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NBC, Adobe App to Live-Stream Olympic Games

NBC, Adobe App to Live-Stream Olympic Games | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The Olympic Games are weeks away, and NBC is teaming up with Adobe for two apps that will provide easy access to game details as well as live streaming from London.  The free Adobe AIR-powered apps - NBC Olympics Live Extra and NBC Olympics - are now available for iOS and Android. The first will allow for live streaming of more than 3,500 hours of Olympic content, while the second provides more indepth details about the athlethes, the games, and more.  In a nod to the TV Everywhere model, access to the "vast majority" of streaming content will be limited to U.S. users with a pay TV subscription. In order to watch, users will be asked to sign in with their cable login, whether that is Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cablevision, or a smaller regional provider.  Ashley Still, director of product management for Video Solutions at Adobe, said that 97 percent of all households that pay for TV can access the live streaming content. If you're at home and also get Internet access via your TV provider, the app will automatically recognize that you are allowed to watch the live streaming content.  Those who don't currently have a login for their cable provider can contact the company; NBC has a list of contact numbers on its website. The same authentication can be used across multiple devices...

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Startup Umami Serves Side Of iPad Content For TV

Startup Umami Serves Side Of iPad Content For TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

New York-based startup Umami will jump into the "second screen" fray with the expected release in the next few weeks of an iPad app, free to consumers, that will serve up contextually relevant content for shows on 40 broadcast and cable networks.  Umami fingerprints the audio in TV content across the 40 networks using a large-scale digital video recorder system.  When a user fires up the app, it "listens" for which channel is currently on by comparing it to the Umami fingerprint database, then pulls up news, cast pages, episode guides and social media feeds from various sources in a flipbook-like format. The system works on DVR recordings, too.


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NBC iPad App Now Broadcasts Full Episodes

NBC iPad App Now Broadcasts Full Episodes | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

NBC upgraded its iPad app Thursday so users can watch entire shows on their tablets. The network held off on featuring full episodes when the app was first released in June.  Starting Thursday evening, fans can watch all the content available on nbc.com on their NBC iPad app. That includes “pretty much everything” on the network, though the standard is to offer the five most recently aired shows, says Vivi Zigler, president of NBC Universal Digital Entertainment.  Though other networks, notably ABC and CBS, have offered full shows on their iPad apps for more than a year, Zigler says NBC “wanted to understand the business model mechanism” of the iPad before it moved forward.  Before Thursday’s upgrade, the app featured short clips from the network, but not full episodes. The new app also offers customization features that let you follow a show and have it automatically update in the app, rather than having to search for a new episode

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CNBC boxes clever with Real-Time TV app for connected televisions

CNBC boxes clever with Real-Time TV app for connected televisions | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Broadcasters may be buzzing about the potential of second-screen mobile and tablet apps for viewers to use while watching their shows, but they are not forgetting that first screen. Business and financial news channel CNBC has launched its first connected TV app in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. CNBC Real-Time TV App serves up a variety of content, including video interviews and market analysis; live data from the London Stock Exchange, NYSE, NASDAQ and the Deutsche Börse; and a personalised portfolio feature to keep tabs on up to 30 individual stocks at once. The app is available for connected TV products from Panasonic, Philips and Samsung in the EMEA region, as well as through Virgin Media's app-capable set-top box in the UK.

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Clearleap Takes Cable TV iPad Apps Into the Cloud

Clearleap Takes Cable TV iPad Apps Into the Cloud | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Duluth, Ga.-based IPTV startup Clearleap has worked hard over the past few years to deliver online video offerings into traditional cable video-on-demand systems, as well as making traditional VOD offerings available online and on IP-connected set-top boxes. Now it’s taking IP-based delivery of cable content one step further by unveiling a new feature that will let cable operators quickly and easily deploy iPad apps
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TV Ads Get Interaction with IntoNow iOS App

TV Ads Get Interaction with IntoNow iOS App | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
This isn't online video but it's an interesting evolution for standard TV advertising and a way for them to incorporate some interactivity...
Have you ever used an app like Shazam? It’s some amazing stuff right? Well IntoNow does the same thing. It listens to TV programming and determines what it is. In this case, when it tags the Pepsi MAX commercial, the user is able to get the coupon code. The first 50,000 tags get the coupon which is instantly available on the iOS device and redeemable at Target and CVS. Basically it’s just a bar code to scan as a coupon...
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The Big iPad TV App Smackdown

The Big iPad TV App Smackdown | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Which cable, satellite, or telecommunications company has the best tablet app? Here is a look at nine apps that offer a mix of advanced features...
After years of sticking customers with clunky, ugly remote controls, television providers are suddenly infatuated with Apple's iPad. Cable companies, telcos, and satellite services are invading the iOS App Store with their creations, letting users take control of their televisions with touchscreens either from the couch or from afar.
But not all iPad TV apps are created equal. Some have limited or nonexistent DVR capabilities. Others lack the full range of commands found on a traditional remote control. And when it comes to watching TV shows on the iPad itself, television providers are standing on shaky ground...
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Time Warner goes to court over iPad TV streaming

Time Warner goes to court over iPad TV streaming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
As we wrote a few days ago, the battle over iPad content rights is really a battle over the “second screen.” If you can use an app to watch and control TV anywhere in the house, you’re more likely to use that app as you watch programming on your TV set. And from an advertising perspective, second screens will be ripe for new revenue.
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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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Apple highlights TV content on iOS in App Store section

Apple highlights TV content on iOS in App Store section | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

...Promoting TV apps is a winning strategy for Apple. Satellite and cable providers are embracing iOS as another content delivery vector, and many major U.S. companies like Comcast, AT&T and Cablevision began offering iPad access to their library of content for paying subscribers during the past year. The inclusion of apps that provide supplementary info and experiences to go along with TV content also encourages the use of Apple devices as second-screen interfaces for traditional TV viewing.

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Startup Veedios Bridges Video to Connected Devices

Startup Veedios Bridges Video to Connected Devices | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Connected devices that enable viewing of online-delivered video on TVs are proliferating. As this new addressable universe of viewers expands, content providers naturally want to deliver to it. This is especially true for content providers who haven't gained valuable distribution agreements with pay-TV providers, and therefore have been shut out of the living room to date. The problem is that each connected device manufacturer has its own publishing environment and approval process. That's where startup Veedios comes in. Veedios has developed a tool that allows it to publish native apps to 5 different platforms today (boxee, Roku, Popbox, Plex and Yahoo Connected TV, which includes Samsung, Sony, Vizio, Toshiba and LG), with more coming soon including iOS and Android.
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App TV: 2011 Internet services on TVs compared

App TV: 2011 Internet services on TVs compared | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
CNET compares different Internet and app suites available on 2011 HDTVs.
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Issue is that Vizio is missing from that list and actually seem to be the ones with the most services...
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IP & Convergence - Comcast Ready to Kick Apps With 'CodeBig'

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is hoping to increase the value of its network by encouraging more application and software development from outsiders and finding ways to allow its video- and IP-based services to be used in a wide variety of Web-connected consumer devices. Comcast calls the initiative "CodeBig" and explained the logic behind its thinking at this week's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies event. "Think of it as our version of Google APIs or Yahoo APIs," said Comcast Chief Software Architect Sree Kotay...
"We're not going to be the ones that decide what devices consumers [use to get content] any more than we decided what TVs people bought," Kotay says. "They're going to be on all of these platforms, and we have to get them services." Comcast is looking to separate the business logic of those services from the presentation environment, which is already comprised of a wide range of technologies...
...Kotay says that by allowing customer authentication, verification and similar business logic functions to be handled "in the cloud," the consumer experience will be more flexible and opened up to a variety of devices. For distribution of video to multiple types of screens, Comcast has been experimenting with ways to transcode video into a format that can be encrypted and packaged on the fly. That would mean Comcast would have to centralize its back-office functions, in the proverbial cloud, while letting the routers and switches take care of the distribution. "The [distribution] network we want to be as dumb as possible," Kotay says.
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Online TV's Next Big Battleground? Apps With Ads

Online TV's Next Big Battleground? Apps With Ads | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Countless apps on the iPad and iPhone use ads for monetization. However, if you bring those apps to the TV, these overlay ads might appear up on top of traditional broadcast content, which is a plan that some broadcasters really don't like at all.
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Aurasma Enhances Search With Images and Videos

Aurasma Enhances Search With Images and Videos | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Autonomy embeds moving imagery within the display of images of the real world in a way that’s visually convincing. For instance, a game maker might use it so that a person holding a camera phone up to a building would see the building’s image on the screen with a dragon entwined around it.
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Apps That Interact With Your Favorite TV Shows

Apps That Interact With Your Favorite TV Shows | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
...USA Network launched a second screen app for its reality show Tough Enough, which gives viewers exclusive content and a whole new way to tune into the show.
What makes the Tough Enough app different from other TV show apps that just show supplemental content is that it provides viewers with real-time interaction while they're watching the TV show. For example, the Tough Enough app lets fans connect via a chat client on the app while the show is airing.

Exclusive Tough Enough content unlocked.Another cool feature is the ability to unlock exclusive content, like videos or interviews with the stars of the show, by plugging in certain keywords into the app. You have to be tuned in to the show, however, to get these keywords as they are promoted in-show, online or via various Tough Enough social networking accounts, like Twitter. You can also connect with Facebook or Twitter and brag to your friends about what you unlocked.
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