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Why Comcast’s Mobile Hotspot Plans Have Major TV Everywhere Implications

Comcast-LogoThe San Francisco Chronicle reports that Comcast plans to “turn thousands of wireless Internet routers in private homes in the Bay Area into publicly available Wi-Fi hotspots” and that, with 8 million hotspots in 19 U.S. cities available to customers and non-customers alike, the company may be angling to create a wireless phone network.

Mobile hotspots will also have major TV Everywhere implications. The theory is that even if consumers continue to cut cords and unsubscribe from cable packages – and recent Viacom and Adobe TV Everywhere studies show that this is far from the case – a Comcast-Time Warner deal would still give the cable and internet giant control over the bandwidth required to stream – whether through AirPlay or Google Chromecast, or through over-the-top devices like Amazon Fire TV and Roku. If consumers want to unsubscribe from expensive cable packages, so it goes, they cannot unsubscribe from a relationship with Comcast-Time Warner. Read more

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VH1 and Republic Records Team to Make a Band Famous

615x462We are more than halfway through a 24-hour livestream event in which VH1 and Republic Records are partnering to ‘Make a Band Famous.’ The livestream began last night at 8pm and will continue through tonight, when one band will emerge with a contract from Republic Records and a live showcase at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival. VH1 is a main backer of the Northside Festival, and Lost Remote writer Natan Edelsburg moderated a panel with Viacom executives earlier today at the Wythe Hotel on the topic of ‘Fueling Social Fandom.’

VH1 and Republic Records asked unsigned artists to submit a 15-second clip of an original song on Instagram using the hashtag #MABF, along with their name using hashtag #YourBandName. Entries were accepted through mid-May and available to see via MakeABandFamous.VH1.com and MABF.VH1.com.  Read more

Viacom Study: TV Everywhere Users Watch More TV Overall

viacom-logo1Viacom today released the results of ‘TV Here, There, (Not Quite) Everywhere,’ a study the company conducted to explore how consumers are using TV Everywhere apps and websites.

In the study, TV Everywhere users are defined as those watching full TV episodes on sites and apps by authenticating with their pay TV log-in information. Online surveys were conducted with more than 1,300 Viacom viewers ages 13-49 and more than 600 kids ages 2-12. Participants included both users of TV Everywhere and non-users.

The most important takeaway from the study is that TV Everywhere use actually results in increased TV viewing overall: 64% of those using TV Everywhere functionalities said that they watch more TV. As discussed at our TV Everywhere panel during December’s Lost Remote Show in L.A., networks and advertisers grasp that TV Everywhere apps and websites do not replace first-screen viewing, but rather supplement it. Read more

Exclusive: Behind MTV’s 2014 Movie Awards Partnership with Tumblr and Taco Bell

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When it came time to carry out the first iteration of a partnership with Tumblr to provide a custom advertising solution for Taco Bell during the 2014 Movie Awards, MTV thought outside the bun.

The Giffie Awards – in which MTV artists created real-time GIFs of events that transpired during the Movie Awards – were “presented by Taco Bell” and posted to MTV’s Tumblr throughout the evening. In addition to the Giffies, MTV gathered social influencers at Tumblr’s New York headquarters to produce additional content.

In just over two hours, MTV posted to its account a total of 87 times, and the results of the campaign, shared exclusively with Lost Remote, proved that it was a resounding success.

The posts generated over 250,000 notes, and reblogs constituted a high percentage of these notes. According to Tumblr, these numbers made the initiative one of the most engaging promoted campaigns in the social network’s history.

The big results come on the heels of a recent Pulsar study, which concluded that the conversation surrounding TV is larger and lasts longer on Tumblr versus Twitter. The study also suggested that on Tumblr, fans immerse themselves in their show’s universe, create their own narratives, and advocate for the show. Read more

MTV Releases Premiere of ‘Faking It’ Via the MTV App One Week Prior to Linear Debut

mtv-logoA host of Viacom properties – MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, and Logo – have recently had great success premiering new shows within its apps. MTV today announced that its newest scripted series, ‘Faking It,’ will be available exclusively via the MTV app on iOS and Android, and on Xbox Live (for those with Xbox 360s) for 48 hours. The new romantic comedy about two best friends who become popular only after being mistakenly outed as lesbians is set to premiere on April 22 at 10:30 P.M. EST.

In late 2013 we covered MTV’s in-app release of the documentary ‘Generation Cyro’ a week before the linear premiere. “We’ve been actively experimenting with introducing new shows on the app to help build awareness and buzz leading to the premiere on television,” Robyn DeMarco, Executive Vice President of Programming and Content Strategy for MTV, said at the time. “Our audiences are living on these devices and these platforms provide new opportunities to super serve exclusive content to our fans while simultaneously creating new ways to integrate our ad partners.”

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Comedy Central’s New ‘First Screen’ App

comedycentralnewlogo2010al3Comedy Central today released its new iPhone and iPad app, which includes full episodes from the most recent season of “South Park” and next-day availability of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ and ‘The Colbert Report.’ While many networks have focused resources on apps that offer a rich second screen experience, Comedy Central does not expect fans to use the app while concurrently watching its programming on TV.

“We did a lot of research with our audience and found what they want from Comedy Central is full episodes our shows and they want to be able to share their favorite moments of those shows with friends,” Steve Grimes, Senior Vice President, Multiplatform Programming & Strategy, Comedy Central, told Lost Remote.  ”That’s why the Comedy Central app is a first screen experience, not a companion to watching the network on TV.  In addition to almost 200 full episodes the Comedy Central app has an easy share functionality built in which allows fans to preview at all the sharable moments from each show and post them to social media or send them via e-mail or instant message. Every Comedy Central show has a vibrant social following and some of the best posts appear in the app alongside the episodes.”  Read more

Exclusive: Palladia to give SXSW 2014 attendee programming power for a day

unnamedNext week, the film, television, music, and tech industries will descend upon Austin for South by Southwest (SXSW). The festival has grown tremendously in the past five years, and many brands use the week to shine a spotlight on new projects.

VH1 will be heading down and will focus on marketing its hi-def music channel, Palladia. Whereas MTV and VH1 have strayed away from music programming, Palladia is dedicated to showcasing music from Viacom’s portfolio 24/7.

On March 12, the network will be taking over Cedar Door Grill in Austin for “Palladia’s EPIC. AWESOME. SHOWCASE.” More exciting, though, is that Palladia will be giving one fan at SXSW the opportunity to program Palladia for an entire day with whatever live music content they want to show. SXSW attendees simply have to tweet about their “epic” and “awesome” experience using hashtag #epicawesome and Palladia will be choosing the winner based on the most compelling tweets received.

As TV and music options proliferate, networks will have to continue to integrate fan feedback into their programming schedules in order to hold their attention. “Simply put, fans impacting and influencing the programming is in my opinion not just the future of social TV, but TV in general,” Tom Chirico, VP, Digital and Social Engagement, VH1 and Palladia, told Lost Remote. “Digital has created the expectation that we live in an on-demand content world and through activations like this we’re bringing that same spirit to linear as well.” Read more

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ to premiere a week early in Logo TV’s new app

unnamedLogo TV, the Viacom network focused on LGBT content, has today released its first app – available free in the iTunes store. The app will be video-centric, and will contain a library of LGBT-focused films, authenticated access to Logo TV programming, and second screen experiences that will synch with linear telecasts.

To help boost app download numbers and to build buzz for its most-watched show, Logo TV will be premiere the first episode of Season Six of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exclusively in the app on February 17, a week before the February 24 TV premiere.

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Study reveals new kind of TV viewer: the “power breaker”

560.ab.zeebox.092612The results of a recent study conducted by VivaKi’s The Pool –and unveiled during Advertising Week – truly demonstrate the need for advertisers to engage with TV audiences on both the first and second screens. The study, titled “Two Screen TV Lane,” included research with two advertisers, including Kraft, and other participants included Viacom, zeebox, Alternate Routes, comScore and Tobii Technology. The research itself included four components: focus groups, eye-tracking, attitudinal analysis, and behavioral analysis. Read more

How TV Land is using Content (Ctrl) technology for successful social TV results

When asked what my favorite second screen social TV app is, my consistent response has always been, “Gmail”. Commercials, pauses on the DVR and passive TV watching is often complemented by catching up on email. As the social web grows, so do the emails we receive from major social networks (new followers, favorites, likes, etc.). Email has never been as important as it is now to social TV and Viacom’s TV Land network is proving how important the relationship is between social and email with Content (Ctrl)‘s technology. We interviewed Karen Cummins, Vice President of Marketing for TV Land about the strategy. Read more

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