Moshi Monsters is the UK social networking website for children, which started in 2008, invites children to adopt a monster, play games and communicate with each other.
The online TV player, Moshi TV, will include cartoons of popular Moshi characters, or "moshlings", such as Lady Googoo, Dustbin Beaver and 49 Pence, as well as animations uploaded by users. Moshi TV has the advantage of tapping into an existing audience of nearly 38m registered users worldwide, mostly aged between six and 11.
Michael Acton Smith, founder of parent company Mind Candy, said:
"That's how kids want to enjoy media. They don't want to sit and be broadcast to – they want to interact and share and comment. We're flipping traditional TV on its head and letting the kids decide what's popular by voting things up and making them more discoverable."
A blue ocean approach for sure, comparing it to the horizontal approaches by Zynga and Facebook, Smith said:
"The internet is a winner-takes-all market. Facebook has won social, LinkedIn has won business and Zynga has won social gaming. But no one has gone deep in the kids' space, even though it's a multibillion offline industry. We want to be the top player so we're expanding rapidly."
Acton Smith will be speaking during two sessions at the marketplace: Digital Distribution: Monetising Content on New Platforms (Monday April 4th, 3.15pm) and Connected Creativity Forum: Innovation from Around the World (Tuesday April 5th, 4.10pm).Add a comment
On Demand Deutschland (ODD) has announced it has made three 3D movies from the German Constantin Group available to Austria’s IPTV platform Aon TV from Telekom Austria.
The line-up initially comprises blockbusters from Constantin Film's library including "Step Up 3D", "Resident Evil: Afterlife" and "Animals United".
The movies can be watched as often as the customer likes within a 48 hour period. In addition to the 3D version, they are also available in standard and high definition. The viewers can access the films on the video-on-demand portal (VOD) at the same time they are released on DVD.
Telekom Austria is the country’s incumbent telecoms operator and its IPTV service has around 150,000 subscribers. On Tuesday, March 29, the On Demand Group announced the availability of 3D movies on Kabel BW in Germany.Add a comment
Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, announced its partnership with Vestel to create a versatile IP-enabled range of connected TVs ready for premium service delivery.Vestel previously partnered up with Yahoo! and Access to enhance their positioning.
TelecomPaper on the deal:
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Vestel's range of MB36 IP enabled TV's are available for deployment with embedded Verimatrix ViewRight client security supporting VCAS protected digital TV services. The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for Internet TV, together with VCAS for IPTV, provides a complete digital TV security service for IP video services. Vestel LCD TVs with built-in IP and DRM are available as 26-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch and 46-inch models. They support HD panels and secure content from server to display.
Vestel TVs can be deployed as full client devices in services protected by VCAS for internet TV and VCAS for IPTV as a digital TV security service for IP services. Featuring multi-format support, VCAS services to multiple screens and across multiple transports, including both broadcast and VoD delivery modes.
Espial, a provider of On-Demand TV solutions, announced that the Espial TV Browser is powering consumer electronics major Hitachi's latest Connected TV models being shipped into the Japanese market.This is in order to achieve its goal of being one of the premium TV suppliers to the Japanese Market
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Gala TV is one of the examples how the industry is changing and adapting to its changing, more ubiquitous and social, environment. The Gala Bingo channel is moving off Sky and exclusively onto the web. Gala Bingo was the first to bring online bingo onto the television screen and has stuck with it for a long time, despite the competition deciding that the format was not worth investing in.
However, Gala Bingo has now decided that the channel Gala TV needed a complete new look and new offers and at the same time have taken the decision to cease broadcasting as a TV channel.Add a comment
Startup service TweePlayer, which launched its public beta Tuesday, does something very interesting, it synchronizes archived tweets about a show to non-lineair programming. Here’s a demo page that marries a “Dancing with the Stars” video with tweets about that particular show. You can tweet, as well, which would be seen by others who replay the same event later (but obviously, you can’t respond to each other in real-time).
LostRemote further elaborates:
TweePlayer says it harvests conversations for most major TV shows — using hashtags and algorithms to figure out which tweets are about the show — and it has a growing list of 5,000 events including sports events, conferences and even podcasts.
eHomeUpgrade on the hashtags:
TweePLayer uses AI that tracks a conversation about an event and discovers new parts of the conversation. It dynamically adjusts target keywords to a particular event. “We are constantly adding new layers of intelligent tools to sift through all of the Twitter conversations for not only relevant but higher value parts of the conversation so users won’t be overwhelmed with tens of thousands of relevant but unimportant Tweets. We believe this will lead to a more vibrant and intelligent social media conversation.” said TweePLayer CEO Mick Darling.
When it comes to monetizing the tweet harvester, CEO and founder Mick Darling says there are a few options. Tomorrowish, the startup behind TweePlayer, might provide white box solutions for companies like Hulu, or it might sell premium accounts that include commentary from people like actors and conference keynotes. Darling is also talking with several brands about providing sentiment and engagement analytics for specific television shows.Add a comment
BuddyTV, who claim to be the world's largest independent TV entertainment site, has launched an updated version of the BuddyTV Guide.
Andy Liu, CEO of BuddyTV, explained:
"One of the great things about BuddyTV Guide is that users quickly find what they want to watch via TV show listings and search. They also never have to learn where buttons are for a new remote control since they can tap to watch or use powerful gesture swipe commands for all devices."
Bill Baxter, CTO of BuddyTV, stated:
"After people find what they want to watch, they can easily comment and check into their show via Facebook and Twitter. In addition, they can also see what other people are watching to catch on to trends like a season premiere or finale."
The BuddyTV Guide app is available as a free download for a limited time at the Apple iTunes Store.Add a comment