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Archives: June 2014

‘Community’ Picked Up by Yahoo!

tumblr_static_community_s5_tu_200x200Greendale Community College is reopening its doors—on Yahoo!

The cancelled NBC sitcom “Community” has been picked up by Yahoo! for a 13-episode sixth season. The show had been cancelled by NBC in May, which sparked social activity from fans hoping for its revival on a streaming platform like Netflix, Amazon, or Yahoo.

“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” the show’s creator Dan Harmon said in a release announcing the deal. ““I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!”

Vulture reports Sony Pictures Television was in talks with Hulu, but the two sides couldn’t agree on financial terms. Yahoo! stepped in offering the right amount, and a deal was struck.

The deal is a huge boon for Yahoo!, as it vies to become more of a player in the growing streaming-TV game.

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The Record Breaking Continues: Facebook Tops 1 Billion World Cup Interactions

unnamedSince the World Cup began on June 12, Facebook reports that it has seen over one billion World Cup-related posts, comments, and likes. Over 220 million Facebook users have generated these interactions. The knockout matches, which have already seen a fair share of games decided on penalty kicks, have certainly expedited this process. Still, Facebook’s data editors have never measured an event — sports or otherwise — that has topped a billion interactions, and although the World Cup lasts longer than the average event, it is continuing to set social records that will be tough to top.

On Saturday, more than 31 million people had 75 million interactions (posts, comments, and likes) related to the match between Brazil and Chile. The game saw the second-highest level of conversation for any World Cup match that Facebook’s data team has measured to date. Read more

Introducing SAM, a platform for the post social TV era

James QuoteBack in October when Twitter IPOed, we spoke with James Neufeld as he was developing SAM, an online asset management platform that was still in private beta. Today, SAM has officially launched publicly in what Neufeld describes as a platform for the “post social TV era.” SAM enables newsrooms, journalists, editors, producers, bloggers and anyone who calls themselves a storyteller to find the best content on social networks. We interviewed Neufeld about the big launch and why you should try SAM. Read more

HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Premiere Available on Yahoo Screen

LeftoversHBO’s new drama “The Leftovers” premiered last night, with the first episode’s action revolving around the sudden, unexplainable disappearances of two percent of the world’s population.

And for those who didn’t watch the premiere or might not have HBOGO, HBO is making the first episode available on Yahoo Screen today through July 6.

This continues HBO’s habit of making its series and season premieres available on multiple platforms for both HBO and non-HBO subscribers. Last week, the premium entertainment network made the premiere episode from “True Blood’s” final season available on XBox and XBox One.

In April, the network made the series premiere of “Silicon Valley” available on YouTube.

Nielsen Study: Video-on-Demand Viewing Spiking Overall TV Viewing

A new Nielsen cross-platform report for the first quarter of 2014 shows increased video-on-demand viewing is spiking overall TV viewing.

Over the last two years, VOD has increased as a source of TV watching, with over 60% of households having VOD available to them (37% of households had VOD in 2008). Although an average of only four to five percent from the advertising-friendly 18-49 demo watch TV via VOD, individual shows’ VOD watching has spiked between 15-20%.

Here’s a visual breakdown of live viewing vs. time-shifted viewing over seven days vs. VOD viewing.

Cross-Platform Viewing

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Clone drama drove Orphan Black season finale (spoiler alert)

Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 10.32.40 PMIn this week’s analysis with Canvs we took a look at the uber popular Orphan Black season finale on BBC America. As the highly anticipated season two came to an end it became obvious that clone drama drove Orphan Black season finale. This is also the first time Canvs leveraged their new season recap view to provide analysis. Here are the details.  Read more

Belly Flops and TV’s Greatest Catchphrases: A Look at the Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In our second installment of a weekly partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category. Trending this week is a John Oliver takedown of Dr. Oz, a re-imagined Game of Thrones opening sequence, and Jimmy Kimmel Live’s 8th Annual Belly Flop Competition. The videos selected are based on user engagement, reactions, favorites and shares – and the social TV videos below – with context from 5by head curator Theo Tabah, are a perfect segue into the weekend.

TiVo Research: Binge-Watching No Longer the Exception. It’s the Rule.

Tivo-logo-widescreenTivo’s Research and Analytics arm this week released some interesting results from its ‘Spring 2014 Binge-Viewing Survey.’

91% of the 15,196 respondents said that binge-viewing is a common viewing behavior. Perhaps surprisingly, 29% of respondents actually put off watching shows so that they can bing-watch an entire season at once.

With thousands of channels and the proliferation of original programing it is becoming more difficult for a viewer to watch every show that they are interested in. But thanks to the control over cable, broadcast and OTT content afforded by TiVo, and to the proliferation of streaming services like Netflix,” said TiVo Chief Research Officer Jonathan Steuer, “binge-viewing has rapidly become common practice.”

The rise of binge-viewing becoming goes hand-in-hand with the “acceptability” of the practice. When respondents were asked about the term “binging,” only one-third felt that the term had negative connotations; in April 2013, over half (53 percent) of those surveyed considered it a negative term. Read more

How Mohu is enabling a future for cord-cutters

5b656a8cab214431de81cc43f2cc05faThe future of cord-cutting is now. The trend is happening faster and faster and new companies are emerging as the providers of platforms, technology and devices that can give you the content you want without a hefty cable subscription. One of these companies is Mohu a company that made a name for itself by designing an indoor HD antenna and then made an even bigger name for itself with a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring smart TV tech into the technology. Now, Mohu is moving beyond just antennas and addressing the larger cord-cutting picture, in hopes of being a true resource for all cord-cordcutters. We interviewed Mark Buff, Mohu’s founder and CEO about what they’re up to and what life will be like for cord-cutters in the post-Aereo Supereme Court decision market. Read more

Exclusive: STARZ Launches ‘Apothecary Cabinet’ Ahead of ‘Outlander’ Premiere

outlander-first-look-starzSTARZ has a social TV hit on its hands, and the show hasn’t even started yet.

‘Outlander’, which premieres August 9, is based on Diana Gabaldon’s seven-book series that has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. The eighth installment of the ‘Outlander’ series titled ‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood’ was released two weeks ago.

Ahead of the series premiere and to capitalize on the buzz around the eighth installment of the book, STARZ launched OutlanderCommunity.com, a social destination which aggregates the latest ‘Outlander’ content across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and fan blogs. In an email exchange with Erin Dwyer, Executive Director for Digital Marketing at STARZ, Dwyer told Lost Remote that “OutlanderCommunity.com visitor numbers are outpacing 5 of our other Original programming experiences in lifetime visits and we haven’t aired yet!”

STARZ today is also launching an Apothecary Cabinet on OutlanderCommunity.com, a second screen feature which allows users to explore plants and herbs used during the 1700s when modern medicine wasn’t available.  These remedies will factor heavily into the series and users will be able to find information on 14 different plants that were used to treat everything from warts and corns to heart attacks and infection. Each of the interactive information cards are shareable via social. Read more

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