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HBO Classics Coming to Amazon Prime

AmazonHBO-Logo2Amazon is continuing its streaming-TV push, partnering with HBO on a multi-year deal to exclusively bring classic HBO shows to Amazon prime subscribers, the two companies announced today.

Starting May 21, “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Oz,” “Band of Brothers,” and “Deadwood” will become available on Amazon Prime instant video, at no additional cost to subscribers. Early seasons of current shows will also be available, including “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood.” Other hit shows, including “Girls,” “The Newsroom,” and “Veep” will become available in later years of the agreement.

These shows will still be available on HBO Go, but will be exclusive to Amazon, meaning Netflix and Apple TV users won’t be able to stream them on those platforms. The partnership marks the first time HBO has licensed its series to a web-only service.

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Is Tumblr Passing Twitter As the Hub for Social TV?

tumblr_logotype_white_blue_512Lost Remote has known for awhile how important TV has been to Tumblr. Now the platform (that was acquired by Yahoo! nearly a year ago), has released it’s first social-TV study in partnership with Pulsar, “a new breed of social intelligence platform that’s re-inventing social media monitoring (TRAC), customer service (FLOW) and enterprise collaboration (TEAM).” The study does a great deal to show how important Tumblr is in the social TV space and establishes the platform as the essential space for TV networks and advertisers.  Read more

‘Veep’ Renewed for Fourth Season; Show Prompts Fans to Call Fake Campaign Number

HBO’s hit political comedy “Veep,” which has a knack for weaving social media references about Twitter and Instagram into the show, announced that it’s been renewed for a fourth season today.

And what did fans get when calling the number written in that tweet? Well, in trademark Vice President Selina Meyer (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) fashion, “voters” received an unintended earful.

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HBO and BuzzFeed Team Up for ‘Awkward Family Viewing’

HBO Awkward MomentsIf your a millennial or younger person who’s ever experienced the awkwardness of watching risque premium TV with your parents, HBO and Buzzfeed have got the videos for you.

“Awkward family viewing,” a seven-video series being distributed this week on HBO and BuzzFeed’s custom YouTube and Twitter pages, depicts uncomfortable millennials watching HBO shows like “Girls,” “Game of Thrones,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “True Detective,” and “True Blood” with their out-of-touch parents.

“See hunny…you have the right to speak up, it’s your body,” a father tells his clearly uncomfortable daughter as she watches a sex scene from “Girls.

“You know, I never cheated on your mother,” a father tells his son while watching a scene from “True Detective.” The scene shows Woody Harrelson giving a gift to the woman he is cheating on his wife with. “Not that I never had opportunities.”

“Alright dad, please…” the uncomfortable son responds.

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HBO Makes First Episode of ‘Silicon Valley’ Available on YouTube

If you’re a regular Lost Remote reader, then you’ve likely seen the first episode of HBO’s new comedy series, ‘Silicon Valley,’ and liked it. If you haven’t, then HBO has made the first episode available free to stream on YouTube, which is just one example of the social and tech-centric tactics that the network has chosen to employ to market the Mike Judge-helmed comedy.

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Mass Relevance Platform makes it easier for networks to create social TV experiences

mass-relevance-logoAustin-based Mass Relevance has been the go-to company for networks seeking to create bespoke social TV experiences. HBO uses Mass Relevance technology on each of its shows’ homepages, and award shows like MTV’s VMAs and ABC’s CMAs rely on Mass Relevance to power its cross-platform social integrations.

Now, Mass Relevance Platform will allow marketers with little technical experience to quickly develop social programs while being powerful enough for developers to create custom solutions. Networks will no longer need to lean as heavily on the Mass Relevance team for support, and it will likely result in more social TV integrations that utilize Mass Relevance’s already popular technology. Read more

How Bill Maher Is Enlisting Social to Unseat an Incumbent Member of Congress

placeholder-episode-default-1024Television has been an integral part of the U.S. political process since September, 1960, when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon faced off in the first nationally televised presidential debate; social TV has become a major player since the 2008 presidential election.

Two weeks ago on HBO’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher announced a new initiative to shake up the relationship between social and politics. As we reported, Maher plans to flip a congressional district in the upcoming mid-term elections by periodically going to specific congressional districts, talking about that congressman, and seeing if “we can’t get some change effected in America.”

On the show, Maher solicited viewers to submit nominations via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using hashtag #flipadistrict. Bill will ultimately choose the district to pursue, but it will be based on viewer response.

The experiment caught our eye, and Lost Remote recently talked to “Real Time” EP Scott Carter about how the show conceived the idea, and how #flipadistrict will be incorporated into upcoming episodes. Read more

‘Girls’ star Evan Jonigkeit on ‘Winnebago Man’ and his use of social media

evanjThis past week’s episode of Girls (minor spoiler alert coming) shows  Zosia Mamet’s (Shoshana) real life boyfriend Evan Jonigkeit playing Parker, her latest fling on the hit HBO show. Jonigkeit a rising star, spoke with Lost Remote at the Girls premiere earlier this year. He spoke about his use of Twitter, his favorite YouTube video and more. Here are the details. Read more

On ‘Real Time,’ Bill Maher announces plans to #flipadistrict

real_time_with_bill_maher-show1_9307Friday night on HBO’s ‘Real Time’, Bill Maher pointed out that while Congress has a 13% approval rating, 90% of incumbents are re-elected each term.

On ‘Real Time,” Maher has consistently addressed the subjects of congressional inaction and ineptitude through his monologue, panel, and ‘New Rules’ segments. Perhaps Maher realized the limits of this format, so on Friday night Maher announced that he and his show would attempt to bring about true change in a more direct way:

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‘Game of Thrones’ The Exhibition returns giving fans an even bigger opportunity to immerse themselves in Westeros

image001Last year we covered the Game of Thrones Exhibition, an unprecedented opportunity for fans of the show to live the culture and even see Tumblr fan art. The Exhibition is returning with stops around the world and the U.S. including NYC and Austin during SXSW. Here are the details. Read more

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