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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?
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.”
If Bravo isn’t on the top of your list when it comes to harnessing its legions binge-watching, tweeting, reality TV- loving viewers, it should be. Today, the network announced the upcoming launch of The Daily Dish, a new app and the redesign of bravotv.com.
The new website asks viewers to delve into their Bravo world — whether it’s the “Vanderpump Rules,” “Top Chef,” or one of the “Real Housewives” editions. There’s more commentary, news, and forums for fans. From their statement:
These immersive, multimedia experiences allow viewers to go down the digital rabbit hole on the latest moments. Every time a new, must-see moment hits the airwaves, it will inspire a curated, first-of-its kind digital feature that is seamlessly integrated into an engaging multimedia recap, including videos, photos, exclusive cast commentary, polls and more.
As is the thing to do, Tumblr last week released ‘Tumblr Year in Review,’ a look back at the top posts and most reblogged content across the platform. Categories include K-Pop, Marriage Equality, and GIF Art. The list also includes two dedicated TV categories: ‘Most Reblogged TV: Live Action’ and ‘Most Reblogged TV: Animated.’ Social TV hits such as ‘Orange is the New Black.’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and ‘American Horror Story,’ have places on the ‘Live Action’ list, but so do ‘Supernatural’ (#1 in the category), ‘Doctor Who,’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’ – shows that are particularly popular on Tumblr and skew towards a younger demographic. The story is the same in the ‘Animated’ category, where shows like ‘The Legend of Korra’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ are ahead of ‘Family Guy’ and ‘South Park.’
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