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All You Want For Christmas is a Smart TV

santatvBlack Friday and Cyber Monday stats are rolling in and while “chaos” might be the best keyword to describe the weekend shopping event, television brands are driving the conversation. According to The Drum, Sony and Samsung were big winners in terms of social mentions:

During this time Sony took centre stage, closely followed by Samsung (23 per cent) with the most popular product purchased being the Samsung Galaxy. Making up the rest of the top six brands were; Panasonic (18 per cent); Amazon (14 per cent); Michael Kors (13 per cent); with Apple earning 8 per cent of the brand conversation.

We’ve written about how smart televisions are dominating the electronics market but during this holiday shopping season, people are getting serious with their pleas to watch YouTube on a big screen. You want big ones, curved ones, smart ones, and…beer:

 

 

Apart from that iPhone 6, which I could live without, I’m copying that Christmas list this year. Who wouldn’t want affordable healthcare and an affordable way to stream Netflix 55 inches wide?

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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.

New Report Says Smart TV Industry Reaching ‘Point of No Return’

smarttvAccording to an industry analysis done by Futuresource Consulting, smart TV manufacturers aren’t really benefiting from all the consumer activity around them, and that the industry is reaching a “point of no return.” Really?

The report says that:

In developed regions 30% of homes will own a smart TV by the end of 2014, rising to 70% by 2018. And people aren’t just buying the feature, they’re using it too. At present, around 80% of the smart TVs in people’s homes are connected to the internet, with the pervasion of embedded Wi-Fi and auto-boot on track to lift this figure to over 90% by 2016.

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Samsung Smart TV Owners Had a Cool Ryder Cup Experience This Weekend

2014-Ryder-Cup-Gleneagles-ScotlandThe 40th Ryder Cup concluded yesterday, and fans with 2013 or 2014 Samsung Smart TV were able to follow along with the Ryder Cup TV app, developed in collaboration with Turner Sports and the PGA of America.

The app allowed fans to follow live scores, access exclusive behind-the-scenes video footage, and view course information through virtual hole flyovers.

“In our continued effort to bring consumers new and immersive experiences across our products, Samsung is excited to be working with the PGA and Turner Sports, bringing golf fans a way to deepen and enrich their Ryder Cup viewing experience,” said Eric Anderson, Vice President of Content and Product Solutions at Samsung Electronics America. “Whether using a Samsung Smart TV or mobile device, the Ryder Cup TV App is just another example of what lies ahead as we develop new ways for consumers to view their favorite content.” Read more

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

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