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Fabric Notable Stories, July 6, 2016: Snapchat Remembers, Mobile Olympics, Don’t Forget Africa

Curated by David Bloom

So, Snapchat is ephemeral, huh? After years of telling us it zapped everything, Snapchat has rolled out Memories, to let you keep and share at least some of those Snaps. Seems against brand, but the company has been iterating from its strong points lately on seemingly every front. Maybe this is another one.  -DB


Social Media, Mobile,  #NeverForget

Snapchat introduces Memories: a searchable, shareable archive of your snaps

By Casey Newton

http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/6/12102294/snapchat-memories-private-snap-archive

Memories, which begins rolling out today on Snapchat for Android and iOS, is a new section of the app that you access by swiping up from the camera screen. In the past, you’ve been able to save your photos, videos, and stories from Snapchat to your phone’s camera roll. (“Stories,” of course, are what Snapchat calls the rolling 24-hour collection of photos and videos that you take throughout the day.) Now you can save them to Snapchat’s servers as well, and revisit them later in the Memories section of the app.

Memories also includes a section called “My Eyes Only” where you can put embarrassing or explicit snaps that might accidentally kill your grandma, if she ever saw them. You have to type in a PIN code to access those memories, and if you forget your PIN, Snapchat won’t recover the images. The company says Memories started from the observation that people often tell stories in person by physically sharing their phones with one another, letting them swipe through photos of a vacation, or prom, or some other event. My Eyes Only is meant to allow people to share their phones with one another more comfortably.


Social Media, Mobile

Inside the Newest Snapchat Megatrend

Geofilters are the new hashtags

By Molly McHugh of The Ringer

https://theringer.com/geofilters-are-the-newest-snapchat-megatrend-38cc2035cfef

…now an entire cottage industry is cropping up around geofilters: freelance designers and small companies exist entirely to create geofilters, and to help you do it, too. A custom geofilter is the new custom hashtag: Your event, office, party, or fraternity better have one. And given that they aren’t free to submit, the geofilter community is happily lining Snapchat’s pockets.


International, Mobile, Video, Social Media

An 11-Month-Old Snapchat Copycat App Called ‘Snow’ Is Exploding Across Asia

By Geoff Weiss

http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/07/05/snapchat-copycat-app-snow-exploding-in-asia/

Snow, which enables users to send disappearing messages, compose sequential video stories, and even transform their appearance via live selfie filters, has been downloaded a total of 30 million times.

Snow, which launched internationally last September, is the creation of South Korean app maker Naver, which is most famous for Line, a dominant messaging app in Japan.


Digital Media, Investment, Creators

Four L.A. start-ups hunting for online video stars raise a combined $56 million

By Paresh Dave

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-la-tech-0705-20160703-snap-htmlstory.html

All Def Digital, Thoughtful Media Group, Kin Community and Woven Digital are exploiting consumers’ transition to digital video subscriptions from traditional pay-TV. They say their shows resonate better with their target group, whether it be millennial men, young women interested in arts and crafts, or “urban youth.”

Financiers include the world’s largest ad agency conglomerate, one of the top officials at media giant Viacom and many other major players in entertainment worldwide. The investors predict bright horizons for the video-centric companies because they’re suppliers in what stands to be a seller’s market for a while.


Creators, VidCon

7 Years of VidCon

By Laura Chernikoff, Guest Manager for @VidCon, transitioning to Executive Director of the Internet Creators Guild.

https://medium.com/@laurachernikoff/7-years-of-vidcon-b83945387328#.8ihf1c37u

Making VidCon a safe space was more important than ever this year.World events brought fear to the forefront and an already-robust security plan was evaluated all over again. Much has been written about the extra divide between creators and attendees, but I think it all came together and the opportunity to connect was still there.

Having VidCon feel true and genuine has also become more difficult as we’ve grown. With money and manpower pouring into digital careers, the number of people clamoring to say “what matters” has multiplied. YouTubers are now celebrities, or talent, or influencers.


Advertising

Does advertising even work any more?

By Mark Duffy

http://digiday.com/brands/advertising-even-work-anymore/

What should a brand do, then? Whelp, it definitely should stop spending money on advertising its products. Immediately. And give up on your marketing MBA bullshit: no hard sells, no soft sells, no devious sells … no selling!

Your only options left are to non-sell or un-sell. Here are some examples.

Un-ad ads are becoming more and more popular. Although they are still obviously ads, young folk seem to like their attitude. One of the most famous un-ads was E-Trade’s 1999 Super Bowl spot “we just wasted two million dollars,” though that ad still had too much “selling” copy at the end.


Advertising, Traditiional Media

Could TV Upfronts Strength Hamper Programmatic Progress?

By Kelly Liyakasa

http://adexchanger.com/digital-tv/tv-upfronts-strength-hamper-programmatic-progress/

…a strong upfront could hamper programmatic TV progress, say some industry insiders, since networks might be more reluctant to expose their data or offer buyers the same concessions they would when prices are weak.

Last year, as a result of the soft scatter market, programmers talked up proprietary audience indexing tools and data platforms to differentiate their upfront pitches. Some positioned their programmatic tools as a value-add – or even a must-have, in some cases, to access the deepest of audience insights – for buying that network’s media.

“I think programmatic automation and advanced data targeting helps to make TV more accountable,” she added. “The networks should keep moving the industry moving forward and not let one stronger marketplace allow them to become complacent and accept that we can go back to the way things were always done.”


Programmatic, Social Media, Advertising

Five Minutes With: Most LinkedIn Advertisers now use Programmatic, says Russell Glass

By DMNews

http://www.dmnews.com/social-media/five-minutes-with-most-linkedin-advertisers-now-use-programmatic-says-russell-glass/article/507574/

In the past programmatic real-time bidding has been a bit of the wild-west with very little control over how data is used. Programmatic technologies have since then advanced sufficiently so that we can now have control over how our data is targeted and ensure members aren’t being harmed. LinkedIn is a member-first platform so protecting our members and their experience on our site is imperative to us.

Mobile continues to be an incredible force for change.  It already represents more than half of LinkedIn traffic and engagement and more than 50% of our advertising revenues. It will only continue to become more critical to our ad business and LinkedIn as a whole.  


Advertising, Mobile, Video

New Data Says Mobile Video Ads Lead The Pack of Best Performing Formats

By Michael Wiser

http://mobileadvertisingwatch.com/new-data-says-mobile-video-ads-lead-the-pack-of-best-performing-formats-23682

According to the research presented by the ad company, mobile video ads remain the most effective and best forming ad formats in the mobile space today.

The report summary notes that mobile video ads drive higher revenue when shown in-app versus in the mobile web, with iOS apps delivering almost 3x higher eCPMs over the mobile web.

In terms of app categories that deliver highest eCPMs: music saw a +54% eCPM uplift, followed by Video & Computer Games (+38%), Society (+29%) and then Real Estate (+15%). This makes intuitive sense, as people using apps in the Arts and Entertainment category are already being exposed to rich media (including sound), and mobile video ads may seem less invasive.


Video, Digital Media, Marketing, Advertising

Brands, creators wrestle with sound’s role in social videos

By Tim Peterson

http://marketingland.com/brands-creators-wrestle-sounds-role-social-videos-183137

A year ago, brands and publishers were wrestling with whether and how to make vertical and square versions of the horizontal videos they had traditionally produced and posted to YouTube and, more recently, Facebook. And that was just visual formatting. Now they have to consider not only how people may view a video, but also whether they’ll listen to it.

Until about a month ago, the dilemma seemed to be getting easier. Facebook had been telling brands and publishers to create videos that could be watched with or without sound, and some publishers were putting out stats backing up Facebook’s point.

But it turns out that mobile doesn’t always equate to silent cinema. In early June, Snapchat announced that two-thirds of the videos posted to its mobile app are viewed with the sound on. That stat “totally took me aback,” said Gloria DeCoste, Head of Digital Strategy at Nestlé USA.


Mobile, Advertising, Olympics

What Mobile’s Massive Growth Means for Advertisers at This Year’s Summer Games

By James Patterson

http://www.adweek.com/brandshare/what-mobile-s-massive-growth-means-advertisers-years-summer-games-172120

This is all part of the same trend. Last year, mobile video accounted for 55 percent of all mobile data traffic. By 2019, U.S. smartphone video viewers are estimated to reach 174.8 million, according to eMarketer. Global viewing habits are rapidly shifting to mobile, and advertisers are finding ways to answer the call.

Programmatic buying, in particular, is one avenue that advertisers will turn to. Because of how narrowly you can target through programmatic, mobile video is one of the most personal one-to-one marketing channels advertisers can find for reaching their audience. Simply put, when viewers see more varied and relevant video ads, viewability and completion metrics improve for the advertiser. Programmatic helps to ensure this by satisfying viewers with content that resonates and, in turn, improves key metrics for advertisers.

 

Social Media, Marketing

Pinterest Updates Strategy, Looks to Scale Search and Audience Based Buying

By George Slefo

http://adage.com/article/digital/pinterest-intros-keyword-search-audience-based-buying/304795/

Seeking to scale its ad business ahead of a much anticipated IPO, Pinterest said it’s updated its advertising strategy and will place more focus on expanding its keyword search and audience based buying offerings.

The company is now offering its search inventory separately to advertisers, something it previously had not done before. More importantly, Pinterest’s head of global sales Jon Kaplan says the platform will feature the same kind of keyword based buying search marketers are familiar with — such as those found on Google — to be applied on Pinterest.


Social Media, Marketing

The State of Social Media for B2B Brands

By Alex Chaidaroglou

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/state-social-media-b2b-brands

Mainly because everyone is like “You have to get on Snapchat now” and that’s no necessarily true for every brand. The important social media channels in B2B are different than those in B2C, but few seem to clarify this.

Snapchat is an interesting app that will probably dominate to a length similar to Instagram or more. But. As happened with Instagram, I don’t see many businesses regretting not betting on Instagram in the early days (remember the hype back then?).

The thing is, Snapchat’s applications in B2B seem to be very limited.


Content Marketing, Digital Media

How You Can Conquer These Three Negative Content Trends

By Jacob Harwick

http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2016/30234/how-you-can-conquer-these-three-negative-content-trends

To conquer these advertising shifts…

  • Own intent-based and relevant industry searches (through SEM and SEO efforts).
  • Create high-quality, empathetic, and valuable content; it converts better and keeps costs down.
  • Experiment with campaigns across many channels to better determine your best tactics.
  • Maintain an accurate reporting structure and relationship with your analytics efforts.
  • Track KPIs closely and reassess strategy often (at least quarterly).

Digital Media

The latest Yahoo offers are due tomorrow, with the final round expected in two weeks

By Kara Swisher

http://www.recode.net/2016/7/5/12096084/latest-yahoo-bids-due-tomorrow-final-selection-july-18

Remaining bidders — including Verizon and a group headed by Quicken Loans’ Dan Gilbert — have been told that the final selection process will take place around July 18.

It will be interesting to see how activist shareholder Starboard Value — whose leader Jeffrey Smith now has several Yahoo board seats — will react to what are essentially subpar offers for the company. He had pushed for the sale and now is presiding over what could be a very tepid one.


International, Technology, Investment, Innovation

Emerging markets’ challenge to Silicon Valley

By Keith Jones

https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/04/the-emerging-markets-challenge-to-silicon-valley/

Africa and the emerging markets have a leading role to play in the future direction of the planet. If we are brought along for the ride, we all have a chance of a good future. However, if we are left behind, we all suffer the consequences. The evidence that this is already happening is becoming more apparent.

Technology innovation is everything to our future. The challenge we have for Silicon Valley is: “How are you going to be relevant to us?”

The West says “mobile first;” Africa is mobile only, so the way we use mobile is very different. The West thinks “cloud/PC/tablet/mobile;” emerging markets think “mobile/bricks and mortar.” Our payment models are different: We need to service larger, more complex, multi-cultural user communities at a cost to serve that is a fraction of the West, off weaker infrastructure.


International, Traditional Media, Film

China Box Office Shrinks For First Time in Half a Decade

By Patrick Brzeski

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-box-office-shrinks-first-908701

Coming after a historic run of relentless growth, fueled by a nationwide cinema construction boom, the fall marks the Chinese theatrical market’s first year-on-year quarterly decline in over a half a decade.

In the first quarter of 2015, China’s box office expanded an astonishing 50 percent, hitting 14.49 billion yuan (roughly $2.2 billion) compared to 9.66 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) the year prior. In February, the China market totaled more than $1 billion, topping North America for the second month ever.


Mogulfest, Traditional Media, Digital Media

Sun Valley: Shari Redstone Takes Center Stage as Media Moguls Gather

By Paul Bond and George Szalai

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sun-valley-shari-redstone-takes-908495

“It is likely that consolidation will be discussed,” says Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible. “The industry will also need to focus on ways to monetize viewing as cord cutting continues to grow.”

Also attending is Leslie Moonves, CBS’ chairman and chief executive, who was seen by the gathered media driving Shari Redstone to dinner on Tuesday. There has been heavy speculation on Wall Street that Shari Redstone might like to see a merger between CBS and Viacom – with Moonves leading the combined media giant.

Not attending, though, is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who is shopping the core assets of the company (which don’t include stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, apparently) for roughly $4 billion. And while former superagents Mike Ovitz and Jeff Berg are in attendance, current WME-IMG co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell are sitting the event out. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam is expected to be there, though, and his company is allegedly a front-runner in the bidding for Mayer’s Yahoo, a process that should end in mid July


Pay TV, Streaming Video, Pigs Fly

Comcast Strikes Deal With Netflix

By Paul Bond

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/comcast-strikes-deal-netflix-908452

Comcast agreed to integrate the Netflix service into some of its upgraded cable boxes that are due out by year’s end, the two former rivals said on Tuesday.

The partnership is seen as a win for Netflix, which is available on Apple TV, Roku and video game devices but has been trying to work its way into as many traditional cable boxes as possible so that consumers won’t need to juggle multiple devices.


Social Media, Live Streaming, Sports

Twitter Debuts Livestreaming With High Definition Broadcast of Wimbledon

By Christopher Heine

http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/twitter-debuts-livestreaming-high-definition-broadcast-wimbledon-172398

Twitter today is providing a glimpse into what kind of TV-like platform it could be for sports fans, one of its most-loyal user bases. The social media network’s livestreaming of Wimbledon is Twitter’s first broadcast in high definition.

Video ads are not running during breaks in the action. Additionally, Twitter doesn’t appear to be selling Promoted Tweets specifically for the Wimbledon stream while focusing on the user experience, but it seems likely that targeted ads will appear alongside sports video content on the social network in the near future.

Also, Twitter’s Wimbledon coverage provides a preview for how the social platform may treat Thursday Night Football games later this fall. Twitter signed a $10 million livestreaming rights deal with the NFL a few months ago.


Traditional Media, Pay TV, International

Global television subscriber numbers rise

By Broadband TV News

http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/07/06/global-television-subscriber-numbers-rise/

The worldwide number of pay television subscribers reported by the Informitv Multiscreen Index rose by 6.90 million or 1.68% in the first quarter of 2016.

60 of the 100 leading pay-television services in the latest Multiscreen Index report showed net subscriber gains in the quarter.

The greatest quarterly subscriber gains were in the Asia Pacific region.

The top 10 services from the United States in the Multiscreen Index closed the first quarter with just 18,000 subscribers more than at the start of the year, but they were down by over 880,000 year on year.


Mobile, Gaming, Franchises, M&A

Chris DeWolfe’s SGN Buys ‘Marvel Avengers’ Maker TinyCo

By Reid Nakamura

http://www.thewrap.com/chris-dewolfes-mobile-gaming-company-sgn-acquires-marvel-avengers-academy-maker-tinyco/

TinyCo, the Andreessen Horowitz­-backed San Francisco studio is led by CEO Suli Ali, and is the company behind mobile games such as “Marvel Avengers Academy” and “Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.” Ali will remain the leader of TinyCo’s 125-person staff, growing SGN to a size of 400 employees.

Founded in 2010 by DeWolfe with President & COO Josh Yguado and CTO Aber Whitcomb, SGN received a $130 million investment from South Korea’s Netmarble Games last July. The TinyCo’s aquisition marks the company’s third since December.


Links of Note

Product Hunt Does Product Marketing

Product Marketing: An essential part of any startup (even Snapchat). TV commercials, ads on the side of a bus, billboards, you know… the usual stuff. But it’s the little things that count:

Read more about Full Stack Marketing for Startups on Medium, and check out the full collection on Product Hunt.


Conferences of Note

Variety Sports & Entertainment Summit, July 14, Los Angeles

http://events.variety.com/sportsentertainmentsummit/

 

Fabric Notable Stories, June 28, 2016: Cannes Lions, Nielsen’s Total Audience, Bezos’ WaPo Experiment

Curated by David Bloom

Lots of advertising-related news is still trickling out of Cannes Lions, but so too are studies from Nielsen and others on media consumption. We have a good graphic detailing the current virtual reality space, and reasons why it should thrive in media and entertainment. Most interesting read may be regarding Jeff Bezos’ grand experiment in transforming the modern newspaper. Worrisome coda to the New York magazine story: if it doesn’t work with Bezos’ Washington Post, and all it has going for it right now, can digital journalism at scale and serious intent work anywhere? -DB


Advertising, Cannes Lions

Advertising Isn’t Dead, But Market Is Changing

Cannes panel hosted by Wall Street Journal says there is less tolerance for bad ads

By Steven Perlberg

http://www.wsj.com/articles/advertising-isnt-dead-but-market-is-changing-1466610850

The WSJ panel, titled “Advertising is dead; Long live advertising,” also featured WPP PLC CEO Martin Sorrell, Vice Media LLC CEO Shane Smith and FacebookInc.’s vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Nicola Mendelsohn.It was moderated by The Wall Street Journal’s editor in chief, Gerard Baker.

One of the biggest topics at Cannes this week has been how to win consumers’ attention amid a swiftly changing technology landscape and backlash against a perceived overload of advertising.


Viewership, Digital Media, Traditional Media

THE TOTAL AUDIENCE REPORT: Q1 2016

By Nielsen

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/reports/2016/the-total-audience-report-q1-2016.html

Live TV is still the top media channel for time spent, but digital has passed live TV for 18-49-year-olds, according to Nielsen’s Q1 2016 Total Audience Report.

The 18-34-year-olds demographic spent the most time on digital (39%) and the least on live TV (29%), while the over-50 demographic spent the most on live TV (53%) and the least on digital (21%).


Programmatic, Advertising, Social Media

LinkedIn launches programmatic buying for its display ads

By Ken Yeung

http://venturebeat.com/2016/06/28/linkedin-launches-programmatic-buying-for-its-display-ads/

LinkedIn is making its display ads more available to advertisers. The Microsoft-owned professional social networkannounced today that it has launched programmatic buying to let brands make real-time bids on display ads within their own demand-side platforms (DSPs) or third-party ad networks that are used to manage ads for other media properties.

Advertisers can purchase LinkedIn display ad inventory through an open marketplace or in a private one that will exclusively target specific segments of the social network’s 433 million members.


Advertising, Ad Blockers, Publishing

Shine’s Roi Carthy: The most hated man in publishing

By Lucia Moses

http://digiday.com/publishers/shines-roi-carthy-hated-man-publishing/

If it were just talk, publishers might simply write off Shine as a pesky irritation. But they see the company’s approach itself as endangering the mobile ad business. Other ad blockers like Adblock Plus require consumers to proactively install on their desktop browsers. Shine blocks ads at the network level — wiping out all ads by default. Last year, Jamaica’s Digicel has said it would start using Shine to block ads across its mobile network. This year, Three became the first European mobile carrier to adopt the technology. Carthy said Shine has been tested with a network in the U.S. but wouldn’t say which one.

To date, ad blocking has mainly been a desktop concern. So by going after mobile, Shine also is taking aim at a segment of advertising that, while smaller compared to desktop, has been relatively safe.

For his part, Carthy calls the current IAB leadership “misguided” and points out that the trade group also profits from ad tech, a reference to the fact that those companies make up a portion of its membership.


Creators, Digital Media

Applications Are Now Open For Hank Green’s Internet Creators Guild

By Sam Gutelle

http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/06/25/internet-creators-guild-hank-green/

Membership to the ICG costs $60 per year and comes with a variety of perks. The most important benefit is access to a handful of tools and services that will help guild members deal with contracts, brands, rights management issues, hateful commenters, the press, and many other areas that can otherwise be tricky to navigate. The leaders of the organization will be a board of directors consisting of several top creators, including board president Anna Akana, Olan Rogers, Aureylian, and Wengie.

Guild members will also be able to take advantage of several special offers. They will receive discounts on analytics programs like TubeBuddy and VidIQ as well as reduced price tickets for VidCon’s creator track.


Creators, Digital Media, Live Streaming

Smosh To Stream First Live Sketch Comedy Show From YouTube Space L.A. This Summer

By Geoff Weiss

http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/06/24/smosh-stream-first-live-comedy-show/

Featuring all-new material and special guests, the show will be streamed from the YouTube Space Los Angeles on August 26.

Smosh Live! is being sponsored by chewing gum brand 5 Gum — which is also hosting a sweepstakes that will offer fans a chance to attend the performance in person. Select 5 Gum foil wrappers will feature truth or dare challenges, which fans can then document on social media using the hashtags #5truthordare and #vipsweepstakes for the chance to win tickets.


Media Consumption, Mobile, Statistics

Adults Consume More Media, Smartphone Biggest Gain

By Wayne Friedman http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/279057/adults-consume-more-media-smartphone-biggest-gain.html

Although analysts say U.S. media use is nearing media saturation, total media consumption for the first quarter of 2016 among U.S. adults rose around 10% versus the same period the year before.

Nielsen says adults added one hour of media on average per day to total 10 hours and 39 minutes. This contrasts with a nearly identical media use in the first quarter of 2015 versus 2014 — 9:39 versus 9:32.

The big gainer for the most recent period was smartphones, rising 37 minutes, up 60% versus the same period a year before. It now totals one hour and 39 minutes a day (1:39) — the third most-used media.


Publishing, Digital Media

The Good News at the Washington Post, Trump’s Least-Favorite Paper

By Gabriel Sherman

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/06/washington-post-jeff-bezos-donald-trump.html

In 2013, the Amazon founder bought the paper for $250 million from the Graham family. Since then, he’s invested millions more, turning the Post into a laboratory for inventing a sustainable future for newspapers.

Under Bezos, the paper has grown by 140 journalists and has won two Pulitzers. Its aggressive coverage of the 2016 presidential race frequently drives the news cycle and so infuriated Donald Trump that he has banned its reporters from his campaign. Most significantly, in business terms, since Bezos bought it, traffic to washingtonpost.com has more than doubled.

The paper is also experimenting technologically and collaborating with Silicon Valley to do so. This spring, the Post became the first publication to team with Google to build a prototype of a “progressive web app,” designed to cut mobile page-load times from four seconds to 80 milliseconds and to let readers surf the Post in their browsers even without a web connection. The company is conducting research on intelligent “news bots” with whom readers can chat to get the headlines in their car, on Siri, or (in a convenient bit of synergy) with Amazon’s Echo. Other publications are trying similar things, but the Post has a bigger budget than most to play with.


Computer Security

How To Lock Down So Ransomware Doesn’t Lock You Out

By Sean Martin

http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities—threats/how-to-lock-down-so-ransomware-doesnt-lock-you-out/

“Continually watch for outbound command-and-control traffic destined for known bad hosts,” says Chris Whidden, Solution Engineer at eSentire. He recommends also setting rules to prevent “unknown binaries from being downloaded from the Internet.”


Advertising, Traditional Media, Upfronts

CBS Expects to Finish Upfront With Volume Increase

By Brian Steinberg

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/2016-tv-upfront-cbs-volume-increase-tv-advertising-1201804273/

The network expects to secure between 3% and 5% more volume than it won compared with its performance in 2015, according to a person familiar with the situation. In 2015, the network known for “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS”  notched between $2.19 billion and $2.48 billion in pre-season ad commitments, according to Variety estimates. The new figures suggest CBS could have secured between $2.26 billion and $2.6 billion in ad commitments for its next programming cycle.

In discussions with advertisers, CBS pressed for significantly higher increases in the rates it charges to reach 1,000 viewers, a metric known as a CPM that is integral to these annual discussions between TV networks and Madison Avenue. During the “upfront,” U.S. TV networks try to sell the bulk of their ad inventory for the coming season. CBS pushed for CPM increases in the low double-digit percentage range, according to people familiar with the situation, compared with last year, when it sought between 3% and 5%.


Digital Distribution, Cord Cutting

Cable Cutting Is Easier Now That PlayStation Vue Is on Roku

By Nathan Olivares-Giles

http://www.wsj.com/articles/playstation-vue-on-roku-makes-cable-cutting-even-easier-1466776585

When Vue launched a year ago, it was confined to major cities and only available on Sony’s PlayStation game consoles. Now that Vue is available nationwide and on many streaming-video devices, it’s truly a viable alternative to a traditional cable-TV service.


Digital Media, Copyright, Music

Industry Out of Harmony With YouTube on Tracking of Copyrighted Music

By Hannah Karp

http://www.wsj.com/articles/industry-out-of-harmony-with-youtube-on-tracking-of-copyrighted-music-1467106213

many music rights holders say the YouTube system isn’t foolproof and requires them to conduct a laborious, manual search daily to track content and collect royalties. They worry that YouTube gains an unfair advantage with the lower rates it pays for music over other on-demand streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, which pay far more per play but together have relatively fewer paying subscribers at 68 million, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s latest report.

The free tiers from SoundCloud and Spotify, by contrast, pay at rates up to six times the rate YouTube offers for user-uploaded videos, one rights holder said. Another said it gets an average of 35% more per play ($0.0011) from these free services than it does from YouTube videos. Paid subscription services pay even more per play, according to rights holders.


Net Neutrality, Research, Distribution, Content

Net Neutrality Rules Will Make Winners and Losers Out of Businesses

By Shane Greenstein, Martin Peitz and Tommaso M. Valletti

https://hbr.org/2016/06/net-neutrality-rules-will-make-winners-and-losers-out-of-businesses

Today’s internet is infrastructure. And the rules that govern it are as difficult as any that have been written to date. In a recent research paper we sought to explore the tradeoffs at play in an important part of this modern debate that often tops the headlines: net neutrality.

All this matters to managers and investors since net neutrality rules could have significant consequences on the business models of ISPs, content providers, and other firms that depend on the transfer of data across the Internet. Managers and investors need to know about the open questions, and potential for change.

In our view, business owners and potential entrepreneurs should hesitate to take extremist positions on net neutrality regulation. We all need a well-functioning internet ecosystem. All participants have good reason to watch the debate and to express their needs regarding the price-quality trade-off since, in the end, you get what you pay for.


VR

6 Reasons Why Virtual Reality Will Thrive in Film and Entertainment

By Awane Jones, CEO of Merchlar Digital Agency,

http://uploadvr.com/6-reasons-vr-will-thrive-film-entertainment-industries/

Some people just don’t realize how impactful this technology will be and how obvious it is that the game is changing. Sure, not all VR entertainment and film content is glitch‐proof, and some people still feel weird about the idea of watching films on a headset. However, the glitches are clearing up every day and mobile VR is on its way to becoming the norm. As the popularity of these devices grows, so too will improved content and a better viewing experience.


VR

VR Fund 2016 VR Industry Landscape Graphic

The VR Fund 2016 VR Industry Landscap


Conferences of Note

VRLA Summer Expo   http://tech.co/event/vrla-summer-expo-2016-los-angeles

Silicon Beach Fest in Aug: http://siliconbeachfest.com/

Variety Summit in Sept.  http://events.variety.com/entertainment-and-technology-summit-los-angeles/

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LinkedIn: With Its Curation Product Twitter Becomes an Editorial Beast. Does This Beast Have a Soul?

Jay Rosen @ LinkedIn — Going into this event we knew that Project Lightning — a Twitter improvement scheme that launches this fall — will curate best-of-Twitter streams

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