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April 19 2012

02:07

BreakingNews, Staffing Up, Releases SmartTV App for News Alerts

LAS VEGAS -- BreakingNews, the influential aggregator of global breaking news, has released the first of its kind App for Samsung smart TV's which pops up news when it happens.

At NAB we spoke with Cory Bergman, General Manager of the MSNBC-owned media start-up.  Bergman says in this interview that BreakNews now has 12 employees in Seattle, New York and London.

Purchased in 2009 as an influential Twitter feed, BreakingNews will be on an increasing number of devices, social networks and Web sites, Bergman tells Beet.TV

Andy Plesser

 

August 03 2011

11:03

Apps on Internet-Connected TV's to Grow Fast, Report

Internet-connected TVs with built-in apps are poised to grow 36% over the next five years. That growth will be fueled in part by demand for built-in apps for Netflix, YouTube and others, said research firm In-Stat.

Already, 60% of homes that have these apps are using them once a week already. This research underscores the powerful position Netflix is in, but the company does face some challenges, and for all the details on the hurdles and opportunities check out this week's New Media Minute.

-Daisy Whitney

Note: Daisy's New Media Minute is produced and sponsored separately from Beet.TV, but we pleased to feature it regularly on our channel.  AP

May 29 2011

20:18

Japan - Radio, TV, newspapers, Twitter? Media's role in responding to earthquake disaster

Daily Yomiuri :: Professor Shiro Segawa, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, conducted a preliminary survey about the media and its role in responding to the earthquake and tsunami disaster March 11. He and his research team called on two shelters and interviewed 23 victims in total. The main question to them was which form of media—newspapers, TV, the Internet (PC or cellular phones), or radio—they used a frequently right after the earthquake, one to two weeks after it, and one month after it, respectively.

Findings. On the whole, the most common answer was radio immediately after the earthquake (car radios or battery-operated radios) and newspapers after one week since the earthquake. It is generally thought that Twitter and other social media have played an active role in responding to this earthquake disaster. This only seems to be the case, however, in areas where the Internet was available and without power outage.

Study and findings: continue to read Shiro Segawa, www.yomiuri.co.jp

 

October 04 2010

16:13

Google TV Adoption Will be Challenged by Lack of Carrier Support, Analyst

While Google's Android OS has been has been a huge hit for handsets, thanks in part to subsidization in the U.S. by Verizon Wireless, there will be no carrier or MSO support for Google TV.  

This lack of support may limit the success of the new Google platform outside a group of enthusiasts, says Ross Rubin, senior tech analyst of the NPD Group, in this interview with Beet.TV

Rubin says that low-priced Blu-ray Internet-connected DVD players and a new crop of connected television sets will be appealing to consumers interested in connecting to the Web from their living rooms with exisiting gear and without additional boxes. 

He says that over a third of new big screen TV's (over 40 inches) can connect to the Internet.

While Google TV does not have carrier support, it is getting traction with content creators. Today, Google announced it is working with several top networks to create specialized content for the new service. 

Andy Plesser

Production Note:  We produced this video in the Manhattan studios of Livestream.

 

February 03 2010

20:07

Three Key Video Trends to Watch This Year, According to Online Video Analyst Will Richmond

Keep an eye on how the growth in online video will shift this year into the mobile world via smartphones like Google's Android and Apple's iPhone, said Will Richmond, the publisher of daily news site VideoNuze.

Will and I host the podcast The VideoNuze Report each week, and I sat down with him at the recent NATPE conference in Las Vegas to get his take on key trends in 2010 in online video.

Other trends to watch this year include TV Everywhere rollouts and the consumer adoption of convergence devices such as Roku, Boxee and Xbox, he said. Richmond also gives his take on the challenges Hulu faces giving the rollouts of TV Everywhere and the Comcast acquisition of Hulu parent NBC Universal

Daisy Whitney, Senior Producer

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