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New TV Network ‘Pop’ to Launch Its Website on Tumblr

tv-guide-network-changes-name-to-popPop – a joint venture of CBS and Lionsgate that will take form as a new TV network launching in 2015 – will become the first TV network to build its primary web presence on Tumblr. The mission of Pop, formerly TV Guide Network – is to celebrate “the fun of being a fan.”

The Tumblr-hosted site launches on January 14, 2015 to coincide with the linear TV network launch. The network intends to include all the best aspects of Tumblr and its community (GIFs, memes, user-generated content), while also featuring the usual components of a network site (channel finder, schedule). Read more

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

Networks Opt Out of Obama’s Speech Because It’s #TGIT

obamatlakingWhile the official excuse is that the speech will be “overtly political” and that there are straight news outlets to broadcast President Obama’s immigration reform speech, we all know the real reason networks won’t be interrupting regular programming tonight.

Because you need to live-tweet “Grey’s Anatomy,” and it could theoretically cut into the Raiders – Kansas City kickoff at 8:25pm.

We should all be ashamed of ourselves. Univision will give the President ten-minutes because the Latin Grammy’s start at 7 p.m. Telemundo, CNN, and PBS will broadcast the speech in full. The hashtag, if you’re curious is #ImmigrationAction.  Or, #TGIT.

Dish Customers React to Potential CBS Blackout

cbs dishJust in time for Thursday Night Football, CBS’s contract with Dish is set to end this Thursday, and both parties are already warning viewers of a possible blackout. CBS has a website up to inform customers, have them petition via social media, and straight up change providers.

CBS does not play around, especially when the markets affected are big ones. From Variety:

The Dish-CBS standoff could black out the following stations — KCBS (L.A.), WCBS (New York), WBBM (Chicago), WBZ (Boston), KYW (Philadelphia), WCCO (Minneapolis), WFOR (Miami), WJZ (Baltimore), WWJ (Detroit), KCNC (Denver), KDKA (Pittsburg), KOVR (Sacramento), KPIX (San Francisco) and KTVT (Dallas) — along with several CW and independent channels. CW stations are WUPA (Atlanta), WKBD (Detroit), WPSG (Philadelphia), Pittsburgh (WPCW), KMAX (Sacramento), KBWC (San Francisco) and KSTW (Seattle); My Network TV stations are WSBK (Boston) and WBFS (Miami); and unaffiliated stations are KCAL (L.A.), WLNY (New York) and KTXA (Dallas).

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CBS Launches Digital News Network CBSN

CBSNAfter announcing a subscription based streaming service last month, CBS  launched an all-digital streaming news network Thursday. So now you can watch live, anchored news whenever you want, for free.

Here are the features of CBSN from the official statement:

  • Live, anchored coverage from 9:00 AM – midnight ET every weekday;
  • Simulcasts of CBS News special reports for breaking news;
  • Additional content from a range of CBS sources including CBS News, CBS affiliate stations, CNET, CBSSports.com, Entertainment Tonight and more. Read more

CBS Launches Subscription Streaming Service, ‘All Access’ Today

cbs all accessYesterday, pigs finally flew and HBO announced that it was going to offer a standalone streaming service in 2015. Today, CBS announced a similar service called All Access, available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in fourteen cities will have live access to their local CBS station. So you can stream the news and “The Good Wife” as they air.

It’s like Christmas in October.

Ok, well not for sports fans. You won’t be able to stream Thursday Night Football, or any NFL content for that matter. And though there are thousands of episodes available of vintage CBS — like “Twin Peaks,” and “Star Trek” — you can’t watch old seasons of “The Big Bang Theory,” which is OK because haven’t you seen them all already?

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Predicting Fall TV’s Hits and Misses With Social Data

viralheatlogoLet the fall TV games begin. As networks start premiering new fall television shows, figuring out which shows will be the new hits on air and social media isn’t an exact science. Yet.

Viralheat, a platform for monitoring social media behavior for brands, thinks they’ve cracked the code. For the upcoming season, they’ve tracked six network shows that have been heavily promoted on social media to see how they stack up; which will be “Must See TV” and which warrant a channel change. Below is their baseline research in an infographic. Throughout the season they plan to monitor how engagement with the shows evolves, and to answer the following questions, according to  Viralheat’s spokesperson Tim Cox:

  • Does it make sense to acquire fans and build a huge fan base, or to cultivate a large following organically?
  •  How does a network’s social media promotions correlate with fan acquisition and engagement?
  • Can predictive social analytics help entertainment brands identify early and often the likelihood of commercial success/failure and how to allocate marketing dollars for their movies, shows and actors?

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#ThursdayNightFootball Kicks Off On Twitter

thursday-night-footballCBS rang the NYSE opening bell this morning to celebrate it’s $300 million Thursday Night Football deal. Nevermind that #TNF kicked of last night on NBC.

Next week, CBS officially kicks off, going all out with a Jay-Z theme song, and opening narration by Don Cheadle.

On social media, CBS is already working on hyping and warning their viewers:

 

 

But some football fans with cable subscriptions in mind were already lamenting DirectTV’s negotiations with NBC that lasted until just before the game. Fans in Ohio, Florida, and 16 other states were using antennae and social media to commiserate.


Others were already worried that they wouldn’t be able to watch #TNF through CBS.com, which has no plan to stream games, unlike FOX, which will stream games and playoffs.

Halle Berry drives big social TV start for CBS’s ‘Extant’

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 11.38.21 PMCBS’s brand new drama, Extant recently premiered with positive social conversations surrounding. The drama features Halle Berry who plays ”an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life.” According to our partner, Canvs, Berry was the force behind a huge amount of the social TV conversation while Steve Spielberg one of the creators barely caused any emotional reactions. Here are the details. 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

Les Moonves on Imminent CBS News Digital Channel, Aereo

cbs-news-logoLes Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, appeared on Bloomberg TV yesterday and revealed plans to launch a 24-hour digital news channel.

“Look, we’re not in the cable space obviously,” said Moonves. “There are already too many players there for us to start a brand new cable network. So we thought with all the content going digital right now, wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel taking all the resources that CBS News has, and you were part of it in the not too distant past, all over the world. And there is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute news cast at 6:30 or “CBS This Morning.” So we can do that. We can go direct digital. So that’s in the early stages under the tutelage of David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, and it’s an exciting alternative to cable news.”

NBC and Fox are the chief rivals in the cable news space, while CBS has been conspicuously absent. But a digital-only channel could give cord-cutting political junkies a viable alternative. More, companies like Roku, Amazon (Fire TV), and Microsoft (Xbox) competing to acquire exclusive rights to content could jump at the opportunity to host a 24-hour CBS News channel. Read more

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