In a surprise acquisition, Viggle has acquired social TV startup GetGlue. GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold made the announcement via his Twitter account just under an hour ago. According to the announcement, “Viggle will pay $25 million in cash and 48.3 million shares of stock for GetGlue.” Additionally, “Viggle Inc. will operate the Viggle and GetGlue brands, and GetGlue founder and CEO Alex Iskold will join Viggle Inc. in a senior executive position on its management team and as a member of its Board of Directors.” Here’s the full story. Read more
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Sony's new Xperia Tablet (running Android) set to launch on September 7th, will feature a heavy GetGlue integration. The new tablet aims to make a splash in the second screen market by offering features focused on the living room entertainment experience. Beyond working as a universal remote, Xperia also includes a "Watch Now" feature in collaboration with GetGlue. We spoke with GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold about the platform's biggest integration with a manufacturer yet.
GetGlue HD, the anticipated new iteration of GetGlue, has officially launched for the iPad. We recently interviewed CEO and Founder Alex Iskold who described the major changes that would take their 500 million data points to rethink TV discovery. Now the ultimate test has come, will people us it? Will they continue to scale their 3 million users and be the social TV startup to watch?
GetGlue HD is almost here. The major update to their app, being released for the iPad, will happen sometime this month. Buzz began around HD before the Social TV summit when Iskold revealed more details how how they're moving beyond the check-in. While the final launch date hasn't been announced, we spoke to the NYC-based CEO who gave us further details on what to expect.
GetGlue announced a new round of financing today, $12 million led by by Rho Ventures. The New York-based company has created a culture within their environment around checking into TV shows, movies and more. GetGlue stickers, that were once compared to Foursquare badges are now popping up in real life on laptops and are being created by most TV brands. The company raised $6 million in November 2010 from TimeWarner, RRE Ventures, and Union Square Ventures, and it's now boasting 2 million users and 350 million check-ins (scroll below for GetGlue's infographic on 2011)...