In 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
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
The 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
‘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 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.
TVSpy 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.
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In 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