Miso has been active in the Social TV space as of late - branching out from simple checkins by rolling out new features on its iPhone app that let people express more opinions about what they watch TV. For example they've added the ability to rate everything you watch, and launched a feature called pick em where users can answer fun questions.... and they are launching that feature in partnership with FOX for two summer shows including So You Think You Can Dance.
They also ran their first developer contest with a public API and received over 20 fantastic apps submissions built on the Miso platform. To showcase these apps they launched an app gallery at http://apps.gomiso.com. Miso also has more in the pipeline with new features for their iPhone app that they will be announcing in the next few weeks, including an experience built especially for sports.
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Get ready, because Miso and FOX are teaming up to bring you Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance! Dancers from across the country with styles ranging from Krump to Contemporary will compete to earn the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. Host Cat Deeley will guide you on the adventure to discover even more amazing talent than ever before. Additionally, we welcome the return of beloved judge, Mary Murphy!
Move to the beat with this 2-hour season premiere on Thursday, May 26th at 8/7c on FOX. Additionally, check out Miso for iPhone for fun new Pick ‘Em questions for every episode such as “Who had the most ridiculous audition?” or “Who is your favorite judge?” Join the conversation by sharing your opinion every week, and check-in to earn this explosive badge!
The Swedish premium maker of hand built televisions, People of Lava, have just launched version 2.0 of their TV Application Market for their Android-TV “Scandinavia” TV. The Application Market is hosted and run by SlideMe – one of the world’s largest Android Application Marketplaces.
People of Lava created quite a stir worldwide one year ago when they launched Scandinavia - the world’s first Android-TV – for the first time enabling users to surf the internet freely, use great Apps like Facebook, Youtube, and Google Maps – and download additional Apps from the first Application Market – all from within the TV.
Scandinavia is now available in Sweden and around the world through the People of Lava authorized distribution network, from Hong Kong to Italy, Norway to Russia and many other countries. The Scandinavia is hand built in sizes 42”, 47” and 55” and consumer prices start at €2500. Add a comment
“The future of TV-applications is here, and we’re making it fast, open and available – for both users and developers” says Mathias Adolfsson, CTO of People of Lava, and continues, “Who knows what the next killer-app will be? Our platform enables any developer with a great App to reach a whole new TV-market, and monetize on it too.” Developers who wish to create Apps for the new TV platform are welcome to visit http://www.developer.
“Communication and entertainment is a three-window scenario” says Mathias Adolfsson, “People will view their portable device while out and about, and maybe a mid-sized device as they move about the house. But the real screen will always be the television – that’s where we meet to see show and share.”
There is so much guff and hype about mobile that it is hard to see the important stuff but the one day Money in Mobile Forum on June 14th promises to help see the wood from the trees.
Organisers want to see how companies are making money from mobile today and think those that take mobile mainstream will be among some of the most successful businesses of the decade. Putting some of the people that are making this happen together in a room and helping them share ideas, meet partners, investors and customers seemed like a sensible thing to do. Throw in some press for good measure and they say they have the ingredients for an exceptional day of discussion, business development, networking and mobile brain food.
"If you are making things happen in mobile – either as an entrepreneur or adopter of technology – you will fit right in. Pontificators, hangers-on and wannabes – not so much, " said the organisers. "Focused, punchy sessions will use case studies and open discussion to show how some of the most innovative businesses are using mobile to find and attract new users and customers, drive them to purchase decisions, retain, engage, up-sell and recruit brand advocates. You will also see how a key lesson from ecommerce is that a great customer experience is crucial to increasing sales and customer retention. Have we forgotten this also applies to mobile?"
The format is simple, but productive:
BLN events are for CEOs, founders of entrepreneurial businesses, venture capital and private equity investors, senior decision makers in corporates and they pride ourselves in the value that they bring to the innovation ecosystem by bringing high value people together.Add a comment
MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of Business Insights's new report "The Future of Connected TV," to their collection of Consumer Electronics market reports.
Global Connected TV shipments are set to see huge growth over the coming years, at a CAGR of 58.3% between 2009-14. The Asia-Pacific region is the driving force, with CAGR of over 60% and representing almost half of global shipments by 2014. Although still a small market, the Middle East and Africa will see the fastest growth over the period.
Global total set top box shipments (including DTT, IPTV, Cable, and Satellite connections) are set to grow from around 177m in 2009 to over 207m in 2014. Global IPTV set top box shipments are expected to grow from 19.4m to 57.5m between 2009-14.
The battle to win a big slice of the global connected TV pie has already attracted companies which are not traditionally associated with living room TV. Google TV, Yahoo Connected TV, Apple TV and even Microsoft are now all hotly competing for TV viewers in the era of Connected TV.
Over the next few years, Connected TV will become a mainstream consumer technology. Its widespread adoption will not only be disruptive to the entertainment industry; it will also heavily impact the global advertising and marketing industries.
This report examines the market around the new medium of Connected TV. It looks at the role of established TV broadcasters, Internet companies, TV and set top box makers, and niche players in the new industry aiming to take market share from the incumbents. It examines the birth pangs of Connected TV and includes detailed analyses of each of the main players' strategies for gaining market share.Add a comment
The rapid growth in the delivery of content for viewing on mobile and Internet-connected devices is outstripping the pace at which broadcasters have deployed the workflow and quality control systems needed to effectively support these opportunities. This conclusion is part of the study, U.S. TV Stations Infrastructure: The HD Transition Has Just Begun, released by Positive Flux, Inc., a firm that specializes in transforming media companies to address new opportunities.
"Many stations would benefit financially and creatively by modernizing their operations," said Don Perez, President of HD Consulting Inc. "The process of converting to HD presents a rare opportunity to get at a station's underlying foundation and get things right. Positive Flux provides hard data that supports the argument for looking beyond half-measures and instead fully embracing an HD infrastructure. Positive Flux gives broadcast engineers the numbers they need to make the case for getting the most from their station's HD conversion."
The study surveyed senior engineering management at more than 350 U.S. broadcast stations of all sizes including station groups, O&Os and independent stations. The results provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date view of the state of systems architecture and operational methods employed at network-affiliated stations.
"Broadcasters are justified in their excitement for the opportunities made possible by delivering TV services to mobile and Internet-connected devices, but few have equipped themselves to handle the sheer volume and variety of formats this entails," says Larry Thaler, president of Positive Flux. "Alongside completing their HD transition, stations should be carefully considering organizational improvements and workflow tools that will enable them to dynamically adapt their production and delivery chains without creating parallel organizations or new layers of technology."
The report includes analysis of several key infrastructure issues that will be significant to manufacturers, system integrators and station owners and engineers who will address the explosion of formats needed to support multiplatform TV. These include:Add a comment
Just hours remain for digital and creative companies in London’s Silicon Roundabout to submit their entries for the UK Technology Strategy Board's Tech City Launchpad contest. But for laggards, all is not lost. All that’s needed, at this stage, is a two minute webcam video clip, to be sent in by 12pm on Thursday 26th May. SME candidate companies seeking funding for an innovative project are then in with a chance of winning up to £100,000. And for those who have missed the deadline or who don’t qualify because they’re not based in or around London’s Shoreditch, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), has plans to roll out the competition to other UK clusters of technical excellence.
The Tech City or Silicon Roundabout area in Shoreditch and Old Street has been chosen because it’s by far the richest seam of new tech enterprise the UK has to offer and the TSB is seeking to support and extend this area of influence. But the TSB is also keen to foster collaboration and so companies partnering with Shoreditch based businesses are also invited to enter.
The TSB has up to £1 million in funds available to support 10 winning projects. It plans to fund up to 50 per cent of an enterprise and help the start-ups find the extra money needed through funding workshops with key investors and venture capitalists.
David Bott, the TSB’s Director of Innovation Programmes, explained:
“We want to support this hotspot of digital and creative by enabling companies to go further and faster towards commercial success. We are looking for projects that may be too risky for companies to go for alone, or that may take them to new areas. By showing our financial support, we hope to make it much easier for the business to secure co-funding.”
Businesses entering the competition will also gain automatic access to the TSB’s community network programme,IC Tomorrow, billed as:
“The place where big new ideas in digital can be worked up and tested in a safe supported environment”.
The community aims to foster collaboration and remove barriers to innovation. It also offers product trials in front of real audiences.
The three-stage application process starts with an open invitation to submit ideas through a two-minute video. Using both community and expert assessment to prioritise the proposals, about 20 project applications will then be invited to submit written proposals. Ten of these will then be selected and offered up to £100,000 funding, subject to these companies being able to secure the additional funds needed within 12 months. The TSB will work closely with UK Trade & Investment, the government department tasked with bringing new talent, entrepreneurs and investment to east London.
The two-minute video should address: the challenge or opportunity being tackled and why it is important; the approach that will be taken and how it is innovative; the relationship to the Tech City area; how the solution will be commercialised and what impact it could have if successful; why the Technology Strategy Board investment is needed.
The perimeters of London’s "Silicon Roundabout" have been the subject of much debate in Wired. The term is first attributed to Dopplr’s Matt Biddulph, who defined it in 2008 as:
"The ever-growing community of fun startups in London's Old Street area".
He created a Google Map in July 2008 charting the relevant firms in the area.
But other tech clusters are fast emerging in the UK, the Guardian has started a project to map these hotspots with tech start-ups, less than five years old, fewer than 100 people and less than £10m turnover). Currently Leeds is has the biggest agglomeration after London, with Bristol following close behind. Edinburgh and Belfast also have fledgling communities.
The TSB is the UK’s national innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business led innovation. It believes that the key to this is removing barriers to innovation and bringing organisations together. To that effect it continuously hosts competitions for innovative projects in areas such as Future TV, music, social gaming and opening up government data.
Do you think your city deserves to be the subject of the next Tech City Launchpad? Why not lobby the tsb to that effect. The next contest could be coming to your neighbourhood.
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Broadband TV News is reporting that some 1 million Philips Net TV owners across Europe use their connected TV set three or four times a month, according to Pieter Vervoort, VP Philips Net TV and during March 2011, the main news from the Dutch public broadcaster NOS TV App was requested 50,255 times on the Net TV platform (Philips and Sharp combined) and 33,313 times on the Samsung Internet@TV platform.
But it appears that the Connected Sony PlayStation is by far the most prevalent access point as the news is requested 10,000 times a day, or 300,000 times a month – a figure that is significantly higher than through Connected TV and Blu ray.
Few figures have until now been available on the Net TV platform used by Philips and Smart, which is working on releasing and API and SDK for third party developers according to Jordy Egging, Director of Business Development of Net TV Philips told Appmarket.tv at the recent Connected TV Summit in London.
Philips recently spun off their TV division into a new, independent venture in tandem with TPV Technology in China. But the brand will remain intact and it's business as usual, added Egging. TPV has traditionally sold computer monitors under its own brand AOC. The Dutch company will effectively give up control of TV manufacturing, but keep a strong stake in the new partnership.
Philips will have no longer have its own TV division but the staff and resources currently involved will be rolled into the new venture from January 2012. No layoffs are planned.Add a comment
YouTube™ tops the rankings globally as well as U.S. and UK; Milestone reached in just 14 months as growth rate soars
Online video applications topped the lists of most downloaded apps both globally and regionally today as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced that Samsung Apps, the world’s first application store for the television, has passed the five million download mark globally. Leading the way was YouTube™, which ranked as the most downloaded app globally as well as in the United States, the UK and numerous other countries around the world.
“The success of our developers and the rate at which our downloads have increased are evidence that this new medium of apps designed specifically for the television experience is taking hold in the consumer living room,” said. Kevin Kyungshik Lee, Vice President, Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics, “These apps are one of the cornerstones of the overall Smart TV experience and they will continue to grow both in number and the diversity of experiences.”
Apps that promote shared experiences and bring the family-focused aspects of the TV to life have proven most popular to date. Joining YouTube™ atop the charts were apps such as Vimeo (No. 4 Global, No. 1 Latin America & UAE), Blockbuster (No. 6 Global, No. 2 U.S.) and DAILYMOTION (No. 9 Global, No. 1 Russia). Information apps such as Google Maps (No. 2), AccuWeather (No. 3) and USA Today (No. 7) also were featured prominently on the global download rankings.
“It’s no surprise that these applications would be at the top of the lists globally and regionally,” said Kang-hyun Kwon, Senior Vice President, Media Solution Center, Samsung Electronics. “The TV is a family-based device and people want to lean back and enjoy their time in front of the TV. These apps are the entry point for consumers to discover other experiences on their TV like gaming and social networking as well as the limitless possibilities being created by our third-party developers.”
More than 550 applications designed specifically for the TV are currently live in Samsung Apps, with gaming, video and information apps accounting for nearly 60 percent. More telling is how the rate at which Samsung consumers are downloading TV apps has rapidly increased. After reaching the 2 million download mark in January following the February 2010 launch of Samsung Apps, it took just four more months to reach 5 million. Samsung consumers are downloading Apps for their television at an average rate of 100,000 apps every four days. Samsung Apps is now available in 120 countries.
Samsung has championed the success of Samsung Apps for the television since its launch, holding a series of highly successful developer contests around the world to go with its multi-faceted marketing campaign in support of Smart TV. Samsung’s growing developer community is responsible for many of the top titles in the emerging paid apps category. Skyview, for example, which creates a variety of night sky constellations and sounds of outdoor atmospheres, is the second-best selling paid app in the United States.Add a comment