Friday 6.7: News to Know

/ Jun 7, 2013


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AT&T Mulls Joint Bid for Hulu with Chernin Group

The free-for-all to acquire Hulu might be turning into a tag-team match. Telco titan AT&T is considering a partnership with the Chernin Group, founded and run by ex-News Corp exec Peter Chernin, to make a run at the streaming service, AllThingsD reports. AT&T isn’t among the seven bidders for Hulu that emerged last month, but the Chernin Group is. In fact, Chernin helped create the premium video service with he was at News Corp, which co-owns Hulu with Disney and Comcast. The LA-based Hulu board began seeking the latest round of bidding in March and is expected to make its next move in the next several weeks.




AwesomenessTV Adds The Janoskians, Other YouTube Stars, to MCN

AwesomenessTV has added an array of YouTube stars to its growing MCN (the “ATVNetwork”), including The Janoskians, Austin Mahone, Lia Marie Johnson, Jennxpenn, and JStuStudios. The most prominent new ATVNetwork stars are The Janoskians, an Austrian “anti-boy band” with three channels and more than 1.4 million subscribers and over 100 million views on YouTube. In conjunction with the network partnership, AwesomenessTV and The Janoskians are launching a new web series (“Janoskian Takeover”), which will follow the band on their first world tour.



The Haps With Apps

Is the Future of Mobile Video All About Apps? Theses Two Apps Don’t Think So

Mobile video is growing quickly, and with that also comes an explosion of apps from publishers who want their slice of the pie. But do consumers really want to switch back and forth between dozens of apps to watch their favorite videos? Two Bay Area-based startups, Showyou (see disclosure) and Vidora, believe there is another way. Both have slightly different approaches to the problem, but at the core of both approaches is a solution as old as television itself: Publishers should just rely on channels and aggregation instead of insular apps.



SnapChat Launches v5.0 With Revamped UI, Swipe Navigation, and In-App Profiles

Snapchat, the app that lets you send pics and videos that self-destruct, has just released a huge update to version 5.0 “Banquo” (I’ll get to that in a minute), which includes a dramatic revamp of the app’s UI.



Streaming Video News

Unlimited Videos, On Demand

Joel Holland is disrupting the stock footage industry with a Netflix-like subscription model that has attracted a mass market of amateur video enthusiasts to his company Video Blocks.



YouTube Founders Hurley and Chen have Released an Asian Clone of Vine

The app is called Wan-Pai, (or Wanpai, we’re not really sure due to complexities in the translation from Mandarin) which seems to mean “Beat” based on the various translations Google is giving me. (It could also mean Play Racket, Play Shoot, or “to play Mahjong”.) The app lets you record video in the same manner as Vine, by holding a finger to the screen to record, and letting go to pause.



Opinions & Analysis

Global Media Spend Forecast to Hit $2 Trillion in 2017

Worldwide media and entertainment revenues will continue to grow at a rapid pace, mostly thanks to digital media — smartphones, tablets and new media platforms. Global worldwide media and entertainment will climb 38% by 2017 to $2.1 trillion, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, from the 2012 levels. This works out to a 5.6% annual compounded growth rate. In 2012, media/entertainment revenues were at $1.7 trillion. The study says the annual value of North America’s electronic home video market — both pay-TV and over-the-top (OTT) streaming services — will surpass box office value for the first time in 2017, landing at $14.8 billion in 2017 compared to box office $13.5 billion.




YouTube Mobile vs. YouTube On Your TV And the Impact of TrueView

In an interview with GigaOm a Youtube spokesperson said that 40pct of Youtube videos are coming from Mobile devices. That is incredibly interesting to me. Why? Because it means that Youtube has done a great job of training its users. They have trained them to understand that  there is no reason to watch Youtube video on any  device other than mobile. Watching video on a mobile device is good enough. That is great news for Youtube mobile monetization. Advertisers want to reach mobile users and Youtube can deliver.

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AdWeek calls Maker Studios’ YouTube Competitor Claims “Dubious” – Are They Correct?

The online video community erupted with speculation on Tuesday when rumors that multi-channel network Maker Studios had plans to launch a YouTube competitor began to surface. The initial rumor began after entrepreneur Jason Calacanis cited Maker as a potential YouTube competitor during a discussion at the STREAM conference. While VideoInk cited an inside source, The Wrap reported that a Maker representative declined to comment. Maker Chief Development Officer Chris Williams did speak to The Wrap, saying: “We are exploring lots of different options. YouTube is and will always be our biggest partner.” The news at this point has cooled to a simmer as Maker has refused to comment publicly, rendering the rumor exactly that. Mike Shields of AdWeek weighed in on the issue recently echoing many of the skeptical thoughts shared by industry insiders at this stage.



Legal Disputes

Motorola Mobility Says It Has Settled With TiVo

Motorola Mobility said Thursday that it has reached a settlement with digital video recording pioneer TiVo Inc. ahead of a patent trial that was to start in a Texas court next week. “We’re pleased that all parties involved have reached an agreement to resolve pending litigation,” Motorola Mobility spokesman William Moss said Thursday in a statement. The spokesman didn’t put a monetary value on the settlement. A TiVo spokesman declined to comment. TiVo Inc., which is based in Alviso, Calif., has been suing pay TV companies that it says use its patented technology in DVRs. Last year, it reached a $250 million settlement with Verizon.




Deals & Signings

China’s Youku Tudou, Sina Weibo Strike Content Deal

Users of Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, will now be able to access the library of the country’s leading online video portal Youku Tudou after the two companies announced a content-sharing alliance on Friday. While this collaboration could be seen as Youku Tudou’s attempts to strengthen its pedigree and reach in the online TV sector — its rival, Baidu,  recently bought the streaming video service of Shanghai-based company PPS for $370 million and merged it with its own iQiyi streaming video site – Sina Weibo has also scored something of a coup by partnering with China’s number one online video site, as it continues to bolster its position against rival micro-blog service provider, Tencent.



Media News

Zeebox to Connect Filmmakers With Fans Through ‘TV Rooms’

New version 3.0 of zeebox’s second screen app includes a feature called TV Rooms, which a company exec describes as a sort of Facebook to connect actors, filmmakers and TV fans.



Netflix News

The Netflix Instant Endorsement: Withnail & I, The Best Buddy Comedy You Haven’t Seen

Given how prevalent movies about romantic breakups are, it’s a little surprising there aren’t more movies about the parting of friends, which happens, in my experience, at least as if not far more often.



Videos to Watch Now

Jerry Seinfeld Revs Up Vintage Cars for Comedian Pals, Again

Comedians are back in cars, and they’re getting a second cup of coffee. The sophomore season of the Jerry Seinfeld-and-friends webisode series – “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” — will premiere on June 13, according to a trailer released today by sponsor Acura.



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