Monday, March 4th, 2013

Cynopsis: DIGITAL

Good morning. It’s Monday, March 4, 2013, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.

Scripps Network Interactive has signed its first online-only distribution deal with an SVOD provider – Amazon – to bring shows from HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, and Travel Channel to Prime Instant Video and Amazon Instant Video. Previous seasons of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, Cupcake Wars, House Hunters, Iron Chef America, Man v. Food, Chopped, and Ghost Adventures, among others, are now available to Prime members. Users can also purchase individual episodes via Amazon Instant Video.


Netflix has grabbed “exclusive” streaming rights to offer The Hunger Games in the UK and Ireland. The SVOD will later bring the feature film to the US. Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins and starring newly minted Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, the movie is the first in a trilogy.
What You Need to Know: The claim to exclusivity may not exactly be accurate. Blinkbox, a UK-based VOD service, has offered the title to customers on a pay-per-view basis.

YouTube’s iOS app now supports send-to-TV pairing. This allows users to send YouTube videos from their iOS device to watch them on a TV that’s connected to the web (Google TVs and/or connected consoles, with more devices to be added later).

PowerwomenTV is a new out-of-home digital TV network that launched last Friday in NYC cabs. From Amy Palmer, a TV producer and on-air personality, the network focuses on women’s lifestyle programming, covering style, talk, food, business, and parenting. The site for PowerwomenTV will go live some time in the spring, and will look to syndicate across various partners. Prior to the launch, Palmer hosted an online series about women entrepreneurs and business leaders that was also called PowerwomenTV.



We are extending the Cynopsis: Kids !magination Award deadline based on subscriber demand. The Awards honor the best in kids programming & marketing – here’s your last chance to submit your entry to win a coveted !magination Award.

Deadline: March 8, 2013
Awards Ceremony: June 4, 2013 (Yale Club NY)


Fullscreen is introducing a new geo-targeting feature within its Gorilla sponsorship product. Gorilla allows brands to tap Fullscreen’s network of content creators to reach specific audiences. In exchange, creators who choose to include brand messages within their videos earn extra revenue (Fullscreen pays creators based on total video views). The geo-targeting feature, available in beta, will enable advertisers to choose in which countries they want to pay for video views. 


New Videology research further supports the claim that mixing TV campaigns with online video is more effective than sticking only to TV. Action conversion rates increased 40% among consumers exposed to both TV and online video ads when compared to those not exposed to digital ads. In addition, the optimal frequency mix of 7-9X on TV and 7-9X on digital video (essentially 1:1) drove the highest overall conversion rate of all combinations, generating a 230% lift in action conversion compared to those who were not exposed to digital ads. Finally, while ad recall peaked at 54% for TV-only campaigns and 59% for digital video-only campaigns, there was 64% ad recall for consumers exposed to both TV and digital video campaigns.

The top five US web properties in January were Google (with more than 190.75 million unique visitors across its sites during the month), Yahoo (186.6 million its sites), Microsoft (169.72 million), (145.58 million), and Amazon (115.63 million). This data comes from comScore‘s monthly Media Metrix service.

A week later, we have some more social TV data relating to this year’s Academy Awards. This time, Nielsen, armed with numbers from SocialGuide, reports that this year’s Oscars generated more than 6.2 million tweets from 1.6 million people. The top Oscar moment of the night occurred when Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. According to SocialGuide, nearly 44,000 tweets were generated when the actress stepped on to the stage to claim her statue.


I recently chatted with Kevin Conroy, President/Univision Interactive and Enterprise Development, at Univision Communications. If you’ve been reading us, you might have heard a thing or two about Univision and its digital video service, UVideos. A TV Everywhere solution as well as a second screen and social TV app, UVideos is designed to meet increasing demand for digital content among Hispanics, whose consumption of online video has soared 282 percent over the last five years, while over-indexing in smartphone and tablet usage versus their non-Hispanic peers, according to Conroy.UVideos is available on more than 240 connected devices, and includes a feature that allows consumers to access a social stream that is synced to the time code of the show they’re watching, so friends can enjoy the same show together, even if they’re not watching at the same time, says Conroy.

It seems like every month you’re launching UVideos on a new platform/device. What results have you been seeing?

We’ve seen 250% growth in video streams in December 2012 versus December 2011 and 300% growth in mobile video plays in January 2013 versus January 2012. Additionally, it’s simply a great product. Our earliest users have told us that its look and feel has brought an instant “wow” factor. Some have compared it to the first time they held an iPhone or an iPad — a beautiful look with high quality features that is easy to use and fun to play with.

You’re also offering web-original programming via UVideos. Will we see more?

Yes; we’re also working with a number of strategic partners to launch new, genre-specific broadband channels that appeal to the passions of our diverse audience.

What would you like to see our industry address in 2013?

Measurement, particularly cross-platform measurement. There’s been too much focus on individual platforms and not enough focus on developing a holistic understanding of audience behaviors, notably, how they engage with both content and advertising inside and outside the home and from one screen/device to the next.

How much advertiser interest are you seeing in creating/launching/buying cross-platform video campaigns?

We’ve seen increasing demand over the past three years as they have come to recognize that U.S. Hispanics are more receptive to messaging through mobile and social means than other demographics (more than 70 percent are more likely to purchase products they see advertised on their cell phones than non-Hispanics), and many CMOs and agencies have taken note that Latino Digital is a major trend worth their immediate attention as the 2013 Upfronts approach. Our results reflect this growing interest, with our digital revenue more than doubling in the fourth quarter 2012, and up more than 50% in 2012 versus 2011.


NATPE has named members to its new Digital Advisory Board. They are: Rob Barnett, Founder and CEO of My Damn Channel; Jason Hirschhorn, CEO of The ReDEF Group; Jordan Levin, CEO of Generate and President, Alloy Digital; Erin McPherson, VP and Head of Video Programming and Originals at Yahoo; Jon Miller, Founder, Fuel Media/Commerce; Lori Schwartz, Tech Catalyst and Principal, World of Schwartz; Quincy Smith, Founding Partner, Code Advisors; and Tim Spengler, Worldwide CEO, Magna Global. The group will be led by Ross Levinsohn, CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media. “Our focus is to underscore our commitment to serving as a facilitator between the creation and monetization of content across all platforms,” said Rod Perth, President and CEO of NATPE || Content First.

Rob Walker has joined Yahoo News as its new technology columnist. Walker has previously written about technology, business, and culture for a variety of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Fast Company, and Wired. Starting today, he will report to Chris Suellentrop, Deputy Editor of Yahoo News.


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