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Posts tagged with Television

Consumers don't want to mix television and social: study

Television programming has always been a popular subject for water cooler conversations at work, so it doesn't take too much imagination to think that social media and television are a match made in heaven.

But according to a survey conducted by online television hub SideReel, expectations about social media and television may be a little bit too high.


Economy boosts television, hurts digital: report

Television has been called many things, and in the past several years, one of those things is 'dead'. But when it comes to advertising, television is still alive and kicking, and according to a new survey from media management software vendor STRATA, it's television advertising, not digital advertising, that will benefit most from economic recovery.

Of the major advertising firms polled as part of STRATA's 4th Quarter Agency Survey, the greatest percentage (44%) said that their clients were focused most on television, a 24% rise over the previous quarter. Digital trailed significantly, with 21.1% reporting the internet to be their clients' medium of choice.


Will the Boxee Box meet the same fate as Google TV?

The battle to bring the internet to the small screen is heating up. And the fight to control when and how the internet is brought to the small screen is heating up too.

After finding Google TV blocked by a number of television networks, a Google product manager for Google TV recently stated that the company hasn't done a good enough job communicating what the product is to content owners. And it doesn't seem to be improving in that effort.


Are mobile apps really hurting television?

Attention advertisers: what's bigger than Sunday Night Football and Dancing with the Stars, and nearly as big as American Idol? Answer: the audience of iOS social games.

At least that's according to smartphone analytics provider and mobile ad network Flurry, which has a strong message for advertisers.


Google's content strategy comes together for Google TV

When Google TV was first announced, I wrote that it "might be one of the most important things the company has attempted." If successful, Google would do nothing less than realize the dream of television-web convergence.

But I also noted that execution was key, and there was no shortage of skeptics who questioned whether Google would be able to put it all together.


TV rentals: will Amazon's pricing trump Apple's brand?

Looking to watch the latest episode of your favorite TV show? Apple wants to rent it to you. Yesterday, the Mountain View-based company unveiled the latest incarnation of Apple TV. And like most of Apple's newest consumer electronics devices, behind the hardware is a business model to move content.

In addition to $4.99 high-definition movie rentals, Apple TV offers up 99 cent rentals of popular television shows from Fox and ABC. But will Apple TV do for television shows what the iPod and iTunes did for music? That may depend on how Apple deals with the competition. If the counter attack Amazon has already launched is any indication, the competition may be pretty fierce.


Marketing budgets to increase in Q3/Q4: report

Is the global economy back on track? There's probably no question more capable of sparking a heated debate. But if the optimism of marketing directors in the UK is any indication, things are getting better.

According to the Royal Mail’s second annual confidence tracker poll, conducted in partnership with The Marketing Society, found that a third of the UK's top marketing directors anticipated an increase in marketing spend in the second half of 2010. More importantly, only 13% of those polled expected their budgets to be cut.


Google TV: will it finally deliver television-web convergence?

For nearly as long as the internet has been available to the general public, entrepreneurs and technologists have dreamed of the convergence of the television and the web. From WebTV to today's internet-enabled gaming consoles, the small screen and the internet have been introduced to each other.

But the type of convergence that many have predicted and sought to create has remained elusive. The world's biggest search engine, however, hopes to change that.


Online video ads are more effective than TV — because viewers are forced to watch them

Display ads may have a reputation for being ignored, but not all digital ads are created equal. According to a new study from Nielsen, online video ads are actually more effective than TV ads.

Considering that online video ads also cannot be skipped, that doesn't necessarily mean they're better than traditional TV ads. In fact, often, they're exactly the same.


CNN's Jonathan Klein: TV Ratings don't matter. We're competing with social networks.

It's not unusual to hear someone from a television network that's not in first place to claim that ratings don't matter. And CNN's Jonathan Klein is no different.

Speaking at the 2010 Media Summit in New York, the president of CNN said that television ratings don't paint an accurate picture of his network's strengths. But his reasoning is interesting — it's not because FOX is beating them there, but due to competition from online sources that aren't being tracked by the Nielsen ratings.


Can Grasshopper combat the scurge of ad skipping? Unlikely.

For all the obvious reasons, television networks are desperate to find a solution to the dreaded practice of commercial fast forwarding. And now, Grasshopper has proposed a solution. The phone systems company has released a new ad designed to penetrate the psyche of fast forwarders by leaving the image of its mascot in the center of the screen for the entirety of its ad.

If Grasshopper wants people to recognize its mascot, these ads are great. But remembering the brand is a different story completely.


ESPN looks to score with 3D

Avatar, the sci-fi blockbuster that has already grossed more than $1bn globally at the box office, has rekindled interest in 3D entertainment.

That's because a lot of the buzz around the movie, which can be viewed in a 3D flavor, can be attributed to the 3D experience.