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Will on Wednesdays: Get Off Your Ads and Mobilize! - Part 2: Multi-Screen Orchestration Tunes Up

Moving from an Era of " What's in Your Wallet? " to " Who's Your Mobile Wallet? "
In our last installment , we looked at how Apple, with its vertically integrated products, identity architecture and cloud stack, may very well be the first company to bridge the TV advertising to mobile retail experience divide. From Apple TV to Passbook, we anticipate the company will opportunistically optimize their iAds platform -- using the awareness-generating power of TV ad impressions to both mobilize and shift branded experiences to the iPhone in as few clicks as possible.

Google TV News Round-Up

--"Social GTV" App Launched
--Funny or Die Launches Google TV Comedy App
--Blancspot Launches Google TV Social News App
--Software Update Upgrades Google TV to Android 3.2
--Google Asks FCC for Permission to Test WiFi- and Bluetooth-Enabled "Entertainment Device"
The Google TV platform has generated a fair amount of news over the past few days. Here is a round-up: Google has launched a Google TV app called Social GTV . "What is Social GTV?" the app's creator, Will Carter, writes on the Google TV blog. "It is an app that allows you to show in-the-moment, relevant tweets overlayed on top of whatever you are watching, and it works with any show or event on...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Always Innovating, Android, Amino, BBC

--Always Innovating Launches HDMI Dongle to Transform "Dumb TV" into Android-Powered Smart TV
--Amino Showcases Gateway Solutions at CES
--BBC Developing Mood-Based Navigation System for its Programming Archives
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through January 22nd
Due to the large volume of news generated by last week's 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...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): FremantleMedia, Jivox, Lenovo, Android

--FremantleMedia Forms New Unit Focused on Second-Screen Interactivity
--Interactive Video Advertising Company, Jivox, Says Revenues Doubled in 2011
--Lenovo Launches Connected TV that Runs on Android 4.0 Operating System
Due to the large volume of news generated by last week's 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...

Rovi CES News Round-Up

--Launches Second Generation of its TotalGuide Programming-Discovery Solution for Connected TV
--Launches TotalGuide on New Connected TV's from Toshiba
--Works with Samsung to Bring Interactive TV Advertising to Connected-TV Platforms
--Expands Feature Set, Device Support and Reach of its Rovi Entertainment Store
--Launches Digital Copy Solution to Enable Cloud Access to DVD and Blu-ray Disc Collections
--Adds Twitter Verified Accounts to Rovi Data
--Says Multiple Companies Now Using Rovi Cloud Services to Power Entertainment Apps
--Says Amlogic Will Launch First DivX Plus HD Certified Chipset for Android
Rovi generated a fair amount of news over the past couple of weeks at CES and beyond. Here is a round-up of recent major announcements from the company: The company has unveiled TotalGuide G2, the second-generation of its programming search and discovery solution for connected-TV platforms, which is slated for availability in the second quarter. "TotalGuide G2 will bring together a comprehensive range of Rovi technologies and services such as multimedia-rich and deeply descriptive entertainment...

TV Guide Shops Rich Media Ads for iPhone, iPad and Android Apps

- A&E Touts Stephen King's 'Bag of Bones' on all TV Guide Digital Properties
TV Guide is beginning to pitch media buyers cross-platform ads that can run on TVGuide.com, in addition to rich media ads that it will distribute through apps it has built for Apple 's iPhone, iPad and mobile phones running Google 's Android platform. Looking to drive viewers to the premiere last weekend of its Bag of Bones miniseries, A&E was the first sponsor to buy what TV Guide described as a "cross-platform morph overlay execution."...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- NBC Nightly News rolls Android App -- SnagFilms Releases 400 Films through Mobile Apps -- Sales of Connected TVs and Devices Double in 2011 -- YouTube Launches Tools for Educators -- Tremor Video Promotes McLaughlin to CMO
NBC boasts that it's the first TV network to launch an app dedicated to its evening newscast. Its app for NBC Nightly news with Brian Williams , which launched Monday on Google 's Android Market, lets viewers watch various segments from each night's show, in addition to the entire broadcast. It also lets users browse story headlines and read a daily blog written by Williams.

Time Warner Cable Launches TWC TV App for Android Tablets

-- App Turns Tablet into Remote Control; but doesn't Support Live Streaming

Time Warner Cable launched an app Tuesday that lets subscribers with the Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Xoom tablets to use the devices as a remote control and to set remote DVR recordings. But its TWC TV app doesn't allow subscribers to watch live video on the tablets – a feature the cable MSO already offers through apps it has developed for Apple 's iPad and iPhone. Time Warner Cable said the app is...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC to Supply VOD Content to Rivals -- Beacon Device Transforms Android Phones into Universal Remotes -- Rovi Grows Revenue in Third Quarter -- Adconion Buys smartclip --Boxee to Support Live TV

Shazam, Delivery Agent Enable Tcommerce in NBCU TV Series

-- Viewers of USA's 'Covert Affairs' can Buy Merchandise through Mobile Devices
Shazam struck a unique deal with Delivery Agent which will allow viewers of USA Network series Covert Affairs to easily buy merchandise related to the program through Apple iOS and Android mobile devices. The agreement announced Tuesday appears to be just the beginning of an effort by Delivery Agent, and Comcast 's NBCUniversal to add tcommerce capabilities to TV series by relying on Shazam's automatic content recognition (ACR) technology. Following the launch with Covert Affairs...

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