08.26.14 Good morning. It’s Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
Another YouTube star is headed to TV. Judy Travis, who has collected nearly a half billion views on her ItsJudyTime and ItsJudysLife YouTube channels, has been signed to television programming, merchandising, licensing, book publishing and lifestyle product deals with Driver Digital.
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Evolve Media, which claims to be the largest publisher of enthusiast content on the Internet and reach 93 million people monthly, has partnered with Moat to help the company “audit the viewability of all of its web properties,” particularly its display and video ads.
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The NFL has made a deal to have its NFL Now video-content service on Apple TV. The service provides game highlights and original content from the NFL and its 32 clubs. For $1.99 a month, fans can see in-game highlights and access both the NFL Films archive and more direct content from their favorite teams. However, NFL Now does not broadcast live games. The league is also about to make a deal with DirecTV for its Sunday Ticket package that will see its average annual rights fee increase to between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion over the next decade. Details are still being discussed but an agreement is in place. The deal’s end date isn’t clear yet, but it will align with the league’s deals with ESPN, which runs through 2021, or CBS, Fox, and NBC, which run through 2022.
When Miley Cyrus started cutting the rug Sunday night at MTV’s VMAs, Twitter went bonkers. According to stats released by the social-media site, the dance by Cyrus inspired 306,100 tweets per minute. During the famed Super Bowl blackout, there were 231,000 tweets per minute. Last year’s election night featured 327,452 tweets per minute. Cyrus was also a hit on Google, where more than 10 million searches for her took place Sunday.
According to Motley Fool, Google is finally moving ahead with its YouTube subscription music service. The service “will tap into YouTube’s trove of live concert footage, remixes, and song covers — music that’s mostly exclusive to YouTube.” It will also take away ads from music videos on YouTube as well as “allow for audio-only listening on mobile and integrate with Google Play Music All Access, Google’s current music subscription service.”
Tom Hanks launched a typewriting app last week, Hanx Writer, and it went up to the top spot in four days. It’s free and replicates the feeling of typing on a real typewriter. It topped such apps RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, YouTube, and Netflix.
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Google dominates the online ad world due to its immense storehouse of data about consumer behavior. Amazon.com has its own massive database and is getting ready to face off with Google in this area, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Seattle-based company is “developing its own software for placing ads online.” The plan to start, the Journal notes, is “to replace those ads on its pages that Google chiefly supplies with a new in-house ad placement platform” and then down the line “that system could challenge Google’s $50 billion-a-year advertising business and Microsoft Corp’s.” Called Amazon Sponsored Links, it may start being tested later this year.
Turn and AdMore have formed a new partnership bringing together AdMore’s supply, data and measurement solutions with Turn’s data-driven audience insights.
OpenSlate Engagement Data for Health and Fitness channels, based on the engagement metric for the last month.
Channel/(Engagement)/Monthly Views/Total Subs/SlateScore
Highlife Workout (8.5) / 1,528,140 / 145,754 / 533
CT the Trainer (8.4) / 2,922,270 / 659,937 / 568
YouGiftedBB (8.4) / 1,020,390 / 224,819 / 563
Superhero Fitness (8.3) / 902,040 / 358,399 / 521
BeFit (8.2) / 6,653,460 / 1,193,165 / 658
Dakidissa (8.2) / 3,781,740 / 357,171 / 613
Fitness Blender (8.2) / 9,835,800 / 1,364,610 / 589
3V (8.2)/ 421,350 / 53,937 / 527
Goeerki (8.2) / 682,320 / 120,453 / 533
Power Explosion (8.2) / 922,560 / 137,166 / 537
Get up to speed with the latest in TV measurement on Wednesday, September 24 at the Cynopsis webinar, Understanding the Latest Ratings Advancements. Why the need for an update? “TV buying is being transformed by the use of massive and passive viewing data combined with knowledge about the cars people drive, the products in their pantries and the way they vote,” says webinar presenter Bruce Goerlich, Chief Research Officer for Rentrak. Register to hear more from Goerlich, as well as Brad Adgate, SVP/Director of Research for Horizon Media; Brian Fuhrer, SVP Product Leadership and Cross-Platform TV Audience Measurement at Nielsen and Mainak Mazumdar, Chief Science Officer for Simulmedia, here.
Microsoft is getting into the streaming video business, according to new FCC filing found by Windows Phone Daily and Nokiapoweruser. The device Microsoft is working on is called the HD-10 or Miracast, and is seen as a direct competitor to Google’s Chromecast, though the two products work in different ways. The device will allow users to project video content from their Windows phone to a TV. Gizmodo expects the device to be announced on Sept. 4 at a Lumia event.
TiVo is aiming for cord-cutters with its new Roamio OTA DVR model that can be connected to a digital over-the-air antenna, and does not contain a CableCARD slot. Just how limited the edition is depends on customer demand. TiVo says it’s ready to keep producing the Roamio OTA if consumers show real interest. All those folks affected by the recent Aereo ruling will surely be interested.
One of the world’s largest consumer electronics shows – IFA – is set to launch on Sept. 5 in Berlin and LG has announced that the two curved 4K Ultra-HD OLED televisions that will be shown there will be available for pre-order in South Korea this week, with availability in the UK, Europe, and North America soon to follow. LG considers the new sets to be “game-changing,” according to pocket-lint.com.
S3 Group has unveiled its StormTest Warning Center, a cloud-based platform that delivers real-time performance and service readiness insights for video platforms. Warning Center provides remote service monitoring, validation and real-time analytics of video services across connected devices on live networks.
Live Nation has hired Mike Finnegan as the newly created role of VP of Programmatic and Product Innovation. Finnegan was previously Director of Product Development at Xaxis.
Kastner & Partners, Red Bull’s Agency of Record, has named Jamie Reilly CCO. Reilly is the former Creative Director at TBWA\ Media Arts Lab and 72andSunny.
Digital creative agency Big Spaceship announced three executive promotions: Rob Thorsen is moving from Head of Client Services to Managing Director; Mark Pollard from VP Brand Strategy to EVP Strategy, and Chris Fahey from VP Product and User Experience to SVP Product and User Experience.
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DIGITAL SPOTLIGHT OF THE DAY
Those involved with last night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC did everything they could to look and sound great to the millions around the world who were paying close attention to what was worn, what jokes were made, and what actually won an award or two.Ultimately, though, the Emmys will be a bit of a time capsule for future historians, just as this opening sequence from 20 years back, featuring Ellen DeGeneres and Patricia Richardson of “Home Improvement” fame, is already. Check it out at www.cynopsis.com/#video.
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