Sunny Wednesday Social TV Must-Reads (April 24)

Word Cloud for Wednesday, April 24, 2013

On a bright and sunny day in New York City, with a bunch of our friends at a Social TV conference on the Manhattan waterfront, we are doing the heavy lifting with today’s midday roundup of fresh news articles. What should you know? Read on:

  • NBCUniversal is hosting its own Digital Upfronts on Wednesday night.
  • Viggle is commissioning Nielsen to research second-screen apps, 
  • news about Scripps and Univision at the Upfronts, 
  • a new research study from the European Union, 
  • two articles about Viggle, 
  • hardware news about Japan’s TV makers, 
  • Twitter, 
  • sports 
  • and, as always, our daily look at the Latin Market.

TV Critics are singing the praises of ‘American Idol’ and the new show ‘Off Pitch’ on VH1. Read our roundup of their recommendations here. 

TNT’s NBA basketball playoff game between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics, won 87-71 by the Knicks, was Tuesday’s top Social TV program, Trendrr reported this morning. What else was buzzing on TV last night? Check it out right here.

 Top Stories

NBCUniversal Plans an ‘Upfront’ for Its Digital Properties

Remember how the Florida citrus growers ran commercials asserting that orange juice was not just for breakfast anymore? The NBCUniversal division of Comcast, in its seemingly continuous efforts to convince Madison Avenue that it is not just about the problematic NBC television network anymore, plans to share an ambitious slate of digital initiatives with advertisers and agencies on Wednesday evening.


Viggle pays Nielsen to conduct second-screen study

Social TV app provider Viggle said it is commissioning Nielsen to conduct two studies aimed at tracking how second-screen apps on smartphones and tablets impact the viewing of TV programming and advertising.



TV Ratings Monday: ‘The Voice’ Dips, ‘The Following’, ‘Castle’ & ’90210′ Rise + ‘Revolution’ Flat

NBC was number one with adults 18-49, but ABC won with total viewers. On NBC, earned a 4.8, down three tenths after last week’s season high 5.2 adults 18-49 rating. was even with the 2.2 its last original earned two weeks ago. Your predictions were about right.


TV Ratings: Ryan Lochte Premiere Sinks on E!, ‘Mad Men’ Tumble Continues

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? As it so happens, not many people cared enough to find out. The E! reality series scored a paltry 807,000 viewers during its first outing at 10 p.m. on Sunday night.



Scripps Networks Serves Up a Kinder Version of Reality

At Scripps Networks Interactive, home of networks like Food Network and Cooking Channel, the recipe calls for a gentler type of reality programming – and a pinch of Vanilla Ice.


Univision Communications CEO Discusses Upfront Outlook, Aereo

Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications on Tuesday reported improved first-quarter financials amid revenue growth in its TV, radio and digital units. On a conference call, CEO Randy Falco also discussed broadcasters’ continuing litigation with digital TV streaming service Aereo and the company’s possible options. PHOTOS: 10 High-Paid Entertainment CEOs



The Slow Demise of the Japanese Electronics Industry. Here’s Why.

There have been a silent but far reaching changes in the consumer electronic scene over the last few years. It’s the slow but steady decline of the once mighty Japanese electronics industry; what we see today can be considered just a shadow of what it once was.


Asus ships Cube Net Streaming Device with Google TV

Asustek has shipped its Google TV streaming device called Cube, which will become available starting this week for US$139.99. Originally called the “Qube,” the product is shaped like a cube, and attracted attention for its small size when originally announced at the International CES in January this year.



EC Wades In On Connected TV, Cross-Border Content Regulation

The European Commission believes that, alongside the rise of smartphones, tablets and other TV replacements, by 2016 connected TVs could be used in the majority of European homes – up from around 40.4 million today. Today it released a Green Paper to lay the groundwork for how it might cope with that.



Twitter Now Has a Two-Step Solution

Twitter has a working two-step security solution undergoing internal testing before incrementally rolling it out to users, something it hopes to begin doing shortly, Wired has learned. Such a system will drastically reduce the risk of Twitter users having their accounts hacked, something that has been experienced by everyday users and major companies like the Associated Press, the BBC and 60 Minutes.



Salesforce Launches App To Help Ad Agencies Go Bigger On Facebook And Twitter

As Facebook and Twitter continue to change the way we perceive social media-changing how we connect to friends through an immersive phone app; helping to spread (and shape) information in developing news stories-brands know they need to go social to [...]



Correspondents’ Dinner Preview: What BuzzFeed, Rock the Vote, Politico, and Others Are Doing This Weekend

WASHINGTON The Hollywood Reporter is out, BuzzFeed is in. At least when it comes to this year’s events surrounding the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The long weekend of events-often referred to as “nerd prom”-will draw a slightly different mix of celebrities, journalists, and policy wonks to the nation’s capital.


Viggle’s Consiglio on straddling second screen, social media worlds

It’s possible that Viggle will follow the TiVo example and go from a noun to a verb as in, “Did you Viggle that program?” For now, though, President and COO Greg Consiglio is focused on expanding Viggle’s profile as a second screen app that is also a social app and a rewards program for broadband-connected pay TV subscribers.


CNN’s Leading Women wins social media award

Leading Women connects you to extraordinary women of our time — remarkable professionals who have made it to the top in all areas of business, the arts, sport, culture, science and more. (CNN) — Leading Women has won the silver award in the Social Media category at the inaugural WAN-IFRA European Digital Media Awards last Monday night.


New York Times lifts paywall for video, plans ‘franchises’

A A The New York Times announced on Tuesday that it will no longer count video views as part of the 10-article limit it imposes on non-subscribers who visit its website. The move comes as part of a plan by the Times to increase its overall video investment and to develop video franchises around its writers and columns.



NFL, ESPN & the Art of Tipping Picks

Picture this: It’s the start of the NFL draft on Thursday night, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is sauntering up to the podium to announce the first pick when his phone buzzes. Jay Glazer of Fox just tweeted who the Kansas City Chiefs will take. Buzz again.


Latest ACC TV deal means realignment madness is over … for now

PASADENA, Calif. — Conference realignment died here. Quietly. What, you didn’t hear? Probably not. The BCS commissioners met at a luxury California hotel Monday for their annual meetings, munched on crisp salads in the warm California sunshine and named their proud, new playoff. In California.


Latin Market

Andres Cantor Named Telemundo’s Lead Commentator for Spanish-Language Network’s EPL Coverage

EXCLUSIVE: Andres Cantor, one of the most recognizable soccer commentators on US television, will be the lead commentator for Telemundo’s coverage of the English Premier League beginning with the 2013-14 season. Cantor is best known for his signature “GOOOOLLLLLLLL” call.


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