Friday 01.23.2015: News to Know

/ Jan 23, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Amazon To Stream Golden Globe Winner “Transparent” For Free On Saturday, While Offering Discounted Prime Membership

Fresh off the heels of its first Golden Globes win, Amazon is taking advantage of the increased exposure its Netflix-like video streaming service, Prime Instant Video, is now receiving in order to onboard new Prime subscribers at a discounted rate.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1BQT6Sn

THR http://bit.ly/1EBloyt

Variety http://bit.ly/15CSUsS

LA Times http://lat.ms/1t6o06i

Opinions & Analysis

Disney’s Maker Studios Struggles to Migrate Its Audience To Maker.tv

Maker Studios reaches a huge audience on YouTube through videos created by its 50,000-plus creators. But attracting Web video fans to its own video site, Maker.tv, is proving tougher.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1upkcs1

Netflix Wants the World: Can It Really Expand to 200 Countries in 2 Years?

Netflix surprised Wall Street this week with an aggressive new target: It plans to grow its global footprint to a whopping 200 countries within the next two years. And, the company, claimed, it can do so while maintaining profitability.

Variety http://bit.ly/1t6oxoE

Deals & Signings

Former Hulu Originals Exec Charlotte Koh Lands at Whipclip

Hulu’s former head of originals Charlotte Koh has joined social TV startup Whipclip.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1E9Zaq6

Adam Wescott Joins Select Management, Co-Founds SelectNext

Adam Wescott just joined Select Management Group, a talent management company that represents YouTubers like Gigi Gorgeous, MyLifeAsEva, andTess Christine. Wescott comes to the team as a partner and co-founder of the company’s new entertainment arm, SelectNext.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1GHC7Fc

Complex Buys Fanboy Site Collider for Growing Network

Complex Media LLC, a network of lifestyle and culture websites for young men, has acquired Collider.com, a news and information site that covers movies, television and video games.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1JhmSRa

Refinery29 Names Amy Emmerich Head of Video

Former Vice Media and Scripps Networks Interactive executive Amy Emmerich has been hired by lifestyle publisher Refinery29 to oversee its video business.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1uCqTwH

FremantleMedia Takes Control of Europe’s Leading MCN Divimove

Global production company FremantleMedia, whose shows include “Idols,” “Got Talent” and “The X Factor,” has increased its stake in Europe’s leading multi-channel network Divimove to 51% to make it the majority shareholder.

Variety http://bit.ly/15xdjyK

Streaming Video News

Animal Planet Now Showing Puppy Bowl Pregame Content Online

Forget the Super Bowl. It easily takes the backseat to this year’s Puppy Bowl XI from Animal Planet, which now has its own, six-episode pregame show online.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Jt92cO

Visible Measures Launches New Site To Show The “True Reach” Of A Video Campaign

Visible Measures, a startup focused on video analytics and advertising, has launched a new site called True Reach, bringing viewing data together from across the web.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1wqSzP0

Ello Pretends It’s Not Over With Video And Music Launch

Already-forgotten, anti-Facebook social network Ello today launched the ability to share music and video clips in its feed, but that won’t matter.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1xFY9P5

Google’s Nexus Player Android TV streaming box about to go retail

It looks like Google is about to bring its Nexus Player streaming box to some online and brick-and-mortar retailers within the next few days: The Nexus Player as well as the optional Nexus Player gamepad, both of which are being manufactured by Asus, started to appear on Newegg’s website.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/15laroh

Videos to Watch Right Now

WATCH THIS: Zombies Eat Flesh in Crackle’s ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’ Trailer

“Dead Rising: Watchtower,” a feature film based on the video game franchise, will debut on Crackle on March 27. In the meantime, this trailer was just released, showing zombies doing what they do best (eating people and otherwise fueling lots of bloodshed).

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ClOUZw

Watch President Obama answer questions from YouTube celebrities

President Barack Obama is with it: He was on Facebook before your parents, has an iPad, and is best buds with YouTube celebrities.

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1uAisSr

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1Jhu8MZ

From Kings To Grannies: These Vine Stars Are Starting The New Year In The Top 10

Here’s how these 6-second stars ranked in new followers over the last 30 days.

ReadWrite http://bit.ly/15l8l7R

Media News

The NY Times Shows Off NY Neighborhoods in New Series

The New York Times just launched a new series on its digital platform. Titled “Block by Block,” it explores real estate across different New York neighborhoods.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yMzqwV

Autoblog Debuts ‘Car Club USA’ on AOL

Today, Autoblog debuts an original series on AOL, “Car Club USA.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1GHCyQ2

Industry News

HBO’s OTT Offering Could Change Pay-TV Game

According to Parks Associates, 17% of U.S. broadband households said they would be likely to subscribe to the premium channel’s video service once it is offered later this year. Of them, 91% already subscribe to a pay TV service, and about a half of those subscribers said they would consider canceling their pay-TV service after subscribing to HBO’s OTT offering.

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1zD7sVD

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1ExjT4m

YouTube News

YouTube’s latest tool for creators: ‘The Creator Show’

The brainchild of YouTube producer Rob Polonsky, “The Creator Show” showcases new features and tips for YouTube creators, with prominent YouTubers serving as the primary educators.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1ClUM52

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