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Esquire Network’s ‘Lucky Bastards’ Debuts on Facebook Ahead of TV Premiere

We’ve seen networks premiering shows via apps before their traditional TV debuts, and now Esquire Network is hoping to get a lot of “likes” as it premieres “Lucky Bastards” on Facebook before its TV premiere tomorrow at 10pmET.

The premiere episode of the show, which follows the true story of six male entrepreneurs living it up in New York City, is up on Facebook now.

“We know that Esquire Network’s audience consumes entertainment content across multiple platforms throughout their day,” Deena Stern, SVP for Marketing & Digital at Esquire Network, tells Lost Remote. “And we think that ‘Lucky Bastards’ is filled with buzz worthy, water-cooler and social media-worthy moments, so we offered the premiere episode to our Facebook fans prior to its April 16 television premiere.”

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Zeebox Rebrands As Beamly, Evolves Beyond a Second Screen App

Beamly_Masterbrand_HeroZeebox today announced that it is launching its new services as Beamly. The rebranding is meant to signify the evolution of the company from a social TV companion and second screen app to a full-service content network; one that will allow fans to engage with their favorite shows throughout the week.

“A lot has happened in the evolution of social TV since we launched two years ago,” Jason Forbes, EVP and GM of Zeebox U.S., told Lost Remote. “We’ve seen our audience skew younger, with more than 60 percent of our audience now female and under 35. That demographic is a lot more social and wants more than a second screen app and TV guide, which is what we initially launched. They want a 24/7 social and content network for TV and that’s exactly what we’ve evolved to become.”

Beamly’s 24/7 approach can be broken down into five buckets: follow, find, chat, discover, and interact. TV fans will be able to follow shows and TV personalities, find and connect with others fans around shows, chat in Beamly’s TV Rooms, discover new shows, and interact with custom games, voting, and synched experiences.

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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

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ to premiere a week early in Logo TV’s new app

unnamedLogo TV, the Viacom network focused on LGBT content, has today released its first app – available free in the iTunes store. The app will be video-centric, and will contain a library of LGBT-focused films, authenticated access to Logo TV programming, and second screen experiences that will synch with linear telecasts.

To help boost app download numbers and to build buzz for its most-watched show, Logo TV will be premiere the first episode of Season Six of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exclusively in the app on February 17, a week before the February 24 TV premiere.

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CNN to host ‘PoliCast’ during tonight’s State of the Union Address

cnn logo_304x200President Obama is set to make his fifth State of the Union Address tonight and news organizations will be competing for viewers before, during, and after the speech. While social activity may not be as pronounced as it was during President Obama’s three debates with Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential race, viewers will certainly be turning to Twitter to offer and glean reactions.

As part of its coverage plans, then, news organizations must consider not only how to hold the attention of its linear audience, but also how to engage with its digital audience. Last year, CNN accomplished this with a #TweetOfTheUnion page on CNN.com, which allowed users to track in real-time the reactions to the address by members of Congress. Read more

Infographic: Slingbox users are watching live sports on the go

sling-media-logo-courtesy-sling-media-inc1In November, we published an infographic from Slingbox detailing how its users Sling. Now, Sling Media has begun publishing a weekly list on the Slingbox blog of the top 10 sporting events and top 10 TV shows being accessed by Slingbox owners and those who use devices and services like Dish’s Hopper, which utilizes built-in Sling technology.

The first infographic is below, and not surprisingly, it shows that people love using it to watch sports. In a recent episode of Bill Simmons’ popular podcast ‘The B.S. Report,’ Simmons rehashes a story about a dilemma he faced: watching his beloved New England Patriots take on the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game or attend his daughter’s soccer game. His solution? Watching the game on the Slingbox app while at his daughter’s soccer game. Problem solved.

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HBO GO is coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

hbogo_logoLast week at the inaugural Buzzfeed Brews event in New York, BuzzFeed Business Editor Peter Lauria interviewed HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler about “about the future of the industry, changes at Time Warner, and digital and streaming video’s encroachment on cable TV.”

At the event, Plepler also announced that HBO and PlayStation have partnered to offer HBO GO on PlayStation 3, with PlayStation 4 soon to follow. This is a big addition to PlayStation’s app offerings, and it will certainly help bolster HBO GO’s growing streaming numbers.

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Preview of the Lost Remote Show #TVEverywhere panel [vines]

header_logoAs we gear up for tomorrow’s Lost Remote LA Show, we’re excited to tell you more about a great panel, “TV Everywhere: Challenges and Opportunities for Consumers, Content Owners and MVPDs.” Some of our panelists produced Vines to explain what TVE really is. Read more

Sling Media releases updated app, announced partnership with Roku

sling-media-logo-courtesy-sling-media-inc1Last week, Sling Media made big waves, releasing SlingPlayer 3.0 and announcing a new partnership with Roku. A new version of SlingPlayer for iPhone and Android smartphones is also available, and an app for Windows 8.1 will be introduced in December. Read more

YouTube Comes Alive On ‘Conan’: ‘Shut Up You Fox News Loving Fascist’

CONAN Logo_33805_2372Conan O’Brien has caused quite a stir in social TV circles lately, recently declaring himself the “new Malcolm Gladwell in town” of LinkedIn,” but YouTube users turned the tables on him from his audience last night.

Teeing off a segment about YouTube doing away with anonymous comments, O’Brien was met with an array of live YouTube audience comments.

“LOL, LOL, LOL,” the first audience member said.

“Please don’t interrupt, OK?”, O’Brien shot back.

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