ITV’s Rugby World Cup App Launches with Tectonic In-Game Voting

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ITV has launched an interactive playalong app as a companion to its 2015 Rugby World Cup coverage.

The award-winning Tectonic Platform is powering in-game voting and ad-sychronisation.

ITV’s free iOS and Android app will give users the opportunity to vote as to whether a try should be allowed or not during Television Match Official decisions – live during match broadcasts. The app also provides the latest news from the tournament, pundit analysis and video highlights, along with a penalty-kicking game.

Ads and promotions from app sponsors Land Rover and Scottish Southern Electricity are integrated into the real-time interactivity encouraging brand engagement from rugby fans.

Our app is a great way for fans to get even closer to games, interact with the programme and share and debate with fellow rugby fans.

The live voting is central to the proposition and we selected Tectonic Interactive because of their track record for reliability during live events.

Tectonic have made the introduction of live interaction into the app easy and straight-forward.ITV online product manager, Ashley Fletcher

Download ITV’s free Rugby World Cup 2015 app

Nominated For Digital Creativity by BAFTA

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Tectonic Interactive, along with Channel 4, Endemol and Chunk, have been nominated for the 2015 BAFTA Awards for digital creativity.

The nomination reflects the ground-breaking nature and success of Channel 4’s “The Singer Takes It All” – the world’s first truly interactive show where viewers decide the fate of contestants as they perform.

The new entertainment format launched to a live audience of 991,000 with a record 15% of the audience interacting live with the show.

Channel 4 multiplatform commissioner for entertainment Jody Smith described The Singer Takes It All’s app as the commercial broadcaster’s “most successful launch”. It was the first show where viewers saw a pay-off instantly on screen. It was truly the first of its kind.

“THE REAL-TIME TV VOTING PLATFORM, PROVIDED BY TECTONIC INTERACTIVE, HANDLED A PEAK OF 22,000 VOTES PER SECOND FROM 142,000 APP USERS. IN TOTAL 2.4 MILLION VOTES WERE CAST THROUGHOUT THE HOUR LONG SHOW.””

For more all BAFTA nominations click here.

BBC’s Eastenders “Who Killed Lucy Beale?” Competition Run on Tectonic Platform

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Tectonic Interactive provides high-capacity competition service for the BBC’s “Who Killed Lucy Beale?” competition

EastEnders fans have been glued to one of soapland’s biggest ever mysteries since Good Friday 2014. They used their detective skills in an online competition to win a tour of Albert Square as the storyline heads towards its climax this month, during EastEnders 30th Anniversary week.

The competition was widely promoted on-air, online and via social media utilising the Tectonic platform.

If you know the answer, sorry, the competition is now closed.

“The BBC selected Tectonic Interactive to provide the online competition service, hosted on the award-winning Tectonic platform. The service was designed to handle the peaks of traffic experienced during the live shows and conform with the rigorous BBC policy on data protection and compliant winner selection.”

BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing Competition run by Tectonic

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Tectonic Interactive provides high-capacity competition service for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing

Earlier this month the BBC gave away a pair of tickets to the live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Viewers were invited to enter the competition online via the Strictly Come Dancing website.

“The BBC selected Tectonic Interactive to provide the online competition service, hosted on the award-winning Tectonic platform. The service was designed to handle the peaks of traffic experienced during the live shows and conform with the rigorous BBC policy on data protection and compliant winner selection.”

The X Factor dominates digital platforms

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Tectonic Interactive helps ITV dominate digital platforms – Highest ever app downloads and viewer interactivity

The X Factor continues to break new records on digital platforms, broadcaster ITV and co-producers FremantleMedia and SYCO Entertainment announced today.

“Offering our viewers the chance to vote for free, within The X Factor app, has driven audience engagement with this year’s show to brand new levels across the live broadcast and beyond.

This incredible level of interaction has proven that fans really do want to engage with live shows in new and exciting ways and we’re excited to be able to continue to innovate, with our production partners, to make this easier than ever before.”Ann Cook, Director of ITV Interactive

As the series heads into its star-studded live final at SSE Wembley Arena this Saturday and Sunday, the show has enjoyed some of the biggest ever engagement numbers on key digital platforms.

The award-winning app, sponsored by Domino’s, has been downloaded more than 2.4 million times during this series alone, up more than 56% from last year. User sessions numbered 37.4 million, up a massive 83% from last year. The most popular app features were free voting and contestant profiles – both new additions for this series. In-app voting was developed by Tectonic Interactive for ITV and FremantleMediaUK Interactive and in partnership with the app developer Tellybug.

“The innovations we introduced this year, such as free voting and contestant profiles, proved really popular with our fans and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”Kat Hebden, Head of Digital, FremantleMedia UK Interactive

“The voting app has also revolutionized the way in which the audience can engage with the brand and is something that we look forward to building on in 2015.”Mark Brittain, Global Head of Commercial, Syco Entertainment

It is great to see The X Factor audience voting en masse since the introduction of free in-app voting.

ITV are an innovative broadcaster with exacting standards and the clarity of vision of their interactive team makes it a pleasure to work together.Andy Shaw, Tectonic Interactive’s CEO

For the full ITV Press Release, please click here

Free voting introduced to The X Factor app

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This year The X Factor fans can vote for free for the first time in the show’s history via App, available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.
The App is free and so is the brand new voting element.

ITV’s broadcast interactive partner, Tectonic Interactive, has developed the voting service which enables home viewers to vote quickly and easily via their apps.

The service is highly scaled in anticipation of a great response from the home audience. This is another example of ITV working with Tectonic Interactive to create new opportunities for ITV viewers to engage with their favourite show.

If you don’t yet have the App, what are you waiting for? iOS users download the app here and
this one’s for you Android users.

Channel 4’s “Singer Takes It All” gets almost 15% of viewers voting

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Channel 4 has hailed the launch of real-time voting show The Singer Takes It All as a “massive success” after it registered a record proportion of viewers taking part.

A New record For Live Audience Interaction

The real-time TV voting platform, provided by Tectonic Interactive, handled a peak of 22,000 votes per second from 142,000 app users. In total 2.4 million votes were cast throughout the hour long show.

The new entertainment format launched on Friday night to a live audience of 991,000 with a record 14.3% of the audience interacting live with the show.

That beat C4’s previous interaction record, which was set by The Million Pound Drop in May 2011, when 12.4% of the audience interacted with the show.

Channel 4 multiplatform commissioner for entertainment Jody Smith told Broadcast that The Singer Takes It All’s app was the commercial broadcaster’s “most successful launch”.

“We’re amazingly happy with it. It’s a totally different concept, but people really got it and we saw consistent voting all night,” said Channel 4 head of entertainment Justin Gorman.

Technical issues in the studio hampered proceedings in the early stages of the show, but Gorman insisted the app was “faultless”, adding: “It’s a live show. We never say never, but we don’t anticipate any issues next time around.”

Endemol UK chief creative officer David Flynn claimed that at one point the voting peaked at “22,000 a second”.

Download surge

The number of people downloading the app had increased “ten-fold” since the show began at 9pm on Friday, he added, from 30,000 downloads at the start of TX to 300,000 at the time of writing.

The Singer Takes It All app is currently the most popular free app in the Apple Store, and the most downloaded entertainment app for Android devices.

The voting platform was porvided by Tectonic Interactive, the app was developed by Chunk Digital

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Tectonic Goes APAC with Oli Madgett

Oli_Madgett (small)Tectonic expands to Australia and the Asia Pacific region

Oli Madgett joins Tectonic to lead the development of their multi award-winning platform in the APAC Region.

Oli said “I have seen how the leading Broadcasters in the UK have used the Tectonic Platform to create new interactive formats, revamp well-established and popular shows and bring a new audience of smartphone users to engage with TV. I want Australian and Asian broadcasters and production companies to see the same benefits.”

Oli is based out of Australia, and brings with him over a decade of experience working with production companies and broadcasters in the digital space. Previously Oli was Commissioning Editor for Interactive at ITV and a co-founder of Participation TV agency Siren – where as Client Services Director he lead the delivery of services across shows on ITV, Channel 4, Five, Emap TV, MTV, Flextech and Sky.

Oli was most recently one of the co-founders of social entertainment company WeR Interactive, where he developed the concept for I AM PLAYR which has let over 16 million users ‘playing the life of a footballer’. Nominated for a BAFTA for Best Online Browser Game, WeR scooped the Gold Cannes Lions Trophy. Oli received the H.100 Award for the 100 most influential and innovative people working across arts, culture and the creative industries in the UK.

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