Merrill Lynch estimates that 5 percent of the upfront dollars will be attributed to digital this year (about double from last year), yet many media execs are still wrestling with the challenge of effectively monetizing online video. And there’s also the concern that over-ambitious digital pitches will result in pulling dollars away from their own TV packages. (Oh, the horror!) MTVN’s Courtney Holt has good advice. “We had to hit the reset button,” he said. Now the philosophy is “let’s do something really creative and figure out how to maximize it.” MTVN’s new virtual worlds are one example. “We reached a new audience that loved virtual and loved that environment but might not have sat and watched the show week after week…[There are] lots of places to enter into a point of engagement without having to go through one giant portal.”
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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.