Since its early days as a messaging app, Snapchat has evolved into a dynamic and engaging platform. The number of media partners creating daily content has steadily increased. The next step for Snap: making a push into TV territory. This exclusive white paper features a selection of original Snapchat shows and channels. Download the white paper and discover why Snapchat shows might represent the next generation of mobile TV.
Snap’s recent US$24bn IPO generated a wave of headlines, as did NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s whopping US$500m investment in the company. Many might wonder what the US studio sees in the California-based start-up behind social messaging service Snapchat, but the latter’s gradual evolution into a media powerhouse offers plenty of clues.
The dynamic and engaging platform continues to grow in popularity and is embraced by millennials especially, a hard-to-reach generation that gradually shifts its attention from TV to mobile. […]
Over the past two years, artificial intelligence systems and automation technologies have become increasingly popular tools for enhancing sales, marketing and customer services.
Chatbots in particular have gained immense popularity in 2016 and numerous companies and brands have launched their own bots in order to enhance their services and engage with customers.
Although not yet as widely discussed as another quickly evolving technology – virtual reality – chatbots may influence the future of not only brands but also entertainment.
Media companies and broadcasters can benefit from the use of chatbots, and the new experiences they enable, as well. Over the past few months, they have already begun to dip their toes into chatbot waters, illustrating the potential this technology offers and how it presents a new way to extend the content offer and drive fan engagement.
Whether chatbots really evolve into a useful, value-adding technology for the TV industry remains to be seen. But some TV and production companies are already putting them to work. We put together some pioneering chatbot examples, covering possibilities for formats and drama series, which might pave the way for future best practices. […]
Here’s a run-down of recent virtual reality-related entertainment items via Berlin-based research and consulting company VAST MEDIA.
Before the Nov. 8 election, MTV and Viacom NEXT launched the virtual reality art show “Open Your Eyes”, which featured digital art that had been created using Google’s 3D painting program Tilt Brush. Part of MTV’s “Elect This” campaign, many of the experiences had a political bent, covering gun control, rape culture and racism. The 3D models are showcased on VR and 3D publishing platform Sketchfab, which can be viewed on Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard. […]
Who’s pushing the boat out in terms of innovative digital activations? Find out in our latest round-up
Stranger Things: Stranger GIF (Netflix, International)
“Stranger Things”, Netflix’s new supernatural horror series about a boy who mysteriously disappeared, was released on July 15, 2016. In the series, the mother of the boy paints a type of ‘speak and spell’ or Ouija board on her living-room wall and uses christmas lights to communicate with her missing son. Netflix picked up this element and launched a GIF-creation tool that allows fans to send encrypted messages, ‘Stranger GIFs’, to their friends. […]
Who’s pushing the boat out in terms of innovative TV digital activations? Find out in our latest round-up
Flixtape (Netflix, USA)
In mid-July 2016, streaming service Netflix launched the ‘Flixtape’ generator, which allows users to create custom sharable playlists filled with Netflix content. The initiative is a nostalgic homage to mixtapes. To create a ‘Flixtape’, users need to visit a dedicated microsite and first choose a name for the digital tape. The name should relate to the type of content that can be chosen in the next steps. The generator then suggests three Netflix titles to include in the ‘Flixtape’ based on the name chosen. However, users can customize its content and remove and add titles that Netflix offers. A total of six titles can be added to the playlist. […]
On August 28th MTV will again honor the best in music video and pop culture at the “MTV Video Music Awards”.
To get viewers excited for the awards show, MTV finally launched an official VMAs Instagram account on August 8th, which includes a special treat for fans. As there have been many scandals and memorable moments in the show’s 31-year-long history, the account is an impressive mosaic depicting the VMAs history in pictures, quotes and text. […]
Good Morning America x Musical.ly Challenge (ABC, USA)
In the context of its 8th annual ‘Good Morning America Summer Concert Series’, which kicked off on May 20, 2016, and marks 14 weeks of concerts with some of the hottest music acts of today, ABC’s daily morning show “Good Morning America” teamed up with the video social network musical.ly to launch a GMA Challenge in the app. From June 6 through 14, viewers can download the musical.ly app and enter the challenge for the chance to meet singer Demi Lovato at her GMA Summer Concert on June 17. […]
On Friday, May 13th, MTV’s marketing team managed to pull off a ‘#ScreamLIVE’ stunt that had “Scream” fans in for a big surprise. The live event encouraged fans to tune into the show’s social channels on Facebook, YouTube and Periscope for a live-streamed Q&A with cast member Tom Maden and the exclusive premiere of the first seven minutes of season two (which will premiere on May 30th). […]