Zeebox boss says smart TV is a dumb idea

Is the trend for smart TVs that connect to the Web and run apps a big mistake? Anthony Rose, the co-founder of hot social TV app Zeebox, took to the stage at MIPCube to suggest the future of television lies somewhere very different.

Tweek.tv’s social TV guide comes to the iPad

Tweek’s ‘next-generation TV guide’ unites different islands of online film and TV content with curation provided by Facebook’s social graph. Now it’s launching an iPad app for European users to try and convince more people to pick it up.

TVGuide.com buys online programming guide Fav.tv

TVGuide.com has bought Fav.tv in a deal that’s been described as an acqui-hire. The Fav.tv team will join TVGuide.com to strengthen its mobile strategy. One of the first tasks for the new hires: Make TvGuide.com’s personalized Watchlist recommendations a centerpiece of its mobile apps.

Today in Social

Chatting with GigaOM Pro research VP Mike Wolf, who’s just back from CES, I had some thoughts about social and interactive TV. We’ve both been watching that space for so long, we’re jaded. Does anyone really want connected TVs? Well, sure. The industry wants to target TV ads, and add interactivity to them, even if consumers couldn’t care less. That will drive connectivity and smarter, more flexible technologies into set-top bozes and TV sets themselves, as will demand for over-the-top access to Internet video. Meanwhile, second-screen social TV apps on tablets and mobile phones will teach programmers and developers what kind of interactivity consumers really want, and even serve up targeted advertising lite. But will that approach be a swift step toward connected iTVs, or will it prolong the inevitable transition? Check out this analysis from our colleague Paul Sweeting on the living room OS wars.

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Ryan Lawler makes the classic argument that video creation tools and cheap distribution will empower long-tail content. When we talked about the topic in the office, we agreed that middle-tier networks would feel the most pressure but that discovery remains a challenge. (Neither of us think the big TV networks are in much trouble.) People like hits, and popularity reinforces itself, especially via social media. Even long-tail aggregators like YouTube and Netflix pay the bills with hits; no one’s shown a business model that succeeds by offering only the tail. Is Food TV really in trouble? The DIY shows are very sponsor-friendly (even on PBS) and big brands like dealing with known quantities. Sure, YouTube may throw some funding at startup creators, and Google’s ad networks can monetize aggregations of lots of small sites. But those long-tail creators? That’s what we call amateurs.

Miso crowdsources second-screen content with SideShows

Miso is rolling out the latest update to its second-screen app platform, letting users create second-screen experiences that go along with shows they’re watching. The new product adds a crowdsourced aspect to the types of companion content that viewers see when they launch the Miso application.

Spike gets social for 2011 Video Game Awards

When the 2011 Video Game Awards go live this weekend, Spike TV hopes to build buzz by live streaming the show online and with a number of initiatives aimed at harnessing conversation happening on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and GetGlue.

Tweek.tv wants to be your social TV guide

Tweek.tv wants to become your social TV guide and recommend interesting movies, TV shows and web content based on the things your friends have liked on Facebook. The German startup is emerging from stealth mode today and also announcing a first round of funding.

5 apps for finding your favorite TV shows

Consumers are using their mobile devices to figure out what to watch next, and a growing number of apps are being built to provide recommendations and help them learn what’s on TV at any given time. We’ve listed five of our favorites.

ClipSync wants to take videos viral, moment by moment

ClipSync Moments gives viewers the ability to share videos with friends on social networks. But instead of sharing a link to the entire video and having their friends search for the part it refers to, ClipSync attaches comments to a specific moment in time.