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4 in 10 use social apps whilst watching TV

According to research from The Diffusion Group, 38 per cent of US. adult broadband users currently participate in “social TV” activity at least a couple times per year. Social TV viewing is defined as the simultaneous use of mobile technology (i.e., smartphones or tablets) to communicate and interact with currently-viewed TV content or with others […]

October 25, 2012

Discovery launches on Facebook and YouTube

Discovery Networks International has announced the launch of its first ever global Facebook page as well as a dedicated YouTube channel for its new landmark series: How We Invented The World. The live Facebook page is an initiative that will serve as a vertical on Facebook for inventions, inventors, and the ‘game changer’ in all […]

October 25, 2012

AT&T brings Facebook to TV screens

AT&T U-verse subscribers in the US can now connect with Facebook through their TV screen using ‘Facebook on TV’, the latest interactive app available from AT&T. The app enables users to connect to their Facebook account whilst watching their favourite shows. “The TV experience is becoming more social, and we’ve always focused on delivering interactive […]

August 30, 2012

Deloitte: The rise and rise of ‘second screening’

The rise of ‘second screening’ – the use of other screens, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets while watching TV – is a source of excitement and concern for many in the TV and technology industry according to a new report from Deloitte. Nearly a quarter of all respondents (24 per cent) use second screens. […]

August 20, 2012

American Idol show on Facebook

The producers of American Idol will release their new reality TV series on Facebook; the first television show to air on the social network and a cable channel at the same time. Showing A Chance to Dance to Facebook users and cable subscribers simultaneously signals confidence that the social network can be a distribution channel […]

August 13, 2012

78% of US following Olympics on TV or Digitally

Nearly eight-in-ten (78 per cent) of Americans say they have watched or followed Olympic coverage either on television, online or on social networks according to The Pew Research Centre. Television remains far-and-away the leading platform for Olympic coverage; 73 per cent say they have watched coverage on television. Still, 17 per cent say they have […]

August 7, 2012

NBC, Facebook Olympic tie

Facebook users will be reminded about NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games in London, and viewers of NBC’s coverage will be nudged to talk about the Games on Facebook. It is part of a collaboration between NBCUniversal’s NBC Olympics division and the social networking site. Data from Facebook will inform television coverage on NBC and […]

July 11, 2012

The Facebook Post Worth $779 Million

Netflix shares jumped 20.6 per cent this past week after a July 3rd Facebook post by company founder and CEO Reed Hastings congratulating chief content officer Ted Sarandos and his team with helping Netflix exceed 1 billion hours for the first time ever in June. The stock had closed at $67.85 on July 2nd and […]

July 11, 2012

C4 ‘4Seven’ channel chosen by Facebook

Channel 4 will launch a new TV channel called 4Seven next month screening repeats of the programmes viewers and critics have most talked about from the previous seven days, prefaced by a selection of their comments, good and bad. The channel, which takes its place alongside E4, More4 and Film4, will keep open the weekday […]

June 6, 2012

Yes, Facebook was Muppet bait

So, a few days in and Facebook shares have fallen almost 20 per cent from their bloated debut. It now emerges that Morgan Stanley, lead book runner on the IPO, issued a downgraded forecast following Facebook’s own revised filing noting the shift to mobile use would slow down its revenue growth. However, accusations are flying […]

May 23, 2012