Friday 1.3: News to Know

/ Jan 3, 2014


YouTube goes 4K, Google signs up long list of hardware partners for VP9 support

Add YouTube to the list of companies showing off 4K streaming at CES. But YouTube’s demos will be using Google’s own VP9 video codec. 







Opinions & Analysis

Why Can’t Online Have Its Own ‘Saturday Night Live’?

You can say or do virtually anything—make that just plain everything—online, a fact that leads to videos of beheadings and beatings and sexual assault to vicious bullying and homophobic rants, but also to some perfectly edgy comedy. Laugh or Die ain’t the half of it.



Streaming Video News

Amazon Prime Also Aired a TV Ad During the Holidays

If you watched enough TV over the holidays, you might have come across an ad for Amazon Prime, which in pretty straightforward terms tells you what the subscription service is. If you didn’t, not to worry, Rich Greenfield at BTIG Research did, and was cool enough to record it for you.



Football playoffs, Super Bowl XLVIII to be Streamed Online For (Mostly) Free

Good news, sports fans: Variety reports that NBC, CBS and FOX will be offering online live streams of the NFL postseason and Super Bowl XLVIII, with most content freely available. NBC’s wildcard games, as well as coverage of the Pro Bowl later this month, will be streamed live for free.


Business Insider



The Verge

Netflix Has 76,897 Genres To Tag Users’ Tastes, But Doesn’t Know Why Raymond Burr Is Their Favorite Actor: Report

Netflix‘s recommendation engine could influence entertainment’s future more than many execs realize. That’s why anyone who cares about the business should check out Alexis Madrigal’s fascinating article — “How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood” — posted today by The Atlantic.


The Atlantic


YouTube News

Sports MCN The Whistle Lifts Off with Help from Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, and Dude Perfect

Backed by all-star athletes Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, and Mia Hamm, The Whistle Network — one of YouTube’s first sports-centric MCNs — is officially launching today.



Kingsley Is Also Leaving YouTube in 2014

2014 looks as if it will be the last year for many popular YouTubers. Close on the heels of Ray William Johnson and Philip DeFranco — who recently announced their semi-departures from the platform at the end of the year — vlogger Kingsley took to Twitter to announce that 2014 would be his final year on YouTube.


Phil DeFranco to Retire? The Top 5 Phil DeFranco Moments on YouTube

With the rumor of Phil DeFranco’s exodus from YouTube swirling in the ethers (after he declared via Twitter that 2014 would likely be his last year on YouTube), the community has been left a little shocked and saddened. Phil, an institution on the vlog site, starting with his Sxephil channel and expanding outward from there, the space seems unimaginable without the producer/host’s visible imprint in the form of his wry commentary videos, regularly uploaded to his channel.


Jash Shows YouTube Is Not So Easy—Even for Big Comics Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts Struggle to Find a Loyal Audience

Early last year, following the fallout from the YouTube-funded channels effort, many pointed to a new wave of celebrities attempting YouTube channels—including Ricky Gervais and Adam Carolla—as a sign that the Google platform wasn’t totally giving up on Hollywood.



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