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The Promise of Facebook Authentication

The Promise of Facebook Authentication | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Facebook authentication for pay TV is poised to take off and if you’re a
network or a viewer you should actually be very happy about that. If you’re
an MVPD, a lot less so. 

What is Facebook authentication? It’s the answer to the long-standing
question “what information would you be willing to trade for access to
content?”

Not trade-trade, as in “give us your email address and a list of the last
10 things you’ve bought online and we’ll give you 3 episodes of Scandal in
return.” But when you opt to use your Facebook ID as a way of
authenticating that you actually are a pay TV subscriber, you’re likely
giving Facebook access to your email, your friend list and all the Likes
you’ve handed out over the years.
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"The biggest advantage to Facebook log-in is that gives networks a way to drive tune-in, something they’ve been struggling with as of late, as viewers have moved to anytime, anywhere viewing, skipping through commercials on their DVRs and otherwise finding ways to avoid all those promo spots."

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Second Screen Visionaries: 5 Ways Mobile Is Changing TV-Watching

Second Screen Visionaries: 5 Ways Mobile Is Changing TV-Watching | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

 If you own a tablet or smartphone, and you are watching television, chances are you vacillate between two screens. That has the TV industry pretty excited these days...

...the TV industry is on board from producers all the way to the cable and satellite industries.  “It’s not a matter of if anymore, it’s a matter of how quickly,” says Braxton Jarrett, CEO of Clearleap, which provides web-based content management systems cable and Internet Protocol Television providers.  Jarrett says he has watched the television industry change drastically over the past 10 years, but never so quickly as right now. Second screen is right in the middle of that change.

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Youtoo Announces First Social TV Network With Revolutionary Technology That Allows Millions to be on TV

"...Youtoo developed this revolutionary technology, which allows viewers to record and submit videos that are then filtered for content and broadcast on TV. This automated process enables anyone, from anywhere, with Internet access or a mobile device to be on TV within minutes. Unlike standard social networking, where you interact with your friends and followers, on Youtoo TV you are in front of a national TV audience of 15 million. Youtoo will start by putting 500 people on TV each day – providing more Americans than ever before with a real shot at their "15 minutes of fame." The videos, aptly called "Fame Spots,"™ can be recorded easily from an Apple or Android smart phone, tablet or computer. In just a few clicks, anyone can upload their "Fame Spot" and be on TV for free. Youtoo will play a key role in democratizing who gets to be on TV."

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Social TV Summit

Social TV Summit | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
@christytanner 66% of @TVGuideOnline users say the reason why they share what shows they are watching is to keep those shows on the air #SocialTV...
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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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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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"It’s not hard to picture Google+ deeply embedded into Google TV"

... Yes, it’s true that Google+ may turn out to be Just Another Social Network. However, it will have one big thing going for it – Google TV. Integration of a social network into Google TV will give the product a big boost. It’s not hard to picture Google+ deeply embedded into Google TV and other Google products
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"The future of TV is social": A summary of #SocialTV

"The future of TV is social": A summary of #SocialTV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Named last year as one of the ten most important emerging technologies by the MIT Technology Review social TV is fast rising as one of the hottest topics since group buying. Ynon Kreiz, CEO of the Endemol group the largest independent production company in the world responsible for Big brother said Social TV is going to be huge. “The ability to create content that will enable people to interface with each other, to connect, to recommend, to share and experience over television, is going to change the landscape of the industry.” But will social TV really live up to the hype? In this article we take a look at what social TV is, what the main trends are shaping TV, the challenges and the opportunities going forwards for media companies, businesses and marketers alike.
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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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Yahoo! Acquires IntoNow

Yahoo! Acquires IntoNow | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Considering IntoNow’s relative newness into the market, Yahoo! certainly are not chasing their customer base or sales revenue. It’s all about the technology this time around. IntoNow uses a system called SoundPrint to retrieve data from 266 years’ worth of television stored in their files, including episode, season, airing times, and other metadata. The ability to search and retrieve information from this immense amount of data in a quick and simple manner makes IntoNow look quite attractive. Of course, there’s no way that Yahoo! would have overlooked the social aspect, either. In fact, in a media release, they stated that the IntoNow acquisition would bolster [Yahoo!'s] social engagement across the Yahoo! network and on all screens. IntoNow are not the first to do the social TV thing, though. Apps that allow you to check in to your favourite TV show, in much the same way as Foursquare allows you to check in to your favourite restaurant, already exist for both Apple and Android platforms. It’s SoundPrint that makes IntoNow different. Other applications are notoriously imprecise, allowing you to check in to a television show, but not a particular episode. SoundPrint allows users to check in not only to exact episodes of their favourite programmes, but even live broadcasts and advertisements. Previously, users had to type in the name of the show they were watching, but SoundPrint allows you to simply catch a snippet of the program with your phone, and the technology does the rest. Yahoo! have already begun changing the TV game with their previous offerings. By adding IntoNow and SoundPrint into their arsenal, it will very interesting to watch (pun definitely intended!) what they can come up with now. Stay tuned…
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The Best of Twitter TV: Promo

"Highlights of the best integrations of Twitter on TV including hashtags on-air, handles on-air, live-tweeting and curated Tweets. Video"
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Why Yahoo Bought IntoNow

Why Yahoo Bought IntoNow | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
So why did Yahoo buy IntoNow? The PR statement quoted Yahoo Product SVP Bill Shaughnessy saying that there are opportunities across Yahoo’s network, “especially in regards to our video content, search, mobile and Connected TV experiences.” It continued to point out an app like IntoNow will help Yahoo “on all screens.” Notice how they snuck Yahoo Connected TV in there? Yahoo’s widget platform has been losing steam lately, with companies like Vizio, Sony and Samsung looking to Google TV to future-proof their TV sets. However, Yahoo introduced an interesting new feature for its TV widgets back in January. Dubbed “broadcast interactivity,” the feature allows Yahoo to deliver complementary information based on the content you’re currently watching. For example, viewers of a car commercial can learn additional facts about the car or find a local dealer. Yahoo does this by utilizing audio fingerprinting, much in the same way that IntoNow listens to the audio of a show to identify it.
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SnappyTV Lets You Tune-In To TV Shows And Share Video Clips Online

SnappyTV Lets You Tune-In To TV Shows And Share Video Clips Online | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
There are a plethora of startups that offer a social, second-screen experience to watching televsion including TV Tune-In, GetGlue, Miso, and Tunerfish. Today, a new player is throwing its hat in the ring, but adding a new twist—the ability to share clips of video from television shows. SnappyTV is a social tune in platform that lets consumers clip video while they are watching and send to their Facebook and Twitter friends.
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Brooklyn-Based SocialGuide, a TV Guide for the Twitter Era, Is Raising a $500K. Debt Round

Brooklyn-Based SocialGuide, a TV Guide for the Twitter Era, Is Raising a $500K. Debt Round | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

SocialGuide, a startup that determines what TV shows and movies are popular by combing Twitter and Facebook, is in the process of raising a $500,000 debt round, according to the company’s latest SEC filing via FormDs.com...

The Brooklyn-based service, located at 68 Jay Street in Dumbo, bills itself as “the first real-time Social Programming Guide.” By ranking what’s popular on social networks, according to keywords counts, and then surfacing “the shows that your friends are talking about,” the company is able to recommend what’s worth watching. No more hearing about the “Downtown Abbey” Christmas special a week after everyone else tumbled their favorite Dowager Countess-isms. In September, SocialGuide, which previously went by the name Talkwit, introduced a similar service for movies, which is currently in beta. But its real value may be in data it collects about the budding field of social TV. Mr. Casey said the financing would be used to support new hires and revenue-generating products SocialGuide is planning to push in the near future. That includes an upcoming social TV data analytics and audience engagement platform called SocialGuide Intelligence that it will be launching along “with major cable networks.” SocialGuide is also launching API solutions used by third-parties to power social TV guides on set-top boxes, connected TVs, and second-screen applications, like a cable provider’s iPad app. Its Social TV APIs will include, “Guide, Streams, and Meta Content and Recommendations,” said Mr. Casey.

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Time Warner Cable trademarks 'Social One,' may offer access to social networks through TV

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) may be developing a way for subscribers to access Facebook, Twitter and other social networks through the TV, based on a trademark it obtained for the brand "Social One." The nation's second largest cable MSO wants to be able to use the brand to offer subscribers a "single interface" for accessing social media accounts through the TV and the Web, according an application Time Warner Cable filed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Time Warner Cable also wants to be able to use the brand for "computer software for use on mobile and Web platforms which aggregates content from other sources, such as social media feeds and allows users to manipulate content from other sources," the MSO wrote in the application it submitted on May 5.

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IBC: Multi-screen dominates, but another revolution is brewing

IBC: Multi-screen dominates, but another revolution is brewing | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

There was a positive mood at IBC this year, based on our conversations with vendors and the amount of business they were doing at the show, and not surprisingly, multi-screen TV was the big theme again. It is becoming clear now how this is a transition almost as big and dramatic as digital TV itself, which is why it keeps rolling on as a subject.  Multi-screen is evolving and the discussion this year was about how platform operators can achieve scale cost-effectively as they move beyond tens of channels to hundreds of channels, and how the early movers can differentiate their services once everyone has content to all screens.  The answer to this second question seems to be an integrated and holistic multi-screen experience, which means companion apps like remote control from the smartphone, and pause-resume between devices. The bottom line is that duplicating content everywhere is not enough; the whole experience has to be enriched so that two plus two equals five.  Multi-screen should keep us all busy for some years yet, but the even better news from IBC is that there is another revolution on the way, eloquently demonstrated by NDS with its ‘Surfaces’ concept. This is the evolution of TV from a rectangular box in our home, and a piece of furniture, to wall-sized display surfaces, which means that all the contextual interactivity you can achieve across TV, smartphones and tablets can actually be replicated in one place, providing you get the balance between lean-back and lean-forward correct

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Why Social TV = Open Business

Why Social TV = Open Business | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
There has been written a lot on the impact of Social Media on the TV industry, by us and others. In a previous article on AppMarket "Social TV's State of the Industry" we came to the conclusion we're nearing or are at the tipping point of Social TV's hype and has to prove itself. This is also the time where we need to broaden the impact and potential and go beyond the conventional angles of Social TV, when we talk about Social TV we are really talking about it enabling the organization to be a more Open Business. The essence and goal is opening up the business and its processes directly and indirectly to external stakeholders, for the purpose of competitive advantage in marketing, service- and product innovation. Organizations become better aligned with the needs of their customers and ultimately be a better business with a better output.
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How social is your favorite TV show? Bluefin Labs knows.

How social is your favorite TV show? Bluefin Labs knows. | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The platform determines what people are commenting on without the more traditional use of scanning for hashtags or keywords during a certain show, using video fingerprinting technology to determine what’s happening onscreen instead. It then matches TV action with social media response. Deb Roy, co-founder and CEO of Bluefin, Labs refers to this matching up as “mapping the TV Genome.” The platform measures social media responses to more than 3,000 TV shows and more than 100,000 individual airings of those shows. Each month, it processes about 3 billion social media comments, matching them up against 2 million minutes of live TV during that time. The company hopes to have full coverage of all live TV shows next year. While knowing how many viewers are commenting about a particular show might be of some value to broadcasters and advertisers who use social media sentiment during a show as a proxy for engagement, the more valuable tool might be in Bluefin Labs’ ability to draw connections between shows. This data on “cross-show engagement” is useful in determining affinity between shows — for example, recognizing that fans of One Tree Hill are also likely to watch Hellcats and 90210. That data can be used by broadcasters to help increase viewership — for example, running small ads on one show to promote another that fans might also like. Or it can be used by advertisers: if ad inventory on one show is in high demand but its viewers have an affinity toward a show with a lower profile, agencies and brands can reach the same group of people with a less costly ad buy by betting on the second show.
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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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Why social TV will be a multi-billion dollar business

Why social TV will be a multi-billion dollar business | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
...Advertisers, programmers and distributors have dreamed of untying the knot — or whatever metaphor you want to use — because billions of dollars are at stake. Imagine knowing who interacted with a commercial and who took action on it. Until now, the only real metric has been TV ratings, and the promise of interactive TV has never reached scale. Too many technologies, set top boxes, cable/satellite operators. But as mobile apps grow in scale, they live seamlessly away from the traditional confines of TV technology and competitive lines. And gaming platforms have crept into living rooms in massive numbers — Xbox Live is television’s largest social network, claiming 35 million members. Mobile apps and gaming platforms have become the bridge.
- Social TV guides will make you watch even more
That alone is worth billions, but there’s another big economic driver to social TV. Just as DVRs increased television viewing — much to the surprise of many — social TV guides will empower viewers to make smarter choices and discover shows they never knew existed. By measuring what you’ve watched, what you’ve liked, what your friends have recommended and what’s trending overall, social TV guides will make surprisingly-accurate suggestions. Matcha.tv (below) is an example of a social TV guide that’s starting to get close, but it’s just one of as many as a dozen startups in this space...
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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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Matcha.tv wants to be your social TV guide online

Matcha.tv wants to be your social TV guide online | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
New site Matcha.tv is trying to bring users the best movie and TV recommendations across a number of online video services, leveraging their interests and social graph to surface streaming videos that they might be interested in.
Matcha.tv has attempted to build up an “uber social discovery platform” that taps into all of your favorite online subscription services, like Netflix and Hulu Plus. It then matches your interests up against your social graph, ranking recommendations based on interests of your friends and friends of friends. By doing so, Matcha.tv tries to have it both ways: On the one hand it automates recommendations, but on the other hand it leverages the trust from matching tastes of your friends.
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44% of consumers use social networks to enhance TV viewing

44% of consumers use social networks to enhance TV viewing | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
With Dual-screen viewing on the rise, brands need to tap in to increasing consumer demand for interacting on computers, tablets and mobile devices while watching TV. Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK, recently conducted a survey of 3,000 consumers and found that:
•60% of people concurrently watch TV and go online at least two or three times a week.
•37% go online while watching TV every day.
•44% use social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, while watching TV.
•37% have chatted online about TV content.
•19% have shared TV content on a social network.
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GOAB. A TV Experience Concept

GOAB. A TV Experience Concept | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
For a long time, watching television was a straightforward event. The couch in the living room was facing the TV and a certain number of channels played certain shows at a designated time. When someone said, “I’m going to watch TV,” it was clear what that meant.
Today, it’s not that simple. Watching TV can mean a lot of things: TV via Internet, web content via TV, video on demand, IPTV, cable, satellite, DVB-T, mobile television, etc. Let’s not forget that with broadband internet connections and the integration of Wi-Fi chips into television sets, the technical framework has changed fundamentally.
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A Social Guide for Television

A Social Guide for Television | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
"SocialGuide is the first real time TV guide and social TV platform that makes every show across every network social."
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