Friday 2.21: News to Know
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1mhBbK4
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.
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.
The Haps with Apps
Pepsi Max Puts Vine Videos on U.K. Billboards: Consumers Are Invited to Submit Their Own Six-Second Films
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.
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.”)
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.
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.
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.
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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