Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Cynopsis: DIGITAL

Good morning. It’s Thursday, September 12, 2013, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.


Target is jumping into the digital video-streaming world. Target Ticket will include 30,000 TV and movie titles for rent or purchase when it launches on or before Oct. 1, and aim for a simpler, more family-friendly experience than versions available from BestBuy, WalMart and Amazon. The retailer hopes to scoop up the considerable segment of its consumers that have not committed to a digital streaming service yet, said Target’s division merchandise manager Anne Stanchfield. The service will be available on Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices.

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NBC found out the hard way that digital integration in television is still a work in progress. The network’s Monday premiere of The Million Second Quiz was supposed to provide a state-of-the-art second-screen experience, but the app for the show crashed. It was such a fail, Twitter’s third most popular search that evening was ‘msq server error.” The show’s host Ryan Seacrest responded on Twitter with, “good news: we flooded the #msq app with players! Bad news: we crashed the system.”

“Age of disruption” was the main topic of conversation at Hollywood Radio and Television Society‘s annual fall-season kickoff lunch on Tuesday. Variety reported NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert coined the term during a discussion about the changing television industry; HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo and other panelists agreed with the sentiment, but concluded television won’t be completely undercut in the digital age. FX CEO John Landgraf said cutting cable subscriptions for digital streaming services is not a big trend yet. In other words: The major leaders in the business are tracking digital TV trends, but see growth on a slow incline.


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A new consumer survey by RBC Capital Markets found 43 percent of Netflix customers considered its original content a “moderate to extremely important” reason to keep the service, and 64 percent said they watched original content over the past three months. In other words: Producing quality original programming may be expensive, but it could be the key to customer retention in a competitive market.

Jimmy Kimmel’s much-publicized YouTube hoax, a faked video with over 11 million views and counting, is evidence that television brands can get a boost from YouTube. A recent Outrigger Media report found that in the TV category reality programs pull the most views, but television hosts like Ellen and Kimmel are a close second. The secret to a brand’s audience on YouTube? The study found the amount of content is key. Ellen’s channel has posted 4000-plus videos, Conan O’Brien’s channel posted more than 2000 videos, and the second-ranked brand on YouTube, The NBA, has posted 11,500 videos. In other words: Quality counts, but so does quantity.


Digital media services company DemandMedia hired Wayne MacLauren on Wednesday as Senior Vice President of Technology for United TLD, a subsidiary of the company.


Trident and Dunkin Donuts don’t need 15 seconds of fame when six will do. The two companies released the first TV spots created completely with Vine videos: Dunkin Donuts aired its ad during a Monday Night Football pregame show on ESPN (future spots will be trimmed to five seconds to fit the net’s “billboard” ad unit), and Trident aired a spot on Fuse network. Trident released four video ads on its Vine; the commercial that ran received the most likes and comments on the app.


A day after its Tuesday product conference, Apple announced that the latest version of Apple TV will be released Sept. 18. The news: The Airplay system has been updated to allow purchased content from iTunes to be played on other’s Apple TV. In other words: Sound familiar? Cult of Mac points out Google’s Chromecast has a similar function, so it appears Apple isn’t breaking new ground, just keeping up with its competition.

Roku is also taking a note from Google’s Chromecast. Roku CEO Anthony Wood announced at Wednesday’s Next TV Summit that the device would have a DIAL function. DIAL is a joint creation from Netflix and YouTube, to connect any second-screen device with a Netflix or YouTube app to be viewed on any device with DIAL. So, someone with the Netflix app will now be able to use anyone’s Roku with DIAL to stream the service.


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Joe Ortiz, SVP Marketing  MTV
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Combine Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, Paris, women and fancy cars against the backdrop of a Led Zeppelin tune, and you’ve got the ingredients for a viral ad. Dior is topping the charts this week, with its latest perfume promo racking up more than seven million views. Dior understands Pattinson’s fan base, and has been teasing the ad for months with the hash tag #DiorRob, exclusive scenes, a director’s cut, and Vine videos. Looks like the ad’s recipe hit the spot. Watch the commercial at


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