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Delivery Agent Takes T-Commerce to the Next Level

Delivery Agent logo 304x200If you haven’t heard of Delivery Agent, you’ve probably interacted with it if you watch television without knowing it. Product placement and advertising are part of television’s DNA but t-commerce is a growing industry and Delivery Agent’s focus, since 2005,  is on making it simple, connected, and intuitive. CEO Mike Fitzsimmons told me that they started:

…with the vision that television and e-commerce were on a collision course and that meant a couple of things. First and foremost, we enable people to buy things that they’ve seen on television, so that’s key for us is the idea that the inspiration for the purchase begins with the exposure from television. It can be product placement, it could be something fashion, or a product you see in a commercial. We’re trying to make it easy for consumers to buy things they see on TV. Another tenant is that it has to happen anywhere, anytime, and on any device. We powered online stores for PCs…if you think about where we are today, we’re doing the same things on mobile devices and connected TVs.

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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.

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?

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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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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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

CES: Toshiba smart TVs to integrate Samba, close gap between linear TV and the web

samba_logo5Last year at CES, Samba TV demonstrated its new platform, which automatically syncs with live TV shows, and serves as a recommendation engine for related online videos and other relevant shows. At CES 2014, Samba TV has announced that its technology will be integrated into Toshiba smart TVs. New Toshiba owners will be able to use their remotes, tablets, phones, or computers to browse apps, gain access to exclusive content, and share clips with friends via Facebook and Twitter via their TVs. Read more

Flingo rebrands as Samba TV, collaborates with Sony on smart TV apps

samba_logo[5]In January, we wrote about Flingo (now Samba TV) – a publisher of smart TV apps – demonstrating its new platform, Samba, at CES 2013. When we spoke with Ashwin Navin, CEO and Founder of Samba TV he described the platform as “blur[ring] the lines between first screen and second screen, between traditional TV and smart TV. For example, if someone is watching an episode of Comedy Central Roast live, Samba will recommend the 5 best Roast videos from the Web, so you can continue that viewing experience after the show is over, with one-click of your TV remote. Not sure which video you want? Check out a preview from your iPad first, and then fling the video you like to your TV.” Read more

TiVo partners with Flingo to smarten non-smart TVs

As the digital video recorder becomes more ubiquitous, and is offered by nearly every cable provider, TiVo has been forced to offer more advantages to subscribers. The latest, a partnership with smart tv app leader Flingo, is a big step in the right direction. Read more

CES: With new partnerships and services Roku goes from streaming to mainstream

When the Roku player launched in 2008, it was the first product to stream Netflix to the TV, and that was its only channel. Fast forward to CES 2013, where Roku announced that they surpassed 700 channels on the platform, including channels from FlingoVEVO, and Spotify. Read more

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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