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Watchup Scores $2.75M from Tribune Media and McClatchy

watchupWatchup, the video news aggregator, announced that it has received additional funding today. $2.75 million to be exact, from Tribune Media and McClatchy.

Founder Adriano Faranno said in a statement that:

We are so excited about this round because we have brought together a select group of media innovators who are willing to contribute their industry knowledge and their content to help us reinvent the video news experience.

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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.

Reuters Launching Digital TV Service

reuters-logoIt’s one thing to binge watch a series. But it’s still hard to get into news on a second screen. That could be changing soon, as Ad Age reported this weekend that Reuters will launch a digital tv service, joining CNNgo and other news orgs trying to get a foothold in the market.

One main feature is personalization, which means that the feed of videos will be tailored based on your location. A viewer in New York won’t see the same packages as a viewer in Los Angeles, at least not at the same time.

While trying to attract younger viewers, that might not be the best thing. Watching a personalized news stream based on location and clicking preferences can be an isolating experience. Especially if half of your Twitter feed isn’t watching the same thing. Where’s the fun in that?


WatchUp Adds New Channels, Features to App

Watchup, a personalized video platform specifically for news broadcasts, announced the launch of their new app designed specifically for iOS 8. They’ve partnered with some big names — in both news and video — like PBS, Univision, and The Washington Post. You start the app, choose your preferences, and let the app aggregate your nightly newscast.

For the new app, they’ve added some features like being able to scroll to delete a video from the newscast, preview the program in notifications, and they’ve added Arirang TV and The Young Turks to their channel lineup. You can download the app as soon as you update your operating system (like, now.)

ABC News: Viewers Are Watching 50% More Live Video on Apple TV App

abc_news_default_2000x2000_update_16x9t_384Lost Remote was on hand in June when ABC News unveiled its dedicated Apple TV app. As we wrote at the time:

A signature aspect of that live content is a 24/7 livestream—which begins as an originally produced, eight-hour mix of live and on-demand clips and constantly updates as news happens—will offer a mixture of content.  Users will see anchored and unanchored live events coming everywhere inside the White House briefing room to live breaking news updates exclusive for digital. At launch, the anchored portions of the livestream will come from ABC News digital anchors like Dan Kloeffler, and will include contributing reports coming from ABC News correspondents like Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl.  Correspondents like these will also create original reports for Apple TV not seen on ABC News broadcast.

So far, local content is one of the most popular features on ABC News on Apple TV. Last month, ABC News on Apple TV launched with nine major market stations and last week announced the addition of three more stations: KOAT in Albuquerque, WCVB in Boston, and KITV in Honolulu.

After its first month live, ABC News has shared data about viewing habits of its Apple TV app users. Some standout numbers:

- Users watch 50% more ABC News live video on Apple TV than on mobile and desktop combined.

- Viewers spend 65% more time per visit on Apple TV than on desktop.

- The most popular “video” is the 24/7 live stream.

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Meet Watchup, the Netflix for news

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 1.43.57 AMWe recently wrote about Turner’s 2014 Media Camp, an incubator for social TV and media innovation. One of the selected startups was Watchup, which aims to “reinvent news watching for the mobile video age.”  The app, which bills itself as the “fastest way to watch the news” is already making a splash with a recent launch. The app recently debuted on iPhone after already having an iPad app. “With a single account, both iOS and Android users can now enjoy over 200 international and US channels in one personalized newscast,” said Watchup CEO Adriano Farano, a former journalism fellow at Stanford in their release. “Multiple reports allude to a much bigger iPhone 6. If they are true we believe this will improve the mobile video watching experience; news videos are no exception.” The company is already planning for a social TV and video environment for the future and are ready to curate news video like never before. 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

How CNN Journalists Are Leveraging Newstron for High-Level Reporting

cnn-logo_304x200While many networks are focused on developing client-facing social apps, CNN has created Newstron, an internal platform designed to harness the power of news traveling through digital and social for the benefit of its journalists. The platform is wholly designed and developed by Turner, and has been available to CNN’s editorial staff for over a year.

One of the newest tools introduced within Newstron is StoryTracker, which presents content (from both CNN and outside sources) to editorial users in an easy-to-consume way. According to Michael Koetter, SVP of Media Technology and Development at Turner, the tool drags in video, Instagram posts, text, tweets, URLs, and 10 to 13 different supported objects.The end goal of the platform is to make it easier for CNN journalists to do the initial legwork on a story so that they can direct more of their energy towards high-level reporting.

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Redesigned ABC News App for iPhone and Android offers personalized experience

SHOWSHEET_ABC-News-Digital-logoLast week, ABC News Digital released a redesigned app for iPhone and Android that seeks to strike the balance between being timely and informative while not being too pushy. Read more

Al Jazeera America and its flagship program to host Google+ Hangout today prior to launch

To generate buzz around the launch of its new American news network, Al Jazeera America – set to launch on August 20 - will host a Google+ Hangout with correspondents from America Tonight, its flagship program. Azmat Khan, the program’s producer, will host the Hangout today at 5pm and will be joined by America Tonight host Joie Chen and Special Correspondent Soledad O’Brien. Read more

Time Warner Cable launches TWC Central as a social, news, and streaming TV hub for customers

In an effort to further meld social, tv, and broadband, Time Warner recently launched TWC Central – an online hub designed to connect customers to news, entertainment, social networking, and Time Warner’s web products.  TWC Central will replace the Road Runner website, which boasted more than 5.7 million visitors per month. Read more