Interactive TV News Roundup

-- NBC Nightly News rolls Android App

-- SnagFilms Releases 400 Films through Mobile Apps

-- Sales of Connected TVs and Devices Double in 2011

-- YouTube Launches Tools for Educators

-- Tremor Video Promotes McLaughlin to CMO

  • NBC boasts that it's the first TV network to launch an app dedicated to its evening newscast. Its app for NBC Nightly news with Brian Williams, which launched Monday on Google's Android Market, lets viewers watch various segments from each night's show, in addition to the entire broadcast.  It also lets users browse story headlines and read a daily blog written by Williams. 
  • SnagFilms launched apps for Amazon's Kindle Fire and Android-based phones and tablets that allow users to watch 400 non-fiction, fiction and foreign films for free. It's now available on the Blackberry Playbook, the Motorola Zoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the HTC Flyer. It launched an app for Apple's iPad earlier this year. SnagFilms has also built an app for connected TVs from Sony, and says it is developing apps for connected TVs from other consumer electronics manufacturers that it will launch later this month. More
  • Global sales of connected TVs and devices will double in 2011 to about 12 million units, Strategy Analytics projects in a report released Monday. More than 8 percent of U.S. households own a connected TV or set-top such Roku's over-the-top video player or the Apple TV, compared to 7 percent of European household, according to the Boston-based research firm. It said that about 30 percent of Apple TV owners say they have rented movies or TV shows, compared to 20 percent of users of other devices. More
  • YouTube is targeting school teachers with a YouTube for Schools site it launched Monday. It allows teachers and administrators to create playlists from hundreds of thousands of educational videos that can be accessed by students. Teachers don't have to sorry about students using the site to check out non-educational videos since access can be restricted to videos organized in playlists by teachers, according to YouTube.  Mashable has more
  • Tremor Video said it promoted Melinda McLaughlin to senior VP and chief marketing officer. McLaughlin joined Tremor after it merged with ScanScout last year. She worked previously for a decade at A&E Television Networks. Tremor said she will continue to oversee all marketing and research efforts for Tremor Video, and will report directly to CEO Bill Day.
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