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Peel CEO: “Social TV Companies Are Either Dead or Dying”

unnamed (1)Last week the Samsung Galaxy S5 was released with a preloaded “Smart Remote” app, powered by Peel’s smartRemote technology. Peel turns smartphones and tablets into universal remotes and content recommenders. HTC’s preloaded “Sense TV” app is also powered by Peel’s technology.

When asked about the social-TV impact of Peel being preloaded on the new Galaxy, Thiru Arunachalam, CEO and co-founder of Peel, told Lost Remote:

“We don’t see ourselves as a social TV company. Twitter has won the battle and social TV companies are either dead or dying. We are a smart remote technology.  We believe we provide the best, most comprehensive smart remote experience of anyone in the market. We work with more devices, more MSOs and have aggregated more TV listings globally than any other company. That is why Samsung, HTC, ZTE and many more to be announced in the near future, have preloaded Peel on their IR-enabled phones and tablets.”

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Infographic: March Madness viewing expected to be way up this year

p4Peelthe social TV company whose “app turns your smartphone or tablet into a universal remote, content recommender, and reminder platform” – just released some interesting data from a survey it conducted of 1,500 users about how much of this year’s NCAA Tournament they intend to watch.

- 35% of fans say they will devote two or more hours a day at work to tournament-related activities (watching games, checking scores, etc.)

- 1 in 3 said they will be watching at work on a smartphone or tablet

- 18% plan to either call in sick or take vacation time in order to watch games

- 40% will watch more games online in 2014 vs. 2013. March Madness Live should enjoy quite the boost.

- Facebook (33%) and Twitter (16%) will be beneficiaries of communication about March Madness, but SMS still reigns supreme (42%).

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How Peel is shaking up the TV (and remote) industry

unnamed“Your remote control is no longer just a remote control.” This tagline belongs to app maker and social TV company Peel, whose app recently reached 25 million registered users worldwide. The app turns your smartphone or tablet into a universal remote, content recommender, and reminder platform. While the phone-as-universal remote concept is not new, based on Peel’s numbers, its users are both savvy and avid tv watchers, which is certain to intrigue advertisers. Read more

Viewers using Peel app predict Obama will top election

During the debates, Peel’s app enabled viewers with Samsung tablets to “cheer” and “boo” in real-time with the candidates. Peel said it reported 1.5 million interactions during the debates — 4,200 per minute — with Obama scoring 2.4 cheers for each boo and Romney coming out even. The app also polled viewers on their intended votes, divided down by state, and Obama came away with 285 electoral votes (with three undecided states) for the win.

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Peel to capture reaction to debates via second screen

The social TV company Peel is launching a new feature inside its app that will enable viewers with Samsung tablets to react live to the Presidential debates. Last spring, Peel offered fans of American Idol to "boo" and "cheer" their favorite candidates "as if they were a member of the live audience," and the feedback was so impressive that Peel said it created a similar experience for the upcoming debates.

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SXSW: Peel launches new features to make 'Idol' more social

At CES we wrote about Peel launching more social features within their app that can also control your TV via universal remote functionality. Their technology is embedded into the Samsung Galaxy, and now they've launched a brand new engagement platform at SXSW that will coincide with the finalist episodes of American Idol. Peel demoed the new tools for Lost Remote last week when they explained that the real-time sentiment tools will facilitate "cheering and booing with the audience, rating the performances, judging the judges, and predicting the results - including which unlucky contestant will be voted off the show that week."

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CES 2012: Peel rolls out updated app with social TV features

The social guide app Peel -- which doubles as a remote control if you buy the optional "Fruit" device -- has just relaunched an updated version for iOS (iTunes) that adds social features to the experience. You can now like, recommend and check-into shows from the app, and those social activities roll up to an activity feed of your friends. The more you participate, the better Peel gets at program recommendations.

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New Samsung tablet bundled with social TV app

Samsung has just opened up pre-orders for its new Galaxy Tab 7 Plus tablet. You can pick one up for $399.99 for the 16 GB version and $499.99 for the 32 GB device beginning November 13th. These new tablets will come bundled with Peel, the universal remote and social TV app (also available for iOs and Android devices). In a slick user interface, Peel suggests TV shows based on what you watch and like, and until now, it required you have the "Peel Fruit" device to control your entire entertainment system with the app. The fruit converts WiFi commands from your iPhone or iPad to IR signals.

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