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Television

Fancast and Federated Media Launch 'Our TV Picks,' a Social Media-Driven Digital Video Guide

Philadelphia, PA.

With so much to watch online, it is now just a little bit easier to choose.  Fancast (www.fancast.com), the ultimate, next generation entertainment site where users can watch premium entertainment for free including over 6,000 TV episodes and create and manage their personal entertainment experience, has joined forces with Federated Media and four of the Web's hottest bloggers to develop a digital video guide called "Our TV Picks." 

"Our TV Picks" brings top bloggers "Ask A Ninja," "Boing Boing," "Dooce" and "NOTCOT" together for a robust and entertaining conversation about the best video content on Fancast including comedy, horror, drama, and, prime time TV.  Now, on Fancast, through the digital guide fans can engage in conversation with each other, and with the bloggers about content on the site. The four bloggers will post regularly on their favorite shows and will offer their unique perspectives on which shows resonate with them and why. 

On Fancast's "Our TV Picks" fans will learn tidbits like why "Ask A Ninja" thinks "CSI: Miami" is "actually a comedy hiding inside a drama," and why "Dooce" blogger Heather B. Armstrong has labeled herself a "reality show junkie" and longs to be Tina Fey.   

"Our TV Picks' is one more way that Fancast is creating the greatest entertainment experience on the Web," said Karin Gilford SVP of Fancast and Online Entertainment, Comcast Interactive Media. "By partnering with these bloggers, Fancast users can engage in buzz around entertainment on the site.  So not only is Fancast helping them watch great content online, but we're helping them experience it as well." 

Leading Bloggers participating in Our TV Picks include: 

  • "Ask A Ninja" is a pioneering digital video podcast and one of the most popular video series on the Web. The Ninja will offer his unique comedic take on Fancast programming.

  • "Dooce" is written by Heather Armstrong, an irreverent stay-at-home-mom who entertains her dedicated fans with distinctive family-life photography and commentary. Heather offers her irreverent in-the-know picks to the Fancast community.

  • "Boing Boing" is among the five most-visited blogs on the web for a reason: they are hard-wired into the Web's coolest finds. The original digerati, the Boing Boing crew will point  Fancast users to great digital entertainment.

  • "NOTCOT" has become the daily sources of inspiration for creatives everywhere. With their inspired picks, NOTCOT will help the Fancast community fight against "creative block."

"Boing Boing' has long been known as 'a directory of wonderful things,'" said Xeni Jardin, co-editor of the Boing Boing blog and executive producer of "Boing Boing TV." "This project is a perfect fit, because we intend to help make Our TV Picks a directory of wonderful video. Fancast makes it easier for fans to find and watch movies and television shows they love, wherever it happens to live. I applaud their efforts on that front, and am excited about this joint project." 

About Fancast

Fancast (www.fancast.com), created by Comcast Interactive Media, is the first and only place where users can watch, manage and find their entertainment wherever it lives, on TV, On Demand, online, on DVD or in theaters. On Fancast, users can view an expanding free library of full episodes and clips from movie partners and top networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Comedy Central, MTV, and The WB, find the content they are looking for across multiple platforms and create a personalized entertainment experience. Fancast's technology and deep entertainment database tells users where specific shows and movies are playing and helps them access the content they want in any location including the Fancast Store. The site's interactive features let users set preferences to receive email reminders about what they should tune-in to based selections of their favorite shows. Soon, Fancast will enable certain users to set their DVR from their computer and interact via the web with their video on demand preferences. 

  

About Federated Media

At FM, we believe great voices attract great audiences. We're in the business of supporting those voices by connecting them to great marketers, as well as providing a suite of services that let authors focus on what they do best: make compelling media. In so doing, we are creating federations of respected voices that prosper on their own terms. Current federations include Sports, Technology, Automotive, Business & Marketing, Media & Entertainment, Video Gaming, Graphics Arts, News 2.0, Lifestyle, Parenting and Green. For more information, please go to http://www.federatedmedia.net.

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