Release Date: Dec 16, 2013
Watch the Live Webcast and Talk with the Ball on Twitter
for a Unique Live Perspective on the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration
(Times Square, New York – December 16, 2013) – Revelers across the globe can get up close and personal with the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square with the free official 2014 Times Square Ball Apps, from the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve. For the first time, users will enjoy the mobility of watching the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration at home, work or anywhere in the world while conversing with the Times Square Ball who will share his unique perspective of the performers, revelers and other festivities happening in Times Square via Twitter.
Now available on Android and Apple devices, the new 2014 Times Square Ball App continues to grow in popularity with nearly 500,000 downloads from 162 countries across the globe. Revelers worldwide from Afghanistan, Argentina and Australia to Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe will use the app to watch the official Times Square New Year’s Eve webcast.
Additionally, the Times Square Crossroads App, brought to you by the Times Square Alliance, will be available for revelers to tune into the New Year's Eve live webcast and learn more about events at the Crossroads of the World.
The live, six-hour commercial-free webcast will be hosted by returning national television and radio personality Allison Hagendorf (Host on The CW, VH1, Fuse TV, AXS, SiriusXM) and will cover the action and excitement in Times Square, including the Ball Raising at 6 p.m. EST, live musical performances, and hourly countdowns with network television hosts and other celebrities in Times Square as the anticipation builds towards the midnight countdown and the famous Ball Drop. Allison will be joined by three correspondents who will provide backstage access, behind-the-scenes stories, and interviews with revelers, performers and other special guests. This year’s show will also feature an exclusive reveal of AP’s Year-End News Highlights video and an exclusive clip from the upcoming movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2™.
“In response to the tremendous worldwide enthusiasm,” said Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, “we are again providing the official live viewing experience for users of mobile phones and tablets to interact with the Times Square Ball and the world’s most famous New Year’s Eve Celebration.”
“With the new Times Square Crossroads App, revelers around the world can experience the energy of New Year’s Eve in Times Square and watch the global celebration, including live musical performances, interviews with celebrities and the magical Ball Drop at midnight, all on their mobile devices,” added Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.
“New Year’s Eve 2014 marks the fifth year Livestream brings the celebration in Times Square to millions around the globe in real-time,” said Max Haot, co-founder and CEO of Livestream. “Now, with the reimagined Times Square Ball App, we’re bringing a live, social experience to the fingertips of revelers worldwide.”
The official 2014 Times Square Ball App is now available worldwide for free download through Apple’s App Store and via Google Play for mobile phones and tablets. The Ball App can be found in Entertainment, Travel, and News categories.
The Times Square Ball App was produced by Monday Sessions Media, developed by HAAS/créa, with streaming components developed by Livestream LLC. Device requirements:
- Apple products: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. Requires iOS 6 or later. 9.1MB (size of App)
- Android products: Requires Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 or later. 4.6MB (size of App)
App images, demonstration video, and download available at: http://timessquareball.net/app/
The Times Square Crossroads App is now available worldwide for free download through Apple’s App Store and via Google Play for mobile phones. The Crossroads App can be found in the Travel category. The Times Square Crossroads App was developed by BarkleyREI, with streaming components developed by Livestream LLC. Device requirements:
- Apple products: iPhone, iPod Touch. Requires iOS 6 or later. 6MB (size of App)
- Android products: Requires Gingerbread 2.3 or later. 3.5MB (size of App)
To join the Times Square New Year’s Eve conversation on social media, follow #BallDrop.
Follow the Times Square Ball on Twitter at twitter.com/timessquareball.
Like the Times Square Ball on Facebook at facebook.com/timessquareball.
For more information about Times Square New Year’s Eve, visit TimesSquareNYC.org.
Livestream’s mission is to connect people and live events. Livestream offers event owners a complete set of hardware and software tools to share their events with a growing community online. More than 35 million viewers each month watch thousands of live events from customers including The New York Times, Facebook, ESPN, SpaceX and Warner Bros. Records. Founded in 2007, Livestream is headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, London, Ukraine and India. www.livestream.com
About Allison Hagendorf
A national television and radio personality, music journalist, branded-content producer, food blogger, and voiceover artist, Hagendorf, a New York-area native, recently hosted The CW’s music competition show “The Next,” produced by Queen Latifah and Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser”) and featured Nelly, Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas and John Rich as celebrity mentors. Hagendorf has also served as Co-Host of VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz”, Cooking Channel’s “Not My Mama’s Meals”, and has hosted numerous shows on Fuse TV, including “Top 20 Countdown,” “The Pop Show,” and “Grammys Live.” Hagendorf also hosted the first ever live broadcast of New Orleans’ Jazz Fest as well as Coachella’s Country festival, StageCoach, for Mark Cuban’s and Ryan Seacrest’s network, AXS, and is also the host of MSG Network’s “Music Fridays.” She also recently partnered with AOL to create the original music travel series, “Signature Sounds with Allison Hagendorf.” In addition to music, she is the host of the “Cosmo for Guys” radio show on SiriusXM. Before entering broadcasting, Hagendorf worked in A&R at Columbia Records and Epic Records. Hagendorf can be followed on Twitter and Instagram via the handle @AlliHagendorf and through her site www.allisonhagendorf.com.
About Times Square New Year's Eve
The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve. The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square so that it retains the energy, edge and distinctiveness that have made it an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life. Countdown Entertainment represents the owners of One Times Square and the New Year’s Eve Ball.
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