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NBC Launches Long-Form Sports Site, NBC SportsWorld

nbc_sports_logoNBC Sports Digital last week announced the launch of NBC SportsWorld, an SB Nation and Grantland-like microsite that will host long-form content from NBC Sports Digital’s contributors, including Joe PosnanskiJoe Prince-Wright, and Nick Zaccardi.

“Our SportsTalk strategy of providing readers with quick, impactful news posts multiple times a day has been incredibly successful. However, we will now complement that plan by tapping into NBC Sports Group’s rich history of long-form storytelling,” said Rick Cordella, SVP & GM, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group. “NBC SportsWorld will create an immersive experience for our users with deep, thoughtful multimedia pieces written and produced by our talented roster of contributors from all facets of the NBC Sports Group.” Read more

Social Scoreboard: Monday, October 20

Wait, “WWE Monday Night Raw” isn’t a real sports event? Once again, it’s topped the Monday night Nielsen Twitter Ratings for Series and Specials with 160,000 tweets by 48,000 unique authors. NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” take the second and third place slots. VHI’s “Love & Hip Hop:Hollywood and FOX’s “Gotham” round out the evening with 129,000 and 35,000 tweets, respectively.

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Yahoo ‘Letting Tumblr Be Tumblr’ Works for Social TV Marketers

tumblr-logoAll anyone could talk about when Yahoo acquired Tumblr over a year ago was whether or not the micro-blogging platform could remain “cool.” Yesterday, AdWeek reported that it has, in fact, maintained it’s social status; thanks in part to Yahoo’s assistance in garnering advertisers like Gatorade, BMW, and Degree, among others.

A piece of that success can be attributed to Yahoo’s understanding of the platform. From the AdWeek piece:

With Instagram and Pinterest seemingly making the graphics-driven social space incredibly competitive nowadays, [Tumblr's global head of brand partnerships, Lee Brown] contends that Tumblr doesn’t share much of a digital kinship with those platforms. “I would liken us more to the creator networks like YouTube,” he said. “Our network is not based on who you know, it’s based on what you love. … We want it to be all things whether text, animated GIFs, etc.”

Another piece, as reported in the New York Times this week, is Tumblr’s attention to television. Since the hiring of  media director Sima Sistani, Tumblr has been busy forging partnerships with popular social television shows. They’ve worked with “MasterChef” by posting recipes, MTV’s VMA’s with the “giffie awards,”  premiering AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” among others.

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Why Brands and Broadcasters Keep Turning to Tagboard’s Social TV Solutions

unnamedTagboard provides hashtag-based curation solutions to live event producers and digital properties to collect and display on-brand tweets. In March, though, the company acquired TVinteract, and its founder Jenni Hogan joined the company as Chief Media Officer (or, really, Chief Social TV Evangelist).

Hogan, an Emmy Award-winning former local news anchor known for the way she integrated social media into her sgements, has since launched Tagboard’s TV product. The product debuted on July 1 and Fox O&O, Meredith, the New Orleans Saints, and the BBC have already utilized the tool on-air to display tweets.

Hogan’s past experience working with an array of social TV vendors and their technology is a large part of what’s driving the design of Tagboard TV.

“The technology would look great in the sales pitch but then once we had to use it, it was really hard to implement, and by the time corporate had gotten through the sales process the technology seemed like it was already old,” Hogan told Lost Remote. “That’s what we want to help solve for TV stations with Tagboard. I always tell our clients if our product isn’t easy then let us know, we have amazing brains at our company and we’ll come up with a solution to the work flow so it is easy.”

Incorporating client feedback is something that is usually more said than actually done, but Tagboard does it, does it quickly, and then rolls it out for other clients to use.

The New Orleans Saints wanted to show their fans’ thoughts, pictures and feedback as the draft was going live. In most broadcast environments, the lower third of the screen usually features content scrolling across the bottom and is not referred to by hosts. Still, Tagboard created a lower third product for them that could easily and safely show pictures from Instagram along with tweets and Facebook posts, and the Saints later used that same feature for a question and answer segment with their host Jen Hale called #AskJen.

“Tagboard didn’t even have lower third capability in their social offerings when we first started talking, Doug Tatum, the Saints Executive Director for Digital Media, told us, ”but Jenni and her colleagues developed it for us. Who does that?”

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Social Scoreboard: Week of October 13

Last week’s BET Hip Hop Awards dominated Nielsen’s Weekly Twitter TV Ratings chart. ‘The Walking Dead’ premiere last Sunday composed 1.3 million tweets about the show, which was enough to top Nielsen’s chart. Compare this to the Hip Hop Awards, in which 2.67 million tweets were sent by 520,000 unique authors.

‘The Walking Dead’ still came in second place, with 511,000 tweets by 206,000 unique authors. ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show,’ ‘WWE Monday Night RAW,’ and ‘Scandal’ round out the top 5.

 

Burst Allows Networks to Use (and Own) Fan Videos During Live Broadcasts

burstlogoIf you watch sports, usually the only good videos of the crowd come from the ‘kiss cam’ at the stadium or whatever panoramic shot a producer finds eyeball-worthy. You’d also know that everyone on the ground is taking their own videos and sending them right to Instagram and SnapChat. Bryant McBride, CEO and co-founder of Burst, wanted to make it easy for broadcasters to grab those videos and use them on live television. Here’s how it works, according to a statement from the company:

This authentic, [user generated] video gets curated and approved by a tapeAD and then directly integrated into the EVS system in the live broadcast production truck. UGC video can be seen on the live broadcast within a few minutes of the consumer sending it to the media company. When a fan submits video from their smartphone, they check a box agreeing to be subject to the media company’s terms and conditions – effectively giving an ownership right of that video to the media company who can legally monetize and repurpose it free and clear.

This summer, Burst partnered with NESN. Using the Burst app and platform, Red Sox fans took their videos in the app, uploaded them to the cloud, and the network sifted through them using the platform and used them in the live-broadcast.

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TiVo Study: Multitasking Viewers Rarely Engage in TV-Related Side Activities

Tivo-logo-widescreenTiVo last week released results from its second annual ‘Multitasking and Social TV Survey.’ The company surveyed 856 people who watched at least seven hours of TV per week. 51% of respondents said that they multitask every time or almost every time they watch TV; this is compared to 36% who said they multitask in last year’s survey.

While multitasking is on the rise, more viewers are primarily paying attention to the show they’re watching. 47% of respondents’ total TV time is spent with their primary attention on the TV show while multitasking, compared to 39% in last year’s survey.

“Even given the proliferation of multitasking, viewers remain primarily focused on the television shows they are watching,” said TiVo Chief Research Officer Jonathan Steuer. “To paraphrase the Bard, the program’s the thing!”

TiVo’s study also confirms the findings of Deloitte’s latest Digital Democracy Survey, which was released in March: while multitasking is on the rise, viewers are not engaging much in second-screen activities related to the program.

Only 5% of respondents report TV-related multitasking every time or almost every time they watch TV, while 50% report never or almost never engaging in TV-related multitasking. Top TV-time activities include browsing the Internet (74%), reading or sending email (73%) and text messaging (71%).

Still, social TV marketers should note that 61% of the respondents said that they search the web for information about the shows that they watch and 47% said that they have ‘liked’ a show’s Facebook page.

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Below, more findings from the study:

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Video on Demand is Changing the Way We Watch TV, and That’s Good for Everybody

1Sometimes, playing catch up isn’t a bad thing.

Video on demand (VOD), a long-time content consumption afterthought, is now promoted by TV networks, embraced by advertisers, a focus for cable service providers, and used frequently by consumers.

Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Services for Comcast Cable, has been working in the VOD space for a long time and in a phone interview last week with Lost Remote, pinpointed the service’s recent growth to four things:

First is predictability. Historically, consumers would not know which shows were available, how many episodes there would be, or when the content would be loaded after it premiered. Now, the top 100 Nielsen-rated shows are typically made available on Comcast’s VOD platform hours after they first air on linear TV.

Second is ad serving. Programmers now have the ability to swap out ads on VOD just as they have been doing online.

Third is measurement. C3 viewing (Nielsen’s metric for commercial viewing which includes day of broadcast plus three days) has historically only included live viewing and DVR viewing, but now includes VOD.

Fourth is audience. 70% of Comcast subscribers now use VOD services, with a 100% increase in time spent viewing TV content on VOD in the past three years.

More than anything else, predictability has set VOD in motion. An extensive and current content library has allowed consumers to discover shows and to catch up on them, which in turn leads to a return to live TV. Until recently, viewers who missed the boat on a show had to wait until a season ended to catch up on Netflix. Before that, it was via DVD box sets.

Comcast releases a weekly list of the top 20 most viewed shows on its VOD platform. Sometimes the list mirrors the Nielsen ratings, but sometimes it doesn’t.  The implications of this to networks and to advertisers cannot be overstated: audiences are now expanding in season rather than after the season. And whether this results in live TV viewing or in plus-three viewing, more ads are being seen within an important window.

“We’re finding that through on demand we’re seeing an increase in commercial viewing,” Strauss said. “On average we’re seeing about a 20% increase in commercial viewing during the C3 window in Comcast households and that’s even higher than 20% when we look at series that are stacked with a full season. It’s an interesting footnote because I think that there’s a lot of misperceptions around how on demand is viewed and used and I think binge viewing has been miscast, with respect to what we’re finding, in how customers are truly looking to enjoy the video.” Read more

NBC Sports Presents Every Peyton Manning Touchdown Throw in Six Seconds

week7_0If NBC Sports’ ‘Sunday Night Football’ wasn’t dominant enough, tonight’s game is a marquee matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos. And if that isn’t enough to draw you in, Peyton Manning will be gunning for the all-time passing touchdown (TD) record. Brett Favre currently holds the record with 508, and Manning needs two to tie and three to surpass him.

To celebrate the occasion NBC Sports released a Vine featuring all of Peyton Manning’s touchdown passes (note: from 2006 to present it is a pic of the exact TD throw; prior to 2006 it’s the games that he threw TDs in, but not necessarily the exact pass).

Below, all of Peyton Manning’s TD passes in six seconds. If that’s too dizzying, the network also released a 30-second version: Read more

Social Scoreboard: Thursday, October 16

Shonda Rhimes and ABC dominated Thursday night on Twitter, taking the top three spots on Nielsen’s Twitter TV Ratings chart. ‘Vampire Diaries came in fourth place with 20,000 unique authors and 65,000 total tweets. Interestingly, ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ rounded out the top five on a chart usually devoid of cable news programs. Perhaps it was because of Wednesday night’s showdown with Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show.’

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