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Why PlayOn thinks you should ditch your cable service

PlayOn_logo-01 (1)In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision to rule against Aereo, different platforms have been emerging reminding consumers, that Aereo wasn’t the only option. PlayOn , “the media server software from MediaMall Technologies that streams online videos to TVs and mobile devices,” is encouraging consumers to cut the cord and instead purchase their lifetime service for $69.99 (with a Chromecast included so you can access their service on your TV). We spoke with PlayOn’s CEO, Jeff Lawrence about their Chromecast offering and the state of cord-cutting.   Read more

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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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How RelayTV is Making Social TV Even More Social

Features-Screen-StoreThere are a declining number of don’t-dare-talk-to-me-while-I’m-watching shows on TV (Mad Men, Game of Thrones). For all other shows, RelayTV seeks to bring friends watching the same shows closer together.

The platform is a connected TV solution for cable operators and set-top hardware manufacturers designed to make the TV experience more social for users. It allows viewers to see what their friends are watching and then join a virtual living room where they can watch together.

Kye Cheung, CEO of RelayTV, tells Lost Remote that what sets Relay apart from other connected TV companies is that they’re the “first to integrate a “push-to-talk” Voice Chat feature directly into the TV, allowing TV viewers to communicate with their friends during a show through voice in real-time.” Those in other parts of the country, then, no longer have to miss family movie night.

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Aol's new connected TV app helps distribute video further

Aol continues to invest in the future of TV. They've recently launched a new version of their connected TV app that will be available for Samsung Smart TVs, Rokus, Sony TVs and TiVo devices for the first time. Aol already helps distribute content for TV networks like E! and BBC, and this new app will provide additional reach for their TV partners. We spoke with Rob DelaCruz, General Manager of Connected TV and Mobile Video for the AOL On Network about the launch.

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10 things you need to know about the future of TV

KIT Digital recently put together a very compelling deck on "10 Things You Need To Know About The Future of Television" for their clients. The 65-slide presentation, authored by KIT's Global Lead Analyst Alan Wolk lays out in very short form the problems and opportunities facing the future of social TV.

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NAB: BreakingNews expands to TV with on-screen alerts

Every so often, there's something at my "real job" at BreakingNews that I can't resist sharing. Today, our team launched a Samsung TV app that brings breaking news alerts to your TV, over any live channel you're watching. When a story breaks, a ticker appears, scrolls the alert and disappears a few seconds later. The Breaking News app also features a consistent ticker of the moment's biggest stories, and you can set...

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BBC: iPads drive more iPlayer use than connected TVs

Here's a fascinating data point. Speaking at a London conference this week, BBC's Daniel Danker shared how the network's video platform, iPlayer, gets four times as much traffic from its iPad app than from its connected TV apps -- even though there are twice as many connected TV app installs. He took the opportunity to urge connected TV makers to simplify their offerings, build user interfaces that work for TV and stop pushing firmware updates.

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New platform Clik promises to seamlessly sync screens

Clik is a new platform launching today that investor Fred Wilson says is "bordering on magic," and the best way to describe it is to walk you through how it works, using YouTube as a demonstration. I downloaded the demo app from Clik on my iPhone and launched it. It instructed me to go to ClikThis.com on my computer, which after a few moments displayed a circular QR-looking code (right). The app (left) asked to point my phone's camera at the computer screen...

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Connected TV company says second-screen apps are distracting

For the Super Bowl, the connected TV marketing company CTV Advertising conducted a survey. It worked with ten heavy-consuming TV viewers ("couch consultants") around the country, and asked them to fill out questionnaires before and after the game about "companion applications," with an emphasis on synchronized advertising. And the results are in:

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Connected TV Marketing Association launches [interview]

The Connected TV Marketing Association (CTVMA) launched yesterday in New York, London and Melbourne, Australia, along with individuals from 47 chapters around the world. With projections that connected TVs "make up to 90% of the global TV market by 2014, with sales reaching 123 million," the CTVMA was founded to help organize and promote a quickly-growing industry.

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