|[March 15, 2012]
ConnecTV Rolls Out Suite of Innovative "Second Screen" Features for March Madness
EMERYVILLE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
ConnecTV, the most comprehensive social TV experience, today announced
its March Madness line-up of innovative content features for the biggest
month in sports television - including a custom Final Four "blind pool"
multi-player game, deep real-time play-by-play sports statistics, a
"time-out" detector to fill action lulls with compelling information, a
"go back" function to see previous plays, along with seamless social
integration that lets "view-sers " share the greatest game moments with
friends across the social-sphere. The free ConnecTV app for iPad is
available from the Apple
App Store or directly from ConnecTV.com
for Macs and PCs.
From Selection Sunday to the Final Four, ConnecTV instantly lets fans
access the deepest cache of news and information about the nationwide
college competition to create the most engaging second-screen experience
imaginable. ConnecTV's new content features include at-a-glance player
bios, real-time team and player stats for that game as well as the
entire season. In addition to second-by-second court action that tracks
and enhances all the action on your TV screen, ConnecTV uses a
first-ever "timeout detector" that packs dull lags in the action with
tons of compelling information, including game scores from around the
league and NCAA news and highlights. And a special "go back" feature
lets you flick back in time to see information about previous top plays
in the game with all the related statistics - and then tap the "LIVE"
button to return to ConnecTV coverage synced with the real-time action
For the first time, NCAA fans can also play along with ConnecTV's unique
new "Blind Pool," a multi-player game designed for the Final Four. The
pool features a 10x10 grid in which users are randomly assigned five
squares on a grid filled with "Magic Numbers." Users earn points for
having the "Magic Number" that corresponds with the first digit of the
score at each given period. After each game, points will be totaled
based on users with the most "Magic Numbers."
"ConnecTV is a lightning rod for March Madness fans that offers an
unparalleled second screen sports experience to energize the final TV
match-ups in NCAA basketball," said Ian Aaron, ConnecTV Co-Founder.
"With our notable partners, like STATS (News - Alert), and comprehensive platform
capabilities viewsers can watch, talk smack with friends and
classmates, and share the most exciting Madness Moments."
"ConnecTV has transformed our real-time statistics into a fantastic
second screen user interface, allowing viewers to get fanatically social
about the numbers, the players and their teams," said Greg Kirkorsky,
SVP of Sales at STATS, which provides ConnecTV with instant data on
55,000 sporting events around the world. "ConnecTV is a whole new way to
turn stats into fan chatter and a more compelling March Madness
Finally, ConnecTV is hosting an NCAA Championship Viewing Party in
partnership with the Social TV Summit. The ConnecTV special NCAA
Championship event is taking place at the Elephant and Castle Pub and
Restaurant in San Francisco on April 2 from 6 - 9 p.m. The first 150
registered attendees for the Social TV Summit receive tickets to the
"BYOI" (Bring Your Own iPad) event where they can play along with the
Championship game on their iPads while enjoying cocktails, dinner,
interactive and social TV games and prizes. One lucky attendee at the
viewing party will win a ConnecTV branded iPad 3, which will be awarded
at the Social TV Summit on April 3.
ConnecTV's March Madness coverage for the second screen paves the way
for even more new features and enhancements for sports fans including
NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Tournament, Major League Baseball's 2012
season, the Masters, the Olympics, NASCAR and more.
ConnecTV offers second screen coverage of local sports events in the top
26 markets nationwide by auto-syncing to leading regional sports
networks. ConnecTV also offers a "companion" experience with more than
250 national networks and will soon work with more than 200 local
stations to create a broad-based platform for sports fans to enjoy their
favorite games-whether it's on CBS, TNT, ESPN (News - Alert) or broadcast locally AND
nationally. ConnecTV supports iPad and browser based devices such as
Macs and PCs, while access for Android tablets and Smart Phones will be
available in the near future. For a continually updated list of
participating networks and local affiliates as well as supported second
screen devices, or to download the app, please visit www.ConnecTV.com.
ConnecTV is the biggest social network designed specifically for TV fans
- a "second screen" companion entertainment experience that complements
the video programming delivered from Cable, Satellite, Over-the-Air or
On-Line Service providers. ConnecTV is accessible on iOS or
browser-based devices. It is coming soon on Android (News - Alert) tablets and smart
phones. ConnecTV automatically connects television viewers while they
watch their favorite programs and synchronizes engaging second screen
content, including latest news, celebrity information, trivia, polls and
play-by-play sports stats. ConnecTV subscribers can see what TV shows
their friends are watching, invite them to a "viewing party" and start a
real-time conversation. ConnecTV also makes it easy to share viewers'
favorite TV moments using Facebook (News - Alert), Twitter and email. ConnecTV has
partnered with 10 leading broadcast groups, including Barrington
Broadcasting Group, Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co.,
Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., Media General Inc.,
Meredith Corp., Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom (News - Alert) Media.
Collectively, the broadcasters have a reach of 76 million U.S.
households and represents ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW and MyNetworkTV
affiliates in 45 of the nation's top 50 television markets. Several of
those broadcasters have made an undisclosed investment in ConnecTV.
ConnecTV was founded by pioneering executives at the intersection of
media, entertainment and technology: Ian Aaron, Alan Moskowitz and Stacy
About STATS LLC
STATS is the world's leading sports technology, data and content
company. The company passionately abides by a mission to revolutionize
the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed. STATS'
calling card consists of real-time scores, historical sports
information, Associated Press editorial content, a turnkey fantasy
sports operation and SportVU technology. Today, STATS' worldwide client
network of media companies and professional sports leagues and teams
utilize a broad spectrum of dynamic in-game broadcast presentations and
virtual images, multimedia enhancements and game analysis and tactical
coaching tools. STATS is owned jointly by the Associated Press and News
Corporation, with corporate offices across the globe. For a complete
tour of STATS' sports content portfolio and solutions, visit www.stats.com.
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