10/07/14: Sony’s web-TV offering takes shape, Redbox shuts down streaming service, AT+T AdWorks seals deal with IHS Automotive


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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, October 7, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.


Sony’s much-awaited web-TV service will carry 100 channels for a price tag of $60-$80 a month. According to the NY Post, analysts were expecting a cost closer to $30 a month to appeal to consumers looking for less expensive deals compared to cable packages. Last month, Sony announced that it will include 22 Viacom channels on the OTT service, and has already discussed similar arrangements with Disney and Fox. The package is expected to hit PlayStation consoles by the end of the year.
More details on Dish Network’s streaming service were also released yesterday: the net plans to offer local broadcast programming to future OTT subscribers. Variety reports Dish has rights to distribute live and on-demand content from ABC, but it may come at an additional price. Dish has deals in place with Disney (ESPN and ABC) as well as A+E and Scripps.
Communications and Outerwall’s Redbox streaming service will shut down after just little over a year since launch. Variety reports the service, which cost $6 a month for access to 6,000 movies across devices and the ability to purchase and rent other titles, failed due to poor marketing and limited programming. Outerwall and Verizon invested up to $450 million back in February 2012.
Discovery Communications renewed its distribution agreement with Suddenlink, allowing its customers to access Discovery’s VOD and authenticated TVE content. “We’re especially pleased that we’ll be able to soon deliver Discovery’s branded content to our customers on a variety of devices,” Suddenlink Senior Vice President and Chief Programming Officer Kathy Payne said.
Showtime is offering a gratis glimpse of upcoming drama The Affair across multiple platforms ahead of the series premiere Sunday, October 12 at 10p.  Viewers can sample the TV-14 rated version of the show on YouTube, SHO.com, providers’ free On Demand channels and websites. The premiere will also be available via Showtime Anytime and its Preview app.


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In concert with the rebrand that launches today, Oxygen will feature the Play Live second screen technology that lets viewers respond to live broadcasts. Lisa Hsia, EVP of digital for the net said, “This is the next step in bringing Oxygen viewers into the fold.” Tonight’s premiere of Nail’d It will be the first of the net’s shows to use Play Live tools.
AOL premiered the first four episodes of Laugh Lessons with Kevin Nealon yesterday, featuring guest comedians Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Chelsea Handler and Dana Carvey. Executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Nealon, the series will try to teach comedy to children in 12 episodes.
Want to know how to reach and retain Generation Z, the population born after 1995? As Kidoodle.tv founder Michael Lowe writes, the brands that help this group effectively navigate the information overload around them are the ones who’ll earn lifelong loyalty. How to do that? Check out this week’s Cynsiders to find out.


The Weather Channel launched a new app for DISH yesterday, which features hourly forecasts by zip code and a “favorite” feature for other location forecasts that can be accessed on set-top-boxes and channel 213.


Two Toyota Camry ads during NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Sunday were the first from Toyota Total, the car company’s multicultural marketing team that includes Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles, Burrell Communications, Conill, InterTrend Communications and Zenith. The “One Bold Choice Leads to Another” campaign, which Toyota said is aimed at the “transcultural mainstream,” also includes sponsorship of an awards show on DramaFever, the video-streaming site focused on international TV. The Camry is the U.S.’s best-selling auto among Hispanics, Asian-Americans and African-Americans, said the company.
AT+T AdWorks
will now use Polk data from IHS Automotive to measure the impact of TV auto ads on actual car sales. “Automotive advertisers will obtain greater insights about when to air their advertisements on TV and the resulting purchases at local dealerships,” AT+T AdWorks President Mike Welch said.
Online display ad spending will nearly double by 2019, forecasts Forrester Research in a new study, reaching $37.6 billion. Programmatic, video advertising and mobile display will drive the most growth, according to the report. The offline market will grow at an average rate of 1 percent a year, to reach $239 billion, with cable TV leading at 4.8 percent, predicts Forrester.


OpenSlate Engagement Data for Beauty & Style channels, based on the engagement metric for the week ending 10/5.
Channel/(Engagement)/Monthly Views/Total Subs/SlateScore
(9.8) / 82,982,760 / 5,355,637 / 808
WatchMojo (9.8) / 126,113,430 / 5,363,927 / 830
iTownGamePlay (9.8) / 30,057,600 / 1,869,139 / 808
Our2ndLife (9.7) / 19,669,680 / 2,585,600 / 800
TylerOakley (9.7) / 19,360,830 / 5,562,630 / 813
TheFineBros (9.7) / 113,603,370 / 10,293,784 / 807
BuzzFeedVideo (9.6) / 130,348,320 / 3,177,200 / 714
BuzzFeedYellow (9.5) / 104,300,220 / 1,957,609 / 709
ComedyShortsGamer (9.5) / 44,291,610 / 2,526,466 / 753
PointlessBlogTV (9.5) / 15,947,040 / 1,524,276 / 724
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 OpenSlate Engagement 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.

NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of 8/15/14
Program, Date, Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
(ABC), 10/2, 2,632, 286
The Voice (NBC), 9/30,
2,954, 80
Dancing With the Stars (ABC), 9/29,
1,934, 89
The Vampire Diaries (CW), 10/2,
1,633, 155
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC), 10/2,
1,561, 139
Criminal Minds (CBS), 10/1,
1,554, 72
The Voice (NBC), 9/29,
1,527, 73
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 10/2,
1,458, 69
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (VH1), 9/29,
1,413, 170
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 9/29,
1,217, 176
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant tweets from three hours before, during and three hours after an episode’s initial broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to an episode from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5a. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe episodes only and excludes sports events.


AwesomenessTV’s media and talent management firm Big Frame hired Larry Shapiro as Co-President, to serve alongside Sarah Penna. Shapiro was most recently Fullscreen’s Senior Vice President, Talent Management. He is known for bringing on JennXPenn to the network as well as The Fine Brothers and Our 2nd Life. Former Fullscreen talent managers Andrew Graham and Rana Zand also joined Big Frame. Fullscreen was sold to Otter Media, the venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, just two weeks ago.

Comcast’s web video sector thePlatform appointed Michael Kurtzman Vice President of Sales for the Americas, and Jouari Santiago Director of Sales for Latin America. Kurtzman was previously the General Manager of projekt202. Most recently, Santiago was the Head of Product Development at Shaw Communications.

DigitasLBi announced that Jason Kodish was promoted to Global Chief Data Scientist. He was previously the Region Senior Vice President, North America Strategy and Analytics.

RIAD Represents has added digital communications firm the STUDIO, and hired Rose Wind Jerome as an Agent. Prior to RIAD, Jerome was Program Associate at The Center for Photography at Woodstock.


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