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HBO Go Now Playing On Samsung TVs, But Not For Comcast And TWC

HBO Go Now Playing On Samsung TVs, But Not For Comcast And TWC | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

HBO's "TV Everywhere" service is now available on Samsung's Internet-connected HDTVs -- but customers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable can't access the feature today.  The two biggest U.S. cable operators also block access to HBO Go on Roku's Internet set-tops, while they do allow subscribers to access the service via PCs, Apple iPads and mobile phones.  Meanwhile, DirecTV is allowing customers to log in to HBO Go on Samsung TVs, but like Comcast and TWC the satellite TV company hasn't given the green light to Roku. DirecTV did not immediately provide an explanation for why the Samsung TVs are OK but the Roku boxes are not.  According to sources familiar with Comcast and Time Warner Cable's positions, HBO has not yet agreed to all of the conditions the MSOs require of their TV Everywhere partners, such as how subscriber information is handled on third-party devices and websites... 

On Time Warner Inc.'s Feb. 8 earnings call, CEO Jeff Bewkes urged the industry to make cable content available on as many devices as possible -- as quickly as possible.  "Frankly, I don't understand the reticence of distributors to authenticate on third-party sites like Roku and get HBO and TNT and all of those channels to television," Bewkes said. "As a general principle, we, as an industry, should be making viewers have availability with on-demand TV of all of their favorite networks on any platform, any device that they want to use. ... That's how you fulfill the promise of your brands and of television to viewers. And I'm hopeful that the industry will move pretty quickly past some of its -- I think their more minor concerns that they have, and they ought to speed up."

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BBC News app reaches smart televisions

BBC News app reaches smart televisions | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
BBC News has developed an application for internet-connected televisions to complement its 24-hour television news channel and web site. Initially available free of charge on Samsung Smart TVs through their apps store, it will later become accessible on a range of connected devices and displays, with an international version to include advertising. The television app accompanies news applications previously made available for smartphones and tablets. It will soon be joined by a global version of the iPlayer, initially available on the iPad in Europe for a monthly fee.
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No STBs is realistic with Connected TV

No STBs is realistic with Connected TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
One of the obvious benefits for a Pay TV operator from harnessing connected TV is the ability to extend its service reach beyond its own physical network. Just like any over-the-top provider, an operator can harness Internet video technology to make its content offer available, on a television screen, in any home with a broadband connection and a connected CE device.
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Samsung debuts mobile TV app

Samsung debuts mobile TV app | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Convergence is everything these days, so Samsung Electronics just announced the Samsung Smart View app, which lets consumers share content between their Samsung Smart TVs and their mobile devices. The app will initially work with the Samsung Galaxy S II with support for other Samsung Galaxy devices coming this year. The app displays the content from the Samsung Smart TV on a mobile device's screen through the consumer's Wi-Fi network, even if they are watching TV, Blu-ray player or other content.
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Hunch Brings Predictions to Internet TV

Hunch Brings Predictions to Internet TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
...After a viewer answers a series of Hunch personality questions, The Smart Living Room creates a personalized movie recommendation including the genre best suited for that viewer as well as movie title suggestions. The viewer can then create a movie watching event by inviting friends and family through Facebook or email. The site utilizes dynamic CG animations to offer the viewer entertainment and surprises throughout the experience.
If Hunch can bring it's often appallingly accurate predictions to content recommendation, Samsung could have a winner on its hands. Unfortunately, all the site currently recommends is a basic genre, like "Action" or "Comedy", a pretty 3D animation and a couple title recommendations. With a prediction engine like Hunch, we're hoping to see more from this in the near future.
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