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ffwd Relaunches Twitmatic

--Service Now Allows Users to Conduct Real-Time Searches of Videos Shared on Twitter
Social TV company, ffwd (the company describes its goals as to "reinterpret the television channel from the perspective of crowd sourcing, personalization and the social graph" and to "make the ever-expanding video Web easier to navigate"), has relaunched Twitmatic--the Web-based service which it unveiled just two months ago at [itvt]'s TV of Tomorrow Show and which originally presented users with a simple, real-time stream of videos being shared on microblogging service, Twitter--as a real-time search...

Samsung to Offer Twitter Widget on its Internet@TV Platform

Consumer electronics manufacturer, Samsung , says it is set to launch a Twitter widget on Internet@TV , an Internet-based TV widget service which it announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and which is based on the Yahoo! Widget Engine (note: the service, which is available on Samsung's LED 6000, 7000 and 8000-series HDTV sets, as well as on the company's 6- and 7-series LCD screens, offers a range of JavaScript- and XML-based mini-applications,...

New Twitter-Enabled Interactive TV Show Lets Viewers Interact with Surgeons During Operations

UK terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4 , has announced plans for a new four-part series that will allow viewers to interact with prominent surgeons as they carry out "life-changing" operations. Entitled " The Operation: Surgery Live " and airing May 25th-28th, the new interactive television show will feature surgeons from various high-profile NHS hospitals (Papworth, Southampton General, Addenbrooke's and King's College Hospital, London) performing such operations as heart, brain and stomach surgery and tumor removal. It...

ffwd Launches Facebook App to Facilitate Use of Web Video in a Social Network Strategy

--Round-Up of Recent ffwd News
Social TV/navigation company, ffwd (the company describes its goals as to "reinterpret the television channel from the perspective of crowd sourcing, personalization and the social graph" and to "make the ever-expanding video Web easier to navigate"), announced earlier this month the release of a Facebook application which it says will make it easier for "celebrities, companies, organizations and their fans" to make relevant video content discoverable through their social networks. According to the company, the...

ABC News to Debut Twitter-Enabled Broadband Video Show, "NightTline"

In a posting on its Web site, Monday, ABC News announced that its long-running nightly news magazine show, " Nightline ," is expanding its relationship with microblogging service, Twitter , to launch a new, weekly, half-hour broadband TV show that will be hosted by "Nightline's" regular anchors and correspondents, and that it says will provide a forum for viewers to use Twitter to simultaneously discuss and debate the news of the day. Entitled "NightTline" and...

Commander of NASA's Next Shuttle Mission Invites Viewers to Interact via YouTube, Twitter

--Will Answer Viewer-Submitted Video Questions on NASA TV Live from Orbit
In a video posted on the ReelNASA channel on YouTube last week, NASA astronaut, Mark Polansky, who will command the next space shuttle mission to the International Space Station, announced that he will be sharing the final weeks of his training via Twitter, and that he is inviting viewers to submit video questions to him on YouTube and to alert him via Twitter when they upload their videos. Polansky plans to answer a selection of...

Heavy.com Incorporates Twitter into its Interactive Game Show, "Massive Mating Game"

Heavy.com , a broadband video entertainment service that targets a young, male demographic, has announced plans to incorporate microblogging service, Twitter, into its long-running interactive dating game show, " Massive Mating Game " (launched in 2006). In order to participate in what the company bills as "the first ever game show played on Twitter," viewers must first sign up to follow Heavy.com (@heavysan) on Twitter. They will the n be alerted whenever Heavy.com releases a...

MTV Announces Plans for Live, Daily, Twitter-Driven Show

--Show Will also Invite Viewers to Upload Videos
MTV announced plans for a new, one-hour, daily, live entertainment show, Tuesday, that it says will make viewers "the stars of the program." The show--which has the working title, " The Alexa Chung Show ," and which will be hosted by the eponymous UK TV personality and model--will employ microblogging/social media service, Twitter, to allow viewers to "interact with Alexa, celebrity talent, their own friends and the rest of the pop culture-loving world on the...

Turner Sports Using YouTube, Facebook, Twitter to Promote NBA Playoffs Coverage

Turner Sports announced Wednesday that it is using social media platforms, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, to promote corporate stablemate TNT's "40 Games in 40 Nights" coverage of the 2009 NBA playoffs. The company says that TNT will have a major presence on YouTube with a "homepage takeover" on April 20th that will feature player-specific videos, in order to drive tune-ins for that night's match-ups, as well as TNT-messaged overlays on sports-related featured videos. In addition,...

Current TV Teams with Twitter to Make Presidential Debates Interactive

Current TV has teamed with Twitter on a project called "Hack the Debate," that will add interactivity to all the presidential and vice-presidential debates. (Note: Current TV, which is targeted at the 18-34 demographic, is the brainchild of former US vice president, Al Gore, who serves as the chairman of its parent company, INdTV Holdings, and his business partner, Joel Hyatt, who serves as INdTV's CEO. It features short-form informational programs, dubbed "pods," around 30%...

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