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Clone drama drove Orphan Black season finale (spoiler alert)

Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 10.32.40 PMIn this week’s analysis with Canvs we took a look at the uber popular Orphan Black season finale on BBC America. As the highly anticipated season two came to an end it became obvious that clone drama drove Orphan Black season finale. This is also the first time Canvs leveraged their new season recap view to provide analysis. Here are the details.  Read more

Belly Flops and TV’s Greatest Catchphrases: A Look at the Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200In our second installment of a weekly partnership with 5by, the video discovery platform 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 is a John Oliver takedown of Dr. Oz, a re-imagined Game of Thrones opening sequence, and Jimmy Kimmel Live’s 8th Annual Belly Flop Competition. The videos selected are based on user engagement, reactions, favorites and shares – and the social TV videos below – with context from 5by head curator Theo Tabah, are a perfect segue into the weekend.

TiVo Research: Binge-Watching No Longer the Exception. It’s the Rule.

Tivo-logo-widescreenTivo’s Research and Analytics arm this week released some interesting results from its ‘Spring 2014 Binge-Viewing Survey.’

91% of the 15,196 respondents said that binge-viewing is a common viewing behavior. Perhaps surprisingly, 29% of respondents actually put off watching shows so that they can bing-watch an entire season at once.

With thousands of channels and the proliferation of original programing it is becoming more difficult for a viewer to watch every show that they are interested in. But thanks to the control over cable, broadcast and OTT content afforded by TiVo, and to the proliferation of streaming services like Netflix,” said TiVo Chief Research Officer Jonathan Steuer, “binge-viewing has rapidly become common practice.”

The rise of binge-viewing becoming goes hand-in-hand with the “acceptability” of the practice. When respondents were asked about the term “binging,” only one-third felt that the term had negative connotations; in April 2013, over half (53 percent) of those surveyed considered it a negative term. Read more

How Mohu is enabling a future for cord-cutters

5b656a8cab214431de81cc43f2cc05faThe future of cord-cutting is now. The trend is happening faster and faster and new companies are emerging as the providers of platforms, technology and devices that can give you the content you want without a hefty cable subscription. One of these companies is Mohu a company that made a name for itself by designing an indoor HD antenna and then made an even bigger name for itself with a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring smart TV tech into the technology. Now, Mohu is moving beyond just antennas and addressing the larger cord-cutting picture, in hopes of being a true resource for all cord-cordcutters. We interviewed Mark Buff, Mohu’s founder and CEO about what they’re up to and what life will be like for cord-cutters in the post-Aereo Supereme Court decision market. Read more

Exclusive: STARZ Launches ‘Apothecary Cabinet’ Ahead of ‘Outlander’ Premiere

outlander-first-look-starzSTARZ has a social TV hit on its hands, and the show hasn’t even started yet.

‘Outlander’, which premieres August 9, is based on Diana Gabaldon’s seven-book series that has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. The eighth installment of the ‘Outlander’ series titled ‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood’ was released two weeks ago.

Ahead of the series premiere and to capitalize on the buzz around the eighth installment of the book, STARZ launched OutlanderCommunity.com, a social destination which aggregates the latest ‘Outlander’ content across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and fan blogs. In an email exchange with Erin Dwyer, Executive Director for Digital Marketing at STARZ, Dwyer told Lost Remote that “OutlanderCommunity.com visitor numbers are outpacing 5 of our other Original programming experiences in lifetime visits and we haven’t aired yet!”

STARZ today is also launching an Apothecary Cabinet on OutlanderCommunity.com, a second screen feature which allows users to explore plants and herbs used during the 1700s when modern medicine wasn’t available.  These remedies will factor heavily into the series and users will be able to find information on 14 different plants that were used to treat everything from warts and corns to heart attacks and infection. Each of the interactive information cards are shareable via social. Read more

Amazon Prime Acquires Exclusive Rights to Drafthouse Films

AmazonAmazon Prime is going independent.

The streaming content arm of Amazon.com and independent content distributor Cinedigm have agreed to an exclusive licensing agreement giving Amazon streaming rights to several independent films distributed by Drafthouse Films.

Films available today include dark comedy “Cheap Thrills,” Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic sorcery film “A Field in England,” sci-fi favorite “The Visitor,” and Abel Ferrara’s “Ms. 45.”

Other films that will be added to Amazon Prime in the next few months include “The Congress,” a futuristic vision of Hollywood, home-invasion thriller “Borgman,” the love story “Mood Indigo,” documentary “20,000 Days on Earth,” and “The Dog.”

“We know our customers love great independent films and we are excited to add these engaging indies from Drafthouse Films exclusively to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon.

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With Chromecast Update, Stevie is One Step Closer to Bridging the Social and TV Divide

tv_handStevie – the Flipboard-like platform that turns Facebook, Twitter and YouTube posts and hashtags into TV channels, this week unveiled new versions of its Android and iOS apps with support for Google Chromecast.

“Since our inception, the TV screen was where we wanted Stevie,” Stevie co-founder and CEO Yael Givon tells Lost Remote. “We always imagined it as big, lean back TV viewing, and we were able to be loaded on a few platforms including Samsung and Android. But the ease of casting, the direct connection from phone to TV, is the perfect fit for Stevie - starting from your most personal device and beaming what is best for TV, is the Stevie philosophy – taking personal feeds and releasing the TV in them.”

While the majority of Chromecast apps to-date are either media players (like Netflix) or ‘slide projector’ apps, Stevie will turn personalized content from a user’s social social feeds into non-stop TV channels. Stevie’s internal research shows that session times when beaming via Chromecast or Apple TV are three to four times longer compared to mobile viewing.

Stevie’s next step is to forge partnerships directly with brands and content creators. Brands will be able to create their own TV channels that will be personalized, constantly updated, and feature brand-official content. For example, H&M could have a TV setup in its stores that pulls media from what fans tweet at them along with the hashtag #fashion; H&M-branded videos could then be interspersed throughout. Read more

BroadcastAsia: Twitter’s Director of Media in Australia on social TV

IMG_3155 copyLost Remote recently attended Broadcast Asia in Singapore for the second year in a row. The event is the region’s largest TV conference and has grown their content on social TV. One of the highlights was Twitter’s Director of Media (based in Australia) Danny Keens‘ presentation on “Bringing the Power of Twitter to TV.” Here are the details. Read more

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

AereoTVSpy reports the Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 against Aereo, in favor of broadcasters, putting the streaming TV service’s existence in serious jeopardy.

In the ruling, The High Court “goes out out of its way to make clear that its ruling does not endanger other technologies,” according to SCOTUSBlog.

The Barry Diller-funded streaming television service launched in 2012, with broadcast networks filing lawsuits before it even launched. At launch, the service gave users access to broadcast TV via iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Roku for $12/month.

With the ruling that Aereo’s service is illegal, its future seems doomed. “”We did try, but it’s over now,” Diller told CNBC after the ruling. Previously, CEO Chet Kanojia and Diller both predicted the streaming service would be shut down if the Supreme Court ruled against them. “If we don’t succeed in that, despite our best efforts and good law on our side and merits of our case, it would be a tragedy, but it is what it is,” Kanojia told Bloomberg TV in April.

What do you think of the ruling? Let us know in our comments or by tweeting @lostremote.

Remember Those Facebook Media APIs Announced at f8? They’re Now in Use

todayorangeIn April at f8, Facebook launched four APIs – Trending, Topic Insights, Topic Feed, and Hashtag Counter – specifically for media companies. The goal, though not stated explicitly, was for Facebook data to be integrated more into telecasts, specifically, and, more generally, into the social data conversation. Not only would Twitter trending topics be mentioned a measure of a show’s social success, but also Facebook trending topics.

“TV is an important area of focus for us, and we’ve been investing in the space with new tools and resources for partners, like the Public Content Solutions program and our media APIs,” Bob Morgan, a Partner Engineer Manager at Facebook, tells Lost Remote. “The APIs we announced at f8 were among the most requested from media organizations, and help deliver great on-air and digital experiences using Facebook content and data. There has been strong interest from our partners in implementing these APIs, and we’re excited to help them create compelling Facebook integrations for their audiences. Read more

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