“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. "
An extensive and forward thinking report by national innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, has put forward a persuasive argument for the development of a “future internet” which has the potential to transform the fabric of the UK’s business and society. The Future Internet Report identifies between £50 billion and £100 billion annual benefit to the UK but also stresses that further research and increased security in data protection are needed before this can become a reality.
The UK already has much of the infrastructure in place to realise huge savings in public expenditure, business opportunities and become a global leader in ICT with the adoption of a future internet. The report commissioned by the TSB’s ICT network, identifies exciting opportunities in the evolution of the present internet, with the possibility of connecting people with objects or machines and, in some cases, machines with other machines : an “internet of people and things.”
In recent months, companies from Google to small start-ups have been looking at connecting people and objects, from washing machines and light bulbs to buildings, to create an internet of things. One step further is advanced machine to machine communication, such as integrated transport systems enabling people to travel more efficiently, with the lowest impact to the environment – an “internet on wheels”.
This week, the BBC reports that scientists from the University of Bologna in Italy have already developed software enabling cars to "communicate" with one another on the road. The future internet is almost already here.Add a comment
Audible Magic, the recognized global leader in digital fingerprinting technology and content identification solutions, today announced that it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,917,645, entitled “Method and Apparatus for Identifying Media Content Presented on Media Playing Devices.” Formally issued on March 29, 2011, the patent, Audible Magic’s fifteenth in the area of digital fingerprinting and content identification, demonstrates the company’s continuing commitment to groundbreaking innovation in this fast developing technology segment.
Specifically, the newly awarded patent addresses the identification of media as it is played on devices such as smart TVs, tablets, set-top boxes, and smart phones. This patent is a fundamental building block of Audible Magic’s SmartID™ system, which enables social TV, interactive advertising, TV commerce, personalization, and other related applications. The patent is a notable addition to Audible Magic’s already impressive portfolio of patents in digital fingerprinting and content identification.
“The awarding of this patent exemplifies Audible Magic’s continued long-term investment in building foundation technology for content identification, and our desire to protect our intellectual property” said Jim Schrempp, Audible Magic’s Vice President of Core Engineering. “The dramatic growth in smart devices and the explosion of social media applications demonstrate the significance and value of this patent in our portfolio.” Audible Magic licenses use of its intellectual property via its portfolio of services.
The company also today introduced the SmartSync System, a solution specifically aimed at synchronizing events on smart devices to content being played from other media playing devices.
Available on iOS, Android, OSX, Linux and Windows platforms, the SmartSync API enables developers to build unique applications for a wide range of devices such as smart TVs, smart phones, tablet computers, game consoles, set-top boxes, and specialized appliances.
According to researchers at the Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), a growing "Social Participation TV" trend means that 40% of mobile users already "multi-task" - using their phone while watching TV. In a white paper on the trends and opportunities in participation TV (P-TV) services, MIG believes that it has uncovered key technological and behavioural insights in to the entire P-TV value chain.
Interactive events conducted via Facebook are also predicted by MIG to generate £32 million (€36 million, $52 million) in the UK by 2012.
Already, Facebook mobile accounts for some 350 million users globally. By 2016, this should equate to revenues of £1.8 billion (€2.05 billion, $2.9 billion) worldwide, MIG indicated.
“Social participation TV is a huge opportunity for MIG and our broadcast partners, with mobile featuring as the key enabler and engagement tool. The mobile device is ingrained in our daily lives, and is rapidly becoming a core component in the ability to create an interaction between the viewer and the TV. As a medium, TV continues to be the biggest and best in terms of attracting a large audience; and mass P-TV shows like Big Brother remain the cornerstone for broadcasters in terms of interaction and entertainment, whilst also opening new revenue channels.”
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Starting this summer, Amazon will add 2,000 episodes to grow the total number of Prime instant videos to more than 8,000 movies and television shows, and offer full seasons for 18 popular television series, including The Tudors, Numb3rs, Medium, the complete Star Trek franchise, Frasier and Cheers.
The deal is more or less a replica of the pact CBS and Netflix struck in February.
AllThingsD about the deal:
Amazon says the new titles will bring its streaming library up to 8,000 titles; Netflix boasts around 20,000 titles for its digital-only library. For now, Amazon’s Web video titles are free to customers who use its “Prime” delivery service, but industry observers assume that library access will also be a big part of the new iPad-like tablet the company is expected to unveil this fall.
Best-case digital scenario for big media players
AllThingsD continues that "the company gets to take old shows and resell them multiple times (and maybe more, as Microsoft, Apple, and others eye the market), and doesn’t have to worry about cannibalization.
Things get much trickier when consumers decide they want to watch current programing, though. That stuff continues to be worth much more to studios and networks when it runs on broadcast or cable TV, but convincing viewers to play along is getting increasingly difficult."
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According to In-Stat survey results, nearly two-thirds of smartphone owners have watchedvideo on their device, while nearly 86% of tablet owners have done so. Forecasts from a new In-Stat research, show that mobile video consumption is going to surpass 693 billion minutes by 2015.
Amy Cravens, Market Analyst at In-Stat, says:
“As content restrictions are liberalized and the proliferation of smartphone and tablet devices continues to expand, so too will mobile video consumption. However, it is important to note that the consumption differs significantly between smartphones, tablets, and notebook/netbooks. Differences include content length, content genre, and content acquisition. Content providers need to customize their offerings by target platform.”
Some of the research findings include:
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Samsung has announced today that its new 3D Video-on-Demand service is available for free via its SMART TV platform, for users in the UAE. The service will allow users to stream free 3D content through a specially designed SMART TV app, called Explore 3D. At this point of time there are 41 3D videos available, by the end of 2011 it is expected to be 70.
"The demand for 3D entertainment is growing rapidly, but only a handful of channels are providing content globally. Samsung has led the 3D LED TV market since it launched last year, and the roll-out of our 3D Video-on-Demand service demonstrates our commitment to accelerating its growth. We believe that in the future every viewer will have access to 3D content in the comfort of their own living room through a SMART TV. We will therefore continue to develop our SMART TV offering in order to provide consumers with the best viewing experience possible."
Social TV function
The Social TV function allows users to simultaneously watch shows on split screen whilst chatting with friends, networks are Facebook, Twitter and Google Talk. Next to this users can easily browse the Internet whilst watching TV.
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Don't worry if you aren't one of the lucky 150 who secured tickets to the exclusive event held today, July 20th, 2012 at the Belair Country Club in Hollywood, the first Social TV Summit will be streamed live across the world right here at Appmarket. Just click here to view the event starting at 0900 Pacific Time and running through the day.
The Social TV Summit is chock-full of industry leaders with representation from some of Hollywood's top studios, the tech industry, and many more.
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Roku 2 players also feature a sleek new design that’s more energy — efficient than before, using less than two watts of power.
“Roku is the best-selling streaming player on the market because of its simplicity, breadth of content and value. Now we’re setting the bar even higher with Roku 2 – a more powerful platform with new features including casual gaming,” said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood. “We’ve worked closely with Rovio to bring the first full version of Angry Birds to the TV – and best of all, we’re including it for free with the top-of-the-line XS model.”
New channels launching soon on Roku 2 include Facebook, AOL HD, and FOXNews.com. Additional games will be available shortly after launch including Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons. The Roku 2 platform offers nearly 300 channels of streaming entertainment including movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Crackle; live and on-demand sports from NBA Game Time, NHL GameCenter Live and Ultimate Fighting Championship; music from Pandora, MOG, Rdio and TuneIn Radio; photos and videos from Flickr and Vimeo; plus news and entertainment from around the world.
A Streaming Player for Everyone
All three Roku 2 models feature built-in wireless, Bluetooth for connecting a game remote and a MicroSD slot to support additional game storage. The Roku 2 HD player supports up to 720p HD video while the Roku 2 XD player supports up to 1080p HD video. Roku 2 also adds several significant enhancements to its acclaimed Netflix experience, including support for English subtitles, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound pass through and up to 1080p HD video quality (on the XD and XS models). 2 The Roku 2 XS player provides the ultimate casual gaming experience on the TV.
Now, Angry Birds fans who love to launch birds at jeering green pigs can enjoy the full version of the game for the first time on the TV, free of charge. The Roku 2 XS includes the new Roku Game Remote with motion control which has been optimized for bird — slinging action on the big screen. The Roku 2 XS also features an Ethernet port for a wired Internet connection and a USB port for playing music, videos, and photos off of any USB drive.
Pricing and Availability
The Roku 2 HD, the Roku 2 XD and the Roku 2 XS are expected to be available by the end of July for suggested retail prices of $59.99, $79.99 and $99.99 respectively. Retailers include Roku.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics and RadioShack. Since all Roku 2 players support casual games, customers will be able to purchase the game remote with motion control for use with the Roku 2 HD and Roku 2 XD players. The Roku Game Remote will be available in the coming weeks as part of a bundle that includes a 2GB MicroSD card for a suggested retail price of $29.99 at Roku.com.Add a comment