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Sling Launches ‘Can’t Watch Anywhere Pain’ (C.W.A.P.) Campaign

maxresdefaultSling Media, makers of Slingbox, recently launched a “Don’t Get C.W.A.P.” online campaign. “C.W.A.P.” stands for “Can’t Watch Anywhere Pain” and the campaign chides networks and cable service providers for not offering a real TV Everywhere experience. Only Slingbox, so it goes, truly lets viewers watch all their favorite shows anywhere.

Sling built a dedicated microsite (, which describes the “condition”:

C.W.A.P. is a common condition that affects millions of TV lovers. Those with C.W.A.P. suffer from the false belief that they can watch live television anywhere, anytime they like.

The truth is—they can’t.

It may be their shows aren’t available outside of their home, let alone out of the country. And if there are channels available, they are often not worth watching. Channel-specific apps may only stream in certain regions, or stream so slowly the content is effectively unwatchable. And worst of all, many sufferers downloaded an app from their big cable company to watch TV “anywhere” but then find out they must be “nowhere” because the only TV they can see are old episodes.

If any of these sound familiar to you, you may have C.W.A.P.

Below, a video that complements the campaign: 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.

FreeWheel Report: TV Everywhere Presents Huge Opportunity for Broadcasters

freewheel-thumbnailFreeWheel, a video ad-serving platform acquired by Comcast in March, recently released its ‘Q3 2014 Video Monetization Report.’ It has become clear that more and more viewers are screen agnostic and publishers are better able to monetize streaming video, but the report shows how rapidly these trends are progressing. Perhaps this is why Yahoo acquired FreeWheel competitor BrightRoll last week for $640 million (Comcast paid “just” $340 million for FreeWheel).

In just the last year authenticated ad views have grown 368%, accounting for 46% of all long-form ad views; mid-roll ad break durations are up to an average of 101 seconds per break; over-the-top (OTT) device viewing has grown 208%.

Below, more highlights from the report (which, for publishers or those in the TV Everywhere space, is a must-read) Read more

Are We on the Verge of Television’s Third Golden Age?

alacarte304As TV critics often remind us, we’re living in a second Golden Age of television. It’s an exciting era in which writers and producers, now freed from the constraints of the major networks thanks to the proliferation of TV channels, online distribution options and independent production companies, are taking risks and serving up innovative content. Inspired by HBO’s wildly popular mobster series, The Sopranos, a new generation of producers began offering critically acclaimed fare like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. And now, series like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards are making waves via subscription streaming services.

This revolution in content production has been largely driven and enabled by a sea change in how consumers access programming. The first wave came as the proliferation of TV channels available via cable/satellite/telco subscriptions. The second wave is the on-demand availability of content through streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and Netflix, powered by over-the-top devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and gaming consoles like Xbox. Standalone niche networks that are available 24/7 in a channel format via apps and online – like the Tennis Channel and WWE Network – are also part of this wave.

The on-demand component is important to today’s consumers, especially Millennials and Generation Z, who have come to expect access to content on multiple devices whenever and wherever they want it. Cable networks have gotten the message.

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Viacom Study: The 5 Steps to Series Fandom in the TV Everywhere Era

viacom-logo1Viacom today released the results of “Getting With the Program: TV’s Funnels, Paths and Hurdles,” a study the company conducted to explore how audiences discover, watch and become fans of TV shows.

The study, which surveyed more than 1,500 U.S. Viacom viewers ages 13-44, showed that people who use multiple devices to consume content prefer live TV and have stronger network loyalty than those watching shows on a single screen. 79% of the study participants say having more ways of accessing shows helps them try more programs and 78% wouldn’t have become fans of some shows if they couldn’t watch in multiple ways.

The most interesting part of the research is what Viacom calls the “Funnels to Fandom” – the process of becoming a fan, Viacom has found, takes place in five steps: Discovery, Research, Selection, Fandom, and Sharing. Read more

How Clearleap is Making ‘TV Everywhere Both Possible and Profitable’

HP-Slider-1-nobarThere’s a good chance that if you’re a regular Lost Remote reader, you’ve used a Clearleap-powered product.

The Georgia-based company was founded in 2007, just as networks and cable providers began to make available to consumers TV Everywhere (TVE) and Video on Demand (VOD) options. Clearleap has helped HBO, Verizon, Time Warner, and Scripps deliver content via multiplatform solutions and have helped them monetize these solutions.

Last November, the company raised a $20 million round of funding to expand into the Latin American and European markets – both markets will prove to be extremely valuable to content creators and distributors in the next 10 years. When Netflix released its Q2 earnings report in July it announced that it will be launching in  Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg, and that its launch into these markets “with over 60 million broadband households will significantly increase our European presence and raise our current international addressable market to over 180 million broadband households, or 2x the number of current U.S. broadband households.” Like Netflix, Clearleap and its customers have a lot of territory to cover.

For more on Clearleap and its role in the proliferation of VOD and TVE, we spoke with CEO Braxton Jarratt. Read more

More Camera Angles, More Choice – You Call the Shots in Today’s Sports Viewing World


Throw the red flag, cue the instant replay and challenge the ruling on the field. The game has changed, and you the viewer are now making the call as to how, where and when you watch the sporting events you like the most.

First and foremost, your viewing options have gone mobile. Whether a tablet, smartphone, or phablet – you can now consume your sports on the screen of your choice, in addition to the largest screen in your living room or man cave. Every major sports league in North America has arranged some form of access with your mobile or cable/satellite service providers so that you can likely watch their games live and on-demand on a screen of your choosing. Many new offerings even have a option for you to play ‘catch up,’ meaning that you can tune in after a game has started and go back and watch the game from the kickoff or tipoff, face off or first pitch.

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Fox News and Fox Business Are Now Everywhere

FNC FBNFox News and Fox Business fans can now watch their favorite channels’ content everywhere.

FoxNewsGO and FoxBusinessGO debuted today allowing authenticated video subscribers of the networks to watch the live TV channels on mobile tablets, phones, and desktops at and, MultiChannel reports.

The Fox News app is available on iOS and Android-driven devices, while the FBN app is currently available on iOS with plans to launch later on Android. FoxBusinessGO can also be accessed through the FNC app. As such, verified users can access live streams of the networks from their websites, as well as computers, laptops, cellphones and devices. With the mobile bows of the news and business network, 21st Century Fox continues to broaden its TVE portfolio, as Fox Sports Go live-streams games and will begin proffering content from a dedicated Big East digital network on Sept. 25, and FXNow, which has been showcasing The Simpsons, the classic animated series that is now syndicated on FXX.

“We just wanted to get a product on portable devices and desktops that really created an experience much like the linear service,” EVP of distribution, Tim Carry, said.

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Why PlayOn thinks you should ditch your cable service

PlayOn_logo-01 (1)In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision to rule against Aereo, different platforms have been emerging reminding consumers, that Aereo wasn’t the only option. PlayOn , “the media server software from MediaMall Technologies that streams online videos to TVs and mobile devices,” is encouraging consumers to cut the cord and instead purchase their lifetime service for $69.99 (with a Chromecast included so you can access their service on your TV). We spoke with PlayOn’s CEO, Jeff Lawrence about their Chromecast offering and the state of cord-cutting.   Read more

KTSF Launches Nielsen-Measured TV Everywhere App

screen568x568KTSF, one of the largest Asian broadcasters in the U.S., has announced that it has integrated Nielsen’s mobile measurement software into its local TV app.

The KTSF App is powered by Syncbak – a company that powers TV Everywhere capabilities for broadcasters -which integrated Nielsen’s proprietary Software Development Kit (SDK) in April 2014. The Nielsen SDK gives clients a robust cross-platform measurement solution, with the most important feature being that TV Everywhere viewing can be included in ratings. KTSF will also be able to see demographic information, which ad campaigns or episodes were watched, and the difference in viewing behavior of live programming versus on demand. Read more

ABC News on Apple TV ‘for Everyone’

As of 10amET this morning, ABC News is officially available on Apple TV.

The network’s Apple TV app offers a slew of features, including video on demand from signature shows like “Good Morning America” and “World News,” multiple livestreams of real-time news events, breaking news and in-depth topical content, original reports from ABC news talent special for Apple TV, local content from ABC News affiliates around the country, and more. The product is available to anyone who owns an Apple TV, with no registration required.

Lost Remote was on hand for a demo of the new product yesterday, which at launch, offers everything from coverage of the current chaos in Iraq, World Cup competition, a “This Week in History” series leveraging ABC’s 50-year-old archives, and multiple livestreams of news events happening domestically and globally.

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