Friday 1.17: News to Know

/ Jan 17, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Maker Studios Hires Former AOL Exec to Spur International Growth

René Rechtman has been appointed by Maker Studios to the newly created role of president of international. He joins the MCN from AOL, where he was CEO of AOL Be On, the branded entertainment division of AOL Networks.


The Wrap




Streaming Video News

Netflix Closer to Winning Another Big Award: Oscar

Netflix has won an Emmy and Golden Globe. It’s now one step closer to taking home an Oscar. Netflix received its first Academy Award nomination on Thursday for “The Square,” a documentary it picked up in November from the festival circuit, and starts offering through its streaming service on Friday.



NBCUniversal To Stream Video On Facebook To Promote Olympics

Now that NBCUniversal is devoting more than 1000 hours to digital coverage of the coming Sochi Olympics, it makes sense that the company will partner with a social-media giant to draw viewers to its efforts.



Content Media

Hulu made an announcement yesterday for its new Hulu AdZone Super Bowl commercial experience. The big game ad platform can be streamed through all of Hulu’s platforms, and will include the broadcast commercials on Feb. 2 in real time. AdZone users will also have the opportunity to vote for favorite Super Bowl spots.


The Haps With Apps

FXNow Streaming iOS App Launches Ahead of ‘Simpsons’ Release

FX Networks has started the platform roll-out of FXNow, its new TV Everywhere service. FXNow is FX Networks’ new HBO Go-like streaming service that allows cable subscribers to access a wealth of FX, FXX and FXM content from anywhere.



Aereo Updates

Aereo To Launch Next Week In Cincinnati

Aereo’s new market announcements have served two purposes thus far. They’ve told consumers when they’ll be able to subscribe to the streaming video service. And they’ve put local lawyers and judges on notice that broadcasters might swoop in to raise their copyright infringement arguments in yet another regional venue.



YouTube News

Twitch Viewers Watched 12 Billion Minutes Of Video In 2013

Gaming videos were absurdly popular in 2013, and few platforms reaped the benefits as heavily as Twitch. The video game live streaming service had a banner year in 2013, with six million total broadcasts, 45 million unique viewers, and more than 12 billion minutes of total watch time.



Media News

Vimeo Sets Aside $500K to Help Market Crowdfunded Films on Its Platform

Give Vimeo some credit, it’s serious about helping independent filmmakers find distribution and make money online. After offering filmmakers at the Toronto International Film Festival a $10,000 advance to exclusively sell and distribute their work on Vimeo, the company is now opening its doors to those who have used crowdfunding platforms to finance their film projects.





‘That Couple You Know’ Rounds Out Above Average’s New Content Slate

Above Average is making it three for three this week with the premiere of its latest web series, “That Couple You Know,” about, well, that couple you know — the one where the two birds are so perfect for each other, that they have become completely insufferable to everyone else. Yeah, that couple.


Go ‘Inside the Oscars’ via New Series on

With the 86th annual Academy Awards nominations announced this morning, we’re about to embark on a six-week journey to the very center of the Hollywood hype machine, leading up to the industry’s most self-important ceremony on March 2.



Creator Profiles

The Puppet Is Who!? Meet the Duo Behind ‘Doctor Puppet’

It has been a year of all things “Who,” and, of course, that celebration extended to YouTube. Venerating the adventures of the Doctor isn’t a particularly new notion for YouTubers, as the likes of Charlie McDonnell and my pal Alex Day routinely sing their praises (and they do literally sing in their Who-tribute band, Chameleon Circuit) of the show on their respective channels. In fact, sometimes, there’s so much devoted “Who” content on YouTube, it can be a bit overwhelming.



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