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Jordan Chariton

Jordan Chariton is Editor of TVNewser and Lost Remote. He joined Mediabistro in 2013 after four years working in cable news, at Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC, and over a year as the digital producer at NYC's 92nd Street Y. When he's not reading or writing, Jordan is most likely taking in a movie, museum, restaurant, or binge Netflix watching. Follow him on Twitter @JordanChariton or email him at jordan@mediabistro.com.

AMC and Next Games Release Trailer for ‘The Walking Dead’ Mobile Game

“The Walking Dead” has become a social TV favorite over the years, and today, AMC and Next Games gave fans a sneak peak at what the hit show’s upcoming new mobile game will look like.

“The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land” trailer was released, showing animated images of the game’s characters–modeled after the popular show–with a somber song playing in the background. The game, which will premiere at at the same time season 5 premieres early next year, will allow smartphone and tablet users the opportunity to fight for survival like the show’s characters do.

“Our approach is to stay true to the main themes of the TV show: survival strategy, finding safety for your people, balancing between right and wrong and, of course, action when it comes to fighting against the hordes of walkers,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, of Next Games.

Beamly Expanding to Android TV

Beamly_Masterbrand_HeroOn the heels of recent growth, Beamly is set to expand its suite of mobile features to the first screen.

The company announced today its app, which includes a personalized TV guide, content discovery and recommendation features, remote control, personalized news feeds, and more, will soon be available for Android TV sets. It’s the first time company’s technology will be available for TV sets.

“We’ve always seen the future as being not about the first screen or the second screen, but a two-way connection between the device in your hand where you browse and interact with TV shows, and the big screen where you watch those shows” said Anthony Rose, co-founder & CTO at Beamly. “The arrival of the Android TV platform will finally make this possible.”

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NASA Taking CBS’ Instagram to Space

This week, “CBS This Morning” is partnering with NASA to take its social fans to space.

The first photo, posted on “CTM’s” Instagram this morning, shows an image of a solar flare.

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Why Pawn Shop Shows Are on the Rise

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TV shows run the gamut in terms of genres, and one is increasing in popularity–pawn shop shows. One of those is truTV’s “Hardcore Pawn,” which depicts the wheeling and dealing that goes on in a Detroit pawn shop.

As part of MediabistroTV’s “Pawn of July” series (yes, we made that up), Les Gold and daughter Ashley, who star in the show, explain why pawn shop shows are gaining popularity. One reason: the unique set of people who walk into the store.



Last week: Hardcore Pawn stars talk about the weirdest things they’ve bought or sold.

Study: TV Still Dominant, but Digital Becoming More of a Factor

Social-TVA new TNS Connected Life study finds that TV is still the dominant platform of choice, but digital options are becoming an increasing complement for viewers.

The study looked at more than 55,000 Internet users across 50 countries globally. It found 48% who watch TV at night also consume digital content like social media, emails, and shopping online.

The desire to access our favorite TV shows at all hours of the day is also driving online TV usage, which extends our access to them. One quarter (25%) of those surveyed worldwide watch content on a PC, laptop, tablet or mobile daily. This rises to one third (33%) in mainland China and Singapore and 32% in Hong Kong, where ‘phablets’ are increasingly popular. In Hong Kong, more people actually choose to watch TV and video online rather than on traditional sets. After dinner, one quarter of people (26%) tune into content on their digital devices, in contrast to 14% who switch on their TVs.

Check out the study’s findings visually, courtesy of Quartz.

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Nielsen, Facebook to Partner on Tracking Users’ TV-Viewing Habits

3025932-inline-i-facebook-08Facebook no longer wants Twitter to have all the fun with Nielsen, so the social site is forming its own partnership with the ratings giant.

The Los Angeles Times reports starting in the fall, Facebook will track what TV shows users are watching on their smartphones or tablets, and then send their age and gender information to Nielsen. Once mobile users log into their Facebook apps, the social network will have the ability to secure data on what users are watching on their devices.

The Facebook-Nielsen partnership is part of a stepped-up campaign to get a better glimpse of how people are using computers and mobile devices for their entertainment. It also is intended to bring the art of audience measurement into the digital age. “The world is shifting radically, and so we had to evolve our measurement so that we could capture all of this fragmented viewing,” said Cheryl Idell, a Nielsen executive vice president.

The upcoming partnership has some privacy groups irked.

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SPOILERS: ’24: Live Another Day’ Finale Draws Smiles, Anger, and ‘WTF’ Moments

bauerctuIt seems any ending involving Jack Bauer contains good and bad news, and the ‘24: Live Another Day‘ finale was no different.

Thanks to Jack’s heroics, a war between America and China was prevented. But, unfortunately in the process, the love of his life Audrey was killed during a shootout.

We reached out to our analytics partner ‘Canvs‘ to examine the reaction to the mini-series finale, which aired Monday. The episode garnered 18,218 reactions out of 66,127 tweets from 6pmET on July 14 to 1amET on July 15. These interactions were up significantly from the penultimate episode’s 5,878 reactions out of 23,265 Tweets on July 8.

Canvs measures sentiment across tweets, and classifies a ‘reaction’ as a tweet that contains emotional language.

Here are the details:

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Stephen Colbert Books NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio…on Twitter

In what was either an organic Twitter booking or a thinly-veiled publicity stunt, Stephen Colbert booked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for “The Colbert Report” on Twitter.

After this first tweet, the Mayor swiftly responded.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Squashes Cancellation Rumors: ‘Bullsh*t’

Over the weekend, “Orange Is the New Black” nixed rumors that it had been cancelled. The show’s Twitter page denied the the rumors by utilizing a quote from one of the show’s top characters.

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John Oliver’s Income Inequality Barometer: Whether You’re Paying for Or Stealing HBO

OliverHBO’s John Oliver led “Last Week Tonight” last night with a look at America’s income inequality issue. And for Oliver, the main measuring stick for which side of the gap you’re on comes down to HBO.

“A good way to know which side of it you’re on is if you’re currently paying for HBO or stealing it, ” Oliver said. The joke drew laughs from the audience, but Oliver was actually hitting on a real issue for HBO.

As we reported earlier in the year, HBOGO crashed during the “True Detective” finale due to so many people—including folks borrowing their friends and family members’ passwords—watching at the same time.  HBO’s CEO isn’t all that concerned about people stealing passwords to watch, so it seems for the time being, HBO is available for subscribers, and as Oliver describes them, “stealers.”

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