never.no's award-winning interactive "TV. Mobile. Social. 1Framework." technology connects fragmented media platforms across broadcast TV systems, mobile, and social media platforms -- enabling real-time viewer participation, social TV, and synchronized companion apps. In operation since 1999, never.no has a global customer base including top brands such as BBC, CBC, Danmarks Radio, Etisalat, Music Choice, TV Norge, TV 2 Norge, TV 2 Danmark, and Voice of America. More information about never.no products is available at www.never.no
never.no at IBC2012
New at IBC -- Toolkit for Social TV, Synchronized Companion Apps, and Participation TV
Viewers are demanding Social TV in ever-greater numbers, which creates an opportunity that every broadcaster, network, and content owner can benefit from -- with the right tools. At IBC2012, never.no will demonstrate a new product designed to take social media directly to the on-air talent -- the heart of every live broadcast. Building on a long history of implementing dynamic content, never.no's new solution puts the real-time Social TV conversation into the hands of hosts, anchors, and performers.
At its IBC2012 stand, never.no will offer interactive demos for a hands-on experience of the Social TV workflow. Visitors can discover how the never.no Interactivity Suite can help them enable Social TV and Synchronized Companion Apps to enrich their broadcasts.
Synchronized Companion App Framework
The Synchronized Companion App Framework -- a key component of never.no's flagship Interactivity Suite (IS) -- makes it easy for broadcasters to develop distinctive, branded social media applications to accompany their programming. These applications can push/pull information or media relevant to real-time TV broadcasts to and from a second screen, such as a tablet, smartphone, or PC. The Synchronized Companion App Framework works by monitoring frame-by-frame changes in broadcast programming or live production, and then uses those changes to trigger delivery of relevant content to the second screen. Powered by the never.no IS, the Synchronized Companion App Framework supports most major broadcast protocols, allowing it to be an active return channel to the broadcaster. As a result, tablets, smartphones, and PCs become perfect peripherals for enabling participation TV, interactive content, and even remote control.
never.no's flagship product, the Interactivity Suite (IS) is a toolkit for creating the technical backbone of interactive broadcasts and digital marketing campaigns. By enabling viewers to influence a broadcast in real time and allowing them to interact with one another and the rest of the world, IS supports true participation TV. With IS, a broadcaster can effortlessly aggregate user-generated content from social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook into programming, and even build synchronized companion apps that enable viewers to interact with their televisions using a tablet, PC, or smartphone.
Prompter -- debuting at IBC2012
Prompter, the newest addition to never.no's Social TV product family, will be making its IBC debut. Prompter is the world's first app designed to give presenters, anchors, hosts, or anyone else who works on-camera the ability to use social media and interactive content on the job. An additional option to never.no's Interactivity Suite (IS), Prompter enables on-air talent to view real-time social media comments from viewers and fans and incorporate their input into programs. Incoming comments are pushed directly into Prompter on a presenter's iPad(R). Because Prompter is powered by IS, feeds and comments are filtered (automatically or manually) so that only the best content makes it to the presenter. By enabling the host to not only receive content but to publish it as well, the broadcaster benefits from a greater social call to action to participate, greater levels of engagement with social and broadcast content, and heightened interactivity.
"Social media is such a common part of everyday life that embracing it is the natural next step for broadcasters. Social media has led to Social TV, a phenomenon that's here to stay, and one that helps broadcasters engage viewers and create brand loyalty in a highly competitive industry. never.no exists to make it easy for broadcasters to take full advantage of Social TV. The tools we provide are helping to put facilities directly in touch with their audiences from Norway to the tip of South Africa and beyond." -- Lars Lauritzsen, never.no CEO