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The holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.
Universal remotes have been in existence for decades, but technologically they have made limited advancements. Now, utilizing Peel’s platform, Pronto can be accessed with an iPhone and will allow consumers to check their cable TV guides without turning on the TV, show them which programs are trending on Twitter, and provide content recommendations. The Pronto is palm-sized and synchs with iPhones via Bluetooth to maximize phone battery life.
For Peel, the Pronto partnership is an important development. Peel’s technology is pre-loaded on most Android-based phones, but Pronto is a conduit for Peel to be used via iPhones and for more devices than just TVs. At launch, Pronto with Peel can be used to control more than 3,000 entertainment devices, including all major TV brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Philips, Vizio, Panasonic and Toshiba.
Joiz launched in Europe in 2011 as a digital television channel that integrated social media and mobile elements into its programming. And now it wants in on the North American market as a social television destination. Founder Alexander Mazzara sat down with me in between panels at a very busy TV of Tomorrow Show in New York City earlier this month to talk about what they do.
‘Game of Thrones’ fans are some of the greatest purveyors of ‘fan art,’ and to celebrate their creations, HBO has created ‘Game of Thrones: The Compendium.’ The microsite will serve as a central hub for fan creations, and will feature six artistic categories: art, music, costume, food, craft and analysis.
Fans will be able to submit their entries from December 19 through March 28, and the best of the entries will be includes in a printed book which will be available next December. Judges – dubbed the ‘VIP Council of Editors – of the entries include Gerald Broom (Brom Art), Arthur Chu (The Daily Beast), Tom Colicchio (Top Chef), and Zack Luye (Editor of watchersonthewall.com), among others. Read more
“The Colbert Report” airs its final episode tonight. It’s a prime example of going out on top: the show has garnered a lot of social traction in these past weeks, according to Nielsen’s daily Twitter ratings. Always good for clip snacking, “The Colbert Report” had a long, funny run. As an tribute, digital video hub Funny or Die has compiled their “12 Very Good Moments from ‘The Colbert Report’ in Chronological Order.”
Starting with “truthiness” all the way though the 2008 campaign, they are some very good picks if you’re missing him already. My favorite?
Sorenson Media, a company that has been in the TV and digital video space for nearly 20 years, has launched a new brand, Spark, to expand into the analytics space.
The suite of Spark products will gather data from Smart TVs to give advertisers the ability to better target and personalize their messaging.
“Sorenson Media has been a thought-leader and pioneer in the video industry for nearly twenty years, and we’ve remained a successful technology business for so long by anticipating major industry shifts and innovating to help our customers meet new market challenges,” said Jim Sorenson. “We believe that the convergence of digital and TV media presents our largest ever opportunity as a company, and with our Spark suite of products we believe we are ideally placed to play a leading role in this emerging and fast-growing industry.”
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