In a move that could help drive increased usage for its social TV application, Shazam said it added an "auto tagging" feature to its app for Apple's iPad that will track the TV shows users are watching and log the music they listen to.
Shazam has named former Yahoo executive Rich Riley as its new CEO, replacing longtime chief Andrew Fisher, who will transition to executive chairman duties. AllThingsD reports Shazam is making the moves to strengthen its leadership team and put itself in position "for next stage of growth and IPO."
Second screen interfaces on connected TVs should mimic what users are getting on their smartphones, George Panayotopoulos, Google's industry manager for entertainment sales, said at the PEVE Entertainment conference in London. There is a dual-edged sword involved here. Many users--especially young ones--are moving away from TVs altogether, which leads to something of a conundrum when determining which TVs should look more like mobile devices when those devices are already replacing the TVs.
Shazam said Monday that it recruited veteran interactive TV technology executive Daniel Danker, naming him chief product officer.
Shazam has hired Daniel Danker to fill its newly created Chief Product Officer position. Danker previously served as the BBC's General Manager of Programmes and On Demand, where he led strategy and delivery of the broadcaster's iPlayer, iPlayer Radio and Red Button products.
Sprint Nextel is rolling out Entertain ME, which bundles music and video services including the operator's own video and music services alongside a series of third-party music applications including Spotify, Slacker, iHeartRadio, Shazam and Rumpus.
Shazam users tagged Rihanna more than any other recording artist in 2012, with hits like "We Found Love" and "Talk That Talk" accounting for 15 million tags this year, ahead of pop chart rivals like Gotye, David Guetta, Adele and Maroon 5.
Shazam said it struck a deal with MLB Advanced Media which will allow baseball fans watching games on TV to receive interactive content on their smartphones and tablet computers.
Shazam said Monday that it is expanding efforts to allow smartphone and tablet owners to use the devices to tag shows they are watching, announcing that the app can identify programming from 160 U.S. cable and broadcast networks.
Shazam is extending its second-screen TV companion app to all programs on U.S. airwaves, enabling mobile device users to access cast and guest star bios, Hollywood gossip, trivia and related information, as well as comment on the show via Facebook, Twitter and Google+.