Social TV app BeeTV hits the dead pool

Social TV startup BeeTV is shutting down and putting its assets up for auction, CEO Yaniv Solnik informed us in an email Monday morning. Included in the sale is some patented recommendation engine technology designed to help viewers find new content.

Raindance is hot stuff for Polish movie site Filmaster

Raindance is Britain’s largest independent film festival, becoming an institution for cinephiles over the past 20 years. This year it’s decided to partner with a little-known film website run out of Poland. So what does Filmaster offer that others don’t?

New Ads Sync Up with American Idol Finale

What if your iPad knew what you were watching on TV? What if web sites automatically displayed ads that corresponded to commercials you’re seeing on the big screen? Second Screen Networks is demoing this kind of synchronized advertising on this week’s American Idol finale. Wants to Kill the TV News Ticker

Turn on the TV at any given time, and you’re likely going to see tons of tickers scrolling across the screen on news networks, sports shows and even entertainment programming. wants to get rid of that and instead bring relevant information to the second screen.

Infographic: How People Watched the Royal Wedding

NBC tracked more than 200,000 downloads of its Royal Wedding iPad app last week, and it also was able to get more than half a million impressions on Facebook. Check out this neat infographic for more details about the network’s numbers on multiple platforms.

Who Is Winning the TV Check-In War?

Miso, GetGlue and Tunerfish all want to be the Foursquare of TV check-ins – but a closer look at data from Trendrr shows that only one of these services is really catching on. Most users seem to prefer to talk about TV shows on Twitter instead.

GetGlue for Android Shares What You’re Watching, Reading and Hearing

GetGlue today launches its social entertainment mobile application for Google Android handsets and mobile website, adding another smartphone platform to leverage its more than 5 million user recommendations and check-ins. Can the company make money as a “part Foursqure, part Facebook” type of social service?

GetGlue Stares Down the Facebook Behemoth

GetGlue has rolled out some new features for its service, which provides users with movie, music and book suggestions from friends in their social network. But can the startup compete with the 400-pound gorilla known as Facebook and its new open graph protocol and social plugins?