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Zagga aims to be Netflix for the blind
Accessibility isn’t always at the forefront of businesses’ minds, but those who fail to cater for less able customers will be closing off an entire section of their market. When it comes to entertainment services, we’ve already seen Regal Cinemas make the big screen more accessible through its individual head up display subtitle glasses, but emerging companies like Netflix aren’t doing much to help users with sight difficulties, for example. Zagga is a video-on-demand service that caters for blind and partially sighted customers with built-in audio description. READ MORE…
During TV ad breaks, platform sends companion ads to second screens
Second screens are causing a problem for television advertisers — while they’re spending money broadcasting their spots during popular TV shows, audiences are largely using it as an opportunity to check their phones or do something more interesting on their mobile devices. Aiming to solve this problem, Xaxis Sync is a new platform that pushes content from TV commercials into mobile advertising in order to regain the attention of consumers who turn to their mobile during ad breaks. READ MORE…
Device is a smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop and smart TV in one
Owning a number of different devices can often mean having to regularly transfer data between them to keep them synced, or storing private information in the cloud. Offering a truly connected alternative, Seed is a set of mobile and computer products that use the processing power and data of a single docked smartphone. READ MORE…
USB stick lets distant relatives watch TV and chat together
While family members may be flung across the far corners of the world, there are now many ways to keep in touch more easily, from video calls to social media. Now a new startup called bob is hoping to change the way families use their TV, with a USB stick that transforms the screens into an interactive dashboard to keep track and connect with distant relatives. READ MORE…
App lets homeowners stream art through their TV
Owning a masterpiece is not a pleasure the average consumer enjoys, but being able to hang some art on the walls is something most people would like to do. While some services such as ARTtwo50 have brought the price of original works down to a fairly affordable USD 250, Artkick is an app pursuing a different route by broadcasting renowned paintings and photography into living rooms through the TV. READ MORE…
Teen reality series created by phone company takes place only on social media
Platforms such as Visual SyncAR and SonicNotify have already attempted to offer more to TV viewers through interactive channels. Now @SummerBreak is the first reality series that is broadcast solely on social media feeds, enabling followers to interact with the characters. READ MORE…
Through crowdfunding, site aims to resurrect cancelled TV shows
We recently saw the #SkyRec campaign enable television fans to record their favourite shows from their Twitter account, but what if they get cancelled? Sweden’s Reupp platform could have the answer, giving consumers the power to bring back an axed series through crowdfunding. READ MORE…
TV shows recorded with a retweet
While there are some detractors who believe that social media activity doesn’t translate into sales, there are others trying to find ways to monetize online interactions. We’ve already seen Soldsie enable its users to purchase items with a facebook comment, and now Brazil’s SKY television subscription service has launched #SkyRec, allowing Twitter users to record shows with a retweet. READ MORE…
Charity TV station reports the news that mainstream media overlooks
The internet has helped charities benefit from a variety of ways to encourage donations – take France-based TousDonateurs as an example with its ad revenue fundraising model – but awareness and engagement can still be a challenge. Unhappy with the lack of coverage given to important humanitarian issues on mainstream media outlets, international aid charity Médecins Sans Frontières has created its own online channel, MSF.TV. READ MORE…