connected TVs

Connected TVs and Devices Spark Battle for Ad Dollars

--TVOT Panelists Debate how Programmers, Distributors, Tech Vendors Should Split Revenue
New York --- While connected TVs and mobile devices may offer new revenue opportunities for advertisers, programmers, pay TV distributors and technology suppliers, it's still not clear how that revenue will be split among key players. That was a dominant theme here this week at the TVOT NYC Intensive . Lawrence Brickman , a former Cablevision and Insight Communications executive, suggested connected TVs could ignite a battle between cable operators and TV manufacturers over who...

Interactive TV News Roundup (Part 2)

-- WSJ Live Expands to Apple TV, Google TV, Roku -- Time Warner Cable Nears Completion of Android App -- Bright House Launches iPad App -- Panasonic Bundles Social TV Apps with Viera HDTVs -- TiVo Names Capitol Hill Veteran Wymer Communications Director
The Wall Street Journal is expanding distribution for its WSJ Live interactive video service to over-the-top video set-tops from Apple TV , Google TV and Roku . The interactive video service is also available on Boxee , Apple's iPad and through connected TVs from Samsung , Sony , Vizio and through Yahoo' s connected TV platform. Time Warner Cable said it hopes to launch an app for devices that use Google 's Android platform by...

Media Heavyweights Back Fanhattan

-- Startup's iPad App Integrates Content from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes
Several media and technology industry veterans are teaming up to back Fanhattan , a San Mateo, Calif.-based digital startup that has developed an iPad app that integrates content from Netflix , Hulu , iTunes , ABC and other online video services. Fanhattan's board includes investor Jarl Mohn, who is the former CEO of E! Entertainment Television and Liberty Digital . TiVo founder Mike Ramsay also sits on the board, and Fanhattan's executive team includes veterans...

Samsung Leads U.S. Sales of Connected TVs, 3DTVs

Samsung Electronics America is leading all CE manufacturers in U.S. sales of connected TVs and 3DTVs, according to data from The NPD Group released by the company. While Samsung didn't disclose how many 3DTVs it has sold, it said that it is ranked No. 1 in 3DTV unit sales, with a 51.1 percent market share. It also leads the sector in sales of networked TV sales, with a 48.1 percent share. NPD Group says Samsung...

EBU Adopts Principles for Connected TVs

Looking to spur the distribution of programming on connected TVs, the European Broadcasting Union adopted a set of principles that it said could lower programming costs and offer consumers ore viewing choices. The EBU's "Principles for Internet-Connected and Hybrid Television" suggests ways broadcasters can reach viewers on new devices while maintaining the integrity of their programming. "Although hybrid systems offer real opportunities in the combination of broadcast and Internet elements, there is a risk that...

Audi Launches UK's First Video Ad Campaign on Connected TVs

Audi kicked off a video advertising campaign for its A7 Sportback through connected TVs in the United Kingdom. The ad campaign, which marks the first time an advertiser will run video ads on connected TVs in the UK –features pre-roll ads running on connected TVs from Samsung and LG . Key players in ad campaign include ad agency Mediacom , online video advertising sales network smartclip , and cloud-based connected TV platform woomi . In...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC iPlayer Sets New Traffic Record -- Huawei, Pace, Vestel to Build YouView Devices -- Zeitera Helps Broadcasters Synchronize Video with Apps for Mobile Devices -- Cablevision Launches Optimum Link PC-to-TV Media Relay Service -- Accenture Shops "Over-the-Top TV" Solution
BBC iPlayer received 160 million requests for TV and radio programs in March, up from 148 million in February. It saw its highest levels for live streaming to date, with live streaming comprising 15 percent of requests. More British IPTV platform YouView released its final technology specification, and said that any manufacturer will be able to use the spec to develop connected TV devices. YouView, whose backers include BBC , ITV , Channel 4 and...

Playjam Supplying Games to LG Connected TVs

PlayJam struck a deal with LG to supply its library of 500 casual games to LG's line of connected TVs and Blu-ray players. London-based PlayJam already supplies games to 50 million pay TV homes through distribution deals with Dish Network , BSkyB and other pay TV providers. The agreement shows how it can expand the audience for ad-supported games ranging from Darts to Sudoku without having to rely on cable and satellite providers. For LG,...

UK Takes Lead in Delivering Video to Connected TVs

If NBC or another major network allowed viewers without pay TV subscriptions to access any program they missed in the last week through a broadband connected TV, there may be a backlash from providers that pay license fees to deliver VOD programs and catch-up services such as Time Warner Cable's "LookBack" feature. But it's another story in the UK, where the BBC iPlayer is expanding the number of connected TVs and devices that viewers can...