Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CTAM, Samsung, Fashion TV, Shazam, Syfy, E! USA Network

--Multiple Oscar Winners and Nominees to Be Featured on Cable VOD during Academy Awards Run-Up
--Samsung in European Connected-TV Deal with Fashion TV
--Shazam Brings ACR-Powered Interactivity to Shows on Syfy, E!, USA Network
Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with...

INdustry: ACR TV at CES 2012: News, Rumbles and Outlook

There were a lot of ACR announcements at CES. Most, though, were about companion app plays of various types. Civolution and Audible Magic both showed up with really their first market moves with a plethora of new partners. RCDb inked new deals with Zeitera and Audible Magic. It was a partner press cornucopia. On the ACR TV front, established player Gracenote entered the ACR tech competition with Gracenote Entourage, a new audio fingerprinting tech offering...

Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) at TVOT NYC Intensive 2011

[itvt] is pleased to present VIDEOS of the two-part session, " ACR Intensive: Automatic Content Recognition on Companion Devices and Connected TV ," that was one of the highlights of our recent TVOT NYC Intensive event (took place December 5th in New York City). The session was described in the TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 brochure as follows: "This two-part session--hosted by Michael Collette , author of [itvt]'s INdustry column--will offer an in-depth exploration of the...

Canoe Ventures Publishes In-Depth Report on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011

--Topics Covered Include Interactive TV Advertising, VOD and Dynamic Ad Insertion, ACR, HTML5, Social TV, New Multiplatform Market Opportunities, and More
--Download the Report Here
Canoe Ventures has just published an in-depth report on TVOT NYC Intensive , the annual New York edition of [itvt]'s TV of Tomorrow Show, which took place Monday, December 5th in Midtown Manhattan. Canoe was the premiere sponsor of the event.

A PDF file of the report can be downloaded here .

The table of contents for the report is below: 2 Interactive TV: Finally Here. So...

Audible Magic to Launch Live TV Synchronization Service

-- ACR Provider Gives Sneak Peak of New Technology at TVOT NYC Intensive
Audible Magic said it will introduce a live TV identification and synchronization service at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas which will be able to identify TV content even if it is live, reality-based material. The automatic content recognition technology provider is also giving attendees at The TV Of Tomorrow Show in New York Monday a sneak peak of the technology. Audible Magic has an exhibit at the TVOT NYC Intensive conference...

Pillsbury Integrates Shazam for TV in Ad Campaign

-- General Mills is First Packaged Goods Company to Use Shazam's ACR Technology

General Mills announced an agreement with Shazam to use its Shazam for TV mobile discovery application in ads for its Pillsbury Crescents brand. The marketing deal – announced Monday at The TV of Tomorrow Show in New York – lets mobile phone users watching a 15-second TV spot for Pillsbury receive links to recipes and videos sent to their phones. Targeting millennial moms, the 15-second "Holidays Made Easy" TV spots will air on...

Ensequence Adds Audio Detection Capabilities to iTV Manager Platform

-- iTV Provider Demonstrates ACR Integration at TVOT NYC Intensive
Ensequence said that it has added audio detection capabilities to its iTV Manager interactive platform which it says will allow programmers and advertisers to provide a more immersive viewing experience to viewers using smartphones and tablet computers. The company made its announcement at the TVOT NYC Intensive on Monday, where it is demonstrating interactive TV enhancements that take advantage of Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology. Its workshop on "Devising a Truly Multi-platform Strategy" begins at...

Ensequence to Integrate Civolution Watermarking Technology

-- Deal Could Allow Cable Programmers to Sync Content with Mobile Phones and Tablets
Cable programmers will be able to deliver interactive content to mobile phones and tablets that is synced to TV shows, under an agreement that Ensequence announced with Civolution Wednesday. The companies said that they will integrate Ensequence's iTV Manager platform with Civolution's VideoSync product, which uses automatic content recognition technology to identify programming that is being watched on a TV or PC. In addition to using Civolution's ACR technology to deliver second-screen content during live...

INdustry: Ensequence + Zeitera = A Compelling New Approach to ACR for Companion Apps

Recently, Ensequence and Zeitera announced a new partnership for companion app publishing using automatic content recognition (ACR). I found this quite intriguing. I couldn't recall any other ACR companies doing deals with ITV publishing companies. Something was different. Before proceeding, let's refresh what this is about. ACR has become a buzzword of sorts and the lines describing various uses of automatic content recognition are starting to blur.

Redesigned iPad app for The Weather Channel Features interactive 3D images

-- TWC signs Westin Hotels to sponsor app
The Weather Channel launched a major upgrade for its app for the iPad , adding a 3D interactive globe with a spinning map view that allows users to track weather at various locations around the world. The app, which was ranked Friday afternoon as the 12th most popular free app at Apple 's iTunes Store, allows users to save up to 10 favorite locations. Users with an iPad 2 will see 3D background images on...