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DirecTV Adds Second-Screen Partners
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – DirecTV said it has partnered with digital technology companies LiveClips and i.TV to offer new interactive multiscreen services for satellite TV subscribers.
The LiveClips technology platform aggregates live, post-game or archived sports feeds to create, digitize and deliver discrete searchable video clips of every play for delivery to linear broadcast and digital devices, DirecTV said.
LiveClips’ will offer immediate personalized sports highlights to DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket App users.
i.TV is a social TV and second-screen platform used by nearly 15 million people per month to discover, watch and engage with television. i.TV also powers experiences for brands like AOL, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly and Nintendo, and recently acquired popular second-screen company, GetGlue.
DirecTV said it will integrate i.TV’s capabilities into a next-generation second-screen app, which is scheduled to launch before the end of the year.
Sony Moves 2.1M PS4 Consoles After Two Weeks
FOSTER CITY, CALIF. – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEC) said its new PlayStation 4 gaming console that launched in North America Nov. 15, before moving on to 32 total countries, moved more than 2.1 million units in the first two weeks of release.
This results sales of more than 1 million units in the first 24 hours of release in North America alone. In thanking PlayStation loyalists for the results, Andrew House, SCEC president and group CEO, called the feat “an impressive and record-setting accomplishment,” adding that the company and its partners will continue to prime the market by releasing more PS4 games along with new features and services.
LG TVs To Add ‘AllJoyn’ Device Sharing Tech
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — LG Electronics said its new-generation smart TVs planned for 2014 will be among the first to incorporate the AllJoyn open-source software framework enabling easy interoperability for the TVs and smart devices.
AllJoyn, which was originally developed by Qualcomm, is designed “to create a common language that seamlessly connects the Internet of Things, regardless of brand or operating system,” the company said.
The software framework enables devices and apps to freely communicate with one another without barriers imposed by incompatible operating systems and products.
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