10.24.14: News to Know

/ Oct 24, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Broadcasters Win Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Against Aereo
A federal judge in New York has granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the streaming service, which launched on the promise of delivering live broadcast television over the web.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1wleiNz
Gigaom http://bit.ly/1z4upAd
Pando Daily http://bit.ly/1shHb5N
Deadline http://bit.ly/1sY5wRO
Opinions & Analysis
Hollywood Studios to Make $6.8B from SVOD Players Like Netflix, Hulu
The top SVOD companies — Netflix, Amazon (for its Prime Instant Video service), and Hulu — are expected to spend $6.8 billion on content in 2015, up from $5.2 billion this year, according to projections from David Bank of Wall Street research firm RBC Capital Markets. What’s more, double-digit growth is expected for “years to come,” said Bank, who believes aggressive international expansion of companies like Netflix equals more lucrative deals for content owners.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1nCs8rW
The “New” Chromecast: The Real Prize May Lie In The Backdrop
Developers could take over your TV screen.
ReadWrite http://bit.ly/1oC2fcs
Why Amazon Insists on Losing So Much Money on Its Phone and Streaming Video
Amazon has a lot of space in its warehouses, and that’s a good thing. It needs some serious room, you see, to store all those Amazon Fire Phones it didn’t sell.
Wired http://wrd.cm/1z44EA3
Comcast Dubious About HBO’s Web Video
NBCU’s Steve Burke Says Streaming Subscriptions Risk Cannibalizing Pay TV
Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/1z4umV5
Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1obiI7a
Business Insider http://read.bi/1pIcE1p
ReCode http://on.recode.net/1shJDcq
Deals & Signings
Magnet Media Hires Another Director of Business Development
NY-based Magnet Media has hired Caroyln Strand in the role of director of business development.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1trZ1Z4
 
Video Content Exchange VideoElephant Raises $1M to Expand into US
VideoElephant, an Ireland-based startup that aggregates and sells online video content to digital publishers, has raised $1 million in a new round of funding. The round was led by ACT Venture and Enterprise Ireland, both of which contributed to an earlier $1 million round in the startup, as well as new investor Dublin Business Innovation Centre.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tjDEu8
Jukin Media Signs with WME
Jukin Media just signed with talent agency William Morris Endeavor, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xhEUMo
FremantleMedia Makes Branded Content Hire
In a bid to push further into branded content, FremantleMedia has hired Samantha Glynne as its first VP of branded entertainment.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/10rBD3a
Streaming Video News
Complex Media Unwraps Vertical-Focused YouTube MCN
The Complex MCN launches with 40 creators and channels on board, including DJ Vlad (669,000 subscribers), Tony Hawk’s Ride Channel (752,000 subscribers), and Hes Kicks (81,000 subscribers). Complex’s main YouTube channel (124,000 subscribers) as well as channels for its different sites within its larger media network are also part of the offering, which collectively reaches 6 million subscribers on YouTube.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/12qOH9x
Tumblr’s New Video Player ‘Works. Finally.’
Tumblr has released a new native video player — and it actually “works,” according to the company.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1sY4CEX
New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1nCscru
Discovery Unveils Multi-Platform Plans Ahead of Nik Wallenda’s Next High-Wire Stunt
The man who’s crossed Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon now has his sights set on the Chicago skyline. OnNovember 2, he’s expected to attempt a two-part walk between two skyscrapers in the Windy City. The event, which will be broadcast live in more than 220 countries by Discovery, will start at 7pm ET on November 2.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1wumBn1
YouTube News
Coke vs. Pepsi: Which Wins on YouTube?
Coke vs. Pepsi — the debate has been ongoing for years. But which one is doing better where it really counts — on YouTube? (Yeah, we said it.)
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1uQ61LR
 
With Bethany Mota, YouTube Is Doing More Than Dancing With The Stars
Six weeks into a fierce season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, YouTube’s fashion wunderkind Bethany Mota is still going strong. Paired onstage with pro favorite Derek Hough (as well as off-stage in romantic rumors), Mota is currently ranked No. 2 in the competition’s average score chart. But as far as the Google-owned YouTube is concerned, she’s No. 1 in the video channel’s ongoing push to go mainstream.
 
ReadWrite http://bit.ly/1wumM1J
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