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ITV is to launch shoppable TV, allowing viewers to discover and shop items from its programmes directly on screen, the first service of its kind in the UK. Viewers can initiate the shopping interface at any time by using their LG remote but must actively opt-in to receive the notifications and use the service.

The service launches during Love Island on ITV2 with Boots UK as the first confirmed launch partner.

The interactive system uses AI technology from The Take, a contextual product discovery company. The Take’s technology is built directly into LG TV sets in the UK and is being used for the first time in this country by ITV. The service identifies and tags featured products during programmes and notifies viewers that products on-screen are available. If a viewer is interested, they can select to view more info with their remote and make a purchase via the vendor’s site or a link sent to their phone.

Using the on-screen shopping interface, viewers can scroll through products, which will refresh when different products and characters are shown during a programme. Additionally, users can also choose to view all products available from the episode of the show that they’re watching. All 2021 LG TVs have the technology integrated as standard and it can be added via software update to 2019 and 2020 models. Boots will be the first partner to trial this new technology, working closely with ITV. In addition, ITV is talking to further partners.

Launching initially in Love Island, ITV plans to roll-out the service on other programmes across different genres throughout the rest of 2021. The Take technology is already live in the USA on 2021, 2020, and 2019 LG TVs.

Bhavit Chandrani, ITV, Director Digital and Creative Partnerships, said: “This is a unique commercial opportunity and the next natural step in what we can offer to brands. Love Island has been a fantastic platform for innovation in how we work with commercial partners over the past few years and is the perfect show to introduce shoppable TV before we roll it out across other programmes.”

Paul Ridsdale, ITV, Acting Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Shoppable TV is a wonderful innovation to allow ITV viewers to be able to shop directly from their TVs, filling a real gap currently in the market. We know ITV viewers enjoy being able to purchase items featured in our programmes and this makes doing that smoother and easier than ever before.”

Ty Cooper, CEO and Co-founder of TheTake said: “We are thrilled to introduce our interactive product discovery platform to the UK market with premier partners in ITV and LG. We look forward to helping ITV viewers discover and engage with the products that inspire them on the programmes that they love.”

Pete Markey, Chief Marketing Officer, Boots UK comments: “We are very excited to be partnering with ITV and TheTake on the new and innovative opportunity. Launching shoppable TV as part of our wider partnership with Love Island is a great way to help customers easily shop the products they spot in the villa and recreate iconic islander looks from the show. It will simplify the customer journey and bring the Boots brand even closer to the Love Island audience.”

“This AI feature makes the LG TV viewing experience more convenient and enjoyable by providing the most relevant information you would like to know while watching ITV's programmes, meaning the TV becomes the main hub of entertainment and information in your living room,” commented Mihee Yoo, Content and Services Manager, Smart TV for LG UK. “We are looking forward to expanding this feature to be available on more ITV programmes on LG TVs in the future.”

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

In America both QVC and HSN are coming to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex services as an interactive streaming app — with plans to let Comcast customers buy products directly on their TVs starting in early 2022.

Comcast already carries the linear channels of QVC and HSN, owned by John Malone’s Qurate Retail Group.

Now, with the rollout of the QVC and HSN Streaming Service, Comcast’s X1 (traditional cable) and Flex (broadband-only video) customers can access six linear channels (QVC and HSN at launch and QVC2, QVC3, QVC Now, and HSN2 shortly thereafter) in one place. In addition, the service provides access to a catalog of video-on-demand and original programming designed specifically for streaming, such as “Travel, Cook, Repeat with Curtis Stone,” “One on Wine” with QVC foodie and host Mary DeAngelis and “Mally Makes It Better” featuring makeup maven Mally Roncal.

While the new Comcast deal doesn’t actually expand the household reach of QVC or HSN, the streaming app provides a new, more immersive entry point for the cable operator’s subs — and lays the groundwork to let them sign into their QVC or HSN accounts on TV and complete purchases within the same experience, said Mike George, president and CEO of Qurate Retail.

“Our goal is that this becomes our flagship experience, because it’s so much richer than the [linear-only] experience,” George said.

Next year, Qurate plans to enable shopping on the QVC and HSN Streaming Service across all platforms, which in addition to Comcast’s Xfinity devices also include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, LG’s Shop Time app and Apple TV. “Instead of watching the TV show and having to go to my mobile phone or computer to make a purchase, I can do it using my remote control,” George said. “We think that’s a huge win.”

Today, QVC and HSN reach a cumulative 218 million homes globally across 14 TV networks, plus millions more through streaming, digital, mobile and social platforms like Facebook Live, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. “Like everyone, we’ve experienced the pressure of cord-cutting,” George said. “We’ve more than made that up in other ways.”

Comcast’s X1 and Flex customers can access the streaming service by saying “QVC HSN streaming service app” into their Xfinity Voice Remote or find it within the app section of either platform. QVC and HSN’s linear channels will be promoting the app’s launch on Comcast, while the cable operator may feature QVC and HSN videos in its editorial VOD collections.

“The launch of the QVC and HSN Streaming Service on Xfinity X1 and Flex gives our customers another way to enjoy QVC and HSN content beyond the traditional linear channels already available,” said Rebecca Heap, Comcast Cable’s SVP of video and entertainment.

Source: Variety

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