Ericsson ConsumerLab has released the results of its annual study "TV & Video Consumer Trend Report 2011", with 22 qualitative and 13,000 quantitative interviews conducted representing almost 400 million consumers - shows that social media usage has impacted the way we watch TV. More than 40 per cent of the respondents reported using social media on various devices such as smartphones and tablets while watching TV.
Data for the report was collected in Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK, the US and South Korea.
"Our in-depth interviews - especially those in the US, which is a frontrunner in TV/video consumer trends - show how social media usage is impacting viewing. The majority of families combined TV viewing with the use of Twitter, Facebook, texting, voice calls and forum discussions about what they watched. This is particularly the case when watching reality shows and sports. This communication adds another dimension to the TV experience, as consumers found an annoying reality show funnier when they were able to comment on social media about 'terrible' singers, 'ugly' clothing or when your favorite team scores a goal," Erlandsson says.
The report also noted that people are spending slightly less time watching scheduled broadcast TV, and that they are spending more time watching streamed on-demand TV online. More than 44 (38) percent of the respondents reported watching internet-based on-demand TV more than once per week, while about 80 percent watch broadcast TV more than once per week. People in Germany spend no less than 25 hours per week watching TV and Video, but only 28 percent of this content is on-demand. In Spain as much as 44 percent of all TV viewing is on-demand.
Anders Erlandsson, Senior Advisor at Ericsson ConsumerLab, noted:
"On-demand viewing is increasingly popular, while broadcast viewing has remained as the most common way for people to watch TV. People want both broadcast and on- demand viewing to be available. TV and video have not been negatively affected by the internet in the same way that print has; we just watch TV in many more ways than we did before."
In terms of what consumers want most from their TVs, good quality remains the top factor and is more important than, for example, the availability of 3D TV and access to applications. The service consumers are most willing to pay for is getting fresh Box Office movies, that still run at the movie theaters, directly to the TV.
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The checkin is not the answer to Social TV, Miso CEO Somrat Niyogi, told Appmarket.tv at the first Social TV Summit in Los Angeles earlier this year. And it appears that Miso has perhaps found the answer?
"The integration of Miso’s social TV app adds another dimension to the viewing experience and supports DIRECTV’s strategy to assist customers in discovering television shows, sports and movies through their friends and social connections," said DIRECTV CTO Rômulo Pontual.
“Our partnership with DIRECTV is a big step toward delivering a truly connected home experience because, for the first time ever, a social TV app will enable viewers to easily share what they’re watching, as they’re watching it,” said Somrat Niyogi, CEO of Miso. “DIRECTV is a leader in providing innovative entertainment and we’re excited to be working with them to deliver this industry first. This is just the first of many new partnerships we’ll announce in the coming months.”
The San Francisco Gate is reporting that Miso, via a new deal with DirecTV, is now entering the synchronous 'scene' with a multiplatform play that, unlike a number of others such as IntoNow does not rely on audio fingerprinting, but rather taps into the wireless network in the house.
"...DirecTV subscribers will find their Miso app will automatically display what's currently on their TV, even if they change channels or watch a program recorded on the DVR. (See video below.) The integration only works with DirecTV's Internet-enabled HD set top box, which the Miso app communicates with through the user's home WiFi network.
Miso only has about 225,000 users, but the concept of social TV is generating buzz within the entertainment industry because viewers are already using a "second screen" - like laptops and smart phones - to share what they are watching.
One big example came Sunday when the MTV Video Music Awards generated a record 8,868 Twitter tweets per second as singer Beyoncé Knowles revealed she is pregnant. As Forbes contributor Michael Humphrey noted, there were 5 million mentions of the VMAs on Facebook, Twitter, Miso and GetGlue. That, Humphrey said, could be as important a stat someday as the Nielsen ratings.
Cory Bergman at Lost Remote interviewed Niyogi:
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Lost Remote: You’ve said the check-in is just a starting point. Does your DirectTV deal signal a new era of the integrated check-in?
Somrat Niyogi: We think this is a lot bigger than just an integrated check-in. We see this as a new era around “connected social TV,” where devices are truly communicating with each other to deliver a more seamless and integrated sharing experience. Now that I know what you’re watching whether live, on DVR, or on-demand, and I know what you’re watching, we can start exploring delivering what you want at those exact moments. What if you are watching “Glee” and Brittany says something funny that you want to share and immediately you get a push notification with the quote she just said on TV. No more typing, just more seamless sharing. This is the start of an era of delivering on the promise of a connected home.
SyncTV, the leader in delivering television services to the largest set of Internet-connected TVs, mobile devices, and other service-enabled devices, today announced a new partnership with UK-based video-on-demand (VOD) service, African Movie Channel (AMC), to deliver hundreds of authentic classic, recent and new Africa-origin films to both Africans and the global diaspora through Roku Streaming Media Players and Samsung Connected TVs.
“As African Movie Channel continues to sign agreements with strategic, high-profile content partners, we are also expanding our alliances with top distribution avenues to increase the awareness of our offerings. It is important for us as representatives of Nollywood and other African motion picture houses to expand the viewership and share our distinctive entertainment with those outside of the EMEA region,” said Lola Onigbogi, co-director and founder of African Movie Channel. “The digital platform is emerging as a top content distribution channel, and we recognize SyncTV as an extremely valuable asset in enabling the broader exposure of Africa-origin films to universal audiences. SyncTV will help us deliver excellent video experiences to all of our viewers as we continue to expand our library of exclusive films and content.”
Launched in 2006, AMC is the first and only channel dedicated to top-quality African films from the popular Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, and other major African studios. Nollywood studios represent one of the largest film industries worldwide, alongside Hollywood and India’s Bollywood. AMC sources all films and other videos directly from the original master versions, guaranteeing exceptional audio and visual quality. All content goes through an exacting selection processes to ensure that viewers experience original, entertaining and inspiring content at high-quality. SyncTV’s agreement with AMC will enable distribution of African films and content, which includes top titles like The Narrow Path, Silence Of The Gods, Arugba, Clinic Matters and Mary Slessor.
“African Movie Channel is a beacon for African culture and heritage that provides authentic video content to viewers around the world and SyncTV is proud to power their global distribution services,” said Dennis Wilkinson, vice president of sales and marketing for SyncTV. “SyncTV’s advanced turnkey Internet broadcasting platform allows AMC to significantly expand their viewership by providing unparalleled access to its high-quality content on numerous media devices.”
SyncTV will be at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam on September 8 – 13, 2011. Visit SyncTV for a demonstration and learn about the company’s global deployments at strategic partner Harmonic’s booth in Hall 1, Stand B20 or at the SyncTV Suite MR3 in Hall 13 in the Connected TV Pavilion.Add a comment
Pearson has announced its new Plug & Play Platform, allowing developers access to some of the company’s award-winning content. In line with the company’s strapline ‘Always Learning’, the opening of of data is part of a wider Pearson initiative to work with developers to explore new and innovative offerings.
Initially, three datasets have been made available on the platform: the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, the Dorling Kindersley (DK) Eyewitness Guide to London and the FT Press. Additional datasets will be added to the portal over time, based on developer feedback. Pearson is one of the first publishers of its size and breadth to open up access to its content for developers.
The aim of the initiative is for developers to unleash their creativity, coming up with new products and new ways of using, displaying and blendingPearson content. Showcase applications are available on the platform to show the range of possibilities the datasets offer.
Before building a production application, developers can work in a sandbox, an isolated testing environment, and explore the content. A sandbox is available for each dataset and contains a subset of the full dataset. Once developers are ready to create a production application, they can call on each API for free (quantity varies by API) with no authorisation required. After reaching a set threshold, they are charged on a pre-payment basis according to usage.
Diana Stepner, Head of Future Technologies at Pearson, says: “We are very excited about the Plug & Play Platform’s potential for innovation. By giving developers access to such rich and valuable content, we hope to see real creativity that will help take our content forward in directions we haven’t explored before.”
The FT Press provides essential insights from high calibre business books and original writings by leading business thinkers, in a bite-sized electronic format. The content is written by authors who are experts in their field and have a track record in demonstrating success. For example, The Truth About series sold more than 300,000 copies, Jerry Weissman’s Presentation books are international bestsellers, and The Rules series sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.
The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English is the flagship Longman dictionary. It is a best-selling title in both print and digital formats, and was voted one of the best English dictionaries by iPhone® app users. The database is the most up-to-date dictionary of the English language aimed at non-native speakers of English.Developers working with the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English dataset will benefit from an established global brand that is associated with quality, accuracy and natural English.
DK Eyewitness Guide to London offers the tourist-eye view of the top sites and attractions in London along with restaurant, café, bar and hotel listings. As well as point-of-interest style content, the Eyewitness Travel Guide includes immersive graphics of key places in London, plus striking photographic images that distinguish DK content from other publishers’.The London guide content is entirely geocoded. In addition, points of interest are richly tagged to include details such as address, phone number, opening times, website and transport information. Cutaways and area walks are also arranged into geographical areas. This structure enables a coherent set of activities, guided walks, and area-specific listings to be identified by location.
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Leading the charge to global dissemination via Smart TVs, CNBC, a leading American business and financial news channel has launched the CNBC Real-Time TV App, available for connected TV platforms throughout the EMEA region.
Justine Powell, CNBC’s Vice President of Distribution, EMEA stated:
“CNBC’s Real-Time TV App is the latest tool in an unparalleled suite of digital products that makes the real-time data, news and analysis that investors care about, available to them across multiple platforms.”
The CNBC Real-Time TV App, which is free to use, allows viewers to access content from CNBC’s TV and online platforms via their internet connected televisions, giving them access to the latest essential business and financial news and data.
Features of CNBC’s Real-Time TV App include:
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The CNBC Real-Time TV App is available via different internet connected devices, including TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and home theatre systems, on Panasonic Viera Connect, Philips Net TV, Samsung Smart TV and the UK's Virgin Media.
The launch of CNBC’s TV app continues the network’s multi-screen strategy enabling viewers to access the network’s content either on-air, on-line and via a variety of mobile devices.
Great news for TV App developers as LG has hooked up with Sharp and Philips to standardise the code, based upon HTML 5, CE-HTML and HbbTV, between them which will allow for easy cross device development. By consolidating, the three CE manufacturers will undoubtedly attract more TV developers away from other platforms such as Samsung and others. Germany's Loewe Smart TVs are also using the platform.
Tony Smith from Reghardware who is in Berlin at IFA commented:
The problem, Philips and co. say, is that all these TV app platforms are different, making it harder for content providers to implement their services as widely as possible, and leaving TV makers fighting for content rather than concentrating on producing better tellies.
Their solution - now endorsed by LG, Philips TV group CEO Robert Smits revealed at IFA today - is to devise a common platform. Details remain scarce - this is a work in progress - but Smits promised the release of a software development kit to enable third-party development. He didn't say when it will be made available, but LG told Reg Hardware that an initial, beta release will be made in October.
The three companies from South Korea, the Netherlands and Japan will jointly create software development kits, which will be distributed to third-party developers to write TV applications, according to an LG official at IFA.
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The strategic partnership among the three TV vendors is the latest indication that TV makers still believe the success of smart TVs hinges on the replication of the smartphone ecosystem.
Among the reasons for the iPhone‘s global success, some credit its vast ecosystem of developers, consumers and applications that enrich the experience of using the touchscreen smartphone, which is still unmatched by its counterparts in Google Inc.’s Android ecosystem.
While LG, Philips and Sharp will use different operating systems for their smart TVs, the applications that run on their TVs will become interchangeable once they adopt a common technology standard for building applications, according to LG.
“Consumers want all types of personal media and Internet content in their living rooms and the TV remains the most desired device for consuming this digital media, regardless of source,” said Hakan Kutlu, deputy general manager responsible for marketing at Vestel. “BitTorrent certification helps our TV line meet this consumer demand and ensures that Vestel products remain at the forefront of technology innovation and adoption.”
“The world of digital media has become unnecessarily complex and results in an increasingly fragmented consumer experience,” said Shahi Ghanem, chief strategist at BitTorrent. “People want access to their entire content library – personal media, Internet files, and artist approved content – regardless of source, media type, or file format. Vestel understands this consumer demand and will use BitTorrent certification to help ensure that users of their TV products will have access to a powerful, open ecosystem that guarantees consumers can play any content on any Vestel TV that is BitTorrent Certified. We’re exceptionally pleased to be working with Vestel and look forward to a long and beneficial partnership with the company.”
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FilmFlex Movies, the provider of the online movie service used by Film4oD, has added PayWizard as an online payment mechanism. The first deployment of the PayWizard e-wallet is now live on the Film4oD website.
FilmFlex Movies is the sixth customer to deploy the PayWizard platform since the beginning of the year; existing customers include Racing UK (Android/iPhone apps) and Omnimotion (online gaming). A number of as-yet unannounced customer contracts are slated for deployment during Q4 2011.
Film4oD customers simply select the films they want to watch, register for a PayWizard account (if they haven't registered already), top up their PayWizard account balance and pay quickly and easily using the PayWizard e-wallet. The e-wallet holds digital versions of a consumer's credit/debit cards, the current balance, and various personal data. It also facilitates continual card authorisation for true 'one-click' purchases and can handle a range of innovative subscription models.
Hayden Punter, Head of Finance at FilmFlex Movies commented: "PayWizard is ideal for our online movie service, which is used by companies such as Film4, because it makes the payment process painless and fast. We also liked PayWizard's flexibility, security and ease of use. Film4oD customers now have the option to pay for movies quickly and easily using the PayWizard e-wallet."
Jamie Mackinlay, Commercial Director at PayWizard, added: "As the provider of a high quality online movie streaming service to some of the UK's best-known brands, FilmFlex Movies wanted to deliver a new type of payment experience that is fast, easy to use and friction-free. The PayWizard e-wallet fits the bill because it supports true 'single-click' purchases and enables FilmFlex Movies' customers to experiment with a range of different payment models in addition to pay-per-movie."
PayWizard supports transactions made on multiple devices, including online, tablets, smart phones, connected TV's and digital set-top boxes. The complete PayWizard payment solution delivers much more than just an e-wallet: PayWizard features a web-based management dashboard that provides detailed real-time activity reports as well as valuable, actionable marketing information on viewer behaviour. This dashboard provides instant feedback on transactions, campaign effectiveness, consumption patterns and revenues and can be used to drive the development of personalised promotions and informed and creative cross-device marketing opportunities.Add a comment
on, tune in, surf apps! Apps are coming to TVs in a huge way, and Opera
Software now gives TV OEMs and developers the tools they need to make
the Next Big Thing on TV sets.
Introducing the Opera TV Store, a complete HTML5 based store solution for easy implementation into connected TVs by OEMs and easily reached by developers and content providers.
Got an idea for that killer app missing on the TV platform? With the Opera TV Store, developers can reach a large, installed base of compatible TVs and devices, using fast and easy tools to develop all kinds of apps. Movie trailer apps, Video on Demand apps, games, news apps, vodcast and podcast apps are now easy to develop and deliver to customers for developers using the Opera TV Store.
The Opera TV Store extends beyond connected TVs, making it an all-device experience. Running on the TV, set-top box or a Blu-ray player makes no difference for the Opera TV Store. Using the flexibility of the web platform, development and deployment of apps is done in a snap.
“Traditionally, the TV has been pretty static as a device. The era when you had to buy more expensive equipment to get new functions in the TV is over,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “New approaches to TV software, such as the Opera TV Store, makes it easier for OEMs to implement smarter functions on connected TVs and content providers to reach a wider audience with their HTML5 apps.”
The app always shines on TV
OEMs can harness the power of a multitude of developers to enrich the consumer TV world with after-market apps. The Opera TV Store can be installed on any device or connected TV and a wide array of content partners reached through the store.
For developers, the Opera TV Store means a quick and easy way to reach millions of users right in their living rooms. If a TV is based on the Opera SDK 3.1, Opera TV Store and its content is just a click away. An HTML5-based solution makes compatibility and app development quick and easy. Cloud-based storage of the users’ apps means no worries about storage, updates and upgrades, the Opera TV Store shines on all levels of connected TVs.
Running on top of the powerful Opera engine, the Opera TV Store supports HTML5, SVG, Canvas, CE-HTML and OIPF based applications which provide both the rich environment seen in desktop browsers, and the TV specific environment developers are used to in the TV markets.
But wait, there’s more!
Content providers have been adding apps for the debut of the Opera TV Store, and several leading web services have already published their apps.
"Vimeo is excited to be developing for such a great platform as Opera TV Store," said Andrew Pile, VP of Product Development, Vimeo. "We're always looking to expand Vimeo everywhere and with the addition of Opera TV Store, we continue to bring high quality content to a wider audience."
As for ease of porting to the Opera TV Store, it’s a snap for anyone with HTML5 app knowledge:
"After developing the DriveCast app for such different platforms as Yahoo! ConnectedTV, Samsung SmartTV and Philips NetTV, porting the app to Opera TV Store was really easy sailing," said Giorgio Bernardi, President and CTO, Inrete. “The development of an app for the Opera TV Store is really an easy task for any developer of web applications."
“Cooperation with Opera has been very smooth. Due to the easy to use and standard based Opera TV Solution, Foreca weather application development has been rapid,” said Marko Moilanen, VP Business Development, Foreca.
“We are overly happy to be part of the Opera TV store,” said Holger G. Weiss, CEO, AUPEO. “The Opera TV Store allows us to offer our free music discovery service on millions of devices worldwide with just one deployment. The technical integration worked well as Opera provided the latest tools and an outstanding support.”
The new Opera TV Store also bodes well for developers of games for the platform:
"We're excited to launch a range of Funspot games on the Opera TV Store," said Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo. "Casual games are popular applications, and HTML5-based Opera TV solution offers a vast range of new possibilities that are particularly attractive for gaming."
“We are very happy to be included in Opera TV Store,” said Marco Dufour, CEO, DDM Srl and head of the project CineTrailer.tv. “We share the same attention to R&D Opera devotes to its products, and the same vision about the potential of the Smart TV market. Thanks to Opera TV Store and its widespread diffusion, we will have the possibility to reach platforms we presently do not cover, and, both as developers and content providers, this is really important to us.”
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As of today, Opera TV Store is available as trial software for OEMs and Content Providers and will be shown at ShowStoppers in IFA (Sept. 1, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Messe-Berlin Fairgrounds - Building 15.2) and IBC in Amsterdam (Sept. 9-13- Booth 5.B47). For more information, contact Pål Unanue-Zahl (email@example.com / mobile: +47 99 73 79 51).
The 2011 Video Music Awards generated more than 5.5 million social media mentions on Sunday. The majority of those mentions were from Twitter, according to Mashable who reports on an infographic by Trendrr. At the peak (Beyonce's performance) people generated a whopping 8,868 tweets per second.
For a larger image go to Mashable.
Interesting figures, for instance the usage of hashtags. According to Trendrr, this “shows the real maturity of hashtags as vehicle to drive connected TV conversations.”Dynamic channels of information that centralize chatter on a particular topic.
More interestingly is the big discrepancy between Twitter and Facebook. Twitter has been used much more to create context. Twitter is perfect for quick updates but still being able to focus on the primary content.
I would be interested in learning what is being said in all those conversations, and if intelligence can be extracted for MTV to align or enhance what is spoken about.Add a comment
IP Vision, the leading provider in the UK’s nascent hybrid DTT/IPTV over-the-top (OTT) TV sector, announces that the FetchTV™ content portal will be available this autumn via an app as a service to consumers on Panasonic’s VIERA Connect compatible TV sets sold in the UK and Ireland. Viewers will be able to access a range of FetchTV’s specialist TV channels as well as thousands of hours of on-demand content that comprise the FetchTV content portal.
The FetchTV app will form part of Panasonic’s VIERA Connect service. Launched earlier in 2011, Panasonic VIERA Connect offers an innovative personalised home entertainment experience, enabling users to access a wide range of applications within seven main categories: videos, music, sports, social networking, news and lifestyle, health and fitness, and games. The new FetchTV app will be demonstrated today by Panasonic at the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin.
The FetchTV app has been customised for Panasonic VIERA Connect service in order to provide the best possible user experience by simplifying the content discovery process. Viewers can watch trailers, sample services and select and view FetchTV content, all via a single, easy to use application. The FetchTV application will also be made available via Panasonic Blu-ray players at a later date.
Via IP Vision’s agreements with leading content providers, the FetchTV content portal will offer Panasonic VIERA owners on-demand access - on a pay-per-view or mini-subscription basis - to the latest movies and TV shows from Walt Disney, Paramount Pictures, National Geographic, Playboy and others.
David Bloom, IP Vision’s Commercial Director, said:
“Connected TV is the next logical step for IP Vision as a company and FetchTV as a service and represents a new era of convenience for TV viewers. It instantly offers enhanced choice of content for the consumer, enabling viewers to pick and choose the best of broadcast and the best of online, while enjoying it all on state of the art display technology”
“We are extremely delighted to offer the FetchTV content portal on Panasonic’s VIERA Connect TVs as our first partner in this fast growing space and we are committed to ongoing innovation in order to continue to engage new audiences,” he concluded.
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Multiple-award-winning FetchTV, the UK’s first commercial hybrid OTT/IPTV service for consumers, is also available on the function-rich, competitively priced SmartBox 8320HD PVR as a fully integrated TV entertainment platform providing access to Freeview HD/SD broadcast television as well as catch-up TV and premium Video on Demand content.