Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Samsung, SeaChange, Technicolor, Skype, Sony, Vizio

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--Samsung Announces App Contest Winners, Launches Smart TV SDK
--SeaChange to Integrate its VividLogic tru2way Software Stack onto Technicolor's Next-Gen STB's
--Skype to Be Available on Sony and Vizio Connected TV's

Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by 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 us. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

  • Samsung has announced 1) the winners of its "Free the TV Challenge," its contest to develop applications for its Samsung Apps platform (see the article published on, August 12th); 2) the launch of the ESPN ScoreCenter, NBA Game Time and MTV Music Meter apps on the platform; and 3) the availability of the "SDK for Samsung Smart TV" (note: more information on the new SDK is available here). The first-place winner of the app contest was's WeDraw app ("a player draws a picture on a smartphone while other players guess what the image is, based on what appears on the TV," Samsung explains in its press materials. "Integrating both the TV and the smartphone, the app leverages the largest screen in the home to create an interactive, social experience"); the second-place winner was TheGymbox's eponymous app ("delivers weekly, full-length workouts on-demand in a variety of formats including step aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, core strength, treadmill, cycle, strength training, and stretch"); the third-place winner was Artefact's Armchair Astronaut ("allows users to explore the solar system in stunning cinematic HD 3D"); and the People's Choice winner was Numote, which Samsung says "presented an innovative way to experience TV by creating an app that encouraged a social-TV experience with trending TV listings and badges for checking into shows."
  • SeaChange International has announced an agreement to integrate its VividLogic tru2way software stack with Technicolor's next-generation set-top boxes later this year. "The standards-based product integration places VividLogic software on Intel CE media processors in Technicolor set-top boxes that will enable North American cable operators to roll out advanced set-tops with interactive tru2way consumer applications and high-speed DOCSIS 3.0 support," SeaChange states in its press materials. "With more than 100 million digital set-top boxes deployed worldwide, Technicolor is a leading supplier to cable and IPTV service providers."
  • Skype has announced that Sony and Vizio plan to ship Skype-enabled Sony Bravia and Vizio VIA TV sets later this year, joining Panasonic and Samsung which already offer Skype-enabled connected TV's. "We've also been working with Panasonic and Sony to make it easy for you to get Skype on your existing TV," Skype states on its corporate blog. "Soon you'll be able to buy a Skype-enabled Panasonic or Sony Blu-ray Player and webcam and enjoy rich, real-time video conversations with friends and family around the world from your living room."


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