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Social TV: American Idol Cuts Deals with Google and Facebook - Not Twitter

written by: Richard Kastelein
Social TV: American Idol Cuts Deals with Google and Facebook - Not Twitter
FremantleMedia, 19 Entertainment/CORE Media Group and FOX today announced groundbreaking partnerships with search powerhouse Google and online social networking giant Facebook, designed to give fans powerful new interactive on-air and online experiences with AMERICAN IDOL XIII live shows.

For the first time in television, Google is powering an online voting platform that allows fans to cast votes for their favorite AMERICAN IDOL XIII finalists directly from Google Search. In addition, Facebook...

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Facebook to Revive Facebook Live - Second Screen?

written by: Richard Kastelein
Facebook to Revive Facebook Live - Second Screen?
Interesting article by Josh Constine at Techcrunch on Facebook's plan to revive Facebook Live: A Facebook spokesperson for the project tells me “Facebook Live is something we’ll be utilizing more.” While more shoots haven’t been lined up, they should come at a brisker pace. Why invest in original programming? “The purpose of Facebook Live is to give fans an opportunity to interact with public figures and give the public figures a global platform to present how they are using Facebook [or are...

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zeebox to Open Up Ecosystem for 3rd Party Developers

written by: Richard Kastelein
zeebox to Open Up Ecosystem for 3rd Party Developers
Talking toTechnology Spectator this week, zeebox co-founder and CTO Anthony Rose said that soon anyone with the know-how and an idea on how to improve a show’s second-screen experience will be soon be able to create their own multimedia for Zeebox. “Over the coming weeks, we’ll be launching out Zeebox developer platform that is going to let initially industry developers create a lot more content themselves around shows and place that inside Zeebox,” Mr Rose said. “We already provide tools...

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ReinCloud Wins First Prize at TV Hackfest 2013 San Francisco for Its Augmented Reality Gamification TV Platform

written by: Richard Kastelein
ReinCloud Wins First Prize at TV Hackfest 2013 San Francisco for Its Augmented Reality Gamification TV Platform
A leader in delivering cutting-edge new-media viewing experiences, Silicon Valley-based ReinCloud Corporation, recently won first place overall in TV Hackfest, the world's premier international next-generation TV technology competition, for its ARGTV(TM) (Augmented Reality Gamification TV(TM)) platform. In describing ARGTV, ReinCloud CEO Dan Reitan said, "In the near future, you can share a drink with Don Draper of Mad Men, for instance, pick up the bottle of gin being poured, examine it,...

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Call for Submissions: Viggle Announces AppJam Challenge for TV Companion Apps

written by: Richard Kastelein
Call for Submissions: Viggle Announces AppJam Challenge for TV Companion Apps
US Second Screen, Social TV company Viggle has just announced that AppJam, a competition to create TV companion apps for the Viggle platform, is calling for software developers to submit their entries now through June 27, 2013. Powered by ChallengePost, the competition’s corporate sponsors include Gatorade, McDonald’s, and State Farm – brought together for this innovative event via OMD Chicago’s Ignition Factory group. Interested developers can find more information at appjam.viggle.com and...

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Dijit's Nextguide Taps Watchwith To Add Second-Screen Syncing Contextual Content To USA Network TV Shows

written by: Richard Kastelein
Dijit's Nextguide Taps Watchwith To Add Second-Screen Syncing Contextual Content To USA Network TV Shows
Dijit's Nextguide has announced a new deal with USA Network to provide not only contextual information for shows tapping into the Watchwith temporal metadata framework and their Related Content Database™. USA Network is using customized content at the production level to create enhanced, synchronized offering for its original programming which is distributed via WatchWith to deliver second screen engagement. NextGuide then connects to the WatchWith platform to create a full-screen,...

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