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Good morning. It’s Monday October 3, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
Volume: Volume refers to how much traffic (i.e., page views and impressions) a website has garnered over a specific time period.
Amazon Prime members just got a new benefit: An ad-free version of Twitch. And the live video-streaming site, which is owned by Amazon, will also allow Prime subs free access to one paid Twitch channel per month, as well as access to digital games, free same-day game delivery, and other perks. The new program is called Twitch Prime. The new features were announced at TwitchCon, the site’s gamer-friendly annual event. One other notable announcement: Twitch will begin allowing users to upload videos. It’s a major new addition to the site, which up till now has been focused on live-streaming.
Like its subsidiary Instagram, Facebook is taking some inspiration from Snapchat. Specifically, Facebook Messenger is out with a new feature that allows users to tack stickers and filters onto shared videos and photos. Oh, and said videos and photos disappear after 24 hours. TechCrunch was the first to report the new feature. Facebook told the publication that this is just a “small test.” They’re not kidding: At the moment, it’s only available in Poland.
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Maybe Snapchat should be flattered by all the emulation? In any event, nobody’s fleeing the app anytime soon. In fact, if you work for a media company and you want to reach young users, Snapchat is the place to be. That’s why Cynopsis is offering a Snapchat Boot Camp on October 27. Food Network, Mindshare and others will be on-hand to teach you everything to know about Snapchat, including how to navigate the app, how to use it to build a media game plan, and how to master measurement and metrics. Register here.
Dentsu Aegis Network has opened up a new research and development center focused on creating and implementing new uses of data. Called the Dentsu Aegis Network Global Data Innovation Centre, the unit will serve as Dentsu’s hub for technologists and data scientists. Dentsu says that it hopes the Innovation Centre will shore up its digital efforts and revenue, especially when it comes to video, mobile, and programmatic. “Dentsu Aegis Network Global Data Innovation Centre allows us to hone data literate talent that will lead to a competitive advantage for our clients,” said Nick Waters, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific, in a statement. The center will be based in Singapore.
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PROGRAMMING + CONTENT ACQUISITIONS
As Netflix has focused on an original content-centric strategy, it’s also declined to forge as many new licensing deals (and allowed old ones to lapse). The result: The streaming giant’s content library has shrunk by more than half since 2012, from about 11,000 titles to about 5,300 titles. It was the streaming blog Exstreamist that crunched the numbers, in part by referring to uNoGS, a site that tracks Netflix data. It’s not as if Netflix is pursuing a less expensive strategy, of course; its budget for 2016 is $6 billion. Bottom line: Original content is mega-expensive, and Netflix can’t pursue it if it’s also maintaining all of its costly licensing deals. And anyway, the service has made the bet that licensed movies and TV shows aren’t its main ticket to customer growth.
VIRTUAL + AUGMENTED REALITY
With cheaper options like the Samsung Gear VR on the shelves, high-end hardware-makers are going to have to set themselves apart. That’s why HTC, maker of the $799 Vive headset, just launched its own VR app store. Called Viveport, the store features both cinematic VR experiences and games.
DIGITAL COPYRIGHT LAW
Sometimes piracy gets punished – severely. Just ask William Kyle Morarity, a California man who illegally shared The Revenant and The Peanuts Movie online after stealing copies of the films while working on the 20th Century Fox studio lot. As part of his sentence for felony copyright infringement, a federal judge has ordered Morarity to pay $1.12 million in restitution. That’s in addition to eight months of house arrest and 24 months of probation. Don’t steal copyrighted material from a major movie studio, kids. Especially if you’re their employee.
According to a study from SurveyMonkey Intelligence, the three-month-old live-streaming app Live.ly now boasts 4.6 million monthly active users on Apple’s iOS. That places Live.ly ahead of Twitter’s Periscope, which has 4.3 million monthly iOS users. Created by Musical.ly, the video app is geared toward teenage girls. It just launched for the Android operating system last month, and already has 1.2 million users. With a little more time to grow its Android user base, it’s likely that Livel.ly will soon become the most popular stand-alone live-streaming app.
You may know that famed comedy director/producer Judd Apatow co-created the Netflix original series Love. He also produced a 2016 Netflix original film. Which film was it? (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
Our Last Trivia Question: Chris Messina, the co-star of Hulu‘s The Mindy Project, has directed one feature film. What’s it called? Answer: Alex of Venice. It premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. (The writer of this newsletter had the chance to participate in a roundtable interview with Messina and the film’s cast-members at the time.) Kudos to Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg M and S Entertainment, Inc./CA, Louis Lewow-Lewow Media Group/GA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/Federal Credit Union, and Lorrie Shilling/CA
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Season 5 of The Mindy Project debuts on Hulu tomorrow. You can check out the trailer here.
Watcheroo Premieres and Tune-in Alerts for the week of October 3-October 9:
-People Now at People.com, Monday-Friday at 8:30a ET and 11:30a ET: Guests include actor Luke Evans (Universal Pictures’ ‘The Girl on the Train’), actor Charlie Weber (ABC‘s How to Get Away with Murder), and author Katherine Schwarzenegger
- Fullscreen: The reality show House Divided debuts on Fullscreen Media’s SVOD service today, October 3
- Hulu: Season 5 of The Mindy Project debuts October 4
- Netflix: The 13th, a new documentary from director Ava DuVernay (Paramount Pictures’ ‘Selma’), debuts in theaters and on Netflix October 7
- Netflix: The second half of Season 1 of The Ranch debuts October 7
- Netflix: Russell Peters: Almost Famous, a new comedy special, debuts October 7
- Netflix: The Siege of Jadotville, a new drama film, debuts October 7
Watcheroo is Cynopsis Digital‘s tune-in guide, categorized alphabetically by platform or network. Programming includes digital premieres, ongoing shows, live-streamed events and linear TV digital integrated series.
See you on tomorrow,
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