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

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 …

Smart 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 …

Livestreaming

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 …

Media Industry

Oculus Venues App Brings Social Co-Viewing to Oculus Go, Gear VR – Variety

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

Virtual Reality

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 …

Televisions

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, Renewed Video Pacts at 2018 NewFronts – Variety

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

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 …

Twitter Live-Streaming MLB Free Baseball Games in U.S. for 2018 Season – Variety

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 …

Baseball

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

“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 GIF on its …

“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 …

TV Series

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 …

Publishers Eye Facebook’s Push for News Videos With Caution

Facebook is exploring paying publishers for news videos on its Watch platform, but news organizations question the company’s commitment<p>By<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>Benjamin Mullin<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@benmullin<p>benjamin.mullin@wsj.com<p>As Facebook FB 2.28% courts publishers to create news content for …

Social Media

How BBC News has grown its Instagram following by posting less video

Since last summer, BBC News has honed its Instagram content, posting less frequently, but more relevant video, and it’s paying off. According to the …

Social Media

NBC's social media 'war room': a new weapon in Games coverage | Reuters

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Staffed by millennials and crammed with computer screens, the social media “war room” of U.S. Olympics broadcaster NBC is starting to call more of the shots in the company’s mission to generate a healthy return from Olympic sports.<p>Employees work on their …

Social Media

Streaming TV hijacked my brain — and almost derailed my life

The summer that my streaming TV habit became a problem.<p>It was 3 am, and I was awake — again. I stared at the clock next to my bed hoping to fall asleep, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the episode of <i>Westworld</i> I had watched the day before. Then I thought: I had already gotten five hours of sleep, …

Apple adds live news videos and Winter Olympics coverage to iOS and Apple TV apps

Coinciding with the start of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Apple has added live news videos to its TV apps for iOS and Apple TV, as well as a dedicated PyeongChang 2018 section of its News app for iOS. In the United States, the additions provide easy access to both text …

Snapchat to Live-Stream Key Moments From NBC’s Winter Olympics Coverage – Variety

Snap is expanding its partnership with NBCUniversal for coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea — including a new Snapchat …

Winter Olympics

Olympic Trials: Snapchat Will Test the Power of Live Video at NBC's Winter Games

NBC's Olympics will stream live moments on Snapchat, offering a testing ground for the app before it expands live streaming to more networks and …

Advertising

Super Bowl's Social Scores: Pepsi Wins Tweet Fest, Top Hashtags Go To Bud Light, Toyota

During this year’s Super Bowl, Madison Avenue couldn’t compete with the awesome story that unfolded on the field. Yet a few brands still managed to …

Advertising

Avocados From Mexico, Pepsi and Doritos Won the First Half of the Super Bowl on Twitter

While the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots battled it out on the field in the Super Bowl, plenty of brands, as usual, were playing it out …

In their battle against big cable, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV have signed up hundreds of thousands of subscribers

Hulu and YouTube both launched livestreaming services last year to take on big cable companies with packages of online TV channels. It's still early, …

YouTube Is Adding Real-Time Targeting to Boost Super Bowl TV Ad Campaigns

YouTube is expanding its Super Bowl playbook this year.<p>For its 11th annual AdBlitz, its hub of Super Bowl-related content where brands advertising …

Facebook’s new game streaming exclusive is a direct challenge to Twitch and YouTube

But will pro gaming fans ever accept Facebook as a credible source for their live streaming fix?<p>Starting today, Facebook is adding an exclusive new partnership to its Facebook Live video streaming platform, which pits it right up against Twitch and Google’s YouTube Gaming. Agreeing to a deal with …

Facebook hires TV network CEO to land worldwide sports deals

It's clearer than ever that Facebook wants to become a leader in live sports streaming. <i>Variety</i> and the <i>Guardian</i> have learned that Facebook has hired Peter Hutton, the CEO of Discovery-owned TV network Eurosport, to lead its negotiations for worldwide live sports streams. He'll work out of Facebook's …

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 …