television

  • Hands On With The Verizon FiOS Mobile App

    Hands On With The Verizon FiOS Mobile App

    Verizon updated its FiOS Mobile application for iPad, which now streams 75 channels of live TV. Unlike some of the mobile experiences Verizon has released in the past, the new application doesn’t require you to install software on your Mac or PC to act as the intermediary – instead, everything streams directly from the Verizon router in your home. Read More

  • The Television Is No Longer The “Babysitter”, Kids Are Getting More Interactive Thanks To The iPad

    The Television Is No Longer The “Babysitter”, Kids Are Getting More Interactive Thanks To The iPad

    You might be familiar with the concept of the television being used to “babysit” kids. Back in my childhood days, my parents plopped me down in front of “Dukes Of Hazzard” and thanks to them, I really love the color orange. Go figure. The days of this television management style are over and I’m seeing trends towards more interactive entertainment thanks to the… Read More

  • Twitter Dominates Live TV Because Social TV Is Failing

    Twitter Dominates Live TV Because Social TV Is Failing

    Editor’s note: Somrat Niyogi is the CEO of Miso. Every time I turn on the TV, I see Twitter. Hashtags and Twitter handles are on TV shows. There are dedicated pages to world events like the Olympic Games. Even entertainment news reporting has been transformed because the general population can get in touch with what’s happening in the lives of celebrities instantaneously. Read More

  • Mobile Will Grab TV Advertising’s Crown

    Mobile Will Grab TV Advertising’s Crown

    Editor’s note: Matt Cohler is a General Partner at Benchmark Capital. He’s responsible for identifying investment opportunities in Internet-related companies in addition to working closely with companies across the firm’s portfolio. You can follow him on Twitter here.  The global advertising market is big. Half a trillion dollars big in 2012. In the tech world we tend… Read More

  • Smart TVs Fail To Score With Consumers In U.S. And Other Western Markets: GfK

    Smart TVs Fail To Score With Consumers In U.S. And Other Western Markets: GfK

    Here’s one reason why Apple may not be producing a television with its name blazoned on it in the near term: it doesn’t look like people have, so far, shown that much interested in them yet. According to a new report out from consumer researchers GfK, connected TV televisions are faring much better in markets like China, Brazil and India compared to the U.S., UK and other… Read More

  • NPD: 18% Of Consumers Watch Online Video Daily On TVs; China’s Urbanites Watch The Most Of All

    NPD: 18% Of Consumers Watch Online Video Daily On TVs; China’s Urbanites Watch The Most Of All

    Online video — helped along by the rise of tablets, better broadband and a flood of content from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and many others — has seen a huge rise in usage in the last few years; and while PCs remain the most common way to consume it, thanks to consoles like the Xbox, even TV screens are becoming popular for online video consumption. According to a new study out from… Read More

  • Dream Team Of Children’s TV Producers Create PlaySquare, “Touchable TV” For The iPad

    Dream Team Of Children’s TV Producers Create PlaySquare, “Touchable TV” For The iPad

    What do you get when a team of Emmy winning children’s TV producers are introduced to the iPad? You get a company that has a whole new vision for the future of television. That company, PlaySquare, is working on something they’re calling “touchable TV.” It’s the idea that the child shouldn’t just be watching television, they should be interacting with it. Read More

  • Record Profits Of $1.9B For News Corp’s BSkyB As PayTV Co. Launches Triple Play In Ireland

    Record Profits Of $1.9B For News Corp’s BSkyB As PayTV Co. Launches Triple Play In Ireland

    BSkyB, the UK-based, News Corp-controlled pay-TV provider, today posted record profits for the year, rising 14 percent to £1.2 billion ($1.9 billion) in the 12 months that ended June 30. Full-year revenues were £6.8 billion ($10.4 billion), a rise of three percent on 2011. Earnings per share were also up: they are now at 50.8 pence ($0.79), a rise of 22 percent. While BSkyB has built its… Read More

  • Late, Expensive And Probably Redundant: YouView Finally Launches UK Digital TV Service

    Late, Expensive And Probably Redundant: YouView Finally Launches UK Digital TV Service

    Two years after it was meant to go live, and with a list of backers that includes the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk, YouView today finally crashed the UK TV party. Available by the end of July with a selection of major retailers, the service is based around an all-in-one set-top box that you can use without a subscription, which includes 100 digital TV and radio… Read More

  • Vidpresso Wants To Help TV Stations Put Your Tweets And Facebook Comments On Air

    Vidpresso Wants To Help TV Stations Put Your Tweets And Facebook Comments On Air

    It’s hard to find a live morning show or sports event coverage on TV these days that doesn’t feature tweets or Facebook comments from viewers. For most programs, though, getting those messages on air is actually more difficult than it seems and often involves custom software and expensive hardware. Vidpresso, which officially launches today, offers TV stations a far easier solution. Read More

  • Nielsen: U.S., UK Couch Potatoes Love To Tap On Tablets While Watching TV

    Nielsen: U.S., UK Couch Potatoes Love To Tap On Tablets While Watching TV

    For anyone who’s loved to watch Twitter reactions or a liveblog of a big event on TV, this will probably come as no surprise. For advertisers and broadcasters who haven’t figured out how to capitalize on this, you are missing a trick: we are fast becoming a culture of people who love to use devices like smartphones and tablets while watching television. According to the latest… Read More