Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Fanhattan, General Motors, Super Bowl, HBO

--Fanhattan Adds Personalized Entertainment News Feed to its Programming-Discovery Apps
--General Motors Launches "Chevy Game Time" Second-Screen Play-Along App for Super Bowl Telecast
--HBO to Premiere Episode 2 of "Luck" on its TV Everywhere Service

Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 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.

  • Programming-discovery company, Fanhattan, announced Thursday that it has added Fan Feed, a personalizable entertainment news feed, to its flagship iPad and iPhone apps. "As you browse articles of interest in Fan Feed, you can launch directly into Fanhattan to dive deeper into any related movies and TV shows mentioned in the article," the company explains on its blog. "As a result, the day's top entertainment news becomes an entertainment discovery launchpad...In addition, Fan Feed gets progressively smarter in delivering personalized news based on your entertainment preferences. Simply swipe through Fanhattan, and 'Be a Fan' of movies, actors, directors, and TV shows with a simple tap of your finger. Tap 'Be a Fan' on any actor, movie, or show: Instantly, and going forward, Fan Feed returns a list of articles custom curated from the entertainment you care about, called My News. The more movies, actors, actresses, directors, producers, screenwriters, and shows that you like, the more spot-on your daily Fan Feed will be. Once you become a fan of celebs, films, and shows, your Fan Feed populates with a personalized feed of the news you care about. A nice side benefit: The more films you like, the more your personal Fanhattan social experience widens. See what films your friends like--including the most popular films among your friends. The more movies and shows you like, the more your personal Fanhattan social experience widens...Fan Feed represents a killer leap forward for Fanhattan. Now, in addition to entertainment discovery through smart algorithms, you can use the top brands in entertainment news to discover what to watch." Fanhattan's partners for Fan Feed include Billboard, E!, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, People and Rolling Stone, among others.
  • General Motors has launched Chevy Game Time, a second-screen play-along app for this year's Super Bowl telecast, in the Apple App Store and the Android Market. The app gives viewers the chance to win a range of prizes, including 20 Chevrolet automobiles. "The Chevy Game Time app turns your mobile device or tablet into an interactive tool that will connect you to the game and other players across the country," GM states in its promotional materials for the new app. "If you don't have a mobile device or tablet, you can still play. Visit for details. During the game you'll answer questions and respond to polls for your chance to win. Interact with friends through Twitter and Facebook and let them know how you're doing. Answer correctly and you could win a brand new 2012 Chevy, phones, tires, pizzas, music and gift cards. The app is available for download on January 22. Register before February 6 and you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win a Camaro just for registering. Get your friends to sign up as well, then get together to watch the game and help each other out. Register by January 27 and you'll have a unique opportunity to win the cars featured in Chevy Super Bowl commercials during the game and also, later on YouTube and the app. Once you register you'll be given a unique license plate number. Watch the Chevy commercials closely and if you see your plate in one of the commercials, you've just won that featured Chevy (pending verification)."
  • HBO has announced plans to offer the second episode of the new series, "Luck" (stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte), on its "TV Everywhere" service, HBO Go, as well as via VOD, a week in advance of its broadcast premiere. "Beginning Sunday, Jan. 29, episode 2 of 'Luck' will become available on HBO Go simultaneously with the linear premiere of episode 1, which debuts on the HBO main channel at 9:00-10:00PM (ET/PT)," the network states in its press materials. "Episode 2 will remain on the HBO Go service throughout the week leading up to its HBO main channel debut on Sunday, February 5 (9:00-10:00PM ET/PT), and in perpetuity. The episode will also be available early on HBO On Demand via select providers."
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