Friday 7.11: News to Know

/ Jul 11, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Opinions & Analysis

The Perils of Online Advertising, Highlighted by the BBC

A recent BBC investigation revealed that video ads from the UK government, charities, and other businesses — including the BBC — were running in front of jihadi recruitment videos on YouTube and Dailymotion. The nature of the advertising arrangements between ad-supported channels and video-hosting sites like YouTube and Dailymotion means that money spent by businesses and charities was unwittingly going to fund extremist organizations.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1opYq3s

 

Deals & Signings

ABC Appoints Dean As First VP Of Programmatic And Data-Driven Sales

ABC on Thursday announced the appointment of Mike Dean as its vice president of programmatic and data-driven sales, a new position at the company.

Media Post http://bit.ly/1tvaNDB

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/VTfzvH

Streaming Video News

Full List of Digital Nominees for This Year’s Emmy Awards

As we know, digital series like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” have made their way into the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. However, online video has crept even further into the Emmys than headlines involving these big Netflix shows’ nominations would lead you to believe.

Netflix’s 31 nominations share the spotlight with other digital platforms acknowledged by the Television Academy, covering a wide range of the awards’ groupings.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tvfP2R

Business Insider http://read.bi/1nkYqFC

Vuguru Feature Film ‘Feels So Good’ Debuts on Hulu

“Feels So Good,” a new feature film by Vuguru, launches today on Hulu. The film brings viewers the familiar plotline of a male, high school virgin on a quest to get laid.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1kdhjFA

The war of words continues: Verizon says Netflix is the one causing internet congestion

Verizon, in an ongoing and escalating war of words with Netflix, put up a blog post today arguing that the streaming television provider is the real cause of internet “congestion” that has created performance issues for its customers. Netflix had previously sent its customers messages blaming congestion on Verizon’s network, messages it withdrew after a Verizon filed a cease and desist. And while many consumers have been siding with Netflix in blaming the big ISPs, the truth is that Netflix shares a big chunk of the blame.

The Verge http://bit.ly/1rdWK12

 

Yahoo Screen arrives on the Xbox 360

Yahoo today released its Yahoo Screen streaming video app on the Xbox 360. The launch follows similar releases on iOS, Apple TV,Android and Roku.

TNW http://tnw.co/1tv7Frj

Chromecast, Roku lead 2013 sales in growing video-streaming market

Google’s Chromecast tied with Roku for the most sales of video-streaming devices in the U.S. in 2013. (Google)

LA Times http://lat.ms/U5MX0Y

Media Post http://bit.ly/1r36z48

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/VTfzvH

 

Aereo Updates

Aereo’s Bid for Comeback Hinges on Cable License

Aereo Inc.’s defiant stance in the wake of an adverse ruling by the Supreme Court last month is setting off debate over a controversial area of the copyright law, with broad implications for the budding online video sector.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/TX8w3C

AP http://apne.ws/1rdYerW

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/VTfzvH

 

YouTube News

Building a YouTube Audience Takes Authenticity and Passion

YouTube used to be known for being the home of interesting content that couldn’t be found anywhere else. You could find clips of everything from Charlie biting his brother’s finger to Obamagirl and Keyboard Cat. It was the home of the one off video. Viral fame can come and go very quickly, but building a meaningful community around a brand can add longevity to a flash in the pan video market.

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/1lXfiNs

Google’s YouTube Creator Studio app is now available for iPhone users too

Almost two weeks after Google launched its YouTube Creator Studio app for Android, the internet giant has now introduced a version for iPhone users too, as expected.

TNW http://tnw.co/1jxLOLY

 

Media News

Rooster Teeth’s Burnie Burns on Smashing an Indiegogo Record

Rooster Teeth’s first-ever crowdfunding campaign for its feature-length film “Lazer Team” broke a new record last weekend when it closed out with over $2.4 million, making the movie the most-funded film in Indiegogo history.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/W3rN5l

SendtoNews Bags Digital Distribution Deal with MLB

Canada-based SendtoNews, a digital syndicator that specializes in distributing and monetizing sports video, has inked a multi-year deal with MLB Advanced Media to distribute short-form MLB and Minor League Baseball clips.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tv2845

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/VTfzvH

Entrepreneur Magazine Posts First Web Series, ‘Looks Easy’

Business lifestyle magazine Entrepreneur Media Inc. has partnered with writer and producer Bryan Elliot to launch its first original web series, “Looks Easy.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1sGFeTa

President Obama and Zach Galifianakis Nab Emmy Nomination for ‘Between Two Ferns’

President Barack Obama was nominated for an Emmy on Thursday for his work with Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns.” The hilarious, fern-filled interview they made for Funny Or Die back in March was recognized in the Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program category. Galifianakis’ purposefully awkward show was also nominated last year, but it didn’t win.

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1jxOr08

Apple Unveils Enhanced iTunes ‘Extras’ for Apple TV, as Studios Push Digital Movie Sales

Bonus content is aimed at promoting digital ownership of titles

Variety http://bit.ly/1oKx0bG

THR http://bit.ly/1sGNRgD

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/VTfzvH

Fiat Back With Funny Or Die, And Italian Family

Fiat is back in partnership with “Funny or Die” the seven-year-old comedy sketch site started by Will Ferrell and his production company. The new effort, “Neighbors,” in which ad agency Doner was also involved, comprises five webisodes about a middle-aged family’s dealings with new neighbors who are Italian.

Media Post http://bit.ly/1s2TesK

Content Media

CNN expanded the launch of digital news platform CNNx to pay-tv subscribers yesterday. CNNx allows users to access the previous 24 hours of CNN segments missed on TV, explore specific topics automatically curated in real time and watch CNN on demand. Users must log in with their TV provider to access it on the web or through the CNN iPad app.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/VTfzvH

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