Oct 15th 2014

AOL Video Now Available on Android TV

Newly-Launched Android TV to feature AOL's Premium Content Library

AOL's full library of premium content is now available through Google's Android TV – marking another step in AOL's video content distribution strategy. Android TV will feature AOL's library of nearly 1 million premium videos including AOL Originals like the Emmy-nominated original series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi and The Future Starts Here with Tiffany Shlain. As part of the content offering, AOL's movie library including Miramax films and AOL's brand portfolio including HuffPost Live, TechCrunch, and MAKERS will be available through the app and device.

Android TV brings a tailored primetime entertainment experience straight to the user in their own living room. Personalized content recommendations appear automatically on a user's home screen, and users can utilize a voice search feature, cast from their laptops, phones and tablets, as well as control Android TV devices from their phones and Android Wear devices. The deal highlights AOL's continued commitment to strengthening consumer video offerings, and providing viewers with the content they love across every screen and every device.

"This announcement represents a natural continuation of our connected TV and OTT device strategy", said Dermot McCormack, President of AOL Video and Studios. "As video viewing habits evolve, it's crucial that the videos people love are available when they want them and on their preferred device. With the addition of Android TV we are able to expand the reach of our premium video library."

With the Android TV integration, AOL's library of premium video content is now available across sixteen connected TV and OTT devices including Apple TV, Roku, and Samsung.

Oct 14th 2014

Third Film in AOL MAKERS Series Premiers - MAKERS: Women in Space

The third film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Space will premiere on Tuesday, October 14 at 9pm ET/PT on PBS. This film traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program and is narrated by Jodie Foster.

Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn't until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride's classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. The hour ends with the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts-the new group of pioneers, like Marleen Martinez, who continue to make small but significant steps forward.

Mae Jemison will host a virtual screening of the film on Wednesday, October 15 at 8pm ET. The film will then be available for streaming anytime on MAKERS.com. The remaining films in the series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows:

•October 21 | MAKERS: Women in War
•October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
•November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics

Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.

Oct 14th 2014

WMC Global and Media Thirst Teams with AOL for Digital Ad Monitoring

Today, we are excited to share that WMC Global and Media Thirst has teamed up with AOL to help support digital ad monitoring for AOL inventory, both owned & operated as well as third party, bolstering AOL¹s top-tier advertising services.

Leveraging Media Thirst technology, AOL can now analyze the entire consumer ad interaction and identify potential issues related to ad placement, rendering, content, and to landing pages. By monitoring ads running on its sites, AOL can further enhance the advertising experience and optimize ad revenue.

While accelerating its growth in the digital advertising space, AOL has also been on the frontlines of improving quality and transparency within the advertising industry as a whole, including working with TrustInAds.org to protect people from malicious and deceptive online ads.

With world-class properties and a leading ad network to its name, AOL provides premium advertising experiences to advertisers, publishers, and consumers. In working with Media Thirst to capture ads exactly as consumers interact with them, AOL brings new levels of transparency to the advertising process, ensuring ads uphold quality standards and create positive consumer experiences.

Oct 10th 2014

AOL Breakout

This week, AOL hosted its first annual Breakout contest at our headquarters in NYC, with AOLers competing to pitch their most innovative product ideas to a panel of expert judges for the chance to have those ideas funded. With a format similar to NBC's popular show "Shark Tank," the contestants had just minutes to make an impression or go home. AOL is where Culture meets Code and it was in evidence this week through Breakout .

AOL's CTO, Bill Pence and Abigail Gray, Head of Design for Membership, joined forces to create the competition, which challenged AOLers to think outside of what already exists to create original products that embody our mission: to simplify the internet for consumers and creators by unleashing the world's best builders of culture and code. Breakout follows last year's AOL-wide hackathon, which led to the public release of Commute by MapQuest three weeks ago.

After receiving over 180 idea submissions from employees, spanning 11 offices across 5 countries, a panel of judges, including respected Jefferies analyst, Brian Pitz, whittled down the finalists to 10. Innovative ideas ranged from social media tools and video reminders, to content apps and energy savers.

The pitches were followed by staunch deliberation from the panel of judges who in the end selected four teams to send through to the next round. Congratulations to the four teams: ILLUME by Brook Montgomery in the San Francisco office, Kid's First Email by Slavko Eror in the Toronto office, Media Décor by Veronica Picciafuoco in the San Mateo office and My5 by Wii Yatani in the NYC office.

Now it's on to the "Product Guild" for these four hopefuls who will once again compete against for the funding to take their product from idea to reality!

Oct 8th 2014

Second Film in AOL MAKERS Series Premieres - MAKERS: Women in Hollywood

The second film in the new MAKERS series, MAKERS: Women in Hollywood premiered this week on PBS. This film showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country's biggest commodities: entertainment.

Audiences hear from actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey's Anatomy and Scandal; screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who re-imagined the traditional Disney princess by making Belle (Beauty and the Beast) a self-possessed, strong-willed young woman; writer-director-actress Lena Dunham, who mines comedy and drama gold by exploring what it's really like to be a young woman today; and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close. The film is narrated by Julia Roberts.

The film will be available for streaming anytime after 8:00pm ET on MAKERS.com on Wednesday, October 8. The remaining films in the series will air on PBS at 9pm ET/PT as follows:
  • October 14 | MAKERS: Women in Space
  • October 21 | MAKERS: Women in War
  • October 28 | MAKERS: Women in Business
  • November 4 | MAKERS: Women in Politics
Join the conversation on Twitter with @MAKERSwomen, @PBS and #MAKERSfilm.

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