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
Curiosity and rumours are trickling around Digital Spy Online over some new licenses that have been issued by Ofcom in the UK to Reach TV for Connect, Stream and Vision. All are listed as data services, and appear to be sub-categorised as follows:
The was very little mentioned at the Reach TV website (before it was quickly taken down according to sleuths at Digital Spy) and that has piqued the interest of the community and the team here at Appmarket.tv
And there's more... a link to perhaps another lead?
MHEG now on screen...... Looks like some kind of IPTV service???? Web address www.visiontvnetwork.co.uk
The screenshot above begs the question... a World of Channels? On one channel? Where does this lead? More questions than answers right now, but leads to the conclusion that there could be some kind of new MHEG meets IPTV play of sorts going on here - if there's multiple channels on one channel as seems to be indicated by the information culled by the sleuthing efforts of the community at Digital Spy!Add a comment
"Zeebox" is the new project of Anthony Rose, the technologist who built KaZaA and BBC iPlayer, and Peoplesound founder and ex EMI SVP Ernesto Schmitt as CEO, is due to go live in October as reported by PaidContent.org. They raised $5MM from unidentified investors.
What Zeebox is
Zeebox is a real-time system for social TV viewing and for engaging deeply around those shows that depends on recognising sofa-based second screens as the place for innovation. The -free-Zeebox app for the iPad is a TV guide that displays what your Facebook and Twitter friends are watching. If users have connected TVs they can use the app as a remote control.
Zeebox's contextual power
"But this “second-by-second” approach is the fabric of more than just Zeebox’s social interaction. Using both commercially licensable broadcast metadata and frame-by-frame analysis of live TV pictures and audio, Zeebox will apparently understand exactly what is on the TV screen at any given moment (“just as Google (NSDQ: GOOG) spiders the web”), in order to serve up all manner of related material on the handheld app.
As example, Schmitt shows how, whilst Tom Cruise is interviewed on Top Gear, the app will auto-display “infotags” for spoken topics (say, “Ferrari 458”, “Abu Dhabi”, “Sebastian Vettel” and “Tom Cruise” himself), as Cruise is speaking. Each topic becomes an in-app link to a corresponding piece of online content, on Wikipedia, IMDB, iTunes Store or whatever.
The method involved is Zeebox’s “secret sauce”, the subject of a pending patent application, but it’s called automated content recognition (ACR), a field with several vendors including Civolution."
Great to read it has this contextual power to enrich the TV content in a two-screen way besides the social context. In this article I wrote how contextually enriched video and WebTV create immersive experiences.
Both Rose and Schmitt dislike the gamified approach of Getglue and Foursquare, they automate it through audio fingerprinting to offer a full automatic experience.
Rose's ambitions: “There’s a shitload of technical work that needs to be done. Getting there is non-trivial. We want to go to the moon.”
Looking forward to see how this evolves towards consumers but also the market.
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Despite being the largest advertising medium (Forrester projects TV marketers will spend $76 billion on advertising in 2011), TV still lags in its ability to measure anything deeper than basic tune-in. Over the past eight months, we have been covering how recent innovations in TV measurement are making TV ads more targeted and accountable. Forrester clients can read our earlier reports on measurement that discuss media measurement across digital and traditional channels and the future of set-top-box data for TV measurement.
We reported earlier on AppMarket about Bluefin Labs' advanced technology that makes a direct, real-time correlation between shows and ads that audiences are watching on TV and what the audience is saying via social media. A few weeks back they released a new product, called Bleufin Signals that "establishes social media engagement metrics for TV shows. The product analyzes billions of public social media comments and millions of minutes of TV data each month and interprets them into actionable metrics like response level (the volume of comments for a given TV program) and response share (a program’s share of social response during its specific airing time). TV networks will now be able to quantify social media engagement on their programs and drill down deeper than simple tune-in."
What could this kind of rich cross-platform analytics mean for the TV value chain?
As elaborated in this article on Appmarket.tv, two core aspects that are impacted by real-time and cross-platform communication and analysis are TV content and TV advertising pricing:
By analysis conversations and behavior around and about a specific show or series or network, organizations can learn what viewers are about. Netnography is the branch of Ethnography that analyses the free behaviour of individuals on the internet that uses online marketing research techniques to provide useful insights. Social media insights are a powerful set of insights.
By having a better insight and moreover a continuous understanding of the viewer target audiences, TV content can be tuned and refined, increasing relevancy and quality as seen from the specific target audience. Advertisers with branded content can adapt their offerings better to their audience, ongoing.
TV Advertising pricing
TV advertising pricing is the effect caused by better adapted content, the relevanter content-target audience is, the more premium fees can be asked. Both are symbiotic and well executed provide a virtuous cycle of quality content, pricing and a viewers which are listened to.
Value chain and strategy impact
But the impact of analytics and data goes further than that. It influences, enriches and informs business strategy and the value chain. By understanding relationships between platforms, content, audiences and brands, TV organizations can incrementally adjust their strategy and/or execution. Besides that, a more efficient and effective value chain is created by listening and adapting to that what is understood from data.
CMO.com has referred to data-driven marketing, innovation can be added by opening the organization's activity directly and indirectly to external stakeholders through the use of social media (and other data sources), its data and technologies for the purpose of competitive advantages. Data enables, and a big challenge is to create understanding and extract actionable insights from all of it to compete.
More data will be created, more will be interconnected, increasing the richness of the data, but simultaniously challenging organization to react to it.
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Tata Sky has launched a new Social TV app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that convert these devices in an universal remote control.The app offers program listings for TV channels, and users are able to share what they're watching on Facebook and Twitter. Ryz Media will provide the platform for the application. Initially the app is introduced on Apple devices and it would be launched on Android devices later.
For an extensive read on the experience of the app, have a read on Medianama where the interface, functionality and checking in are discussed.
"The Tata Sky Mobile Access App is a natural integration of TV entertainment with these smart devices allowing subscribers to not only control their TV and set-top boxes with their smart devices, but also make their content choice based on what their friends and family are viewing. This is the first-of-its-kind functionality offered by any DTH service provider in India."
"We are honored to provide Tata Sky a platform allowing viewers to interact with, socialize, search and share TV content they are watching. Our platform allows service providers to roll out a fully customized and integrated solution in an extremely short time frame and at an unprecedented roll out cost".
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Is this the next step in Social TV? From contextual enhancement and enrichment to being an intrinsic part of the content. I like the idea, and this would be marketers' heaven, devoted attention to and co-creation of the content and experience. This is how Hollywood acts as an open business platform for personalized prosumed experiences.
The INSIDE page on Facebook says:
Inside consists of film, videos and social media interactions. These pieces will live organically on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But you can also see all highlights and films in one place at http://www.theinsideexperience.com/, as events happen.
Intel and Toshiba present a Social Film experience, from the director of “Disturbia,” starring Emmy Rossum and You.
Christina is a tough, resilient, 24-year old girl. She’s been trapped in a room. She has a laptop. And she needs your help to get out.
Have a look at the website of INSIDE.
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“More and more, TV watching is becoming a two-screen experience, where viewers are engaging with another device while watching TV,” said Sean Casey, founder and CEO of SocialGuide. “SocialGuide and its apps make it easier for TV viewers to decide which shows to watch, while also allowing them to interact with friends, fellow fans, cast members and athletes as they watch their favorite programming. The real opportunity for a social experience around TV happens as TV airs, and we’re excited to extend our website’s capabilities to mobile devices in order to make the two-screen experience even better.”
SocialGuide’s Social Programming Guide (“SPG”) ranks programs in order of their real-time social popularity as they air. This provides users with a new TV discovery tool and a refreshing alternative to the traditional electronic programming guide (“EPG”), which requires users to scroll through a randomly ordered list of networks and programs. In addition, when a user inputs their cable or TV provider information, SocialGuide provides the localized channel information, defaulting to the High Definition channel number for digital subscribers. With data showing that 50% of TV viewers do not watch their HD channels on their systems, this provides another useful benefit for users. SocialGuide’s genre filter allows users to quickly filter trending shows by categories such as series, reality show, movie, sports, or news.
The SocialGuide app also provides TV watchers with a new social companion to enhance their TV watching experience. For any program with social activity, SocialGuide provides filtered social streams so that users can follow along with the social conversation about that program. In real-time, users can monitor the social comments from “Everyone”, or all the social TV comments about that particular program. SocialGuide also surfaces a “Friends” stream so users can chose to see only what their social friends and followers are saying. And for thousands of programs and sporting events, SocialGuide has programmed the official social accounts for the stars and athletes, allowing users to enjoy what the “Cast & Team” has said about that program. Users can also easily share what they are watching with their friends and send their own comments to Twitter or Facebook directly from the SocialGuide app.
Pricing and Availability
SocialGuide is a Free download and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.
Nyxio is fast becoming a leading-edge driver and developer of technology for the consumer electronics industry. Nyxio focuses on identifying technological deficiencies in the marketplace and develops reasonably priced, creative solutions ahead of the innovation curve. Through the consolidation of key hardware components, Nyxio strives to improve operating efficiencies and to reduce the overall environmental footprint of end users.
Effective earlier this month, Nyxio trades on the Over the Counter exchange (OTC) with the symbol NYXO.
The VioSphere’s fully integrated design offers the following features:
A Ukrainian company, DIVAN.TV, has launched a new over the top (OTT) multimedia console with the aim of bringing Smart TV and payment systems to Ukraine by this autumn. It’s targeting a million households by 2014 throughout eastern Europe and the CIS states and is currently the only such service provider in this market.
When connected to TV sets, the media players will provide multiple services: TV, VOD, messaging, internet, video conference and e-commerce applications, serviced by electronic payment system MoneXy. The player currently sells for around $125 but the company intends to bring this down to $100.
DIVAN.TV’s main financier is AVentures Capital, which, since 1994, has realised more than 30 projects in such areas such as commercial property, IT, telecommunications, media, the internet, and alternative energy sources. It has a turnover of $1 billion. Its board chairman is Andrii Kolodiuk.
Crucially for the Ukrainian market, OTT consoles, with their built in wireless connectivity, require no hardware or advanced knowledge on how to operate. Content can be delivered via the Internet. Kolodiuk predicts that the main buyers of the service will be people who can’t afford to buy a computer, and therefore do not have access to the Internet.
These predictions are backed up by the statistics. According to market research company GFK-Ukraine, in 2010, of 18.7 Ukrainian households, the number with a TV, was 16.63 million but two thirds could access only 5-7 channels. Additionally, of those aged 45-50 only 15% had access to the internet.
Kolodyuk also expects the service to be used by the 5 million Ukrainians living outside Ukraine who will be attracted by tools enabling regular contact with relatives, payment for goods and services for elderly parents and the option of watching Ukrainian TV, via content from providers such as Yakaboo, TV.ua, Zakaz.ua, Correspondent.net. and Telegroupe .
"I have long been interested in this market. DIVAN.TV – is the only product of this kind. Currently there are very limited possibilities for television in Ukraine, these have not changed since TV’s invention. The efforts of GoogleTV , AppleTV etc. have not worked here. We are ahead of them all - the first to create a unique solution for our markets. The purpose of DIVAN.TV is to bring back the central status of the TV and sofa to each home. "