Friday 3.28: News to Know

/ Mar 28, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Amazon Says It Has No Plans to Build a Free, Ad-Supported Video Service

Amazon has denied a report that said it’s working on a Hulu-like free, ad-supporting video streaming service.


Business Insider


Hollywood Reporter




Streaming Video News

Amazon Is Going To Announce Its Streaming Media Gadget At An Event In New York Next Week

Amazon just sent out invitations to the press for an event in New York on April 2, teasing an update on its video business. The event is almost certainly to announce a new gadget for streaming video to your TV from services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon’s own video library. Several outlets have reported recently that Amazon will unveil such a device this spring.

Business Insider



LA Times

Amazon Considers Streaming Media Service Inc. is considering an advertising-supported streaming television and music-video service, a departure from its strategy of linking video to its $99-a-year Prime subscription service, according to people close to the company.








Hulu Scores First Emmy Nomination via the Sports Docu-Series ‘Behind the Mask’

Hulu just scored its first-ever Emmy nomination. “Behind the Mask,” the VideoInk-approved sports documentary series from Emmy-winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum, has been nominated in the Outstanding New Approaches — Sports Programming category at the 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards.



Aereo Updates

New Programming + Deals

Aereo is defending its TV-streaming service as the “next technological step,” according to its final written argument before the Supreme Court case against broadcasters on April 22. “The evolution of technology from a black-and-white television connected to a rabbit-ear antenna and a Betamax to a high-definition television connected to a digital antenna and DVR had not changed those core principles [of the law],” Aereo wrote in the court paper.


Media Post

YouTube News

Maker Studios Cuts TV Deal — Its First — with Music Choice

Maker Studios has inked a distribution partnership with Music Choice, a pay-TV music channel that reaches 57 million households in the US. Per the deal, Maker Studios will provide Music Choice with 500 hours worth of programming from the MCN’s Maker Music vertical. Content will span multiple formats, including original music videos, lifestyle series, and one-off clips, and will be available across Music Choice’s pay-TV channel, video-on-demand service, and digital video platform Music Choice Play.


YouTube Blocked in Turkey

YouTube has been blocked in Turkey after an anonymous account posted an audio recording of what is alleged to be several top Turkish intelligence officials discussing possible military action in Syria. A statement credited to the Turkish telecommunications agency said: “After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the law, an administrative measure has been taken for this website.”


Business Insider




New Programming + Deals

Starz Digital Media announced a new web series to its YouTube comedy channel, Union Pool, and the continuation of its animated series Tvoovies. A live-action comedy Llama Cop will premiere on April 1., and Popcorn Addicts will premiere on April 15 on Union Pool. Tvoovies will continue to release episodes every Tuesday and Thursday including Zero Dark 30 Rock and The Hangover of Thrones.


New Kin Community Lifestyle Couple AprilJustinTV Invites Viewers To Take Part In Their Baby Experience

AprilJustintTV, a lifestyle channel run by a young married couple who are very much in full “baby mode.” It’s an exciting experience to go back and watch, not only as April and Justin meet the challenges of being expectant parents, but also as April grows progressively with the baby inside her. She’s definitely approaching any-day-now mode and some of their 144,000+ subscribers are starting to make bets as to when their incoming son, Liam, will arrive.


Media News

Entertainment Site HitFix Dives into Multi-Platform Video

Entertainment news site HitFix has formally launched HitFix Video, a multi-platform video channel aimed at reaching its core audience of 18- to 34-year-olds across multiple screens and platforms.


Technicolor Opens Creative District — A Professional Network for Creators

Technicolor has launched Creative District, a new online professional network for filmmakers of all types. The aim for the platform is to provide users with a forum to connect with other professionals in the industry — to collaborate on and develop new projects, or to simply display and get feedback on existing ones.


BBC Forms The Guerrilla Group to Experiment with Digital Content

BBC has created a new “digital innovation” unit aimed at developing and experimenting with new forms of content. Called The Guerrilla Group, the unit will be based in Birmingham, and will work with BBC’s research and development department, Connected Studio, and various BBC brands, as well as creatives, entrepreneurs, and startups in the city to build new digital content businesses. The plan is to have the unit fully up and running by 2015.


‘Mortal Kombat’ Director Kevin Tancharoen Returns to Machinima with New Short Film

Kevin Tancharoen is famous in online video and geek circles for directing “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth,” a gritty, stylish short film set in the “Mortal Kombat” universe, which reignited fan and industry interest in the property. That film, which had starred the likes of Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan, led to a live-action web series, “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” on Machinima, as well as a feature film project that seems to be perpetually in development.



Industry Highlights

Recap! VideoInk Presents: Decoding the Digital Distribution Equation

On March 26, VideoInk held its latest monthly event — “Decoding the Premium Digital Distribution Equation” — presented in partnership with Big Screen Little Screen and hosted by Magnet Media at the company’s offices in New York.


In-stream Online Video Ad CPM Higher than Cable Prime Time?

Here’s a bit of news coming out of a company I have never heard of called SQAD (apparently pronounced squad, considering that cable advertising has been outside my wheelhouse I am not surprised, but they are on my radar now. The crux of their report is that in-stream video ads online are more expensive than cable television prime time ads. By how much? Quite a bit they say.




Online News Video Reaching Saturation Point?

According to the annual Pew Research report, State of the News Media 2014, three in ten U.S. adults are watching online news video. However, that rosy statistic may be tinted darker by the fact that overall growth of online news video is beginning to slow. Of course, when you already reach over 60% of your demographic there is going to be some slowdown in new viewer growth.


Creator Profiles

How Vine’s Biggest Female Star Brittany Furlan Is Building a Career – One 6-Second Video at a Time

With over 5.5 million followers on Twitter’s video-sharing app, Furlan tells TheWrap marketing money is an easy commodity to come by, but popularity can be fleeting. “Honestly, if I took every job I’m offered, I could be a multimillionaire right now, but I don’t want to flood my Vine with content.”



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