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Cartoon Network has announced that it will soon begin streaming its on-air programming live across multiple platforms, including online at CartoonNetwork.com and on mobile via Apple iOS devices. “It is our commitment to the TV Everywhere strategy to let our audiences enjoy our shows whenever and wherever they want,” said Stuart Snyder, President and COO/Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media (AYAKM) at Turner Broadcasting. “We will be available for viewers to experience the live telecast seamlessly.”
Mashable is syndicating TechStars, a six-episode documentary from Bloomberg that chronicles the difficult process of getting into the TechStars accelerator program, and, if accepted, going through the demanding and exhausting three-month process of building the startup. The documentary series originally aired on Bloomberg TV last fall. Mashable will make the entire series available on-demand on its website, and has broken them down into more internet-friendly short segments. It will also share each episode over the next couple of months via individual posts to foster conversations about the theme of each episode. TechStars has become one of the most prominent accelerators, and is statistically more difficult to get into than an Ivy League university, according to Mashable.
BET will unveil two new web series, as well as feature two existing ones, at its upcoming Upfront presentation. Grasshopper & Sage is an animated action series about a freshman student who must protect his school from the evil principal, his minions and bullies. The other new series, Unsigned, also animated, is about an aspiring rap group trying to make it in the music industry. 8 Days a Week, based on the best-selling teen book series “The Come Up,” returns for a second season. The other is Asylum, a thriller that follows a team of doctors who diagnose and treat patients at a hospital for the criminally insane.
SheKnows has released the second season of Homergency, an original web series based on home makeovers for families in need, produced by SheKnowsTV. As a way to tie the second season to Earth Day (coming at us on April 22), the show partnered with P&G Future Friendly (the series sponsor) to use green-friendly home improvement tactics and sustainable products from the P&G Future Friendly line. Jany Lee, who was recently chosen as a finalist to be a contestant on HGTV’s Design Star, and veteran contractor Ryan Johnson lead the home makeover efforts. This season is focused on a family whose home was in need of remodeling after a bout with cancer left the husband paralyzed from the waist down.
Crackle, Sony Pictures Television’s ad-supported multiplatform video network, has launched in 17 Spanish-speaking countries across Latin America, including Mexico. The free service’s library of full-length movie and TV titles will be available in English, with an option to switch over to either a version dubbed in Spanish or with Spanish subtitles. It can be accessed via crackle.com, which will redirect the user to the IP address for that country. In Mexico, Banamax, the country’s national bank, has signed on to be a major network advertiser and will have category exclusivity in the banking sector during Crackle’s first year in Mexico. The country seems to be a point of focus for the video service, as Jose Rivera, VP and GM/Latin America, Crackle, cites recent comScore data finding that over 80% of all online users in Mexico consume video content each month.
AdSafe Media has announced a $10 million round of funding from Pelion Venture Partners, Atlas Venture and Coriolis Ventures. The start-up provides content rating technology, predictive contextual metrics and viewability data for online ad buying decisions, including those sold through RTB platforms. AdSafe Media provides what it describes as a proactive solution that enables brand safety without sacrificing campaign scale. The solution is fully integrated into every step of the digital ad process, from primary service to the viewer. It blocks ads from appearing on predetermined inappropriate content at the page level, redirecting the impression to an online environment that meets the advertiser’s content preferences. The start-up will use the funding to expand its data science team and existing suite of solutions across, RTB, mobile and viewability.
Google has announced its Brand Activate Initiative at the Ad Age Digital Conference. Google describes the Initiative as an ongoing effort to address the challenges of online measurement, which include difficulties in measuring things such as changes in brand favorability or whether an online campaign drove consumers to the store, as well as the ability to move quickly to any such insights. To that end, Google has introduced two new solutions, both of which will be submitted for Media Rating Council accreditation, as part of this broader initiative:
- Active View: A technology that can count “viewed” impressions (a display ad that is at least 50% viewable for at least one second). It will be available in the “coming weeks” within Google Display Network Reserve. Of note, Google wants to make this a “universal currency”; it will offer it within DoubleClick for Advertisers and to its publisher partners. Google is working on viewed impression standards with the IAB and its agency and publisher partners.
- Active GRP: It’s built into the existing ad serving tools Google offers its publishing and marketing customers. It will enable real-time decision-making. It’s being initially launched for DoubleClick for Advertisers clients, with brands being able to select a range of audience GRP segments. In terms of methodology: Google says it combines aggregated panel data and anonymous user data, and will work with Active View to measure viewed impressions.
For more information on the Brand Activate Initiative, check out this video Google published on YouTube.
Gnip, a provider of public social data, is partnering with Tumblr to syndicate the Tumblr firehose, which would make the blogging platform’s public data available for companies looking to extract relevant insights about trends, brand mentions and sentiment. Tumblr currently averages more than 50 million posts every day, and generates 15 billion monthly page views. Tumblr joins the likes of Twitter, WordPress, Disqus, IntenseDebate, StockTwits and Newsgator in partnering up with Gnip to make their public data available.
Grey Juice Lab has signed an agreement with IMAGINASIA to develop and drive OTT and VOD services within Asia. The companies say the partnership will enable operators in Asia to implement a VOD service with reduced time frames and budgets and offer it to consumers. Grey Juice Lab will tap into IMAGINASIA’s regional connections and knowledge of the local market to deliver Grey Juice’s services to operators and content owners. The company offers a slate of multiscreen and on-demand streaming solutions for regional operators, and helps them acquire, package and market on-demand and OTT video services to consumers. This agreement is a part of Grey Juice Lab’s global expansion plan, following its announcement of the opening of its Latin American service center in Buenos Aires last month.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions is combining 4G LTE access, which is currently available in more than 200 U.S. markets, with its global Private IP network service to create a secure, high-speed, high-capacity business platform. Immediately available in both managed and unmanaged options, Verizon says the new Private IP Wireless (LTE) offering can extend corporate applications to mobile workforces, and support new machine-to-machine business processes.
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The IAB‘s Internet Advertising Revenue Report for all of last year reveals that online ad revenues reached a record high of $31 billion in 2011, a 22% increase over 2010, which also had broken records with $26 billion. Mobile was the top category in terms of fastest growth, up 149% to $1.6 billion in 2011. Digital video witnessed a 29% increase year-over-year, generating $1.8 billion in revenue last year. Prepared by PwC U.S., other highlights include:
- Search remained top dog: 2011 revenues totaled $14.8 billion (+27%).
- Display-related ad revenues in 2011 brought stood at $11.1 billion (+15%), carving up a 35% slice of total internet ad revenues.
- Retail advertisers remain the largest category of online ad spending, accounting for 22% in 2011 ($7.1 billion, +21%).
64% of U.S. consumers surveyed by Accenture recall seeing social media symbols such as the Facebook “Like” button while watching television. Moreover, 33% have interacted with social media after seeing a social media symbol on their TV screen via “liking” the TV program on Facebook (20%), scanning a QR code (11%), searching for that hashtag on Twitter (7%) or scanning the Shazam symbol (5%). Accenture surveyed 1,000 viewers to understand the public’s perception of social media symbols and to determine how effective they were. Among the other findings from the study:
- 43% of respondents who interacted with a social media symbol while watching TV did so to obtain more information about a show, product or service; 26% did it to watch another video; 20% to share or recommend the video/program to others.
- 63% of respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 interacted with the symbols while watching TV, with the percentage dropping with older age groups.
- 33% of respondents said dramas and comedies are the type of show with which they would be interested in interacting; news (31%); sporting events (29%).
Mobile video marketing company Mogreet has appointed Joshua Pyne to the position of Senior Director/Sales. The company has also announced that it’s opening their first Midwest sales office. Mogreet’s MMS technology delivers multimedia branded content (video, images and audio) via to text message. Mogreet says that over 75% of commercial MMS messages delivered in the U.S. are through its proprietary MMS messaging platform.
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To mark the 100-day countdown to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics on July 27, FOXSports.com has launched a special site dedicated to its planned coverage of the London Games. The site will feature a selection of multimedia content, including editorial, videos, photo galleries, social media integration and more. The content will come from a team of contributors that includes writers Jason Whitlock, Mark Kriegel and Jen Floyd Engel, as well as former Olympic athletes Maurice Greene, Dominique Dawes and Christian Laettner and others, who will report from London with special video features and interviews on current Olympic athletes. FOXSports.com has partnered with MSN to be the exclusive provider of Olympics content to MSN.com.
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