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Bravo Re-Launches Website As ‘Digital Rabbit Hole’ For Fans

bravo_logoIf Bravo isn’t on the top of your list when it comes to harnessing its legions binge-watching, tweeting, reality TV- loving viewers, it should be. Today, the network announced the upcoming launch of The Daily Dish, a new app and the redesign of

The new website asks viewers to delve into their Bravo world — whether it’s the “Vanderpump Rules,” “Top Chef,” or one of the “Real Housewives” editions. There’s more commentary, news, and forums for fans. From their statement:

These immersive, multimedia experiences allow viewers to go down the digital rabbit hole on the latest moments. Every time a new, must-see moment hits the airwaves, it will inspire a curated, first-of-its kind digital feature that is seamlessly integrated into an engaging multimedia recap, including videos, photos, exclusive cast commentary, polls and more.

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

Dish Customers React to Potential CBS Blackout

cbs dishJust in time for Thursday Night Football, CBS’s contract with Dish is set to end this Thursday, and both parties are already warning viewers of a possible blackout. CBS has a website up to inform customers, have them petition via social media, and straight up change providers.

CBS does not play around, especially when the markets affected are big ones. From Variety:

The Dish-CBS standoff could black out the following stations — KCBS (L.A.), WCBS (New York), WBBM (Chicago), WBZ (Boston), KYW (Philadelphia), WCCO (Minneapolis), WFOR (Miami), WJZ (Baltimore), WWJ (Detroit), KCNC (Denver), KDKA (Pittsburg), KOVR (Sacramento), KPIX (San Francisco) and KTVT (Dallas) — along with several CW and independent channels. CW stations are WUPA (Atlanta), WKBD (Detroit), WPSG (Philadelphia), Pittsburgh (WPCW), KMAX (Sacramento), KBWC (San Francisco) and KSTW (Seattle); My Network TV stations are WSBK (Boston) and WBFS (Miami); and unaffiliated stations are KCAL (L.A.), WLNY (New York) and KTXA (Dallas).

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Starz Experiments With ‘New Scheduling Strategy’ for ‘The Missing’

the-missing-james-nesbittIf the show is already made, why wait to premiere it?

Starz has chosen to utilize the increasingly popular time-shifting approach for its new eight-part crime-thriller series, ‘The Missing,’ giving viewers the opportunity to watch the first episode of the show a week prior to its linear premiere.

The first episode became available this past Saturday through cable and satellite providers and via, Starz‘s YouTube channel, STARZ ON DEMAND and the free STARZ PLAY app for all users in the United States.

Also, just as FX – in partnership with Xfinitiy on Demand – experimented (successfully) with making each subsequent episode available a week in advance of the linear premiere, new episodes of ‘The Missing’ will similarly be made available a week early to Starz subscribers. Read more

Discovery Raises the Bar With Multiplatform Coverage of ‘Skyscraper Live’

8e4c57215af94c2908321849605f337e“’Skyscraper Live’ is truly a global television event, being broadcast in 220 countries – it is truly the definition of television you simply can’t miss,” Conal Byrne, VP of Digital Media at Discovery, told Lost Remote.

Nik Wallenda, “The King of the Highwire,” tonight will cross more than two city blocks uphill at a 15-degree  angle in ‘The Windy City.’ This will mark the steepest walk he’s ever attempted, and ‘Skyscraper Live’ will be broadcast live at 7pm EST (well, with a 10-second delay since he won’t be wearing a harness) on Discovery.

The network’s coverage will include a multiplatform experience built by the same team that created last year’s ‘Skywire Live’ (in which Wallenda tightroped part of the Grand Canyon). The team won an Interactive Emmy for Multiplatform Storytelling for their effort. will give fans the ability to stream the event, and currently features a 3D interactive look at the walk, a 360-degree view from the wire, and videos about Nik, his family, and his training. Read more

With Video on Demand, ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Success Stretches Beyond Sunday Nights

downloadAs we wrote about last week, Video on Demand is changing how people watch TV and Comcast’s ‘Xfinity on Demand’ is one of the main catalysts. The platform includes more than 55,000 choices, which results in more than 400 million views each month.

With the way that networks and advertisers are demanding that post-linear viewing be included in ratings, and the way in which Nielsen is responding, the popularity of top series viewed after-the-fact on Video on Demand (especially within three to seven days) must be taken seriously.

Below are the top 20 TV series on Xfinity On Demand for the week of Oct. 12 – 18. The only new Fall comedy that continues to appear been lasting on this list is ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ (Noticeably absent? The just-canceled ‘Manhattan Love Story’) – we are also noting the strong position of The Flash in its second week on this list. CW’s ‘The Flash’ premiered at #7 last week and has held strong at #8 this week. Read more

Leave Frommer’s at Home: Crowdsourcing Travel on Esquire Network’s ‘Weekend Fix’

weekend-fix-about-the-showWe live in an age where advanced travel planning is at once easy and unnecessary. Don’t have a hotel for the weekend? You can use Hotel Tonight for same-day deals. Have no idea where to eat? You can turn to Foursquare and TripAdvisor.

On the new series ‘Weekend Fix’ , which premieres tomorrow night at 10pm ET on Esquire Network, actor Omar Miller (CSI Miami) and Five Four Club founder Andres Izquieta travel America, crowdsourcing their weekends with only smartphone apps and recommendations from locals and friends. “We hope to inspire others on their journey to discover their own Weekend Fix,” Izquieta tells LostRemote.

In a recent episode, in which Miller and Izquieta visit Brooklyn – featuring stops at sneaker-maker Greats and at Brooklyn Bowl – they employ Google, Instagram, TripAdvisor, Twitter, Google Maps, Tumblr, Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary, FourSquare, Where to Wee, Yelp, Vimeo, and YouTube to get their Weekend Fix.

Social recommendations drive each episode and the show does a fantastic job displaying the apps on-air. We spoke with the charismatic stars of ‘Weekend Fix’ to learn more about travel planning (or lack thereof), their surprising recommendations, and app integration. Read more

Video on Demand is Changing the Way We Watch TV, and That’s Good for Everybody

1Sometimes, playing catch up isn’t a bad thing.

Video on demand (VOD), a long-time content consumption afterthought, is now promoted by TV networks, embraced by advertisers, a focus for cable service providers, and used frequently by consumers.

Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Services for Comcast Cable, has been working in the VOD space for a long time and in a phone interview last week with Lost Remote, pinpointed the service’s recent growth to four things:

First is predictability. Historically, consumers would not know which shows were available, how many episodes there would be, or when the content would be loaded after it premiered. Now, the top 100 Nielsen-rated shows are typically made available on Comcast’s VOD platform hours after they first air on linear TV.

Second is ad serving. Programmers now have the ability to swap out ads on VOD just as they have been doing online.

Third is measurement. C3 viewing (Nielsen’s metric for commercial viewing which includes day of broadcast plus three days) has historically only included live viewing and DVR viewing, but now includes VOD.

Fourth is audience. 70% of Comcast subscribers now use VOD services, with a 100% increase in time spent viewing TV content on VOD in the past three years.

More than anything else, predictability has set VOD in motion. An extensive and current content library has allowed consumers to discover shows and to catch up on them, which in turn leads to a return to live TV. Until recently, viewers who missed the boat on a show had to wait until a season ended to catch up on Netflix. Before that, it was via DVD box sets.

Comcast releases a weekly list of the top 20 most viewed shows on its VOD platform. Sometimes the list mirrors the Nielsen ratings, but sometimes it doesn’t.  The implications of this to networks and to advertisers cannot be overstated: audiences are now expanding in season rather than after the season. And whether this results in live TV viewing or in plus-three viewing, more ads are being seen within an important window.

“We’re finding that through on demand we’re seeing an increase in commercial viewing,” Strauss said. “On average we’re seeing about a 20% increase in commercial viewing during the C3 window in Comcast households and that’s even higher than 20% when we look at series that are stacked with a full season. It’s an interesting footnote because I think that there’s a lot of misperceptions around how on demand is viewed and used and I think binge viewing has been miscast, with respect to what we’re finding, in how customers are truly looking to enjoy the video.” Read more

How ‘The Walking Dead’ Fans Reacted on Twitter to the Season 5 Premiere

Comic-Con Trailer: The Walking Dead: Season 5 (Screengrab)Not many shows can unseat ‘Scandal’ from the social TV throne, but ‘The Walking Dead’ did just that last week. AMC’s hit show topped Nielsen’s Twitter TV Ratings chart last week, winning all four major categories easily.

According to our analytics partner Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment, 354,675 of 1,320,056 tweets about the premiere were emotional reactions. 34% of the emotional reactions included the word “amazing” and 21% included “funny.” The premiere drove the most emotional reactions 20 minutes in, when Carol blew up a gas tank. Below, some more insights from Canvs on what drove the Twitter conversation, followed by an infographic:

  • Right at 9:00 when fans were “excited” for the new season. This five minute period is when the highest spike in tweets, though not reactions, occurred.
  • “Crazy” spiked from 9:05-9:10 during the brutal murders at Terminus.
  • People expressed “hate” when the Terminus guy threatened baby Judith from 9:40-9:45.
  • Both “happy” and “cried” spiked when Daryl and Carol were reunited from 9:50-9:55.
  • People expressed “Love” when Mary from Terminus got eaten by zombies from 10:10-10:15.

CBS Launches Subscription Streaming Service, ‘All Access’ Today

cbs all accessYesterday, pigs finally flew and HBO announced that it was going to offer a standalone streaming service in 2015. Today, CBS announced a similar service called All Access, available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in fourteen cities will have live access to their local CBS station. So you can stream the news and “The Good Wife” as they air.

It’s like Christmas in October.

Ok, well not for sports fans. You won’t be able to stream Thursday Night Football, or any NFL content for that matter. And though there are thousands of episodes available of vintage CBS — like “Twin Peaks,” and “Star Trek” — you can’t watch old seasons of “The Big Bang Theory,” which is OK because haven’t you seen them all already?

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Peters and Twisty the Clown Drive ‘American Horror Story’ Tweets During Premiere

American-Horror-Story-Freak-Show‘American Horror Stories: Freak Show‘ premiered last Wednesday to series-high linear ratings (more than 6 million people tuned in) and a huge social outpouring.

According to our analytics partner Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment, 284,801 of 1,095,074 tweets about the premiere were emotional reactions. 29% of the emotional reactions included the word “love” and 17% included “excited.” The premiere drove the most emotional reactions 20 minutes in, when Twisty the Clown brutally attacked a young couple.

Below, some more insights from Canvs on what drove the Twitter conversation, followed by an infographic:

Here are some other insights on this massive million+ tweet premiere:

  • Evan Peters was the second most mentioned topic during the premiere, behind only the show’s title. Peters was mentioned in nearly 14% of tweets with reactions.
    • 40% of reactions to Peters expressed “love.”
    • 25% of reactions to Peters expressed “attractive.”
  • Peters has gotten more popular in the last year: he was only mentioned in 6% of tweets with reactions during season three’s premiere.
  • The creepy clown was mentioned in 22,896 reactions during the premiere. This accounts for about 8% of reactions. 44% of “clown” reactions to the clown said some form of “afraid.”
  • Fans really loved the show’s new intro sequence. In the five minutes surrounding the opening, there were more than 14.5k tweets, 29% of which expressed “love.”

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