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.
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Historically Ex Machina was one of the top three European companies touting multiplayer mobile gaming platforms over the last decade, however, now the company shifted to turn its powerful, robust gaming engine towards Social TV services, rebranding as PlayToTV, a white label solution for broadcasters which provides features like rating, product placement, quizzes, polls, votes, and social features on mobile devices of TV viewers, syncing in real time with shows they are viewing.Add a comment
To update, connect your television to your broadband router (network cable), then access by pressing the VieraCast function button on your remote which should prompt you to update the software; click ‘yes’ and the software will download via your internet connection.
Hey-presto, you should now be on version 2.303 and have iPlayer via the ‘red button’ on BBC1. Et voila, you'll be presented with version 2.303 of the software and you'll be able to access the iPlayer by pressing the red button on BBC1.
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In a recent blog post over at the BBC, Gideon Summerfield, Product Manager, BBC iPlayer on TV at BBC states that their latest figures
show there has already been a 10-fold increase in consumption of BBC
iPlayer content on connected TVs, set top boxes and BluRay players since
June last year.
He added that the BBC is encouraged that device manufacturers continue to adopt HTML, allowing them to more easily build rich IPTV apps, especially where standards for video control - such as HTML5 - are supported. This year, Panasonic and Sony have joined the likes of Samsung, LG, and Toshiba in launching connected TVs in the UK that support HTML.
Sky however, seems to be rather unhappy with the current BBC iPlayer synication rules, that forces rivals to accept running the iPlayer on their own services, as reported in the Guardian.
The provisional conclusion was that on-demand BBC programmes should only be made available to rival operators through the iPlayer, and no other 3rd party players, stated the BBC Trust. And the BBC is going full force into offering the player on multiple platforms.