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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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Boxee clashes with cable companies over encryption

Boxee clashes with cable companies over encryption | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Boxee’s live TV dongle has only been available for a few weeks, but the company is already embroiled in a fight with cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable over it, and is now getting support from groups like Public Knowledge and the Consumer Electronics Association.  At the core of the issue is whether cable companies should be allowed to encrypt their basic cable programming, something that existing regulation doesn’t allow. Unencrypted signals can be used by tuners built into most modern TV sets as well as equipment like Boxee’s live TV tuner to access these basic cable channels straight from the coax cable that comes out of your wall, without the need for any set-top box.  Cable companies have asked the FCC for waivers to these restrictions, arguing that encrypted channels would reduce piracy and that encrypted cable connections can be remotely serviced, eliminating the need for many service visits. The FCC is currently hearing all sides on the issue as it contemplates whether or not to do away with the restrictions and allow all cable companies to encrypt basic cable. Boxee has filed multiple letters with the commission and met with its staff last week.

On Wednesday, the startup wrote on its blog: “(The cable companies’) real motivation is to prevent you from being able to connect the cable from the wall directly to your TV or Boxee Box. You will need to rent a set-top box from your cable provider, pay an extra $5-$15 per month and it will no longer work with your Boxee Box or similar devices. The cable companies are losing subscribers every quarter. If they want to reverse that trend they should look into building better products, reducing prices and improving customer service, not going to the government asking for rule changes to force consumers into spending more money and blocking start-ups from competing.”

Boxee’s position has been shared by Public Knowledge as well as the Consumer Electronics Association and consumer electronics manufacturers like Hauppauge, which makes the Boxee dongle. The cable companies on the other hand have been getting support from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as well as some municipalities, including Miami, Florida.

Altogether, more than 80 documents have been filed with the FCC on the issue. Many of these filings from both sides make it clear that this isn’t just about what’s going to happen to those basic cable channels, but also about the role consumer electronics manufacturers, cable companies and start-ups like Boxee will play in the future of pay TV.

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The 5 Best Smart TV Platforms of 2011

The 5 Best Smart TV Platforms of 2011 | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The year 2011 marked the coming of age of Internet-connected ("smart") HDTVs. Though your TV's ethernet cable probably won't replace your cable TV quite yet, many more apps and video services will find their way into your TV--a far cry from 2010's connected TV features, which typically amounted to Netflix, YouTube, and a rental service or two.  Today, you can expect your TV to come with several general video-streaming services (Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube), a few video-on-demand rental services (Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, CinemaNow), Internet radio from Pandora and Rhapsody, social networking through Twitter and Facebook, an array of special apps for sports and photos, and sometimes even a full Web browser.

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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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Smart TV Platform Flingo Comes Out Of Stealth To Merge Television And The Web

Smart TV Platform Flingo Comes Out Of Stealth To Merge Television And The Web | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
...The ultimate objective of Flingo is to merge TV and the web, allowing media partners like Fox, Showtime and Etsy and 65 others to build apps that integrate both. In addition Flingo has built its own apps on top of its platform and its Hovercraft content detection algorithm allows for all sorts of increased user interaction. “A colloquial gloss on every show” is how Navin describes it, “I think what we’ve done with smart TVs is adding a layer of intelligence.” Coming this August from Flingo are Hovercraft apps that overlay a Tweet stream, add a Facebook “Like” button and overlay TV reviews onto TV shows. Along with these apps, the Flingo platform offers a feature called Fling, which allows users to “fling” or push content from their browser into their television screens and mobile phones by using the Fling bookmarklet. Users can also use the bookmarklet to share content on Twitter and onto Facebook.
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Next MeeGo TV Platform May Boost Connected Sets

Next MeeGo TV Platform May Boost Connected Sets | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
A software platform developed for TVs by the Meego open-source community, expected next month, will allow service providers to combine pay TV, app stores and consumer home content in one set-top box. The platform, called MeeGo Smart TV 1.2, is based on the MeeGo 1.2 release that came out last week. It is being reviewed now by the task group for Meego TV and should be released by the end of next month, though final tweaks might push it back a few weeks, said MeeGo TV Architect Dominique Le Foll. MeeGo TV may succeed where earlier fusions of TV and the Web have failed, because it is open to applications from a wide variety of developers, which won't even need to be certified by the service provider, Le Foll said in an interview at the MeeGo Conference in San Francisco on Monday.
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Connected TVs Will Help Drive Big Changes in Video Services

Connected TVs Will Help Drive Big Changes in Video Services | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
t is undeniable that connected TVs – also known as smart TVs or Internet-enabled TVs – are having an impact on the pay TV world, and IPTV in particular. Sales of TVs with built-in Internet connectivity have been rapid, and the capabilities of their platforms are developing – for instance to enable an app-store-like approach to content and applications familiar to smartphone and tablet users, as well as electronic program guides (EPGs) and search and recommendation engines familiar to pay TV subscribers. Connected TVs have an ability to penetrate the market that makes them more important than previous attempts to develop "over-the-top" (OTT) TV services based on set-top boxes (STBs) – an approach tried by Apple, Yahoo!, Slingbox and others, with only limited success. Connected TVs have given a boost to the OTT TV/video model, but it is far from certain that they will help the standalone OTT box concept. Pay TV network operators cannot afford to ignore the impact that connected TVs will have on their business. Though the use of IPTV is growing, the consumption of OTT Internet content is growing faster.
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Internet-connected-TV sales to skyrocket

Internet-connected-TV sales to skyrocket | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
...In developed countries such as the U.S., TVs with more advanced options, like the ability to stream Netflix, follow "on the heels of digital broadcasting," DisplaySearch said. In other nations, such sets can leapfrog the broadcasting infrastructure. In China, Internet-connected TVs can stream video from the Internet, but many cannot decode standard programming, DisplaySearch said. The research firm also predicted that options for Internet-capable TVs would skyrocket in the next few years, from basic sets that can stream video to more sophisticated (and expensive) versions with apps and advanced search engines. “Smart TVs are adding to what is already a fast-moving and fiercely competitive battleground, with competition appearing in all directions, including mobile PC devices such as tablets and increasingly powerful set-top boxes with services accessible any time, anywhere"
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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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Exclusive: Half of Internet TVs Aren't Connected

Exclusive: Half of Internet TVs Aren't Connected | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

...Every major TV-maker — LG, Panasonic, Samsung and others — offers sets with Wi-Fi and apps to access video services like Netflix, music sites like Pandora and social networks like Twitter.

But that doesn’t mean people are doing it.  "People are buying connected TVs, but they are not all using them," said Norm Bogen, vice president for digital entertainment at research firm NPD In-Stat. In fact, according to a survey that In-Stat shared exclusively with TechNewsDaily, only half of all people who own Internet-capable TVs have actually gotten them online.

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Why Smart TVs Spurn DLNA: Evil Plot to Charge Tolls?

Why Smart TVs Spurn DLNA: Evil Plot to Charge Tolls? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Experts discuss smart TVs at CEA Forum; Is DLNA underutilized because of support issues or do vendors want to extract more revenue from customers?

Why won’t connected TVs connect? Some of the brightest minds in the smart TV category discussed the subject last month at the CEA Industry Forum in the Technology & Standards track... Smyers and the panelists agreed that the smart TV thing isn’t working so great these days. “It’s challenging today,” said iLook's Redford, who lamented the multiple user interfaces and the challenge of switching between apps. “Today, video-on-demand through apps on the TV is not an easy thing to do,” he said. “Most people are not able to successfully connect it up and watch it by using their [TV’s] own app. An app on the iPhone can do it much more easily.” There ensued a heated discussion about developing standards for smart TVs, when someone chimed in: “There is one: DLNA.”...

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Viewsonic Kills Boxee-powered TV Set

Viewsonic Kills Boxee-powered TV Set | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Consumer electronics developer Viewsonic has decided to pull the plug on bringing a Boxee-powered TV set to market. The company explained Smart TVs have a high cost and there is not enough consumer interest at the time. For the future, Viewsonic tells GigaOm, “Our current strategy is to stay involved with the various technology developments and consider them in the future as they become available.”  Boxee, the Brooklyn based Internet-to-TV streaming company still in partnership with Iomega and devices are expected to come to out in mid October.

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Report: 500 million Web-enabled TVs by 2015

Report: 500 million Web-enabled TVs by 2015 | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
This year alone, around 25 percent of all flat-panel sets will come with Internet capabilities, and this trend is expected to grow to 47 percent by 2015, DisplaySearch says in report... Propelling the market share of these Web-enabled TVs is the convenience of wireless networking through Wi-Fi and smart-TV functions. The latter is a generic description of panels with the following features, according to DisplaySearch:
-Capable of retrieving content from the Internet independent of a portal
-Built-in intelligent search and recommendations
-Can seamlessly connect with other devices in a home network
The company is also forecasting an encouraging 35 percent smart-TV market penetration in North America for 46-inch and larger models in four years.
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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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Google TV Finds New Friends And An Updated OS

Google TV Finds New Friends And An Updated OS | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Samsung and Vizio are joining Logitech and Sony as hardware venders of Google TV. This announcement isn’t much of surprise, really. The two were rumored to have Google TV product announcements set for CES 2011 back in January, but nothing ever came of it. In fact another rumor told a tale of Google themselves delaying the product announcements. Google also announced that devs can start building apps for the platform using the normal Honeycomb SDK and that Google Market should hit the platform “soon.” Android 3.1 will hit Google TV this summer, but any changes were not announced. Still, we’re left wondering about Google TV’s future. It clearly looks more bright now than even at its much-hyped launch, but can Market access and 3.1 save one of Google’s more novel products? We’ll talk more once they hit.
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Google Will Reveal A Revamped Version Of Google TV Soon

Google Will Reveal A Revamped Version Of Google TV Soon | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The first version of Google TV may be a dud, but the company is working on the next version and could show it off at its I/O conference next month. An industry source says the next version of Google TV has a lot more potential than today's version for three main reasons:
-Performance. It will use a faster chip set.
-Better user experience.
-Android apps.
Google has already said it will soon be possible to run Android apps on Google TV. This source believes that Google will build a TV-specific version of the Android Market right into the Google TV interface, giving developers a lot of incentive to build apps for it.
More generally, this person thinks that Android is slated for an explosion of new video content and apps, driven in part by the new crop of Android tablets as well as the merging of Android into Google TV.
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The never ending speculation: Will Apple really enter the TV business?

The never ending speculation: Will Apple really enter the TV business? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Long-running speculation that Apple is leaping into the television market was reignited over the weekend, after a handful of tech watchers saw signs of an Apple-branded "smart TV" in the Cupertino tea leaves. Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek said clues from content providers pointed to a cloud-based TV service, while Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White added that "data points" from China suggested a "full-blown" web-connected TV from Apple in the next few months. Is an Apple TV really going to drop, or are analysts just chasing a "digital unicorn"?
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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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