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Samsung Holds "Free the TV Developer Day" to Promote Development for its Connected-TV Platform

Samsung Electronics held its first "Free the TV Developer Day" at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Tuesday. According to the company, the event was designed to bring together "notable leaders across the connected-TV ecosystem"; help developers better understand its Samsung Apps connected-TV platform (and its SDK), which it says is now available in around 120 countries; and support its "Free the TV Challenge" (see the article published on itvt.com, August 12th), a contest which...

Samsung Holds Contest to Encourage Development of Interactive TV Apps for its Connected-TV Devices

--Launches Free, Exclusive "ESPN Next Level" App, Reveals Plans to Launch 3D Movie Trailer App
Samsung Electronics America on Wednesday launched the " Free the TV Challenge ," a competition which it says will award $500,000 in prizes and is designed to encourage development of innovative interactive TV applications for connected TV's, Blu-ray players and Blu-ray home theater systems. The company also announced Wednesday that the number of applications available through its Samsung Apps store has more than doubled since the latter's launch five months ago, and that the store...

Roku Launches Developer Contest for its OTT Platform

OTT specialist, Roku , has launched a contest that is designed to encourage the development of channels (apps) for its platform. The contest invites developers to build apps in six categories, with the winner of each category receiving $5,000 and an overall winner receiving an additional $5,000. The categories are 1) Video, which will be judged by Revision3 CEO, Jim Louderback; 2) Music or Audio, which will be judged by Michael Endelman, a senior editor...

Boxee and Twilio Announce Winners of Developer Contest

--Contest Challenged Developers to "Unite the Telephone and the Television...Using Twilio and Boxee"
Over-the-top-TV specialist, Boxee , has announced the winners of the " TV Meets Telephony Hack Challenge " developer contest that it organized ( see the article published on itvt.com, March 31st ) in partnership with Twilio, a company that offers a service which allows developers to add SMS and calling functionality to Web applications. The contest--which ran through midnight, April 12th--invited developers to "unite the telephone and the television in an awesome way using Twilio...

Exclusive: Winners of Microsoft's Mediaroom Application Contest Revealed

[itvt] can today reveal the winners of the Mediaroom Application Contest that Microsoft held at its 3rd Annual Mediaroom Developers Conference last month (note: Mediaroom is Microsoft's IPTV platform, which the company says has now been deployed in over 4 million subscriber households worldwide, by a customer base that includes AT&T, BT, Deutsche Telekom, Swisscom and Portugal Telecom, among others).

The contest saw conference attendees voting for three winners from a shortlist...

Fox to Hold On-Air Scavenger Hunt for "The Simpsons"

In order to mark the 20th anniversary of its satirical cartoon series, " The Simpsons ," the Fox broadcast network plans to hold its first ever " on-air scavenger hunt ." From November 9th through 13th, viewers will be encouraged to watch the network each night to find "Simpsons" references, shout-outs, tributes and clues (e.g., "House" star, Hugh Laurie, holding a can of Duff beer) incorporated into its primetime programming and on-air promos. Viewers who...

San Francisco Ballet Launches User-Generated Video Contest for "The Nutcracker"

--Submissions to Be Showcased on YouTube, Comcast On Demand
The San Francisco Ballet --which claims, in addition to being the oldest professional ballet company in the US, to have been the first to perform "The Nutcracker"--on Monday launched a " Magical Memories Nutcracker Video Contest ." The contest invites ballet enthusiasts to create a video that reenacts or reimagines a magical scene from "The Nutcracker" or that depicts a favorite memory of the ballet, and then post it on YouTube. Because the San Francisco...

GoAnimate Adopts SaaS Model for its User-Generated Animation Platform

--Cartoon Network Using Platform to Power "Toon Creator" Service, Contest
GoAnimate , a company which offers an online platform that is billed as making it easy for anyone to create their own animations, announced last week that it is making its platform available via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, so that companies can deploy its animation capabilities on their own Web sites in order to increase "brand interaction." "For the last year at GoAnimate.com, we have been helping major brands from hip-hop stars like Akon to...

Deutsche Telekom Set to Begin its Annual Interactive TV Development Contest

Deutsche Telekom , which operates a Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service called T-Home Entertain , is set to begin its annual interactive TV development contest, the Deutsche Telekom Interactive TV Award, next month. In addition to cash prizes with a combined value of 110,000 Euros, the contest will offer select winners and finalists the chance to work with Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft in order to realize their interactive TV projects. The contest will offer three main...

API, App Dev Challenge Result in Development of Multiple New Applications for boxee

--Apps Include boxee Versions of Facebook Photos, Weather Channel, Open University
boxee says that a range of new applications have been developed for its over-the-top-TV platform since it launched an API for the platform earlier this year and announced the boxee App Dev Challenge, a competition designed to encourage developers to build new applications using the API (note: for more on the App Dev Challenge, see the article published on itvt.com, May 5th). The new apps, many of which can be found in boxee's App Box...

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