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

CBS Debuts Late-Night Clips on Facebook Watch

CBS is bringing Stephen Colbert and James Corden to Facebook Watch.<p>Watch, Facebook's high-stakes bid to build a powerhouse video hub online, will …

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The first award show of 2018 did not disappoint. Hosted by Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers), the evening brought together the finest in television and …

Golden Globes

Amazon Plans Bid for Premier League Streaming Rights

Amazon.com Inc. plans to bid for the rights to stream Premier League matches in the upcoming auction in the U.K., according to a source familiar with …

Soccer

Social Media Predictions For 2018: Shopping, AI, And Maybe Even A Soul

Social media plays a bigger role in your life and your business than ever before. Here’s what you need to know heading into the new year, according to Hootsuite’s CEO.<p>For social networks, 2017 may well be remembered as the best of times . . . and the worst of times.<p>On the one hand, Facebook …

Conan O'Brien

3 streaming TV trends to watch in 2018

There’s no question: 2017 was the year of the cord-cutter.<p>The rise of online skinny bundles and the exodus of traditional pay TV customers mean 2018 …

Smart TV

WIll Facebook Watch Be Must-See TV In 2018?

By focusing on niche communities and revenue sharing, Facebook is looking more than ever like a YouTube competitor.<p>It was heralded as a “big attack on TV” that “could chip away at broadcasters’ revenue” when Facebook announced its plan to launch a TV-centric platform called Watch last summer. …

LaVar Ball

NBC News got 4 million subscribers in 5 months to its Snapchat show

CNN made waves when it said last month it would throw in the towel on its Snapchat show after just four months. But rival NBC News says it’s …

Advertising Industry

6 Digital Stats of the Week That Grabbed Our Attention

Along with the holiday season’s cookies and gifts, the past week has also been packed with digital marketing stats.<p>Here are six data-based stories …

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Facebook, not Twitter, will live stream this year’s Golden Globes’ red carpet pre-show

Facebook has scored the exclusive rights to live stream this year’s Golden Globes’ red carpet pre-show – a deal that last year went to Twitter. On Tuesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and dick clark productions announced the two-hour event would be exclusively available on the …

Awards

CNN kills its made-for-Snapchat daily show

Four months after it launched <i>The Update</i> on Snapchat, CNN is canceling the daily news show. According to the <i>Wall Street Journal's</i> sources, CNN realized "there wasn't a clear enough path to make money" with the show. That's not the most surprising revelation - no one really knows if Snapchat shows …

Snapchat

Apple poaches three more Amazon Studios executives for its original content efforts

As it continues to ramp up its original content efforts, Apple has reportedly snagged three more Amazon Studios executives. Today’s news comes following other high-profile hirings, as well as news of Apple ordering a series from one of the minds behind Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica…<p><i>Variety</i> …

Amazon Studios

Ever 24/7 Global Social News Network – TicToc by Bloomberg

To support TicToc by Bloomberg, Bloomberg is building a dedicated team comprised of editors, producers, social media analysts, product developers, …

Amazon Prime Video Has Record Breaking First Week on Apple TV

Less than a month after being released to the public, it’s been revealed that Amazon’s highly anticipated Prime Video app for Apple TV enjoyed a …

Disney’s Fox acquisition means the end of Hulu as we know it

It’s not going away — but it will look very different.<p>Hulu used to answer to three different bosses — Disney, Fox and Comcast — each owning an equal stake in the streaming service. Now it will have one boss: Disney.<p>The entertainment giant has agreed to buy most of 21st Century Fox for about $60 …

Apple TV App Lands In The UK, Germany And France

The Apple TV app was previously only available in the US and a couple of other countries and now Apple has started to roll out the app to more …

Facebook will livestream 47 college basketball games as its live sports efforts grow

Facebook is streaming live college basketball games this season as it tries to impress users with high-end video in its new Watch tab.<p>The games …

How Apple Should Fix Apple TV

This all seems so obvious, and yet…Let me preface this by saying that I like the Apple TV. It’s a solid device. And actually, it’s annoying to be in …

Smart TV

Facebook signs Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray for an original video series

In its latest effort towards creating popular video, Facebook has signed the Murray brothers — Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray — for an original …

Steven Soderbergh's New App Will Change How You Watch TV

Plotting director Steven Soderbergh's latest project—an interactive smartphone app called Mosaic—required covering most of the walls in a Chelsea …

TV

PeopleTV Will Kick Off Twitter Livestreaming Pact With People Now Nov. 20

Time Inc.’s PeopleTV announced that it will begin livestreaming programming on Twitter Nov. 20.<p>The ad-supported over-the-top network’s pact with the …

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YouTube TV is rolling out on Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, and more

The video giant’s pay TV effort is expanding<p>Over the last five years, major cable and satellite television providers in the US have lost millions of subscribers, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Network television has also seen its ratings slide — even for tentpole products like NFL …

Televisions

Snapchat's first sponsored World Lens lets Stranger Things fans enter the 'Upside Down'

Netflix is the first advertiser to use Snapchat’s 3D World Lenses format, allowing Stranger Things fans to step into an ‘upside down’ version of …

Netflix

YouTube is taking on TV on its home turf, and it’s starting to win

YouTube viewing on actual TV sets is up 70 percent in the last year.<p>YouTube has been trying to position itself as a TV competitor for years. Now it can say it is making real headway: The video service says viewers are watching 100 million hours of its clips a day on actual television sets.<p>And it …

Televisions

YouTube TV Worked Live Footage Into Its Ads in World Series

YouTube used game one of the World Series on Tuesday night to promote its fledgling live pay-TV service with an elaborate ad incorporating live …

MLB Network Is Pumping Up Its #WeKnowPostseason Social Campaign With Archived Footage

MLB Network is running its #WeKnowPostseason social media campaign for the third consecutive year to promote the Major League Baseball playoffs, but …

Nielsen Offers Broad Insight Into Netflix Ratings

New syndicated service claims to enable content providers to see how many people watched their shows—and their rivals’ shows—on Netflix; Netflix says data is ‘not accurate’<p>By<p>Alexandra Bruell<p>Alexandra Bruell<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@alexbruell<p>alexandra.bruell@wsj.com<p>Content owners are about …

Televisions

Snapchat and NBCUniversal Are Creating a Digital Content Studio for Scripted Shows

Snapchat is delving deeper into the world of original programming, thanks to new partnerships with NBCUniversal and the Duplass Brothers.<p>With a …

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Hulu picks up four new esports series

Hulu has picked up four new series that are centered around e-sports, according to Variety.<p>The network-backed streaming service, which has been coming in hot lately with an Emmy-winning original drama and a push toward more back-log seasons of popular series, purchased the rights to about 15 total …

eSports