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‘Friends’ and ‘The Sopranos’ Are Back 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.

This week is a blast from the past. ‘Friends’ reunited on Jimmy Kimmel while The Sopranos’ showrunner David Chase talks about what happens to Tony.  For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

This week it’s all about the old and the new. Past TV hits get revisited and what’s trending now on social and in the world of TV make their presence known in this weeks top five viral TV clips on 5by.

Two very different, but equally famous TV shows resurfaced this week in entertaining fashion. ‘Friends’ has the reunion we sort of wanted, but were still thrilled to see, on Jimmy Kimmel (who plays Ross). ‘The Sopranos’ perplexing, but incredible, final scene was released with annotations that put an end to the burning question regarding Tony’s fate…

On the new side of things, the ALS ice bucket challenge was taken to a new level with Homer Simpson taking the plunge, and racking up six million views in the process. Guillermo, from Jimmy Kimmel, interviewed a few Emmy award winners in the best way possible, back-to-back (literally). Finally, Jon Stewart tears into Fox in his powerful monologue covering the recent protests in Ferguson, MO.

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The Weather Channel Rolls Out New Social Friendly Android App

unnamed (3)In April, The Weather Channel launched its redesigned app for iPhone, and in June, it was rolled out for iPad users. Now, all Android users can find the app in the Google Play store.

The app incorporates a new social feature that lets fans report local weather conditions. This will not only help improve the accuracy of forecasts, but also The Weather Channel’s position as the leading weather app. In recent years, competing weather apps have been racing to provide hyper-local forecasts and minute-by-minute conditions. For example, if users are considering going out to get lunch at 1:00 PM, they may learn that they can avoid rain if they go at 1:10 PM instead. The Weather Channel has the advantage of being the go-to linear network for weather news, and has amassed a loyal following as a result. Weather – especially when natural disasters are taking place – is always at the forefront of the social conversation. Read more

And The Emmy Winners (According to TV Addicts) Are…

tvst-1With the Emmys just hours away, the fan votes are in for the TV industry’s biggest awards show.

TVShow Time, a community of 200,000 TV addicts who are watching, rating and commenting on shows at tvshowtime.com, provided Lost Remote with an infographic of who its users favorite characters are among Emmy nominees.

The graphs are based on the total number of votes each character has, as a percentage of the total number of character votes for that show (you can see the percentage points on the y-axis of the graph). This is done as a percentage to account for the fact that some shows are more popular so receive many more votes than others.

That Peter Dinklage received 25% of the votes is staggering, then, given that he is competing with so many other Game of Thrones characters.

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From Barely Legal Pawn to Obama Expressions: 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 is a host of clips all either added this week, about a new series, or about a new season. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

It’s a mashup of all the greatest bits of TV this week, we couldn’t decide on just one awesome theme so we had to pick an assortment of the best. A little late night, a little shark week and a little Emmy’s, all coming together to make up this week’s top five viral TV clips.

Some big names star in an unexpected, but magnificent skit to promote the upcoming Emmy Awards, apparently Bryan Cranston can play any role. We decided to showcase our favorite clip from Shark Week, which involves a diver doing something you didn’t think was possible to a reef shark. Team ‘Late Night’ brought on the laughs at others expense this week. Jimmy Fallon makes fun of Obama’s expressions, Conan makes fun of Buzzfeed lists and finally, John Oliver makes fun of, and also educates us on, American police tactics.

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Honoring Robin Williams in This Week’s Top 5 Viral Videos

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 is a number of videos commemorating Robin Williams, who passed away this week. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

Whether through his standup comedy, various acting roles, or simply his unique spirit, Robin Williams touched the lives of many and will be remembered in part through his on-camera work. Over the course of his incredible career, he made a significant impact on many present day TV icons: Jimmy, Conan, Craig and many more, all of whom had the pleasure to work with and learn from one of comedy’s greats. This week, many paid tribute to him by broadcasting memorable moments, re-airing segments from the past, and sharing kind sentiment. We hope you enjoy the below clips – just a few from the remarkable life of Robin Williams. 

Supernatural and Vampire Female Social TV Community Fueling Insticator’s Growth

InsticatorInsticator, a TV fan prediction company, is seeing a large spike in usage from an unlikely audience: vampire and supernatural fans.

In just 10 days, the platform has grown from 4,000 active users in this segment to over 22,000. Insticator runs contests with trivia and predictions and these specific communities are very passionate about what is going to happen within the plot and to characters. Among the shows whose communities are engaging are ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘The Originals,’ ‘Supernatural,’ Teen Wolf,’ and ‘Once Upon a Time.

The hyper-social 16-35 female viewer is highly engaged and opinionated and certain shows are capitalizing on that audience.  Insticator broke its user base into two cohorts for the sake of this study and found some interesting data points. Read more

ABC News: Viewers Are Watching 50% More Live Video on Apple TV App

abc_news_default_2000x2000_update_16x9t_384Lost Remote was on hand in June when ABC News unveiled its dedicated Apple TV app. As we wrote at the time:

A signature aspect of that live content is a 24/7 livestream—which begins as an originally produced, eight-hour mix of live and on-demand clips and constantly updates as news happens—will offer a mixture of content.  Users will see anchored and unanchored live events coming everywhere inside the White House briefing room to live breaking news updates exclusive for digital. At launch, the anchored portions of the livestream will come from ABC News digital anchors like Dan Kloeffler, and will include contributing reports coming from ABC News correspondents like Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl.  Correspondents like these will also create original reports for Apple TV not seen on ABC News broadcast.

So far, local content is one of the most popular features on ABC News on Apple TV. Last month, ABC News on Apple TV launched with nine major market stations and last week announced the addition of three more stations: KOAT in Albuquerque, WCVB in Boston, and KITV in Honolulu.

After its first month live, ABC News has shared data about viewing habits of its Apple TV app users. Some standout numbers:

- Users watch 50% more ABC News live video on Apple TV than on mobile and desktop combined.

- Viewers spend 65% more time per visit on Apple TV than on desktop.

- The most popular “video” is the 24/7 live stream.

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Late Night Hosts Continue to Impress 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 is Conan O’Brien getting his hair done by ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Laverne Cox and John Oliver taking on the ubiquity of native advertising. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

 TV clips tend to go viral when they capture moments from the absurd to unexpected to borderline terrifying, and this week’s top videos have managed to meet all three criteria–plus they’re hysterical, adding another incentive to share online. 

 Some MVPs of late night for this round include Jimmy Kimmel - who continues his epic bit “Words From Your Mother” by inviting rapper Tyga’s mom to read the lyrics from her son’s raunchy hit “Rack City” - and Conan O’Brien, who allows ”Orange is the New Black” beauty queen, Laverne Cox, to do his hair (we’ve seen that anything “OITNB”-related is guaranteed to get some social buzz). Once again, John Oliver kills it with a comedically accurate rant criticizing advertising, spurring lots of chatter among the media industry.
 
The humor continues with funny man and social media savant Aziz Ansari revealing some absolutely ridiculous business ideas on ”Parks and Recreation,” followed by roller skating superstar Juan Carlos strutting his stuff to Madonna’s “Vogue” on “America’s Got Talent.” 

The Roots Get Pranked and a New Netflix Trailer 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 is a trailer for ‘Bojack Horseman,’ a new Netflix series, and The Roots reacting to the 50 Shades of Grey trailer. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

This past week was one of surprises in the world of social TV – with unexpected trailers, new series and shock-worthy late night skits.
First, Netflix released a trailer for their new show ‘Bojack Horseman.’ It doesn’t have the same real-life drama-filled appeal as hits like ‘House of Cards’ or ‘Orange is the New Black’ but, but surprisingly enough, we’ve seen some advocacy for it on social media. Then the infamous ear-biting boxer Mike Tyson surprised Comic-Con with the reveal of his new ‘Scooby-Doo-esque’ cartoon series which looks…interesting, but worth watching nonetheless.
As usual, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers both hosted some high shock-value videos that are both entertaining and hilarious. Finally, our late night favorite John Oliver shares some disturbing facts about nuclear weapons in America and how sincerely suspect that top-secret facet of the American government is. All of which has gotten the masses buzzing on their social channels.

New Series and Seasons Abound 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 is a host of clips all either added this week, about a new series, or about a new season. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

Late night TV clips continue to make for viral videos as hosts coax celebs into doing wacky things, speak their mind or poke fun at serious issues. Jimmy works out with The Rock, John Oliver blows our minds with some disturbing American prison stats, and 14 year-old’s performance on Australia’s Got Talent will certainly go through the social media share cycle.
We’re also seeing more and more YouTube stars get big-time deals, and paving the way is ”Epic Meal Time” – a popular miniseries that involves dudes, ridiculous recipes, and usually bacon. It was offered a TV show and naturally, they released their entire first episode for free online. Finally, another teaser was released for the 5th and final season of Boardwalk Empire, which is gearing up to be the best yet.

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