Survey Finds Only 25% Are Interested in Friends’ TV Viewing Behavior via Social Networks

We've got an interesting follow up to our Social TV discussion yesterday. SideReel, a TV watcher community with 10 million monthly unique visitors, has just released the results of their online survey [PR] (sample size: 1,800+). In a nutshell, SideReel found that "Social Media is important, but only for 25 percent of online TV watchers." And [...]

Twitter’s Real-time Activity Spills Over to Live TV Engagement

RWW has a great post on "What Glee Means for Twitter & Television." As many of you already know, more and more people are watching TV with their smartphone, tablet, or notebook by their side, updating friends on their viewing activity through various social networks. As such, one can easily follow a status update, fan [...]

Yes, TV Apps Can Save Niche Cable and Independent TV Networks – In Theory

I just wanted to piggyback on NewTeeVee's post: "Can TV Apps Save Niche Cable Networks?" and the recent announcement that WealthTV will be the first cable TV channel, in HD, to be offered on Roku for $2.99/mo. If we can move past the argument of TV platform fragmentation and imagine that it's easy for any [...]

Samsung’s Smart TVs Serve Up 2 Million App Downloads Globally in January 2011

It appears Samsung is on a tear with its TV app market. The company is announcing that they've hit 2 million downloads this month, doubling what they did at the end of November 2010. Congrats! Like the movie Field of Dreams, I guess if you build it they will come. We've had discussions on "What Is [...]

What Is and Isn’t a Smart TV

It seems Intel has coined a new descriptor for connected home devices that defines a new category within the space. Personally, I like the term "Smart TV." Trouble is many have started grouping unintended devices and platforms as part of the mix when reporting on Smart TVs. According to Intel, a Smart TV is able [...]

Bet You Didn’t Know Windows Media Center Embedded Had a Showing at CES 2011

Attached is a demo of Prime Time's Windows Media Center Embedded IPTV set-top box recorded by TDL. You'll see that Prime Sense has refined the UI to better match its sensibilities and bundled it with a nice TV web browser and gyro + QWERTY keyboard remote. However, the part that you should focus on is [...]

Twonky’s DLNA Demo at CES 2011 Shows Why DLNA’s Popularity (or Lack Thereof) is Marketing and App Related

The attached video below published by TDL shows some fantastic capabilities present in Twonky's Android app. For example, it shows that it can beam music, video, and photo content from the handset, or from a detected local home media server, to a DLNA-enabled HDTV or home stereo. On top of that, it can beam video clips found online — [...]

MUST SEE: Comcast and Time Warner Cable Leverage Samsung’s Smart TV Platform for Set-top Box Free TV Viewing

Think Smart TVs are a dumb idea? Take a look at this demo presentation by Comcast and Time Warner Cable at CES 2011. The two premium cable TV providers have partnered with Samsung to roll out the first set-top box free viewing solution delivered over IP via Samsung's Smart TV app platform. Both HD services [...]