smart TV

INdustry: "TV at the Top" of the Engagement Model

For me, one of the key takeaways from this summer's TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) was a marked change in the creative model for companion content. At TVOT 2012, much--if not all--of the focus was on "second-screen" apps, i.e. apps that run on smartphones and tablets and that are designed to accompany content displayed on TV. At TVOT 2013, it was clear that the second-screen mantra had evolved. The new mantra? Multiscreen.


Super-early-bird registration for [itvt]'s seventh annual TV of Tomorrow Show (June 25th-26th, 2013, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco) ends at midnight tonight, February 28th . Super-early-bird registration allows you to attend the TV of Tomorrow Show for just $775 , representing a savings of $500 off the regular price of a ticket (and guaranteeing you a seat at this limited-attendance event).

Interview: Cognitive Networks' New CEO, Michael Collette, on Developing Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) Technology for Smart TV

Listen to internet radio with Tracy Swedlow on Blog Talk Radio Michael Collette --whose career includes stints as SVP of marketing at OpenTV, as CEO of uCentric Systems and PhyFlex Networks, as a strategy consultant to Google TV, Canoe Ventures and Cisco, and, of course, as a columnist for [itvt] --was recently named CEO of Cognitive Networks , a company that specializes in the development of automatic content recognition (ACR) solutions for smart TV's.

[itvt] Presents...The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013, June 25-26 in San Francisco

  • TVOT 2013 Will Feature Three Tracks, Close to 200 Expert Speakers and Panelists, and the Presentation of the 10th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television
  • Expanded Venue Will Accommodate Event's Rapid Growth
  • Tickets on Sale Now : Special Early-Bird and Group Rates Available
[itvt] is pleased to announce that the seventh annual TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) will take place June 25th-26th (Tuesday-Wednesday) at San Francisco 's famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) , where we have secured additional space this year to keep pace with the event's recent rapid growth . The TV of Tomorrow Show has been widely praised not only as a true experts' conference that attracts a veritable "who's who" of the...

Samsung CES News Round-Up

--Launches AdHub Interactive Ad Platform for its Smart TV's, Partners with Rovi and YuMe
--Redesigns Smart Hub UI with "Smart Interactions" Voice- and Motion-Control, and Other New Features
--Reveals Plans to Future-Proof its Connected TV's via "Smart Evolution"
--Launches Camera System that Brings Connected-TV Functionality to Regular HDTV's
--Expects to Achieve 20 Million App-Downloads Milestone this Month
--Launches New Family-Focused Apps
--Partners with Rovio to Bring "Angry Birds" to its Connected TV's
--Partners with DirecTV to Enable "Boxless" Viewing
--Will Offer UltraViolet-Powered "Disc to Digital" Feature on its Blu-ray Players
--Demo's Pay-TV Apps from Comcast, TWC
Samsung generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up: The company has launched Samsung AdHub , an interactive advertising platform for its Samsung Smart TV platform. "Through the newly announced AdHub service, brands can deliver 3D, video and interactive advertisements into the living room via Samsung's market-leading Smart TV's," it states in its press materials. "Samsung AdHub allows delivery of advertisements to the front page of Samsung's Smart TV interface, with...

Interview: Jeff Siegel, Rovi's SVP of Global Media Sales, on the Company's Connected-TV Advertising Efforts

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, " Radio [i]tvt ," Jeff Siegel , SVP of global media sales at Rovi , discusses the company's connected-TV advertising network, which delivers ads to such platforms as Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. Among other things, he explains how viewers are interacting with the ads on the network, describes the kinds of data these interactions are generating, and provides information on other recent and forthcoming developments in...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): PayWizard, RCDb, Verimatrix

--PayWizard Adds Voucher Capability, Free Account-to-Account Transfers to its DTV Payment Platform
--RCDb Launches WatchWith Service Delivery Platform for OTT TV Distribution
--RCDb, Verimatrix Team to Deliver Premium Video to LG Connected TV's, Blu-ray Players
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...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Red Bee Media, Cisco, 24/7 Real Media, Akamai, Samsung

--Red Bee Media Teams with Cisco, 24/7 Real Media, Akamai to Launch Online Video Platform
--Samsung Says it has Sold over 2 Million Smart TV's in Three Months
--Samsung Teams with University of California, San Diego to Bring Smell to Television
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Broadcast services company, Red Bee Media , has partnered with Cisco , 24/7 Real Media and Akamai to launch an online video platform dubbed the RedPlayer that is targeted at broadcasters and networks and that provides a range of social media features. The company "has developed RedPlayer to introduce to market an enhanced...

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,...

Napster Taps Accedo Broadband to Help it Launch Connected-TV App for the Samsung Apps Platform

--LG Electronics to Unveil "Smart TV" at IFA
Online music pioneer, Napster , on Wednesday unveiled an interactive TV application for Samsung 's Samsung Apps platform (note: for more on the latter, which is available on a number of Samsung's connected TV's, Blu-ray players and Blu-ray home theater systems, see the article published on, September 1st). Napster tapped Accedo Broadband , a Stockholm-based provider of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices, to help it develop, test...