Friday’s Social TV Must-Reads

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[Top Lance Armstrong related hashtags on Twitter -- #liestrong, #livewrong, #doprah]

We have a ton of content today in our daily roundup of select news for the social TV industry. As usual, we have selected articles about upcoming TV programs, the most recent ratings, hardware, industry people, technology, deals, lots of sports, the Latin market and releases.

There’s a lot happening in the TV industry and we work to give you a daily advantage. Thanks for reading and let us know what you think!

Weekend TV Highlights

USA Today lists Fringe, Ripper Street and Hawaii Five-O as worthwhile watching this weekend. What’s your must-watch, must-share TV?

Read the article, via USA Today

  • NFL conference championship games picks: Big plays will put Ravens, 49ers in big game

The Sporting News breaks down the conference championship games on Sunday.

Read the article, via Sporting News

  • MPBN support line set up to help ‘Downton Abbey,’ Patriots fans make the right call

Maine Public Broadcasting Network has set up a telephone line to help “Downton Abbey” fans find alternative watching times for those that will be watching Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.

Read the article, via Bangor Daily News

TV Ratings

‘American Idol’ premiere down significantly from last year

“American Idol” returned to FOX as Wednesday’s top show, but its ratings were down 19 percent from last year’s 21.9 million viewers and adults 18-49.

Read the article, via Zap2it

Social Media

Social media biting back at TV, reality

Local anecdotes about social media and TV from Milwaukee.

Via Journal-Sentinel

Connected TV

  • CES 2013: trends in connected TV

The Guardian (UK) posts its analysis of trends from interviews at 2013 CES

Read the article, via Guardian (UK)

  • Brands Beat Out Celebs in Social Media Popularity

Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of social media users who “fan” social media pages are choosing to follow brands and retailers—beating out celebrities and TV shows, which are followed by just over half of users.

Read the article, via Business News Daily


  • Twitter Tops List of 2012′s Most ‘Social Brands’ With 2.8B Mentions

Research conducted by the social-media analytics firm Infegy — which has ad-agency clients such as MEC and Ogilvy PR — found that Twitter was far and away the most “social brand” of 2012 with mentions in more than 2.8 billion posts. Runners-up Apple and Facebook were far behind, with mentions in roughly 1.1 billion and 1 billion posts, respectively.

Read the article, via Ad Age

  • Guinness launches £5.5m ‘Made Of More’ campaign with helpful town clock

Set in Bohemia in the 1890s, the ad tells the story of a town’s clock that influences time to enhance the wellbeing of the public – either by accelerating time for a boring task to go faster, reversing time to avoid an unfortunate event, or pausing time to allow a precious moment to last longer.

Read the article, via Marketing Magazine


Twitter offers safe harbor to more app makers

Twitter gave its official blessing to nine new companies. Shoutlet, Adobe Social, Percolate, and others can keep selling their Twitter services without fear of being shut down.

Read the article, via CNET


Sony sells New York headquarters for $1.1-billion

The sale of the building at 550 Madison Avenue, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, will result in an operating income gain of approximately $7.6-million, Sony said.

Read the article, via Globe and Mail


  • NFL conference championships cheat sheet

They’re rooting for a Harbaugh storyline.

Read the article, via Fox Sports

  • CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus sees NFL popularity maintaining its perch

With respect to the perception of the game and the player safety issues – those are very, very important issues that potentially could affect the viewership. I’m hoping and am confident that the NFL can . . . take the steps to make the game safer, ” Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports

Read the article, via JS Online

  • Social media world reacts to Lance Armstrong’s confession in interview with Oprah Winfrey

Within the first two minutes of the disgraced cyclists much-hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong admitted to taking banned substances, including EPO, testosterone, cortisone as well as using blood transfusions throughout his career, and lying about it for years. Article gathers Twitter reactions.

Read the article, via Fox Sports

  • Hockey Night in Canada

Starting its 60th year Saturday, “Hockey Night in Canada” this year offers “Hockey Night in Canada: 2nd Screen” as well Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram programming.

Read the article, via CBC

  • Twitter Explodes as the NBA Announces All-Star Starters

Select reactions

Read the article, via Bleacher Report


  • New Tribune CEO Peter Liguori sees opportunity to grow

Will former TV exec be able to transform a conventional media company of primarily newspapers and television stations into one that will prosper in the digital age?

Read the article, via LA Times,0,1222761.story

  • Jane Pauley to Host Baby Boomer TV Specials

Jane Pauley, former host of the Today Show, is hosting two special programming events to mark the 50th birthday of the youngest members of the post-World War II “baby boomer” generation.

Read the article, via THR

Latin Market

  • Mexican Gossip Girl Coming to TV

Gossip Girl may be over, but Gossip Girl: Acapulco is just beginning! Yep, Mexican Gossip Girl starts up in July.

Read the article, via

  • AHAA Tackles Members Concerns Over ‘The Univision Agency’

“Let me be clear. We are not competing with advertising agencies at all,” says Jessica Rodriguez, Univision’s EVP of program scheduling & promotions. “This is media planning related to our assets. We will continue to work with [external] ad agencies the way we’ve done in the past.”

Read the article, via Portada Online


  • TF1 launches second screen TV experience

French private broadcaster TF1 will launch a synchronized second screen service called Connect on 2 February while kicking off Shine France’s new season of The Voice. This free service will deliver synchronised content to smartphones, tablets and computers, allowing viewers to get an enriched TV experience during TF1 entertainment shows.

Read the article, via Rapid TV News

  • Sky1 (UK) to pilot interactive second screen quiz show hosted by Sara Cox

Sky 1 and Warner/Shed owned Twenty-Twenty Television are working together on the pilot for an interactive quiz show using Monterosa’s LViS Studio platform to power the second screen play-along feature.

Read the article, via The Drum


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