Monthly Archives: October 2013

Nielsen measuring audience of TV-related tweets during programs

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The new Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings will take into account not only the people commenting on an episode, but also those exposed to the tweets.

Analysis found that the average Twitter audience for a show such as “The Voice” is 50 times greater than the number of people tweeting.Analysis found that the average Twitter audience for a show such as “The Voice” is 50 times greater than the number of people tweeting. (Tyler Golden, AP / December 17, 2012)
By Dawn C. ChmielewskiOctober 6, 2013

In a move that reflects the deepening connection between television and social media, Nielsen has introduced a new type of ratings system that seeks to measure the audience for TV-related conversations on Twitter.

The new Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings will take into account not only the people commenting on a TV episode, but also the broader universe of people exposed to those tweets. The measurement firm’s analysis found that the average Twitter audience for a show such as NBC’s singing competition“The Voice” is 50 times greater than the number of people tweeting.

“We always knew there’s a larger audience being impressed by and influenced by the tweets about TV,” said Sean Casey, founder of Nielsen’s SocialGuide unit. “We’re excited now to present that data.” (more…)

Awesome map shows every country’s favourite website

News.com.au

OCTOBER 07, 2013

Google dominates in Australia. Picture via the Oxford Internet Institute

Google dominates in Australia. Picture via the Oxford Internet Institute Source: Supplied

WHICH website is more popular: Google or Facebook?

That depends on which country you’re in.

The search engine giant is king in Australia, the US, and most of Europe and South East Asia.

But Facebook is the most visited in North Africa, Mexico, much of South America and parts of the Middle East.

Click here to see a larger image of the map.

Oxford Internet Institute researchers Mark Graham and Stefano De Stabbata made a map showing the most visited website in each country, which is weighted by internet population.

In China, search engine Baidu is the most visited website while Yahoo! dominates in Japan. Russian search engine Yandex is the most visited website in Russia, and an email client is the most visited in Kazakhstan, The Atlantic reports .

“We are likely still in the very beginning of the Age of Internet Empires,” the researchers wrote. “But, it may well be that the territories carved out now will have important implications for which companies end up controlling how we communicate and access information for many years to come.”

How country music went crazy: A comprehensive timeline of the genre’s identity crisis

Entertainment Weekly

By on Oct 1, 2013

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Image Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Are you aware that Nashville is currently embroiled in an outright civil war?

The country music genre has gone through quite a transformation in the past couple years, adopting the electric guitar sounds of nearly-defunct rock radio, the rap-infused cadences and AutoTune normally reserved for hip hop, and, most controversially, the pop elements left behind as that genre gravitated toward electronic dance music. And attitudes have become ever more contentious between traditional and modern-country fans in 2013. Lately, the frustrations have reached a boiling point.

The straw that broke the camel’s back arrived two weeks ago, when Zac Brown called Luke Bryan’s No. 1 single“That’s My Kind of Night” the “worst song I’ve ever heard.” That remark caused Jason Aldean to hop onInstagram and tell Brown, “trust me when I tell u that nobody gives a shit what u think.” The country community quickly took sides in the debate, and the resulting feud has catapulted country music’s identity crisis straight into the spotlight.

These days, pop-country is more popular than ever — but also more despised than ever. Stars like Brown, Alan Jackson, Kacey Musgraves, and Gary Allan have begun publicly expressing unhappiness with their format, which this year has become an increasingly homogenous platform for men (a few weeks ago, Carrie Underwood was the only solo female in the Top 20) singing about trucks and beers and girls and then more trucks.

Tensions have been brewing all year long (and really, much longer than that) — and there’s been no shortage of public feuding among the genre’s A-list. As country fights to figure out what it should look and sound like, its biggest stars are airing some very honest (and sometimes harsh) opinions. Here’s a timeline of country’s wild, crazy, and sometimes mud-slinging year:

January 23: Blake Shelton calls classic country fans “old farts” and “jackasses” (more…)

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AwesomenessTV boss talks YouTube networks for kids: ‘I don’t think we’re replacing television’

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But Brian Robbins warns children’s TV broadcasters that if they don’t make more shows for mobile consumption ‘you’re going to see the audience keep eroding’

Stuart Dredge
Sunday 6 October 2013

Brian Robbins
Brian Robbins of AwesomenessTV, which was bought by DreamWorks nine months after launching, speaking at MIPCOM

AwesomenessTV launched in the summer of 2012 as a YouTube multi-channel network (MCN) aimed at tweens and teenagers. In May 2013, it was acquired by DreamWorks Animation for $33m plus up to $117m in bonuses for hitting future earnings targets.

Now in October 2013, its main channel has more than 900,000 subscribers on YouTube and 176m views, but its wider network has 25m subscribers, nearly 2bn views and 65m monthly visitors. A rapid rise, to say the least.

Founder and chief executive Brian Robbins says that AwesomenessTV is capitalising on changing media habits of its young audience. “They don’t watch television any more, at least the way we used to watch television,” he said during a keynote speech at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes.

Robbins said that children are still sitting on their sofas watching videos, but the source is now YouTube and the devices are smartphones and tablets. “It’s not just my kids, or kids in the US. It’s kids everywhere,” said Robbins, adding that half his company’s views come from outside the US, and that half its views and comments come from mobile devices.

“For kids their devices provide a gateway to their friends, and a means to consume the content that they love,” he said. “If you want to reach and engage kids, you have to go where they go, and that’s online.” (more…)

No Strings Attached: Why Big Brands Are Getting Into The Music Business

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Liv Buli
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Media & Entertainment
9/05/2013

Out of Canton, Ohio, Hey Monea! are one of the latest signees to Hard Rock Records.

On a Tuesday night at the Mercury Lounge, the small, dimly lit venue in New York’s Lower East Side, known for being where A&R reps are prone to get their first taste of soon-to-be massive acts like Mumford & Sons, four young guys from Canton, Ohio who go by the moniker Hey Monea! took the first set on stage. The band is one of the latest signees to Hard Rock Records.

A little more than a year ago, the worldwide hotel and restaurant chain, with an obvious and long-standing association to music, announced they would be undertaking a new venture — all in the name of marketing — and joined an ever-expanding list of brands that have launched private record labels in support of the music community. From Red Bull Records to Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound, it has become an increasingly popular method of raising awareness around a brand or product, and an attempt at adding a certain “cool factor” to a brand’s profile. But if the cost of recording, producing, supporting tours and promoting a band is notoriously high, what is the measure of ROI that makes such a venture worthwhile for a brand? (more…)

The ten most expensive cities in the world

Human Resources Solutions Ltd

October 2013

Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit 2013 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.  Zurich was at the top of the list last year, but Tokyo has resumed its place as the world’s most expensive city. This is no surprise as the Japanese capital has been the world’s most expensive city for all but a handful of the last 20 years.

Other countries on the top ten list are France, Singapore and Norway. Japan has the two most expensive cities in the world, with Australia and Switzerland both having two cities each in the top ten list.

The top 10 most expensive cities in the world from the latest Worldwide Cost of Living Survey are:

Country City
1 Japan Tokyo
2 Japan Osaka
3 Australia Sydney
4 Norway Oslo
5 Australia Melbourne
6 Singapore Singapore
7 Switzerland Zurich
8 France Paris
9 Venezuela Caracas
10 Switzerland Geneva

Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit

Online education inspires eager students in Latin America

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Christian Science Monitor

The world of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, is shaking up academia in the US. But many are actively embracing it in regions like Latin America.

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy / October 4, 2013

ARMENIA, EL SALVADOR

Roosemberth Palacios sports braces on his teeth and a curly mop of hair. At 16, he finds high school boring. So after school, he logs onto his computer and hunts for challenges.

He’s found them in difficult online courses offered by professors at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He says he’s aced a course called “Machine Learning” by hotshot Stanford professor Andrew Ng, scoring a perfect 100. And he took a sophomore-level course by MIT professor Anant Agarwal called “Circuits and Electronics,” tallying 91 percent.

To patch up some weakness he saw in his own math skills, he took a course, “Numerical Analysis,” offered online by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. The class was in French.

The world of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, is roiling academia at universities in the United States, where they are labeled either the future or the downfall of higher education. (more…)

Sesame Street Registers Half of Views via Digital Device

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Posted on 10/04/2013 at 9:44 AM by Andy Plesser
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Telefónica follows Netflix and opens production studios

Rapid TV News

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 24-09-2013

Telefónica has decided to emulate Netflix’ successful model and go down the production road by creating Telefónica Studios, the company’s new global content production brand. The telco surprised the industry with this announcement which took place at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

The Spanish company, which leads telecoms markets in Latin America and some European countries, has decided to move forward in the TV business and wants to “consolidate the company as an important player in the international scene, being a fount of quality projects for the Hispanic markets and looking to the English ones for the future,” the company stated in a release.

The telco has also pointed out that it’s planning to produce exclusive content for its pay-TV and on-demand platforms Movistar TV and Movistar Play.

But Telefónica is not a new player in this business. The company currently produces between ten and 12 films per year, and three of its subsidiaries – Telefé, Media Networks and Telefónica España –have also attempted to produce movies and series.

Among Telefónica’s latest successful projects are Tadeo Jones and El Secreto de Sus Ojos, films which have been premiered in over 50 countries. Regarding series, the telco recently co-produced Isabel and Amar en Tiempos Revueltos, both successes with audiences on TVE.