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With SNL and Key & Peele, Sketch Comedy Returns in This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

Trending this week on social are Jon Stewart and protege John Oliver, and sketch comedy returns as SNL gears up for its season premiere and Key & Peele continue to build on their popularity.  For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

Jon Stewart from The Daily Show makes a rare appearance in this weeks lineup with a fantastic segment on climate change. In fact, it rivals John Oliver’s wit and delivery in his rant on the dated and atrocious Miss America Pageant. These two TV hosts worked so well together… it’s good to see they can both thrive on their own.

SNL is back this Saturday to celebrate it’s 40th season! Special guests this week include Chris Pratt and Ariana Grande. Needless to say, the promo for this week’s show is sure to get you excited for what’s to come.

SNL, an OG in the sketch comedy game, will have to keep up with Key & Peele. In their new season, their TV show as a whole proves to be a little confusing and inconsistent, but what they release online are among the best comedy skits we (and apparently everyone on Twitter and Facebook) have seen this year.

Lastly, Youtube Channel ‘Bad Lip Reading’ released an incredible dub-over of season four of The Walking Dead. These videos are always huge successes, and this one is no exception.

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How Lingospot is Using Metadata to Improve TV Viewing

full_logo_square820Lingospot began in 2007 as a content recommendation service for publishers. At the time, the product analyzed the context of Forbes, Bloomberg, and Boston Globe content, and then linked readers to other related content within the publisher. Lingospot has since pivoted and in the past year and a half has built a similar type of product for TV viewing. Through metadata, the company attempts to understand what viewers are watching on TV – and more, what is taking place from moment to moment. Then, they try to figure out how to improve that TV viewing experience.

“I think metadata is in its infancy when it comes to video,” Lingospot CEO Nikos Iatropoulos tells Lost Remote.  ”In a typical music scheduling system, you’ll find hundreds of metadata fields per song, and Pandora has said to use over 450 different metadata fields per song for their Music Genome project.  So, if a 5-minute song warrants 450 fields, how many should a one-hour segment of ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter,’ an episode of the ‘Tonight Show’ or an episode of ‘The Voice’ have?  I think that we are merely scratching the surface when it comes to the use of TV metadata, and the next three to five years will be extremely interesting as some of the applications of this newfound intelligence about video start hitting the market.”

As more households become ‘connected,’ whether through smart TVs or OTT devices, viewers will want supplementary content while watching TV. This was the idea behind Pixie, which we recently wrote about — to provide additional information on the first screen rather than the second or third screens. For more on Lingospot, and how it intends to use metadata to bridge the gap between lean-back TV viewing and the interactivity of web content, we spoke with Iatropoulos.  Read more

WatchUp Adds New Channels, Features to App

Watchup, a personalized video platform specifically for news broadcasts, announced the launch of their new app designed specifically for iOS 8. They’ve partnered with some big names — in both news and video — like PBS, Univision, and The Washington Post. You start the app, choose your preferences, and let the app aggregate your nightly newscast.

For the new app, they’ve added some features like being able to scroll to delete a video from the newscast, preview the program in notifications, and they’ve added Arirang TV and The Young Turks to their channel lineup. You can download the app as soon as you update your operating system (like, now.)

Conan and Cranston Create Buzz in This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

Trending this week on social are funny clips from staples Conan O’Brien (2x) and Jimmy Fallon, and a special one-man show from Bryan Cranston. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

This week, we bring you some of the funniest TV clips the Internet has to offer. With Ellen back in the picture, Conan and Jimmy on their game as usual, and Bryan Cranston making a special appearance courtesy of TBS, humor proved to be the key component in huge views and achieving social success.

Conan earned two slots in this week’s lineup. First, a never-before-seen SNL skit with a spot-on impersonation of Aziz Ansari played by Nasim Pedrad, and second, another edition of ‘Coffee Table Books That Didn’t Sell,’ which proved to be funnier than we could’ve anticipated. 

Fallon nailed another lip sync battle, this time with Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton (sorry Jimmy, it’s safe to say you lost this one). Ellen has returned with haste, and in her first edition of ‘In-Your-Ear’ this season, she hilariously dictates an audience member disguised as a Dunkin’ Donuts cashier in LA. The ‘broken telephone’ phenomena proved to make the bit even better than usual.

Finally, TBS and Bryan Cranston teamed up to create a one-man MLB show that we wish was actually on broadway…Kind of. Extremely well done nonetheless, it’s always a pleasure seeing Walter White in a more comedic role, proving he does indeed have mad acting skills. Standing-O good sir, we’re eagerly awaiting your next project.

4SeTV App Lets You Stream Four Channels At Once

4SeTV standalone imageMore is always better when it comes to television, right? That’s the idea of 4SeTV, a set top box and app that streams over the air broadcasts to a tablet or smart television. You buy the hardware and there are no monthly subscription fees or other costs, so getting into it is easy.

Through the free app, available for iOS and Android, you can split the screen, watching up to four channels at once. You can easily switch audio between the screens so when you want to flip between MSNBC and CNN morning shows or Thursday Night Football and “Scandal” it’s no problem.

It’s kind of like Aereo but with more screens, except that 4SeTV isn’t rebroadcasting the signal, so you can’t pause or record. But you can also count on it to not disappear because the FCC says so.

The bummer is that founder Hyung Lim started a Kickstarter campaign, ending this Thursday, and won’t reach his goal of $50,000. But that’s not going to stop him he says:

There are a lot of things I learned running the Kickstarter campaign for the first time and there are a lot of things I want to improve. One thing is that I’m targeting sports fans, and though they’re watching over the air broadcasts, they also watch a lot of ESPN and that’s been a major issue. I’m going to fix it by creating additional hardware and come back to the Kickstarter so that I can include content like ESPN along with the other.

He’s backed by hardware company DMT, “so I can continue the operation and development to reshape my messaging and things like that for the second round,” he says.

You can watch a demo from Lim here and check out the Kickstarter here.

This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips: Fall TV Preview Edition

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

Trending this week are clips from recently-returned or about-to-return shows including ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Homeland’,  and the cult favorite ‘Trailer Park Boys.’ For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

As summer comes to a close and school is back in session, the question “what show should I watch?” is more prevalent than ever. Fear not, 5by and the social scene have your back. Here are new shows you should be tuning in to, and what’s breaking ground across all social channels this month.
In the next three weeks, keep your eyes peeled for The Walking Dead, Tim and Eric, and Homeland. All set to make their season debuts between now and early October, the collective anticipation for the three shows has America on the edge of their seats. All very different in subject matter, but each incredible in their own respect. If you can’t stand the wait, Trailer Park Boys is the show to tune into now. In it’s 8th season, TPB has been released on Netflix for binge-watchers to indulge in. The gritty, Eastern Canadian mocumentary has now made it’s way into mainstream America and it’s picking up steam with the press. Recent appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and Mashable to promote their show has proven to be highly successful.
Across daytime television, Ellen is back and she wasted no time getting back into the viral video game. Almost instantly she released a video of herself transposed in Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ video, and in only two days, it amassed over 3.5 million views. Ellen, we missed you. Needless to say, there’s lots to look forward too this fall.

Does Whisper Have a Place in the Social TV Sphere?

whisperIn May, we wrote about how NBC, Universal Studios, and Hulu have begun to use the anonymous confession app Whisper for social integrations. Now – in what is maybe the most appropriate social TV program with the app – Season 5 of VH1‘s ‘Couples Therapy,’ which premiered last night, will team up with Whisper to ask their users about relationship issues they’ve experienced.

Dr. Jenn (the show’s host and lead therapist) will then take the top responses each week and give her advice in a companion web series that will run on VH1.com and on her Sirius Satellite Radio show. Throughout the season fan Whisper’s and Dr. Jenn’ videos will be featured throughout VH1 channels and even on air during episodes 6 through 10 of ‘Couples Therapy.’

More networks will likely turn to the rising social app – which skews heavily towards the teen demographic. Still, it is interesting to consider whether something anonymous has a place in the social TV sphere. For more on this, and why VH1 turned to Whisper for ‘Couples Therapy, we spoke with VP of Digital and Social Engagement for VH1, Tom Chirico:

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Armchair Quarterbacks, This App’s For You

Spit App Logo 304x200Today, just in time for NFL Thursdays, i.TV launched a new televised sports app, Spit. It’s a game for the game and doesn’t take umpteen hours to set up like a fantasy league.

Users download the app, invite friends, and then answer questions throughout the broadcast like, “will the next play be a run or a pass or an intercept?” The questions run on a ten second timer and there’s a leader board for your crew and for the entire Spit audience. Founder and i.Tv CEO Brad Pelo says:

What we discovered is that fans of sports tend to be a little bit more engaged around second screening, but there’s a great opportunity to get them to competitively engage. We built a feature last year for Nintendo, for their second screen experience and we watched , specifically for sports, the metrics just skyrocket. It became the second most used feature on the platform.

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Amazon Launches Instant Video Player for Android, Finally

amazon-instant-video-logoThis week, Amazon has released a Prime Instant Video app for Android users. It’s been a long time coming, too.

Android users can now download (or update) the Amazon app and have full access to everything everyone else does with Prime Instant Video — browse and shop for video content and then watch it on the (separately downloaded) Instant Video Player.

Apparently, it’s only working in the U.S. right now and some tablets aren’t compatible yet. In any case, Android tablet users can now join everyone else in wasting money on Amazon Prime.

Amazon is  full of changes this week; they’ve also modified how season passes work. For now it’s up to the publisher whether they charge customers episode by episode as they air (the old way) or make you pay the whole total up front.

h/t Lifehacker

‘Celebgate’ Photo Scandal is Late Night Fodder in This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

jimmy-kimmelIn this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

Trending this week is the ‘Celebgate’ photo scandal – source material that late night comedians live for. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content

In the aftermath of the “Celebgate” photo scandal – involving A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Bar Refaeli, Kate Upton and more – television programs responded to the mass exposé in epic fashion. It was one of the hottest topics in broadcast this week, with all the TV hype perpetuating a racy newscycle across social media. Here are the 5 best clips from 5by.

To get the full story, watch ABC Nightline present an  informative recap of the entire ordeal, with an outline of potential repercussions. It’s the most content-rich clip we’ve seen about the controversy. Then as expected, the guys of late night took a different approach reporting on the events. Leave it to Conan to lighten the mood with a skit in which the alleged hacker gets hacked, and exposed to the world. Afterall, “it’s only fair.” Jimmy Kimmel employed a similar premise to his skit, except this time, it was Kimmel himself, whose photos got hacked. Jimmy Fallon takes it to a whole new level by reading the hypothetical responses of political figures such as Kim Jong Un and Chris Christie. Naturally, hilarity ensues. In Comedy Central’s late night game show ‘@midnight’, comedians David Koechner, Nicole Byer and Jon Daly make an absolute mockery of the situation. The video speaks for itself.

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