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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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Stefon Returns to SNL in This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform (which now includes a messaging feature) 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 on 5by’s TV channel are clips of debates, comedy and the resurfacing of unexpected ‘character.’  For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content:

The kings of controversy and old partners in crime, Jon Stewart and John Oliver, both had fantastic clips this week, Oliver released a bit on the absurdity of Columbus Day, and Jon Stewart put Bill O’Reilly in his place on the topic of ‘white privilege’. You can side with whomever you see fit, but John and Jon sure know how to make compelling arguments.

The return of Shia Labeouf  stirred up the social-sphere this week when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and recounted his story of his drunken arrest in a very laid-back, “I was never gone” type of way. And from a character standpoint, the return of SNL favorite ‘Stefon’ during the Weekend Update segment was a huge hit. Bill Hader clearly hasn’t lost his touch.

Finally, Jimmy Fallon teamed up with Brad Pitt to bring us a viral clip that involved break dancing and conversation in a very Fallonesque way, continuing to solidify The Tonight Show’s place in our top 5, and in the public’s eye, on a weekly basis.

How ‘The Walking Dead’ Fans Reacted on Twitter to the Season 5 Premiere

Comic-Con Trailer: The Walking Dead: Season 5 (Screengrab)Not many shows can unseat ‘Scandal’ from the social TV throne, but ‘The Walking Dead’ did just that last week. AMC’s hit show topped Nielsen’s Twitter TV Ratings chart last week, winning all four major categories easily.

According to our analytics partner Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment, 354,675 of 1,320,056 tweets about the premiere were emotional reactions. 34% of the emotional reactions included the word “amazing” and 21% included “funny.” The premiere drove the most emotional reactions 20 minutes in, when Carol blew up a gas tank. Below, some more insights from Canvs on what drove the Twitter conversation, followed by an infographic:

  • Right at 9:00 when fans were “excited” for the new season. This five minute period is when the highest spike in tweets, though not reactions, occurred.
  • “Crazy” spiked from 9:05-9:10 during the brutal murders at Terminus.
  • People expressed “hate” when the Terminus guy threatened baby Judith from 9:40-9:45.
  • Both “happy” and “cried” spiked when Daryl and Carol were reunited from 9:50-9:55.
  • People expressed “Love” when Mary from Terminus got eaten by zombies from 10:10-10:15.

How Viralheat Uses Social Mentions to Track Sentiment and Brand Personas

viralheatlogoIt’s one thing to know that people are talking about your brand or content on social media. It’s another to know how they feel about it and what else they want. That’s what Viralheat, a social media marketing and analytics platform, wants to know.

They process over 1.5 billion social mentions a day and using their algorithms, are able to decipher sentiment and brand affinity. Recently, they put their data and process to work for Variety magazine, who’s using it to power vScore, which measures an actor’s value based on the sentiment around them on social media. Here’s how they put it:

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Social Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 15

By a longshot, FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” came in first last night on Twitter with 379,000 tweets by 176,000 unique authors. CW’s “Arrow” was next with 44,000 tweets. With “Modern Family” and “South Park,” the SVU diehards must have been watching MLB baseball; the usually popular show ranks 5th in today’s Nielsen Twitter ratings. nielsen 10_15

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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