Facebook is to stream its first live football match, demonstrating the increasing power of social media in the eyes of brands as reported by Marketingmagazine. They have teamed up with Budweiser to broadcast the opening FA Cup tie live. The game is the opening match of this year’s FA Cup, a preliminary round match between two minnows of the football world, Ascot United and Wembley. Marketingmagazine continues:
The match will be played on Friday (August 19) at 7.45pm. The streaming of the match comes courtesy of a commercial deal between the FA, its lead sponsor Budweiser, and Facebook.
Budweiser anticipates that the match will attract a global audience, although the two clubs are not household names, even in the UK.
Football fans will be able to watch the game at the Budweiser fan page, www.facebook.com/BudweiserUK, on Facebook. The live streaming is available only to people aged 18 and over, claims Budweiser.
“is committed to bringing the world’s most prestigious knockout competition closer to the fans. What better way to demonstrate this than by broadcasting the very first kick to a global audience via Facebook. This is the first time a FA Cup tournament fixture has been broadcast live on the social network, which is great news for football fans and clubs alike.”
The Guardian reports on Mike Harrison, Ascot United chairman:
"To be involved in the first game of the FA Cup this season is an honour in itself, but to be part of a world first and have our match broadcast to a massive global audience is fantastic for our club."
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According to figures from the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB), the average amount of time spent watching linear commercial TV reached a new record in the first six months of 2011, although the increases in total TV viewing appear to be slowing. The figures as reported by CampaignLive:
The average person watched a total of 28 hours, 21 minutes of linear TV every week, equivalent to four hours, three minutes a day.
The average TV viewer watched 18 hours and nine minutes of commercial linear TV every week, or two hours and 35 minutes a day during the first six months of 2011. This is an increase of 48 minutes a week, or seven minutes a day, from the same period in 2010.
Commercial TV accounted for 64% of viewing during the first six months of the year, up from 62% in the same period in 2010, while commercial impacts climbed 4.7% year on year to an average of 147 ads a day in the first half of 2011.
Lindsey Clay, managing director of commercial TV marketing body Thinkbox, said:
"What is clear is that every new technology that joins TV – from connected TV sets to social media – is making it even more enjoyable for viewers and even more effective for advertisers."
"We've been saying for a while that linear TV viewing couldn’t keep breaking records forever and that it had to stabilise at some point. It appears that this is now happening – although, within this, commercial TV is still growing a little, which is great news for advertisers and a testament to the choice and quality it offer."
The relationship between commercial TV going 2% up versus commercial impact of 4,7% up, indicates a more-than-average positive impact on the amount of viewed ads. This is contrasting in what the industry believes people are switching when ads are up. In no way says something about the effectiveness and attention to ads from a viewer point of perspective.
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"Whoever figures out [Social TV], will be the next Steve Jobs of his generation"
- Ynon Kriez, CEO of the Endemol Group
As the claims strengthen that Social TV will dramatically change the industry landscape, the next convergence conversation will delve into the real world strategies behind this opportunity.
In its purest sense Social TV is the term for social interaction around the television. It typically integrates communication, context awareness, recommendations or ratings, with TV content either directly on the screen or on ancillary devices.
Social networks have quickly become an integral part of consumers personalised content discovery and viewing experience. Social TV then offers the 'ability to create content that will enable people to interface with each other, to connect, to recommend, to share and experience over television.' (1) According to media economist Jack Myers, the US Social TV market could be worth $12bn by 2020, with other analysts predicting a global market 2 or 3 times that value. (2)
As the potential of Social TV offers the chance for increased rating figures, more engaged audiences, and new revenue opportunities, almost everyone creating content, channels, platforms, or devices, in the future will need to address this change.
On Thursday 25 August 2011, Ved Sen from ThinkPlank will be chairing a panel of speakers that plan to tack the future of Social TV - including:
And it's free... The entrance and the Cheese and Wine. Registration starts at from 17:30 and the event runs from 18:00 - 20:00 at Intellect, 10-12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EE
If you can't make the event, keep an eye on #socialtvrevolution on Twitter for updates!
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yap.TV, an early social TV guide for the iOS environment, has launched a major update to its best-of-breed app, yap.TV 3.0. The new version pushes the performance envelope of all Apple iOS devices, including the iPad 2, to deliver an immersive, high-definition, social TV experience, according to yap.tv . The combination of a rich-media, visual TV guide, and interactive social features transforms the TV watching experience in a way that is unrivaled on the second screen.
"There is a better way to discover what's on TV than the age-old, outdated guide button," said Trevor Stout, CEO of yap.TV. "Our goal was to make surfing the guide fun and engaging, while becoming an interactive and social part of your TV watching experience -- version 3.0 delivers."
The yap.TV 3.0 update places the TV fan front and center with a completely personalized TV guide experience. Based on their own personalized settings -- including television provider and favorite shows and channels -- the user can surf what's on TV by swiping and gesturing through high-resolution show graphics and animations using the new visual TV guide. Users can also browse by category filters, a social Top 20 of the most talked about shows, and see what their friends are watching in real-time. Finding what's on TV has never been this easy or fun.Add a comment
Twentieth Century Fox and Channel 4 will be first to participate in Rovi Smart TV Advertising Field Trial in the United Kingdom, a program created to study how to effectively reach consumers via the internet-connected devices that are now amassing in consumers’ homes. Recognising the importance of connected TV as a future advertising platform, OMD UK will be working alongside Rovi to support campaigns for Channel 4 and help them gain valuable learning in this new space.
“Futuresource predicts that by 2015 there will be over 30 million IP-connected HDTVs in use in the UK,” said Sarah Carroll at industry analyst firm, Futuresource Consulting. “Rovi has created a platform to enable brands and companies to capitalize on this growth. Through the Smart TV Advertising Field Trial, we will be able to understand how to monetize and tap into the advertising potential of next-generation devices.”
The UK extension of Rovi Smart TV Field Trial follows U.S. and Canadian field trials launched earlier this year. Early results, collected by 24/7 Real Media, Inc., from the U.S. field trial report that the campaigns delivered millions of impressions per month for participating brands.
“The last couple of years have seen the introduction of multiple new entertainment platforms, leading to greater opportunities for advertising in the home,” said Jeff Siegel, senior vice president of worldwide advertising at Rovi Corporation. “As industry leaders, Twentieth Century Fox, Channel 4 and OMD have taken an innovative approach in exploring how to market their content to consumers. We’re looking at how we can help them continue to succeed in increasing viewership.”
“Our participation in this trial is part of Channel 4’s preparation for the connected TV world. Our aim is to embrace the opportunities presented by new platforms, and stay ahead of the curve with our marketing strategies – the Smart TV Field Trial is a step towards exploring how to creatively show consumers what we have to offer; as they access content through connected TV platforms and the all important EPG,” said Steve Forde, head of Digital Marketing at Channel 4.
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Twitter has partnered with the Weather Channel to push weather related tweets onto its enormously well-trafficked cable network and website, with the two groups splitting the ad revenue as reported by BetaBeat. Trendrr is cooperating with Twitter,they will be doing the semantic analysis to separate a tweet about a sudden rain shower from a tweet about your decision to take a quick shower after the gym.
“Clearly, news programs are integrating social networking in broadcasts as a platform for viewer interaction, but news agencies are just beginning to tap into social intelligence as a means to drive real time reporting and listening. The Weather Channel takes listening and reporting to an entirely new level by leveraging the social channel and participation of its audience in real-time to achieve”.
The Weather Channel takes listening and reporting to an entirely new level by leveraging the social channel and participation of its audience in real-time to achieve:
Twitter's Business Model
This is just the beginning, as mentioned on Trendrr's blog, social data is becoming increasingly contextual and useful, adding an important layer to the experience. It fits the view on Twitter's opportunities for the industries that I've elaborated in the "@Twitter: the Intersection of the Synaptic Web, a Potential for New Business Models" article.
Intelligence-as-a-Service is what Twitter should look at, scale, insights and near real-time capability of informing its clients.
The Weather Channel can and should go beyond the social channel and participattion of its audience, by cooperating with their audience this close, it's their door to become an Open Business. Social media, data and infrastructures for the purpose of co-innovation (of content, programming etc), insights (what is it that the audience is looking for etc) and adaptation (to the external, open and dynamic market, understanding ROI (per value chain) etc).
It will be interesting to learn how both Twitter and Trendrr are going to (co-)develop these opportunities.
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Harvard International plc today announced a partnership with ANT, a leading provider of software and services for the delivery of digital TV, to design and develop software for the next generation of set-top box (STB) products. These will provide HD DTR (high definition digital television recorder) functionality and enable the delivery of services that combine digital media with broadband internet access using the ANT Galio HbbTV Platform.
Following last year’s strategic review, Harvard has been investing heavily in expanding its technical capability in both software and hardware design, and the agreement with ANT further enhances this core development platform.
The partnership will address the growing demand from retailers and consumers, in both the UK and Australia, for branded and own label STBs, which provide access to new HD TV digital services through products which are well designed, easy to use and affordable.
These higher specification, market-leading HD TV products will be launched in the second half of this year.
Harvard Chief Executive, Mike Ashley, commented:
“Harvard’s partnership with ANT is a further step forward in our development of industry leading digital STB’s. We are pleased with the progress made so far and excited by the opportunities that we see ahead for this venture, and others to follow”.
ANT Chief Executive, Simon Woodward, commented:
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“ANT's unique solution to the TV industry's demand for merged traditional and Internet TV services positions us at the heart of TV industry growth. We are delighted to be working with Harvard in developing a range of high tech, consumer friendly, products which will help redefine the functionality of the STB.”
LocalResponse, the first social advertising platform that aggregates public posts and “check-ins” across multiple platforms to help brands and businesses reach their customers, announces today its acquisition of Philo Media Corporation (Philo), backed by North Bridge Venture Partners, DFJ Gotham and angels in digital media and entertainment. Philo was a leading check-in service for television before its pivot to Reach.tv, helping television and theatrical studios disseminate advertising to consumers across social media during tune-in.
"We are very pleased to have found a new home to connect the social TV and check-in ecosystem" says Philo CEO David Levy, who will become an advisor to LocalResponse. "We have been consistently impressed with LocalResponse’s product offerings and the team is excited to catalyze the LocalResponse platform"
Cory Bergman over at Lost Remote notes this is probably the first of many Social TV M&A's on the horizon as the highly fragmented space consolidates:
The acquisition underlines the importance of data in the social TV world and the wide-ranging applications of it. Data is the driving force behind many social TV startups — those that create it and others that analyze it — and I think it’s safe to predict many more acquisitions in the months to come.
More from LocalResponse:
“Philo’s pivot into the social advertising space was so interesting we had to take a close look” says LocalResponse CEO, Nihal Mehta. “The Philo engineering team, particularly the leadership abilities of CTO, Jessica Lowe, will help LocalResponse satisfy increasing customer demand and take our platform to the next level.”
LocalResponse recently signed its 25th major advertiser to its brand platform, which helps brands and advertising agencies respond to a consumer in time and place context across social media, and soon across new location-targeted, real-time distribution channels. In July, LocalResponse revealed some results of its first, major brand campaigns, with remarkable statistics, preforming 100 times better than traditional online media buys, including a 60% redemption rate.Add a comment
Civolution , a leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing media content has announced the European launch of VideoSync - 2nd Screen - a companion device synchronization solution (shortlisted for multiple awards).
"By launching solutions that bring measurability and consumer engagement to the broadcast space, we're helping media businesses to enhance revenues generated from TV,'' says Alex Terpstra , CEO, Civolution. "The new product launches at IBC are perfect examples of how Civolution's watermarking and fingerprinting technologies can increase profits through tracking and triggering consumer activities."
"...The IBC launch of our VideoSync solution is also highly exciting, as it enables broadcasters and brands to generate new revenues by deepening relationships with consumers. I look forward to demonstrating our full range of interactivity, measurability and content security solutions for the broadcast space at what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting IBCs,'' concludes Terpstra.
Civolution's state-of-the-art content identification platform allows broadcasters, content producers, advertisers and interactive application providers to offer time-synchronized-to-media applications such as ad-(re)placement, live voting, synchronized social TV and content-related overlays. IBC2011 sees the European debut of VideoSync . Based on Civolution's powerful watermarking and fingerprinting technologies, it allows for accurate and rapid synchronization of interactive content. Civolution will demonstrate some exciting enhanced TV applications and 2nd screen applications for the iOS and Android-based portable devices at IBC 2011. VideoSync enables 'write-once, play anywhere' type of application models, supporting live broadcast as well as pre-recorded content synchronization. These applications allow for enhanced consumer experiences, improved user engagement and open up exciting new business opportunities.Add a comment
The advantages of Android-based set-top boxes with NetUP.tv application installed
A video demonstrating the NetUP.tv application working on Android-based IP set-top box can be seen here.
NetUP Middleware server
The NetUP IPTV Middleware server has no major changes. Clients using NetUP Middleware with previous generation of IP set-top boxes have no need to purchase new Middleware server or new software. NetUP Middleware is compatible with Android based set-top boxes since 1.7 version.
“As an integrated part of Red Bee Media, TV Genius will now have the ability to quickly grow its content discovery platform while maintaining industry-leading relevance”, said Tom Weiss, CEO of TV Genius. “The personalised EPG, social TV, and companion applications are changing the way we watch and interact with TV in significant ways. The TV Genius team is excited to be joining Red Bee Media to help create new consumer experiences for existing and new customers around the world.”
The strategic acquisition will blend Red Bee Media’s rich metadata services with TV Genius’ content discovery technology to bring a synchronised viewer experience across live and on demand TV with accurate search, personally relevant recommendations and enhanced TV guides across multiple platforms and devices. The deal demonstrates Red Bee Media’s commitment to providing clients with market leading end-to-end solutions to maximise and monetise content and establishes Red Bee Media as the UK’s first media management company to provide both broadcasters and platform operators alike with a holistic content discovery proposition.Add a comment