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Oxygen launches new website with a more responsive, app-like design

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 8.37.18 AMNearly three years ago, we wrote about how TV websites should become more connected to the mobile, second screen experience that might complement a TV show.

Yesterday, Oxygen became the latest network to jump on the bandwagon and redesign their destinations to be responsive and app-like. “Oxygen Media unveiled the re-launch of Oxygen.com today, making it more convenient than ever for the network’s young, female audience to access digital content anywhere, at any time,” according to the announcement.

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Peel CEO: “Social TV Companies Are Either Dead or Dying”

unnamed (1)Last week the Samsung Galaxy S5 was released with a preloaded “Smart Remote” app, powered by Peel’s smartRemote technology. Peel turns smartphones and tablets into universal remotes and content recommenders. HTC’s preloaded “Sense TV” app is also powered by Peel’s technology.

When asked about the social-TV impact of Peel being preloaded on the new Galaxy, Thiru Arunachalam, CEO and co-founder of Peel, told Lost Remote:

“We don’t see ourselves as a social TV company. Twitter has won the battle and social TV companies are either dead or dying. We are a smart remote technology.  We believe we provide the best, most comprehensive smart remote experience of anyone in the market. We work with more devices, more MSOs and have aggregated more TV listings globally than any other company. That is why Samsung, HTC, ZTE and many more to be announced in the near future, have preloaded Peel on their IR-enabled phones and tablets.”

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Zeebox Rebrands As Beamly, Evolves Beyond a Second Screen App

Beamly_Masterbrand_HeroZeebox today announced that it is launching its new services as Beamly. The rebranding is meant to signify the evolution of the company from a social TV companion and second screen app to a full-service content network; one that will allow fans to engage with their favorite shows throughout the week.

“A lot has happened in the evolution of social TV since we launched two years ago,” Jason Forbes, EVP and GM of Zeebox U.S., told Lost Remote. “We’ve seen our audience skew younger, with more than 60 percent of our audience now female and under 35. That demographic is a lot more social and wants more than a second screen app and TV guide, which is what we initially launched. They want a 24/7 social and content network for TV and that’s exactly what we’ve evolved to become.”

Beamly’s 24/7 approach can be broken down into five buckets: follow, find, chat, discover, and interact. TV fans will be able to follow shows and TV personalities, find and connect with others fans around shows, chat in Beamly’s TV Rooms, discover new shows, and interact with custom games, voting, and synched experiences.

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CNNx Empowering Digital, Second Screen Viewers to Customize Experience

CNNxAs part of CNN’s upfront presentation in New York City Thursday afternoon, which Lost Remote attended, the news network unveiled CNNx; a new technology that empowers the digital and second screen viewer to virtually control the rundown of their news experience.

The 24/7 program, which has been in the works for a year, allows authenticated viewers the ability to operate CNN TV’s rundown of previous and upcoming segments.

For example, as viewers watch “Anderson Cooper 360” in real-time at 8pmET in the middle of their smart TV, tablet, or mobile screen, they will see a rundown of CNN’s previous and upcoming segments on the right side of the screen. They can then rewind to watch previous segments earlier in the day, or fast forward for a description of an upcoming segment. As part of the fast-forward feature, other elements will appear on the bottom portion of the screen, like news articles, videos, and social media content related to the segment’s topic.

“It really is the marriage of all of the ability you have to customize content and search for what you want on the Internet, with the broadcast experience of TV,” SVP and GM of CNN Digital, KC Estenson, tells Lost Remote.

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Amazon Announces Set-Top Box ‘Fire TV’

Fire TVAmazon continues its quest to become more than an e-commerce powerhouse, announcing today a set-top box that allows HDTV viewers to connect to Amazon’s video offerings.

“Fire TV” is a $99 streaming media TV device that will offer users a range of different providers, including the most popular web-only shows.

“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.”

The Android and HTML-based platform will compete with other streaming TV devices like Roku, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV. The companies press release touted Fire TV as superior to the other platforms.

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‘Conan360′ Entertaining Late-Night Viewers from All Angles

As we’ve reported, Conan O’Brien has become one of late night TV’s most socially-active hosts, and his show’s new feature, “Conan360,” appears to be a technology never-before-seen on TV.

O’Brien debuted “Conan360″ last week, a technology sponsored by AT& T that allows viewers to turn to the show’s website or mobile app to watch certain segments from a variety of angles.

One segment shows Conan launching a big Texas-sized steak launch across a basketball court, attempting to shoot the steak into the hoop (he scores on his second try). By simply moving your computer mouse or mobile phone screen around, you can see all angles of the video, isolating Conan in a forklift during the launch, or focusing on the basketball hoop he is shooting the steak at.

Another segment travels with “Deputy” Conan O’Brien, as the late-night host spends a day with the Johnson County Police Department in Texas. The beginning of the video shows O’Brien in front of the camera, but with the tilt of a mouse or phone to the left, Sheriff Bob Alford comes into the picture.

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Two second screen apps to complement March Madness viewing

MarchMadness2011Logo2March Madness is officially upon us.

If you missed the opportunity to fill out the Quicken Loans and Warren Buffet-insured ‘Billion $ Bracket Challenge,’ you will still find it difficult to avoid bracket talk this week.

As we wrote about on Tuesday, there is little need to go outside of the NCAA/CBS Sports/Turner triumvirate to get your tournament fix. Most games will be presented on linear TV across the spectrum of CBS and Turner networks, but every game will also be available to stream via the increasingly impressive March Madness Live.

Still, while access to games will be easier than ever, there are two complementary second screen experiences worth considering: Read more

How iPowow and Red Bull Media House are engaging European sports fans

461565852_640iPowow, a leading participation TV company based in Santa Monica, California, counts A&E and USA Network among its clients. In October, we wrote about how iPowow was working with USA to redefine the notion of syndication. The network had acquired the rights to broadcast Modern Family in syndication, and iPowow was helping to power Modern Family Live, which allowed fans to use second screen devices to participate in polls and quizzes while watching the episodes.

Two months ago, iPowow partnered with Red Bull Media House to create a social fan participation element for the FC Bayern München vs FC Red Bull Salzburg game, which aired on Red Bull Media House’s ServusTV. Fans were prompted to use computers or mobile devices to respond to questions displayed on-air during the telecast and to express their opinions about what was taking place during the game. The results were displayed in real-time both on the users’ devices and on TV. Read more

How News Leaders Are Finding Audience With the Second Screen

secondscreenWhat are the news divisions at the major networks doing to make sure they’re part of the second screen revolution? How are they engaging their audience? And what about the ecosystem that has built up around social TV?

These are just some of the questions we’ll ask at the TVNewser Show April 29.

On the social TV panel, we’ll talk with Jeff Misenti, Chief Digital Officer of Fox News Channel & Fox Business Network, Katy Finneran, Social Media Editor at Bloomberg TV, Julian March, the senior vice president of Editorial & Innovation at NBC News, and Brad Pelo, co-founder and CEO, i.TV.

We’ll also discuss the future of Aereo, which will go before the Supreme Court just a week before the TVNewser Show, we’ll discuss the hot topic of drones as newsgathering devices as well as the future of Web TV and what are media companies doing to stay ahead of the game.

We hope you’ll join us Tuesday, April 29 for the TVNewser Show in New York City.

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‘True Detective’ Finale Crashes HBO Go

HBO Go crashed last night during new hit ‘True Detective’s” season finale, leaving lots of fans angry.

This morning, HBO said the problem was fixed.

The reason for the crash has not been revealed, but common sense would indicate all those users borrowing their mothers, brothers, and work colleagues account passwords to watch created more online users than available bandwith.

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