Friday 1.10: News to Know

/ Jan 10, 2014

Digital video industry news today

WWE to Go Over-the-Top with New Streaming Service

Get ready for a lot more chokeslams on your computer or mobile screen: World Wrestling Entertainment has announced plans to launch a new subscription VOD service, WWE Network, on February 24.



LA Times

The Verge


Streaming Video News

David Fincher Scores DGA Nomination for ‘House of Cards’

“House of Cards”’ love affair with the creative industry continues as the Directors Guild of America has nominated David Fincher for his work on episode one of the first season of Netflix’s political drama.


‘Veronica Mars’ Entire TV Series Streaming Exclusively on Amazon Prime will offer all three seasons of cult TV favorite “Veronica Mars” under a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution that grants the e-retailer exclusive subscription-video rights. Beginning Thursday, members of Amazon’s Prime free-shipping and video-streaming service can watch the three seasons of the series — a total of 64 episodes — starring Kristen Bell as a high-school and then college private investigator.




CES Updates

Freddie Wong Talks Future of Online Video with ‘What’s Trending’

Freddie Wong is one of the most thoughtful dudes on YouTube — it’s evident whenever he’s asked to share his thoughts on the online video ecosystem. Which is exactly what Shira Lazar of “What’s Trending” asked him to do when Wong visited the set of the live talk show in the Samsung Smart Lounge at the International CES.


Video: A first look at the Roku TV

We took a first look at the new Roku TV that Roku announced at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this week.


Does iJustine Really Think the Internet Isn’t Ready for 4K Video? 

iJustine and Lamarr Wilson met up at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to discuss 4K video, the hot new trend in video clarity. The early reports are suggesting that it’s insanely clear — and maybe a little too big.


YouTube, DreamWorks Animation to Produce Daily Original Series (EXCLUSIVE)

In an unusual collaboration for both parties, YouTube and DreamWorks Animation are co-producing an original program to air daily on the world’s most popular digital destination, according to sources who said the launch is likely to occur before the end of January.



YouTube Grows Up with Quality Videos, Talent

YouTube wants to “demystify” its online video platform for brands and marketers, pointing out that it’s moved beyond luring young audiences and has secured talkshow hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres. Kimmel and Fallon have doubled their subscriber counts over the past year, Alex Carloss, head of entertainment for YouTube, said during a keynote at Variety’s Entertainment Summit on Thursday from the Consumer Electronics Show.


YouTube’s Favorite Soldier Geeks Out at CES

YouTuber SoldierKnowsBest, aka Mark Watson, is like a kid in a candy store right now – or a techie at an electronics trade show. Mark will most likely be hard at work, vlogging to his 679,000 subscribers about all of the new gadgets and gizmos that are premiering at CES this year. Luckily for us, he took some time to talk to Mashable about what he is most looking forward to this year at the conference.



YouTube News

How to Find the Meta Tags for Any YouTube Video 

In this week’s Creator’s Tip, we want to show you how you can find the meta tags that a creator is using on any of their YouTube videos. Why is this information important? Well, there may be some specific search terms that you want your video to rank for but you are consistently being outranked by other content.



Media News

Danica McKellar Takes a Bite Out of Math in New Show on Nerdist

Actress and math aficionado Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”) is launching a new show on The Nerdist Channel called “Math Bites.” In the weekly series, which is created, written, directed, and hosted by McKellar, the actress tackles different areas of math and makes them less complicated and intimidating for viewers.


Funny or Die Searches for the Next Great Boy Band in New Web Series

Funny or Die’s next web series is going to poke fun at the concept of singing competition shows, and the resurgent trend in boy bands. “Boy Search,” a new show set to premiere onJanuary 21, will look to put together the next great boy band by sourcing the most knowledgeable people around: teenage girls.


Submission Deadline for Vancouver Web Fest Nears

The final submission deadline for the Vancouver Web Fest, described as Canada’s first web series festival, is almost here. Those looking to submit their shows for consideration can still do so at or by sending an email to The final entry deadline is January 15.


Yahoo’s Mayer Looking for TV-Sized Hit Company talking to top Hollywood studios and agents

At CES, Marissa Mayer had some fun hanging out the cast of Saturday Night Live. Turns out, she wants her own 30 Rock. The Yahoo CEO is aiming big when it comes to original programming. Per multiple sources, the company is talking to various studios and talent agencies in Hollywood in search of a breakthrough series project. Ideally the company would like to develop around three half-hour comedy series that it would present at this year’s NewFronts in New York.


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