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
This is according to DisplaySearch research, In 2011, more than 25% of all flat panel TVs shipped is expected to have some form of Internet connectivity. Cens reports:
The display market researcher and consultant recent reported that this number of Internet-connected TVs shipped is forecast to grow to 138 million units in 2015, accounting for 47% of all flat panel TVs shipped.
Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research, said:
"The adoption of connected TV is not just taking place in developed regions. Emerging markets often have good broadband services, and there is a thirst from consumers to get the best content available."
The Internet is changing the TV industry and decision's like the Indian government's one will only boost new markets for Connected TV. The Indian government is going to switch off the analog terrestrial signals and move to DVB-T2 digital broadcast in 2015.
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SocialGuide has launched a daily raking of the top programs, networks and sporting events based on the social media activity that takes places while the show is airing, according to Broadcastingcable. The rankings are available at www.socialguide.com/social100:
The rankings are built on an intelligent social TV recognition system that takes U.S. TV listing data from Tribune Media Services and tracks the Twitter activity with every show that airs on around 160 of the most popular broadcast and cable networks. About 90 million social TV comments from about 9 million unique users have been collected since January.
Social Programming Guide
The guide allows users to follow three different feeds:
* A feed with all the tweets during the show;
* A feed of tweets just from their friends and
* A third feed of tweets from cast and team members of the programs and sporting events being tracked.
B2B revenue model
Socialguide is creating a platform for networks and advertisers to mine all this data, CEO Sean Casey said:
"The Social 100 data is consumer facing but we will be launching a data product with a full dashboard for networks and advertisers that will allow them to get deep into the data we are collecting around these shows," Casey notes. "This will provide them with a very interesting metric that will provide them with a measurement of what level of social engagement is going on around their TV shows. It offers a cross-section of the activity around the Twitter user base and shows what younger people who are into social media are watching and talking about. We think that is a very interesting demographic that is highly sought after by advertisers and networks."
Rich consumer insights
These rich consumer and real-time insights can be used for co-programming and rich details about users which can be used for advertising rates to brands/advertisers.
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"I think we will see a big push in the fall," Sean Casey adds. "This is going to be the biggest fall season yet for social media and I think over the next 12 months the networks are really going to embrace it and find ways to more effectively use it to drive behavior."
Wiredset came with best practices to socialize TV programming via Twitter:
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Social TV apps are a hot topic, next to the earlier reported news on BeeTV's new socializing app for TV, Rapid TV News reports that Orange is also looking forward to "revolutionize the Social TV experience." Available free, the TVcheck community app automatically recognises programmes users are watching on the 19 French DTT channels based on visual recognition technology.
TVcheck provides a multi-screen and game experience for discussing about TV content. The application allows users to share their thoughts on the show they are watching thanks to a number of social features such as status updates, comments and program recommendations. Users will be able to log in using their Facebook credentials, making it easy for them to add friends’ from their Facebook account.
"We are all looking for shared digital experiences to stay connected with others. With TVcheck, there's no need to wait until the next day to talk about a good show seen the evening before. One can immediately do it when sitting in front of the TV in the living room".
Features of the TVcheck app:
Scan and share your favourite shows
TVcheck is the first application for iPhone that offers automatic program identification based on visual recognition technology. The application recognises shows broadcast on the 19 French DTTV channels. Based on the automatic detection function, discussing what you watch on TV is now an even more enjoyable experience. What's more, you no longer have to look at the TV guide, just trust your friends'.
Play and watch TV at the same time
TVcheck offers users a new TV experience by combining the power of the social network with games. All popular programs have their own badge. By using the check function, you can win points which go towards badges.
The most actively involved users win the title of 'Master', i.e. the member who has won the most number of points on a program or channel. TVcheck also offers a number of surprises to Masters, including the chance to watch their TV shows being recorded.
Key word definitions
Pre-check : to show your friends that you plan to watch a TV program
Check : to show your friends that you are watching a TV program. The check is usually automatic because the application automatically recognises the show you are watching. You can also manually check a program.
Badge : there are several types of badges, such as "serial TV watchers" for series, "peace and love" for lovers of reality TV, and "reporter". They are awarded based on the number of checks you make
Master : the most active users are awarded the title of master of a program or of a TV channel
Quiz : questionnaires on TV programs which enable you to win points
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BeeTV has integrated TV viewing, social media and check-ins in one app for the iPhone. BeeTV lets users “tune-in” to a show they are currently watching so they can easily join the conversation about that particular show. With just one tap users can see all the relevant tweets and Facebook posts about a show and can instantly jump into the conversation as written by iPad News Tracker.
Yaniv Solnik, BeeTV CEO said:
“BeeTV is different from other social TV apps because we take the experience beyond the check-in. BeeTV is focused on the conversation, in a sense like a Twitter client for TV, that lets users instantly find the discussion about what they are watching on TV and easily take part in it. BeeTV does the hard work for users, matching relevant conversations with shows, so they can start talking with friends and fans immediately.”
Differences between BeeTV and for instance Miso and GetGlue are discussed by AppScout:
Yes, you can check-in to your favorite show, and yes, you can share a tweet or a status update to let you people know what you're watching. You can even chat with others who are watching the same thing. That's pretty much where the similarities stop between BeeTV HD and other apps like Miso, and GetGlue. BeeTV HD kicks it up a notch and shows you all the relevant tweets and status updates about the show you're watching in real-time. People who are updating their timelines or streams, chatting about the show you're checked into on BeeTV will be populated into your view...and you can join the conversation without ever leaving the app.
Significant enhancement and new features are:
Start talking about your show, quickly:
When users open the app they are presented with a very simple question. The “what are you watching now?” screen directs users to find the show they are watching. Users are also offered several options of the most popular shows at that moment. Once a user has tuned-in to the show he is watching, he can instantly share what he’s watching with friends on Facebook or Twitter.
What are you watching?
Additionally, the BeeTV iPad app – taking advantage of the larger screen – provides users with a quick post system that lets them quickly string together messages from commonly used phrases, handles, hashtags and emoticons. Users can even create their own custom messages for a highly personalized experience.
Finding the conversation for you:
Once a user has tuned-in to the show he is watching, BeeTV pulls in all the tweets and posts about that show, all in real-time. Users can filter tweets and posts to see what everybody is saying, or to see just their friend’s comments. BeeTV HD also knows which VIP and celebrity accounts are connected to a show and presents tweets and posts from those VIPs to users as well. So the next time a user watches “How I Met Your Mother” and wants to carry on a bromance with Neil Patrick Harris, BeeTV will make it easy.
Get together with friends:
Everything is better with friends and watching TV is no exception. Inviting friends to watch shows in BeeTV HD is now super simple. Users can simply drag their friends’ pictures onto the invite section to ask them to watch a show. This makes it easier than ever to get together with friends and talk about the shows that users love. Users no longer have to send individual emails, tweets or Facebook invites to invite friends to watch shows together. Once users and their friends are together it’s easy to see comments and to talk about the show.
It will be interesting to learn what users think about the new BeeTV experience and socializing it. Have you used it? What are your thoughts?
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Earlier this month, Netflix said they were going to expand into in 43 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean which sent the stock flying up to $291.23 before settling at $289.63, up $21.64, or 8.1%. It's expected that Netflix will pursue an IP only strategy rather than mail order DVDs like they did in Canada - meaning that web and Connected TV devices will be the focus of deliver.
More from Variety:
Sources at leading European film distributors say as recently as last week Netflix reps confirmed plans to put roots down in both Spain and the United Kingdom in the first quarter of next year. Netflix declined comment.
The European invasion would come after the 43-country blitz scheduled to take place by the end of the year across Latin America and the Caribbean. Netflix surprised many analysts who predicted the UK would be one of the first targeted territories only to end up absent from the list released last week.
That could be a reflection of tougher competition it will find in England, from Amazon-owned Lovefilm to incumbent multichannel services like BSkyB, which may seem newly vulnerable given the turmoil that has engulfed News Corp.'s aborted attempt to grab a bigger stake in the satellite service.
Ryan Lawler from Gigom also reported on the move:
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Interest in Spain and the U.K. markets makes sense, if only because by next year it will have both English and Spanish-language services in place. But unlike its venture to Latin America, where existing streaming operations haven’t taken hold, Netflix could face some stiff competition from existing services in Europe.
Lovefilm, which was bought by Amazon earlier this year, already has a robust streaming service in place in the U.K., Germany and the Nordics (Sweden, Denmark and Norway). And the U.K. market has a number of incumbent TV services that also have a streaming component. Take, for instance, the BBC’s wildly popular iPlayer, or BSkyB’s satellite service, which allows viewers to stream live and on-demand TV over the web and to a growing number of mobile and connected devices.
Meanwhile, in Spain, there are less visible streaming competitors, which could create a lower barrier to entry. But Variety notes the market is also known for being a hotbed of video piracy. At the same time, offering a low-cost alternative is one way Netflix could possibly help studios fight piracy there.