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Fusion’s Mobile-Responsive Micro-Site Covering World Cup From All Angles

Fusion BrazilIn just over two weeks, the World Cup begins in Brazil, and cable news network Fusion has built a second-screen platform to cover everything happening on and off the field.

Soccer.Fusion.Net is Fusion’s micro-site that “creates and curates a tapestry of content from the social web that includes reactions from fans and key influencers watching from inside the stadiums, parties in Brazil and beyond,” the network says. Digital and mobile users will be able to view live match blogs, real-time standings and stats, and watch videos and features from both “unusual celebrities” and soccer writers. Fans can also download custom team wallpapers of their favorite countries squad.

“The World Cup will be the ultimate multiplatform event so for 30 days the World Cup party will be non-stop on Fusion — on television, on mobile, on social,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said.

Chief Digital Officer Daniel Eilemberg tells Lost Remote: “We know that there will be thousands of smartphones capturing the action inside the stadiums and at the parties in Brazil and beyond — we want to harness the power of that content and deliver it to our audience in a compelling, accessible way.”

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CBS’ Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Extant’ Premiering on Amazon Prime in the UK

BerryIt will be a tale of two different premieres for CBS’ upcoming sci-fi thriller “Extant” this summer.

The show, starring Halle Berry as an astronaut, and produced by Steven Spielberg‘s production company, will premiere on CBS in America on July 9. A day later, it will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK. New episodes will then be available in the UK throughout the season on Amazon Prime, one day after they air in the U.S.

“We’re excited to see the first window of EXTANT stream on Amazon in the UK,” said Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group.

“Having such a highly anticipated and star-studded show premiere exclusively on Prime Instant Video is a perfect example of our ongoing commitment to bringing the very best in movie and TV entertainment to our customers in the UK,” said Chris Bird, Amazon Instant Video Film & TV Strategy Director.

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Social TV Analytics Company Seevibes Announces $1 Million Seed Round

Screenshot_5_28_14__11_08_AMContinuing a trend of acquisitions, mergers, and funding rounds for social TV analytics companies, Seevibes has announced a $1 million seed round led by Polytech Ventures

The Montreal-based Seevibes gives networks and advertisers insights to better manage social media campaigns along with corresponding TV initiatives. The company provides a Seevibes Score comprised of six distinct social media metrics to help customers make better optimizations. Read more

A recap of the 2014 upfronts from Stuart Elliott and Simon Applebaum

imagesTelevision’s most wonderful time of the year has just come to an end. The TV and digital upfronts concluded this month with some exciting new announcements on both the linear and digital fronts. Lost Remote attended many of them. If you’re not sure what news came from the parties and presentations here’s one of the best recaps out there from television expert and host Simon Applebaum and The New York Times writer Stuart Elliott. Applebaum’s show Tomorrow Will Be Televised, “is a weekly program covering the television scene,” often hitting upon important social TV themes and topics. We asked him what social TV news came out of the upfronts. Here’s what he had to say and the recap. Read more

Where will the newly engaged couple on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ live? Social TV fans predict (spoiler alert)

bbtCBS’s wildly popular “The Big Bang Theory” just had a pivotal moment in the show’s history. Leonard and Penny got engaged and fans are now wondering how it will change the dynamic of the show and more importantly where will they live? Lost Remote partner Insticator (a social TV predictions platform), provided us with some analysis on what fans are predicting for the future of the popular sitcom. Read more

New York Times: Comcast, Time Warner Cable Merger Could Make Netflix Pay More

ComcastTWCThe New York Times editorial board came out with an op-ed yesterday urging the FCC and U.S. Justice Department to block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In it, the Times cautions against the ill effects a merger could have on Netflix.

By buying Time Warner Cable, Comcast would become a gatekeeper over what consumers watch, read and listen to. The company would have more power to compel Internet content companies like Netflix and Google, which owns YouTube, to pay Comcast for better access to its broadband network. Netflix, a dominant player in video streaming, has already signed such an agreement with the company. This could put start-ups and smaller companies without deep pockets at a competitive disadvantage.

In April, Netflix came out against the Comcast/TWC merger, arguing that it would give the company unprecedented power over high-speed Internet access, with that power creating “anti-competitive leverage.”

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MobiTV Study: Sports Accounts for 37% of All TV Everywhere Viewing (Infographic)

unnamedLast week, MobiTV – one of the leading TV Everywhere companies – released a new infographic study highlighting the streaming habits of sports fans.

With the NBA in the midst of its conference finals, California Chrome chasing a triple crown, and the Indianapolis 500 and FIFA World Cup just around the corner, sports streaming is currently at an all-time high.

MobiTV’s consumer survey reveals some interesting streaming habits of today’s sports fan:

- Online sports streaming was up 640% in 2013 compared to 2012.

- 46% of consumers stream sports at home.

- Sports accounts for 37% of all TV Everywhere viewing.

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NBC finishes strong with The #VoiceFinale

Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 9.07.18 PMNBC’s The Voice finale last week ended an extremely social TV season. Since 2011  we’ve been covering the impact this show has had on the social TV world. Last season we saw #VoiceSave take off and most recently we wrote about how Telescope has powered both #VoiceSave and #VoiceTailgate. For the finale, Lost Remote partner Canvs (Mashwork’s new social TV analytics platform) took a deep look at the highlights from the show and how #VoiceFinale ended up becoming the most used hashtag throughout the broadcast. Here are the details. Read more

How The History Channel Will Use Peel’s New Advertising Technology

peel1Beginning today, The History Channel will become the first network to use a new advertising technology from Peel – the smart remote app company – that will enable users of Peel’s app to change the channel to a promoted show, DVR the show, or set up a calendar reminder by clicking on an in-app banner.

The potential of this advertising solution is tremendous; networks spend months to promote a new show through traditional and social advertising, but they have never had influence on the viewer as the viewer is deciding on what channel to turn to remote in-hand.

The History Channel will use the solution to promote ‘The World Wars,’ a three-night series about the three decades of fighting that spanned across Europe, Africa, China and the Pacific precipitated by World War I.

“The History Channel is taking advantage of a truly disruptive technology,” said Thiru Arunachalam, Peel CEO. “We’re giving programming producers exactly what they need – a call to action that tunes viewers in directly to the program.” Read more

It’s not TV, it’s Facebook TV

FacebookTV(This is a guest post written by Jesse Redniss the Chief Strategy Officer at Spredfast. Redniss is a social TV and second screen expert who was a 9-year TV network executive.)

The past few weeks have seen a piranha like feeding frenzy of TV focused announcements by the major social platforms. With new insights about TV fan engagement on Tumblr, YouTube buying Twitch, a Pinterest fueled reality show on FYI Network, demographic metrics included in the Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings, and 4 new APIs from Facebook focused on identifying and visualizing engagement around television shows, it’s clear to see that the love affair with Social TV is alive and well. But, Facebook’s ACR based app update announcement on Wednesday may be one of the biggest things to happen to the space since the pound sign morphed to the hashtag and became the cool kid in the stream.  Read more

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