Friday 12.26.2014: News to Know

/ Dec 26, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Opinions & Analysis

Got a Roku in Your Stocking? Here’s How to Make the Most of It

The best thing about a Roku box (or stick) is how many channels it puts on your TV at little to no extra cost. The second best thing about it is how easy it is to set up.

Wired http://wrd.cm/13zwmqK

Facebook Challenges YouTube Channels With New Features For Pages

Twitter’s not the only one Facebook is battling for control of news and content distribution. With Pages getting quieted down in the feed, Facebook wants to make its home for businesses less like a newspaper that come to you and more like TV channels you turn on.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1A57eWf

Streaming Video News

Pirates Spread ‘The Interview’ Worldwide; China Particularly Curious — Update

UPDATE, FRIDAY 2:35 AM PT: After hitting torrent sites within an hour of being made legally available on Sony’s official partner platforms in the U.S. on Wednesday,The Interview was a fast target for illegal downloads. Torrent Freak has updated figures saying the film was accessed more than 750,000 times around the world in the first 20 hours.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1AaZ2Uo

10 tips and tricks to get the most out of your new Chromecast

Someone put a new Chromecast for you under the tree, or maybe you just bought one for yourself to finally bring Netflix to your TV. You unpacked it, hooked it up, watched a show or two — and now you’re wondering: What else can this thing do?

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1Eou8M9

Hollywood’s Streaming Nemesis Popcorn Time Gets A VPN, But You’ll Have To Pay For It

Popcorn Time, for those who aren’t aware, is a service that lets you stream a tonne of top films and TV shows to your computer for free. It uses unlicensed torrents on the internet for content, which naturally raises a gamut of legal issues.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1CMlJ3n

What is Kernel? The Stealth Startup Sony Tapped to Stream ‘The Interview’ (Exclusive)

The digital distribution of “The Interview” has become the coming-out party for an interesting new venture operating in stealth mode in partnership with Sony Pictures.

Variety http://bit.ly/1wlVl7W

Videos to Watch Right Now

Merry Christmas! Now Watch These 6 Videos

It’s Christmas! You know what that means, time for some holiday-themed “content.” Here are some of our favorite holiday videos or series from the past month.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BaxnBi

YouTube News

Meet the YouTube 1 percent

Among the sea of people jointly uploading 300 hours of footage to YouTube every minute, there is an elite group of creators who earns a comfortable salary off the ads that run against their videos. Then there’s the YouTube 1 percent.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/13JwSTy

Watch out, YouTube: Brands have discovered Facebook video

Brands can no longer ignore the Facebook video player.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1JQpEhF

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