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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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It’s All About the ESPYs in This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In the 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 from the ESPYs, ESPN’s annual sports awards show. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

The ESPYs aired this week and it was incredible. Ordinarily, a show that dishes out sports achievements might not dominate TV and online video, but the combination of inspiring stories, and Drake as MC made for a buzzworthy topic across the Internet. Also, we had to include something a little outside the box, simply based on how badass of a performance this woman gave.

Stuart Scott sparked some serious inspiration with his incredible battle with cancer over the years, Drake’s imitation of the legendary Manny Pacquiao singing ‘Let It Go’. This years best female athlete unexpectedly went to MMA Fighter Ronda Rousey! Yes, she beats other women up for a living. And for the outlier, Kacy Catanzaro makes TV history by being the first woman to qualify for the finals of American Ninja Warrior (there’s no ESPY Award for that?). Her performance tallied an impressive 6 million views on Youtube in four short days. Overall, this year’s ESPYS set the bar for future award shows – both in broadcast and online buzz.

 

Late Night Reigns Supreme in This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In the next 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 blitz of videos from the increasingly crowded late night television field. For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

The biggest names in late night TV are continuing to make their presences known both on the small screen and second screen. Let’s face it, why stay up until midnight to watch 45 minutes of interviews, monologues and commercial breaks when all of the best clips are shared the next day for free, online (and on 5by!)? 

John Oliver is crushing it week after week, Fallon, Kimmel and Letterman all pumped out incredible viral clips, and the latest addition to the late night game, Seth Meyers, gets news host Brian Williams to admit his TV guilty pleasure. They don’t call it the “late night war” for nothing. Read more

NBC becomes first broadcast network to offer exclusive content on SoundCloud with ‘Last Comic Standing’

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 2.22.34 AMSoundCloud has changed the way we experience sounds and music on the web. The platform which stands out as one of the top audio streaming destinations is becoming increasingly important to TV, a medium that’s always had close ties with music and sounds. For Last Comic Standing (airing Thursdays at 10/9c) NBC’s comedy competition that recently returned, the network become the first broadcast shop to offer exclusive content on the platform. Here are the details. Read more

Reading Rainbow and Boardwalk Empire: A Look at the Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In the third installment of our weekly 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 return of ‘Reading Rainbow,’ a ‘Boardwalk Empire’ teaser, and the news that Walter White may return via ‘Better Call Saul.’ For more on the videos selected for this week, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

Whenever a TV show comes out of retirement, you’re almost guaranteed a following will re-emerge (cue the Jack Bauer fan clubs). Case and point: Reading Rainbow. This 90s favorite is making a comeback with one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever, so get ready to see Levar Burton back in action soon. Other shows to watch in the coming months are the final season of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and John Oliver’s show ‘Last Week Tonight,’ which is picking up social steam as his hilarious bits go viral.

Another trend we’re seeing is the power of the guest appearance. ’Better Call Saul’ - the ‘Breaking Bad’ spin off - is rumored to have some Walter White appearances peppered throughout the series which will definitely reel in faithful viewers itching to get their ‘Breaking Bad’ fix. ’Orange is the New Black’ also just picked up extras from ‘Law & Order,’ so you may see some familiar faces in the next season. Read more

Belly Flops and TV’s Greatest Catchphrases: A Look at the Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In our second installment of a weekly 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 John Oliver takedown of Dr. Oz, a re-imagined Game of Thrones opening sequence, and Jimmy Kimmel Live’s 8th Annual Belly Flop Competition. The videos selected are based on user engagement, reactions, favorites and shares – and the social TV videos below – with context from 5by head curator Theo Tabah, are a perfect segue into the weekend.

With Chromecast Update, Stevie is One Step Closer to Bridging the Social and TV Divide

tv_handStevie – the Flipboard-like platform that turns Facebook, Twitter and YouTube posts and hashtags into TV channels, this week unveiled new versions of its Android and iOS apps with support for Google Chromecast.

“Since our inception, the TV screen was where we wanted Stevie,” Stevie co-founder and CEO Yael Givon tells Lost Remote. “We always imagined it as big, lean back TV viewing, and we were able to be loaded on a few platforms including Samsung and Android. But the ease of casting, the direct connection from phone to TV, is the perfect fit for Stevie - starting from your most personal device and beaming what is best for TV, is the Stevie philosophy – taking personal feeds and releasing the TV in them.”

While the majority of Chromecast apps to-date are either media players (like Netflix) or ‘slide projector’ apps, Stevie will turn personalized content from a user’s social social feeds into non-stop TV channels. Stevie’s internal research shows that session times when beaming via Chromecast or Apple TV are three to four times longer compared to mobile viewing.

Stevie’s next step is to forge partnerships directly with brands and content creators. Brands will be able to create their own TV channels that will be personalized, constantly updated, and feature brand-official content. For example, H&M could have a TV setup in its stores that pulls media from what fans tweet at them along with the hashtag #fashion; H&M-branded videos could then be interspersed throughout. Read more

Samuel L. Jackson and Pornstache: A Look at the Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200There is a lot of great video content on the web – the problem is finding the right thing to watch. 5by, the video discovery platform acquired by StumbleUpon in September 2013, solves that. 5by founder Greg Isenberg wanted to surface the best web videos based on a user’s moods and preferences to eliminate the guessing game associated with searching for videos.

In a LinkedIn Influencer post about Isenberg and the ‘Anatomy of a Million Dollar Idea,’ Isenberg tells writer J.T. O’Donnell: “I was trying to find an app that would serve me content based on my mood and preferences. Similar to music apps like Pandora or Spotify, I wanted to be able to sit on my iPad and have short videos queued up instead of having to watch TV or manually search for them on the web. When I realized no such app existed, I immediately got started on the project to create one.” Read more

New ‘Breaking News’ App Feature Doesn’t Want to Waste Your Time

Breaking News appWe all get so many daily breaking news alerts that don’t actually merit the term, and now, NBC News-owned “Breaking News” aims to break news specific to you, right where you live.

The breaking news aggregator, whose General Manager Cory Bergman launched this site, has created a geo-targeted update for its iOS mobile app. The new feature pushes proximity-specific news alerts breaking near a user’s location, honing in on specific neighborhoods, cities, zip codes, and more.

“Breaking news is broken, and it’s only getting worse,” Bergman writes, stressing how many different outlets and platforms are breaking news without considering whether it’s relevant to a specific person.

The app’s proximity alert triggers when there’s a significant story breaking at a location, and the app user is inside the story’s “impact zone.”

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Meet Watchup, the Netflix for news

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 1.43.57 AMWe recently wrote about Turner’s 2014 Media Camp, an incubator for social TV and media innovation. One of the selected startups was Watchup, which aims to “reinvent news watching for the mobile video age.”  The app, which bills itself as the “fastest way to watch the news” is already making a splash with a recent launch. The app recently debuted on iPhone after already having an iPad app. “With a single account, both iOS and Android users can now enjoy over 200 international and US channels in one personalized newscast,” said Watchup CEO Adriano Farano, a former journalism fellow at Stanford in their release. “Multiple reports allude to a much bigger iPhone 6. If they are true we believe this will improve the mobile video watching experience; news videos are no exception.” The company is already planning for a social TV and video environment for the future and are ready to curate news video like never before. Read more

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