Gameloft and Samsung have collaborated to offer a catalog of 6 games with graphics rendered in 3D. Currently Brain Challenge and TV Show King (which was just released) are currently available as games on the Smart TV but in addition to those,Smart TV owners via the Samsung App will get to play UNO, Lets Golf! 2, Block Breaker Deluxe 2, and Midnight Pool.
Gonzague de Vallois, Senior Vice-President of Publishing at Gameloft said:
"Our goal at Gameloft has always been to make video games accessible to everyone. We're thrilled to extend our library of games to the mass market through Samsung Smart TV. All homes equipped with a Smart TV will be able to access high-quality games with 3D graphics at an affordable price."
Kang-Hyun Kwon, Senior Vice President of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics:
"Integrating games such as Let's Golf! 2, UNO and TV Show King will allow us to continue to diversify the applications we offer on Samsung Apps. Gameloft has an excellent reputation in developing digital video games for the mass market. We're pleased to offer our clients a high-quality gaming experience on the Smart TV with Gameloft."
TFTS makes a good point when referring to the challenge of the interface/remote:
Though it’s not a bad idea for either Samsung (or Gameloft for that matter) to provide everything you need all in one convenient platform, there is something of an issue. Games require controls, and so Samsung may need to find itself a new kind of user interface tool–a new remote, if you will–to accommodate the needs that new technology will place on its systems. As great as a normal television remote is, I can’t imagine using it to control a video game–unless of course it’s something like a Wii game. And admittedly, those games described above might do all right with a television remote-style control scheme. So while I do agree with Samsung’s working outside the box, they might need to do a little more developing to fully realize the concept.
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During the session, "Making the pay-TV model work across multiple screens" on Thursday, May 19 at 10:20 a.m., the panelists will address many of the challenges and opportunities surrounding the deployment of multi-screen services, including monetizing multi-screen TV; the role of premium content in the TV Everywhere model; content rights and consumer demand; moving from a single device conditional access (CA) to multiplatform authentication; and expanding the audience for subscription TV. Specifically, Hunter will share the technical and business issues that operators are currently facing to deliver secure multi-screen services and different strategies to enable new pay-TV business models.
Verimatrix specializes in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe. Verimatrix is a sponsor of the Connected TV World Summit, which offers a forum where the whole Connected TV ecosystem comes together including, platform operators, CE manufacturers, broadcasters, content owners, advertisers, online content aggregators and ISPs. At the Summit, the world's Connected TV thought leaders convene, address key issues, and share best practice associated with the development of Connected TV strategies and services.
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Intenuum has launched its first product 'TeeVlog™' based on "State-of-the-Art" semantic search and smart learning algorithm. TeeVlog™ pushes customized TV-related content based on multi-path input instead of inputting one-path registered user based recommendation. In addition to core "search and smart learning technology", Intenuum has also implemented SNS (Social Network Service) features to provide users the easiest way to share information they find from the services.
According to Sean Park, CTO of Intenuum:
"Our intention is to maximize user's enjoyment around TV content. And the way we promote TV related products will be very different from conventional method since product information is blended into content being reflected as useful information, not as spam-like advertisement. I believe this will change the landscape of distributing advertisement for the manufacturers."
The power of this contextual system will be in the way it serves people with relevan contextual information based on the TV content. The press release doesn't give insight if personal / social data is taken into account, they make it easy to share so they could be extracting information from social networks. It would be a rich set of parameters that can alter the return of content and thus the relevancy and enjoyment of the total experience.Add a comment
AT&T has launched the linear social TV channel from action sports and indie music programmer Havoc that lets U-verse TV subscribers vote on the videos that appear on the screen in real time via Twitter. Multichannel News further elaborates on Havoc 247:
Havoc 247 is the first linear service from the company, which started in 2004 as one of the first video-on-demand networks. The linear feed provides a mix of music and sports culled from Havoc's library of short-form VOD content, with specific blocks for genres such as metal and punk, hip-hop and reggae, sports and movies.
One screen Social TV
In addition to the interactive-playlist feature, the network provides live Twitter and Web feeds from artists, athletes and other select sites along the left-hand of the screen.Viewers can chat on-screen through Facebook or Twitter (by tweeting a message with the hashtag #havoctv), though the company noted that comments are screened for profanity and appropriateness before they appear on the Havoc 247 service.
According to the executive Vice President of Havoc, Matt Muir, it is a way to make TV relevant to the demographic they cater. Youngster don't perceive TV as their primary source for media consumption.
I do wonder if the one screen solution is a fit with the following stats from the same article:
Almost three-fourths of U.S. consumers multitask while watching TV: 42% are online, 29% are talking on cell phones or mobile devices, and 26% are sending instant messages or text messages, according to Deloitte's 2011 "State of the Media Democracy" survey.
According to Havoc, it can deliver the same linear TV feed online to PCs and to devices such as iPhones, BlackBerrys and tablets with no app required.
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An agreement to extend the content licenses that owners News Corp., Disney and NBCUniversal signed two years ago should be in place within a week, according to people familiar with the discussions, according to All Things Digital. This will keep programs from NBC, Fox and ABC on the Web video site.
Those who are familiar with the negotiations told All Things Digital that the joint venture’s basic structure will remain the same, the site will offer free, ad-supported programing as well as a premium Hulu Plus subscription option that offers more programming and multi-device access. What might be affected are the programming "windows" that determine when a show turns up on the site and when it disappears, and how much Hulu pays for the content it shows.
With regard to the distribution windows, GigaOm suggests:
"Some programmers might be wary of keeping that window in place, thinking that they could get more viewers to tune in live if they held off Hulu availability for a few more days or weeks." (Hulu previously struck a deal with Viacom, which delays the appearance of shows like "Jersey Shore" and "Tosh.0" several weeks after they've aired live.)
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Technicolour, one of the main suppliers set to provide Youview with the most affordable Set Top Box (STB) solution, have pulled out of the deal, according to industry insiders. Cisco and Humax are still slated to develop boxes but at a much higher price point. Huawei, Pace, Manhattan and Vestel have all submitted ‘expressions of interest’ back in August 2010 but have not committed which leaves the project with a shortage of suppliers.
YouView, now being headed by Alan Sugar, is a joint IPTV venture between some of the UK’s biggest names in TV and broadband, including the BBC, ITV, BT, Channel 4, Talk Talk Group, Arqiva, and Five. But the open project has been set back to a 2012 launch and been harshly critisised by the likes of Sky and Virgin.
According to the specifications (229 pages) released only a few weeks ago, all YouView boxes will ship with at least 320GB of hard drive storage, and offer a minimum of two USB connections alongside the Ethernet port. However, while Wi-Fi must be supported, this can be via an optional dongle.Add a comment
In a fresh report, digital media research company Futurescape reveals how Facebook and Twitter are now power brokers for the global television industry... their ability to create new business opportunities and engage viewers, boosting advertising and pay-TV revenue, gives them a significant and increasing influence over all aspects of television.The key findings come in the second edition of the Futurescape report, Social TV. Facebook and Twitter are now power brokers in global TV, through creating new business opportunities for the television industry.
The Connected TV Summit starts next Wednesday and will provide the most
important update of the year for what the key stakeholders in this new
market – CE manufacturers, Pay TV operators, broadcasters and online
content owners – are thinking. We predict that from the CE industry,
major themes are going to be more cooperation with traditional platform
operators, who can harness connected TVs to introduce multi-room TV with
minimal expense, and the advent of multi-screen Connected TV, where CE
vendors look to make their connected TV services available on tablets
that can sync with the main connected TV.
Multi-screen Connected TV is a natural evolution given that leading Pay TV operators want to create a unified and integrated multi-screen offer that covers all screens in their homes. It also increases pressure on any Pay TV operators who are not moving quickly towards a multi-screen offering.
For the Pay TV world, this is the year of the big fight back. Nobody really expected major content aggregators, with millions of subscribers, to let someone else serenade their customers with interesting premium content additions, niche long-tail offers that appeal to important minority consumer groups, enjoyable apps and enhanced content discovery without offering an alternative. Now they are.
Putting unified multi-screen TV services aside, which are an important way to dampen the temptations of Connected TV anyway, and focusing on the main television set, the plan seems to be to open up the walled garden to at least some complementary OTT content, provide great new User Interfaces with neat apps of their own, and make it much easier to find content and communicate with friends in relation to that content (social TV). Next-generation TV platforms, based on completely new middleware/software or at least new UIs, are already rolling out.
GabCast.TV announced today that it has released an alpha version of its innovative online platform and is now broadcasting free interactive shows inviting the public to join the community. GabCast.TV is the brainchild of TV powerhouse Fred Silverman and interactive guru and producer Paul Wagner. They have created an unprecedented, live technology platform that transforms video chats into live shows.
The advent of GabCast.TV signals the further democratization of content and creates a movement bringing the audience and content closer together. The result is an unparalleled interactive broadcast experience infused with significantly higher levels of engagement with viewers.
Unlike the plethora of online video predecessors, GabCast.TV is the first to bring like-minded people together utilizing thematic live channels and offering engagement tools where anyone can do a solo show, two-person show, multi-person show, or desktop sharing - with a live classroom in development - all with unparalleled interactivity. All it takes is a webcam.
The GabCast.TV founding members consist of an experienced, successful and renowned team, including Fred Silverman, Chairman and co-founder of GabCast.TV, who was the former President/CEO of NBC, and the only executive in history to run programming at all three major television networks (CBS, ABC, and NBC).Add a comment
MPP Global Solutions have been selected by Vision+Media to develop a payment module to integrate with YouView and other IPTV platforms for a new initiative.
MPP, the leading provider of Payment Services and eCommerce Solutions to the Media and Entertainment Industries are to integrate their eCommerce payment services into various IPTV platforms but with focus on the YouView platform to process payment transactions for on-demand services between consumers and content providers utilising the platform.
IPTV platforms such as YouView enable internet services to be delivered to television sets. Consumers are able to browse the internet, watch video-on-demand and catch-up TV and interact with smart-phone type ‘apps’ all from their TV.
MPP Global Solutions are well placed to integrate with the YouView platform, with a client list including BSkyB, for whom they provide the full online payment and packaging platform to monetise their complete library of digital content. With over 11 years of experience in the field of eCommerce payment solutions, MPP have a wealth of expertise in the monetisation of digital content and the effective processing of payment transactions and content entitlement. MPP have also recently been recognised as the Best eCommerce Tech Company at a leading Industry Awards ceremony.Add a comment