication that an increasing number of young shoppers are using their mobile device to make purchases. Older age groups too are making an increasing number of purchases via their mobile - 14% of those aged between 35 and 54, and 9% of over 55’s also plan to make Christmas purchases this year using their device.
Apple’s iPhone users are the most likely to make a Christmas purchase via their device– 42% of those that say they will make a Christmas purchase via mobile will do using their iPhone. Some 31% of those that say they will make a Christmas purchase via their mobile will use their Blackberry and a further 27% will do so via an Android device.
But retailers will need to have a mobile app in place if they want a slice of the now lucrative mobile shopper market. An overwhelming 88% of mobile shoppers will only make a purchase this Christmas if their retailer of choice has ‘an app for that’. Only 12% of mobile shoppers will make a purchase directly from a retailer’s mobile-optimised website.
“The results of this survey are a clear indication that retailers cannot ignore the mobile-commerce wave. They need to adapt to and embrace the changing ways consumers now shop”, says Melanie McKinney, UTalkMarketing’s publisher.
“The fact that a third of young adults are planning to buy their Christmas gifts via their mobile device is proof that the year of mobile-commerce is finally upon us. The fact that most mobile shoppers will do so directly via a retailer’s app is also strong proof that brands wishing to contend in the mobile-commerce arena must do more than simply provide a mobile optimised website”.
The main concern of those that won’t use their mobile device to make purchases this Christmas is the issue of privacy – 26% of those that said they would not use their mobile device to make purchases said it is because they haveprivacy concerns related to entering banking details into their device.
“This is clearly an issue that consumers are concerned about, and these findings highlight a need for mobile retailers to reassure people that shopping via their device is secure and make sure it actually is!” says McKinney.
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UTalkMarketing’s findings fit the suggestion that an increasing number of consumers are shunning crowded high streets to shop via online at Christmas – a YouGov survey released earlier this week suggests that 84% of consumers will buy at least one gift online this year with a third saying they will buy all of their gifts online.
“Building on the success of our social TV programming guide and Social 100 rating system, we are expanding our offering to include movies,” said Sean Casey, Founder and CEO of SocialGuide. “People increasingly turn to their social graphs when making entertainment choices. Our social movie guide connects users to real-time feedback from thousands of moviegoers, their friends and film critics, and provides them with a fresh approach in how they decide what to see at the box office.”
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With SocialGuide Movies, users can sort the ranking of films by categories including action/thriller, comedy, drama, horror, SciFi/fantasy and kids. Users can also switch between viewing information on movies that are now in theaters to those coming soon.
Through its proprietary intelligent social data collection system, SocialGuide tracks movie chatter on a 24-hour basis, across its entire lifespan: from pre-release to theatrical run through DVD/video on demand. SocialGuide ranks a movie based on the amount of buzz it has received in the last 24 hours. It also reveals its position last week, its current peak position, and the number of weeks the movie has been in theatres. Each movie that is currently in theatrical release includes a “Social Exit Poll” that displays only comments from moviegoers who have actually seen the movie, so consumers can get instant “social word of mouth” from hundreds/thousands of moviegoers as they choose what to see at the box office.
SocialGuide further analyzes the social buzz to provide the number of people who have expressed direct intention to see the movie, a user’s friends’ comments, the most retweeted comments, and filtered social streams of moviegoers and critics.
“With SocialGuide Movies our intention was to create a valuable guide for the film industry and consumers alike,” said Casey. “By providing new metrics like “% of Buzz” and “Intending to See,” studios can gauge the social impact of their films compared to others. For consumers, we’ve filtered millions of movie comments to surface the ones that they care about most, which will help them make a more informed and entertaining movie decision.”Add a comment
The number of homes using the internet to watch television shows and movies on the TV screen has reached more than 42 million across the US and Europe, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics' Connected Home Devices (CHD) service. The report, "Multiscreen Connected TV: Assessing Device Usage and Ownership," bases its findings on a survey of 4800 respondents. The research found that connected TV usage is twice as popular in the US as in Europe: 20 per cent of US respondents have watched internet content on their TV screens in the past month, compared to only 10 per cent of Europeans. The report concludes that this difference reflects the relative strength of digital services such as Netflix and Hulu in the US market.
"These findings have important implications for content providers, device manufacturers and network operators"
The research also investigates the ways in which consumers are connecting their TVs to the internet. In the US, the most popular option is the games console, but Europeans prefer to connect a PC to the TV using an HDMI cable. Streaming over a home network and internet-connected Blu-ray disc players are also significant in both territories.
Apart from the TV screen, the PC is still the most important device. Personal devices such as tablets and smartphones are less popular, although tablets are likely to become more important as the market continues to grow rapidly.
"These findings have important implications for content providers, device manufacturers and network operators," says David Mercer, Principal Analyst and the report's author. "They demonstrate that television viewers are prepared to go to significant lengths to watch their preferred television shows or movies on the big screen. In spite of the technical challenges, many people want to be freed from the constraints of traditional, managed television services if their choice of content is not available when they want, where they want, and at a price they are willing to pay."
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Developed by the PepsiCo Beverages Digital Engagement team, Pepsi Pulse is a new visualization tool that allows consumers to follow social conversation during live "THE X FACTOR" shows in the U.S. Fans on this new platform can chart changes in social conversations around the show in real-time - and Pepsi promised that they will continue to launch more digital applications that bring brand fans closer to TV shows.
For the first time in the Social TV space - the advertiser is behind the platforms, rather than a network, show or traditional media property.
GetGlue, a PepsiCo Beverages Digital Labs partner, is bundled into Pepsi Pulse so viewers can also become part of "THE X FACTOR" community by checking in which can help consumers find the next favorite thing by demonstrating what’s trending and what’s popular amongst friends. Consumers that check in to "THE X FACTOR" on GetGlue can earn a special Pepsi sticker.
Pepsi Pulse and Pepsi Sound Off will provide the "X Factor" faithful a way to interact with each other and the show. It also provides Pepsi with platforms that could be used to cultivate conversations around Super Bowl or the Grammys, for example.
Pepsi Pulse is a digital visualization of conversations about "X Factor." A series of checkmarks with the text "2 people agree with Simon" appear on screen, or a mass of hearts appears with the text "69 people love X Factor." Mouse over the hearts or checkmarks and tweets pop up. The concept was built out in just three weeks, said Andrea Harrison, director-PepsiCo Beverages digital engagement. She said that it's meant to be a qualitative, not a quantitative view of consumer conversations. Pepsi worked with Firstborn on the project.
Pepsi Sound Off, modeled after Twitter, is a place for fans to connect during the show and incorporates a gaming mechanism. Viewers can post comments in a stream, as well as organize streams by popular hashtags. Messages posted on Pepsi Sound Off can also be pushed to Twitter or Facebook. Pepsi is leveraging Gigya's social technology. It also worked with Undercurrent and Huge on the platform.
The site builds loyalty for the show without Fox having to do anything, and Pepsi gets a reputation boost by working with a hit show, embracing social TV and being “an active participant in pop culture,” the Pepsi team says.
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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting today that Yap.tv is first independent social TV developer to create a custom-branded version of its app for the iPad and iPhone for a major network - for NBCUniversal’s USA Network.
Yap.tv is to launch a USA-branded app, available in November, for its shows and fans as it and other channels continue to expand the use of social media to reach and engage viewers and it will be promoted by USA both on the air and elsewhere.
"USA will offer viewers an app to harness and amplify the social buzz around its series," the companies said to the Hollywood Reporter. "Users will also be able to access a dynamic programming guide, view exclusive content, invite friends on Facebook and Twitter to the app as well as chat with other Yap.tv users all through one platform on all Apple mobile devices.
"We are constantly looking for ways to expand our reach and engage our fans not only through rich experiences, but across multiple platforms so that they can access our shows and engage with them wherever they are,” said Jesse Redniss, vp of digital for USA Network. "Yap.tv gives our fans an innovative platform for personalizing their interaction and engaging with content in ways that allow us to continually evolve our social TV experience.”
Yap has venture capital backing from Javelin Venture Partners and Blumberg Capital and is also advised by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
This is great news for third party developers working in the TV realm - and hopefully the first of many new collaborations between broadcasters and innovators working on B2B solutions for the Social TV industry.
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