Tuesday 8.19: News to Know

/ Aug 19, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Roku Ready to Ship ‘Smart’ TV Sets in the US

Known primarily as a streaming set-top (or stick) provider, Roku is now ready to be more directly integrated into the biggest screen in the house. In the coming weeks, two of the company’s TV-manufacturing partners, Hisense and TCL, will start shipping Roku-powered TV sets.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tidPYC

Business Insider http://read.bi/XxFjPg

RWW http://bit.ly/1uRWx7x

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1rSGz8k

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1mhrWsd

Variety http://bit.ly/1qmsYEn

Opinions & Analysis

From Oprah to PewDiePie: Creating Win-Win Campaigns

Jim Louderback begins the panel by asking whether or not PewDiePie, the current most-subscribed and viewed YouTuber is really an influencer? The range of answers from panelists is really telling.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BxsYdm


Deals & Signings

Copa90 Owners Bigballs Films Scores Funding from Vevo Co-Founder

Bigballs Films, the digital media startup behind the independent YouTube soccer channel Copa90, has raised a “multi-million” dollar investment from a group of investors that includes Vevo co-founder and former Sony Music and Bertelsmann executive Thomas Hesse.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1mheV1B

NMR http://bit.ly/1rSxaxt


Machinima Appoints Chris Riley as General Counsel

Machinima has appointed Chris Riley as general counsel. Reporting directly to CEO Chad Gutstein, he will oversee Machinima’s legal department and provide strategic legal and business affairs guidance to the company’s executive leadership.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/VCjTyE

THR http://bit.ly/1pFGlTq


Lindsey Stirling Partners With Maker Studios

Maker Studios has partnered with violinist Lindsey Stirling, whose top-ratedYouTube channel boasts more than 5 million subscribers who have watched videos of her unique style of classical dubstep more than a half-billion times.

The partnership will afford Stirling access to production resources through Maker’s studio facilities in Culver City, Calif., where the company is based. But the real advantage in this type of partnership lies in Maker’s expertise in monetizing the digital space.

Billboard http://bit.ly/1tic3qu

Streaming Video News

‘District 9′ Star Sharlto Copley to Lead PlayStation’s ‘Powers’

The star of “District 9,” Sharlto Copley, has joined the cast of “Powers,” an upcoming original drama produced by Sony Pictures Television for the PlayStation.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1oWLSjM

Variety http://bit.ly/1rkbXkw


Netflix Sets Debut Date for 3D Printing Documentary ‘Print the Legend’ (Exclusive)

Netflix has set the debut date for 3D printing documentary “Print the Legend” for Friday, Sept. 26, TheWrap has learned. The documentary feature winner of the 2014 SXSW Film Festival’s special jury recognition award for editing and storytelling, “Print the Legend” focuses on the race between startups MakerBot and Formlabs to bring the next wave of manufacturing to homes as they compete with established industrial-level players such as Stratasys and 3D Systems. More than that, it focuses on the American ideal of building a dream from scratch and being a leader in ushering a whole new way of doing things into the world.

The Wrap http://bit.ly/1pXViiP


The Netflix of Everything: Why Companies Don’t Want You Making Decisions

Netflix, as you may have heard, is great. A digital economy of scale allows us to pay a ridiculously low price for an ocean of streaming video that we could never hope to watch in all the years we might live, and in return we typically get frustrated by moderate price increases and the recent removal of 24.

BetaBeat http://bit.ly/1tdAKVU

Brad Paisley Teams With WME, Walmart on My Country Nation Digital Channel

Country musician Brad Paisley has teamed up with WME, Taillight, ARC Entertainment and Walmart to launch My Country Nation, an “over the top” digital channel which delivers “country music lifestyle” programming through the internet.

The Wrap http://bit.ly/XxG4YE


Rabbit: A Free Video Chat That Makes It Easy To Watch Netflix With Friends

The redesigned, lightweight service launches today

FastCo http://bit.ly/1lf3ZGV


Simple.tv now lets you share your DVR recordings with your cord-cutting friends

Here’s something your cable DVR won’t offer any time soon: Simple.tv now lets you give your friends and family access to your recorded shows and movies.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/VBo3a0

Aereo Updates

Broadcasters Give Aereo Another Kick With New Injunction Request

Talk about hitting a guy when he’s down and already almost out Less than two months after achieving victory over Aereo at the Supreme Court, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo now want a federal judge to slap what they see as a long overdue nationwide and wide ranging preliminary injunction against the presently self suspended streaming service.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1pXVNJG

Media Post http://bit.ly/1o9xKDQ

THR http://bit.ly/1oNwGeB

YouTube News

Warner Music Pays ‘Tribute’ to Fan-Bands in New YouTube Series

Warner Music Group’s official YouTube channel, The Live Room Powered by Warner Music, has launched a new documentary series that pays tribute to some of the greatest tribute brands working the circuit today.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1n5rYTV


Calling All YouTube Golfers: Bedrocket Seeks Cast for New Show

A new series from Bedrocket and PGA Tour with the working title “Clubbed” needs YouTubing cast members. Thus, the first ever digitally-targeted series from the PGA Tour has announced a casting call starting today.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1leZ494


Endemol Teams Up with KSI on Sports-Themed YouTube Channel

Endemol Beyond UK has teamed up with YouTube star Olatunji (better known as KSI) to launch a global sports channel on the video site. Called Rule’m Sports, the channel already boasts over 26,000 subscribers.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/Yuh05b

Variety http://bit.ly/1kRGLpW


Leaked: Details Of Google’s Attempt To Get You To Pay For YouTube

After months of rumors, we’re finally getting a look at YouTube’s new subscription-based music service. Leaked screenshots published by Android Police claim to detail the features of the new service, reportedly named “YouTube Music Key.”

Business Insider http://read.bi/1rk9Ehi

Re/code http://on.recode.net/1sRZCUC


This Tool Makes It Super Easy To Turn A YouTube Video Into A Gif

We’ve written about a number of different apps and sites that let you turn a video into a GIF, but a new tool called GIF YouTube is our new favorite. The tool was created by three Harvard dropouts who decided that their time would be best spent enabling GIF-making. And they did a pretty good job keeping it simple.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1tdwnu2


John Legend’s ‘Breaking Through’ Launches YouTube Star Search

EXCLUSIVE: Executive producer John Legend and writer-director John Swetnam(Step Up All In and Into the Storm ) have teamed with DanceOn, the multi-channel YouTube network co-founded by Madonna, on a unique casting call for the upcoming dance pic Breaking Through. Dancers will be selected from submissions to the DanceOn site to either perform at a live taped event this month or have their videos appear in the internet generation coming-of-age drama starring Sophia Aguiar and Jordan Rodrigues.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1mhmIfY


Fail Army YouTube Channel Reaches 1 Billion Views

According to a spokesperson for Fail Army, “The ascent of the channel in just the past two years is pretty remarkable — in August of 2012, it had roughly 10,000 subscribers and 5 million total views. While today it has 5.4 million subs and one billion views. Further, it achieved all of that while uploading just one video per week (until about a month or so ago, when it started doing 2 per week).”

NMR http://bit.ly/1n5v5ey

YouTube Is Coming After Spotify With a Clone Called ‘Music Key’

Probably a good idea, considering it’s what teens are using YouTube for anyway.

BetaBeat http://bit.ly/1rSGe5z

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1BxJ1rr

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1pHQDCW


Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids: reports

(Reuters) – Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports.

Reuters http://reut.rs/1pa2iud


Fox Sports Taps YouTube Space LA for Social-Focused @TheBuzzer Web Show

Fox Sports, looking to deepen its reach with younger audiences on social platforms, has partnered with YouTube Space LA to produce a daily web-video series explicitly focused on fast-breaking stories that will be shared online.

Variety http://bit.ly/1le0jVT

Media News

‘Prank It FWD’ Campaign Comes Back in Time for the Holidays

Break.com’s “Prank It FWD” will return with its inspiringly sneaky antics starting today, when viewers can begin nominating people deserving of kind acts during the holidays. The digital campaign garnered over 30 million views since it came out with a number of “positive” videos this past April Fools, encouraging people to use pranks to achieve something more than a laugh. “Prank It FWD” will build on this concept during the second season’s launch this coming holiday season.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1leZLPC

WSJ  http://on.wsj.com/1oWOhek

Variety http://bit.ly/1oKuep8


Famous Men Divulge First Jobs on GQ’s Latest Series

GQ has released its newest original series, “My First Job,” which chronicles the lame jobs held by male celebrities before they made it big.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1AuM1Ug


Rooster Teeth’s ‘RWBY’ Marks First US-Based Anime Going To Japan

As it turns out, not all the best anime originates in Japan. Take the example of “RWBY,” the anime series created by US-based Rooster Teeth Productions. On Friday, the network announced that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Japan will export the show there.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/Yu3puq


Funny or Die Reveals 10 Percent of Its Kik Fans Click on Video Messages ‘Never seen that kind of number’

Funny or Die found a new way to boost video views. All it takes is a little Kik—help from the messaging apps’ new Promoted Chats product. The digital comedy crew at Funny or Die, co-founded by Will Ferrell, said it is getting a 10 percent click rate on videos it sends through the messaging app to its fan base, grown with the new paid marketing product.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1tdsXHN


Firefox gains Chromecast support as partner readies Chromecast competitor called… Matchstick?

Chromecast, meet… Matchstick? The Firefox-OS powered streaming stick may have finally gotten a name, while Mozilla’s Firefox browser is starting to officially support Chromecast.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1pa1R2V


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