Friday 6.6: News to Know

/ Jun 6, 2014

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Verizon Retaliates with Cease and Desist Letter to Netflix

The Verizon/Netflix feud continues with Verizon’s response to the video streaming giant’s new buffering message. The browser message, widely covered in the media this week, faulted the ISP in particular for slow streaming on the popular video hub. Now, Verizon’s lashed back with a cease and desist letter to Netflix.


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How the Gaming World Has Embraced Digital Video

The gaming community is massive on YouTube, and really, the entire web. Driving this is the community itself, which has taken a passion for an interactive medium and used it to create original content — often without a gaming studio or publisher’s involvement — that in turn gets consumed in droves by other passionate fans.



Mobile’s Share of Online Video Viewership at an All-Time High, Says Adobe

Mobile’s share of online video consumption in the US has hit an all-time high, according to the findings of a new research study.



92% of U.S. Millennials Turn to Second Screens While Watching TV

Most of us may still have a TV in the house somewhere, but more and more of us are consuming our favorite shows, and other online entertainment, via the wonder of the second screen. According to a new report from YuMe, 92% of U.S. based Millennials use a connection device whilst watching TV, with 47% using those second screens to gain further information related to the TV content they are watching. That presents a huge opportunity for advertisers, but who do they target, and how to they target them?



Streaming Video News

Vuguru’s Horror Flick ‘Crawlspace’ Now Out on Hulu Plus

Digital studio Vuguru has premiered its feature film “Crawlspace” on Hulu Plus. Starring Steven Weber (“Two Broke Girls”) and Lori Loughlin (“Full House”), “Crawlspace” follows the story of a family who moves into a suspicious, foreclosed home.



Netflix Flexes Woman Power With Glitzy Emmy-Baiting Panel

Were any doubt to remain, let it be clear: Netflix is doing its level best to make the Emmy season as big as the Oscars, with glitzy events showcasing its biggest stars to would-be voters.



Xbox One Finally Supports External Storage, Free Netflix And Takes (Real) Names

When it comes to Microsoft and the Xbox (as with Apple earlier this week), ask and ye shall receive. A major monthly update rolling out to users finally adds much-requested support for external storage, allowing Xbox One users to plug in up to two USB 3.0 256GB or larger external hard drives to supplement the console’s 500GB internal hard drive.


Aereo Updates

Aereo Is Now Available on Chromecast
Aereo’s streaming TV service is now available on Chromecast. Aereo’s Android app was updated Thursday with Chromecast support. The Chromecast is a $35 dongle that enables users to wirelessly beam content from their computer, smartphone or tablet to their television.



YouTube News

Hacking the YouTube ‘Playbook for Brands’: Curate Some Playlists

Now that you have the appropriate annotations needed to bring viewers from one branded video to the next, you’re already on your way to creating playlists. Playlists are key when it comes to holding audiences’ attention for long periods of time because they let viewers exude minimal effort in uncovering a whole bunch of your brand’s video content.



Meghan Tonjes Escapes to Bonnaroo as Winner of ‘What’s Trending’ Music Competition

The winner of the “Escape to Bonnaroo” contest presented by “What’s Trending” and Ford, Tonjes came to YouTube Space LA this past Monday as part of the final five, a select group of music artists from around the web who had been selected from hundreds of entrants to try their hand for a spot on stage at Bonnaroo.



YouTube App Offers Higher Video Quality For the Masses

Don’t we all love some good video quality? Nothing ruins that video of a rabbit eating raspberries like those pesky little pixels filling up our screen & blurring the adorableness of that bunny! Well have no fear, because the newest YouTube app is here.



Media News

Comedy Central Orders Pilot from Sketch Comedy Duo BriTANicK

In the past year, Comedy Central has made a habit out of snatching successful online video creators and properties to develop new original TV shows. Here’s the latest: Sketch comedy duo BriTANicK (Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney) are scripting a half-hour comedy pilot for the cable network.



Shelby.TV Confirms Acquisition by Samsung

Video discovery startup Shelby.TV has confirmed its acquisition by Samsung. In a blog post, the Shelby.TV team said it will continue to develop technology to meet the challenges around helping consumers find the content that they want to watch. “Working with Samsung Electronics means we’ll have the resources to start fresh, building products that change the way we watch and discover our favorite content, now and long into the future.”



Facebook Video Ad Tools Hold Promise for Targeted Views New features come on the heels of major agency deal

Facebook video spots are getting new interactive components meant to drive more views for brands. The announcement coincided neatly with the social network’s ad deal with Starcom MeidaVest Group last month, which committed the agency and its brands to hundreds of millions in spending over the next few years—a deal that had a large video-buying component and opened early looks at the latest Facebook products.



Daytime Emmy Awards To Livestream Online

After clinching last-minute deals with the CW, CBS and HLN the last few years, the Daytime Emmy Awards couldn’t do it again this year. With two weeks left before the June 22 ceremony, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not air on TV.


Industry Highlights

Big Paydays Ahead for OTT And Entire Digital Video Biz

Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook, is blindingly packed with numbers about the growth of digital but let’s start with just this one: PwC, in this report that aims to take a look at the world five years from now, predicts that over-the-top TV streaming will be a $10.1 billion segment in 2018, up from just $3.3 billion last year.

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