Mobile and digital technology business Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) today announced that it is working with broadcaster, Channel 5 and Endemol to deliver voting via Facebook for the next Big Brother season.
The broadcaster has developed a specially created Facebook application that will run alongside the current series which it bought the rights to from Endemol earlier this year.
Rebecca Whitlock, Commercial Dev Controller, Channel 5 commented:
“Trends in the broadcast and entertainment industry are constantly evolving, yet providing the best and most innovative interactive services for our viewer’s remains a core focus for us. We’ve worked with MIG for several years, and their knowledge and insight into the broadcast industry ensures our viewers receive the best and most engaging multi-channel experience possible.”
Rob Weisz, Commercial Director, Mobile Interactive Group said:
“This is a major development in the broadcast interactive space. It is widely acknowledged that viewers are moving to multi-channel experiences when watching traditional shows and we are delighted to announce this partnership with Channel 5 and Endemol. This technology has been developed specifically to create an exciting and engaging interactive experience regardless of whether you interact with a TV show via Facebook, iTunes, Android, traditional web and mobile web.
“We strongly believe this will allow global broadcasters and production companies a seamless way to monetise their audiences, whilst creating a deeply social experience within the show format and on the second screen. It is unlike anything this industry has seen before but defines exactly where interactive television is going. This is a watershed announcement for this industry.”
The application will allow viewers to vote for contestants using Facebook Credits through MIG’s mVoy Engage platform casting votes in real time through to the live show alongside traditional interactive voting methods. The platform is also integrated into the Official Big Brother UK iPhone and Android Applications offer a true multi-channel voting experience.
Additionally, MIG’s ‘Mobile, Facebook and Interactive TV’ white paper recently revealed that ‘40% of mobile users are most likely to be multi-tasking using their phone while watching TV’ and that ‘Social participation TV (S P-TV) will drive interactive behaviour to generate $2.9bn globally by 2016’. The white paper can be accessed here – http://info.migcan.com/MIGwhitepaper
In May 2011 MIG achieved Facebook Preferred Developer status, marking them as one of the only UK mobile, transactional and interactive businesses in the Facebook developer network.Add a comment
Apps on my TV? Yes, you heard correctly: web-enabled TV applications are
no longer the stuff of sci-fi films. At IBC 2011, Opera Software pulls
out of its hat the all new Opera TV Store, a simple solution for
developers to build HTML5 apps for connected TVs and devices. OEMs, on
the other hand, can take advantage of these ready-made apps and offer
them to their customers in an instant.
"Apps are a new must-have on TVs,” said Frode Hernes, VP Products, TV and Connected Devices, Opera Software. “With the Opera TV Store, developers can easily build cool and useful apps for millions of TV viewers. And, yet again, Opera takes these apps across devices, bringing games, news, video and audio apps to TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players."
Why stop there?
Opera also presents the Opera TV Emulator, a tool that allows developers do all the nips and tucks needed to build various TV apps without leaving their computers, and without investing in expensive bells and whistles needed for TV development.
The Opera TV Emulator rocks the following innovative features:
"Developing applications for TVs could not be easier," said Andreas Bovens, Group Leader, Development Relations, Opera Software. "Opera TV Emulator offers a complete package to develop, debug and deploy TV applications right from your PC."
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No SDK left behind
Meet Opera at IBC
See the Opera TV Store and Opera TV Emulator in action at IBC 2011. Please visit the Opera Software booth in Hall 5, B47, or, for more information, contact Katrin Jaakson (firstname.lastname@example.org). The following partners also showcase Opera on their devices: AirTies Wireless Networks (Hall 5, B33), Albis Technologies (Hall 4, C71), Amino Communications (Hall 5, B40), CreNova Technology (Hall 5, B15b), Entone (Hall 13, 266), Ericsson (Hall 1, D61), HUMAX Co. Ltd (Hall 4, B70), IMAQLIQ (Hall 13, 372), SetOne (Hall 4, B50), Technisat Digital S.A. (Hall 1, A44), ViXS Systems Inc. (G104), Zappware (Hall 4, B51), 3view Consumer Electronics Ltd. (Hall 13, 154).
TV App Agency, a London based, specialist developer of Apps for internet connected TV’s and devices are working with Rightmove to develop a property App for connected TV. The App, to be launched later this year on Samsung Smart TV sets, will provide the ultimate shared viewing experience by allowing families and friends to use Rightmove to search for property and be able to view property pictures, floor plans, details and maps on the largest screen in the home.
Andy Eardley co-founder & Director of TV App Agency said:
“We are really excited about developing a TV App for Rightmove. As a leading adopter of technology they immediately bought into the vision our team created to develop a dedicated Rightmove TV App. The App looks amazing, viewing large images of property on a TV with families and friends is an enjoyable shared experience”.
Rightmove director Miles Shipside comments:
“TV App Agency have developed an exciting new Rightmove app for use on connected TV’s. The App is an ideal addition to Rightmove’s range of home-hunting platforms, allowing users to now search for their next home on the largest and most communal screen in the house. We see the TV app marketplace as having a lot of potential and it is a platform we were keen for Rightmove to appear on.”
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Accedo and Vestel have announced a partnership to bring Accedo’s applications and services to Vestel TV devices and jointly drive the development of attractive applications and services.
Accedo’s portfolio of TV applications and services has been deployed on numerous TV platforms. Accedo works with leading media and service companies, in addition to internal innovation, to bring the best possible application experience for TV consumers.
“We’re thrilled to establish a partnership with Vestel,” commented Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo. “From a market leading position in Turkey, it has established itself as a challenger on the international TV market, which has embraced Internet Connected TVs fully.”
“Accedo’s experience and knowledge of the TV industry made them an ideal partner for us,” said Hakan Kutlu, Deputy General Manager responsible for Marketing, Vestel. “Consumers want all types of Internet content in their living rooms and TV remains the most desired device for consuming the digital media. With Accedo applications, Vestel connected TVs will increase technology and innovation to meet consumer demands.”
The first Accedo applications on Vestel TVs will be launched Q4 2011, with further applications and services to be introduced in 2012.Add a comment
Gracenote is expanding its offerings for Smart TVs with the launch of Gracenote eyeQ™, an Interactive Program Guide (IPG) which delivers the most comprehensive European television channel and program listings available today, as well as other powerful Smart TV features. Philips will be one of the first TV manufacturers to feature a program guide powered by Gracenote eyeQ in its 2011 Smart TV line-up. In addition, Loewe will demonstrate iPad and Android channel guide Apps featuring Gracenote eyeQ during IFA this week in Berlin.
Gracenote eyeQ is a one-stop global solution that enables consumer electronics manufacturers to transform Smart TVs into media hubs where viewers can easily browse TV schedules for local and national broadcasters, as well as on-demand and streaming content. Gracenote eyeQ takes viewers beyond typical channel guides, creating a launching point to explore content. Clicking on a TV listing uncovers synopsis, cast and crew information, high resolution artwork, and links to related content. Viewers can also discover new TV programs through smart recommendations specific to their viewing habits and likes.
Gracenote eyeQ integrates with Gracenote's suite of Smart TV technologies – which include Gracenote MusicID®, VideoID™ and Video Explore™. The Video Explore technology lets viewers link from a TV program listing to search Gracenote's database of movie and TV information. Meanwhile, Gracenote MusicID lets viewers identify songs playing in any movie or TV program, as well as better manage digital music collections across devices and home networks.
Gracenote and Philips Deliver a Smarter Way to Watch TV
By adding Gracenote eyeQ into its Smart TV platform, Philips is providing a "home screen" where viewers can easily find and access content from both broadcast and on-demand/streaming sources. The Gracenote powered program guide and smart recommendation technology will first be available as a software update to current owners of Philips Smart TVs.
Gracenote and Loewe Pair Mobile Apps with Smart TV
Loewe will be demonstrating an iPad and Android App at IFA that allows TV viewers to interact with their TV set using a program guide powered by Gracenote eyeQ. By simply launching the Loewe App on their iPad or Android device, viewers receive a more personal Smart TV experience, letting them browse channels without interrupting the main TV screen.
The Backbone of the Smart TV
"TV viewership is on the rise and is being radically transformed from a passive experience to a more engaged, interactive, and on-demand experience," said Stephen White, president of Gracenote. "Gracenote eyeQ lets manufacturers provide a deeper and more personal way to watch TV, while also getting the ability to steer people to purchase, stream and download content."
Gracenote eyeQ uses direct feeds from content owners, as well as industry-leading partners such as Tribune Media Services, which provides TV, movie and celebrity metadata, images and program schedules. In addition, through Gracenote's recent integration of German-based tvtv Services, the preeminent Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) and connected TV service provider in Europe, the company now offers television programming listings for more than 17,000 channels in more than 20 countries.Add a comment
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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