Friday 1.30.15: News to Know

/ Jan 30, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Nintendo Agrees To Split Ad Revenue With YouTube Creators

Nintendo is no longer playing the role of Bowser.

FastCo http://bit.ly/1yLibac

Forbes http://onforb.es/1CTBdld

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1DeOMJH

Opinions & Analysis

Top 10 Digital Media Predictions for 2015 — 30 Day Scorecard

One month ago, TechCrunch posted several of my predictions for the digital media world in 2015 in an article titled The Future of Digital Media in 2015.  I then expanded upon that article in this blog to give my very own Top 10 Digital Media Predictions for 2015.

Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/1HrHVTK

At Complex Media, video is everyone’s job

If you have seen skateboard legend Tony Hawk ride a hoverboard — a real one — direct your thanks to Complex founder Marc Ecko.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1yU9JKC

 

This is the year we find out whether new media can scale or not

Historically, new-media ventures haven’t triggered the same kind of frenzied stampede of venture investors as other online businesses, in part because their profitability and scalability remains very much in question, but the last six months have seen an almost unheard-of amount of money pouring into media companies.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1uGhzSW

Woody Allen’s Amazon Deal Shows Willingness, But Change Creates Risk

Did Woody Allen suffer an attack of angst? Or was he merely feeling it was time for a change?

Variety http://bit.ly/1zeoB7b

 

Deals & Signings

MLS Sells KickTV to Copa90, Creating Premium Soccer Video Network

Two of the biggest soccer channels on YouTube are joining forces. Major League Soccer has sold KickTV, its YouTube channel with more than 940,000 subscribers, to Bigballs Films, a London-based producer that owns and operates Copa90, one of the largest fan-centric soccer content producers on the web.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BDNXdQ

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1DeOL8C

TheVerge http://bit.ly/1vfwmtG

 

NBA Signs 5 Year Deal With China’s Tencent

The National Basketball Association has signed a five year extension to its existing deal with Chinese Internet giant Tencent. The two companies describe it as “the league’s largest digital partnership.”

Variety http://bit.ly/165f8DS

 

Streaming Video News

Aziz Ansari’s Next Comedy Special to Air on Netflix

Comedian Aziz Ansari is returning to Netflix with a new stand-up comedy special, “Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden,” which will debut on the streaming service on Friday, March 6.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16555yD

 

AwesomenessTV’s ‘Expelled’ Movie Starring Cameron Dallas Coming to Netflix

AwesomenessTV’s teen comedy, “Expelled,” is coming to Netflix. The film, which stars Vine star Cameron Dallas and a bunch of other Vine and YouTube creators, will make its SVOD streaming debut on February 1.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/162ncV2

Variety http://bit.ly/1DeIlGs

 

Amazon Nabs Exclusive US Rights to Rob Delaney’s ‘Catastrophe’

Amazon has acquired exclusive rights to stream the UK comedy series “Catastrophe” on its Prime Instant Video service in the US.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1zGorqX

 

Google’s Chromecast has been used for more than one billion casts

Google still hasn’t released any sales numbers for its Chromecast streaming stick, but Google’s Chief Business officer Omid Kordestani updated investors on one metric during the company’s Q4 call Thursday: Chromecast reached one billion cast sessions last week, Kordestani said.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1DnpKbC

 

Singtel, Sony And Warner’s New Video Streaming Service Beats Netflix To Asia

Telecom giant Singtel is planning to beat Netflix to the punch in Asia after it announced it has partnered with Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers to introduce a video streaming service in the region.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1zmqbSY

Variety http://bit.ly/162xgNM

 

Why The Least-Talked-About Aspect Of The Dish Sling TV Is The Most Important One

Among the many new technology products and services revealed at this year’s CES, perhaps none has gotten more press coverage than Dish’s new Sling TV service.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1tAWHRM

YouTube News

YouTube To Create ‘Talkable’ Second-Screen Moments With Super Bowl Live-Stream Halftime Show

YouTube plans to make the Super Bowl halftime show the ultimate in entertainment and advertising by leveraging stars, personalities and more than 115 Super Bowl ads and teasers that brands have been posting to Google’s video so far this year. At present, the count is up 80% from

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1DeN2Aa

 

Industry Highlights

Kin Community – A Digital Entertainment Company of the Future

MCN acquisitions streaked 2014, and for most startup founders, the “exit” is the best (and often only) focal point.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yU7KWP

Comedy Central’s CC:Studios Greenlights Five New Series, Renews Two

Comedy Central, through its digital video arm CC:Studios, has announced its latest digital development slate, which includes five new and two returning series, as well as one premiere.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ETZiaA 

Variety http://bit.ly/1yLovi1

Barcroft Media to Produce Six Documentaries for Digital, Then TV

UK-based producer Barcroft Media is financing and producing six, long-form documentaries for its digital channels, with the hopes of eventually expanding them to TV.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CTztZp

Amazon Spent $1.3 Billion on Prime Instant Video in 2014

E-commerce giant touts investment in SVOD content but still trails Netflix in spending

Variety http://bit.ly/18Bwnhg 

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1EsCjGv

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