In August we wrote about BuzzFeed accelerating the success of Netflix original Orange is the New Black. Now the news and content platform is making an official and big leap into social TV with a new “Social Tune In Program” that “will create a full-circle TV, social and digital program for advertisers while leveraging BuzzFeed’s brand and unique voice on air. Bravo and IFC are the launch partners. Here are the details. Read more
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Last week at the inaugural Buzzfeed Brews event in New York, BuzzFeed Business Editor Peter Lauria interviewed HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler about “about the future of the industry, changes at Time Warner, and digital and streaming video’s encroachment on cable TV.”
At the event, Plepler also announced that HBO and PlayStation have partnered to offer HBO GO on PlayStation 3, with PlayStation 4 soon to follow. This is a big addition to PlayStation’s app offerings, and it will certainly help bolster HBO GO’s growing streaming numbers.
Netflix’s successful foray into traditional TV has caused the industry to question what a “success” really means in an environment where Nielsen ratings don’t matter and views aren’t released publicly. An extremely important and interesting piece of the show’s rise in popularity and buzz has to do with the uber-shareable news, meme and entertainment site BuzzFeed. If you’re a fan of Orange Is the New Black (Netflix’s summer hit) and happen to read content on the internet, there’s a good chance you read one of BuzzFeed‘s 25 posts on Jenji Kohan (creator of Weeds) dramedy based on @Piper‘s real life experiences. Read more
After perhaps only the Super Bowl, nothing drives more social conversation than inclement weather. The Weather Channel has been at the forefront of weather coverage for 30 years, and weather.com has been a digital powerhouse since its inception. In May, I interviewed Mike Finnerty, vice president of weather.com and web products for The Weather Channel Companies and he shared the company’s staggering numbers: 60 million unique monthly visitors, the #2 all-time downloaded iPad app, the #5 all-time downloaded iPhone app and a massive social reach that includes a unique partnership with Twitter to curate real-time conversations around the weather. Read more