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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

Kevin Bacon Has 1980′s Awareness Message for Millennials: Favorite App Was ‘Rubik’s Cube’

BaconActor Kevin Bacon is delivering an important message to millennials too busy on their second and third screens to appreciate what he had to go through in the 1980′s.

Currently starring in Fox’s “The Following,” Bacon had a message for all those born after 1985.

“You want to know my favorite app?” Bacon asked. “Rubik’s Cubes.”

He went on to bemoan how technology has made today’s youth ignorant to how hard dating was back in the 80′s, without things like “OkTwinder” (a clever mashup of OkCupid and Tinder).

He continues on but finally gets restless with the short-attention span millennials of today.

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50 Cent and Hang w/ to lead SXSW Interactive transition into SXSW Music

50centTonight will mark the end of South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive and the start of SXSW Music. Helping to make the transition will be 50 Cent, who will headline an exclusive concert at 1100 Warehouse at 8pm.

The concert will be broadcast exclusively via ‘Hang w/,’ an app that allows people to hang out with each other via live video and chat. Unlike Instagram and Vine, there is no need to take the extra step to publish videos; instead, a user simply presses record and followers are notified that the user is currently streaming content.

“This is going to be a pivotal event in Hang w/ history,” said Andrew Maltin, co-founder and CEO of Hang With, Inc. “Hang w/ has shown itself to be a powerful technology platform for musicians to engage their fans, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to showcase our platform in front of the who’s who of music and tech, courtesy of 50 Cent who himself lives at the intersection of music and tech.” Read more

Juan Pablo Won’t Profess Love on ‘Bachelor’ Finale, Social Professes Hate

Juan PabloWe’ve all had some squirmish moments in our dating lives we’d love to forget, but ‘The Bachelor’ finale post-show might have just topped them all, causing a social media frenzy toward one Juan Pablo Galavis.

Bachelor Juan Pablo chose Nikki Ferrell in the finale, but opted not to propose in the finale like similar Bachelors before him  (social media might have rebelled against the bachelor, but viewers didn’t: 11 million tuned into the “After The Final Rose” post- show).

Host Chris Harrison started the segment by asking Juan Pablo what the surprise is he told producers he was ready to reveal. “I have a big surprise?” a bemused Juan Pablo said. “I don’t.”

Harrison then asked Juan Pablo several times whether he was in love with Nikki, with the Venezuelan resisting answering several times. “I don’t know what I’m looking at,” Harrison said, highlighting it isn’t clear how Juan Pablo feels about Nikki.

“I would like to say you guys are in love, but it’s so awkward, because we can’t have a conversation,” Harrison continued.

Social media was definitely conversating: with women expressing their ire toward #JuanPablo, and their male partners thanking him for making them look so good.

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Bill Cosby Proves It’s Never Too Late to Instagram

We reported on His Holiness’ first Instagram recently, and now a legendary comic is joining in on the popular social platform.

“This is the first time, I’m doing something at my age, that’s good for me,” Bill Cosby says in his inaugural Instagram post.

Cosby then used Twitter to draw to his new Instagram.

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ABC ‘Good Morning America’ Unveils ‘Social Square’

Social SquareOur sister-site TVNewser reports on “Good Morning America’s” new social media studio dubbed “social square.”

Equipped with Samsung monitors and tablets featuring Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Spotify components, the new social media room is aimed at driving the conversation and facilitate viewer engagement, ABC News senior editor of social media Andrew Springer says.

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Bravo gives pets of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ fans chance to be #GiggysBFF

Last Monday, during  The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’ Bravo premiered a promo that will give fans the chance to have their pets featured in a commercial.

Fans simply have to post a photo of their pets to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GiggysBFF, and the winning pet will star alongside Giggy, cast member Lisa Vanderpump’s Pomeranian, in a future spot.

Within three days of the promo, #GiggysBFF received more than 9K photo submissions.

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‘True Detective’ Finale Crashes HBO Go

HBO Go crashed last night during new hit ‘True Detective’s” season finale, leaving lots of fans angry.

This morning, HBO said the problem was fixed.

The reason for the crash has not been revealed, but common sense would indicate all those users borrowing their mothers, brothers, and work colleagues account passwords to watch created more online users than available bandwith.

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Why MTV is teaming up with Our2ndLife to promote the 2014 Movie Awards

mtv-movie-awards-2014-nominationsMTV is quickly becoming the leader in leveraging content marketing and social influencers to drive social TV initiatives. In January, the network hired a 21 year old social media editor, Kaitlyn Vella, who, as part of a duo called ‘The Wolf Pack,’ posted recap rap songs to YouTube about episodes of ‘Teen Wolf.’

“An influencer in her own right, we recognized her as a great talent and snapped her up as soon as she finished school,” Tom Fishman, Vice of Content Marketing and Fan Engagement for MTV, told Lost Remote. “One of the many things about her we loved was her great familiarity with young, up-and-coming social content creatives, and when we started building our influencer network in anticipation of the 2013 VMAs, Kaitlyn turned us on to O2L.”

Our2ndLife (O2L), a pop culture blogger boy band, will work alongside MTV’s social team to create and socialize content tied to the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. O2L has 1.5 million YouTube followers and 483,000 Twitter followers.

According to MTV, “[t]his marks the first time a television network has collaborated with a social influencer for the entirety of an annual tentpole event.”  The partnership has kicked off already: MTV has supplemented their traditional nominations announcement with a special featuring ‘After Hours’ host Josh Horowitz and O2L. The content has been appearing on MTV and across O2L’s social channels. Read more

Ellen’s Oscars Moments Still Causing Stir on Social

Five days after Ellen Degeneres‘ star-studded Oscars selfie that obliterated the previous retweet record and humongous pizza order, social media is still reacting.

“The Simpsons” on Fox has their own version of the Oscars selfie.

“Scandal” star Darby Stanchfield tweeted at Ellen asking what her pizza preference was.

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