Friday 3.6.15: News to Know

/ Mar 6, 2015

Digital video industry news today

What’s Meerkat? Explaining the New Video Service

Meerkat, a video streaming app, appeared out of nowhere and in mere days picked up a lot of social media attention. Meerkat’s Ryan Cooley discusses the app with Sara Murray.




Opinions & Analysis

Infographic: The Life Cycle of a Viral Video

How do viral videos make money? YouTube ad revenue, yes. But a viral video has a whole range of distribution platforms, all of which feed one another and bolster the video’s demand and subsequent revenue.



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Why this tech bubble is worse than the tech bubble of 2000

Ah, the good old days. Stocks up $25, $50, $100 more in a single day. Day trading was all the rage. Anyone and everyone you talked to had a story about how they had made a ton of money on such and such a stock. In an hour. Stock-trading millionaires were being minted by the week, if not sooner.

Business Insider


Copyranter: Digital is destroying all creativity

The popular opinion — especially among you Digiday readers — is that the computer, attached to the Internet, has been a creative boon for creative people. That’s horse-hockey. It has created Sameness. Lazy, lame, search and steal, click and grab, copy and paste, Sameness.



Streaming Video News

Netflix Orders Hour-Long Drama Series from Brit Marling, Brad Pitt’s Plan B

Netflix has ordered a new drama series called “The OA” from indie writer/actress Brit Marling and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.




Vimeo Partners with LGBTQ Film Distributor, Adds Over 150 New Titles

Vimeo has partnered with LGBTQ film distributor Wolfe Video to make its entire collection available on Vimeo on Demand.



Hulu’s ‘Deadbeat’ Unveils All-Star Guest List for Season 2

The second season of “Deadbeat,” a Hulu original series about a hapless New Yorker who has the ability to communicate with ghosts, will premiere on Monday, April 20.*





Marvel’s ‘Double Agent’ Web Series Takes You Behind the Scenes of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’

“Double Agent” follows a production assistant on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as he tries to uncover spoilers and hidden information about the show. It’s a dangerous task, given the lengths to which Marvel goes to hunt down and destroy any real leakers.



Competition for Kid Audiences Moves to Internet Screens

Listen up, little ones! You’re at the epicenter of a brewing content battleground that heated up last week with several announcements: Netflix and Amazon are shelling out more bucks on children’s content, and YouTube also upped the ante. With tykes watching less traditional TV as they shift to digital-video services, Nickelodeon is launching a no-cable-required Internet service of its own.



WATCH: Marriott Releases Sneak Peek of ‘Two Bellmen’

Marriott International is offering up a sneak preview of sorts of its “Two Bellmen” short film, part of its efforts to create and distribute content that points consumers back to its hotels and burnishes their image.



Lose yourself in Eminem’s new online documentary ‘Not Afraid’

Eminem wants you to lose yourself in a new half-hour documentary about his life and Shady Records, the label he co-founded with his manager Paul Rosenberg.



YouTube News

Kandee Johnson-Starring ‘Beauty ReCovered’ Is Back with Pop Star Transformations

Glamour’s web series “Beauty ReCovered” has returned for a second season on Condé Nast Entertainment’s video platform, The Scene.



‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Features a Midwestern Fish Out of Water

Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, this sitcom on Netflix sends a woman who’s been captive in a bunker in Indiana for 15 years to New York City.



LA Times



Comcast keeps on screwing its customers by blocking HBO Go on the PS4

Comcast appears to be incapable of not screwing over its customers.

The company is preventing PlayStation 4 owners from using the new HBO Go app that debuted Tuesday. And it’s not the first time the company has made it difficult for customers to watch a service they already pay for, as the Verge notes in today’s report:

Pando Daily


Industry Highlights

AwesomenessTV CEO Brian Robbins to Receive 2015 Pioneer Prize at MIPTV

Brian Robbins, the founder and CEO of AwesomenessTV, will receive a 2015 Pioneer Prize at this year’s International Digital Emmy Awards



The NY Times Wants to Work with Emerging Filmmakers (on Ads)

T Brand Studio, the paper’s branded content studio, is launching a new program called “The Selects,” which will allow new and aspiring film directors to enter for a chance to work with the NY Times on ad-based client projects. The effort is part of a broader push by the news outlet into branded and native-ad content.





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