Viggle, GetGlue terminate plans to merge

There could be some trouble in social TV land. Viggle and GetGlue, two competing companion mobile applications for television viewers, announced they have terminated their agreement to merge.

Viggle, a TV loyalty platform that automatically identifies the shows people are watching, said in November that it would acquire TV guide and manual checkin app GetGlue for $25 million and 48.3 million shares. The split is being described as cordial by both sides.

"During the time we started talking to GetGlue about an acquisition and since the merger agreement was signed in November, we have seen impressive growth in … Read more

Some find problems with Wii U update

You don't have to wait long for Monday's CNET Update:

Sales of the Nintendo Wii U system began Sunday, following a midnight launch event at the Nintendo World store in New York. But anyone getting a Wii U will need some patience before getting started. A required 5GB firmware update can take an hour or two to download, but be sure to not turn it off once the update has begun! Some users that turned off the console before the download was complete have "bricked" the machine and need to exchange it for a new one. … Read more

Social TV companies Viggle, GetGlue to merge

Viggle, a loyalty rewards service for TV viewing, announced today that it's buying GetGlue, a social network based on check-ins for entertainment, for $25 million and 48.3 million shares of stock.

The first order of business? Make sure GetGlue can make money.

GetGlue, an app that operates like Foursquare for entertainment, gives users virtual stickers for checking in while watching shows or movies. Those virtual stickers are then turned into real-life ones and mailed to users for their collection.

"Don't worry stickers are not going away!" GetGlue's announcement of the merger reads. The stickers … Read more

Earn rewards by watching TV with Viggle for Android

Still making time to catch your favorite shows on TV? Well, why not get rewarded for doing just that? Viggle is an Android app that lets you check in to the shows you're watching at that moment. It works sort of like Shazam does for music (and TV on iOS): the app listens to the TV and then compares character voices or other sounds within their database to get the show's name.

After checking in, you'll be rewarded with points. The point values differ from show to show, with featured shows granting more. … Read more