Zeebox Social TV App Relaunches as Beamly

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The UK based Social TV App, Zeebox, has recently rebranded and relaunched their website, and iOS and Android apps under the new name of Beamly. Originally launched in 2011, Beamly wanted to change from being seen as a geeky TV guide app to a co-viewing experience that would allow users to follow and discuss their favorite TV shows and celebrities all day long.

Currently with 2 million active users, Zeebox’s original features, such as the live chat and screen sync functions, will remain. The additional new features allow for many more interactions, making Beamly more of a social network based around television interests. Users will now have access to news feeds and social media topics about their favorite TV shows, and they will be able to follow their favorite TV shows and celebrities at any time.  Co-founder and CFO Anthony Rose explained, “We had a dream which was to create participation TV… One day we realized that people perceived Zeebox as a new type of TV guide rather than a co-viewing experience. So in the last six months we’ve set about transitioning from model one, which was essentially that synchronized Twitter playalong experience, to a fully fledged social network for television.”

With the relaunch, Beamly is able to adapt to the vast changes that are occurring in TV viewing. Along with the changing trends of TV viewer habits, there is also the change in audience that Beamly has seen with their users. According to Rose, once users were allowed to follow shows, they were using the app twice as often, and once shows were allowed to follow them back, users were returning ten times as often. This feeling of a community attracted a lot of females and transformed Beamly’s users from a group of geeky men to a diverse audience, that is now mostly 16-24 year old females in the US.

By being able to adapt so well to the constantly changing TV viewing habits, Beamly will be sure to increase their user base and shake that geeky image that they previously had.

House of Cards: Season 2 Returns

The much anticipated second season of the Netflix original program “House of Cards” was released earlier today, with all 13 episodes hitting the streaming service simultaneously. With the show’s fans buzzing about the return of Francis Underwood, Netflix capitalized on their strong social media reach by teasing fans with quote-cards in the days prior to the show’s debut.

The show’s primary handle, @houseofcards, created special picture assets to push out via social media and followers responded. Netflix combined their branded messages with re-tweets of popular accounts and news organizations which helped promote the premiere. Beau Willimon, the show’s creator, was retweeted often, as well as Kate Mara, who plays Zoe, the ambitious journalist who’s trying to make a name for herself in the throes of political news-writing.

Popular celebrities and household names from Ricky Gervais to President Obama had much praise for the show. Here are some of our favorites.

The premier cleverly coincides with Valentines Day, spotlighting Netflix’s binge-viewing model, and ensuring that even those without a significant other can still indulge with the enthralling plot twists that are sure to come this season. Happy viewing!