Friday 5. 16: News to Know

/ May 16, 2014

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Ryan Seacrest, Advance Publications Invest in YouTube Festival Producer DigiTour Media

Social-media concert and festival producer DigiTour Media has landed a “strategic” investment from Ryan Seacrest and Conde Nast’s parent company Advance Publications.





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Online Video Rises On Connected TV

Connected TVs have seen rapidly growing digital video usage, while laptops and PCs have seen a significant decline. Right now, laptops/PCs still have a commanding lead with 6.2 hours of video consumed in a week, down from eight hours in 2013, per Parks Associates research.

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Connected TV Households Climb To 42 Million

The number of U.S. households with a TV connected to the Internet grew to 42 million in the first quarter, up almost 17% from a year ago. The vast majority of that increase was driven by the rise in the number of homes with connected TVs or TVs linked online through a video-game console, Blu-ray disc player or a streaming media player, according to a new NPD report.

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‘Twin Peaks’ Star Joan Chen Joins Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo’

“Twin Peaks” actress Joan Chen has joined the cast of Netflix’s historical drama “Marco Polo,” which is currently in production. The show, which will be shot internationally, focuses on the titular explorer’s journey to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China. Shooting locations include Italy, Kazakhstan, and Pinewood Studios in Malaysia.



TV Review: ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ Season Two

What felt fresh about “Orange Is the New Black” has quickly gone a bit stale, at least if the first half-dozen episodes from season two are any indication.



Amazon’s Battle With Netflix Has Only Just Begun

Bill Carr, head of Amazon music and video, says company will expand SVOD in a ‘methodical and thoughtful’ way



Grand Theft Auto III Series Lands On The Fire TV, Kindle Fire

The entire GTA III series just launched today on Amazon’s Fire platform, finally giving owners a legitimate reason to buy Amazon’s $40 gaming controller and use the box as a casual gaming machine.



Cord-Cutters Watch 100 Hours of Video Each Month, Hog 54% of Internet Traffic

The internet is a busy, crowded, noisy space and users are consuming all kinds of content via all kinds of devices on a constant basis. We know that video plays a huge part in that consumption, but a new report from Sandvine confirms that, in North America at least, consumers are watching 100 hours of streaming video each month, and video traffic accounts for around 54% of downstream bandwidth usage. The report states that a massive 64% of North American downstream traffic during peak hours is due to demands for streaming media, with Netflix the leading provider, responsible for 34% of that peak-time traffic.



The Netflix guide to taking programmatic ad buying in-house

The complicated ad tech landscape is not for everyone. But for some tech- and media-savvy marketers, it pays to take control. And little by little, some of them are doing just that. Netflix is one of those marketers. The video giant has built an in-house programmatic team.


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Mobli now lets you live-broadcast videos to all your followers

Mobli is rolling out version 4.0 if its popular video- and photo-sharing app for Android and iOS today, introducing a new live-broadcast feature that lets you share live video-streams.



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Why Are Major Media Companies Snapping Up MCNs?

Why are major media companies racing to claim a piece of MCN-Land, an industry that by and large is still searching for profitability? According to the Q1 2014 US Entertainment, Media, and Communications Insights report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, it’s because a bet on MCNs is a bet on younger audiences — or, in more poetic terms, the future.



‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Live Concert Sings Our Infinities at YouTube Space LA

There’s a moment in acclaimed author John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” where one of the characters describes the precious intimacy some readers feel for books that serve as their escape from reality.



Why YouTube Views Clampdown Benefits Advertisers

The worst thing to happen to video seeding companies this year is the best thing for advertisers and agencies that use their services. YouTube changed their algorithm to thwart companies that send traffic to YouTube videos for a fee. One of their targets: monetization networks that credit users that watch YouTube videos. The viewer gets a game credit, money or a chance to win something of value. The advertiser gets the view. Simple enough, but the most integral stakeholder, YouTube, has its own ad platform to push, TrueView. And with the recent hiring of Susan Wojcicki, as YouTube’s new Senior VP, who in the past was responsible for Google ad sales, the crackdown on third-party views now has its biggest booster.



YouTube Looking to Be More Political; Lobby to Host Leaders’ Debate Online

Another day, another powerplay in the YouTube-TV showdown. YouTube, The Guardian, and The Telegraph have teamed up to launch a bid to host the UK’s 2015 Leaders’ Debate on the internet. The new alliance has already sent proposals to main party leaders and are using the hashtag #onlinedebate to make their campaign viral.


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Pluto.TV Adds DVR Feature to Its TV-Like Digital Video Platform

Pluto.TV, a linear-TV-style video platform backed by UTA, has launched a DVR capability. Called myPluto, the feature allows users to save an unlimited number of shows on Pluto.TV to their library and then watch them at a later time.



First Project from Jenks & Ratigan Is an ESPN ’30 for 30′ Digital Short

Jenks & Ratigan Productions, a new venture formed by TV producer and host Andrew Jenks and journalist Dylan Ratigan to produce movie, TV, and digital content, will premiere its first project on ESPN’s Grantland website.



Dan Bucatinsky and Lisa Kudrow Reunite for ‘It Got Better’ Docu-Series on L/Studio

Dan Bucatinsky and Lisa Kudrow, the producing/acting team behind the web-to-Showtime hit “Web Therapy” as well as HBO’s “The Comeback,” are back with another web series. The duo have launched “It Got Better” in partnership with Dan Savage’s It Gets Better project and Lexus.



Les Moonves Talks 24-Hour Digital News Channel Plans; Neil Patrick Harris Late Night Reports

CBS chief Les Moonves is planning a 24-hour digital news channel designed to compete with cable news networks, he said Thursday. “We’re not in the cable space obviously. There are already too many players there for us to start a brand new cable network,” Moonves said in an interview with Bloomberg TV host and former CBS News correspondent Trish Regan. “So we thought, with all the content going digital right now, wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel?”



ELLE and BeautyCon Launch First-Ever NY Summit for Digital Influencers, Fashionistas

BeautyCon is headed to New York City. The event is an opportunity for the Internet’s most influential beauty and fashion icons to come together and meet their fans. This will be BeautyCon’s New York City debut, and it is being held in partnership with ELLE, a leading multi-channel content brand, at Pier 36 on May 24.



Yahoo Movies Debuts As Digital Magazine

Yahoo on Thursday launched its latest digital magazine, Yahoo Movies, aiming to create a video-rich mecca for movie fans. The new site features trailers, celebrity Q&As, live streaming of awards shows, image galleries, and industry news.

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