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KTSF Launches Nielsen-Measured TV Everywhere App

screen568x568KTSF, one of the largest Asian broadcasters in the U.S., has announced that it has integrated Nielsen’s mobile measurement software into its local TV app.

The KTSF App is powered by Syncbak – a company that powers TV Everywhere capabilities for broadcasters -which integrated Nielsen’s proprietary Software Development Kit (SDK) in April 2014. The Nielsen SDK gives clients a robust cross-platform measurement solution, with the most important feature being that TV Everywhere viewing can be included in ratings. KTSF will also be able to see demographic information, which ad campaigns or episodes were watched, and the difference in viewing behavior of live programming versus on demand. Read more

Former ‘Boy Meets World’ Stars on Premiering ‘Girl Meets World’ in Social TV Age

Girl Meets WorldA cult classic from the 1990s is returning to TV this week under a different name while still offering some of the same legendary characters.

“Girl Meets World,” a spinoff to the hit coming-of-age story “Boy Meets World,” premieres on Disney Channel Friday at 9:45pmET.

“We didn’t really experience the fandom in the 90s because there was no social media,” Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga Lawrence on “Boy Meets Word” said on KTTV LA. “Now we feel it so instantly, where as back then I kind of felt like we did the show just for us.” Topanga is back in “GMW,” married to childhood sweetheart Cory Matthews, who now live with their two children in New York City.

“We were in a bit of a bubble back then,” Ben Savage, who rose to fame as Matthews on “Boy Meets World,” said. “Nowadays, the fan reaction is so instant, and so immediate, that depending on whether they like the show or not, it can go either way.”

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ABC News on Apple TV ‘for Everyone’

As of 10amET this morning, ABC News is officially available on Apple TV.

The network’s Apple TV app offers a slew of features, including video on demand from signature shows like “Good Morning America” and “World News,” multiple livestreams of real-time news events, breaking news and in-depth topical content, original reports from ABC news talent special for Apple TV, local content from ABC News affiliates around the country, and more. The product is available to anyone who owns an Apple TV, with no registration required.

Lost Remote was on hand for a demo of the new product yesterday, which at launch, offers everything from coverage of the current chaos in Iraq, World Cup competition, a “This Week in History” series leveraging ABC’s 50-year-old archives, and multiple livestreams of news events happening domestically and globally.

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Fargo’s Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman on social TV

Screen Shot 2014-06-14 at 1.40.44 PMFX’s Fargo has quickly become one of (if not the) best drama on television. The dark comedy, designed with inspiration from the film, recently finaled to an eager audience who was active on social TV (according to our analytics partner Canvs). Two of the shows stars are very active on social media (Twitter in particular). Before the finale we spoke with Colin Hanks (who plays Gus Grimly) and Allison Tolman (who plays Molly Solverson) two of the shows stars. Here’s what they had to say about social TV and insights from Canvs on the episode. Read more

First Episode of Final ‘True Blood’ Season Available on Xbox, Xbox One Tomorrow

how-social-media-gave-true-blood-a-transfusionHBO’s vampire thriller “True Blood” premiered the first episode of its final season last night, and for the second year in a row, the episode will be available on Xbox for a short period of time.

Starting tomorrow and lasting through Thursday, June 26, the episode will be available on Xbox and Xbox One, open to both HBO and non-HBO subscribers (and of course, the episode is available on HBO GO).

HBO says the seventh season premiere episode is also available on “multiple U.S. distributor online portals and Free on Demand platforms” during the sampling period.

An Inside Look at the Spredfast-Powered FIFA Social Hub

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 11.33.21 AMOf the numerous World Cub social hubs launched ahead of this year’s games, the official one hosted by FIFA – in partnership with Adidas – may be the most visually impressive.

FIFA Social Hub, powered by social TV company Spredfast, shows the top trending players and teams. Clicking into these player and team cards, users are shown Twitter stats such as mentions per hour, tweets per minute, and the player’s or team’s own social activity.

Fans can also see the social activity around the world displayed on an interactive map, and can post to Twitter or Facebook directly from the hub.

For more on the FIFA Social Hub, we spoke with Brian Foley, Senior Director of Global Sports at Spredfast. Read more

How Visiware is enabling World Cup social TV for Mexico and France

VISIWAREThe World Cup is making a social TV splash outside the US as well. Social TV company Visiware is powering second screen and social capabilities for the broadcasts of the games for Televisa in Mexico and L’Equipe in France. “Visiware’s Sync2TV will enable interactive engagement for all World Cup 2014 matches on iOS devices, Android devices, and on the web,” for those two networks a major US network. Here are the details. Read more

John Stamos Turns the Tables on Vine Star

StamosJohn Stamos was squeaky clean back in his “Full House” days, but earlier this week, he got a little risque with one of Vine’s most notorious pranksters.

Prolific Vine user Jerome Jarre, who is known for springing up on people armed with kisses, tried to surprise Stamos. But Stamos was ready.

The video, which has been taken down from Vine, featured Jarre sneaking up on Stamos to kiss kiss him on the cheek. Stamos must have known he was coming: he quickly turned around, laying a big wet kiss right on Jarre’s lips.

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It Took Just One Week for the World Cup to Break Facebook Engagement Records

FacebookTVIn the lead up to the World Cup, Facebook launched ‘Trending World Cup’ and ‘Facebook Ref’ to keep fans informed and engaged throughout the world’s most popular sports event. We’re just one week into the tournament, and even Facebook must be surprised by the results so far: Between June 12 and June 18 more people have talked about the World Cup on Facebook than the number of people who talked about this year’s Super BowlOscars and Sochi Games, combined

With three weeks left of games, the World Cup will surely set the bar (and an extremely high one at that) for event-based social engagement. Here’s how the first week of World Cup Facebook chatter stacks up to the aforementioned events:

  • World Cup Week 1 (June 12 – June 18): 141M people – 459M interactions (posts, comments and likes)
  • Super Bowl XVIII on Feb. 2:  50M people – 185M interactions (posts, comments and likes)
  • Sochi Games, Feb. 6-23:  45M people – 120M interactions (posts, comments and likes)
  • 86th Academy Awards on Mar. 2:  11.3M people – 25.4M interactions (posts, comments and likes)

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Samuel L. Jackson and Pornstache: A Look at the Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

5by_mobile_app_screenshot_304x200There is a lot of great video content on the web – the problem is finding the right thing to watch. 5by, the video discovery platform acquired by StumbleUpon in September 2013, solves that. 5by founder Greg Isenberg wanted to surface the best web videos based on a user’s moods and preferences to eliminate the guessing game associated with searching for videos.

In a LinkedIn Influencer post about Isenberg and the ‘Anatomy of a Million Dollar Idea,’ Isenberg tells writer J.T. O’Donnell: “I was trying to find an app that would serve me content based on my mood and preferences. Similar to music apps like Pandora or Spotify, I wanted to be able to sit on my iPad and have short videos queued up instead of having to watch TV or manually search for them on the web. When I realized no such app existed, I immediately got started on the project to create one.” Read more

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