Friday 11.21.14: News to Know

/ Nov 21, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Aereo files for bankruptcy
Aereo Inc, the video streaming company backed by media mogul Barry Diller, has filed for bankruptcy protection.The Chapter 11 filing on Thursday night came five months after the U.S. Supreme Court said Aereo violated broadcasters’ copyrights by capturing live and recorded programs on miniature antennas and transmitted them to paying subscribers. That decision effectively forbade Aereo’s business model.

Opinions and Analyses

OTT Services Predicted To Hit $5.8 In 2014

Over-the-top pay TV revenue from services like Netflix and Hulu Plus is expected to nearly double in the next four years.Campbell, Calif.-based Infonetics Research estimates that revenue from OTT services will hit $5.8 billion this year and will rise to $10 billion in 2018.

Fox’s ‘Devil Baby’ Stunt for ‘Devil’s Due’ Most Shared Film Ad Online in 2014
A possessed baby got viewers talking across social media platforms, with a “Devil Baby” stunt to hype 20th Century Fox’s “Devil’s Due” becoming the most shared film promotion online this year. It was also the No. 2 most shared ad of the year.
Netflix and YouTube Still Hog Bandwidth in North America
According to broadband networking company Sandvine’s latest report, “Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014,” Netflix and YouTube still account for the largest slices of the internet’s streaming bandwidth in North America.VideoInk

Are Brands Wasting Money on YouTube Custom Channels? 
Many brands are doing well on YouTube due to a focused content strategy whereby they’re releasing content that viewers want to watch, share, and engage with.  Some brands have gone the extra mile and have worked with YouTube to upgrade their default YouTube One-Channeldesigned “Brand Channel” to what YouTube terms a “Custom Branded YouTube Channel.”ReelSEO

Deals and Signings

Real-Time With Videology’s Castree, Freshly Poached From MediaVest

Programmatic video ad platform Videology on Friday announced the appointment of Tim Castree as managing director, North America. Castree joins the ad tech firm from MediaVest U.S., where he served as chief operating officer.

Rovi paid $12 million for Fan TV
Rovi paid just $12 million for Fan TV, the TV discovery startup previously known as Fanhattan, according to a FCC filing (hat tip to Multichannel News).
Streaming Video News
Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Web Spinoff to Debut New Season
Bravo’s “Top Chef” spinoff for the web, “Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen,” will return to on December 10 at 11pm ETwith a two-part debut.VideoInk

Muy bien: Netflix more than doubles traffic share in LatAm
Netflix’s troubles in Latin America may officially be over: The streaming video service now accounts for 5.5 percent of all peak residential downstream traffic over fixed networks across the continent, according to the most recent Global Internet Phenomena report from traffic management company Sandvine.
Amazon Reportedly Planning An Ad-Supported Video Service That Will Be Cheaper Than Netflix
Amazon is reportedly planning to launch an ad-supported media streaming service for music and videos, the New York Post reports.
The service would exist in addition to its $99 Prime membership subscription, which includes free, two-day shipping on thousands of items alongside music, TV, and movie streaming options.

Business Insider
Xbox Documentary on Atari’s Lost ‘E.T.’ Games Debuts for Free
Microsoft has released its documentary “Atari: Game Over” for free through its Xbox Video store.
Web-Video Startup Pluto TV Raises $13 Million from U.S. Venture Partners, UTA, Sky and Others
Pluto.TV, a startup whose service aggregates Internet video in a TV-like grid, has closed $13 million in Series A funding led by U.S. Venture Partners, with participation from UTA as well as existing investors Sky, Chicago Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital and Luminari Capital.
Jaunt Launches Virtual Reality App With Paul McCartney Concert Experience

A 360-degree 3D virtual reality camera from startup Jaunt was used earlier this year when Paul McCartney performed the last concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, the very same stadium that saw The Beatles last public concert 48 years ago.

HBO Chief Holds Out Hope Online Plans Can Appeal To Cable And Cord Cutters
Looks like we’ll have to keep waiting to figure out how HBO CEO Richard Plepler can offer a direct-to-consumer streaming service — planned for next year — that doesn’t upset the pay TV ecosystem. NBC’s Willie Geist tried to get an answer from Plepler today in an appearance at the Paley Center. 

Crackle Will Be Home to Another Feature Film, ‘The Throwaways’
Crackle will debut another feature film, “The Throwaways,” on its platform this December 19.VideoInk

Univision Unveils Short-Form Telenovelas for Hulu and its Web Video Network UVideos

In today’s saturated media world, where some tweets are too long for modern attention spans, who has time to binge watch classic telenovela series, some of which consist of hundreds of episodes?


Videos to Watch Right Now
FIRST LOOK: Yahoo’s Basketball Comedy ‘Sin City Saints’
Yahoo’s inviting potential viewers to take a quick gander at its upcoming original series, “Sin City Saints.”VideoInk

Happs with Apps

Will Samsung’s new mobile video app take off?

Samsung expanded its media presence this week with the launch of Milk Video, a free video-streaming app for Galaxy smartphone owners. A complement to Milk Music, Samsung’s music-streaming app, Milk Video aggregates short Web videos from a variety of publishers and categorizes them by genre and user preference, all without serving any ads.

YouTube News
Kin Community to Manage Nelvana’s ‘Max & Ruby,’ ‘Babar’ on YouTube
Corus Entertainment’s animation and distribution arm, Nelvana, has enlisted the services of Kin Community to manage and grow its YouTube presence.VideoInk

HotOrNot’s founder now wants to keep your kids safe on YouTube
Hong launched a new iPad app called Cakey on Friday that curates kid-friendly YouTube videos to make sure the little ones don’t stumble across any inappropriate content.
YouTube Enters Streaming Music Fray as Taylor Swift Drops Spotify
At first blush, YouTube’s Nov. 12 announcement of the launch of its long-speculated paid music subscription service, dubbed Music Key, and Taylor Swift’s war with Spotify seem to occupy different ends of the ever-tumultuous music-streaming space. But the two events point to the key questions facing the sector: Will a rising tide of services lift all boats? And will they scale in such a way that the artists in the ship’s galley are satisfied with their cut of the pie?
Media News

Netflix Summons Entertainment Moguls to an Internet TV Summit

Reed Hastings wants to talk about the future of TV. So he’s asking the people who run movie studios, TV networks and entertainment conglomerates to join him for a private chat.

4,500 Hacked US Webcams Are Streaming On A Russian Website
A website in Russian, which has a domain named registered in Australian-controlled Cocos Islands is streaming the feeds of thousands of webcams with lax password security from around the world.
In Australia, ABC Radio’s AM reports that cameras showing a baby in a cot in Melbourne, a Perth parking lot and a Melbourne lounge room appear on the website among 300 from the country. It also includes the GPS location of the images.

Business Insider
Bob Evans Intros ‘Broasted’ Chicken With Video, Digital Campaign
Bob Evans Farms has launched a digital campaign — including a 70-second video being used primarily as sponsored content — to support Broasted Chicken, a new permanent menu item that it’s beginning to roll out across its 570 restaurants.

Industry Highlights
Facebook Won’t Be at Next Year’s NewFronts, But Here’s Who Will Be
Fullscreen, Machinima Join YouTube, AOL on 2015 Calendar
Vimeo teams up with Chilling Effects to publicly track copyright complaints
Video sharing site Vimeo is getting more transparent about copy right complaints today with a new partnership.


Production Notes

Google and ‘Interstellar’ Want You to Take Part in Time Capsule Doc
Google Play continues to promote Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi epic “Interstellar,” this time with a “time capsule” video project that’s currently seeking submissions.VideoInk


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