Social TV Digest

By Matt Ramella | Covering the ever-changing intersection of television + digital + social media. Matt Ramella's Social TV Digest is a curated mix of the latest news and trends affecting the video landscape. Follow @SocialTVdigest on Twitter

All the key news on Apple’s upcoming streaming TV platform

All the key news on Apple’s upcoming streaming TV platform<p>Arriving sometime in 2019<p>Contributors:<p>Image credit: Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> All the key news on Apple’s upcoming streaming TV platform<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Last year, reports broke …

Smart TV

TV Time debuts an analytics platform for the streaming era

TV Time, the consumer app that helps bingers keep track of where they are with favorite shows and socialize with fellow viewers, is today expanding its business with the launch of an analytics platform called TVLytics. The new service will allow creators and distributors to tap into real-time data …

Smart TV

Twitter elevates executives in restructuring aimed at more engaging content

Twitter named executives to new posts amid a restructuring aimed at driving better user engagement as it also combats ever-pervasive spam on the social media network.<p>TJ Adeshola will lead Twitter's U.S. sports partnerships, and Nick Sallon will lead the network's U.S. news partnerships, the company …

Social Media

NFL Renews Snapchat Deal for Two Years, Will Flood the Zone for Sunday Games (EXCLUSIVE)

The National Football League has snapped the ball again to Snapchat, extending its content partnership with Snap for the 2018 and 2019 seasons — with …

High School Football

Snapchat Sets New Partnerships With NFL And NBC For Premier League

Snapchat is ready for some football, whether round or oblong, setting new partnership deals with the NFL and NBC Sports Group for the Premiere League.<p>…

Chamber of Commerce

Facebook Execs Defend Fox News on Watch Platform in Combative First TCA Outing

Ricky Van Veen, head of global creative strategy, and Fidji Simo, vp video, took their first turn in the hot seat at TCA to explain their vision for …

Social Media

Facebook’s ‘Watch Party’ rolls out to all, letting Groups watch videos together

For the past few months, Facebook has been testing something it calls “Watch Party”. It’s a feature that would let Facebook Groups host shared video streaming sessions, with everyone in the group being able to see/comment on the same videos at the same time. Take the Facebook Live concept and swap …

Social Media

Facebook will launch news video initiative next week

Facebook will launch a slate of video shows on its video platform, Watch, on July 16.<p><b>Why it matters:</b> The tech giant has been under immense pressure …

Social Media

Oculus TV arrives today with a promising, though questionable, start

Over a month ago at F8, Facebook announced Oculus TV, a new way to watch TV on a VR headset. Today, it's finally live, and there are plenty of entertainment partners on board already. You can use it to access existing video VR apps like Netflix, Hulu and Showtime, but the unique selling point of …

Facebook Patent Imagines Triggering Your Phone’s Mic When a Hidden Signal Plays on TV

You may have seen the ads that Facebook has been running on TV in a full-court press to apologize for abusing users privacy. They’re embarrassing. …

‘Never had a chance’: Inside Verizon’s $1 billion bad bet on Go90

As far as launch parties go, Verizon’s September 2015 event for Go90 had it all: a Kanye West concert, a live performance of Funny or Die’s “Between …

Elisabeth Murdoch’s Vertical Networks shoots for TV, books

Elisabeth Murdoch’s digital media company Vertical Networks is best known for producing video shows for Snapchat and Facebook. However, the plan was …

“SKAM,” the Radical Teen Drama That Unfolds One Post at a Time

Is a narrative built from Facebook comments, texts, and Instagram Stories the future of TV?<p>The first installment of the teen drama “<i>SKAM</i> Austin” popped up on Facebook almost without warning, on April 24th, at 3:40 <i>P.M.</i> Central Standard Time. No advertising preceded it. No interviews with the actors …

HBO debuts Westworld Alexa gaming voice skill for fans of the show

HBO is debuting its first full-scale voice skill with 'Westworld: The Maze,' an immersive gaming skill for fans of the show, leading up to the season …

Plex offers grid view for live TV on the web; coming to Apple TV, Mac, iOS later

While the team behind the popular media player Plex believes that its Discover view plus search are the best ways to see what’s on TV, the company says that many users have been asking for a traditional grid view – and it is now offering this …<p>When we set out to build the best DVR and Live TV …

Amazon breaks Premier League hold of Sky and BT with Prime streaming deal

Amazon has broken Sky and BT’s stranglehold on Premier League football by striking a groundbreaking deal to livestream exclusive coverage of 20 matches a season online.<p>The US company will exclusively show all 10 matches over one bank holiday and another 10 during one midweek fixture programme, for …

Anderson Cooper, Shepard Smith, Jorge Ramos Among Hosts for New Facebook Watch Shows

Facebook Watch, the social media site’s year-old video platform, has signed on several TV networks and high-profile talent to host new shows.<p>CNN will …

Oculus Venues App Brings Social Co-Viewing of MLB Games, Live Concerts to Oculus Go, Gear VR Headsets

Looking to make virtual reality (VR) more social, Facebook launched a new app called Oculus Venues Wednesday that allows headset users to watch …

Everything you need to stream TV

Everything is streaming nowadays. The Oscars. The Super Bowl. Your favorite TV show. The latest <i>Star Wars.</i> (Well, eventually.)<p>People are increasingly giving up on cable TV. By the end of last year, an estimated 22.2 million people had canceled cable or some other traditional TV service. And the …

Facebook’s proposed budgets for Watch news shows range from $1 million to $10 million

As Facebook looks to recruit news publishers for daily and weekly shows for Facebook Watch, the company is proposing a wide range of budgets …

New Oculus Venues app organizes live VR events under one roof

Oculus made good on a lot of their promises from last year at today’s F8 keynote. One of the big ones that we heard a lot more about was Oculus Venues, an app the company has developed to house live sporting events, comedy shows and concerts shot in VR.<p>The unified app will feature content from a …

Oculus TV launches this month with a ton of streaming partners

Given that the main function of an Oculus headset is to let you escape reality for a while, using one to watch TV seems almost pedestrian. Yet it's a feature that's often overlooked, until now. Oculus TV is launching later this month and it's got a raft of entertainment partners on board, including …

Twitter Boasts 30 New or Renewed Video Pacts, Details ESPN, NBCUniversal Live Programming

Twitter is ready to pump even more premium video into your tweet-stream from a range of new and existing partners — with an emphasis on live-streamed …

Call of Duty (Video Game)

The NFL is streaming Thursday night games on Amazon again (which means they won’t be on YouTube)

The games will be bundled in Amazon’s Prime subscription service - but free on Amazon’s Twitch<p>The NFL and Amazon have renewed a deal that lets Amazon stream “Thursday Night Football” games to its Prime subscribers while Fox shows the game to broadcast TV viewers. If you were following me on Twitter …

NFL

Twitter Renews MLB Deal to Live-Stream Free Weekly Games for 2018 Season

Twitter is back for more peanuts and Cracker Jack: The social service renewed its deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream one day game per …

How ‘Atlanta’ tapped into social media to create an all-encompassing viewer experience

By Julian Kimble<p>“Atlanta,” FX’s occasionally surreal examination of human behavior, is acutely aware of the Internet. It’s fitting for a show whose creator, executive producer and star — the multitalented Donald Glover — released an album titled “Because the Internet” back in 2013, complete with a …

“Silicon Valley” Is Drone-Dropping You Free Pizza Just For Tweeting

<b>What:</b> A promotional stunt for<i>Silicon Valley</i>, involving free sky-pizza.<p><b>Who:</b> HBO and emoji-based food delivery system Gofooji.<p><b>Why we care:</b> Years ago, Old Spice took Twitter interactivity to dizzying new heights by tweeting 180 separate customized commercials at users who’d mentioned the brand on the …

'Westworld' unveils new poster, teaser a month before season 2

In a virtual treasure hunt across the web, HBO is continuing to tease the second season of "Westworld."<p>At 10 a.m. PT this morning, the official Westworld Twitter account began releasing cryptic messages from nearly every cast member. Once fans "decrypted" the tweets, they were treated to a first …

Amazon, Facebook Poised To Acquire More Streaming Sports Rights

Amazon and Facebook are likely to ramp up their bidding over the next 12 to 18 months for the rights to stream live sporting events, according to a …