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clypd, television advertising platform and service provider, has launched an API for television advertising: the TVonTap API. The API represents a fundamental shift in the TV ad space, as the API allows for automation. Automation enables the ability for TV ads to be driven by data and should alter the methods by which ad space is bought and sold.
Filmon.tv has announced a set of APIs that allow online publishers and developers to take advantage of its huge selection of content from NBC, CBS, FOX and ABC in twelve major US cities, and more.
Grabyo recently opened its doors as a TV clip sharing service. Alongside its go to market lies the Grabyo API that allows developers to integrate Grabyo functionality with third party apps and sites. Grabyo describes itself as "the ultimate second screen experience."
Jinni, television and movie taste engine, has expanded its API to include a feature that discovers movies and shows that more than one viewer will enjoy: Watch Together. The Watch Together feature expands the discovery engine API to include social functionality (e.g. makes recommendations based on the tastes of multiple, disparate tastes). Based on multiple profiles of a group that would like to watch a show together, Watch Together makes a recommendation.
Google has made several announcements about APIs recently, including the launch of the Content Experiments API, the launch of the new Cloud SQL API, and the availability of the CalDAV and CardDAV APIs to the public.
Boxfish, television discovery startup, released an improved TV discovery app this past week. With the new release, Boxfish decided to make its technology available to third parties via an API. Boxfish allows the use of natural language to search for particular topics currently discussed on TV, or users can find out what is currently most popular on tv. The thought behind the API aims to empower other providers.
Our API directory now includes 54 calendar APIs. The newest is the InfoPark Web Calendar API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Eventful API. We list 47 Eventful mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of calendar APIs.
For those hooked on their favourite series or programme, or for any kind of TV enthusiast, having access to detailed information on TV shows, blockbuster premieres or even local news is key. TitanTV is a free online TV guide service that claims to provide the most accurate over-the-air cable and satellite channel line-up's for a user's specific area, using it's patented geo-location technology. TitanTV provides the TitanTV API that allow users to access this functionality.
Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, the average person may not be aware of it, but apparently there is a whole list of trivial (and some significant) reasons why anyone could justify celebrating any given day. Anniversarator is a fun, online calculator that provides users with information on special occasions related to the date the put into the search box. The Anniversarator API makes this data available to be integrated with third party applications.
For avid fans of television and film, Follow.it provides a platform to discuss, review, recommend, make connections with other like-minded enthusiasts and indulge in general movie banter. Follow.it also provides an easy to use the Follw.it API that allows developers to integrate its functionalities with other applications.
The Open Spreety API sticks a TV and a TV guide in your program. According to the API webpage, you can have users search for shows by title, genre, and by the decade the show was produced, among other criteria. Despite all the pay walls and cable costs, Open Spreety says there is so much free content out there from the mainstream media that viewers can get lost in the forest of choices.
The Applicaster Video API: Helping Broadcasters Conquer the Living Room, the Tablet, the Phone, and the World
Are you in the business of selling video content? How will you broadcast it? The Applicaster API aims to help answer that increasingly complex question. Where once it was a matter of getting on a network, now it's an issue of delivering experiences over mobile, synching, caching and live streaming, coping with connectivity issues, and providing an Airplay experience.
Our API directory now includes 50 television APIs. The newest is the Fliqz API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the BBC API. We list 28 BBC mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of television APIs.
More and more consumers are using a second device (usually a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet) while watching television. Many consumers are using their "second-screen" to update their Facebook status, post on Twitter, chat with friends or engage in other online social activities.
Zinc.tv, an Internet video content management system, provides a suite of cloud based apps that allow users to create custom platforms that manage their internet television content. Over the past 4 years Zinc.tv has been steadily evolving into a system that goes beyond an end-user application. The company pays close attention to how users maneuver and creates tools to improve the user experience. One great tool is the Zinc.tv Remote Control API. This API helps developers integrate a user's remote control with Zinc’s online video functions.
The way we watch television is definitely changing. For most, it's changed already. Instead of setting up a VCR and hoping that everything goes well, we have DVRs. Instead of racing home to catch things live, we can grab it on iTunes, watch it on Hulu, or the network's own website. It's truly a wonderful time to be a TV fan. With these changes in how we watch TV, it's expected that we'll start to see a change in how we talk about our favorite shows. A new site is using Twitter's API to help make that happen.