This past week Yahoo purchase IntoNow. What is IntoNow. IntoNow is a way to share what you are watching on TV with other people. It was launched in January 2011 into a ever growing field including Glue and Miso. The way intoNow works is you hold up your iphone, iPod Touch or iPad and hit a button on the IntoNow application and within a couple of seconds the applications picks up what you are watching on TV. It also determines whether the show is currently on or if it is a recorded show. IntoNow has a database of over 5 years of American TV content or 2.6 airings. It uses this data base plus the SoundPrint technology, The SoundPrint technology reads the audio from TV shows like a fingerprint and identifies the program within a couple of second. This is what makes intoNow different from its competitors you don’t have to enter what you are watching, the system picks it up automatically. Once what you are watching is determine you can then share it on Twitter or Facebook. You can also start and participate in discussions and recommend shows. It is clear by the Yahoo press release that they plan to use the information for target advertising. “IntoNow has built a platform and companion TV application based on real-time indexing of television that deepens the connections between audiences, television content and advertisers.”
I did see a couple of problems with IntoNow, First because the number of users are fairly small I only found one show that had any kind of discussion at all and even that only involved two people making unconnected comments. Second it is limited to US TV shows only, so if you want to share a movie you are watching on Netflix or maybe Amazon On Demand then you will have to use some other application. In addition if you are outside the U.S. or watch non U.S.-based shows you are out of luck. intoNow does not work well in a noise environment and let’s face it, if you are watching TV with some friends a quiet environment is not happening. Plus history tells me that in the end the purchase of IntoNow by Yahoo has a good chance to turn out bad for IntoNow the product. Although the creators will have done quite fine, money wise. If you ask me which of these TV check-in products I like best I would say Glue which has a large and active community. Glue also allows you to share more media types, including movies, music, and web videos. I not sure I will use IntoNow, it will depend on if the community that uses grows and becomes more active.
With the advent of Airplay for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and ipod Touch video applications are beginning to appear in the App Store that take advantage of it. Showyou is one of these apps. On the iPad Showyou takes the videos that the people you are following on Twitter and Facebook are sharing and presents them in a beautiful grid. The most current videos appear on the upper left hand side of the grid. You can have the grid show you just the videos from people that you are following on Twitter and Facebook, or just Showyou users or both. The size of the images in the grid are set randomly and have nothing to do with the importance of the video. On the iPhone and iPod Touch the video images appear as a list with the most current first. If you have Airplay you can then send the video to your Apple TV or to your Mac if you have Banana TV.
If someone likes or comments on a video of your’s that appears in Showyou then you will see a little red flag at the top of the application. The same flag will appear if you get a message back on a video you commented on. If you see a image of a video you think you might like, you simply tap on it and it opens up. If you like a video you can heart it (like it) and send a comment to the poster. You an also share the video back your followers on Twitter and Facebook. This app reminds me a lot of Flipboard or Zite in terms of how it is set up and how well it is designed. This is an app that is worth downloading, especially if the people you follow post a lot of video. I’ve only had it for a day, but it is already my go to app for watching videos that are posted by the people I follow. Robert Scoble did a good interview with the founders for Building 43.
Harry Diamantopoulos of HSTI presents the Wireless Media Stick™. The Wireless Media Stick™ is able to deliver to playback devices the files stored in PC, Mac and NAS (network attached storage) devices. For example, plug the Wireless Media Stick™ into your HDTV’s USB port and watch a movie or view digital photos stored elsewhere on your WiFi home network. The memory is on your network, not on the Wireless Media Stick™. The Wireless Media Stick™ sells for $119 dollars. HSTI has also announced an app that installs on Android smartphones that is able to connect with the Wireless Media Stick™ to enable instant, easy sharing of photos and videos from the phone.
Interview by Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com and Andy McCaskey of SDR News.
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Today Google released their newest addition to the Google toolbar called Sidewiki, Sidewiki allows you to add to your Google Reader shared item from any site directly. I used it a couple of times today and it works, the comments that I made on SideWicki appeared under my Google Reader shared items. This being said I don’t think I will be using SideWiki. There are several reason for this, which I will now explain.
The first is it is only available at this time on Firefox and Internet Explorer, I am presently using mostly Chrome and Safari. This addition is not enough to make me switch to either Firefox or IE. Second, I already use Google Reader, which means anything I share there is already going to my shared item list. The third and most important reason is it takes away from on site comments. If I am on a site then I am going to put my comments directly on the site. Having a blog myself, I know how important comments are to a site creator. Comments should remain on a site, unless the site creator decides differently. There are already enough dispersing of comments off of the original site to social sharing sites like Twitter and Friendfeed. It is unecessary for Google to add to this dispersing , it just further diminishes the value of the originating site and adds nothing to Google Reader’s value.
It would be better if Google instead worked on a method, that would have any comment made on Google reader also appear the original site instead. SideWicki already permits sharing with Twitter and Facebook, how hard can it be to allow the share to go back to the original site. Yes, I know I could copy and paste the comment, but that is something that is easy to forget to do and shouldn’t be necessary. Until comments made on Sidewiki automatically appear on the original site I will not be using Google’s SideWiki.