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Social TV consolidation continues: GetGlue rebrands as tvtag, Yahoo! shuts down IntoNow, Viggle buys Dijit Media

downloadThe past week has seen a tremendous amount of consolidation from some of the major platforms that have defined a now tiny world of “companion apps” to the TV viewing experience. Here are the details about GetGlue pivoting to tvtag, Yahoo! shutting down IntoNow and Viggle acquiring Dijit Media. Read more

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ESPN’s dedication to TV anywhere and the second screen continues to pay dividends

ESPN_Logo_CLR_PosWhen we reported on ESPN’s multi-platform growth in September, the company had just seen its largest monthly unique reach ever: 72.7 million unique visitors across desktop, mobile and tablets, according to comScore Multi-Platform data. While the number dropped in November, ESPN had a 35% share of the sports category, a 20% lift compared to September. Read more

An inside look at ESPN’s growth across multiple platforms

ESPN_Logo_CLR_PosDespite increased TV competition, ESPN continues to show massive growth across multiple platforms. In September it saw its largest monthly unique reach ever: 72.7 million unique visitors across desktop, mobile and tablets, according to comScore Multi-Platform data. Read more

Local TV facing increasing competition in weather and traffic

The most popular mapping and navigational tool on the planet, Google Maps, is expanding its traffic coverage. This week the app added traffic accidents and other incidents courtesy of Waze, the mobile startup Google acquired for $1 billion earlier this summer. This is just one more sign that two of local TV’s biggest drivers — weather and traffic — are under increasing pressure from non-traditional competitors on the platform that increasingly matters the most: mobile.

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What the Yahoo! acquisition of Tumblr means for TV

Updated. In one of the first ever animated GIF acquisition announcements, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer confirmed that the internet giant is acquiring Tumblr. We’ve described how important Tumblr is to TV and watched fan communities thrive and take ownership over their favorite TV shows, through artwork, GIFs, memes and more. What will the future hold for TV on Tumblr? What could TV networks expect from this major announcement in the social media world? Read more

An interview with Shazam’s new CEO Rich Riley

There are over quarter billion people who have Shazam installed on their mobile device. This astounding number instantly makes Shazam a big player in the second screen market. When Shazam enabled TV recognition in September they made a big splash and instantly interested advertisers in seeing what they can do. Now, the mobile-first company has just announced a new CEO, Rich Riley to help take them into the now more mature mobile-first environment. We interviewed Riley, the former EVP of the Americas for Yahoo! about the importance of TV and what to look out for in the future as Shazam grows.  Read more

What happens when KFC brings tailgating indoors via TV? couchgating

“Friends plus football plus KFC equals couchgating. What’s the square root of that? Original Recipe Bites.” So says one of the “couchgaters” in KFC’s new ad campaign launched with the help of Draftfcb Chicago. With the 2013 NFL Playoffs underway and the majority of Americans watching football from their couches, KFC has introduced the concept of couchgating – the act of tailgating from your couch, with KFC food an integral part of the equation. Here’s how TV is playing a role. Read more

An inside look at how IntoNow’s ‘CapIt’ is making photos of TV social

This past year, was the year of the image maturing on the social web. From Pinterest to Instagram, to animated GIFs on Tumblr, it’s never been more fun and social to customize and mold photos about your favorite TV shows. Here’s how Yahoo’s IntoNow users are using their “CapIt” feature to turn photos about TV into mini, customized memes. Read more

Yahoo!’s IntoNow partners with Nat Geo for ‘Doomsday Preppers’ and ‘Rocket City Rednecks’

As the second space heats up it’s continuously harder for a TV network to find the right platform to build a unique partnership with. This month National Geographic Channel’s popular reality TV shows Doomsday Preppers (about the lives of ordinary Americans preparing for the end of the world) and Rocket City Rednecks (about a genius hillbilly family from Alabama) are partnering across Yahoo!’s IntoNow to deliver a unique second screen experience. We spoke with Yahoo!’s Director of Business Development and Strategy, Sima Sistani and National Geographic Channel‘s Director of Digital Marketing Katy Anadale about the partnership. Read more

IntoNow founder (and former TV guy) now running Yahoo’s highest priority business: mobile

CEO Marissa Mayer noted in her last investor call that “Yahoo will have to be a predominantly mobile company,” and now AllThingsD reports that she’s assigned IntoNow founder Adam Cahan to lead the company’s new aggressive mobile efforts. Cahan sold IntoNow — the social TV app — to Yahoo in April of last year, and he’s now tasked with overseeing “mobile efforts, enabled screens (CTV+IntoNow) and Flickr,” according to an internal Yahoo memo. Read more

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