Wednesday Social TV Must-Reads (May 8)

Our top story in our mid-day news roundup is Nielsen’s announcement that it will include Internet viewers in “TV Homes”

Elsewhere, the ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’ saw a big spike in #socialTV buzz yesterday, the second day of its $20,000 check-in deal with Viggle. Read the story here.

Tonight, fading ‘American Idol’ goes head-to-head against ‘The Voice’ See the social profile for both shows and what critics are recommending here.

In other top stories for you:

1. Ratings for Monday, a win for NBC
2. Upfronts, key trends, video, what’s on top
3. Hardware: Samsung inside Best Buy
4. Content: Amazon’s TV Play
5. Advertising, Huge gets Audi Social Media Work, New transparency tool
6. Sports: NBA, SportsStream and New England Patriots
7. Apps: TV Guide
8. Blogs: Scott Monty of Ford blogs about social-media marketing
9. People: The Social Media Correspondent
10. The Latin Market: Telemundo deal

Top Story

Nielsen to include Internet viewers in its definition of TV homes

Beginning later this year, the ratings giant will begin including people who consume video over the Internet in its sample audience. Homes will qualify as part of the TV universe if they have a broadband Internet connection and “at least one operable TV/monitor with the ability to deliver video,” Nielsen said Tuesday in a statement.

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TV Ratings: ‘Dancing’ Drops Worsen, ‘Hawaii’ and ‘Revolution’ Gain

Fast National returns give a Monday demo win to NBC, though The Voice was down again. Pulling a 3.9 rating with adults 18-49, the two-hour episode came in four tenths of a point shy of last week for a season low. Revolution (2.1 adults) was up, however, growing three tenths of a point to top the 10 p.m.

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6 Key Trends as Upfront, NewFront Blend Into a Giant Play for Video Ad Dollars

Upfront season is becoming increasingly complex amid the addition of a wide array of competing video alternatives, such as tablets and online streaming. As the conversation around traditional TV continues to change at a rapid pace and the influx of digital media shakes up the industry, the traditional TV upfront and premium Digital NewFronts have blended into one major, cohesive play for advertising spend.

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TV Upfronts 2013: NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and The CW By the Numbers

What’s on tap, what’s coming back this fall, and what’s not.

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Upfronts Pregame Analysis: Fallen Idol, Wounded Fox

The Following was a bloody hit, but it wasn’t enough to make up for American Idol’s downward ratings spiral.

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Samsung opening 1,400 mini-shops inside Best Buy stores across U.S.

The next time you walk into a Best Buy store, there’s a good chance you’ll see Samsung’s answer to Apple’s retail stores. The South Korean electronics giant, which has been closing the gap between itself and Apple, is rolling out hundreds of mini-shops across the U.S.

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Amazon’s TV Push Reflects Changes in the Biz

Amazon, the online retailer, recently posted 14 original “TV pilots” on the Web for public viewing and reviewing. In an instant, and before a single show has officially debuted, it has established a brand. Television is changing fast, so fast that it is hard now even to know what is meant by the word “television.”

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NBCUniversal: “Transmedia storytelling will be a part of Social TV”

Lisa Hsia, executive vice-president of Bravo Digital Media at NBCUniversal, gives us five predictions for the Social TV industry over the next few years.

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Audi Taps Brooklyn-based Huge to Handle Social Media Efforts

Audi has selected Huge to handle social media following a pitch. “Huge demonstrated outstanding creativity, strategic thinking, technical expertise, integrated capabilities and a solid understanding of our mission,” said Drew Elliott, a social media specialist at Audi of America.

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New Tool Shows TV Advertisers What Their Competitors Are Paying

CBS may be network of the sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” but it isn’t cheap. At least it’s not for advertisers, according to a tranche of TV advertising data released this week by TV advertising startup Simulmedia.

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NBA Goes Second Screen in the Second Round

NBA puts fans in the bonus. As the National Basketball Association playoffs head into the second round, NBA marketers have intensified the game for viewers with a second-screen promotion that will reward them for watching telecasts on ESPN and TNT.

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SportsStream launches SportsBase social TV platform

SportsStream has launched the SportsBase platform for teams, leagues, connected TV, media companies and others to build tailored social media experiences in any digital environment, from websites and apps to digital displays inside stadiums.

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How the New England Patriots revamped game days for their wired fans

Sports fans today are wired. They watch the game on TV with a phone or tablet in their hand, which they use to check highlights from other games and track their fantasy league. That works fine on the couch at home, but what about for fans who go to the games?

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TV Guide Updates Android App

TV Guide has released an updated version of its app for Android that adds a number of features already available through its iOS app or at These include its Watchlist tool, allowing users to customize listings on a single screen by adding favorite shows, sports teams, actors and movies they want to track.

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From the Blogs

Scott Monty: The Social Media Marketing Blog: Must-Not-See TV

It wasn’t all that long ago that we viewed TV by appointment. NBC’s “Must-See TV” lineup of Thursday nights included legendary shows like The Cosby Show, Seinfeld and Cheers, among others, and audiences turned out in droves to see them. Things are drastically different now, as you know.

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Introducing the social media correspondent

Much has been written about the death of television. Discussions about social media and traditional media often appear in an either/or context. That’s not the relationship Dabney Porte has with media.

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Latin Market

Before Upfront, Telemundo Hooks AT&T, Ford and State Farm for La Voz Kids

Immediately after its Sunday night Season 2 premiere, three of Telemundo’s advertisers expanded their commitments to include La Voz Kids. Ford, State Farm and AT&T will now buy the Hispanic spinoff of big sister network NBC’s The Voice, in addition to their current deals on the network.

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