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How Giraffic’s AVA Technology ‘Rebuffs’ Re-Buffering Issues and Low Quality Streams

home-main-stripEven with a lightning-fast internet connection, you’ve likely experienced re-buffering – whether in the form of total stoppage or a transition from high to low quality – in the recent past. Sure, streaming technology is improving, but at the same time there are more households with smart TVs consuming content on Netflix and Hulu. Couple that with multiple devices in the same household connected to broadband, and the result is bandwidth issues.

In comes Giraffic, a Tel Aviv-based company that has pioneered “Adaptive Video Acceleration” (AVA), technology designed to eliminate re-buffering issues. Samsung will incorporate the technology in its 2014 smart TV and BlueRay player lineup. AVA accelerates content that is streamed or downloaded to the device’s native video player without any further integration or implementation required by the content provider. “Rather than relying on a single stream,” Giraffic CEO and Founder Yoel Zanger tells Lost Remote, “Giraffic’s AVA requests multiple data sessions from the content servers for smaller pieces of a video stream, then stitches them all back together for seamless playback.”

We spoke with Zanger about how AVA works, what viewers with AVA-equipped devices will notice, and why re-buffering and suboptimal resolution is a persistent problem.

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The TV-Viewing Question Pixie is Attempting to Answer: Why Look Down?

1The Miami Heat were down 10 points to the San Antonio Spurs heading into the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, and, down three games to two in the series, the Heat’s season was on the line.

LeBron James had been in a lull up to that point in the game, but then he lost his headband on a dunk with just under nine minutes left to play. Something clicked, and in what is now known as “The Headband Game,” James went on to lead his team to an overtime victory, and then, two days later, to a second straight NBA title.

Kai Bond was watching the game – yet he wasn’t. As James’s headband went flying off, Bond was looking down at his phone. He saw the immediate reaction on Twitter, but he had missed the most pivotal moment of the game.

Just as it had for James, something clicked for Bond.

“That was my ah-ha moment,” Bond told Lost Remote. “Why am I looking down at this feed when I have a giant screen in front of m that’s 50 inches that can easily support getting this content.”

And so began Pixie, Bond’s smart TV app company which is being developed through Samsung’s Accelerator in New York City. Bond, the founder and CEO, gave Lost Remote a demo of the first iteration of Pixie – now available via Samsung’s smart TV app store – and it is clear that as Samsung owners begin installing and using the app, they too will wonder why they were ever looking down. Read more

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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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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CES: Samsung and Fandango give you movie trailers, ticket purchasing ability

FANDANGO LOGOIn September 2013, Samsung integrated Fandango’s showtimes, ticketing, and movie trailers into its GALAXY Note 3 devices in an effort to bolster its own content recommendation service, ‘Here and Now.’ Read more

Samsung acquires Movl to bring devices and smart TVs closer together

Atlanta startup Movl says it’s been acquired by Samsung Electronics for an undisclosed sum. Just two years old, Movl began by creating games that interacted with TV — like “We Draw,” which won Samsung’s top developer award in 2011. Then the startup created a platform for iOS and Android developers to seamlessly integrate their apps with smart TVs, starting with Samsung and Google TV — with more on the way.

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CES: New Samsung TVs to start with smart recommendation screen

In a first for a major TV manufacturer, Samsung announced at CES today that its new 2013 TVs will display a new “Smart Hub” experience the moment you turn them on. The “On TV” section of the guide will show the last channel you watched squeezed into a corner, and personalized recommendations will take up the rest of the screen. Read more

Celebrity driven ad spots continue to drive most social TV commercials

In this week’s edition of Bluefin Labs‘ most talked about commercials, we see that Samsung, Pepsi and Windows 8 are at the top of the chart. Pepsi is no longer in the #1 spot, overtaken by Samsung’s commercial featuring Lebron James. Windows 8, not surprisingly is in the third spot after Pepsi. Microsoft’s big launch is estimated to have a budget over a billion dollars. Here are the details. Read more

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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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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