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CBS Launches Subscription Streaming Service, ‘All Access’ Today

cbs all accessYesterday, pigs finally flew and HBO announced that it was going to offer a standalone streaming service in 2015. Today, CBS announced a similar service called All Access, available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in fourteen cities will have live access to their local CBS station. So you can stream the news and “The Good Wife” as they air.

It’s like Christmas in October.

Ok, well not for sports fans. You won’t be able to stream Thursday Night Football, or any NFL content for that matter. And though there are thousands of episodes available of vintage CBS — like “Twin Peaks,” and “Star Trek” — you can’t watch old seasons of “The Big Bang Theory,” which is OK because haven’t you seen them all already?

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Foo Fighters Concert to Be Streamed on HBO’s Facebook Page

HBO’s new eight-part documentary ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ premieres on the network tomorrow night at 11:00pm EST. The series – directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl – will explore America’s rich music history, taking viewers to different cities across the country.

Immediately following the premiere, the Foo Fighters will perform at Chicago’s ‘The Cubby Bear’ and the concert will be streamed live on the HBO Facebook page. For Facebook users without HBO access, tomorrow night is your night, as the concert will be only be available afterwards on HBO platforms.

This announcement was made a day before HBO CEO Richard Plepler said that the premium cable network would begin offering a stand-alone streaming service in 2015. Both announcements demonstrate how ambitious the network is in a continuously crowding content space.

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Infographic: What Else Do Socially Active Fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ Like?


‘The Walking Dead’ returned this week with jaw-dropping linear and social numbers. With ‘Breaking Bad’ over and just seven episodes left of ‘Mad Men,’ AMC still reigns supreme with its apocalyptic zombie drama.

Twitter analytics company StatSocial tracked #walkingdead” and “@walkingdead_amc” over the course of the week and found the following about the show’s audience:

- ‘The Walking Dead’ fanbase’s number two show? ‘Talking Dead’, which shows that they’re not only interested in watching the show but discussing it afterwards.

- Even though Microsoft’s Surface is a partner with ‘The Walking Dead,’ the show’s fan base prefers Sony.

- The top celebrities followed by the show’s fans are all actors on the show. This generally isn’t the case, showing that the show’s fan base is ultra loyal.

Below, an infographic from StatSocial with more stats:

ABC’s Winning Thursday Nights, But For How Long?

SpreadfastNow that the networks have rolled out their new fall television lineups and the critics have had their say, ’tis the season to start measuring the social chatter surrounding them. Spredfast, a social marketing platform, has released their own analysis of which major network programming has garnered the most attention and how.

In a comparative study of the 15 new scripted shows on CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX, they found that — drumroll, please — ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” and FOX’s “Gotham” have created the most social buzz over the past two weeks. Both shows, Spredfast concludes, were able to live to to their hype because of one key factor: both shows had a ready fan-base, with “Gotham” being an extension of the “Batman” franchise and “How to Get Away Murder” had fans waiting with itchy fingers to live-tweet the newest Shondaland product.

“How to Get Away With Murder” had 398,000 mentions in its first week. According to the report:

With a strong lead-in from perennial Shondaland favorites “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”, it’s no surprise that Thursday night’s newest favorite show reflected both strong ratings and a ton of Twitter buzz. “Gotham”, a new crime drama featuring a cast of villains from DC Comics’ Batman franchise, was a close second, garnering 350,000 mentions on Twitter in its premiere week. Among comedy programs, ABC’s “Black-ish” was the standout hit in social buzz, reaching 126,000 mentions.

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Social Scoreboard: Tuesday, October 14

Last night, BET’s “Hip Hop Awards 2014″ ranked first in the Nielsen Twitter ratings with 520,000 unique authors of 2,665,000 tweets. Compare that to “The Voice” and “Sons of Anarchy” with 32,000 and 27,000 unique authors, respectively. BET went strong last night, with “Real Housewives of Hollywood” coming in fourth place and NBC’s “Marry Me” rounded out the evening.  nielsen 10_14

With WestFestTV and GGN, Snoop Dog is Now a YouTube Star

The one and only Snoop Dogg is now, among other things, a YouTube star. He is also a tech investor, and last week was announced as an investor in Reddit.

His YouTube channel WestFestTV, which features his popular weekly talk show ‘GGN’ (Double G News), earlier this month surpassed one million subscribers. Each episode features guests sitting behind the GGN news desk for a conversation/interview with Nemo Hoes (Snoop’s anchorman alter ego).

Snoop’s press people have framed GGN as “Inside The Actor’s Studio meets Tosh.O, with a splash of The Howard Stern Show.” Instead, just think of it as Snoop Dogg hosting a talk show with guests like Seth Rogen, Jimmy Kimmel, and Paris Hilton, and that should be plenty enough to pique your interest.

On GGN, Snoop Dogg doesn’t shy away from serious issues, and recently had a candid conversation with Charlo Greene, the former KTVA newscaster and Alaskan cannabis club owner – also known as the “F*ck it, I quit” reporter.

To celebrate surpassing the one million subscriber milestone, Snoop Dogg released a new track on SoundCloud:

Breaking: HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service Beginning in 2015


HBO announced today plans to offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015.  Viewers love HBO Go, and its ubiquity across all OTT platforms has led to much speculation about when HBO would make its content available outside of authenticating through a cable provider.

Below, full details via the release:

Speaking at the Time Warner Inc. Investor Meeting today, Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO, announced that the company will offer a stand-alone HBO streaming service in 2015.  Following a portion of his presentation focused on HBO’s domestic business, during which he cited significant growth opportunities inside the pay-TV universe, Plepler then turned to the current ten million broadband-only homes, which is projected to grow.

Plepler then added:

“That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped.  It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.

“So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners.  And, we will explore models with new partners.  All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.”


How Did DirecTV-Exclusive ‘Kingdom’ Make Nielsen’s Twitter TV Ratings Chart Last Week?

kingdom-direct-tv-nick-jonas‘Kingdom’ – a MMA-themed family drama – premiered last week on Audience Network, which is only available to DirecTV subscribers. It’s hard enough for a network show to crack Nielsen’s daily Twitter TV Ratings chart, but ‘Kingdom’ rounded out last Wednesday’s chart with a unique audience of 658,000, and 797,000 impressions.

The show is produced by Endemol Studios, and the studio has been empowering the show’s talent by creating social skins for their profiles, custom episodic graphics, and tweet suggestions for top moments in each episode.

“We we were in good company with shows on broadcast television networks,” Philippe Maigret told a crowd at MIPCOM this week. “To put things in context, Kingdom at this stage only plays on a platform distributed to about 20 million homes, whereas the broadcast television networks are distributed to over 100 million homes.” Read more

Exclusive: OWN and theSkimm Form Digital Content Partnership

theSkimm-pic-460x261Oprah’s about to #showsomeskimm.

Winfrey’s network, OWN, and theSkimm – a fast-growing daily newsletter with a mostly female subscriber base – will announce tomorrow a digital content partnership.

theSkimm founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg will appear in a weekly web series called “Things to Know,” based on a section of their newsletter, which will live on and the OWN YouTube channel. Fans will have access to the content beginning tomorrow and new webisodes will roll out every Wednesday for six weeks. The partnership also includes a mid–term election guide and a sweepstakes opportunity.

“This partnership is a great fit for, and comes as we aim to align our platform with unique and growing brands whose voices complements our own,” said Glenn Kaino, SVP of Digital, OWN.  “theSkimm is a relevant, fresh force in the world right now, and we believe both of our audiences will benefit from this collaboration.  This project exposes our work to younger viewers, expanding our presence, while connecting our existing audience to this fast-growing community.”

After two years in operation, theSkimm surpassed 500,000 subscribers in July. As any good content startup does, theSkimm has focused primarily on growing its subscription numbers. Partnerships will continue to be an important revenue source for them, though, and last year attracted the attention of the NBA; in February, the newsletter featured players guest blogging about the NBA All-Star Game.

Oprah’s digital network is a perfect match for theSkimm, especially as it expands its brand with a foray into video. Read more

Social Scoreboard: Monday, October 13

Reality competitions rule the early week, according to Nielsen’s Twitter ratings. “WWE: Monday Night Raw,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Voice,” took the top three spots. “Gotham” and “Love and Hip Hop” round out the evening.

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