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This Guy Wants to Change the Way Families Watch TV

skreens deviceToday, SkreensTV is launching an indiegogo campaign to manufacture hardware that will allow viewers to watch up to five screens on their television at once. Founder Marc Todd comes from a digital background and was sick of kicking everyone out of the living room to watch the Bruins:

I have four kids and everyone wants a piece of the TV. I start flipping through channels and everyone leaves the room. And when I [hooked up Skreens], all of a sudden I can put the Bruins on and the kids can play XBOX and everyone starts coming back into the room.

The prototype is a little white box with five HDMI outputs. You’ll plug in your devices and then get to watch them all on the one big screen. You can play around with layouts, and save them, so if you have a Sunday football layout you like, or need to tweet along with “Scandal” every Thursday you won’t have to waste any time. Through the Skreens app, you can adjust volume and play around layouts. If you want to watch the news while someone plays XBOX, you can fight over who gets the volume and who has to stream the audio through earbuds.

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

NFL Homegating App Brings the Tailgating Experience Home

NFL-LogoCan’t make it to the stadium for your favorite NFL team’s game? The NFL’s Homegating app enables you to organize a tailgating experience at home.

The updated app is now available on iTunes, Android and Windows, and allows fans to send Homegating party invitations, view recipes from NFL Chef Marc Payero, and upload and share pictures with friends.

While the NFL has long put its marketing efforts towards getting fans to games, the league in the past five years has shifted its focus, with the indispensable Red Zone package, NFL Mobile, and now the Homegating app.

In addition the app’s existing features, here’s what’s new in the latest update: Read more

WatchUp Adds New Channels, Features to App

Watchup, a personalized video platform specifically for news broadcasts, announced the launch of their new app designed specifically for iOS 8. They’ve partnered with some big names — in both news and video — like PBS, Univision, and The Washington Post. You start the app, choose your preferences, and let the app aggregate your nightly newscast.

For the new app, they’ve added some features like being able to scroll to delete a video from the newscast, preview the program in notifications, and they’ve added Arirang TV and The Young Turks to their channel lineup. You can download the app as soon as you update your operating system (like, now.)

3 Predictions for How the iPhone 6 Will Impact Social TV

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.51.13 PMThe highly anticipated iPhone 6 hits shelves (and doorsteps) tomorrow. To date, the talk has largely centered on the size of the phone, so much so that ‘The Verge’ published erotic poetry comprised exclusively of reviews.

Size matters, but so does the faster processor, Apple Pay (the new mobile payments platform), and an improved camera – each of which will have an impact on the social TV. Twitter came to prominence on the iPhone 3, Instagram on the iPhone 4, and Vine, Snapchat, and Whisper on the iPhone 5, but it is not the phone itself that impacts the social TV landscape – rather it is how app makers like Facebook and Twitter – and the companies they acquire – take advantage of the phone’s evolution.

With this in mind, here are three predictions for how the iPhone 6 will impact social TV. Read more

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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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

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

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