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The Voice and Phillips Hue team up to control your lighting

The Voice and Phillips Hue team up to control your lighting
“The Voice of Germany” teamed up with Philips Hue in order to enhance the viewers’ watching experience by turning their homes into a dynamic light show consistent with the stage show

In this year’s season of “The Voice of Germany” on ProSieben and Sat.1, which premiered on October 20th, Philips is one of the major sponsors. They provided their Philips Hue lightbulb technology to enhance the watching experience for viewers. The newly updated “The Voice of Germany” app now has an integrated feature that allows the lighting of the bulbs to change color in accordance to the events on the show. […]

November 30th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Galileo’s special virtual reality week

Inside ProSieben's Galileo special virtual reality week
Last week, ProSieben launched the ‘Galileo VR Woche’ (Galileo VR Week) in which the German broadcaster released some of the science magazine’s stories in 360°. […]

Virtual Reality Creates New Broadcast Opportunities

Virtual Reality Creates New Broadcast Opportunities
Virtual reality is gaining momentum. While some years ago, the technology still seemed futuristic and inaccessible to consumers, VR has come a long way and is starting to enter our living rooms. Thanks to a range of new and upcoming headsets, the technology is officially a trend, and no longer reserved for technology freaks and experts.

At the end of January, Google for the first time revealed some numbers around the adoption rate of its Cardboard, the low-cost DIY headset that turns nearly any phone into a VR viewer: since its introduction in 2014, 5 million of these devices have been shipped and users downloaded more than 25 million Google Cardboard apps from the company’s Play Store. Ten million of these downloads occurred between October and December 2015 alone, according to Google’s company blog, indicating a clearly growing interest in VR. […]

Instagram-only series Shield 5, Topmodel & Election Confessions: the best of today’s social TV

Instagram-only series Shield 5, Topmodel & Election Confessions: the best of today’s social TV

From drama to politics, not forgetting fashion: discover February’s best social TV activations!


On February 1, 2016, photo-sharing platform Instagram tapped into the world of original content production and distribution by launching scripted series titled Shield 5. Produced by Hullabaloo Productions and Lorton Entertainment, the 28-part thriller series follows London-based security driver John Swift, who is arrested for being involved in a diamond heist and death of his colleague. […]

March 29th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Virtual Reality is Here. Is Television Ready?

Virtual Reality is Here. Is Television Ready?
Virtual reality no longer belongs to science-fiction. But what does this change for the TV industry? Discover the answers in this white paper.

Virtual reality (VR) has finally made its way into consumers’ living rooms. While some years ago, the technology was still the stuff of science fiction, virtual reality has become more and more prominent among a mainstream audience thanks to affordable devices such as Google Cardboard, and the recently-launched $99 Samsung Gear VR headset, powered by Oculus. In 2016, more companies like HTC with the HTC Vive headset (powered by SteamVR), Sony with PlayStation VR and Oculus with its Oculus Rift consumer edition, will follow suit. We are entering the consumer VR era. […]

American Idol, Germany’s Next Topmodel & Person of Interest: Today’s Best Social TV

American Idol, Germany's Next Topmodel & Person of Interest: Today's Best Social TV, by VAST MEDIA

Find out what shows are raising the social TV bar right now with exciting social media campaigns

Pop Idol: #IDOLTOP12 party live on Meerkat (Fox, USA)

The top 12 candidates of season 14 of the singing competition show “American Idol” were revealed live from the studios in Los Angeles on March 11, 2015. To engage fans prior to the broadcast of the ‘Top 12 Revealed’ episode, FOX used the newly launched live-video streaming app Meerkat to host a Twitter-based live stream from the #IdolTop12 party. The party was attended by the jury, contestants and other guests. The Meerkat app allows users to broadcast live from their smartphones or tablets to all of their Twitter or respectively Meerkat followers. […]

The Voice, Black Sails and The Walking Dead: Today’s Best Social Activation Campaigns


Find out how the most popular shows are engaging fans with thrilling social media campaigns:


The live shows of the local adaptation of the singing competition “The Voice” started airing at the end of 2014. To engage fans, German broadcasters ProSieben and Sat.1 teamed up with Twitter and Idolcard to provide fans with personalized digital autograph cards of their favorite coaches. The initial launch of the social campaign was promoted in a Vine video and on the show’s website. […]

The Voice, Dodge your Ex & Keep Your Light Shining: Today’s Best Social TV


Three more best-in class examples of social TV:

The Voice: #VoiceTailgate Social Pre-Show (NBC, USA)

In late April, NBC introduced the social TV pre-show #VoiceTailgate for its music show, The Voice. The pre-show is set up as a social media party for contestants, coaches and well-known guest artists such as Gwen Stefani and other celebrities.
Fans who like to join the party can follow the events on Twitter, Vine, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #VoiceTailgate. During the event, exclusive photos and videos and performances of attending guests are posted. Additionally, NBC installed a Vine-featured video room in which a 360 degree swivel was installed to take short videos of attendants and post them directly on Vine. […]

Millionärswahl – Social TV & Crossmedia Case Study

In mid-October 2013, ProSiebenSat.1 announced a new type of casting show that directly connects social networks with a TV show. “Millionärswahl – Demokratisch reich werden” (Millionaire voting – get rich democratically) will premiere on TV sometime in January 2014 and will be produced by Brainpool.

The distinctive feature of this crossmedia event is the voting process as there are no judges. Instead, the candidates decide amongst themselves who will make it to the next round and will become a millionaire in the end. In order to convince the others to vote for them, the candidates can e.g. show a talent or present a business idea or charity cause worth supporting. […]

October 29th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

Digital TV Brand Extensions – exclusive white paper for MIP

Digital TV Brand Extensions – exclusive VAST MEDIA white paper

Discover a selection of 15 digital TV brand extensions created by broadcasters around TV shows during the past 3 months.

There are many different approaches to promoting and extending television programmes online. As shows of all genres are being extended online before, during and after broadcast time, different platforms and strategies are being used by broadcasters to extend the on-air experience of television. […]