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Pics & Video from CES 2014

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January 21, 2014
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It was a busy week for TMS at the Consumer Electronics Show, where dozens of our customers showed off their latest innovations fueled by TMS data.

Some highlights from TMS@CES 2014:

 

Hacking for Glory, Prizes and the Future of TV at TVOT NYC

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December 04, 2013
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TMS and TVOT HackathonIf twenty-four hours of nonstop coding is your idea of a good time, here’s one for you.

TMS Software Engineers Ronnie Howell and Ryan Clouse are gearing up for next week’s hackathon at the TV of Tomorrow show in NYC. And while deep immersion in entertainment data is familiar territory for this talented pair, the hackathon experience will be entirely new. TMS Blog caught up with Ronnie and Ryan just a few days ahead of this high-pressure event.

Q.   What prompted you to enter the TVOT hackathon?

 

Skål! TMS Acquires Danish TV Listings Firm

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November 25, 2013
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TMS EPG Systems acquisitionInternational expansion is an exciting ride that can shape the vision, mission and strategy of any company. It’s also a grinding task that requires daily attention to research, analysis, development and building the business. So, when the growth effort yields a serious step forward it's time to pause and celebrate.

A European Acquisition

 

Binge-Viewing Discussed At BroadbandTVCon: Part 2

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November 21, 2013
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Our last post featured video of Alex Vikati, VP of Growth at TMS, discussing binge-viewing on a panel at BroadbandTVCon on November 5. Here's another short video of her delving deeper into OTT content availability, binge-viewing and hyper-serialized programming. Take a look.

 

Binge-Viewing and More at BroadbandTVCon

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November 14, 2013
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On November 5 and 6, TMS sponsored and attended the industry conference BroadbandTVCon in Hollywood. Previously known as OTTCON, the event brings together players in the TV ecosystem from MVPDs, programmers, content creators, device manufacturers, technology providers, application developers and measurement services.

Alex Vikati, TMS’ VP of Growth, was at the conference for a panel titled “Binge-Viewing: The New Normal Consumption Activity” moderated by Colin Dixon, Founder and Chief Analyst of nScreenMedia. A few weeks ago, we teased Alex’s appearance in this space and pointed to her interview with Will Richmond, Editor and Publisher of VideoNuze, on the topic.

During the one-on-one session, Alex and Colin covered a number of areas including these:

 

Inside Update: Perspectives from Tribune and New Leadership at TMS

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November 08, 2013
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Bright Future AheadAereo is more bark than bite. Pilots and upfronts are under debate. Ad-skipping in VOD is a declining trend. These top takeaways from NYC Television Week as reported in Forbes were just a few of the insights, opinions and predictions shared recently at this ambitious inaugural event.

Our own Peter Liguori, who joined Tribune Company earlier this year as President and CEO, was among the executives to take the stage. In addition to offering his perspective on Aereo's business model, Liguori painted an exciting picture of the future for Tribune. With the launch of original programming, flagship station WGN America is preparing for a serious growth spurt. Salem and Manhattan, two new series produced by Tribune Studios, are the company's first creative projects. And in contrast with the methods of other network chiefs, Liguori will skip the pilot and go straight to series - a sign of the company's bold creative direction.

#brightfuture for TMS customers

Speaking of new leadership, here at TMS we're preparing a welcome for Richard Cusick who takes the helm as General Manager next week. With a background that includes high-level success stories at Yahoo! and Gemstar-TV Guide, Rich brings an exciting blend of innovation and experience to the role. More on Rich can be found here. Needless to say, we're pretty psyched.

 

Video Consumption and UX in a Multiscreen World

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October 31, 2013
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Recently Greg Gentschev, Director of Product Management at TMS, sat on a panel at Digital Hollywood Fall alongside executives from Samsung, Dish Network, Best Buy, Intel Lab, Cisco and Qualcomm. The topic of discussion was the Multi-Screen Universe: Strategies for Connected TV Technology and Content.

The big news of the day was Apple’s launch of its new iPad line including the iPad Air. So the session naturally kicked off with discussion of the impact of today’s powerful tablets.

The panelists then went on to talk about user experiences related to video consumption across phones, tablets and Smart TVs; the wealth of OTT content available alongside content from traditional MVPDs; the resulting importance of multi-platform search and discovery; and more.

Here is a short video capturing a few of Greg’s thoughts on the subject matter.

 

TV Season Pulse Check: What’s In, What’s Out, What's Next

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October 24, 2013
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2013 new TV showsWe devote much focus in this blog to the services consumers use to access entertainment content, the ways they discover what to watch and their actual viewing behaviors. This year we’ve seen the rise of binge-viewing and catch-up TV as complements to appointment viewing. Now that we’re about one month into the 2013/2014 TV season and a picture of what people are watching on broadcast network TV is emerging, it’s a good time to shift focus and look at content.

THE GOOD

Courtesy of TVByTheNumbers, the A18-49 Nielsen ratings for the week ending Oct. 20th are:

 

Lessons in Branding from the Pay-TV Business

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October 14, 2013
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After struggling to gain traction, the Google TV brand has finally met its match. In a report last week, GigaOm revealed that the company is dropping the brand altogether in favor of the more widely-accepted Android term. The viability of Android TV as a consumer brand remains to be seen; meanwhile, this latest industry name-change brings a few of the more memorable TV branding lessons to mind.

Lesson #1:  Bold Moves Can Trump Bad Brands

Comcast’s launch of Xfinity was pegged a marketing mistake by experts, ultimately earning the dubious distinction as Time magazine’s #1 branding disaster of 2010. The company never did manage to effectively communicate the meaning behind the brand, but despite this challenge it’s impossible to deny the evidence of Xfinity’s success.

 

Q & A with Alex Vikati, TMS VP of Growth

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October 14, 2013
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Previously in this space, we called 2013 the Year of the Binge. To be sure, binge-viewing has been happening since Thanksgiving feasters first sat down in tryptophan-induced food comas to watch Twilight Zone Marathons on linear TV. But 2013 appears to be the year that, thanks to consumer adoption of on-demand viewing, the activity gained a name and the attention of the industry.

Courtesy of Broadcasting & Cable, here are some nuggets from Nielsen that point to binge-viewing as an increasingly common consumption activity:

 

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