09/06/16: ABC Launches four digital shows; desktop now accounts for 32% of time spent on digital; Sky takes stake in French OTT company Molotov


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ABC is diving deeper into exclusive digital content. The network is launching four new short-form series, debuting just ahead of the fall TV season. They’ll be available for free on ABC’s website and across its apps. The new shows include This Isn’t Working (a sitcom from YouTuber Lisa Schwartz), What to Text Him Back (a dating advice series for the digital age), Farm to Plate (a Tastemade-produced series exploring the foraging phenomenon), and She Talks (a docu-series about entrepreneurs). In addition, a new edition of the musical performance series On the Record has debuted, and ABC will bow a new interview series, A Little of Your Time with Quinn Marcus, on September 15. The new programming significantly expands on ABC’s growing efforts to reach younger audience with digital originals; the network relaunched its free streaming service, along with seven new short-form series, in July.


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Encompass Digital Media, a technology services company delivering video solutions to broadcast and digital media companies, recently announced a new partnership with Cisco. Under the partnership, Encompass will launch CloudStream, a new cloud-based platform for OTT providers powered by Cisco. A release from Encompass touts CloudStream’s ability to help TV networks, OTT operators and live event providers create “broadcast-quality multiscreen streams.” “A healthy component of our private cloud-streaming solution will be Cisco,” explained Encompass CEO Chris Walters in an interview with Cynopsis Digital. “We thought their platform could deliver the reliability and quality that we’re looking for….For our company, one of the things that’s been interesting when it comes to the evolution of digital is that many of these television providers or content owners used to say, ‘we just need the lowest cost way to get a stream out there.’ But as usage has grown, we’ve moved to a world where if there are real disruptions on any platform, consumers will let you know, and unfortunately it’s not a private conversation. It’s out there on social media. So we believe Cisco is a critical partner for us in delivering on that exceptionally high standard that consumers expect, and therefore our clients expect, for streaming.”


The Rupert Murdoch-owned European pay-TV company Sky has taken a $4.5 million stake in the French OTT platform Molotov. Molotov distributes both pay-TV and free content using a freemium model (think Spotify). The service was founded in 2014, but only launched its first publicly available version in July.


Hulu Japan has announced the upcoming release of Daisho, a new drama. (Daisho means “Compensation,” FYI.) The six-part series, based on a novel by Jun Ioka, centers on the relationship between a lawyer and a psychopathic client who happens to be a former childhood friend. The show stars Shun Oguri, a major Japanese film and TV star. It’ll start streaming this fall in both Japan and the U.S.


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Bitmovin, a startup focused on cloud video infrastructure, has raised $10.3 million in series A funding. The tech investment firm Atomico led the round. Also contributing were angel investors Daiv Helgason (the founder of Unity), Chris Kaiser (a former VP of Engineering at both YouTube and Netflix), and Edward Kozel (a former Chief Technology Officer at both Cisco Systems and Deutsche Telekom). Bitmovin says it will use the funding to help develop its video playback technologies for both existing and new platforms, including 360-degree video for VR apps and services.


According to some recently-released data from comScore, desktop computer use now accounts, on average, for only 32% of users’ digital media time. Mobile accounts for 68%. And 50% of all digital media time is spent using apps. (It was 44% a year ago.) As Marketing Land points out, one area where desktop still dominates is online sales conversions. That’s mostly a result of bad mobile experiences.


Earlier this year, Netflix paid upwards of $90 million to acquire the exclusive rights to a new Will Smith-starring cop thriller. What’s the movie called? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.)
Our Last Trivia Question: Eli Roth executive produced which streaming series? Answer: Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. Kudos to Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment, Inc. and David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA


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One Mississippi, a black comedy starring comedian Tig Notaro and executive produced by Louis C.K. (among others), bows on Amazon Prime Video in September. You can check out the trailer here.

Watcheroo Premieres and Tune-in Alerts for the week of September 5-September 11:
People Now at People.com, Monday-Friday at 8:30a ET and 11:30a ET: Guests include musician Tegan Marie, TV host Chris Hansen (Investigation Discovery’s Killer Instinct), and Captain “Sully”’ Sullenberger (the subject of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Sully’)
Acorn TV: Season 1 of the Australian drama 800 Words debuted on the streaming service yesterday, September 5
Crackle: StartUp, a new drama series starring Martin Freeman and Adam Brody, debuts on Sony’s ad-supported streaming service today, September 6
Myx TV: The digital series Magic Asian Man, starring magician and showman Naathan Phan, debuts September 7
Snapchat: The Rundown, a weekly Snapchat series from NBCU’s E! News, debuts September 8
Amazon Prime Video: One Mississippi, new dark comedy, debuts September 9
Vimeo: Heirloom, a new romantic comedy series, debuts September 9
FIRST: Crunch Time, a new sci-fi comedy series, debuts on Rooster Teeth’s streaming service September 11

See you on tomorrow,
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