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MTV Releases Premiere of ‘Faking It’ Via the MTV App One Week Prior to Linear Debut

mtv-logoA host of Viacom properties – MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, and Logo – have recently had great success premiering new shows within its apps. MTV today announced that its newest scripted series, ‘Faking It,’ will be available exclusively via the MTV app on iOS and Android, and on Xbox Live (for those with Xbox 360s) for 48 hours. The new romantic comedy about two best friends who become popular only after being mistakenly outed as lesbians is set to premiere on April 22 at 10:30 P.M. EST.

In late 2013 we covered MTV’s in-app release of the documentary ‘Generation Cyro’ a week before the linear premiere. “We’ve been actively experimenting with introducing new shows on the app to help build awareness and buzz leading to the premiere on television,” Robyn DeMarco, Executive Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy for MTV, said at the time. “Our audiences are living on these devices and these platforms provide new opportunities to super serve exclusive content to our fans while simultaneously creating new ways to integrate our ad partners.”

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Dating App Created for Bravo’s ‘Online Dating Rituals of the American Male’ Goes Mainstream

1Bravo’s latest show, ‘Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,’ follows two men each episode as they explore the world of online dating. The men don’t use traditional dating sites like Match.com or newer dating apps like Tinder. Instead, they use Tryst – an app created specifically for the show.

In late 2013, the creators of the show reached out to Sway Network about creating an app for the show’s cast members to use that would make it easy to find dates online and then meet up in person, with the whole process being filmed.

Working closely with the ‘Online Dating Rituals’ team, Sway Network – the makers of Let’s Meet and Sway – came back with Tryst, and the app worked so well for the show that it is now available to consumers. Read more

Comedy Central’s New ‘First Screen’ App

comedycentralnewlogo2010al3Comedy Central today released its new iPhone and iPad app, which includes full episodes from the most recent season of “South Park” and next-day availability of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ and ‘The Colbert Report.’ While many networks have focused resources on apps that offer a rich second screen experience, Comedy Central does not expect fans to use the app while concurrently watching its programming on TV.

“We did a lot of research with our audience and found what they want from Comedy Central is full episodes our shows and they want to be able to share their favorite moments of those shows with friends,” Steve Grimes, Senior Vice President, Multiplatform Programming & Strategy, Comedy Central, told Lost Remote.  ”That’s why the Comedy Central app is a first screen experience, not a companion to watching the network on TV.  In addition to almost 200 full episodes the Comedy Central app has an easy share functionality built in which allows fans to preview at all the sharable moments from each show and post them to social media or send them via e-mail or instant message. Every Comedy Central show has a vibrant social following and some of the best posts appear in the app alongside the episodes.”  Read more

March Madness Live to provide more NCAA Tournament coverage than ever

march-madness-championship-art-e1333391171579Good luck to IT departments attempting to curtail March Madness viewing.

This year, the NCAA, Turner Sports, and CBS Sports will make it easier than ever to watch the NCAA Tournament.  NCAA March Madness Live will provide streaming access to every March Madness game – that’s more than 150 hours of live basketball on essentially every device imaginable.

All games will be available via NCAA March Madness Live on PCs, mobile, and tablet devices; games will air live on TNT, TBS, and truTV; fans can access the games at NCAA.com, CBSSports.com, BleacherReport.com, the App Store, Google Play, and Windows Store.

For the Final Four, which takes place April 5, fans using March Madness Live will have access to three different feeds of the two games.  On linear TV, TBS will be broadcasting the main game coverage, while TNT and truTV will be broadcasting team-specific broadcasts. Read more

Fox News Launches Redesigned App for iPhone and Android

FNC appFox News has come out with a new app for iPhone and Android users, offering live streaming viewing of Fox News and Fox Business.

Users will be prompted to click on Live TV, and then type in their cable, satellite, or telco provider to gain access to Fox shows happening live.

The app will also stream live coverage of breaking news events, original web-only programming, and on-demand clips from Fox News shows.

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Al Jazeera America Debuts New Mobile App

Al_Jazeera_logo-copy-copyWith yesterday’s release of an iPhone and Android app, Al Jazeera America continues its push to become a go-to domestic and international news source for American audiences.

The new app will focus on written content, and will complement its online presence more than its linear TV network. It includes full versions of its online stories in a mobile-optimized format, and also features an audio mode that will enable users to listen to stories during walks or commutes.

“The Al Jazeera America Mobile App is an easy and convenient way to get the most important news of the day and access great AJAM journalism anywhere, at any time,” said Angela Morgenstern, Executive Vice President, Product and Innovation. “With Audio mode readers become listeners and go hands-free from headlines to the full article.” Read more

SideReel app lets fans watch and track their favorite shows on iOS devices

81c39a76-7a7f-4750-90f7-6d4458999644Before Hulu and the ability to stream Netflix there was All Media Network’s SideReel. SideReel aggregates links from other websites that host or embed full episodes of TV shows. Yesterday, SideReel iOS was released and the free app lets fans find, track and watch their favorite TV series on iOS devices.

SideReel’s tracker allows fans to mark off episodes of shows that they’ve watched and receive alerts when new episodes of favorite shows are airing on TV. The tracker also features a discovery element, as the deep content library of more than 27,000 shows and 100,000 episodes that SideReel has amassed over the years is easily sortable by genre and user ratings.

“Everyone loves TV. From superfans to casual watchers, everyone has a favorite show they love to watch,” said Laura Murphy, President of All Media Network. “With the huge volume of content across multiple online platforms, it’s hard for busy consumers to discover new shows and keep track of their favorites. SideReel makes it easy for viewers to find and track their TV favorites and points them in the right direction for where to watch.” Read more

Kevin Bacon Has 1980′s Awareness Message for Millennials: Favorite App Was ‘Rubik’s Cube’

BaconActor Kevin Bacon is delivering an important message to millennials too busy on their second and third screens to appreciate what he had to go through in the 1980′s.

Currently starring in Fox’s “The Following,” Bacon had a message for all those born after 1985.

“You want to know my favorite app?” Bacon asked. “Rubik’s Cubes.”

He went on to bemoan how technology has made today’s youth ignorant to how hard dating was back in the 80′s, without things like “OkTwinder” (a clever mashup of OkCupid and Tinder).

He continues on but finally gets restless with the short-attention span millennials of today.

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Zeebox Wants to Know Which Celebrities Are BFF Worthy

ZeeboxTV conversation app Zeebox will be creating interesting conversation during this Sunday’s Oscars: asking which celebrity on the red carpet you’d want to be your best friend forever.

Zeebox is partnering with YouTube character Miranda Sings for an Oscar TV Room, where conversation will revolve around which Hollywood stars would be the best BFFs, who should come over to hang out after the show, why celebrities rock the red carpet with their parents so much, and whatever other conversation pops up.

So far, the room features Sings superimposed in this year’s biggest movies. Read more

‘Recipe to Riches’ Trivia app gives fans ability to effect show’s outcome

downloadIn December, we wrote about how Telescope was charged by NBC to power The Voice’s immensely popular #VoiceSave initiative. On Tuesday, CBC-TV announced the launch of the Telescope-produced ‘Recipe to Riches’ Trivia app.

‘Recipe to Riches’ is a Canadian cooking show similar to Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ in many ways. What sets the two shows apart, though, according to judge Gail Simmons, is that ‘Recipe to Riches’ chefs are all amateur, home cooks.

“We’re excited to be able to engage with our audience on a multi-platform level,” said Paul McGrath, executive producer, interactive at CBC. “It’s a great way to build momentum throughout the season and to involve the audience from day one”.

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