NimbleTV, a startup that has aims to help pay-TV providers offer subscription packages on smartphones and tablets, has raised $6 million in funding, says TheNextWeb, citing a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)filing. Nimble TV intends to serve as a go-between for the pay-TV operators and customers, providing the latter with streaming access to live TV programming on the go for a fee expected to be in the range of $20 per month. It's currently beta-testing its platform, which connects users to set-tops housed at a centralized facility, in New York City. (See NimbleTV Takes Video Subscriptions Over the Top .)
Comcast says customers have already watched and streamed about 1.5 billion TV shows this year via its traditional Xfinity On Demand service, as well as its online video hub and mobile TV Everywhere apps. The MSO cited the number as it launched a site that curates the top fall TV shows that can be viewed on demand on TVs, PCs and mobile devices. The operator said its Xfinity TV apps for iOS- and Android-powered devices have been downloaded more than 6 million times.
Shazam Entertainment Ltd. says its interactive TV app for tablets and other second screens works on more than 160 U.S. TV channels, and that its global user base now exceeds 250 million users. Shazam uses audio-based automatic content recognition (ACR) technology to trigger companion apps on mobile devices that sync up with the live TV program. Those apps, for example, can offer info on a show's cast, ask the viewer a trivia or polling question, or present a live Twitter feed tied to the show being watched.
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