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Smart TVs

How Samsung is enabling the future of social TV

H7150After years of hacking together make-shift television devices through PC TV tuners cards, wall projectors and more I finally decided it was time to buy my first “real” television. After researching the market and evaluating what mattered the most to my appetite for quality with an app world, it became clear that Samsung was the right choice for me (I’m now the proud owner of a UN55H7150AFXZA 1080P).

It’s not surprising that “Samsung continued to hold its #1 spot in the United States Smart TV market in Q4 2013 with a 29.6% market share,” according to Strategy Analytics. From the somewhat gimmicky but extremely entertaining 3D viewing to the Smart Hub it became clear that I was experience social TV in an extremely new seamless experience that even my set-top TV connected devices couldn’t accomplish. As more consumers begin to experience Samsung’s smart TV world, using social will become more natural than ever before. We spoke with Dave Das, Vice President of Home Entertainment at Samsung about the way the company is changing social TV.

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Mediabistro Course

Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia JournalismStarting September 25, learn how to create interactive packages with photos, audio, and video! Taught by a multiplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to come up stories that would be best told in a multimedia format, and create original content for that package using photos, slideshows, and short video and audio pieces. Register now! 
 

OneTwoSee, Bloomberg Sports, and LG partner to create interactive connected TV experience for MLB fans

one-two-seeMLB fans with an LG smart TV have reason to be excited this season. OneTwoSee, an interactive TV application company with a sports focus, and Bloomberg Sports have created a connected TV application that will bring interactive stats and advanced analytics to owners of LG smart TVs for the 2014-15 MLB season. The three companies announced the partnership at CES in January, and the application is free and included on all new LG smart TVs. The application will allow fans to see engaging data and graphics surrounding the game telecast. For example, LA Dodgers fans watching Clayton Kershaw pitch will be able to see the probability of him throwing a fastball versus a curveball, while another might display his ball to strike ratio. Both stats would update in real-time throughout the game. Similar types of stats would be displayed for batters. Read more

Moguldom Media CEO’s Smart TV Quest

JamarlinMartinMediabistro recently spoke with Moguldom Media CEO Jamarlin Martin about the keys to launching his documentary film company, Moguldom Films.

With 15 documentary films produced in one year, Martin talks about how his documentary channel can translate on a smart TV:

It starts with a vision. Our vision is to quickly build a film library of 50 titles over three years. We would pair that with original programming and essentially, that content would anchor a 24/7 smart TV channel. We see ourselves being the next-generation BET or the next-generation Telemundo, where you’re going to be downloading an app and accessing our content through smart TVs. We would be competing with TV One and BET, but from a purely digital standpoint. The long-term goal for us is to quickly develop a quality content library, and that’s going to anchor a television experience. You’ll see the beta version of that in 2015.

Martin is also staying away from the term documentary, opting for “docutainment” to try and differentiate his company from the likes of CNN and PBS. Read more

Flingo rebrands as Samba TV, collaborates with Sony on smart TV apps

samba_logo[5]In January, we wrote about Flingo (now Samba TV) – a publisher of smart TV apps – demonstrating its new platform, Samba, at CES 2013. When we spoke with Ashwin Navin, CEO and Founder of Samba TV he described the platform as “blur[ring] the lines between first screen and second screen, between traditional TV and smart TV. For example, if someone is watching an episode of Comedy Central Roast live, Samba will recommend the 5 best Roast videos from the Web, so you can continue that viewing experience after the show is over, with one-click of your TV remote. Not sure which video you want? Check out a preview from your iPad first, and then fling the video you like to your TV.” Read more