Friday 10.17: News to Know

/ Oct 17, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Netflix Sets Premiere Date for ‘Lilyhammer’ Season 3

Season three of Netflix’s first original series, the crime dramedy “Lilyhammer,” will debut on the streaming service onFriday, November 21.

Opinions and Analyses News
Hollywood’s Streaming Pile-Up: Should Netflix Be Running Scared From HBO, CBS, Starz?
The news that both HBO and CBS are launching standalone paid streaming services is a sign that traditional media companies are finally stepping into the space dominated by Netflix. And others seem sure to follow.
Time Warner Enlists Army for Netflix Fight (Analysis)
Time Warner reminded Wall Street Wednesday that while new media has flash, old media packs heat.
Netflix’s 4K/UHD Price Hike Is Its Second Huge Mistake
It’s fair to say that Netflix NFLX -3.24% has done pretty well for itself.
Blog So Hard MotherF’ers Wanna Distribute Premium Digital Content, Connect With Advertisers, And Engage With An Audience At Scale
So I’m currently hanging out in the AOL offices here in London, prepping for Disrupt. To their credit, the AOL and Huffington Post crew have been great.

Trailers Aren’t Most-Shared Movie Content: Study

Despite all the hubbub when a new trailer debuts online, those teasers aren’t the most-shared movie videos, a new study reveals.Instead, prank-based viral videos or “prankverts,” stand-alone micro-movies and music videos are the most-shared types of movie content over the past 12 months, according to a new white paper by social video advertising platform Unruly.

The Great TV Unbundling Has Begun. But Be Careful What You Wish For

The distant dream of a la carte television has never seemed closer to reality.On Thursday, just a day after HBO said it would launch a new online streaming service that doesn’t require a cable TV subscription, CBS announced the launch of CBS All Access, a service will let users watch unlimited CBS content, including some live television, on multiple devices for just $5.99 a month.


Q&A: Why CBS is unbundling with ‘All Access’

The traditional cable bundle has begun to burst.On Thursday, CBS unveiled and launched a new video-streaming service, “CBS All Access,” mere hours after HBO announced plans for its own standalone Web offering. For $6 a month, the CBS service enables subscribers to stream live CBS stations (across 14 launch markets) or watch CBS programming like “The Big Bang Theory” on demand. 

Deals and Signings

DramaFever Teams with Moviefone on US Premiere of K-Drama ‘Top Star’

DramaFever has partnered with AOL-owned entertainment site Moviefone on the US premiere of the South Korean drama “Top Star.”

With $2M In Funding, AirMedia Aims To Be The Syndication Platform For Premium Video
With more viewers than ever tuning into digital video services, premium publishers are looking for more ways to get in front of those audiences. With a syndication network built specifically for video, a startup called AirMedia hopes to find new distribution for premium publishers.
U by Kotex Inks Brand/Producer Deal for Smokebomb’s Transmedia Series ‘Carmilla’
Feminine-care brand U by Kotex is executive producing a transmedia series from digital agency Shift2 and digital studio Smokebomb Entertainment based on “Carmilla,” the classic gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

The Haps With Apps
The CNN App That Will Change TV
I have seen the future of TV, and it is CNNgo.
Streaming Video News
Digital Audience Ratings: NY Comic-Con Launches Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ to Dominant Debut
Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here).

PopSugar to Debut First Scripted Series (Exclusive)

PopSugar doesn’t seem to mind if its core audience of millennial women gets a little distracted by its foray into scripted programming. 


Hearst’s CosmoBody Subscription Channel Arrives on Roku

CosmoBody, a fitness-centric subscription video channel from Hearst Digital Studios and Cosmopolitan magazine, is now available on Roku.Available for $9.95 per month, CosmoBody offers an expansive library of online yoga, cardio, dance, interval, and strength-training videos.

YouTube News

These Brothers Created Such A Hit YouTube Channel That The Company Paid Them To Start A New One

If you live in New York City or Chicago, you may have seen the enormous YouTube ads adorning some billboards and subway trains.
Business Insider’s Biggest Videos Are Under Attack By Malicious ‘Sweet Orange’ Malware

YouTube videos are under attack. Ads shown on the video platform are the latest victims of malicious advertising, or malvertising, which redirect users to harmful sites.

Business Insider

New Form Digital Releases 14 Short Films Made by Top YouTubers

Earlier this summer, New Form Digital, the digital studio launched as a joint venture between Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Discovery Communications, announced plans to produce 14 short films created by some of the top stars on YouTube. 


Facebook Is Challenging YouTube…on Facebook

We’ve pointed out Facebook as a notable YouTube rival in the past, and now a report from social media analytics company Socialbakers suggests how robust of challenge Facebook might provide to the current giant in online video.


One Ring to Rule Them All: ‘The Hobbit’ Tops YouTube’s Trailer Rankings

With hoards of people viewing content on the web as opposed to TV, it’s no surprise that they’re watching trailers there, too — stats from Google indicate that four out of five people searching for movie info on the web turn to YouTube. This July through September, plenty of big movies were teased on the internet, and the latest “YouTube Trailers Leaderboard” shows which ones got the most attention.


Ulive Debuts New LGBTQ Parenting Series on YouTube

Scripps Networks Interactive and its lifestyle-video brand Ulive recently launched a new parenting series on YouTube.“This Is a Show for Parents of Gay Kids,” based on the bestselling “This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids” book written by Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo, focuses on helping parents understand their LGBTQ kids. The series is written by Owens-Reid and Russo, who also host, and Matthew C. Mills and Chelsea Stoutenburgh. 

Media News
Cartoon Network Prevails In Video-Privacy Lawsuit
The Cartoon Network doesn’t violate Android users’ privacy rights by transmitting the names of videos they view to the analytics company Bango, a federal judge has ruled.

Media Post
Wendy Davis

Low-Budget Shows Leap From Web to TV to Attract Big Money

Back in 2010, when YouTube was big on pugs performing tricks and Netflix hadn’t won awards for “House of Cards,” Hollywood actress Julia Stiles signed on to “Blue,” a Web series in which she plays a single mom who works at a desk by day and between the sheets at night.

Industry Highlights
Matt Graham Says So Long To PBS Digital Studios
We love everything that PBS digital studios is putting out these days from the absolutely brilliant PBS Ideas Channel to the monstrously successful Frankenstein MD, so we were more than a little nervous this morning when we learned that PBS Digital senior director Matt Graham is hitting the road to join RLJ Entertainment as the new head of AcornTV.
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