Friday 10.10.14: News to Know

/ Oct 10, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Marissa Mayer’s plan to turn Tumblr into YouTube is bold and smart. Too bad it’s probably not going to work.

When I first read Business Insider’s report that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer plans to turn Tumblr into YouTube, my first reaction was, “Wait, what?” While we’re at it, why doesn’t Facebook turn Instagram into Gmail? Or maybe Google could turn Nest into Foursquare. The news made it sound not only like Mayer wasn’t playing with a full deck of cards, but that she’d thrown the deck out completely and resorted to Mad Libs.

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A Conversation on Future Urbanism, Tech Hubs

It was a really interesting selection of panelists with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, former New York City director of planning Amanda Burden and Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh, who has been struggling to revive downtown Las Vegas, at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment summit yesterday in San Francisco.


The Mobile-Video Conundrum

Alright, already.  I know that mobile video is the next big thing.  I get it.  The volume of mobile video consumption and the rate of growth make the hockey stick look like a plateau. There are virtually no digital video networks with mobile usage lower than 30%, and some upwards of 70%. So why isn’t anyone doing anything really cool or transformative with it?

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No joke: Funny or Die tries to make serious news entertaining

Funny or Die may be one of the sites most unqualified to start a news vertical.

The comedy video site, founded in 2007, is more at home cracking jokes than breaking news. But that’s not going to stop it from trying.


The Benefits and Challenges of Live-streaming Video [Creators Tip #163]

On this week’s Creator’s Tip we discuss the benefits, as well as the challenges, of live-streaming video. The barriers to entry for live-streaming have never been lower, and it’s easier than ever to broadcast a live event out to an engaged audience.


YouTube Stars Generate Impressive CPM Growth, But Let’s Not Get Too Excited

We’ve delved in to the mildly taboo topic of the potential money to be made on YouTube many times on ReelSEO. You’ll hear lots of complaints and comments from creators who are not earning the kind of revenue from advertising they thought they would, but it’s still pretty rare to hear from those who are making a very good living, even rarer to find any that will disclose any kind of data about it.


Netflix spends $150 million on content recommendations every year

French regulators wanted to check Netflix’s recommendation algorithms for any possible U.S. bias — but the company’s Chief Product Officer actually believes that algorithms can help democratize culture.


Deals and Signings

Amazon in Talks to Join UltraViolet Digital Video Locker: WSJ

In what could be a huge coup for UltraViolet, Amazon is said to be considering participating in the nascent digital video service.


Malin Akerman Cast in Yahoo Scripted Series ‘Sin City Saints’

Yahoo announced the beginning of production on its original scripted comedy series “Sin City Saints”Thursday, with cast members including Malin Akerman, Tom Arnold and Andrew Santino.


YouTube Video Firm Jukin Media Raises $1.2 Million from Peter Guber, Allen DeBevoise and Others

Jukin Media, a YouTube multichannel network specializing in distributing and licensing viral video clips, announced that it has raised $1.2 million in funding from investors including Mandalay Entertainment chairman and CEO Peter Guber and Machinima chairman Allen DeBevoise.


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IndieFlix New Apps Could Help Tiny Movie Service Make It Big

If the movement in online video is toward watching on mobile, then it would seem there’s a pretty good future ahead for IndieFlix, an online movie service that is, right now, even smaller than many of the films it features.

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Happs With Apps

Jason Horton, FightTips, Rachel Ballinger Launch Mobile Apps via Beachfront Builder


Streaming Video News

DramaFever Looking to Sell, Valuation Could Hit $140M

And the M&A activity continues. This time, online video streaming service DramaFever is said to be in talks to sell, with a valuation somewhere between $120 million and $140 million. According to one source, DramaFever did over $20M in revenues last year.


Digital Media Update

Maurice Compte Joins Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ Cast

“Narcos,” the future Netflix series about notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, has a new regular cast member, according to Variety. Maurice Compte will join the show to play a cop.


Google’s Videos, Search Haul Behind In-Store Holiday Shopping

One-third of all shopping searches on Google occur between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., because shopping no longer stops when the malls close. Content supports those searches, as retailers want to show examples of how the latest features in the newest Lexus work, how Western boots are worn, or how kitchen mixers work. A study that Google will release Friday looks at how consumer shopping behavior continues to evolve just prior to the holidays.

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Vimeo sets up shop between YouTube and Hulu

In-between the Wild West of YouTube and the Hollywood of Hulu is open territory, and Vimeo wants to colonize it by appealing to original video creators’ disillusionment with the ad-driven media model.


Three Camera Add-Ons That Let You Livestream Your HD Video

If everybody truly does get 15 minutes of fame, it’s best to make sure that it’s streamed live on the web.

That’s the purpose of these devices: plug in a camcorder or camera, hit a button and you are live on the Internet. It could be a school play you’re broadcasting to grandparents abroad, a concert friends can’t attend, or a street-level view of a political protest.


Teen Vogue Debuts New Style Series Starring Bryanboy

A new series from Teen Vogue stars popular fashion blogger Bryanboy (real name: Bryan Grey Yambao) as he visits college students to see what the latest fashion and style trends are on campuses nationwide. Produced byConde Nast Entertainment, “Bryanboy Goes to College” is available on The Scene, the company’s online video portal devoted to original and syndicated video programming.


Jason Kilar’s Vessel Starts Talking to Advertisers (Report)

As Vessel, former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar’s stealth startup focused on digital video, preps its launch (rumored to come by the end of the year), more information is trickling out about the service and its business model.


DramaFever Unveils Its Second ‘Original’ Series

DramaFever has its second original series.

The online video streaming service, which focuses on bringing popular international shows to the US market, has partnered with Korean broadcaster KBS to co-produce the drama “Tomorrow’s Cantabile,” based on the popular Japanese manga “Nodame Cantabile.”


Netflix officially comes to Ubuntu via Chrome, Linux fans rejoice!

Back in September, Netflix revealed via the Ubuntu Developers Forum that the video-on-demand service would finally be available on Linux, via the latest stable Chrome build.

The Next Web

No, Chromecast Users—Google Has Not Forgotten About You

If you’re concerned about Google neglecting Chromecast lately, take heart: The tech giant has not forsaken the $35 TV stick. On the contrary, this week the company finally delivered on Backdrop, a new feature it first promised at the Google I/O developer conference last June.

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YouTube News

The Unboxing of Beauty on YouTube: New Brand-in-a-box Marketing

The unboxing phenomenon has become an essential tool in the marketing of cosmetics and beauty products. For those unfamiliar with the format, unboxing videos are when YouTubers share the unpackacking of a special product or group of products.


AsapScience Explores Energy Saving Technology with GE

The creators behind AsapScience, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, have teamed up with GE to showcase energy efficient technologies.

The Fullscreen talent duo have so far covered some “fun facts” on how people tend to use energy, delving deeper into wind energy in particular in episode two of the collaboration, which explores GE’s Global Research Center in Munich.


YouTubers and Futures Without Violence Sing Out Against Domestic Abuse (Video)

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and two YouTube stars have teamed up with Futures Without Violence to help spread the message what the month is all about (as all year, every year should be, too, of course).


Travelocity Outspends Expedia 9 to 1 on YouTube, Per Report But which player gets the biggest bang for its buck?

With the holiday travel planning beginning to sneak up on people, Strike Social ran its competitive analysis system against all of the digital booking players to see which brands spent more than others on YouTube in the past year.


Media News

Animation MCN Mondo Media Teams with ‘Simpsons’ Producer on Three New Movies

Mondo Media, an animation-focused multi-channel network on YouTube, plans to produce three movies based on its most popular shows, “Happy Tree Friends,” “Dick Figures,” and “Deep Space 69.”


Facebook Starts Scanning Video Uploads for Copyright Infringement

As the company continues to build its video business, it appears Facebookhas turned-on its ability to scan videos for copyright violations. Now, videos published natively to the social network — as in not an embed of a YouTube clip — will first be checked for any infringing content before the video shows up on a user’s profile page or news feed.


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