Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Around The Net

  • BBC News Testing Messaging App "Line" As Content DistributorBBC

    For publishers, are messaging (or “chat”) apps emerging as the next great distribution channel? That might be a stretch, but BBC News did just launch an account on instant messaging app Line. “BBC’s Line account is its first international news channel inside a chat app, ‘partly to try and make an assessment of whether there is value in a global news proposition,’” Trushar Barot, apps editor, BBC World Service and Global News, tells Journalism.co.uk.           ...Read the whole story

  • JibJab Bros. Buys "Hello Santa" Creator Make Believe StudiosVariety

    Ahead of the holiday season, JibJab Bros. Studios has acquired “Hello Santa” creator Make Believe Studios. Parents pay “Hello Santa” -- between $15 and $25 depending on demand -- to connect their kids directly with St. Nick via video chat. According to JibJab CEO and co-founder Gregg Spiridellis, “building a distributed network of Santas to deliver one-on-one performances to families globally fits perfectly with our mission.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Variety reports.  ...Read the whole story

Tweeting About TV: Overrated Or Vital?

Hub Entertainment Research concludes that social media influencers like Facebook and Twitter don't really do such an awesome job of helping viewers to discover or remain engaged with a show. It's not that they don't work. ...More