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TV Everywhere is the technological ability to watch whatever you want, whenever, however you want it (from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc.). It’s included as part of your cable subscription service, so it comes at no extra charge to you. The best part is that it is easy. The TV Everywhere site (http://www.youcouldbewatching.tv/) by CTAM (Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing) will guide you through the log-in and authentication process online and direct you to the individual cable and networks apps so that you can start watching TV everywhere.
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
Aereo swooped in and saved me last year. I was in the middle of a New York City breakup, which meant moving into a tiny apartment and giving up the fancy smart television and expensive cable bundle that only two working adults could afford.
How was I going to watch “60 Minutes” on Sundays? You can take your companionship, but do not take my Sunday night CBS. I was already a subscription video streamer: I had the big three. My best friend gave me her HBOGo login. Aereo rounded it out. I paid extra so I could DVR more than one show. A woman really could have it all.
But it always felt like one day I was going to try to log in and the site would disappear, like if you stayed in Europe before you could get Netflix and had to use those weird, illegal streaming websites that offer porn and every “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season on the same homepage (can we say Megavideo?). But Aereo just had “Downton Abbey” and “Good Morning, America.” It meant no harm. This is all to say that when Aereo lost their battle this summer, I took it personally. I bought a TV and cheap cable bundle. Last week, when they filed for bankruptcy protection, I knew it was really over.
If this were a Muppet movie, I would lead the gang to fight the big, bad, networks and make the Supreme Court rethink that transmit clause just in time to stream the “Charlie Brown Christmas” broadcasts and live happily ever after. But this is the real world, broadcasting corporations are people, copyright laws will never evolve, and streaming content (for eight dollars!) is for crazy hippies. Read more
You’d expect a four-time Emmy-award-winning producer to put out his latest offering on TV, but when Bill Schultz and co-creator Jim Manos, Jr. pitched their animated dramedy Jimmy Stones to the networks, they weren’t pleased with the response. There was interest, but the duo would have been required to change the format of the show to match the style of the platforms they were pitching.
Unwilling to sacrifice his team’s vision, Schultz is looking to put his show online, supported by crowdfunding dollars. The idea is to build up an online audience whose size will impress a network enough to put it on air, in an unadulterated format. That doesn’t mean Schultz and team aren’t open to suggestions, as long as they’re coming from the right place:
With Jimmy Stones, we’re offering people a chance to actually get their scripts covered, a chance to give story notes, a chance to get their name in the credits. We’re really opening up the kimono. It’s like a Wiki collaboration, and we’re looking at doing that throughout the series. So, yes, when we get to a big television network series, then that would have to fall away but while it’s of the people it’s of the people. This platform we’ve created really offers people a chance to do something they’ve never done before.
For more about the show and planning behind it, read: So What Do You Do, Bill Schultz, Emmy-Winning Animation Producer?
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