Interview: Founder and CEO, Somrat Niyogi, on Miso's New SideShows Offering

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, " Radio [i]tvt ," Somrat Niyogi , founder and CEO of second-screen social-TV specialist, Miso , discusses his company's recently launched SideShows offering (which it bills as "interactive content experiences that play on your phone while you watch TV"--note: for more on SideShows, see the article published on itvt.com, December 14th), its partnerships with AT&T and DirecTV, and more.

Miso Sees Demand for Synchronized SideShows

-- CBS, Showtime, Fox, Food, DirecTV Use Miso to Deliver Interactive Content to Mobile Devices
Social TV firm Miso said it is seeing increased demand for its new SideShow product, which allows programmers, advertisers and distributors to deliver content to mobile phones and tablets that is synchronized with TV programming. The company, which had announced previously that Showtime was using its Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology to deliver bonus content from its Dexter series that is synchronized with the broadcast, said Wednesday that several other programmers have built SideShows. Networks...

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

--YouTube Emphasizes Channels in Major Redesign -- Miso Raises $4 Million from Khosla Ventures, Google, Hearst -- Sony Delivers Scrolling Twitter Feed on Bravia TVs -- UFC Hits Microsoft's Xbox Live -- Bell Fibe TV Launches Interactive Weather App
In an effort to increase the amount of time Web surfers spend watching videos on its site, YouTube flipped the switch on a major redesign Thursday afternoon that emphasizes channels of content. The move comes one month after YouTube announced deals with dozens of independent producers to supply it with 100 channels of original programming. "We're trying very hard to marry the best of TV and the best of online," YouTube VP of product development Shishir Mehrotra said at an event at the company's San Bruno, Calif., headquarters. The San Francisco Chronicle has more .

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Miso Syncs Content to iPhone for Science Channel's 'Trek Nation' -- Shazam Reacquires Audio Recognition Technology -- Lenovo Building a Connected 'LeTV' -- Verizon Offers FiOS TV through Xbox 360 -- Online Video Usage Hits Record High in October

Yahoo Launches IntoNow iPad App

-- Users Can Share Content with Friends on Facebook and Twitter
Six months after Yahoo acquired social TV startup IntoNow , the company launched a new IntoNow app for Apple 's iPad. The app relies on automatic content recognition (ACR) technology to identify programs a viewer is watching, and lets the viewer share and recommend TV shows and movies to friends on Twitter or Facebook . IntoNow faces increased competition in the social TV space from Miso , GetGlue , and other companies.

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Vizio Bundles Hulu Plus Subscriptions with Tablet -- Three UK signs On Demand Group for Mobile Distribution -- Halogen TV Partners with Miso to Promote 'Jump Shiff' -- Music Choice Breaks VOD Viewing Record
Vizio is attempting to drive sales of its $299 tablet by offering three free months of the Hulu Plus online video subscription service to consumers that buy the device. The CE company is also offering customers that previously bought the tablet three free months of Hulu Plus, which normally costs $7.99 monthly. The Vizio Tablet features an eight-inch screen and comes equipped with a WiFi receiver. More SeaChange 's On Demand Group struck a deal...

AT&T Launches Four Social TV Apps for U-verse TV Subs

--IPTV provider rolls Miso, BuddyTV Guide, TV Foundry, WayIn
AT&T is turning to social TV to diffentiate itself form pay rivals, launching social TV apps Miso , BuddyTV Guide , TV Foundry and WayIn for users with mobile phones and tablets. The AT&T deal marks the second big deployment in less than six weeks for Miso, which announced an agreement last month with DirecTV which allows the satellite provider's subscribers to access companion programming during Dexter and other original programs. AT&T's move provides exposure...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Miso, DirecTV, "Dexter," MOG, Samsung, NBC, Yahoo!

--Miso Offers DirecTV Subs Broadcast-Synchronized Social/Interactive TV Experience for "Dexter"
--MOG Launches Music-Streaming Service on Samsung Connected TV's, Blu-ray Players
--NBC Previewing Episodes of "Up All Night" and "Whitney" on Yahoo!
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of days to catch up with all the recent news: 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 us. Earlier...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Microsoft, Jinni, MIG, "Big Brother," Netgem, Miso

--Microsoft Licenses Jinni's Semantic Video-Discovery Technology
--Mobile Interactive Group to Power Facebook Voting for "Big Brother"
--Jinni Brings Semantic Video Discovery to Netgem's IPTV Middleware
--Netgem Integrates Miso's Social-TV Platform with its Middleware
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA trade shows--and because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't...