"The social TV space is nascent and is still being defined," said Sean Casey, Founder and CEO of SocialGuide. "This funding will allow us to continue on the path of creating a true social TV platform that goes beyond check-in, to driving tune-in and creating deep social engagement experiences for consumers and networks."
"With more than half of the nearly 300 million Americans who watch TV having a second screen experience, the market is ripe for a social TV product that connects with consumers and networks," said Alex Zubillaga. "SocialGuide is the only product that is built around the existing social TV behavior that is happening with millions of consumers across the most popular social networks. Consumers now have one place to enjoy their favorite programming, and networks have a way to more deeply engage with their audience."Add a comment
YouView marked the next stage of its engagement with industry today as it published its final core technical specification for launch and announced further device partners.
A single technical document, detailing the core YouView interoperability specification for launch is now available on theYouView web site.
The YouView Core Technical Specification references the Digital Television Group’s D-Book 7 and provides a set of technologies to enable the delivery of broadcast and IP enabled content onto a television set via a broadband connected device.
Any manufacturer will be able to use the specification to bring products to market sharing the same underlying technologies as a YouView device. It will also give those manufacturers interested in developing and deploying a device under the YouView brand a broad understanding of what will be required.
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“We’re delighted to confirm the final launch specification for YouView to help any manufacturer develop a connected TV device. Through promoting common technical standards for connected TV, consumers will get the widest possible range of devices supporting high quality content,” said Richard Halton, CEO, YouView.
"We are extremely honoured that ScreenToo and Snell were chosen for this award" stated Vincent Parisis, CEO of TAS. "It's been a brilliant effort by our team to build the architecture which will enable broadcasters to control the compelling second screen and all the associated benefits of our interactivity engine 'Tapp' enabling monetisation, data collection, additional branding and true interaction with viewers."
Snell's broadcast automation system called Morpheus (used by hundreds of broadcasters worldwide) will supply the TAS Screentoo app with real-time data essential to maintaining synchronicity between the primary broadcast and second screen devices such as smart phones and tablets, enabling broadcasters and producers to effectively create additional companion material and essential metadata.
A panel of judges consisting of TV Technology editors and columnists reviewed ScreenToo, examined it technically and judged it's overall contribution to the industry, before choosing it as a 'Star' of the show.
"The NAB Show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals," said Butts. "Our panel of judges walk the show floor in search of the most innovative technologies. The products and services that we select for the award make the cut—they demonstrate their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum."
Only a few companies are chosen annually for the magazine's highly regarded award.
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Andrew Robertson and Pasa Mustafa today announce the launch of East London Productions. With over 12 years producing prime time TV and award winning digital content, the company will focus on producing TV multi platform content, as well as Digital and Social Entertainment in video, games and apps.
Co-Founder Andrew Robertson said:
"By creating the digital strategy and Play-along game for The Million Pound Drop we proved that you can successfully engage the audience online and enhance the overall TV experience. It has captivated audiences with over 1.2 million viewers playing along during the second series".
Big Brother – The pair also reinvented Big Brother's online output and successfully increased the online visitors by a huge 70 per cent, taking the Facebook fan page from 50,000 to over 500,000.
Whilst working at Endemol their credits included:.
Whilst running Digital Studios for Endemol they successfully picked up a number of awards and nominations including an Emmy nomination, Bafta nomination and a webby award together with several marketing and format awards.
The launch of the company comes with the announcement of another groundbreaking format '6 for the Win' (6FTW). 6FTW is a unique and highly innovative social quiz game played across Facebook and mobile.
Known as 'The Game you can't keep to yourself' it has an inherently viral twist, as players can only win by engaging with their social network. As well as winning badges, points and real prizes online players will have a chance of going on to win $1million in the live TV game show of the same name.
"We are very excited by this innovative new format, and have received a huge amount of interest from brands and broadcasters. It will be the first time somebody has truly integrated the powerful engagement of social games through to TV" co-founder Pasa Mustafa says.
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Nice piece of co-creation, Youtube says that that it has offered the live streaming capabilities in direct response to user feedback. YouTube Live will integrate live streaming capabilities and discovery tools directly into the YouTube platform with a new YouTube Live browse page at www.youtube.com/live.
Google said in a blog post:
"With over 2 billion views a day, it's easy to think about YouTube as a place to watch videos recorded in the past. But you've told us you want more - and that includes events taking place right now. In response, we've live streamed a number of popular concerts, sporting events, and interviews, but primarily on a one-off basis."
Google is working on a major site overhaul of YouTube to organize content around "channels" as it increasingly tries to position itself to produce and monetize high quality video on the internet following its acquisition of Next New Networks earlier this year. Earlier this week we reported on "social channels" on Youtube.
Changes to the homepage would include building channels around topics such as arts and sports. So far, YouTube is looking to introduce ~20 "premium channels" that would feature upto 10 hours of professionally curated original programming.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported Google wants to make YouTube as a broadcast platform pushing for original content, ideally to make the site friendlier for viewing on living room televisions instead of just computer and smartphone screens.
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77% of those surveyed said their PC use dropped after they got their dream tablet, while 43% of that 77% said that their tablet has replaced their desktop and laptop computers as the device they use the most. For the television portion, over a third of those polled said they use their tablet more than they watch TV.
Additionally, 28% of those polled in the survey said the humble tablet was their “primary computer” and a staggering 84% said they used their tablet as a game-playing device.
• With tablets, "mobile device" seems to mean one that can be carried from the kitchen to the den to the bedroom; 82 percent of participants said they use their slates at home. Only 11 percent said they use them on the go, while the at-work category was chosen by just 7 percent. Also, people seem to be using their tablets more at night (62 percent) and during the week (69 percent). Well more than half of the participants--68 percent--said they spend at least an hour a day communing with their slates (38 percent said more than two hours).
• A tablet was the primary computer for 28 percent of survey participants.
• When asked to "select all the ways you use your tablet," 84 percent of respondents ticked the "playing games" option. That was followed by searching for information (78 percent), e-mailing (74 percent), reading news (61 percent), social-networking (56 percent), checking out music and videos (51 percent), e-booking (46 percent), and shopping online (42 percent). The "other" category was ticked by 19 percent of those who participated.
• In the "print is dead" department, 59 percent of respondents said they use their tablets more than they read conventional, paper-based books. And in the "tablets killed the radio star" category, 52 percent said they surf their slate more often than they turn their dial.
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Microsoft has launched its first app for the iPad, for its search engine Bing. This was announced in a blog post by the Bing team, which enables users to search beyond the traditional search experience.
"New iPad app will offer a unique and visually rich way to search the Web. The app is designed from the ground up for touch. You can quickly browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local business listings and much more – all with the swipe of your finger."
Features of the Bing app include:
* Trends, available exclusively on Bing for iPad,
enables users to explore the latest trends on Bing using the touch
screen interface to see what people are searching for right now.
* It also provides multiple map views, Weather updates by MSN Weather and Bing’s Voice Search.
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SocialGuide, a New York-based startup building a realtime ‘social TV guide’, has secured $1.5 million in funding led by a group of angel investors including Alex Zubillaga, the former head of digital strategy at Warner Music according to TechCrunch.
Sean Casey, founder and CEO of SocialGuide said:
“The social TV space is nascent and is still being defined.
“This funding will allow us to continue on the path of creating a true social TV platform that goes beyond check-in, to driving tune-in and creating deep social engagement experiences for consumers and networks.”
SocialGuide basically mines, filters, displays and ranks discussions happening on the most popular social networks about TV in real time, enabling users to discover new shows and interact with their friends, fellow fans and stars of their favorite shows. Socialguide's website tells that the apps are under construction and coming soon.
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With Trendrr.tv, social media research firm Wiredset is opening up some of its data to illustrate the effect social media can have on some shows. Trendrr.tv aggregates data from public Facebook posts and Twitter mentions, as well as check-ins from social TV applications like GetGlue and Miso.
But Trendrr can do more, it can also be used to identify trends in viewership, according to Wiredset CEO Mark Ghuneim, who responded to NewTeeVee:
“Past seeing what TV shows have the highest level of engaged two screen activity … you can also see what types of shows are driving conversation"
For instance, live events and reality TV programming frequently draw the highest social interaction on broadcast TV, as you can see in today’s Daily Broadcast Top 10, which ranks the Academy of Country Music Awards and Celebrity Apprentice tops in last night’s rankings. But on cable, new scripted dramas are performing strongly, as AMC’s The Killing and Showtime’s The Borgias ranked number one and number two for Sunday night.
Read this blog on all productfeatures.It's interesting to see the rise of Social TV analytics and bringing together channel data into one system. From a supplier angle, those who get it first will thrive, and those who use it at best will be able to compete at best.Add a comment