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Two second screen apps to complement March Madness viewing

MarchMadness2011Logo2March Madness is officially upon us.

If you missed the opportunity to fill out the Quicken Loans and Warren Buffet-insured ‘Billion $ Bracket Challenge,’ you will still find it difficult to avoid bracket talk this week.

As we wrote about on Tuesday, there is little need to go outside of the NCAA/CBS Sports/Turner triumvirate to get your tournament fix. Most games will be presented on linear TV across the spectrum of CBS and Turner networks, but every game will also be available to stream via the increasingly impressive March Madness Live.

Still, while access to games will be easier than ever, there are two complementary second screen experiences worth considering: Read more

Social TV Dreaming: A Selfie Tweet-Off Between Ellen Degeneres and Pres. Obama

ellen selfieFor those who weren’t completely consumed by the Ellen Degeneres Oscars selfie heard round the Internet, Ellen’s record-breaking Oscars tweet (3,402,000 retweets as we speak) topped the previous retweet record of one important individual: President Barack Obama.

Obama previously held the record, as his “four more years” tweet featuring a photo of him and First Lady Michelle Obama hugging after his re-election amassed 780,000 retweets.

Well, new twitter champion and old twitter champion will face off tomorrow, as President Obama makes his first appearance as president on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” via a live shot from The White House.

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HBO puts fans first with Facebook fueled ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere in NYC

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 9.33.53 AMLast night, HBO pulled out all the stops for a massive Game of Thrones season four premiere event in NYC. The premium network partnered with Facebook to stream the “more than two dozen Game of Thrones cast members,” that united to celebrated the premiere in the Big Apple. Here are the details and highlights from last night. Read more

Fans respond to Bravo’s first annual ‘Real Housewives Awards’

dish-021214-real-housewives-awardsLast week we wrote about the opportunity Bravo is giving ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ fans to have their pets be best friends with Lisa Vanderpump’s Pomeranian, Giggy. The number of submissions received thus far is impressive, but pales in comparison to the response to Bravo’s first annual ‘Real Housewives Awards.’

Voting for the awards, which celebrates the most memorable ‘Housewives’ moments, ends on March 21. Bravo has already received nearly two million votes across digital platforms, and BravoTV.com has delivered over 10.7 million views and over one million video streams for ‘Real Housewives Awards’ content.

In true Bravo fashion, there will be no shortage of programming surrounding the ‘Real Housewives Awards.’ Andy Cohen will announce the Lifetime Achievement Award on March 20 during a first-look of a new episode of ‘The Real Housewives of New York.’ This will be followed by a ‘Real Housewives’ marathon on March 22 when Cohen will announce the nominees for Most Shocking Reunion Twist. The remaining award winners will be announced on March 23 throughout Bravo’s Sunday night programming, with the final two winners announced on the 11pm EST airing of ‘Watch What Happens Live.’ Read more

TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Tomorrow

tvnshowsmallThe TVNewser Show is picking up where last year’s Lost Remote Shows left off.

On April 29, in New York City, we’ll be talking about Aereo, a service that broadcasters want to see shut down and the Supreme Court will be taking up just a week before the Show; the growth of Social TV, which is changing the way shows are produced and watched. Plus, we’ll introduce you to new Web TV experiences, we’ll get to the bottom of why Millennials are the hot new audience and we’ll talk about the revolutionary but controversial use of drones in newsgathering.

As part of the lineup we’ve got Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, NBC SVP Julian March, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more joining us on April 29. And we’d love for you to join us as well.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today to save $200 off the full price.

‘How I Met Your Mother’s’ Final Social Push Ahead of Series Finale

“How I Met Your Mother” delivered one of the most long-awaited kisses in TV history last night, as Ted and the mother of his children locked lips for the first time.

And social media loved the moment ten years in the making.

One quote from the episode struck social users, with it being shared across platforms.

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Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

ViacomA seven-year-old lawsuit between Google and Viacom over YouTube videos has been settled.

As Lost Remote reported in 2007, Google’s YouTube channel was slapped with its first major copyright lawsuit by Viacom, who demanded YouTube remove almost 160,000 unauthorized videos of Viacom content.

“This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together,” Google and Viacom said in a joint statement.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and comes before an appeals court was set to hear the case next Monday. Viacom originally filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the search engine giant for unauthorized Viacom videos posted between 2005 and 2008, including clips from “The Daily Show” and “South Park.”

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March Madness Live to provide more NCAA Tournament coverage than ever

march-madness-championship-art-e1333391171579Good luck to IT departments attempting to curtail March Madness viewing.

This year, the NCAA, Turner Sports, and CBS Sports will make it easier than ever to watch the NCAA Tournament.  NCAA March Madness Live will provide streaming access to every March Madness game – that’s more than 150 hours of live basketball on essentially every device imaginable.

All games will be available via NCAA March Madness Live on PCs, mobile, and tablet devices; games will air live on TNT, TBS, and truTV; fans can access the games at NCAA.com, CBSSports.com, BleacherReport.com, the App Store, Google Play, and Windows Store.

For the Final Four, which takes place April 5, fans using March Madness Live will have access to three different feeds of the two games.  On linear TV, TBS will be broadcasting the main game coverage, while TNT and truTV will be broadcasting team-specific broadcasts. Read more

How iPowow and Red Bull Media House are engaging European sports fans

461565852_640iPowow, a leading participation TV company based in Santa Monica, California, counts A&E and USA Network among its clients. In October, we wrote about how iPowow was working with USA to redefine the notion of syndication. The network had acquired the rights to broadcast Modern Family in syndication, and iPowow was helping to power Modern Family Live, which allowed fans to use second screen devices to participate in polls and quizzes while watching the episodes.

Two months ago, iPowow partnered with Red Bull Media House to create a social fan participation element for the FC Bayern München vs FC Red Bull Salzburg game, which aired on Red Bull Media House’s ServusTV. Fans were prompted to use computers or mobile devices to respond to questions displayed on-air during the telecast and to express their opinions about what was taking place during the game. The results were displayed in real-time both on the users’ devices and on TV. Read more

Comedy Central’s Don Steele promoted to Senior Vice President of Fan Engagement/Multi-Platform Marketing

17d4700Comedy Central’s Don Steele has led social TV innovation at the network since 2006. We’ve now covered this innovation from Workaholics, to the Franco Roast and more. Steele, whose own use of social media is quite impressive, sat down with Lost Remote to discuss the network’s evolution as a fan focused brand.

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