Friday 10.31.14: News to Know–Happy Halloween!

/ Oct 31, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Hulu Orders Half-Hour Comedy Series from Jason Reitman, Lionsgate
Hulu has stated its desire to bet bigger on original programming in an effort to compete with Netflix and Amazon — and it’s following through on those claims.
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Opinions and Analyses
Starz’s Chris Albrecht: OTT Distribution ‘Is a Tide That Has To Turn’
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has come out strongly in favor of embracing over-the-top distribution options for the pay TV group in the U.S. and abroad.
WWE Network Grows to 731,000 Subscribers, Drops Contract Requirement
The streaming service added 31,000 paying subscribers during the third quarter, with 28,000 of those signing up overseas. Another 3,000 were in the U.S. WWE has said it aims for 1 million subscribers by the end of the year.
What If HBO Offered An Entire Program Package Online?
What if HBO went beyond an online version of itself and became, instead, its own “virtual” multichannel video programming distributor?That provocative idea gets a workout from the Donohue Report, a new online tech biz site fronted by Steve Donohue.

Dobrow’s Take On This Year’s Crop Of Branded Halloween Videos

Halloween, what happened to you, man? You used to be all about the mystery and menace. In recent years, though, you stopped scaring and started caring. You’ve gone soft, not unlike a fun-size Milky Way left in one’s pocket during an Acela jaunt down the coast. It’s like you’re not even trying to be spooktacular anymore.

Top 10 Web Video Series: Brutally Honest Look at the Latest X-Men Movie
If there’s one thing that the folks at Honest Trailers do best, they know exactly how to skewer the basic truth out of movies—and they don’t spare critically acclaimed ones such as X-Men: Days of Future Past.AdWeek

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This App Lets You Stream Mobile Games Online, And It’s Already Surpassed Twitch In One Key Area

A growing number of gamers are recording and streaming their video games online so others can watch and enjoy the experience as a community. 

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Online Video Advertising has Growing Pains
The online ad industry is buzzing about the potential of digital video. According to a recent Forrester report, video ads will represent half of all online display ad dollars within the next five years.WSJ

Deals and Signings

Vice and Rogers to Build Canadian Studio, Because Canada Has Millennials, Too

Vice Media is returning to its roots. The youth-focused media company is partnering with Rogers Communications to launch a new multimedia production studio and 24-hour TV news channel in Canada.

Marriott Signs Content Deals with YouTube, Instagram Stars, ‘Ghost Whisperer’ Producers Through New Studio
Marriott International has added YouTuber Jack Harries, Instagram star Casey Neistat, and the producers of “Ghost Whisperer,” Ian Sander and Kim Moses, to its roster of content creators that will provide the hotel operator with entertainment it can use to attract a younger next-generation of traveler to its 18 brands.
Oscilloscope Makes First Streaming Agreement with Amazon (EXCLUSIVE)
The pact also makes Amazon the exclusive streaming subscription home for four of the indie distributor’s titles: “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” “The Human Scale” and dirt-bike documentary “12 O’ClockBoys.”
Streaming Video News

EXCLUSIVE: AOL Sets Sail with Carnival Cruise, George Lopez on New Series

AOL has partnered with Carnival Cruise Line on a branded comedy series to highlight various features, activities, and services available to those who choose to take a trip on the cruise line.


Free Streaming Site Sues Ad Verification Service For Allegedly Cutting Off Millions In Revenue, Calls Them ‘D-Bags’

FilmOn, a free TV streaming service highlighted this week by Forbes as one of the 10 companies changing the TV industry, is suing online ad verification service DoubleVerify for blacklisting the site as “copyright infringing” and “adult content.”

Business Insider

British Telecom BT to Bundle Netflix with TV and Other Services

Netflix wants to be HBO (yes, this is one of those stories). Part of that strategy involves getting TV distributors to bundle the streaming service as part of their overall TV offering, just like any other premium pay-TV channel currently does.

Roku to Power Internet-TV Service from Sky in Germany

Roku will soon power an internet-TV service being developed by Sky Deutschland, one of the largest TV providers in Germany and Austria.
Dozens of Top Networks to Sell Primetime TV Ads Using AOL’s–in Australia
Believe it or not, MTV, Fox Sports, E!, Discovery and A&E are going to start selling primetime TV programming via a digital ad exchange instead of old-fashioned human salespeople. That’s right — the TV business is going fully programmatic. The three martini lunch from the “Mad Men” era is officially gone.WSJ

YouTube News

MTV Launches New YouTube Channel and Series with Laci Green

MTV just launched the YouTube channel MTV Braless, which is set to feature a new series by the same name starring YouTuber Laci Green, as first reported by Variety.

The Young Turks is running circles around news networks on YouTube

Here’s a surprise: The most popular news channel on YouTube is not CNN, The New York Times or Vice, but The Young Turks.

Videos to Watch Right Now


From the Kardashians to Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, characters showing off their extravagant wealth is a tried-and-true reality show success formula that generates big ratings (and backlash). Now, one new Canadian web series adds a Chinese spin to the genre with its cast of four young women whose parents are among China’s growing ranks of millionaires.


WATCH THIS: Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars’ Previews Season 5

The trailer for season five of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” has arrived. The fifth season is set to premiere on Crackle on November 6 at 12pm ET with an episode featuring Kevin Hart.

WATCH THIS: Christopher Meloni Squashes Beef and Serves Beef in…‘Beef’

“Beef” is an upcoming comedy web series starring Christopher Meloni as a local butcher who also serves as the judge, jury, and executioner (so to speak) of his local neighborhood — he’s the one everyone comes to when they need a problem that needs resolving.

Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Drops Season 5 Trailer
Crackle just dropped the trailer for its Emmy nominated digital hit, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. The show has been a big winner for Crackle with its simple format generating comedy gold from some of the world’s top comedians.New Media Rockstars

Start Off Your Halloween Right with Some Creepy-Ass Vines
Vine is not the place you would look to find nightmare fuel, but on occasion there are some vines that will haunt you for days. What better way to start off your Halloween than by watching exacly one minute worth of fear driven content? Let’s get this list cracking!New Media Rockstars

TV vs Digital

TV Ad Market Sees Little Relief In the Third Quarter

Investors looking for some good news about the TV advertising market may be disappointed next week when several big media companies report third quarter earnings.


Media News

Chinese users can now shop from Alibaba while watching videos on Youku

Alibaba Group and Youku Tudou, the leading Chinese video site in which the former has a stake, jointly announced two programs for online retailers on Alibaba marketplaces to do marketing on the video platform in different ways.


Industry Highlights

Following HBO & CBS, Starz may launch a standalone online TV service

Premium cable network Starz could be the next company to start offering an online TV servicethat doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription, according to comments made by Starz CEO Chris Albrecht today.


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