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Is Facebook set to lead the way in social TV now that they have joined the “hashtag” party? In addition to Facebook’s news, Comcast revealed its plans for a faster, more-connected experience, as well as more binge-viewing opportunities, for customers, and IPTV households show steady growth again.

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Facebook’s New Hashtags are Just the Beginning of its Social TV Push (Lost Remote)
Facebook announced that it’s beginning to roll out hashtags to make it easier for users to discover shared interests. Of course this will lead to social TV opportunities, and we’re looking forward to seeing how Facebook use by TV viewers will compare with Twitter use.

Comcast CEO Promises More Binge-viewing, Faster Platforms (PaidContent)
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off the new Comcast kit that is intended to provide a faster, more-connected experience. He also revealed that Comcast would be repeating its “Watchathon” experiment, where customers can binge on hundreds of episodes of popular shows at least every 90 days.

100mn more IPTV households by 2018 (IP&TV News)
According to UK firm Digital TV Research there will be close to 1 billion pay-TV households worldwide by 2018, with IPTV accounting for around 167 million of them.


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Topics: TV Everywhere, CAS, CommunicAsia, Content Discovery, Facebook, Industry, IPTV, IPTV News, Lost Remote, PaidContent, Social TV

Efrat Fenigson

Efrat Fenigson was the Senior Director of Marketing Communications at Viaccess-Orca. After several years as a computer programmer, Efrat understood her passion is not in creating technology, but rather in creating conversations about it. Previously, Efrat founded and ran the “New Media” sector in the Israeli Export Institute (IEICI), helping hundreds of Israeli start-ups take their first steps in global business. Efrat blogs about the pay-TV and over the top (OTT) markets, about users' behavior and expectations in today's multi-screen and second-screen reality, and about content protection/piracy. Efrat holds a BA in Computing from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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