Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Eyepartner, International Digital Emmy Awards, Klip

--Eyepartner Expands Access to New TikiLIVE Features to All Users
--Winners of the International Digital Emmy Awards Announced
--Klip Launches New Version of its Social Video App

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.

  • Streaming video technology provider, Eyepartner, announced last week that it has expanded the availability of its broadcasting features for WordPress, Roku, Facebook, desktops and mobile devices to all users of its TikiLIVE HD Internet broadcasting service (provides various tools for producing and managing streaming video). "TikiLIVE will feature Eyepartner's latest developments and releases from the past several months," the company states in its press materials. "Now, all users with premium accounts can: 1) Broadcast live on Facebook by posting a URL that launches an embedded player. 2) Share desktop content in high definition. 3) Embed VOD and live videos on WordPress sites. 4) Broadcast to Roku, complete with pay-per-view and subscription user authentication. 5) Broadcast to mobile devices, complete with pay-per-view and subscription user authentication...With TikiLIVE, users can broadcast the highest quality live or offer VOD in HD through their own branded channel. TikiLIVE also has the ability to charge pay-per-view without expensive or proprietary equipment, which dramatically cuts the cost of producing and sharing video content online."
  • The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the winners of the International Digital Emmy Awards: 1) The winner of the "Children & Young People" category is Kenya's Shujazz.FM (Well Told Story), which the Academy describes as follows: "'Shujaaz.FM' is a multi-media communications project, designed to inspire and motivate millions of Kenyans to take action to improve their lives and engage with urgent issues that shape their future. 'Shujaaz' is delivered simultaneously across multiple interactive channels to inform and involve Kenyans starved of opportunities and eager to build better futures for themselves. 'Shujaaz.FM' follows the lives of four young Kenyans. The star is Boyie, who's built a pirate radio station in his bedroom from which he broadcasts his show 'Shujaaz.FM' as DJ B. The other characters are fans of his show and call-in with stories and ideas for him to share. Together they reveal tried and tested ideas about making money, growing up, entrepreneurship, and democracy." 2) The winner of the Fiction category is Canada's "Endgame Interactive: Facebook Episode" (Secret Location/Shaw Media/Thunderbird Films), which the Academy describes as follows: "'Endgame Interactive' is a transmedia episode created to extend the Showcase television drama 'Endgame' online. The audience participates in an interactive mystery where they take on the main role in the narrative, which is populated with information from their Facebook account. Fans interact with the cast, search for clues, question suspects, and unravel the mystery in a cinematic and personal experience. The episode seamlessly integrates elements of the viewer's Facebook profile into the video and places the user's friends at the center of a kidnapping mystery. The online experience is built on a platform that builds social media directly into the story, posting cryptic messages to viewers' Facebook accounts and weaving the need to share the content right into the story's conclusion. The objective was to draw the audience into the 'Endgame' show world with an immersive experience and create a direct interaction with Arkady Balagan, the charismatic star of the show. By joining Balagan's band of investigators, users experienced the show content through online video and casual gaming elements in a new and unique way." 3) The winner of the Non-Fiction category is the UK's "Live from the Clinic" (Maverick Television for Channel 4), which the Academy describes as follows: "'Live from the Clinic' was broadcast on Channel 4, relying largely on online presence. Viewers applied through the show's Web site to be seen live over webcam during transmission by the show's resident doctors and leading specialists. On the Web site, these cases were made available as interactive videos, allowing users to create a shopping basket of resources most applicable to them, which they could then email to themselves. As the shows aired, users were encouraged to 'play along' using My Healthchecker, taking 19 tests related to subjects across the series, ranging from Dyslexia, OCD, Autism, and ADHD, to BMI, Body Fat Percentage, and Diabetes. Along with receiving detailed feedback and advice, users could compare their results anonymously with others. 'My VideoDoctor,' an interactive video product, allowed users to receive a personalized consultation based on their symptoms from the show's doctors."
  • Klip has unveiled version 3.0 of its eponymous social video app (allows users to shoot, share and discover video). "With this new version we've introduced a fresh, new visual design," founder and CEO, Alain Rossmann writes on the company's blog. "You'll notice the video layout showcases your videos with big, beautiful thumbnails. This version also includes major new camera features, including seven real-time video effects, a camera zoom and the ability to pause and resume while recording. And with this release we're increasing the upload limit to three minutes, which was perhaps our most requested feature."
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