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Comcast and NBCUniversal Jointly Host TV Hackathon

written by: Richard Kastelein
Comcast and NBCUniversal Jointly Host TV Hackathon
Comcast and NBCUniversal jointly presented a hackathon in Universal City, CA last weekend themed "New Forms of Storytelling Driven by Technology".

Hackathon participants were challenged to use content from Hollywood blockbusters such as the Fast & Furious franchise to NBC’s hit competition The Voice to the Universal Cable Production and Syfy series Battlestar Galactica and Telemundo's super series El Señor de los Cielos – in English and Spanish – to imagine and develop new ways viewers...

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NFL's Cleveland Browns Launch OTT App

written by: Richard Kastelein
NFL's Cleveland Browns Launch OTT App
The NFL's Cleveland Browns DeskSite , a free HD video product that proactively delivers hours of exclusive Cleveland Browns content to fans, has officially launched. "The Browns DeskSite represents a well-balanced combination of great new technology and 'must-see' video," said Richard Gillam, CEO of DeskSite. "If you care about the Browns, this product is for you." Essentially a DVR for the Internet, the Browns DeskSite serves as a personalized video recorder and content library for...

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Piksel's Launches Digital Stadium Solution

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Piksel's Launches  Digital Stadium Solution
Piksel, a leading provider of video monetization software and solutions, today announced the launch of its Digital Stadium™ solution for college and high school sports properties. The unique solution is a complete rights-to-revenue ecosystem that is being unveiled at National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Conference in Orlando, FL, June 9-10th.

College and high school sports are hugely popular in North America, but not every institution is able to capture a broadcast window...

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Opera Mediaworks Brings in Facebook Audience Network For Mobile Developers

written by: Richard Kastelein
Opera Mediaworks Brings in Facebook Audience Network For Mobile Developers
Today, Opera Mediaworks' leading ad serving and programmatic monetization platform for mobile, AdMarvel, introduces Facebook© Audience Network (FAN) as a Certified SDK bundle to its mobile publishers.

Earlier this year, Opera Mediaworks expanded its programmatic offering to include a real-time-bidding (RTB) component to its Mobile Advertising Exchange (OMAX 2.0) that brings advertisers, agency trading desks, DSPs, SSPs, publishers and app developers together into a premium and brand safe...

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Viaplay Chooses ThinkAnalytics for Cloud-Based Multi-Screen Search and Recommendations

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Viaplay Chooses ThinkAnalytics for Cloud-Based Multi-Screen Search and Recommendations
ThinkAnalytics, developer of the world’s most deployed multiplatform TV search and recommendations engine, has been selected by Viaplay to power multi-language intelligent search and recommendations for its popular online pay-TV service in the Nordics.

A cloud-based deployment, the ThinkAnalytics Recommendations Engine is now live on the Viaplay service in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. “We realized early on that recommendations help us to showcase our vast library of premium...

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Rightster Launches Video Audience Amplification Service - Engage

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Rightster Launches Video Audience Amplification Service -  Engage
Rightster, a global video distribution and monetisation companies, today announced the launch of Engage. Now available to clients around the world, this new service provides rights owners and brands with the ability to leverage premium digital video content, to target audiences online at a scale that had traditionally only been associated with television, enabling Rightster to meet clients’ ultimate goal of guaranteed views and optimal RoI. Charlie Muirhead, Rightster Founder & CEO...

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Tagvance Unveils First Turkish Cross-Channel App Using Civolution SyncNow Technology

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Tagvance Unveils First Turkish Cross-Channel App  Using Civolution SyncNow Technology
Civolution, a leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing content, Tagvance, an innovation project house, and Monterosa, one of the world's most awarded second screen specialist, today announced the launch of the first Turkish cross-TV-channel cross-screen app compatible with mobile devices. The 'umbrella' app enables subscribers to access original content on entertainment channels in Turkey.
"Telecom operators and broadcasters are working harder to...

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Accenture and KPN Develop Google Glass™ Proof of Concept For Television Applications

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Accenture and KPN Develop Google Glass™ Proof of Concept For Television Applications
Accenture and KPN have developed a proof of concept using Google Glass and the Accenture Video Solution (AVS) for interactive television viewing, storage and control that has the potential to greatly enrich TV user experience.

The companies will demonstrate the proof of concept at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Using KPN's Interactive TV service, which is built on the Accenture Video Solution software platform and enables subscribers to watch TV on more devices, the companies will show how...

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Parks Associates: TV apps gaining popularity, with 61% of tablet owners, 55% of smartphone owners using TV-related apps monthly

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Parks Associates: TV apps gaining popularity, with 61% of tablet owners, 55% of smartphone owners using TV-related apps monthly
New research from Parks Associates shows mobile consumption of video is driving usage of TV apps, with 55% of U.S. smartphone owners and 61% of tablet owners using a TV-related app at least once a month. The research firm will address the growing influence of the app ecosystem at the 18th-annualCONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 13-15, 2014, in San Francisco, with keynotes from ARRIS, AT&T, iControl Networks, and Lowe’s. “TV app usage is altering the use cases for...

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Learn.TV Wins TV Hackfest San Francisco 2014

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Learn.TV Wins TV Hackfest San Francisco 2014
The Hackfest returned to San Francisco at the beginning of this month for 2 days of hard-core coding with a range of exciting APIs and SDKs to play with. After coding all day at the Moscone Center West on day one, hackers continued working on their projects at the official networking party and beyond - with some attendees getting only a few hours sleep as they worked on their creations ready for the day two presentations. For more details on the event see Gracenote's Developer Blog...

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Steve Wozniak announced as opening keynote speaker at Apps World in San Francisco

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Steve Wozniak announced as opening keynote speaker at Apps World in San Francisco
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been announced as the headline speaker at next week’s Apps World North America event in San Francisco. Apps World is returning to San Francisco with the two day event expecting to attract for than 8,000 attendees and is designed to deliver the latest insight into the multi-platform apps ecosystem.

Keynote speaker Steve Wozniak will be sharing his experiences and insights into the industry with developers in the Developer World conference stream at 9.10 on...

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Intel Acquires Hacker League, To Merge With Mashery

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Intel Acquires Hacker League, To Merge With Mashery
Techcrunch is reporting that Intel has bought the assets of Hackerleague - one of the net's most popular free online platforms for organising hackathons. Intel's acquisition spree continues apace, with the latest being made to augment one of its other recent acquisitions. It is buying Hacker League, a popular platform for managing hackathons, which will be incorporated with the API management company Mashery(acquired April 2013). The terms of Hacker League deal are not being disclosed but...

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