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Flurry: For U.S. Consumers, Mobile Supplants TV as the First Place First Screen

Flurry-logoLast week, Flurry – the mobile analytics company acquired by Yahoo in July – wrote in a blog post that “time spent on mobile devices grew in the US by 9.3% – from 2 hrs and 42 minutes to 2 hrs and 57 minutes – in the past nine months.”

The significance of this is that people are now spending more time on their mobile devices than watching TV: mobile is now the first place first screen. The time spent watching TV by the average US consumer has held steady at 2 hrs and 48 minutes.

The author of the post, Simon Khalaf, the President and CEO of Flurry, admits that while there is no way to measure the overlap between time spent watching TV and using mobile devices:

we believe that there is plenty of overlap between the time spent on TV and that on mobile devices. It is a tall order to believe that the smart device (and app) industry, which didn’t exist six and half years ago, can take out an industry entrenched in every American household since the middle of the last century. But it has happened. Smart devices are practical, and are glued to consumers 24/7/365. Those factors, combined with the content explosion on these devices through millions of apps, helped mobile snatch the big prize from television. As of September 2014, it is a new world in the American living room. Read 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.

Watchup Launches on Xbox 360

watchuprecent1Watchup, the personalized news aggregator and streaming service, launched this week on Xbox 360. Users can now access the app and stream news from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Sky News and CNET, and others without a cable subscription. The app is already available in both the iOS and Google Play store. With the Xbox, users can navigate through the app and the latest news using Kinect. CEO and co-founder Adriano Farano said in a statement:

Watchup on Xbox 360 is a dream come true for cord-cutters and digital savvy users who want to watch trusted news channels via the Internet. Our mission is to bring the power of global news to people on all the most popular platforms, whether it’s smartphones, tablets, streaming media devices or gaming consoles.

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Who Wants a Nokia Tablet?

nokian1This morning, after teasing yesterday with a mysterious blackbox, Nokia announced the launch of a new tablet that looks just like the iPad mini. The Nokia N1 is a little thinner, running Android 5.0, and it’s primarily a showcase for Nokia’s “z Launcher.” From The Verge:

The idea behind Z Launcher, which is named after a gesture that lets you write out letters right on the screen, is to give you a list of apps and contacts that changes based on where you are and what you’re doing. You can also scribble out a letter in the middle of your homescreen to search what’s installed on your phone, or things on the internet through Google suggestions. Read more

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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WatchUp Adds New Channels, Features to App

Watchup, a personalized video platform specifically for news broadcasts, announced the launch of their new app designed specifically for iOS 8. They’ve partnered with some big names — in both news and video — like PBS, Univision, and The Washington Post. You start the app, choose your preferences, and let the app aggregate your nightly newscast.

For the new app, they’ve added some features like being able to scroll to delete a video from the newscast, preview the program in notifications, and they’ve added Arirang TV and The Young Turks to their channel lineup. You can download the app as soon as you update your operating system (like, now.)

Univision and T-Mobile partner to create new wireless service for Hispanic Americans

UCI_UniMobile_TMo_en_pos_R_4c[2]Coming off of their Upfront, Univision announced a major mobile project last week with T-Mobile. The new service for Hispanic Americans “combines the insights and programming content of Univision, the leading media company serving Hispanic America, with T-Mobile’s wicked-fast network and Un-carrier™ wireless innovation and know-how,” according to the announcement. Walmart will be the exclusive retailer of this service, “in approximately 1,800 of its stores throughout the country” and it will “also be available at 6,000 independent dealer locations serving Hispanic communities throughout the country.” Read more

‘CNN Digital Studios’ Creating Short-Form Video Aimed at Mobile

cnn logo_304x200Ahead of CNN’s advertising upfront tomorrow, which Lost Remote will be at, comes news of the network’s original online video expansion, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Turner network will announce “CNN Digital Studios” at tomorrow’s event; a web-only video expansion with a mix of short 15-second videos aimed at social sharing and longer original webisodes.

“15 Second Morning” is one of the expected forms of content, along with “Brutally Honest with Kelly Wallace,” and the health-focused “Live to 100 w Sanjay Gupta.” Another web series will be “Crossfire Reloaded” (watch after the jump), featuring a shorter version of the political debate show.

“We are targeting the mobile and social generation,” said Chris Berend, CNN’s vice president for Video Content Development. “The shows we are doing, you’ll see the CNN DNA, but they’ll be geared towards new generation of CNN users.”

The new effort will also look outside of CNN’s talent roster for content; “Related with Dave Franco” will focus on celebrity siblings, hosted by actor James Franco‘s brother, and co-production with Funny or Die.

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NFL Blocking Mobile Streaming at Super Bowl

nflThe NFL has championed in game social integration through companies like Wayin, but is halting mobile streaming for the biggest game of the year.

For Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday, the NFL is blocking live streaming of the game inside Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. The contest between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will be streamed on NFL.com and Fox Sports, but fans at the game will be blocked from a Wi-Fi and cellular connection at for mobile apps and web browsers.

The league did this last year last minute during the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, but planned ahead this year. Read more

Bless Your Cheating….Smart Phone?

iphone_demoShe’s no fun; he didn’t open up; I just fell out of love.

These are the typical excuses you associate with partners who cheat on their mates, but a new survey pops the lid off of traditional cheating to reveal a new source: smartphones.

The study was done by Victoria Milan, a dating site for married couples, and found that of the 6,000 users they surveyed, 45% cited their partners excessive phone and tablet use as the reason for wanting to or having already cheated, with women ages 30-50 having the most desire to find affection elsewhere.

And in a mobile irony, those surveyed said they would use their own phone to meet someone new.

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Nokia sells ‘devices and services’ business to Microsoft as mobile world consolidates

The mobile world has come a long way since the days when playing Snake on a Nokia phone was the most exciting thing you can do on your mobile device. In a move that will be sure to affect the social TV world, Nokia has announced that they will be selling their “devices and services” business to Microsoft for 5.44 billion Euros. Here are the details. Read more

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