So much for social TV
Social TV service TVtag, which was previously known as GetGlue, is shutting down at the end of the year. TVtag announced the…
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Pioneering social TV service Miso will shut down on October 23, according to an email sent to Miso users. The shut-down comes…
Beamly has been building social TV apps for mobile devices for years. Now, the company is working on its first TV app.
Social TV app Zeebox is now called Beamly, and wants to focus more on what happens after a show ends, rather than bug you with trivia during a show.
As the second-screen space is consolidating, it’s time to face reality and admit that social TV is dead, and much of it was a bad idea to begin with.
Ever wanted to share a short video of the thing you just saw on TV? ConnecTV’s new app lets you do just than in a Vine-like fashion.
Twitter has formed a partnership with NBCUniversal and Comcast to bring social TV to cable subscribers.
Peel has tried for some time to become the next-generation TV remote control. But things only took off when it started to team up with mobile phone makers.
Ever wondered which movies and TV shows your friends like on Facebook. NextGuide makes it easy to find out – and then find services to stream these flicks.
What might the future of Twitter as a second screen for social TV look like? A partnership with a startup called SnappyTV and Turner will give consumers access to short video replays from March Madness, and the rest of us a look at Twitter’s business model.
Peel’s social TV guide is coming to the U.K., Germany, Singapore and 18 other countries, thanks in large part due to a partnership with Samsung. Users of Samsung’s Android tablets will be able to directly change the channel of their TV set with the app.
GetGlue just earned a Viggle badge: The two New York-based social TV services are going to join forces, with Viggle buying GetGlue for $25 million in cash plus stock. Both services will continue to be operated separately, at least for now.
Would Xfinity’s iPad app ever tell you if a show is available on Netflix? Jeremy Toeman doesn’t think so, which is why his company built a TV guide app that tries to recommend content from all sources – a kind of Switzerland of TV guides.
What do you do when the world of TV is changing, but you represent a brand that stands for continuity? TVGuide.com’s new iOS app tries to bridge that divide by sticking with the good old grid guide, and augmenting it with a personalized watchlist.
Now here’s an interesting use for social TV data: The iOS app Renewed predicts the fate of TV shows based on their number of check-ins. Renewed is a relatively new player, but its makers eventually want to take on Nielsen.
In social TV’s second-screen dream, timing is everything. And German startup wywy has just burst out of stealth mode with an impressive set of tools for keeping broadcasters, advertisers and viewers in sync — as well as control of long-established media monitoring service Idioma.
Is the trend for smart TVs that connect to the Web and run apps a big mistake? Anthony Rose, the co-founder of hot social TV app Zeebox, took to the stage at MIPCube to suggest the future of television lies somewhere very different.
TVGuide.com has bought Fav.tv in a deal that’s been described as an acqui-hire. The Fav.tv team will join TVGuide.com to strengthen its mobile strategy. One of the first tasks for the new hires: Make TvGuide.com’s personalized Watchlist recommendations a centerpiece of its mobile apps.
When the 2011 Video Game Awards go live this weekend, Spike TV hopes to build buzz by live streaming the show online and with a number of initiatives aimed at harnessing conversation happening on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and GetGlue.
Consumers are using their mobile devices to figure out what to watch next, and a growing number of apps are being built to provide recommendations and help them learn what’s on TV at any given time. We’ve listed five of our favorites.
ClipSync Moments gives viewers the ability to share videos with friends on social networks. But instead of sharing a link to the entire video and having their friends search for the part it refers to, ClipSync attaches comments to a specific moment in time.
How can TV networks leverage the power of social networks to build their audiences? According to MTV EVP Dermot McCormack, social networks aren’t just for announcing when the next episode of Jersey Shore airs, but a whole new platform for media creation and distribution.
Most word of mouth still occurs in face-to-face situations, but social media has emerged as a powerful tool for getting the word out about shows. Even so, until now there’s been some debate about how effective social media actually is in creating a ratings lift.
Word of mouth has always been a huge factor for new TV shows, and these days, everyone is looking to Twitter and Facebook to gauge interest in TV show premieres. So how did the pilots of this fall TV season fare online? Check out this infographic.
This year’s fall TV season is going to bring us a whole lot of hash tags. Trendrr’s new enterprise measurement tools can help TV executives understand whether initiatives like these are actually working, and who their top influencers tweeting about their show are.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt was on a diplomacy mission to UK broadcasters late last week. His pitch? The Internet will make TV more personal, more social and enable better monetization and measurement opportunities. And Google wants to help them take advantage of those changes.
The latest company to enter the social TV fray isn’t being very vocal about its plans, but that’s hasn’t stopped it from being able to raise funds. Umami announced a $1.65 million funding round it will use to build out its social TV platform.
With temperatures reaching record highs, so do the number of heat-related tweets: Twitter sees up to two million weather tweets each day. The Weather Channel will now feature some of those tweets on air and on its website, thanks to an ambitious Twitter integration plan.
LocalResponse, a targeted marketing company, has bought social TV start-up Philo as it looks to expand its service to TV check-ins. The company will soon be able to deliver targeted tweets to users as they watch a commercial on TV.
Through the DECE’s UltraViolet format, Warner Bros. and other studios will begin making movies available for sale this year that can be purchased and watched on a number of different devices. Key to Time Warner’s introduction of these services will be its Flixster social discovery app.
Roku just came out with a new generation of streaming media players, complete with support for Angry Birds and other casual games as well as advanced Netflix streaming. Want to see it in action? Then check out this week’s episode of Cord Cutters.
Best Buy is treading carefully into the connected TV space, introducing two new models of TVs that rely on a TiVo-powered user interface and Chumby apps for additional content. But savvy buyers might be disappointed by the lack of streaming services available on the new TVs.
Netflix is using price hikes to manage the transition of users away from the physical product and towards digital streaming. While there are some similarities between that and the newspaper business, publishers shouldn’t get their hopes up too much about copying the Netflix model.
Project Runway viewers are already big social media users, sharing thoughts about the show while watching it live. So why not use Twitter as a way for fans to vote for their favorite contestant. That was the thinking behind Project Runway‘s Fan Favorite contest.
Fav.tv wants to help you to keep on top of your TV schedule by letting you subscribe to your favorite shows. Users can get an iCalendar feed of the shows they’re following, and the site eventually wants to use its data to help TV networks.
What’s Watched uses data from social media and mobile applications to provide media companies with a view into what shows are being watched and who’s watching them. That data is then used to target specific groups of users to increase ratings and grow TV audiences.
We usually think of social TV when a show hits the air and viewers start tweeting about it and sharing moments on Facebook. But to leverage social media for TV promotion, networks need to think about how the campaign will fit in to the content itself.
Netflix has no plans to slow down its international expansion. In addition to its expansion to 43 countries in Latin America later this year, Variety reports the company could also launch services in Spain and the U.K. in early 2012.
Criterion Capital Partners is announcing Wednesday that it has bought SeeSaw.com, a site that aspired to become U.K.’s Hulu but was close to being shut down just six weeks ago. SeeSaw’s past is troubled, but Criterion is nonetheless willing to make a bet on its future.
The search for a Hulu buyer continues, as it’s being pitched to a wide range of media and technology companies. While much of the press has been focused on the possibility of a tech giant buying Hulu, an acquisition by Verizon might be its best bet.
CE manufacturers are creating universal search applications to find content on across platforms. But the Holy Grail for content discovery will be a user interface that lets users find content they’re looking for, while also serve up a stream of videos relevant to their interests.
Which TV shows are drawing the most commenters and the largest share of the social media conversation? Bluefin Labs is using social media to not only measure engagement during TV shows, but also to find connections between shows that those viewers enjoy watching.
Could Twitter have saved everyone’s favorite canceled show, Arrested Development? That’s one of the questions raised by a report released today that looks at the social engagement on TV viewers online. Turns out, viewers tweet because they want to help keep shows on the air.
SocialGuide enables users to set up individual accounts, look for their friends and share what they’re watching on Twitter and Facebook. But the more interesting business is in aggregating real-time conversations about shows as they air, and providing a guide to the most talked-about shows.
BeeTV is coming out with a new iPad app designed to create more engaging, interactive experiences around TV. Like other social TV apps, BeeTV mixes a combination of checkins and social conversations online. But what sets it apart is its approach to recommendations.
BuddyTV has always been about helping viewers to navigate what’s happening on TV. Next month, BuddyTV will launch a series of iOS and Android apps designed to improve content discovery by learning what viewers watch and offering up personalized recommendations.
Remember when social media was going to reinvent the entertainment business? Though past efforts made little headway in the social-entertainment space, announcements from Warner Home Entertainment and News Corp. suggest the space is far from dead. Here’s what companies looking to capitalize on it can learn.
Yahoo scooped up social TV startup IntoNow for more than $20 million today. The deal doesn’t just give Yahoo one of the hottest new entrants to the TV check-in game; it also offers access to technology that could help Yahoo with its Connected TV platform.
Did AMC’s The Killing make a killing on social networks in its first night? Can any TV program compete with Fox’s Glee for social media interaction week-to-week? Now you can find out by checking out Trendrr.tv, which highlights TV show mentions on various social networks.
Survivor is facing some of its worst ratings ever, as the show is going head-to-head with Fox behemoth American Idol on Wednesday nights. But host and producer Jeff Probst hopes he can change that by engaging with the show’s audience on Twitter.
Miso offers its users mobile phone apps to check into TV shows and earn badges for their participation. So why does Miso CEO Somrat Niyogi think that these types of check-ins aren’t the key make TV more social, and what does he want to do instead?
When people mention social media and TV, often the reaction is that viewers don’t want constant status updates and tweets creating a visual mess on their screens. But yesterday at NewTeeVee Live, Robin Sloan from Twitter talked about how Twitter is changing the TV viewing experience.
The television business is on the cusp of the biggest technological upheaval since cable TV emerged. With that in mind, we examine the leading contenders’ strategic positioning, relative strengths and weaknesses & provide the early line on their odds of success in the connected TV marketplace.
A new startup called Yap.tv aims to enter the social TV space with a group of mobile apps focused on building conversations around television programs. Yap.tv, which raised a funding round in June, is set to release its first app for the iPad later this month.
The BBC released the latest version of its iPlayer, with more social capabilities and integration with more connected TVs and other devices. The new design is aimed at making the player more personalized and driving engagement by allowing users to more easily interact with friends.
Bazaar Labs, maker of the Miso TV check-in app, has rolled out new features that will allow users to interact with friends and engage more with the programming they watch. The app maker has also announced a partnership with WE TV to drive interest in Bridezillas.
Google unveiled Google TV at its I/O conference on May 20, promising to revolutionize the TV ecosystem by giving people “the power to experience what they love on TV and on the web on a single screen,” while turning the living room “into a new platform for innovation.”
It’s a promise made by others (including no-less formidable innovators such as Microsoft and Apple) but never delivered on. Much has changed since Microsoft failed with Web TV, however, and even since Apple introduced (and has since largely ignored) its Apple TV. The amount of premium video content available on the Internet has grown exponentially, while faster broadband connections have made delivering high-quality video over IP networks feasible. In this research note, we look at why the time is ripe for Google’s offering to succeed, what it si, and its potential impacts on the TV ecosystem, including users, hardware providers, app stores, content providers, distributors, and competitors (including Apple, Microsoft, and independent IP video platforms).
The MIT Technology Review has discovered social TV in its new May/June issue, noting how Twitter and Facebook have been driving audience…
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