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4SeTV App Lets You Stream Four Channels At Once

4SeTV standalone imageMore is always better when it comes to television, right? That’s the idea of 4SeTV, a set top box and app that streams over the air broadcasts to a tablet or smart television. You buy the hardware and there are no monthly subscription fees or other costs, so getting into it is easy.

Through the free app, available for iOS and Android, you can split the screen, watching up to four channels at once. You can easily switch audio between the screens so when you want to flip between MSNBC and CNN morning shows or Thursday Night Football and “Scandal” it’s no problem.

It’s kind of like Aereo but with more screens, except that 4SeTV isn’t rebroadcasting the signal, so you can’t pause or record. But you can also count on it to not disappear because the FCC says so.

The bummer is that founder Hyung Lim started a Kickstarter campaign, ending this Thursday, and won’t reach his goal of $50,000. But that’s not going to stop him he says:

There are a lot of things I learned running the Kickstarter campaign for the first time and there are a lot of things I want to improve. One thing is that I’m targeting sports fans, and though they’re watching over the air broadcasts, they also watch a lot of ESPN and that’s been a major issue. I’m going to fix it by creating additional hardware and come back to the Kickstarter so that I can include content like ESPN along with the other.

He’s backed by hardware company DMT, “so I can continue the operation and development to reshape my messaging and things like that for the second round,” he says.

You can watch a demo from Lim here and check out the Kickstarter here.

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This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips: Fall TV Preview Edition

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

Trending this week are clips from recently-returned or about-to-return shows including ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Homeland’,  and the cult favorite ‘Trailer Park Boys.’ For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

As summer comes to a close and school is back in session, the question “what show should I watch?” is more prevalent than ever. Fear not, 5by and the social scene have your back. Here are new shows you should be tuning in to, and what’s breaking ground across all social channels this month.
In the next three weeks, keep your eyes peeled for The Walking Dead, Tim and Eric, and Homeland. All set to make their season debuts between now and early October, the collective anticipation for the three shows has America on the edge of their seats. All very different in subject matter, but each incredible in their own respect. If you can’t stand the wait, Trailer Park Boys is the show to tune into now. In it’s 8th season, TPB has been released on Netflix for binge-watchers to indulge in. The gritty, Eastern Canadian mocumentary has now made it’s way into mainstream America and it’s picking up steam with the press. Recent appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and Mashable to promote their show has proven to be highly successful.
Across daytime television, Ellen is back and she wasted no time getting back into the viral video game. Almost instantly she released a video of herself transposed in Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ video, and in only two days, it amassed over 3.5 million views. Ellen, we missed you. Needless to say, there’s lots to look forward too this fall.

Does Whisper Have a Place in the Social TV Sphere?

whisperIn May, we wrote about how NBC, Universal Studios, and Hulu have begun to use the anonymous confession app Whisper for social integrations. Now – in what is maybe the most appropriate social TV program with the app – Season 5 of VH1‘s ‘Couples Therapy,’ which premiered last night, will team up with Whisper to ask their users about relationship issues they’ve experienced.

Dr. Jenn (the show’s host and lead therapist) will then take the top responses each week and give her advice in a companion web series that will run on VH1.com and on her Sirius Satellite Radio show. Throughout the season fan Whisper’s and Dr. Jenn’ videos will be featured throughout VH1 channels and even on air during episodes 6 through 10 of ‘Couples Therapy.’

More networks will likely turn to the rising social app – which skews heavily towards the teen demographic. Still, it is interesting to consider whether something anonymous has a place in the social TV sphere. For more on this, and why VH1 turned to Whisper for ‘Couples Therapy, we spoke with VP of Digital and Social Engagement for VH1, Tom Chirico:

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Armchair Quarterbacks, This App’s For You

Spit App Logo 304x200Today, just in time for NFL Thursdays, i.TV launched a new televised sports app, Spit. It’s a game for the game and doesn’t take umpteen hours to set up like a fantasy league.

Users download the app, invite friends, and then answer questions throughout the broadcast like, “will the next play be a run or a pass or an intercept?” The questions run on a ten second timer and there’s a leader board for your crew and for the entire Spit audience. Founder and i.Tv CEO Brad Pelo says:

What we discovered is that fans of sports tend to be a little bit more engaged around second screening, but there’s a great opportunity to get them to competitively engage. We built a feature last year for Nintendo, for their second screen experience and we watched , specifically for sports, the metrics just skyrocket. It became the second most used feature on the platform.

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Amazon Launches Instant Video Player for Android, Finally

amazon-instant-video-logoThis week, Amazon has released a Prime Instant Video app for Android users. It’s been a long time coming, too.

Android users can now download (or update) the Amazon app and have full access to everything everyone else does with Prime Instant Video — browse and shop for video content and then watch it on the (separately downloaded) Instant Video Player.

Apparently, it’s only working in the U.S. right now and some tablets aren’t compatible yet. In any case, Android tablet users can now join everyone else in wasting money on Amazon Prime.

Amazon is  full of changes this week; they’ve also modified how season passes work. For now it’s up to the publisher whether they charge customers episode by episode as they air (the old way) or make you pay the whole total up front.

h/t Lifehacker

‘Celebgate’ Photo Scandal is Late Night Fodder in This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

jimmy-kimmelIn this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

Trending this week is the ‘Celebgate’ photo scandal – source material that late night comedians live for. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content

In the aftermath of the “Celebgate” photo scandal – involving A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Bar Refaeli, Kate Upton and more – television programs responded to the mass exposé in epic fashion. It was one of the hottest topics in broadcast this week, with all the TV hype perpetuating a racy newscycle across social media. Here are the 5 best clips from 5by.

To get the full story, watch ABC Nightline present an  informative recap of the entire ordeal, with an outline of potential repercussions. It’s the most content-rich clip we’ve seen about the controversy. Then as expected, the guys of late night took a different approach reporting on the events. Leave it to Conan to lighten the mood with a skit in which the alleged hacker gets hacked, and exposed to the world. Afterall, “it’s only fair.” Jimmy Kimmel employed a similar premise to his skit, except this time, it was Kimmel himself, whose photos got hacked. Jimmy Fallon takes it to a whole new level by reading the hypothetical responses of political figures such as Kim Jong Un and Chris Christie. Naturally, hilarity ensues. In Comedy Central’s late night game show ‘@midnight’, comedians David Koechner, Nicole Byer and Jon Daly make an absolute mockery of the situation. The video speaks for itself.

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New App Helps You Shop for ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Wardrobe

gandr2Once, I spent three hours honing my investigative skills in search of a pair of throw pillows from the “New Girl” couch. I’m not proud; and sadly, I never made contact with said pillows. Which is why Gandr, a new app now in public beta, caught my eye. Available for Android, iOs, and Amazon Kindle, the app lets you scan items from your screen, tag them for later, or buy them right then and there from the retailer.

It’s like Shazam but for every tank top ever on “Pretty Little Liars.” In fact, the app’s in beta with “PLL” for it’s west coast broadcast and items are also detectable during on-demand viewing. It’s also in the early stages of a partnership with Amazon’s Fire phone feature Firefly. Gandr has a plug-in ready to “deploy,” says founder Damian Scoglio, so that if you’re using Firefly, you can still shop through Gandr and shop directly from Amazon. They’ve also collaborated with Gracenote to help drive traffic to shows they don’t yet support or have catalogued.

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‘Sherlock’ App Gives Fans Exclusive Content, Voicemails From Benedict Cumberbatch

For fans looking for a “Sherlock” fix, there’s an app for that. The British import has a devoted and second-screen minded fanbase — they waited patiently for the series to make its way across the pond, for Netflix to finally stream it exclusively, and have been known to crowdsource Google maps.

Now there’s another way to geek out. The app, available for iOS, Android, and Kindle, includes a game where you join the Network to solve a series of cases, Benedict Cumberbatch leaves you voicemails with mission updates, and, of course, you can watch exclusive video and audio clips.

Unlike the Kardashian app, which walked the thin line between love and hate for the reality show, The Network is a whole different kind of second screen experience. The game is almost a series within itself. And if you have to make people wait until 2016 for the next installment, it’s really the least you could do.

The app, featured in the video below, was created by Project Factory and Hartswood Films.

‘Friends’ and ‘The Sopranos’ Are Back in This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

This week is a blast from the past. ‘Friends’ reunited on Jimmy Kimmel while The Sopranos’ showrunner David Chase talks about what happens to Tony.  For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

This week it’s all about the old and the new. Past TV hits get revisited and what’s trending now on social and in the world of TV make their presence known in this weeks top five viral TV clips on 5by.

Two very different, but equally famous TV shows resurfaced this week in entertaining fashion. ‘Friends’ has the reunion we sort of wanted, but were still thrilled to see, on Jimmy Kimmel (who plays Ross). ‘The Sopranos’ perplexing, but incredible, final scene was released with annotations that put an end to the burning question regarding Tony’s fate…

On the new side of things, the ALS ice bucket challenge was taken to a new level with Homer Simpson taking the plunge, and racking up six million views in the process. Guillermo, from Jimmy Kimmel, interviewed a few Emmy award winners in the best way possible, back-to-back (literally). Finally, Jon Stewart tears into Fox in his powerful monologue covering the recent protests in Ferguson, MO.

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The Weather Channel Rolls Out New Social Friendly Android App

unnamed (3)In April, The Weather Channel launched its redesigned app for iPhone, and in June, it was rolled out for iPad users. Now, all Android users can find the app in the Google Play store.

The app incorporates a new social feature that lets fans report local weather conditions. This will not only help improve the accuracy of forecasts, but also The Weather Channel’s position as the leading weather app. In recent years, competing weather apps have been racing to provide hyper-local forecasts and minute-by-minute conditions. For example, if users are considering going out to get lunch at 1:00 PM, they may learn that they can avoid rain if they go at 1:10 PM instead. The Weather Channel has the advantage of being the go-to linear network for weather news, and has amassed a loyal following as a result. Weather – especially when natural disasters are taking place – is always at the forefront of the social conversation. Read more

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