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Exclusive: ILOOK Launches, Turns YouTube Channels into Stand-alone Apps

ILOOKTV-Block-Diagram9Peter Redford was involved in the development and commercialization of the graphical user interface, the computer sound card, and the LeapPad; now Redford is turning his attention to the second screen.

Redford is the CEO and co-founder of ILOOK, which is launching today as an over-the-top pay-TV platform that will convert YouTube channels into standalone mobile apps. This will give YouTube stars a bigger audience and another way to monetize their videos. Users log into their YouTube channels from ilook.tv and then ILOOK generates a mobile app and submits it to supported app stores as a standalone app. At launch, ILOOK will be available via Apple TV, Chromecast, and Xbox. Read more

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WhatsApp to be Key Part of Mediaset España’s World Cup Social TV Strategy

Directo-multicamara-sociales-central-datos_MDSIMA20140527_0301_39Mediaset España this week announced a partnership with WhatsApp as the network prepares its social TV strategy ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Mediaset España, which owns Telecinco and Cuatro and has been one of the leading social TV broadcasters in Spain, will seek to tap into WhatsApp’s 26 million active Spanish users. The network has created a World Cup hub at www.telecinco.es/mundialbrasil2014, and fans will be able to stream up to six games at a time. Between Telecinco and Cuatro, Mediaset Spain will broadcast a total of 25 matches.

As part of the deal with WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in February, Mediaset will provide viewers with a phone number and ask them send pictures and comments to be posted to Mediaset’s World Cup microsite. Mediaset will also be able to provide fans with scores and updates. Read more

Peel Continues Push to Be Leading Smart Remote Technology Company

peel1Peel yesterday released a major update to its ‘Smart Remote’ app for Android. Just last month, we wrote about how the new Samsung Galaxy S5 would be preloaded with a ‘Smart Remote’ app powered by Peel’s smartRemote technology.

The new updates to the app includes better TV content recommendations and social media features. Despite the new social enhancements, when we interviewed Thiru Arunachalam, CEO and co-founder of Peel, about the announcement that Peel would be preloaded on the Galaxy S5, Arunachalam made it clear that Peel does not see itself as a social TV company. Said Arunachalam at the time: “Twitter has won the battle and social TV companies are either dead or dying. We are a smart remote technology.”

On the content recommendation front, the ‘Smart Remote’ app will include categories such as ‘Tonight on TV,’ ‘Weekend TV’ and ‘Not to Be Missed,’ curating for users selections of must-watch shows and movies. The app also includes improved reminder features, making it easier for users to set up calendar notifications when a show of interest is set to air. Read more

Chatterbox: an inside look at social TV in Thailand

appicon-76@2xIn the U.S. many of the second screen apps that had hoped to thrive as compliments to the viewing experience are now gone. In Thailand however (which has a population of about 66 million), the second screen has actually matured a bit differently because of a TV economy and consumer base that watches differently. We recently connected with Thailand-based Chatterbox, an app that has features similar to tvtag, Beam.ly and Viggle. In Thailand and India (where the app is also available) they “have roughly 200k downloads on both iOS and Android” according to the company who were born out of Startup Weekend 2011 in Bangkok.   Read more

Al Jazeera America Debuts New Mobile App

Al_Jazeera_logo-copy-copyWith yesterday’s release of an iPhone and Android app, Al Jazeera America continues its push to become a go-to domestic and international news source for American audiences.

The new app will focus on written content, and will complement its online presence more than its linear TV network. It includes full versions of its online stories in a mobile-optimized format, and also features an audio mode that will enable users to listen to stories during walks or commutes.

“The Al Jazeera America Mobile App is an easy and convenient way to get the most important news of the day and access great AJAM journalism anywhere, at any time,” said Angela Morgenstern, Executive Vice President, Product and Innovation. “With Audio mode readers become listeners and go hands-free from headlines to the full article.” Read more

Why NBC Chose Adobe Primetime to Power its Digital Olympics Coverage

New-Primetime-LogoWhile NBC and partner networks are in the midst of broadcasting more than 500 hours of Olympic programming on TV, NBC has committed to doubling this output online via NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app. To power such expansive and expanded streaming coverage, NBC has chosen Adobe and their Adobe Primetime platform.  Adobe Primetime is an advanced TV publishing and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers.

After receiving flack for how it handled tape-delayed TV coverage during the 2012 London Games, NBC has enabled viewers to stream events live for this year’s Winter Games – even if NBC reserves these events to broadcast on TV in primetime.  It has been less than two years since the 2012 London Games, but viewing habits, especially when it comes to consuming sports content, have already changed. NBC’s decision to allow instant access to events, then, became less of a value-add and more of a necessity. Read more

TWC SportsNet Launches Second Screen App for Lakers Games

Los_Angeles_LakersWith two-thirds of mobile device and tablet owners interacting with a second screen while viewing TV, networks are focusing more resources on developing standalone apps for individual shows and events. Sports fans are the most active second screen users, and it was only a matter of time before regional sports networks began creating companion apps for fans to use while watching a team’s games.

Lakers fans will be among the first beneficiaries of such an app. Time Warner Cable SportsNet has recently launched an updated version of “TWC SportsNet,” which will be powered by Mobovivo’s StayTuned platform and Simply New’s creative and content team. The app will provide viewers with exclusive, real-time content during live Lakers games and will include both the pregame and postgame shows on the network. Read more

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ to premiere a week early in Logo TV’s new app

unnamedLogo TV, the Viacom network focused on LGBT content, has today released its first app – available free in the iTunes store. The app will be video-centric, and will contain a library of LGBT-focused films, authenticated access to Logo TV programming, and second screen experiences that will synch with linear telecasts.

To help boost app download numbers and to build buzz for its most-watched show, Logo TV will be premiere the first episode of Season Six of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exclusively in the app on February 17, a week before the February 24 TV premiere.

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Adult Swim partners with Arktan for mobile app’s second screen experience

Adultswimlogo“Arktan’s success continues not just a trend of networks embracing white label solutions for social TV needs, but for the “Connect”-type social TV curators and destinations that we’ve seen networks launch and bring to real life.” We wrote this about Arktan a year and a half ago, after the California-based company partnered with Turner around SocialStreams. Read more

CMT to premiere ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ on its new second screen app a week before TV debut

cmtCountry Music Television (CMT) has launched a second screen video app for iOS devices that will tie directly to its programming. To build hype for the app, CMT is pre-releasing the first episode of the new season of “Sweet Home Alabama”  - the most-streamed original series in the history of CMT.com – exclusively in the app a week before it premieres on TV. The app will also offer a “Connect” experience that will filter the best tweets and allow fans to connect with the show’s stars or with other fans via the platform. For fans wanting to watch shows via the app, it will feature full episodes of Dog and Beth: On The Hunt, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team, Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame, and Trick My Truck as long as users are subscribers of one of ten cable service providers. Read more

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