Gathered together in a collective food coma, America tweeted most about FOX’s “Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular” and ABC’s “Thank You, America! With Robin Roberts.” “Comedy Central’s All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and VH1′s “A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving” rounded out the holiday.
Earlier this week Vindicia (a leading enterprise subscription billing company) and Ooyala (a video streaming company) released the results of a study on the digital content and over-the-top (OTT) market in Europe through 2017. The commissioned study of 30 OTT service providers was carried out by MTM.
The study reveals that while there are certainly many challenges with content distribution, the OTT market is poised for huge growth in the next three years, especially in terms of how content providers are able to monetize video. As a result, advertising companies and subscription billing companies – like Vindicia – will have the opportunity to create innovative solutions.
With Christmas approaching, Animal Planet has brought back its social ‘Animal Planet L!VE’s Reindeer Cam‘ for the second year. The live cam focuses on two reindeer at the Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota, and their home is decorated with lights, pine branches, and a countdown to Christmas.
Viewers can tune in at apl.tv/reindeer, and the stream will be available throughout the holiday season. The site also features a social stream where viewers can discuss all the reindeer action. Read more
Recognizing that people across the U.S. will be tuning into today’s slate of NFL games – and, unlike Sundays or Monday nights, doing so even if they don’t like football – Twitter has devoted resources to building a special #NFL experience. There is not always a marquee matchup on Thanksgiving, but today’s San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship rematch, replete with playoff implications, will likely drive big tune-in and tweet numbers.
The #NFL timeline includes a schedule of the day’s games (and an upcoming one for Sunday) on the left rail. Clicking into each tab drives users to game-specific content. The #NFL hashtag also includes a “Videos” tab, designed to keep users engaged longer on Twitter.com. Read more
Last week, Flurry – the mobile analytics company acquired by Yahoo in July – wrote in a blog post that “time spent on mobile devices grew in the US by 9.3% – from 2 hrs and 42 minutes to 2 hrs and 57 minutes – in the past nine months.”
The significance of this is that people are now spending more time on their mobile devices than watching TV: mobile is now the first place first screen. The time spent watching TV by the average US consumer has held steady at 2 hrs and 48 minutes.
The author of the post, Simon Khalaf, the President and CEO of Flurry, admits that while there is no way to measure the overlap between time spent watching TV and using mobile devices:
we believe that there is plenty of overlap between the time spent on TV and that on mobile devices. It is a tall order to believe that the smart device (and app) industry, which didn’t exist six and half years ago, can take out an industry entrenched in every American household since the middle of the last century. But it has happened. Smart devices are practical, and are glued to consumers 24/7/365. Those factors, combined with the content explosion on these devices through millions of apps, helped mobile snatch the big prize from television. As of September 2014, it is a new world in the American living room. Read more
Watchup, the personalized news aggregator and streaming service, launched this week on Xbox 360. Users can now access the app and stream news from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Sky News and CNET, and others without a cable subscription. The app is already available in both the iOS and Google Play store. With the Xbox, users can navigate through the app and the latest news using Kinect. CEO and co-founder Adriano Farano said in a statement:
Watchup on Xbox 360 is a dream come true for cord-cutters and digital savvy users who want to watch trusted news channels via the Internet. Our mission is to bring the power of global news to people on all the most popular platforms, whether it’s smartphones, tablets, streaming media devices or gaming consoles.
Pop – a joint venture of CBS and Lionsgate that will take form as a new TV network launching in 2015 – will become the first TV network to build its primary web presence on Tumblr. The mission of Pop, formerly TV Guide Network – is to celebrate “the fun of being a fan.”
The Tumblr-hosted site launches on January 14, 2015 to coincide with the linear TV network launch. The network intends to include all the best aspects of Tumblr and its community (GIFs, memes, user-generated content), while also featuring the usual components of a network site (channel finder, schedule). Read more
Screen Media Ventures announced last week that its Popcornflix, FrightPix, and Popcornflix Kids channels have been downloaded more than 4.5 million times on Roku. Screen Media Ventures was founded in 1999 and is an independent distribution company. The channels offer free TV shows and movies – including ‘Popeye,’ ‘Trailer Park Boys,’ and ‘The Man Show’ – which are ad-supported.
“The Roku name has become synonymous with TV streaming,” said David Fannon, Executive Vice President at Screen Media Ventures. “We’re thrilled to develop channels for the Roku platform and bring viewers free entertainment options, and look forward to delivering our great content to a growing number of Roku customers as the streaming revolution continues.” Read more
The majority of digital video consumption is taking place in apps; video ad CPMs are 10x higher than the average cost of a traditional display ad; mobile ad spending has increased more than 80% this year alone.
These three stats are a large part of the reason that Grabyo – a real-time, cloud-based, video solutions provider – is announcing today that it has raised $2 million from Premier League stars Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker. In July, Grabyo provided social video solutions to the All England Lawn Tennis Club for Wimbledon and powered a video gallery on Wimbledon.com. Read more
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