Anthony Rose: people have ‘zero interest’ in Tweets on TV

Former iPlayer boss and founder of social TV service Beamly, Anthony Rose, has said that there is “zero appetite” for Tweets on the main screen in the home. Taking to Twitter a day after the micro-blogging network announced the launch of a new Twitter app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox One, Rose raised […]

Beamly co-founder Anthony Rose unveils new startup UTD

Former BBC iPlayer boss and the co-founder of Beamly, Anthony Rose, has unveiled UTD, a new technology startup he is working on that is designed to “remove the friction in the way that people connect.” Offering a “sneak peek” of the service via a video posted online, Rose said the app will find people nearby […]

Beamly adds social layer to iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD

Beamly, the service that was recently rebranded from Zeebox, has launched a new Chrome extension that displays Tweets as part of the UK’s leading catch-up services.  The Beamly OnDemand extension adds a social panel to the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Channel 4’s 4oD on-demand services, displaying tweets and comments that were made about a […]

Beamly adds features, claims 30% user growth

Social TV service Beamly has added a number of new features and claims a 30% monthly increase in its user base since it rebranded from Zeebox in April. The new and updated features in the new version of the Beamly app include: an all-new personalised TV guide based on the shows a viewer follows; a […]

Zeebox rebrands as Beamly

Companion TV app Zeebox has rebranded as Beamly in a bid to “capture the zeitgeist” of its core target audience of 16 to 24 year-old millennials and to break away from its “geeky male audience”. Announcing the move, Zeebox founders Ernesto Schmitt and Anthony Rose described the move as an evolution of the service, in […]

Zeebox ups on-demand focus

Second screen app Zeebox is looking to up its focus on on-demand viewing as ‘second screen’ interaction makes way for ‘participation TV’, according to company co-founder Anthony Rose. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit last week, Zeebox chief technology officer and co-founder Rose said that though Zeebox’s initial focus was on interacting with live television, […]

Zeebox expands Digtialsmiths deal to UK and Australia

Second screen TV app Zeebox has expanded its relationship with video search and recommendation firm Digitalsmiths, incorporating the latter’s ‘seamless discovery’ technology in the UK and Australia. Zeebox first started using Digitalsmiths’ technology in the US to power elements of its personalised video discovery back in June. Zeebox users in the UK and Australia will […]

Zeebox ‘TV Room’ engagement passes 1 million minutes

Second screen TV service Zeebox said that its recently-introduced TV chat-room function has surpassed one million minutes of engagement by users in the last 60 days.  The firm said the figure was the equivalent of two years-worth of engagement by fans since the introduction in July of Zeebox TV Rooms – a feature that lets […]

Ofcom hails return of digital ‘1950s-style’ living room

More than half of UK adults now media multi-task while watching TV, though an increasing number still view TV on their main living room screen, in what Ofcom hailed as “the reinvention of the 1950s living room.” In its 2013 Communications Market Report, published today, the UK broadcast regulator said that people are still coming […]

Zeebox partners with video discovery firm Digitalsmiths

TV companion app Zeebox has partnered with video discovery firm Digitalsmiths on a new ‘recommended for you’ feature.  Launched this week, the new tool delivers personalised recommendations, based on individual viewing behaviour in the Zeebox app. Zeebox’s ‘similar shows’ feature also allows users to discover content related to different programmes. “Our users tell us that […]

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