Friday 7.11: News to Know

/ Jul 11, 2014

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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.



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


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.


Business Insider

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.


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


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.


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

Media Post



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.





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.


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.



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.


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.



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.”


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.


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

Bonus content is aimed at promoting digital ownership of titles




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

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.



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