Friday 2.27.15: News to Know

/ Feb 27, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Regulators Move Toward Tougher Rules for Internet Providers

Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile would have to act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under new rules being considered by the Federal Communications Commission.





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Opinions & Analysis

Reaching for the Stars with YouTube

Over the past few years, YouTube has been able to create some unlikely superstars who have managed to amass a large audience within a limited period of time. After all, PewDiePie started out small but has become YouTube’s biggest sensation, making millions of dollars a year through posted videos and partnerships with other companies.



At the Intersection of Hollywood & VR, There Are Possibilities

Does virtual reality have the potential to be a viable commercial platform for the entertainment industry? Maybe! But first, there needs to be good content.



YouTube Is Like Kleenex (or, Why YouTube Will Always Win)

Let’s debunk the idea of a “YouTube competitor.”



Beyond the Fanboys: How Samsung Plans to Take VR Mainstream

When it comes to virtual reality, you’ve probably seen plenty of headsets, whether in person, pictures, or videos explaining the (relatively) new medium. What’s less likely is that you’ve experienced VR content firsthand, taking virtual helicopter tours of cities like New York and Hong Kong, sitting courtside at an NBA game, or following the everyday life of a young Syrian refugee.



Cord-Cutting Picks Up: 1.4 Million U.S. Households Tuned Out Pay TV Last Year

The pay-TV biz has agonized for years about the looming threat of consumers cutting the cord — but so far, the trend hasn’t inflicted serious pain on providers or their programming partners.



Web Series 3.0: Stepping Out of the Shadow of Film and TV

For anyone who has ever put the hard work into bringing a production from concept to screen, a premiere is a truly joyous occasion. A culmination of grueling commitment and countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears, it’s an event that allows the artist to showcase everything for which they’ve been striving.



Why the future of digital publishing is like cable TV

When the history of platforms is written, the release of Snapchat Discover could be a seminal moment. For the first time, a major platform invited media companies to directly connect with its users by publishing content on the platform, with no links to another destination.



From Netflix to Vessel, why net neutrality is good for video providers

Net neutrality rules from the Federal Communications Commission are as much of a win for YouTube and Netflix as they are for video startups like Vessel.



To Become A Grown-Up Business, YouTube Needs To Attract Grown-Up Viewers

The online video platform remains unprofitable, despite an audience of billions.


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‘House of Cards’ review: A grave start for Season 3

Welcome back, House of Cards. It’s been a while. Luckily, it seems, nothing has changed about you during the year between Seasons 2 and 3.






Cord-Cutting Has “Markedly Increased” in Past Year, Analyst Says

The number of homes ditching cable television — or never bothering to subscribe in the first place — have “markedly increased,” a Wall Street analyst said in a research note Wednesday.



What Is The Future of YouTube? Devinsupertramp Thinks Three-Screen Video

According to DevinSuperTramp, Barco and 20th Century Fox, three screens is the future of moviegoing. Debuting a film at Cinequest Film Festival’s ‘Future of Film’ showcase this Sunday, the YouTube star and daredevil will be taking the new technology for a test drive.

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The DeanBeat: The promise and the peril of virtual reality

I’ve been checking out a Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality headset. And it’s been a fun experiment. The mobile virtual reality headset tells me a lot about the promise of VR, and the challenges that lie before it. Next week, at the Game Developers Conference, we’ll see a second generation of modern virtual reality experiences.



Deals & Signings

MTV Orders Series from Culinary YouTube Brothers Greenfield

YouTube personalities and brothers Mike and Josh Greenfield will bring their cooking expertise to MTV’s TV channels and digital platforms this spring.

VideoInk’s Tech Startup Hires Phil Molyneux, Former President of Sony Electronics

Musician and technology entrepreneur has recruited Phil Molyneux — previously president of Sony Electronics in the U.S. — to be president and COO of his wearable devices startup.




Contradiction Films, Legendary Revive ’70s Classic with Grace Helbig & Hannah Hart

Legendary Digital Media and Fullscreen have picked up an adaptation of ’70s classic “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” from Contradiction Films — the production team behind Machinima’s “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” and Crackle’s (and Legendary’s) “Dead Rising: Watchtower” — with Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart attached to star.





TiVo buys Aereo name, auction fetches under $2M

Aereo, the streaming start-up that was poised to upend the TV industry until the Supreme Court shut it down, has been sold for scraps.



YouTube Star Ryan Higa’s ‘Accidental’ Fame

Comedian and Internet celebrity Ryan Higa has more than 13 million subscribers on YouTube, 2 more million than singer Taylor Swift. This 24-year-old started uploading videos on YouTube almost nine years ago and is now one of the most recognizable faces in the generation-x demographics.



Streaming Video News

Netflix Nabs Animated ‘Inspector Gadget’ and ‘Danger Mouse’ Remakes

Netflix has picked up five new kids’ series, including remakes of “Danger Mouse” and “Inspector Gadget,” as the company continues to build out its library of original and exclusive family-friendly programming.


The Wrap


Web Series Wednesday: Virtually Entertaining

As we take a closer look at virtual reality this week, it’s worth exploring the web series that have been doing the same. The following series present intriguing takes on the future of VR content, from wholly immersive TV “reality” shows to a virtual sex industry.



Nickelodeon to Launch Noggin SVOD Service on March 5

Nickelodeon will officially launch its subscription video streaming service on March 5. Originally set to go live in February, the service will resurrect the “Noggin” moniker previously employed by the kids’ network for one of its TV channels, and will cost $5.99 per month.








Japanese-owned VOD Service Expands European Footprint With Italy Launch

ROME –, the growing Barcelona-based video-on-demand and streaming service with more than two million European registered users, has officially launched in Italy, where Netflix is also expected to disembark soon.



Netflix Adding 5 Kids’ Series, Including ‘Danger Mouse’ and ‘Inspector Gadget’ Remakes

Netflix is adding five children’s shows over the next year — including new versions of “Danger Mouse” and “Inspector Gadget” — as the No. 1 streaming-video subscription service continues to up the ante in kidvids.



Digg Rolls Out Digg TV, Curated Playlists for Lean-Back Viewing

Digg Video, a digital video platform (from publisher Digg) that’s like YouTube but more carefully curated, now has a linear viewing counterpart in Digg TV.



Netflix Picks Up New Fox Digital Studio Movie ‘Parallels’

“Parallels,” a sci-fi adventure film from Fox Digital Studio, is set to debut on Netflix on March 1. Following the Netflix premiere, it will also be available across a number of digital VOD platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, and Xbox, on March 31.



VLC gets new version across all platforms, including Android TV

The popular open source video player app VLC got updated across all of its platforms Friday, including iOS, Android, Windows phone and RT as well as all desktop versions. VLC also for the first time released a beta version for Android TV, which could help make personal media playback on that new platform more effortless.



Vimeo finally adds Chromecast support to its iOS app

Better late than never: Vimeo added Chromecast support to its iOS app Friday, allowing users to cast videos straight from an iPad or iPhone to Google’s streaming stick or any Android TV device.



The Next Web



Vice Media to Launch First Female-Focused Channel ‘Broadly’ (Exclusive)

The edgy, male-driven media company is launching Broadly, its first female-focused channel, this spring. Vice’s plan for the new online vertical is to tell a range of stories that interest women, covering a variety of topics including politics, culture, lifestyle, sex and fashion.



Amazon Prime In UK Deal For ‘Outlander’; Season 1 To Premiere March 26 – Video

Although it’s already got a sizable fan base in the UK — and a production base in Scotland — Outlander has not previously been available to British viewers. Celebrating its first anniversary, Amazon Prime Instant Video has now made a deal for the sci-fi/fantasy hit.



Meerkat for iOS lets you live stream video to your Twitter followers

No, this is not an app livestreaming meerkats going about their day. It could be though. Meerkat for iOS lets you live stream video on Twitter in one click.

The Next Web


YouTube News

YouTube’s subscription service struggles to take off

YouTube is planning to launch a paid subscription video service later this year. But the Google-owned company is having a tough time getting some of its content partners to sign up, according to several sources at publishers and multichannel networks.



YouTube’s hands-off enforcement of branded content

YouTube is taking a lax approach to enforcement of its logo restrictions on branded content.



Top 10 Branded Videos: Adidas Racks Up 21 Million YouTube Views in One Week

Adidas’ biggest brand push since 2011 also blew up on YouTube this week. According to this week’s Adweek/VidIQ top branded video chart, the sport brand’s “Take It” campaign accumulated 21.9 million views and more than 2,800 Facebook shares between its launch on Feb. 13 and Feb. 21.



YouTube for Android gets a built-in video trimming feature

Uploading videos through the YouTube app on Android is about to become a lot more useful: you can finally trim videos. Whereas before you’d have to upload a video in its entirety, the Android app now allows you to trim off parts of the video you don’t need or want.

The Next Web


Media News

Immerse Yourself in the World of These 11 Virtual Reality Companies

Virtual reality is slowly shifting from experimental and exciting to a potentially viable medium for consumers. To help this process gain momentum, many technology, production, and hardware companies are making significant moves in the world of immersive video.



MPAA Won’t Pass Judgment on Internet Rules…Yet

The MPAA, representing Hollywood’s six major studios, did not praise or condemn the FCC’s vote on new net neutrality rules.



Industry Highlights

Relativity Digital Studios Will Help Program Lexus’s L/Studio

Relativity Digital Studios’ latest project is a full-on partnership with Lexus, wherein the media company will help program and create content for the brand’s digital video platform,



Freddie Wong, Dan Harmon to Headline Content Industry Connect LA

Dan Harmon, the creator of “Community,” and Freddie Wong, the creator of “Video Game High School,” will headline the Content Industry Connect LA industry confab this March 25 at the London West Hollywood. Both creators will hold “master classes” for the event’s attendees.



Havas Chief to Keynote at MIPTV 2015

Yannick Bolloré, chairman and CEO of French ad giant Havas, will be one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming MIPTV conference and marketplace. Unsurprisingly, his session will focus on the future of media, entertainment, and advertising — especially in the online age — and is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 14.



Ex-BuzzFeed Revenue Chief Lands at Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die

Andy Wiedlin, BuzzFeed’s former chief revenue officer, will serve as interim head of sales at the humor site, which is ending its three-year-old ad-sales agreement with Turner Broadcasting.



Amazon’s Twitch Site Bets on Poker

The streaming service now draws 100 million users each month; adding poker expects to bring in more young, male users. Inc. is upping the ante on its $1 billion bet on videogame-streaming site Twitch. Twitch draws 100 million users each month to watch others play online games such as “Minecraft” and “League of Legends.”




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