Social TV

Social TV service Stevie launches on Chromecast

Social TV service Stevie has unveiled new versions of its apps, with added Google Chromecast streaming support.  The Israeli startup, which has apps for Android and iOS devices, takes users’ social feeds from sites like Facebook and Twitter and YouTube turns them into TV channels. “The new support for Chromecast and Android TVs helps bridge […]

Twitter and Starcom MediaVest reveal social TV findings

Twitter amplifies significant cultural moments far beyond original broadcast audiences, according to a new social TV study by the social network and ad firm Starcom MediaVest. The Social TV Lab findings claim that 40% of Twitter conversations during sport and reality TV programming relates directly to the show or ad content. It also said that […]

Facebook adds audio recognition in social TV push

Facebook is making a bigger push into the social TV space, taking on the likes of Shazam with a new audio recognition function for TV shows, movies and music.  Due to roll out on Facebook’s iOS and Android apps in the US in the coming weeks, users will be able to click a new button […]

Kantar Media buys social TV analytics firm The Data Republic

Kantar Media, an audience research firm owned by ad giant WPP, has bought specialist social TV analytics agency The Data Republic. Kantar said that the acquisition will build on its activities in audience measurement and insight in more than 60 markets. The deal comes after Kantar said this week that, as part of its partnership with […]

Twitter buys social TV analytics firms SecondSync and Mesagraph

Twitter has acquired UK-based social TV analytics firm SecondSync and France’s Mesagraph in its latest television push. In a post on its site, SecondSync said that Twitter is the only place that hosts “a real-time, public conversation about TV at scale,” and that becoming part of the social network will allow it build on this. […]

Numericable to launch social TV service, restart and 4G

French cable operator Numericable has launched two new connected TV initiatives and has confirmed plans to launch a 4G mobile service next month as reports surface of a renewed attempt to merge with Vivendi-owned mobile operator SFR. Numericable has launched VideoShot TV, a new service that allows users to capture video from TV programmes and […]

Middle East Yahoo! chief joins social TV start-up

Ahmed Nassef has left his role as Yahoo!’s VP and managing director for Middle East and Africa to found Telfez, an LA-based start-up focused on social TV services in emerging markets. Nassef has joined forces with Tamer Rashad, former head of Merrill Lynch Middle East & Africa to launch the new business, which will offer […]

Kit Digital and Civolution launch social TV solution

Cloud based TV software company Kit Digital and content identification technology provider Civolution have jointly developed a solution that brings second-screen interactivity to consumers with non-connected TV sets. Kit Digital has integrated Civolution’s automatic content recognition technology, SyncNow, into its Cosmos video management software. Cosmos supports live and on-demand video delivery and second screen interactive […]