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Networks Opt Out of Obama’s Speech Because It’s #TGIT

obamatlakingWhile the official excuse is that the speech will be “overtly political” and that there are straight news outlets to broadcast President Obama’s immigration reform speech, we all know the real reason networks won’t be interrupting regular programming tonight.

Because you need to live-tweet “Grey’s Anatomy,” and it could theoretically cut into the Raiders – Kansas City kickoff at 8:25pm.

We should all be ashamed of ourselves. Univision will give the President ten-minutes because the Latin Grammy’s start at 7 p.m. Telemundo, CNN, and PBS will broadcast the speech in full. The hashtag, if you’re curious is #ImmigrationAction.  Or, #TGIT.

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TV Everywhere is Making Authenticated Content Easier to Access

TV EverywhereTV Everywhere is the technological ability to watch whatever you want, whenever, however you want it (from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc.). It’s included as part of your cable subscription service, so it comes at no extra charge to you. The best part is that it is easy. The TV Everywhere site (http://www.youcouldbewatching.tv/) by CTAM (Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing) will guide you through the log-in and authentication process online and direct you to the individual cable and networks apps so that you can start watching TV everywhere.

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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If You’re Tweeting About Primetime Fall TV, the Show is Probably on ABC

r05bsxABC may have been the biggest benefactor of a Nielsen ratings glitch, but its success on social this fall TV season is no fluke.

Through the first six weeks of the 2014-2015 fall season, ABC is most social broadcast network (based on regular, non-sports programming). ABC has generated more than 5.3 million tweets in primetime – good for a 68% increases year over year – single-handedly beating the combined totals of NBC (2.0 million), CBS (1.0 million), and Fox (1.0 million). Read more

Wallenda Stunt Rivals ‘Shark Week’ on Discovery Channel

8e4c57215af94c2908321849605f337eNik Wallenda and The Discovery Channel had people talking this weekend. His Chicago tightrope stunt was broadcast across multi-platforms on Sunday night, battling football and “The Walking Dead.”

Amobee Brand Intelligence shared some social numbers from Sunday evening to Monday evening. Ammiel Kamon, SVP, Product Management at Amobee tells us that:

As for social, the activity didn’t show as much of a boost for Discovery Channel itself, but plenty for Wallenda and the associated hashtag. “Discovery Channel” accounted for only 4.5% of the social activity surrounding the stunt:
  • 87.3K Tweets around #SkyscraperLive
  • 35.7K Tweets around Nik Wallenda
  • 5.75K Tweets around Discovery Channel

Clickhole Reports ‘Modern Family’ Cancelled, Internet Users “Totally Stopped Breathing”

modern familyThis morning, Clickhole published a post cancelling “Modern Family,” writing that ABC “just cancelled [it] in order to teach people that something you love can be taken from you with no warning whatsoever.”

Take a deep breath, skim readers, Clickhole is The Onion‘s viral content offshoot. But we know how this goes. It is a good example though of how different communities on different social platforms read news. In the expansive Twitter-sphere, you can hardly control the news. On Facebook, people get the joke (because they liked the parody site because it’s a parody site in the first place).

Of note, the news spread around Twitter, with many people retweeting the post and openly expressing their heartbreak with various emoji combinations. Facebook users berate each other for falling for it. On both platforms, like on most of the internet, it all devolves pretty quickly into homophobic rants. In any case, don’t worry. “Modern Family” will live on. For  now.

How ‘Selfie’ is Breaking the Fourth Wall

abc-upfront-selfieThe plot is familiar, and for social TV fans it may be a little too familiar.

ABC’s new fall series ‘Selfie’ is a modern version of ‘My Fair Lady,’ except in this retelling Eliza Dooley (played by Karen Gillan) is a social media fiend – that is until she realizes that “being friended is not the same as having actual friends.” Enter Henry (played by John Cho), an ascetic, no-nonsense marketing executive who takes Eliza on as a project.

Eliza isn’t there quite yet, and in the meantime she continues to tweet and Instagram. The show’s creative team has done an excellent job integrating graphics of Eliza’s social activity into the show, but its social TV work also extends to Eliza’s favorite platforms themselves – Twitter and Instagram.

Eliza’s posts during the show are populated on actual Twitter and Instagram accounts. For example, during last night’s episode, Eliza and her boyfriend Freddy decide to take an “after sex pic,” which we see on screen. Read more

Dateline Celebrates Premiere with Facebook Free-for-All and Live-Tweeting

To celebrate Dateline’s season premiere tonight, Lester Holt and the Dateline correspondents will engage with fans in a pre-show “Facebook free-for-all,” followed by live-tweeting during the show.

At 8PM, Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison, Lester Holt, and maybe even Hoda Kotb, will take viewer questions on the Dateline Facebook page, followed by a 15 minute break before the show.

Then, during the show, while Dennis Murphy is reporting and tweeting the mystery on the east coast, the rest of the team will also be watching and tweeting the show along with viewers. The hashtags to be used are #DontWatchAlone and #Dateline. This marks the first time ever that all of the correspondents will live tweet the show.

 

 

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She May Have Been Named Miss America, But How Did Miss New York Fare on Twitter?

640_kira_kazantsev_140914_s‘Miss America’ aired Sunday night on ABC, and Miss New York won the pageant for the third straight year.

According to our analytics partner Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment, 85,814 of the 303,900 tweets about the telecast were emotional reactions. Fans on Twitter offered up many ‘congratulations’ once the winner was announced, but during the talent portion of the show 35% of the emotional reactions to Miss New York’s solo cup rendition of Pharell’s ‘Happy’ were negative (“WTF” and “disappointed”). Miss Mississippi may not have won, but Twitter was impressed by her “legit” singing talent.

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

The most popular states in terms of reaction volume were: Read more

Kerry Washington Dishes on Social Media, Sexism, and Living in ShondaLand

ShondaLand Brews panel (1)Buzzfeed Brews, the news outlet’s video series, featured a panel discussion last night with social television’s favorite (and maybe pioneering) stars: Ellen Pompeo of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis of ABC’s new show, “How to Get Away With Murder.”

All three shows are written and produced by Shonda Rhimes, comprising what fans call “Shondaland Thursdays” or ABC’s “Shondaverse,” depending on their level of enthusiasm. The panel discussion, moderated by Buzzfeed’s Kate Arthur, focused on Rhime’s knack for creating strong female leads, diverse casts, and most importantly, social buzz.

Here are some highlights.

Ellen Pompeo praised a humble Kerry Washington for her role in gathering the “Gladiators” on social media: 

Kerry was so instrumental for making “Scandal” what it is, not to take anything away from Shonda, but it was really Kerry’s sort of political side that she pushed through. She made people watch it and made people pay attention. The whole Twitter thing — Kerry deserves a lot of credit for taking a leadership role in that.

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Winner Ricky Ubeda a Twitter Fan Favorite All Season

DAN_TOP_20_PROFILE_RICKY_UBEDA_2500_640x360_294531651631__659274Summer’s must-watch show, ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ concluded Wednesday and fan-favorite Ricky Ubeda came out the winner. According to our analytics partner Canvs, which analyzes tweets about TV to capture emotions, 9% of reactions to the show during the season mentioned Ubeda (only @DANCEonFOX was reacted to more) and the response was overwhelmingly positive: he was featured in 13% of “Good” reactions and 11% of “Stunning Reactions.”

Overall, though the finale got far fewer tweets than the premiere (58,021 vs 94,797), the finale elicited more emotional reactions (25,734 vs 25,660).

For more on how fans reacted to the SYTYCD finale, some additional stats from Canvs followed by an infographic:

-”Excited” spiked from 8:00-8:05 as people expressed their anticipation for the finale.
-”Love” spiked from 8:30-8:35 during Michael Dameski’s performance.
-Enrique Iglesias’s performance from 9:05-9:10 inspired spikes in both “beautiful” and “hate” tweets. Read more

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