Discovery Communications has announced its Discovery Channel App for iPad is now available on the App Store. The interactive app complements Discovery Channel's award-winning programs and offers fully integrated social TV check-in.
The Discovery Channel App for iPad brings fans greater access to their favorite programs and real-life characters with a collection of video clips from the network's new hit series including GOLD RUSH: ALASKA, SONS OF GUNS, AUCTION KINGS and FLYING WILD ALASKA, as well as longtime fan-favorite signature series such as AMERICAN CHOPPER, DEADLIEST CATCH, MAN VS. WILD, MYTHBUSTERS and others. Fans can check in via the "I'm Watching" button to let their friends on Facebook and Twitter know what they are watching, all while getting the latest social media updates from Discovery and participating in conversations with fellow fans.
"Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity and this app demonstrates our ongoing commitment to bring fans more opportunities to engage with their favorite shows and characters in the rapidly evolving mobile environment," said Kelly Day, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media and Commerce, Discovery Communications. "This app will serve as the hub for all of Discovery Channel's fantastic iPad content, offering our unique mix of real-life characters and compelling storylines. It is a perfect complement for TV fans who want to dive deeper with their favorite shows when they are on the go and to interact in real-time with other viewers while watching in primetime."
The Discovery Channel App, created in conjunction with developer Bottle Rocket Apps, features the following:
“Madame Tussaud’s is one of London’s most prestigious venues and provides a fantastic backdrop for the Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony, which will provide a glamorous and fun opportunity for client entertainment and team building.”
The 2011 Awards - which recognise both service providers and solution providers for their innovation, excellence and achievement in the IP&TV industry - have been expanded to reflect both the growing range of service providers implementing IP broadcast and the growing range of IP-based TV services.
This year the shortlist includes an impressive array of service providers including AT&T, Vodafone, Lovefilm, Deutsche Telekom, BesTV (China), Swisscom, Korea Telecom, Saudi Telecom & the BBC, highlighting the diverse global success of IP-based TV deployments.
The full shortlist is:
Best Multiscreen TV Service
Best Multiscreen TV Solution
Best IP Cable, Hybrid Broadcast or Connected TV Service
Best IP Workflow Solution or Implementation for TV
Best Service Delivery Platform for IP TV
Best Quality Improvement Solution for IP, Hybrid of Connected TV
Best On-Demand Solution or Implementation for IP, Hybrid of Connected TV
Best TV Consumer Device or CPE
Best Enabling Silicon, IP or Component Technologies for IP TV
Best Network or Access Network Technology for IP TV
Best IP TV, hybrid or Connected TV Service Growth Achievement
A special new Award for Best TV App, will also be presented at the Gala Evening, with this award to be judged on site at the IP&TV World Forum from the array of TV-based applications to be showcased at the event.
The IP&TV Industry Awards are being judged by a prestigious panel of senior and expert individuals, drawn from cable and telecom operators and independent experts, representing an impressive cross-section of leading service providers from around the world. The winners will then be announced at a Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony, taking place in Madame Tussaud’s on the evening of Wednesday 23rd March – the second day of the IP&TV World Forum 2011 event.
Gavin Whitechurch, director of the IP&TV World Forum, commented: “The IP&TV Industry Awards ensure global recognition for the hard work, dedication and excellence exhibited by those working in the sector.
“Madame Tussaud’s is one of London’s most prestigious venues and provides a fantastic backdrop for the Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony, which will provide a glamorous and fun opportunity for client entertainment and team building.”
The IP&TV World Forum 2011 – renamed this year to highlight that it now covers not only telcos but the increasing number of service providers delivering TV via IP technology, focussing on hybrid, IP and Connected TV – will take place on 22-24 March at London’s Olympia and will feature a comprehensive programme of more than 200 visionary speakers, including over 150 service providers from telcos, IPTV providers, cablecos, broadcasters and content providers.
To view book your tickets for the IP&TV Gala Dinner Awards or to register for the conference, go to the IP&TV World Forum website at www.iptv-forum.com or call +44 (0) 20 7017 4850.
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According to Christina Warren at Mashable:
Boxee raised $6 million in August 2009. Since then, the company has nearly tripled in size, released the 1.0 version of Boxee and shipped the Boxee Box. As a longtime Boxee user, I've enjoyed seeing the company evolve from its XBMC and Apple TV hacking roots into its own entity.
CEO Avner Ronen wrote at the Boxee Blog:
New York-based Boxee's software and Boxee Box set-top are now available in more than 30 countries. Add a comment
Our previous round of financing was $6M and at that time we were 12 employees, our software was in alpha and the Boxee Box was a dream. Fast forward 18 months and we are a different company. 34 employees, ver 1.0 of the software and the Boxee Box is available in more than 30 countries.
We are more hungry and driven than ever. Less naive, but dreaming even more ambitious dreams. We are also recruiting, so if you are a Boxee fan and passionate about what we're doing then maybe you can join us in either NY or TLV. Check out our jobs page.
With the new funding in place we will be focusing on 3 main things:
- Product – We are getting lots of love as well as feature requests and bug reports. The new round will enable us to grow our development team, building new functionality while continuing to squash bugs.One of our greatest challenges will be to add more movies, TV shows, and video while at the same time making it easier to discover and watch them. We have ideas on both fronts and are excited to get to work.Many of you would like to see Boxee handle all the video on their TV with no need to switch inputs. We'd like to get there, too.
- More Content – We recently added Netflix and Vudu to the Boxee Box. These are amazing video services. There are many more sources of content on our ToDo list in the US and internationally. We realize that with every new content source we make Boxee more valuable. We will increase the pace.
- More Partners – D-Link is already shipping the Boxee Box, Iomega is working on a Boxee NAS device and ViewSonic is working on a TV based on Boxee. We plan to sign up more device and distribution partners, giving users more options and more ways to get Boxee.
To fulfill consumers' desire for information and content, Rovi Corporation (Nasdaq:ROVI) today launched www.AllRovi.com, creating a unique experience for entertainment enthusiasts. Using proprietary Rovi technology, including advanced search and recommendation functionality, AllRovi brings one of the largest libraries of music and movie information to the Web – making it easy to find details on favorite artists, actors and films, and discover new music and movies based on mood, genre, chronology, favorites and more. Now in open beta, users will find a visually engaging, interactive way to experience entertainment at www.AllRovi.com.
In addition, Rovi announced that it has acquired Sidereel.com, a popular TV website with content on 24,000 shows and 530,000 episodes and the ability to connect consumers to TV content available on the web. With SideReel, Rovi expands its online presence from movies, music, games and books to TV content, rounding out the company's ability to deliver a full entertainment discovery experience for consumers on the web.
"We launched AllRovi to give consumers an immersive entertainment experience – where they can find significant amounts of information, related art, reviews – everything about the films and music they love," said Dave Jordan, vice president of marketing, Rovi. "By adding the SideReel.com website to our online portfolio, we believe Rovi can be the go-to source for finding and enjoying online content."
Janko Roettgers from Gigaom covered with deal and provided some great insight:
"...the acquisition is an interesting move for Rovi, which has been on a buying spree ever since it changed its name from Macrovision. The company acquired the content recommendation specialist Media Unbound about a year ago, and it spent $720 million on Sonic Solutions in December. Rovi’s core business proposition has been its TotalGuide, an EPG for connected devices. Now it’s bringing that programming guide to the web, directly competing for the eyes and clicks of consumers with AllRovi.com.
AllRovi has been designed to offer an original experience based on a rich collection of film and music data that goes back more than 50 years and covers more than three million TV programs, two million album releases, 27 million music tracks and 500,000 movies. By registering for AllRovi, entertainment enthusiasts are able to create a personalized profile. As they explore the site, registered users may receive customized recommendations based on their activity, find favorites, review ratings and make new discoveries based on the entertainment they already enjoy.
Additional features include the ability to:
Today's consumer can find Rovi technology and data on televisions, mobile devices, media players, infotainment centers and the Internet. AllRovi is yet another way that Rovi is connecting consumers to the entertainment content they crave. For more information, visit www.AllRovi.com.
Consumers can continue to access SideReel at www.sidereel.com.
The internet is revolutionising the way that people watch TV, and this year's IP&TV World Forum is set to establish the agenda on how the combination of TV with the internet is constantly evolving, user experiences and the TV business. Appmarket.tv will have a presence at the event in London this year so feel free to contact us and meet at the show!
Technology trends such as internet gaming consoles, smartphones and tablets are fuelling significant and rapid growth and providing greater choice for consumers. The IP&TV World Forum (22-24 March at London's Olympia) will provide the platform for the industry worldwide to discuss the implications of Smart TVs, which allow consumers' to access content and smartphone-like Apps from the internet on the TVs in their living room.
The day two plenary session opens with a keynote discussion on Connected TV: Challenging business models for the TV environment? with expert speakers from Hulu, the connected TV standard HbbTV, and Nokia Siemens Networks.
Gavin Whitechurch, Director of the IP&TV World Series of events, commented:
"The internet has seen greater choice for consumers. In the past we had to wait for our favourite programmes to be shown to us at the time dictated by a broadcaster, but now consumers are able to access, on-demand, the content they want, when they want it.
"This 'democratisation of content' is totally changing TV – not only the way we use it as consumers, but also the way the TV business works. There is no doubt that the industry is changing fundamentally, and the IP&TV World Forum is place where the industry will debate these changes and shake out who will be the winners, who will be the losers."
The IP&TV World Forum 2011 conference programme is divided into four specific tracks focusing on IP Platforms for TV, Network Optimisation, Service Management and The Business of Content.
Featuring a comprehensive programme of more than 250 visionary speakers, including over 140 service providers from online service providers, telcos, cablecos, broadcasters and content providers, the IP&TV World Forum 2011 will start with a keynote plenary session discussing the innovations and services in IP and TV each day.To view the full event programme and register for the conference, visit the IP&TV World Forum 2011 website at www.iptv-forum.com call +44 (0)20 7017 5506. Follow IP&TV World Forum on Twitter at http://twitter.com/iptvworldseries using hashtag #iptvw Add a comment
Shazam, the world’s leading mobile discovery company, today announced that John Sykes, co-founder of MTV Networks, has joined the Shazam Board.
"John's expertise in building global consumer brands founded on media and entertainment is invaluable and fits perfectly with our mission to establish Shazam as the world's leading brand for mobile discovery as Shazam transitions beyond music to enable consumers to interact with television programming content and advertising."
Sykes is a respected and popular industry pioneer who co-founded MTV 25 years ago and served as President of VH1, which he rebranded and lead to record audience ratings and profits, from 1994-2002. After a period as Chairman and CEO of Infinity Broadcasting overseeing 185 radio stations reaching more than 70 million listeners a week, he returned to MTV Networks in 2005 as President Network Development. In 2008 Sykes left Viacom to join former MTV colleagues Bob Pittman and Tom Freston at the Pilot Group.
"John has shaped popular culture for more than 25 years and has been a key influencer in changing the way millions of people consume media around the world" said Andrew Fisher, CEO, Shazam. "John's expertise in building global consumer brands founded on media and entertainment is invaluable and fits perfectly with our mission to establish Shazam as the world's leading brand for mobile discovery as Shazam transitions beyond music to enable consumers to interact with television programming content and advertising."
"Shazam is one of those rare magical brands that changes the way consumers interact with entertainment. With a simple "point and click" action on a mobile device Shazam creates immediate opportunities for its 100 million loyal users to extend their engagement with content on television networks, radio, live events and advertising." said John Sykes. "I can see many parallels with the formative years of MTV and Shazam is uniquely positioned for the convergence of mobile, broadcast media and advertising."
Shazam recently announced that its service had reached the 100 million user milestone and that it identifies more than three million tracks per day.
And the audio recognition space around TV is heating up. Fresh on the coattails of IntoNow's release, The company also announced the launch in January of the first, series-long 'Shazamable TV' initiative for Being Human, in partnership with NBC Universal's Syfy network. The Shazam logo is embedded into the program so that users can tag the show. Viewers simply 'touch to Shazam' and hold their phone up to the TV to tag the specific episode. Shazam recognizes the episode and delivers a customized Tag result to the viewers' mobile device with links to exclusive video and previews of upcoming episodes, access to exclusive playlists from the series, downloads and the chance to enter the 'Being Human Shazam Sweepstakes' at Syfy.com.
Shazam was also recently selected by Old Navy for their new national advertising campaign where users can Shazam Old Navy television adverts as well as spots in retail stores for unique promotions and offers.
Shazam was recognised as the Best Management Team by the Sunday Times in its Tech Track 100 awards 2010 and ranked as the top company in The Guardian's Tech Media Invest Top 100 2010. The company has offices in London, Palo Alto, New York and Seoul.Add a comment
"We are happy to be working with LG to develop and launch Facebook and Twitter for LG Smart TV." commented Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband. "Bringing two of the world's most popular social web sites to the living room provides an excellent showcase for the potential of the smart TV platform".
"Accedo has deep experience with connected TV applications, and particularly the LG Smart TV platform. Accedo was a logical choice when we decided to launch TV applications" said Il-geun Kwon, Head of LCD TV Lab. "Their pragmatic approach and dedication to deadlines made it possible for us launch the two applications globally within a short timeframe.
PlayJam, the world's largest TV games aggregator, has appointed Munich-based connected TV content specialists ConTV GmbH to establish its presence in Europe's leading TV market.
A pioneer in Over The Top TV games content having generated over 6 billion plus downloads during the last 5 years, PlayJam is at the forefront of the global Social TV revolution, bringing people together and encouraging interaction through the medium of games on TV. The PlayJam portal is a fully managed games destination with hundreds of fun and engaging casual games designed for all the family. It offers in-house leading brand games, tournaments, competitions and much more.
The partnership with ConTV GmbH will enable PlayJam to provide a relevant, localized service for all German-speaking markets as part of its "Global-Local" content distribution strategy. In addition to sourcing regional games and managing the service locally, the partnership will focus on the promotion of the PlayJam proposition to German representatives of major consumer electronics manufacturers and connected TV platform owners.
ConTV is an end-to-end solution provider for content, application and service owners, maximizing innovative business opportunities on connected TV screens. The company has been a pioneer in developing apps for connected TVs and hybrid devices and was awarded 1st Winner of the European Samsung Smart TV challenge in Germany.
Alongside Germany, PlayJam will be partnering with regional agents in France, USA, Korea, China and Brazil to maximize its presence in key local territories, ensuring the network retains its position as the world's leading aggregator for games on TV. Delivering both world-renowned titles and local content on one platform will create a powerful mix of games that brings together the whole spectrum of the global gaming community.
PlayJam is the world's largest TV games publisher, delivering over 1000 much loved titles via a common Application Programme Interface (API) to a vast global network including Sony and Samsung's connected TV services as well as digital TV operators Sky, Dish TV (US), Freeview and UPC.
Anthony Johnson, PlayJam's Business Development Director, comments:
"By establishing a local presence in Germany where over 6 million connected TV sets are forecast by the end 2011, we're taking our first steps to creating a cross-border social network around games for connected TV. Games are a proven key driver in the adoption of social platforms and by localizing our content in key territories across the globe, we'll ensure PlayJam is positioned at the forefront of the connected home. We are calling on German game developers to embrace the next big platform for social gaming and join the PlayJam network."
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Sven-Olof Koopmann, ConTV´s Managing Director, emphasizes "We are extremely happy to partner with PlayJam, the World´s No1 for TV games. There is a huge opportunity to capitalize on the fast growing number of connected TV sets in our country! Germany is Europe´s largest casual game market and we look forward to working with PlayJam to promote a service carrying the worlds most popular TV game titles and also to include key local content to ensure the utmost relevance to users in our market."
Virgin Media has unveiled its first entertainment trends report, providing an unprecedented level of detail and insight into how viewers are enjoying the UK’s leading On Demand service.
The Virgin Media Entertainment Index reveals 2010 was a record breaking year for On Demand viewing, with just under 900 million programmes watched in total – a 10% increase on the previous record, set in 2009. Virgin Media’s On Demand service is the third most watched ‘channel’ on the platform with customers, on average, each watching for almost two and a quarter hours every week. This is longer than the typical UK family sees anything on TV other than BBC1 or ITV1. These viewers sat down to watch On Demand for a combined total of 430 million hours. If a single person were to watch this much television back-to-back, it would take more than 49,000 years. As the only provider of catch-up services from all four public service broadcasters, Virgin Media’s TV service was also responsible for more than one in every five BBC iPlayer video requests throughout 2010. Over one million more households have discovered the power of On Demand, where they control their own television schedule, in the four years since the launch of Virgin Media. The unique infrastructure of the company’s cable network ensures almost five thousand hours of programming is instantly available to its customers. 64% of them now regularly choose from shows such as Fringe, chart music videos from artists including Katy Perry and Tinie Tempah, blockbuster films like Inception, and more, in HD and 3D too. With demand and awareness both increasing, Virgin Media predicts total On Demand views will exceed one billion in 2011. Cindy Rose, executive director of digital entertainment at Virgin Media said: “In our increasingly time precious lives, more and more people are switching over to On Demand. It’s a chance to catch-up on something you missed earlier in the week or just watch what you really want at a time that suits you. This year looks set to be transformational in terms of how we watch our favourite shows and I expect we’ll break through the milestone of one billion views in the coming months.
The Virgin Media Entertainment Index reveals 2010 was a record breaking year for On Demand viewing, with just under 900 million programmes watched in total – a 10% increase on the previous record, set in 2009.
Virgin Media’s On Demand service is the third most watched ‘channel’ on the platform with customers, on average, each watching for almost two and a quarter hours every week. This is longer than the typical UK family sees anything on TV other than BBC1 or ITV1.
These viewers sat down to watch On Demand for a combined total of 430 million hours. If a single person were to watch this much television back-to-back, it would take more than 49,000 years.
As the only provider of catch-up services from all four public service broadcasters, Virgin Media’s TV service was also responsible for more than one in every five BBC iPlayer video requests throughout 2010.
Over one million more households have discovered the power of On Demand, where they control their own television schedule, in the four years since the launch of Virgin Media. The unique infrastructure of the company’s cable network ensures almost five thousand hours of programming is instantly available to its customers. 64% of them now regularly choose from shows such as Fringe, chart music videos from artists including Katy Perry and Tinie Tempah, blockbuster films like Inception, and more, in HD and 3D too.
With demand and awareness both increasing, Virgin Media predicts total On Demand views will exceed one billion in 2011.
Cindy Rose, executive director of digital entertainment at Virgin Media said: “In our increasingly time precious lives, more and more people are switching over to On Demand. It’s a chance to catch-up on something you missed earlier in the week or just watch what you really want at a time that suits you. This year looks set to be transformational in terms of how we watch our favourite shows and I expect we’ll break through the milestone of one billion views in the coming months.Add a comment