Second Screen

4th International Intensive Seminar on HbbTV (featuring also HbbTV 2.0) for Content Providers, Network Providers and Application Developers

written by: Richard Kastelein
4th International Intensive Seminar on HbbTV (featuring also HbbTV 2.0)   for Content Providers, Network Providers and Application Developers
Would you like to learn more about the technical standard “HbbTV” which connects the so long separated worlds of “television” and “Internet”? Are you already working at evaluating how this standard can profitably be integrated into your entrepreneurial considerations? Or is HbbTV already established in your company, and there are still some remaining questions for the answer of which you would like to receive some support?

Then you can profit from IRT’s know-how. Based on the expert...

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Tank Top TV releases cloud-based recommendations service for Live TV

written by: Richard Kastelein
Tank Top TV releases cloud-based recommendations service for Live TV
Tank Top TV Ltd today announced the release of cloud-based API services enabling TV operators to provide their viewers with personalized recommendations for what to watch on live TV. The new live TV recommendation solution complements the existing personalization offerings from the company, and was developed in response to customer and market needs.   “Recommendations and personalized offerings for real-time programming is the new frontier in TV user experience,” says Tank Top TV CEO, Liz...

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TV 2 Norway deploys Monterosa’s LViS interaction platform to re-invent the talent format My Dance Crew

written by: Tom McDonnell
TV 2 Norway deploys Monterosa’s LViS interaction platform to re-invent the talent format My Dance Crew
Monterosa, the award-winning second screen specialist has again partnered with Norway’s leading commercial broadcaster TV2 to deliver real-time voting for its new live talent format My Dance Crew. The show is produced by Anti TV and premieres on Friday 9th January.

In a twist on the ‘traditional’ dance contest, My Dance Crew swaps high heels for trainers by featuring eight celebrities, including comedians, actors and even a politician. The celebrities join as one of eight professional street...

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McDonnell - HTML5 is the true Second Screen, Social TV winner

written by: Tom McDonnell
McDonnell - HTML5 is the true Second Screen, Social TV winner
After years of evolution, the W3C has finally declared the HTML5 standard complete. When Steve Jobs “declared war on Flash” he gave HTML5 a fighting chance of dominance. In parallel, businesses started to recognise the potential of Social TV or "Second Screen" behaviour to re-invigorate old media and drive revenue to newer social platforms like Twitter. The ensuing debate centred on winners and losers, but with such a diverse global broadcasting market and no social network with...

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Talpa Pushes Boundaries of Second Screen Once Again

written by: Richard Kastelein
Talpa Pushes Boundaries of Second Screen Once Again
John de Mol and his team at Talpa have cranked out yet another - what appears to be a second screen hit - with their latest show in The Netherlands called “The Winner Takes It All” (on SBS6) which premiered last Saturday, November 15th, 2014.

On the Winner Takes it All, they offer viewers the option to decide (in real time) which contestant sounds the most like a famous artist, putting the viewers in the position of the judge.

Despite the strong competition on the Saturday night timeslot...

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Visiware Opens Second Screen Creative Development Studio

written by: Publisher
Visiware Opens Second Screen Creative Development Studio
Visiware, a global leader in 2nd screen solutions, with more than 2,500 shows produced in 25 countries, has just opened the industry’s first dedicated facility for 2nd screen creative development: Le Studio.

Le Studio is aimed at helping producers analyze, define, and develop truly engaging interactive TV experiences. From initial concept development to program definition to technical analysis and sales development, Visiware can accelerate social TV and PlayAlong game experiences for...

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Get closer to The Voice of Holland with new App from Talpa

written by: Richard Kastelein
Get closer to The Voice of Holland with new App from Talpa
The fifth season of "The Voice of Holland" will kick off on Friday, August 29th with the introduction of a completely new app. For viewers at home, this app brings it all together... the streaming of the talents’ songs, the stories behind the songs, backstage videos and the latest news about their favorite talents. Thanks to the app, the viewer is able to get closer to "The Voice of Holland’"than ever before. In fact, the addition of the second screen gives it an entirely new dimension. "The...

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Second Screen Social TV company Screenz gets $5 million investment from Marker LLC.

written by: Richard Kastelein
Second Screen Social TV company Screenz gets $5 million investment from Marker LLC.
Tel Aviv headquartered cross-media company Screenz, today announces the procurement of $5M in funding from Marker LLC to expand research and development and accelerate the growth of its technological capabilities.

As the TV landscape changes and evolves, Screenz is answering industry needs by creating new ways to foster genuine engagement with the viewer. Marker’s investment will facilitate further development of Screenz’s groundbreaking technologies, leveraging the media acumen of their...

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zeebox relaunch to Beamly brings record traffic, monthly users triple

written by: Richard Kastelein
zeebox relaunch to Beamly  brings record traffic, monthly users triple
Social TV platform Beamly has seen its number of monthly active users triple since Q1 and the associated re-branding, accompanied by major increases in weekly visit frequency and user retention.

The free app was reborn under its new brand in April of this year – coupled with widening positioning that took it from its 2nd screen roots to become a full 24/7 content and social network for TV.

In line with the re-launch, which was accompanied by partnerships with 100+ TV and pop culture...

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SyncScreen and Civolution partner to power Gory Games Play-along App for CBBC

written by: Richard Kastelein
SyncScreen and Civolution partner to power Gory Games Play-along App for CBBC
SyncScreen, innovators in the creation and delivery of harmonised two-screen TV experiences, has partnered with Civolution, the leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing media content, to deploy its Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology, SyncNow, at the core of the company's proprietary synchronisation engine, the SyncScreen™ Framework for the first ever play-along quiz app for CBBC's (the BBC's dedicated children channel) Gory Games. "We...

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MediaCorp Selects Broadcast Solution Powerhouse, Applicaster, For Boosting TV Audience Interactions through Mobile Devices

written by: Richard Kastelein
MediaCorp Selects Broadcast Solution Powerhouse, Applicaster,  For Boosting TV Audience Interactions through Mobile Devices
MediaCorp Singapore has just released Toggle Now TV - a companion application powered by Israel's Applicaster, with new design and exciting interactive and social features. The application was successfully launched in time for one of the biggest television events in Singapore, the Star Awards 20. “MediaCorp demonstrates once again its commitment to bringing high quality TV experience to viewers, providing them with new ways to access and interact with content,” said Ben Heng, CEO,...

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zeebox Rebrand to Beamly Proving Successful

written by: Richard Kastelein
zeebox Rebrand to Beamly Proving Successful
Robert Andrews from Beet.tv writes that zeebox, one of the social TV space’s most talked-about apps has apparently succeeded in driving up its user base after recently renaming and rebranding to Beamly. Anthony Rose, CTO of Beamly, explains more on video: “Traffic is up 25% to 30% month-on-month, so it’s going very well,” says Beamly co-founder Anthony Rose, who in April rebranded Zeebox, the service he launched in 2011, to be more female-friendly and to better support on-demand viewing....

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