The ‘Reel Blog: News, Features, and Insights from the SideReel team

Check out our New, Responsive Mobile Site

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Exciting news, SideReelers.

We are happy to announce that at the end of last month, we launched a responsive version of SideReel for viewing on all of your mobile devices! The site has a new, modern look and feel, including a responsive design using Groundwork, an open source CSS framework that was developed in-house. Learn more about Groundwork!

The new mobile site is offering basic SideReel functionality to start, but we are already working on adding additional features and will continue to do so regularly.

Please check it out and as always, we are eager to hear your feedback.

SideReel Joins AMN

Big news! After about two and a half years as a part of Rovi Corporation, SideReel is on the move once more. As of August 15th, SideReel has left Rovi and joined All Media Network, a new company established by SideReel leadership in partnership with Ackrell Capital. Joining SideReel at All Media Network are its sister site, Celebified.com as well as 3 other Rovi Consumer Web properties: AllMovie, AllMusic and AllGame.

We’re all really excited about this next phase and feel confident that it will enable us to bring you all even better products! If you haven’t yet checked out any of the other All Media sites, we encourage you to do so. We know that as entertainment fans, you’ll also love them as much as you love us! SideReel will also be working more closely with our other sister sites moving forward, beginning with SideReel movie picks transitioning over to AllMovie, which will be occurring shortly.

As always, we want to thank you all for being incredibly loyal users. Without your constant support and feedback, SideReel would not be where it is today.

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You can “Like” All Media Network on Facebook here.

Have You Updated Your SideReel iOS App?

Hey iOS users, we’ve recently updated the SideReel app (for iPhone AND iPad), which now contains a frequently requested new feature as well as stability fixes. If you have not recently updated, we highly recommend that you do so now!

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With this new release, the app now offers two views of your Tracker. You can still view all shows that you are tracking as before, but you also now have to ability to view only shows with unwatched episodes. Additionally, there is a bubble notification on the Tracker button which displays your total number of shows with unwatched episodes. Especially for users who track many shows, this new Tracker view should make for an easier, better, more efficient mobile experience.

This release also includes a fix for UK users that should solve stability issues that many of you have reported.

As always, we welcome your feedback! Update your app here and if you like the new changes, please feel free to leave us a review!

SideReel’s Daily Calendar Email Gets a New Look

Hey SideReelers!

Those of you that receive our daily calendar emails might have noticed that they’ve been looking a little different recently (Don’t receive our emails and want them? Change your email preferences here to get them. We promise – they are quite useful!).

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We’ve recently redone our daily calendar emails with a more modern, colorful look. As you can see, your emails now include show posters for all of the shows in the “Today” category. Furthermore, the new email has a responsive layout, meaning that it will scale appropriately to fit any screen size. Here is a portion of the same email from above as viewed on an iPhone 5.

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If you’d like to learn more about the CSS framework used to create this email – which is free and open-source, visit groundwork.sidereel.com/.

As always, we are eager to hear your feedback. Let us know what you think about the new email in the comments!

SideReelers down on Revolution

Just like in the Nielsen ratings, NBC’s Revolution is losing steam on SideReel. After topping out with an 11% share of the SideReel NBC audience following the April 8th airing of The Song Remains the Same, Revolution has shown a marked decline over the past two weeks, losing a combined 33% of its audience. Will you be tuning in, or will it be much of the same tonight, as the show creeps closer to its season finale on May 20?

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ABC Takes Top Spot in SideReel Network Ratings

Despite CBS taking the top spot in Nielsen’s network ratings for broadcast week 17, ABC nabbed the honor on SideReel, which counts all users that watch an episode from a featured source. Led by Grey’s Anatomy, which was the most watched show on SideReel last week, ABC took almost 20% of the audience, narrowly edging out CBS, which was led by usual powerhouses How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory.

Game of Thrones almost single-handedly (with a little help from Girls) kept HBO in the top 5 rankings with almost 10% of all episodes watched on SideReel while A&E’s Bates Motel continues its run of popularity among SideReelers, vaulting the network into the top 10.

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History’s Vikings performs better on SideReel than in Nielsen ratings

Nielsen announced today that Sunday night’s airing of the season finale of History Channel’s first scripted series, Vikings, drew just 3.6 million viewers Sunday night. That number was 5% less than the previous week and 42% less than season premiere on March 3. Source

Those numbers are in stark contrast to the show’s viewership on SideReel, which has seen SideReelers watching the show more and more each week. In early viewing data through the April 14 episode, Vikings has seen an increased number of episodes marked as watched each week. Check it out:

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Soaps: Far From Washed Up

Beloved characters are returning from the dead for second chances at romance and treachery! Sound like the plot of a soap opera? Try two soap operas — namely All My Children and One Life soapsto Live, which return today on Hulu, the gold standard of free streaming services.

2013 is turning out to be the year of digital life after death for series with significant fan followings. Between Netflix’s resurrection of Arrested Development, the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter project, and Hulu’s own takeover of the two classic soaps, we’re seeing that online service providers have created important new paradigms for the economics and production of original content — whether financed through subscription dollars and/or targeted advertising. For instance, Hulu’s innovative model allows for free, advertising-supported viewing of new episodes of OLTL and AMC on computers, or for more flexible viewing options (such as mobile devices, gaming consoles, and smart TVs) through the Hulu+ subscription service.

Hulu’s commitment to its original content is comparable to network-produced primetime series; when not watching the new episodes (which, in a nod to the series’ roots, have been tightened up from 60-minute run times to 30 minutes), fans can check out trailers, old clips, and behind-the-scenes features.

Making these genre-defining series available anywhere and anytime completely changes the soap opera demographic. Once the sole province of daytime TV aficionados, any Hulu user can decide to make Pine Valley his personal primetime destination, or visit Llanview on her morning commuter train. After all, if there truly is only one life to live, there’s no time like the present to hit the play button – which you can do below to watch the full episodes of each show.

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– Leah Friedman, SideReel’s Movies and WebTV Content Editor