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.
ESPN may have the 'droid app you're looking for -- but only if you're a customer of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV. The sports programmer is making four live network feeds -- with most of the same programming that's available on TV -- available through a free app for Google's Android operating system to subscribers of TWC, Bright House and FiOS TV.
For the first time, more young people say they would prefer to give up watching television than doing without their mobiles phones or the internet, according to an Ofcom survey. Reflecting the rise of online viewing and competition from activities such as social networking, just 23% of 16- to 24-year-olds now they would struggle without TV. Instead, 28% told the media regulator's survey that they would miss their mobile phone and 26% the internet. In another blow for traditional television viewing, although it remains the medium that would be missed the most for the UK as a whole, it has decreased from 50% in 2009 to 44% in 2010.
...The strongest aspects of yap.TV are the real-time updates. One aspect of this was shown during Woz's appearance on Big Bang Theory when he was using yap.TV to chat with viewers. Tweets are updated without any prompting at all. When on the friends tab, you can see your friends hop from program to program without a refresh. Programs that are trending duke it out for a place at the top. If yap.TV producers want to add pictures or update award-standings during the program, the app automatically refreshes when these updates happen.
For Apple iPhone and iPad owners with an Apple TV, the AirPlay function is one of those you-have-to-see-this gadget showcases. A tap of an icon on a device sends the current video, audio or slide show playing on the AirPlay-ready compatible IOS app to your big-screen TV or home theater. Cool -- if you have the requisite Apple-certified hardware. Android owners don't get such an easy path to media-sharing goodness.
But an open DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) standard is emerging among all the other hardware makers that might give Android the upper hand here. In a new report from IMS Research, the mobile analysts see device-based media management as the next big living-room thing -- and it may leave Apple behind.
... to hear these executives tell it, universal TV is an inevitability. As the line between traditional TV and Web video blur, it will no longer make sense for networks to distinguish between TV and every other video-capable device. This means migrating not only single programs to the Web—along the lines of what Hulu, Apple, and others do now—but also letting viewers access traditional linear television from mobile phones, iPads, and computers. "I feel like were in the first inning of what TV everywhere can become," said Strauss. "But consumers want to be able to watch what they want to watch."
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.
The Web-to-TV space is only beginning to get competitive as newer technologies arrive on the scene. One thing is clear: the true winner in this market will need to seamlessly integrate mobile devices with the TV to capitalize on the ubiquity of the smartphone.
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