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Watchup Scores $2.75M from Tribune Media and McClatchy

watchupWatchup, the video news aggregator, announced that it has received additional funding today. $2.75 million to be exact, from Tribune Media and McClatchy.

Founder Adriano Faranno said in a statement that:

We are so excited about this round because we have brought together a select group of media innovators who are willing to contribute their industry knowledge and their content to help us reinvent the video news experience.

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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.

The Young Turks Experiment With Exclusive Content for Members

In the wake of the Bill Maher and Ben Affleck debate on radical Islam on “Real Time With Bill Maher” a few weeks ago, The Young Turks streamed an interview between Cenk Uygur and Sam Harris last night, author of Project Reason and another at the desk during that “Real Time” discussion. It’s a talk show feedback loop: Uygur had Reza Aslan on the show, Aslan challenged Harris, Harris is invited.

More intriguing than the debate, though, is that the interview came about because fans pushed for it on social media. There are various “TYT Talk” and hashtags for the show’s weekday broadcast.TYT member benefits

The network  itself offered a live-stream of the interview exclusively for its paying members last night and Uygur and Harris were both welcoming questions from social media to guide the debate. The network streamed the interview as a way to expand upon current membership benefits and, according to a statement, “continue [to] push to build revenue and value off YouTube.”

The perks are more entertaining than most Kickstarter campaigns: for $10/month fans get the “Entire Main Show & Post Game Show ad free, podcast network shows,” but for a $100 or $1,000? Conference calls with the hosts or a one -on-one call with Cenk Uygur once a month. Talk about engagement. You can see the full interview with Harris below:

Channel 4 To Use Snapchat and What’s App To Cover #indyref in U.K.

It’s very possible that after an overnight vote tomorrow, Scotland will no longer be a part of the U.K. In line with their progressive take on serving up broadcasts over digital media, Channel 4′s news network will be using social media and livestreams to document the voting process.

According to a report from Journalism.co.uk, the channel will break news via Snapchat and What’s App. They’ll use Snapchat Stories to tease updates, gamify the vote, and provide context. According to C4′s social media producer, Jennifer Rigby, they want to update viewers where they are, but also get people to follow the newly launched social media accounts, instead of just following #indyref on Twitter or the liveblog.

It’s a win-win for the social media team and the news team, who’ll be posting updates in between stand-ups to the two accounts. The station has also teamed up with Mashable to cross-post content during the vote.

Channel 4 is a  scrappier, basic British television station, without the glam of the BBC. Because of that, they’re everywhere. They also make most broadcasts available for free online on their “Catch Up” page, where viewers can stream the past week’s packages (and you can catch up on  local #indyref news).

See for yourself about the scrappy bit:

h/t Journalism.co.uk

Not Fit to Print: MyRecipes Becomes First Time Inc. Brand to Get its Own Roku Channel

PrintLess than a week removed from its spinoff from Time Warner Inc., Time Inc. is already making a big digital splash. The company yesterday announced that MyRecipes.com – a top-five food destination according to comScore – will be getting its own Roku channel. ‘MyRecipes’ is the first example of a distribution partnership between Time Inc. and Roku announced in May.

“We want to connect with consumers wherever they are consuming video content and Roku is a leader in streaming entertainment,” said JR McCabe, Time Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Video. “MyRecipes is the perfect brand to launch this new partnership with its wealth of content and passionate audience base.” Read more

New York Times’ Internal Digital Report Reveals Social Media, App Issues

NYTOne of the nation’s most influential papers, The New York Times, has been in the headlines over the last 24 hours, after executive editor Jill Abramson was dismissed.

BuzzFeed has obtained a 96-page internal report, that among other things, tells the story of the paper of record struggling to adapt to changing social media, second screen, and digital trends.

The report says the paper has a problem giving up on second screen platforms not working, like their “Scoop” app, which is a guide to New York City’s best restaurants, bars, events, and experiences. In contrast, the report suggests the NYT Now app has been a success.

The report also sheds light on social media issues: the Times’ Twitter account is run by the newsroom, where as the Facebook account is run by the business side.

More broadly, the report suggests the paper lacks “enough urgency’ to make digital a top priority, both in their practices and hires.

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Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Hosts Google+ Hangout on Seattle Mudslide

Greta HangoutFox News’ Greta Van Susteren is an active tweeter, and she has also taken to Google+ Hangout.

Today, she took time out of her Fox TV show preparation to host a hangout with Seattle-based Fox correspondent Dan Springer, who’s been covering the the tragic Seattle mudslide from Saturday that killed 16 people and left 90 missing.

After opening with a little Q + A on Springer’s pre-journalism career (he tried playing baseball in college), Springer, who’s been reporting from Seattle for 12 years, told Greta most of the missing are presumed dead.

“There now saying, because there is a firm number of 90 people missing…in all likelihood, most, if not all of those 90 people were killed in that mudslide,” Springer said.

Greta tells Lost Remote Google Hangouts let viewers get a better feel for the correspondents they see on TV.

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Inside CNN.com’s Record-Setting 2013

cnn-logo_304x200There was no shortage of big stories in 2013 – from the Pope Francis announcement to the Boston Marathon bombings – and people turned to CNN.com to follow the events online. While Fox News and MSNBC continue to draw more TV audiences away from CNN, CNN Digital maintained strong leads over both networks online in 2013.

CNN Digital averaged 67 million unique visitors per month last year, 117% higher than Fox News Digital (31 million uniques). In the increasingly important mobile space, CNN Digital averaged 30 million unique visitors per month, 56% higher than Fox New Digital (19 million uniques) and 311% higher than MSNBC (7 million uniques). Read more

Current, the first ‘social TV network,’ sells to Al Jazeera

Current TV, which launched with a user-generated social strategy that was way ahead of its time, has been sold to Al Jazeera. The network, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt, has for the last year and a half been a liberal commentary network, but before that had some very innovative approaches to programming.

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Big spike in ‘dual screening’ during election night as TV viewers track results online

While nearly all voters (92%) followed election returns on TV, just over one-quarter (27%) of them followed the results simultaneously on TV and the web on election night, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. For those under the age of 40, the number of “dual screeners” jumped to 39%. If you ask us, that’s a surprisingly high number; most second-screen studies just measure proximity — if people are on their devices while the TV is on — but these numbers illustrate true simultaneous engagement.

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Election night proves symbiotic relationship between social media and TV

Never before in an election has the relationship between social media and television been more apparent. On television last night, as the results rolled in, tweets from politicians, analysts and celebrities found their way to the screen. On social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, people called out the results as quickly as the TV networks announced them.

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