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Synacor Cloud ID Social Login Continues Momentum As Customers Launch The Service

Service Providers Including Midcontinent Now Offer Synacor's First-Of-Its-Kind Social Login, Providing Access to Online pay-TV Content Through Social Accounts Like Facebook, Twitter or Google
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TV Everywhere adoption has been hampered by usability issues and the "friction" created by multiple login processes.  Here is a step in the right direction.

From the article: "Social Login gives Synacor customers the flexibility to offer subscribers access to online pay-TV content with their favorite social accounts like Facebook, Twitter or Google. The offering simultaneously authorizes with the subscriber's pay-TV provider or billing account. Synacor Cloud ID brings the convenience of Social Login to TV Everywhere consumers with the trust of entitlement verification for TV authorization."

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Facebook makes case for social TV guides

Facebook makes case for social TV guides | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Twitter isn’t the only social platform that loves TV — Facebook, too, is courting television programmers, marketers and distributors to embrace social TV. Facebook’s Andy Mitchell told a crowd at the TV marketing conference PromaxBDA today that social program guides are a growing opportunity. “If you look at the program guide [now], you’re trying to figure out what to watch among five hundred channels. It’s really hard,” Mitchell said. “But think about a program guide where you see what your friends are watching, that changes the experience.”
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Comcast Taps Facebook for Enhanced TV Experience

...The company said the new service includes "fast, intuitive search that lets users find what they want to watch in seconds from thousands of choices on TV, on demand, on their DVR or from a selection of additional content," as well as a personalized TV experience called MyTV that allows users to access all of their recordings, favorite shows, films and sports teams and recommendations in one place. Interactive traffic and weather apps and an integration with Facebook that brings social apps to the TV set are part of the mix to "let users share and discover what to watch with their friends," Comcast said. For example, users are able to "like" a show via the TV screen, which will then also appear on their Facebook wall.
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Hulu halts Facebook Connect after exposing user data

Hulu halts Facebook Connect after exposing user data | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
...Hulu has issued a public response to the Facebook Connect issue in the form of a blog post. In it, Hulu VP of Platform Technology Richard Tom notes that the disruption wasn’t caused by hacking, third-party actions or by Facebook Connect, but was due to a configuration error on Hulu’s part. Tom also noted that no one accessed Hulu systems or “highly sensitive user information such as passwords or credit card numbers.” Once the issue is fully addressed, Hulu will try rolling out Facebook Connect again, but in the meantime, it has shut down Facebook Connect capabilities and is requiring all users to log back in with their Hulu info.
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Comcast's Roberts Pulls Out 'Xcalibur' TV, Gigabit DOCSIS, Facebook integration

Comcast's Roberts Pulls Out 'Xcalibur' TV, Gigabit DOCSIS, Facebook integration | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Chicago — As promised, Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts provided a look at the operator's Web-connected and personalized ‘Xcalibur' TV guide -- which is still in a testing phase -- and also rolled a video showing a cable modem downloading videos at more than 1 Gigabit per second over the MSO's Chicago coaxial plant. One of the highlights of the Tru2way-based Xcalibur guide as shown by Roberts was its integration with Facebook. The feature shows "friend trends," which tracks the shows your friends have "liked"; you can then click on the show title to go right to the show. "The guide becomes what your friends tell you to watch, not what the alphabet soup tells you to watch," Roberts said. Other apps in the Xcalibur guide include weather, traffic and the Pandora music-streaming service. The guide also features a quick search function with cellphone-style predictive text entry, so you can enter "426" and it pulls up "HBO" quick search. The search goes out over the network to a database in Denver, Roberts said, the results and metadata are returned in real time...
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Facebook says TV shows should be using Facebook Places check-ins

Facebook says TV shows should be using Facebook Places check-ins | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
"You begin to create these hubs where you can take the passionate screaming and bring them together, because you realise that 10 of your friends are watching Top Gear at the same time," he said. "We've talked to broadcasters about putting their whole EPG as events on Facebook, and letting people RSVP to them to get a reminder."
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