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January 11th, 2013 10:49 AM

Yahoo! Connected TV and Partners Enhance TV Watching

At CES 2013 this week, Yahoo! Connected TV was showing off our work with content partners to enhance one of our biggest daily habits: watching TV. To make TV viewing more engaging, Yahoo! Broadcast Interactivity uses Soundprint™ technology to detect what a TV viewer is watching, and then delivers real-time Internet content to complement the TV show or advertisement.  During CES, we highlighted some of the entertainment and sports content available from our partners including videos, photos, sports stats, show trivia, voting, shopping, game show play, and more.

TV show fans will be delighted with Showtime® Shameless behind the scenes videos, Nat Geo Wild® Big Cat Week images, fun facts, and merchandise discounts, and engaging content for the popular Wheel of Fortune® game show.  Bravo® fans can participate in live polls and test their TV show knowledge with the trivia challenge.  On HSN®, home shoppers can purchase an item highlighted on the show and take advantage of specials of the day.

Beyond these cool entertainment experiences, some of the most popular TV apps are for sports fans. Showtime Sports® delivers in-depth fighter profiles, videos, and polls for Showtime CHAMPIONSHIP Boxing®. The Yahoo! Sports TV app provides the ultimate football game watching experience, including real-time football stats, scores, news, and videos right on your TV.

We’re also working with advertisers like Verizon Mobile® to bring you enhanced commercials so you can access special offers, coupons or download apps between shows.

It has been a great week at CES, and we appreciate the innovative entertainment and sports TV apps our partners have delivered on Yahoo! Connected TV. Check back here throughout 2013 as we continue to create and share new ways to entertain and inspire you.

July 25th, 2012 09:35 AM

Sony® And Yahoo! ® Connected TV Deliver Interactive Sports and Entertainment TV Apps on Sony BRAVIA TVs

Back in January, Sony and Yahoo! announced the exclusive availability of Yahoo! Broadcast Interactivity on Sony BRAVIA HDTVs. Yahoo! Broadcast Interactivity detects what a TV viewer is watching, and then delivers real-time Internet content to complement the TV show, sporting event or advertisement. While watching TV, viewers get one-click access to TV Apps with compelling interactive content including show trivia, voting, shopping, videos, photos, game show play, and more. Recently, we’ve introduced some exciting interactive sports and entertainment TV apps.  Check out Sony’s blog post to their consumers.

Currently, Sony BRAVIA HDTV viewers can access engaging content from the popular game show Wheel of Fortune®, interact with photos and videos while watching National Geographic Channel’s Locked Up Abroad and American Colony, access polls and trivia on SHOWTIME® Sports, get the ultimate game stats experience with Yahoo! Sports Baseball Game Info, purchase an item being highlighted on HSN®, and more.

National Geographic Channel’s Locked Up Abroad

A National Geographic Channel cult favorite takes viewers inside firsthand accounts of capture, imprisonment and pure terror far from home. Yahoo Broadcast Interactivity detects the show and enables viewers to interact with the latest information, photos and videos about each weeks episode, right on your TV screen.

National Geographic Channel’s American Colony: Meet the Hutterites

This show unveils the first TV glimpse into one of the oldest religious colonies in the country, struggling with the daily temptations of the modern world. Get real-time access to Internet photos, videos and information about the show and actors. Learn all about Claudia, Bertha and Wesley Hofer through photos and videos available right on your TV screen.

Beyond these cool entertainment experiences, some of the most sizzling interactive TV apps of summer might just be the ones targeted to sports fans.

SHOWTIME Sports® Delivers Fighter profiles, polls, trivia and more.

Viewers of SHOWTIME Sports® events, such as SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and Strikeforce MMA, can interact with enhanced synchronized content such as fighter profiles, polls, trivia and more. The interactivity begins this Saturday, July 28, as SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® features Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., as he vies for a fourth World title against No. 1 ranked challenger Selcuk “Mini Tyson” Aydin.

Yahoo! Sports Delivers Fans Beyond Gold on Yahoo! Connected TV

Starting this week, viewers watching the Summer Games on Sony’s HDTVs with Yahoo! Connected TV, can access the Yahoo! Sports Beyond Gold TV App with just a simple click of the remote. Fans get access to real-time Olympics coverage including news, photos, medal count and Yahoo! Sports original videos the Yahoo! Olympic Moment, Memorable Moments, Elite Athletes, and Reasons to Cheer.

Yahoo! Sports Baseball Game Info TV App- the Ultimate Game Stats Experience

Baseball fans get an unrivaled interactive game stats experience with the Yahoo! Sports Baseball Game Info TV App.  Utilizing Yahoo! Broadcast interactivity, Baseball Game Info detects the game you are watching and provides real-time pitcher and batter situational statistics including the last 10 plays, all scoring plays, pre-game notes and post game line score.   Take the batter or pitcher view of each game situation depending on which team you are hoping will win!

Yahoo! Connected TV has delivered some innovative interactive sports and entertainment TV Apps to owners of connected Sony 2012 BRAVIA HDTVs.

Tune in to the Summer Games, Wheel of Fortune, National Geographic Channel, SHOWTIME Sports, or Professional Baseball and enjoy interactive TV at its best!

June 21st, 2012 02:39 PM

CrowdOptic Connects Fans at Live Events to Yahoo!® Connected TV

Wouldn’t it be nice to get an “eyewitness view” of the live action at any sporting, entertainment or news event? CrowdOptic, a maker of crowd-driven mobile applications for premium events, announced that the company is testing new features for TV viewers using the Yahoo! Connected TV platform. The integration of CrowdOptic live event technology with Yahoo! Connected TV, will create an interactive broadcast experience that engages fans at home by connecting them with real-time eyewitness accounts during live sports, entertainment and news events. CrowdOptic will utilize Yahoo! Connected TV Device Communication, to enable TV viewers to interact with live event photos, videos and social media content using their TV, phone or tablet. CrowdOptic is testing this new capability with many premium partners this summer and expects to release it to consumers by the end of 2012.

CrowdOptic and Yahoo!® Connected TV “live event” concepts across TV, Phone and Tablet Source: CrowdOptic