Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): FremantleMedia, Jivox, Lenovo, Android

--FremantleMedia Forms New Unit Focused on Second-Screen Interactivity
--Interactive Video Advertising Company, Jivox, Says Revenues Doubled in 2011
--Lenovo Launches Connected TV that Runs on Android 4.0 Operating System

Due to the large volume of news generated by last week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from 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.

  • FremantleMedia has formed a new digital division out of the digital operations of its TalkbackThames unit and out of Screenpop, the unit responsible for, among other things, its two-screen interactive TV format, 'Intuitie' (see the article published on itvt.com, September 20th). According to the company, the new division, which will be headed up by Screenpop managing director Peter Cassidy, will focus on "development of interactive formats and entertainment concepts with a focus on mobile and second-screen applications, direct-to-consumer transactions, social media and games." Paid Content has more.

  • Jivox said Tuesday that it achieved "record growth" and doubled its revenues in 2011, thanks to adoption of its multiscreen interactive video advertising technology by leading publishers and advertisers. Key 2011 milestones cited by the company include: "1) Rapid publisher adoption: Added several leading publishers, including adBrite, Budget Travel, FoxNews.com, Glenn Beck TV, Hearst Communications, New York Daily News, Orbitz, Readers Digest and YuMe. 2) Significant revenue growth: Increased revenue by 100 percent year-over-year due to increased demand from publishers and agencies for interactive video ads. 3) Record ad creation and delivery: Created and delivered approximately 12,000 interactive video ads for both large and small agencies and publishers. 4) Released several key product releases: Introduced several new ad units, richer analytics and advanced editing and layout capabilities. 5) Funding: Received $8.2 million in funding in a financing round led by Fortisure Ventures and with participation by all existing investors."

 

  • At CES last week, Lenovo unveiled the K91, which it bills as the first connected TV to run the Android 4.0 operating system ("Ice Cream Sandwich"). "As the world's first smart TV powered by QualComm's 8060 Snapdragon dual-core CPU, the K91 is also the world's first smart TV running the Android 4.0 operating system--which will revolutionize technology in the living room," the company states in its press materials. "Its smart 'Sandwich' UI unites three major smart-TV functions, including video-on-demand (VOD), Internet applications and traditional TV programs. The online HD VOD is tailored to an individual consumer's viewing history, and delivers the best picture and audio quality with 3D FPR technology delivering flicker-free video on a full HD IPS panel at 240hz with SRS TruSurround. Internet applications include thousands of choices from the Android Market and Lenovo Store, including console games. Additional smart-TV features include voice control with natural language processing and speech-recognition technology, allowing viewers to use voice commands to control the remote. Video interaction is even possible with the built-in 5MP webcam, which integrates face recognition technology for security benefits and advanced parental control. With cloud support, consumers can access their favorite songs and videos with ease, share files between the TV and their tablet, smartphone or PC, and even control the TV via tablet and smartphone."
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