Pixels & Bits

Our process

Active Video Networks



Pixels & Bits created interactive experiences for television working for companies such as NBC, American Express, Facebook, HSN, CNN, Showtime and more. The applications were implemented for the television using ActiveVideo Networks proprietary platform and SDK. The user controls the applications via a home television remote, on any set top box. Allowing the user to connect with friends on Facebook, gain real time home shopping with HSN, watch NBC episodes, or apply for an American Express credit card all from your television using your existing equipment.

While working with AVN, Pixels & Bits participated in usability testing, creation of wireframes and visual designs, as well as extensive application development using current web technologies. We utilized external web services such as Flickr, Facebook and video aggregation sites to feed each particular application with content. This was built on top of a configurable system that allowed users to customize their news, search content, watch television episodes, browse and message friends, shop and more.


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Technical Details:
Design Documents, Visual Designs, Application Development using JavaScript and XML.


We’ve successfully launched products to millions of users on the web, television and mobile.


  • Strength for Caring

    Provides caregivers and families with a plethora of caregiving resources.
  • National Geographic Channel

    Supports the National Geographic programming schedule and lineup.
  • Titmouse

    A website for the Los Angeles based animation studio.
  • SharesPost

    Users can buy or sell private company shares.
  • 4Loot

    Win Facebook Credits by searching.

Open Source

  • GemTools (github)

    A lightweight tool to manage gems using a config file, similar to GemInstaller
  • Config Reader (github)

    Provides a way to manage environment specific configuration settings.
  • FCKEditor on Rails (github)

    A helper/controller to put FCKeditor on Rails using engines or appable plugins.
  • Hpricot Scrub (github)

    Strip and sanitize HTML with Hpricot and Hpricot Scrub.
  • Strappy (github)

    Bootstrap a Rails 2.3 app using a template, with your choice of authentication.

TV / Mobile

  • Active Video Networks

    Interactive television for entertainment giants like Showtime, CNN, HSN and more.
  • Yummylogs

    Log, rate and share your own personal favorite beers, wines, cheeses and liquors.


Neil Heinrich

email, website, github

Michael Moen

email, website, github