Friday 3.27.15: News to Know

/ Mar 27, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Vice to Get Prime Placement on HBO Now

As part of a multi-faceted deal between Vice Media and HBO that includes a new daily news series, among other content plans, Vice will get prime placement on the premium cable network’s highly anticipated HBO Now app.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1IDt1qo

AP http://apne.ws/1FZiV36

 

Opinions & Analysis

Going OTT Won’t Mean Much If Streaming Quality Sucks (Study)

For all the hype around HBO and Showtime cutting the cord and launching standalone video services this year, it’s important to note that customers won’t care if the streaming experience on those products is terrible.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1bBkppn

 

Is Cable’s ‘TV Everywhere’ Strategy Finally Poised to Take Off?

It’s been six years since the cable biz first started working on “TV Everywhere”: Services that let subscribers stream TV content to multiple Internet devices, designed to ensure people will stay in the pay-TV fold. But only now is TVE on the cusp of becoming mainstream, according to a new study.

Variety http://bit.ly/1EIKTMC

 

Why A+E Networks is bullish on Vessel

If YouTube is a tsunami of video content, the newly launched Vessel aims to be a stream, filtering out the sludge and letting only the top short-form video content flow out to its audience. It’s a stream in which A+E Networks wants to take a dip.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1xF9J30

 

Time Warner’s HBO May Add Turner Shows to Web-Only Service

Time Warner Inc. is considering broadening its planned HBO Now online service to include shows from Turner Broadcasting networks such as TBS and TNT, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/19o4dpI

 

Deals & Signings

Pitch International Invests in Online Soccer Network Copa90

Pitch International, a London-based marketing agency that controls media rights for a number of international sports organizations and governing bodies including the Football Association in England, has made an investment in Copa90, one of the biggest independent soccer networks online.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1D5ZbMs

 

Lakeshore Launches Digital Studio With Justin Chon-Kevin Wu Comedy

Aiming to target the YouTube generation, Lakeshore Entertainment is launching Off the Dock as a full-service digital studio and has acquired comedy “Man Up,” starring Justin Chon and Kevin Wu.

Variety http://bit.ly/1ByPIqU

THR http://bit.ly/19YCAog

 

Streaming Video News

WATCH THIS: Netflix Debuts Trailer for Hour-Long ‘Derek Special’

The one-hour special of Ricky Gervais’ comedy series “Derek” will debut on Netflix Friday, April 3. In the meantime, Netflix has provided a trailer of the “bittersweet” film

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Cgu5Oy

Variety http://bit.ly/1BPOCG8

 

New Services Cloud AT&T’s Bet on Pay TV: HBO, Apple and the NFL have turned up the pressure on DirecTV

AT&T Inc. knew it was buying a melting ice cube when it agreed to acquire satellite-TV company DirecTV last year for $49 billion. But recent moves by HBO, Apple Inc. and the National Football League have turned the temperature up a few degrees.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/19YzMHK

 

YouTube News

YouTube Is Recycling Last Year’s NewFronts Pitch — Because It Worked

100 Parent Brands Bought Google Preferred Last Year, Including 30 That Were New to YouTube

AdAge http://bit.ly/1H5tkt1

 

YouTube is testing smooth 60fps video streaming in ultra high-def 4K resolution

YouTube announced support for smooth 60 frames per second (fps) video playback last October. Now, TechCrunch reports that the streaming platform is experimenting with high frame rate 4K video.

The Next Web http://tnw.co/1EIGppf

 

Industry Highlights

Listen to Grace Helbig Describe Her New E! Show to Jimmy Fallon

To promote her upcoming TV series, “The Grace Helbig Show,” debuting on E! Friday, April 3, YouTube star Grace Helbig went on “The Tonight Show” to tell Jimmy Fallon a bit about what viewers can expect.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Gxaxsj

 

Quick Breaks: Sling TV Gets More Channels, CDS Pairs with Food Network Star

The core “Best of Live TV” channel package, which costs $20 per month, now includes A&E, History, H2, and Lifetime, thanks to an earlier deal with A+E Networks.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1NhUErF

 

‘Supernatural’ Stars Rob Benedict, Richard Speight, Jr. Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Comedy Series

“Supernatural” alums Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr. have launched an Indiegogo campaign for a new single-camera comedy series called “Kings of Con,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Variety http://bit.ly/1HOqkBb

 

Hollywood Jumping on Meerkat Bandwagon After App Dazzles at SXSW

The app, which allows anyone with a Twitter account to live-stream video with the click of a button, launched in late February and had amassed 120,000 users heading into SXSW. During the days since the annual tech, film and music festival in Austin, that number has skyrocketed as Meerkat has been used by everyone from Jimmy Fallon to Snoop Dogg to Ashton Kutcher.

THR http://bit.ly/1BPQXRq

 

Create Your Own Palm-in-the-Hand TV Station

Stocktwits Co-Founder and Chairman Howard Lindzon discusses social media and new streaming video services. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1CgvvJ0

 

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