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Good morning. It’s Tuesday February 14, 2017 and this is your first early morning digital briefing.


Write Once Read Many (WORM): The phrase write once read many (or WORM) refers to any type of data storage device in which information, once written, can’t be modified. A compact disc is an example of a WORM device.


Verizon is once again offering an unlimited data plan. Priced at $80 a month, the plan covers unlimited talk and text on a smartphone or tablet. Verizon resisted offering such a plan for some time, but the competition forced its hand: Rivals like T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint were already offering similar options. Verizon notes that even under the new plan, data throttling is a possibility for plan owners who surpass 22 GB of data on a single line. The telco’s new offering comes shortly after the release of 2017’s State of Mobile Networks report from OpenSignal. For the first time, the report doesn’t list Verizon as the standalone fastest wireless network; it’s tied with T-Mobile.


According to a new TechCrunch report, Twitter plans to trim down some of its ad offerings. Three ad products in particular are reportedly in Twitter’s crosshairs: its direct response business, certain aspects of its Promoted Tweets products, and TellApart, the apparently underperforming ad-tech startup that Twitter acquired for $532 million in 2015. Twitter hasn’t shut down any of these products yet; but according to TechCrunch, the company plans to concentrate more heavily on the ad products that are driving more business – and to stop supporting the ones that aren’t. The news comes days after a disappointing Q4 earnings report dealt a blow to Twitter’s stock. You can check out the TechCrunch story here.



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Looks like CBS’s digital offerings are seeing some rapid growth. According to CEO Les Moonves, CBS subsidiary Showtime now has 1.5 million internet-only subscribers. And the CBS All Access streaming service is getting close to the same number. For both services, that represents 50% growth since last July, when they both had about one million subs.


has teamed up with Facebook on a new live video offering. Starting February 18, Univision will use Facebook Live to stream select live Liga MX soccer matches in English. Univision says that about 46 games will be live-streamed over the remainder of the year.


8i, a Los Angeles startup that specializes in holographic capture, has raised $27 million in a new Series B funding round. Investors included Time Warner Investments, Baidu Ventures, Verizon, Hearst Ventures, and others. The company says it will use the money to launch Holo, a new augmented reality mobile app with the ability to summon up holographic images of celebrities.


SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Streaming Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of February 6-February 12, 2017
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
1. Stranger Things (Netflix) 1348, 4, 337, 4414
2. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) 618, 4, 155, 10252
3. The Grand Tour (Amazon) 154, 28, 5, 2386
4. The Crown (Netflix) 127, 24, 5, 404
5. Grace and Frankie (Netflix) 97, 4, 24, 364
6. Trailer Park Boys (Netflix) 66, 12, 6, 1966
7. Degrassi: Next Class (Netflix) 66, 24, 3, 278
8. VeggieTales (Netflix) 47, 32, 1, 676
9. The Mindy Project (Hulu) 44, 34, 1, 1118
10. Chelsea (Netflix) 39, 19, 2, 409
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.
The ListenFirst Television Interest (TVI) Rating (TM) is a standardized measurement of the most buzzed-about TV programs on linear TV and streaming services. A complement to ListenFirst’s other syndicated data products (such as the ListenFirst Digital Audience Rating – TV), the metrics included in the rating capture organic actions that are largely unaffected by paid media. Programs that surface on the TVI leaderboards are the most hashtagged on Facebook, Twitter,Google+, and Tumblr, as well as most searched for on Wikipedia (used as a proxy for organic search volume).
All Series (2/6/17 – 2/12/17)

Source: ListenFirst. The TVI Rating aggregates metrics that measure organically generated activity by fans of the TV show. The metric includes total volume of official hashtag mentions on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr, along with Wikipedia page views (as a proxy for organic search volume) for a show as a percentage of the total volume of the same activities for all shows.
OpenSlate Engagement Data for the
Automotive vertical, based on the engagement metric for the week ending February 12.
Channel (Engagement) / Monthly Views / Total Subs / SlateScore
rally4all (8.5) / 73,236 / 18,104 / 527
DirtBike Lunatic (8.5) / 6,528,946 / 241,954 / 413
next492 (8.5) / 335,628 / 24,512 / 404
stillavinlive  (8.5) / 4,561,104 / 802,845 / 588
RJTDBF (8.5) / 23,183 / 6,777 / 353
Video79 Productions (8.5) / 114,677 / 12,139 / 393
Turbo231 (8.5) / 98,157 / 5,886 / 334
Supercars of London (8.5) / 2,743,884 / 581,458 / 600
snowcat (8.5) / 2,067,286 / 700,234 / 577
Motonosity (8.5) / 3,313,817 / 339,302 / 556
Source: The Engagement metric is one of OpenSlate’s component scores, and is a measure of a producer’s ability to evoke meaningful interaction with their audience. It is calculated on a scale of 1-10 with higher being better. The OpenSlateEngagement score uses a subset of the data incorporated in the SlateScore to perform a set of unique calculations. It factors in views, comments, likes, and more.


The cross-device marketing technology firm Tapad has named Pierre Martensson to head up its global data division as SVP and GM. In the new role, Martensson will lead the company’s data licensing efforts. He initially joined the company in May of last year, launching and overseeing its APAC division. He’ll now report directly to Are Traasdahl, Tapad’s Founder and CEO.
Third-party data aggregation platform Ad-Juster has named Jesse Poppick as its new SVP of Sales and Account Management. Poppick previously worked at Ad-Juster from 2009-2013, working in Sales and Business Development.


Krysten Ritter, the star of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, previously appeared in several episodes of which AMC show? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)

Our Last Trivia Question: To date, what’s the most expensive original series that Amazon has produced? The answer – especially when you factor in the salaries of the show’s stars – is The Grand Tour. Amazon reportedly spent $160 million on the series, though some have insisted that it was more. Kudos to Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Whose Line Is It Anyway?/Angst Productions/CA and  David Westberg-SAG-AFTA Federal Credit Union.


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Season 3 of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt just got an official release date: May 19. In a new teaser, Titus Burgess’s Titus Andromedon gets his full Beyoncé on, baseball bat and all. Check it out here.

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