Smart TV penetration at over 50% in US

A new report has found that more than half of US broadband households now own at least one smart TV. According to Parks Associates, 54% of US homes now have smart TVs and that smart TVs are the primary platform for video services. The report also found that more than six million US broadband households […]

Applicaster hires former Ooyala VP as VP of EMEA and APAC sales

Platform provider Applicaster has announced the appointment of Jason Johns to the role of vice president of sales for EMEA and APAC.  In this role, Johns will oversee Applicaster’s EMEA and APAC commercial and go-to-market strategies. The company added that, under Johns, it will also extend its work with sports brands, teams, and leagues, along […]

TV app firm Applicaster raises US$10.5 million

Israel-based provider of cross-screen TV apps, Applicaster, has raised US$10.5 million (€9.2 million) in funding.  The new cash takes the firm’s total funding to date to US$18.5 million, with the new round led by Pitango Venture Capital with participation from current investor, 83North. “Applicaster has championed the app-driven TV transformation for several years now, and we’re […]

Civolution teams up with Applicaster

Content identification specialist Civolution has teamed up with cross-screen technology provider Applicaster to integrate their technologies to enable broadcasters to launch second screen activities synced with content and ads being watched on TV, whether live or on-demand. The joint solution is based on integration of Applicaster’s second screen products and Civolution’s SyncNow automatic content recognition […]

Applicaster supports MegaFon World Cup second screen service

Russian mobile service provider MegaFon is using multiscreen technology provider Applicaster’s platform to deliver enhanced coverage of the World Cup on second-screen devices.  The Smotri+ TV app developed by Applicaster was downloaded 600,000 times ahead of the Winter Olympics earlier this year, with an additional 150,000 downloads for the Hockey World Cup, according to the […]

Applicaster appoints FremantleMedia exec Cassidy

White label broadcast solutions provider Applicaster has appointed FremantleMedia UK Interactive’s managing director, Peter Cassidy, as its European vice-president. Cassidy joins after seven years at FremantleMedia, where, in his most recent role, he was responsible for all digital extensions around the production company’s shows in the UK, including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and […]