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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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Synacor and Turner Broadcasting Partner to Expand TV Everywhere Initiative

Synacor and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., have joined forces to enable authorized pay-TV customers web access to live, authenticated 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament games. Synacor also will integrate Turner's embed video player into select operator portals, providing subscribers with an enhanced online content experience. The collaboration between Turner and Synacor will make it possible to bring the authenticated live games from Turner networks to a broader group of affiliates.

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Synacor Files For IPO, Acquires HTML5 Cloud OS Carbyn For $1.1M

Synacor Files For IPO, Acquires HTML5 Cloud OS Carbyn For $1.1M | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Synacor helps telecom and cable service providers set up websites on its managed, hosted platform where their customers can access ”e-mail, security, online games, music and authentication of TV Everywhere”. That means Synacor already handles all your web-based, and TV services, but is missing what lives on your OS. Carbyn’s OS that can be accessed from anwhere will fill this gap and let Synacor’s clients provide their customers with an expansive set of services in a single-sign on package.

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The Future of TV: Why Broadcast Needs to Adapt

The Future of TV: Why Broadcast Needs to Adapt | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The way we interact with content continues to evolve, and technological innovation is at the center of the transformation. The next few years will probably see consumers adapt to a hybrid of these viewing options. While some consumers may “cut the cord” and continue to gravitate towards Netflix and Hulu, there are compelling reasons any mass movement is unlikely. A broad TV Everywhere initiative will give consumers a complement to their viewing experience that brings all of their favorite content to multiple devices without increasing their existing cable bill or require them to pay incremental fees to Netflix or iTunes. Considering the breadth of content currently available on TV — live events, sports, news, and traditional shows and movies — it’s unlikely that over-the-top (OTT) aggregators can compete if content completeness is a measure. However, without the swift implementation of initiatives like TV Everywhere, programmers and operators may just give web-savvy innovators an opportunity to steal a large portion of the market.
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Synacor Targets App Economy With Carbyn's HTML5 System

Synacor, a provider of Web portal and TV Everywhere solutions, is promising to make it easier for cable operators, content owners and others to publish device-independent apps with an upcoming platform based on the HTML5 standard.  The company's HTML5 strategy is based on technology it obtained with the $1.1 million acquisition of eight-person Canadian startup Carbyn in January. The idea: to help deliver a unified experience for apps across Internet-connected devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and connected TVs without having to tailor discrete apps for each individual device type.  "With Carbyn, you develop one HTML5 app and that can live inside one platform," said Jaafer Haidar, Carbyn's co-founder and CEO, is now vice president of mobile for Synacor.  Synacor is initially approaching existing customers, including Verizon Communications, Charter Communications and CenturyLink, about the HTML5 offering. The company plans to show off the Carbyn system at the 2012 Cable Show in Boston next month and is aiming to launch it commercially by the end of 2012. The pricing model for the hosted HTML5 app service has yet to be determined, Haidar said. It could be based on search and advertising revenue, or based on number of active users.  Apps that can run on the Carbyn platform include self-service apps for MSOs that provide "my account" features, bill payment, DVR management, voicemail and other functions, or a range of apps developed by programmers to deliver content, Haidar said. The Carbyn system's features include push notifications and app-to-app communications, and Synacor plans to publish application programming interfaces (APIs) to let third-party developers can take advantage of it.  "The base value of this platform is, we can deliver apps and content to your consumers across any HTML5 device," Haidar said. "Everybody shares the need to become device-agnostic."

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When TVE Isn’t Everywhere—Challenges of Implementing Service for Smaller MSOs

...For obvious financial reasons and economies of scale, networks go to the larger distributors first. One programmer, which preferred to be unnamed due to ongoing negotiations, said that though TVE should be available to ops regardless of size, “the reality of the technical implementation between operator and programmer is that scale is required in order for this to be a cost effective endeavor.” However, the challenge is not “insurmountable,” and this programmer supports using a third-party solution to get there. “Our understanding is that these conversations are happening, and we are encouraged by this.”

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Synacor Launches ‘TV Everywhere’ Campaign

Synacor Launches ‘TV Everywhere’ Campaign | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Internet technology company Synacor Oct. 5 launched a TV Everywhere for Everyone campaign, with the goal of helping independent TV operators in small rural and mid-sized markets deploy TV Everywhere to customers who don’t have it.  Synacor is predicting that 100% of rural subscribers could have access to TV Everywhere services by the 2012 London Summer Olympics.  “It simply makes sense that small-town America should be a priority, along with major metropolitan areas, when it comes to TV Everywhere,” said Synacor president and CEO Ron Frankel. “The name TV Everywhere says it all — Synacor would like to work with independent operators to extend everywhere to everyone.”

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