The ‘Smartphone Watch’ – an Alternative eHome Remote?

imwatch_smartphone_watchWith the ability to check Facebook and Twitter feeds, receive phone calls and retrieve text messages, this is the world's very first 'smartphone watch'. Resembling something from a sci-fi film, the touchscreen i'm Watch is planned to go on sale in 2012 and contains most of the same features as hi-tech phones, at just a fraction [...]

Spotify Playing It Cool Before Major Announcement

Spotify Desktop and Mobile Clients GraphicAs the song in Annie Get Your Gun goes, Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, and it seems as if Swedish streaming music giant Spotify is looking to take some of the limelight away from Apple's iTunes Match and Google Music from the Mountain View behemoth. With Spotify already available as an iTunes app [...]

App Discovery Not a High Priority for Connected TV Owners

LG Smart TV Demo CES 2011Research firm, Strategy Analytics, is out with a new Digital Home Observatory report which finds that Connected TV and Smart TV owners rarely seek out new apps to use other than the ones they are already familiar with on their PC, tablet, games console or smartphone devices. If they do venture out, however, they're usually [...]

Who Knew Adding a Share Button Would Get You Sued? Rovi Claims Hulu Is Infringing on Their Interactive TV Patents

Hulu Facebook SharingUnfortunately the details are scarce at this time, but it has just hit the wire that Rovi (formerly Macrovision and Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc.) has set its lawyers on Hulu for what appears to be its latest Facebook integration. If you remember earlier this month, Hulu introduced the ability to share and discover videos with friends on [...]

Facebook Really Does Want to Enter the Social TV Space

Samsung Smart TV Apps 5 Million Download MilestoneAndy Mitchell, SVP of Strategic Partner Development at Facebook, pitched to attendees of PromaxBDA this past Wednesday, according to Adweek, that Facebook could become a partner to TV providers by helping their customers find relevant programming from a sea of 500+ channels by leveraging one's social graph. In other words, Facebook would provide a real-time [...]

YouTube is King of Online Video; Netflix Leads in Paid Viewership?

Citi Online Video Watching Survery 2011AllThingsD has posted a graph produced by Citi Investment Research and Analysis which shows that YouTube is the king of online video when it comes to the number of eyeballs it gets on a daily basis (also just recently confirmed by comScore). Surprisingly, Facebook came in second to YouTube in the Citi survey — thanks to users [...]

TweePLayer Tries to Do the Impossible, Bring Real-time Tweets to Live and Recorded Content

TweePLayer Web ScreenshotI'm actually a little blown away here (in concept). TweePLayer is a new service that's taking the Social TV experience to a whole new level. Many have noted that live, must-see TV has rebounded a bit with users checking in and following their favorite shows' tweet streams in real-time. Well, now TweePLayer plans to simplify that [...]

Will You Opt-in to Letting Netflix Announce Your Viewing Activity on Facebook?

Roku XD|S Netflix GraphicWord is Netflix is planning deep integration with Facebook. The company is currently testing out their new app so subscribers can receive recommendations based on their interests and share with friends everything they've watched, rated, and currently have in their queue. The Facebook app will require a new terms of service for Netflix subscribers to [...]