Friday 2.21: News to Know

/ Feb 21, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Amazon’s LoveFilm Will Soon Be Amazon Prime Instant Video

In a move that could make it more directly competitive with Netflix, Amazon is rebranding its LoveFilm subscription streaming service in the UK and Germany to Amazon Prime Instant Video.

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TNW http://tnw.co/1jkdW0L

WorldScreen http://bit.ly/1p1eAUw

Variety http://bit.ly/MIfR42

Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/OiLBxQ

Deals & Signings

FremantleMedia UK Exec Peter Cassidy to Join Applicaster

Multi-screen solutions provider Applicaster has named FremantleMedia UK executive Peter Cassidy as its new vice president of Europe. He will be the person in charge of all Applicaster business activities in the region.

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Streaming Video News

Chernin-Backed Crunchyroll Unpacks New Streaming Service for Korean Dramas

Crunchyroll, the online video site for anime content, is launching a new streaming service dedicated to Korean programming. The new service, titled KDrama, is available in beta to all current Crunchyroll subscribers, and will receive a public launch in the coming weeks.

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Gigaom http://bit.ly/1jkmxkf

Today in What You Already Know: Millennials Love TV, Just Not Necessarily on TV

In news that should definitely not shock you (and if it does, we might need to have a separate conversation), Millennials love television — they just tend to watch it on smaller screens. This is according to a new survey from TiVo, which found that 72% of the millennial respondents use free online streaming platforms like Hulu and YouTube, as well as the websites owned and operated by TV networks.

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Amazon Gets Its TV Box Ready, Again

Amazon is gearing up to take on Apple and Roku, again. Industry sources say Amazon is getting ready to launch a Web TV box that would compete with Apple TV and Roku’s line of products, which make it easy to move video from the Internet onto your TV.

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1gQKvD8

Business Insider http://read.bi/1edyEKk

New ‘House of Cards’ season reportedly finished by over half a million people in one weekend

People really aren’t joking when they talk about binge watching House of Cards. According to a study by Procera Networks, about two percent of all Netflix streaming subscribers in the US finished the series’ new season over its debut weekend. Based on Netflix’s most recent user numbers, that means around 668,000 people watched the season’s 13 episodes across just three days. European subscribers may have had more self-control, however, as only about one percent are reported to have finished the series before the weekend was over.

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WorldSceen http://bit.ly/1f33lSy

Western TV Hits a Big Draw for Online Viewers — and Advertisers — in China: Brands Reach Out to Young, Educated Audience That Loves ‘House of Cards’,’Sherlock’

While Americans shell out for Netflix subscriptions to see the second season of “House of Cards,” Chinese audiences watch it for free on Sohu.com’s online video platform.

AdAge http://bit.ly/1edCRxA

BitTorrent shuts down its live streaming website to refocus on mobile

BitTorrent had big ambitions for live streaming, but users weren’t biting — so the company is shutting down its live video site and refocusing on mobile.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1bqV6or

The Haps with Apps

Pepsi Max Puts Vine Videos on U.K. Billboards: Consumers Are Invited to Submit Their Own Six-Second Films

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YouTube News

YouTube Redesigns Website with Center-Aligned Look to Match Mobile Apps

YouTube has adopted a cleaner website design that has a “center-aligned” look, designed to emphasize user-created playlists — and, of course, boost the time people spend on the site.

Variety http://bit.ly/1gmXvOC

Media News

Let’s Get Ready for a 24-Hour Online Sports Network from Time Inc.

120 Sports is a new video startup that wants to build a 24-hour online sports network — with the help of almost all of the major sports leagues in the United States. (The NFL, as you’ll see, is the lone holdout among the “big four.”)

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PBS Digital Studios Embarks on an ‘Art Assignment’ with John Green and His Wife

“The Art Assignment,” a weekly web series from Vlogbrother, VidCon co-founder, and best-selling author John Green, his wife Sarah Urist Green, and PBS Digital Studios, debuts today on YouTube.

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PopSugar and Core Media Group to Co-Develop Digital & TV Projects

Production company Core Media Group is teaming with women’s lifestyle brand PopSugar to develop scripted and non-scripted projects for digital and traditional platforms.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1jk41Ze

Content Media Inks International Output Deal with Great Point Media

Content Media Corporation, a distributor of TV and digital content, has inked an international output pact with the London-based Great Point Media. Per the deal, Content Television has exclusive rights to sell Great Point Media television content in international markets for two years. The two companies will also collaborate on “packaging, creative development, and sales strategies” for Great Point programming.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/NhApjN

Industry Highlights

New Programming and Deals

MIPTV has announced that Maker Studios has signed on to be a founding partner of the MIP Digital Fronts. Maker Executive Chairman Ynon Kreiz will deliver an address on April 8 as part of MIPTV’s Media Mastermind Keynote series. Produced by Reed MIDEM, MIPTV takes place April 7-10 in Cannes, France, and the MIP Digital Fronts are April 9-10.

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