Friday 12.12.14: News to Know

/ Dec 12, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Hearst Buys 25% Stake in AwesomenessTV for $81M

Hearst has acquired a 25% stake in teen-focused YouTube network AwesomenessTV from DreamWorks Animation for $81.25 million.


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26% Of People Who Call Their Cable Company Are Asking To Cancel TV Service

Yesterday we dumped a big bunch of data on you about how TV audiences are declining in the face of the onslaught of mobile media.

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STUDY: Europeans Are Heavy Online Video Watchers

New research from online video technology startup JW Player, which examined how viewers watch online video content from all over the world, finds that Europeans are the most engaged audience and tablets are the preferred way to watch.


Direct Video Uploads Surpass YouTube Shares on Facebook – For First Time!

YouTube may be the largest video site in the world, with 300 hours worth of video content uploaded every minute, but Facebook may just have the edge when it comes to video sharing. A new report suggests that Facebook users are uploading videos directly to the site, favoring the social network over YouTube embeds and links in their news feeds.


Sony Has Mulled Selling Majority Stake in Crackle, According to Hacked Emails

In yet another revelation about Sony Pictures’ internal workings in the wake of a devastating cyber-attack last month, execs in the studio’s TV division have recently discussed selling a majority stake in online-video site Crackle to raise cash, according to emails released by the hackers that hit the studio.



Does it matter that reviewers don’t like Netflix’s Marco Polo?

Marco Polo may be one of the most ambitious shows Netflix has produced thus far — but will it also be its biggest flop? One could certainly think so after reading a few reviews.


Deals and Signings

Woven Digital Raises $18M, Will Launch First Original Series in Early 2015

Woven Digital is the latest digital publisher to raise serious venture capital money. The company, which operates male-focused websites and entertainment properties like BroBible and Uproxx, has raised $18 million in a Series A round led by Institutional Venture Partners, with additional contributions from United Talent Agency and Advancit Capital.





Sega Taps Evan Cholfin to Adapt its Videogames for Films, TV, Digital Platforms (EXCLUSIVE)

As Sega looks to turn more of its videogames into other forms of entertainment, it has hired former Break Media executive Evan Cholfin to lead those efforts.


Streaming Video News

Zype Launches to Help Video Owners Build Digital Channels

A new startup that wants to help video creators and distributors build owned-and-operated destinations across platforms is launching out of beta.



‘American Idol’ Alum Haley Reinhart to Star in New Netflix Animated Series

American Idol alum Haley Reinhart is headed to Netflix.

The season-10 third-place finisher took to Instagram to announce that she has landed a part in animated series F is For Family. In a neat twist, Reinhart will be voicing the part of a young boy.


Netflix Tells U.S. Its Video Handling Method Isn’t a ‘Fast Lane’

Netflix Inc. told a U.S. regulator its initiative to send online videos to subscribers without interruptions doesn’t amount to a so-called fast lane — a term that’s a lightning rod in the debate over open-Internet rules.


Chromecast gets guest mode, thanks to cool ultrasonic tech

Google has officially started to roll out guest mode for Chromecast, making it possible to connect to a nearby Chromecast without being on the same Wifi network as long as the network owner permits it.


Tech Crunch

SendVid Makes It Easy To Upload And Send Video

The folks that brought you Shared a few years ago are at it again. This time they’re trying to make it easy to share video.


Videos to Watch Right Now

Congress Debates Gluten Allergies in Above Average’s New Series

Above Average just launched a new series, “Congressional Hearings,” which the creators shot at the YouTube Space NY not too long ago.


YouTube News

Pets Star in Big Tent’s New YouTube Channel, Something Fuzzy

Capitalizing on the internet popularity of fuzzy, house-trained creatures, Big Tent Entertainment has partnered with Brain Power Studio to bring pet-lovers the Something Fuzzy YouTube channel.



YouTube testing feature that creates GIFs directly from videos

Prepare yourself, for the YouTube GIFs are coming! A new feature in testing on YouTube allows users to quickly create GIFs from videos on the video service.



Inside The Uplifting, Entertaining World Of The Whistle, YouTube’s Biggest Sports Network

With over 1 billion views, the year-old network for “young millennials” is changing the business–and the tenor– of sports programming.


Max Sound files patent suit against Google, YouTube in Germany

(Reuters) – Technology company Max Sound Corp said it filed a lawsuit against Google Inc and YouTube in Germany earlier this month, alleging infringement of a video-streaming patent.



YouTube Is Testing An Autoplay Feature That Streams Suggested Videos Automatically

YouTube, always on the lookout for ways to keep people watching more videos and staying on its site longer, is testing out a new feature that could prove to be a honeypot (or major annoyance!) for casual visitors: video autoplays, where once the video you came to watch ends, instead of defaulting to the usual grid of suggested videos, another video starts up.

Media News

Nickelodeon Sets Premiere Date for Fine Brothers’ ‘ReactToThat’

Nickelodeon has announced the premiere date of “ReactToThat,” a half-hour TV series from The Fine Brothers based on their popular “React” franchise.


Industry Highlights

Netflix Hosts Hollywood Bigwigs at Internet TV Summit in Utah

Netflix is staging on Thursday its first “Internet TV summit,” a private affair attended by an array of entertainment-industry titans at a swanky resort in Utah.



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