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tvtag Launches Walter White into Space

Last month, tvtag (formerly GetGlue) held a contest for which TV character would be the company’s first space ambassador.

The idea was born during a two-day company hackathon project. While the engineers were developing new tvtag functionalities, the less-tech savvy among the group wanted to do something equally challenging and fun. The result was the idea to let fans vote between sending (a figurine version of) Walter White (Breaking Bad), Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead), and Daenerys Targaryan (Game of Thrones) to space.

Equipped with a GPS tracking device, a weather balloon, and two GoPro cameras, Walter White took flight from the Utah desert. Here’s what happened:

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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.

Social TV consolidation continues: GetGlue rebrands as tvtag, Yahoo! shuts down IntoNow, Viggle buys Dijit Media

downloadThe past week has seen a tremendous amount of consolidation from some of the major platforms that have defined a now tiny world of “companion apps” to the TV viewing experience. Here are the details about GetGlue pivoting to tvtag, Yahoo! shutting down IntoNow and Viggle acquiring Dijit Media. Read more

GetGlue announces change to sticker program, fans react

GetGlue-LogoOn its blog last week, GetGlue (which was recently acquired by i.TV) introduced its new animated stickers. While these stickers are certainly an upgrade over their digital predecessors, the announcement came with this caveat. “As we open this door to a new, exciting future of stickers, it also means closing the door to our physical sticker program. We know that for many of you, this will be a bummer. But in time, we hope you’ll share our vision and excitement of things to come.” In the comment section – which has nearly 2,000 comments to date – loyal GetGlue users appear upset. There is even a petition well on its way to the 5,000 supporters needed. Read more

GetGlue Acquired By Video Discovery Startup i.TV

logo_locked_blue-Get-GlueMobile TV app i.TV has acquired social TV app GetGluecoming together in a deal that pairs a founding father in the second screen and TV check-in space with the Utah-based video discovery startup.

“Together, i.TV and GetGlue will reshape the social TV and second screen landscape,” said i.TV CEO, Brad Pello. “Together, i.TV and GetGlue are positioned to deliver the richest, most enjoyable, and most social second screen experience at a time when viewers are more eager than ever to watch and share with each other. We will have more to announce on that note early next year.”

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Social TV highlights and takeaways from SXSW

Both Natan and I enjoyed a few days in Austin for SXSW Interactive this week, navigating even longer lines than last year, dodging the occasional rainstorm and searching for 3G service that actually worked. As we previewed, there were over a dozen social TV events and sessions, and we saw many more TV folks compared to last year. Here are some SXSW highlights, and we asked several social TV execs who attended for their biggest takeway from the annual event:

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Entertainment Weekly's social TV app, viEWer [Interview]

There's an exciting social TV app that hit the ecosystem this fall, and it has the potential to change the TV magazine business. Entertainment Weekly's viEWer app, powered by i.TV, is combining social viewing with their expert journalists for viewing events in an app that works within a browser. This is already proving to be a lucrative property for the magazine. This month, Pepsi is sponsoring X Factor content on the platform, and on 12/15 "So You Think You Can Dance" judge Mary Murphy will co-host an episode of X Factor within the app.

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