Friday 7.26: News to Know
Google’s Chromecast No Longer Comes With Free Netflix Because Demand Got Too Nuts
In what is a solid example of the best sort of problem to have, Google’s just-announced Chromecast video streaming dongle is already proving too damned popular for its own good. At yesterday’s debut, Google announced that buyers of the $35 device would also be getting three free months of Netflix service with their purchase. Just 24 hours later, that deal is off. Sad trombone.
LA Times http://lat.ms/1bSd3ej
USA Today http://usat.ly/1c8ElvJ
More Chromecast News
Google’s Answer to the Great Chromecast/Netflix Giveaway Mystery: There’s No Mystery – We Sold Out
Why did Google kill its Chromecast/Netflix promotion a day after it launched? It didn’t, exactly. And neither did Netflix.
Cord Cutters : A First Look at Google’s Chromecast Video Streaming Adapter
Chromecast wants to make it easier to beam videos from your laptop, smart phone or tablet to your TV. Here are our first impressions.
Streaming Video News
With ‘Video Game High School,’ Web Video Aims for a TV-Like Hit
It’s a big day for web video as Collective Digital Studio, Rocket Jump Studios, and creators Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold premiere the second season of “Video Game High School,” a scripted action/comedy that follows a group of students at an elite video gaming academy.
Amazon Kicks Off “Kindle Singles Interview” Series
Expanding the range of its Kindle Singles offerings, Amazon has kicked off an interview series on the e-reader. The first installment of “The Kindle Singles Interview” series features Israeli President Shimon Peres, who was interviewed by Tablet magazine’s literary editor, David Samuels. Amazon previewed the 42-page piece with a handful of quotes from the octogenarian leader, including his praise for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Intel and Toshiba Are Launching a Web Series About Evil Mustaches and Unibrows
Called “The Power Inside,” the series is about a race of alien mustaches and unibrows who are trying to take over the world.
Business Insider http://read.bi/11j9gAM
“Breaking Bad” Finale Coming to Netflix UK & Ireland in August
The series finale of the hit TV series Breaking Bad will air in the UK and Ireland exclusively on Netflix starting from mid-August, following hotly on the heels of the episodes being aired in the US.
Review: “The Awesomes”
After being pulled off the sales block, Hulu told the New York Times its intent was to focus on upcoming original programs, beginning with “The Awesomes.” Maybe it’s time for Plan C. Not that this animated series from “Saturday Night Live’s” Seth Meyers and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s” Mike Shoemaker is bad, but neither is it particularly interesting — feeling like one of those animated sketches from “SNL,” without the wit or bite of something like Robert Smigel’s “The Ambiguously Gay Duo.” Beyond the project’s auspices, in fact, there’s little to distinguish this lackluster effort from scores of cheeky animation on cable and the Web.
Subblime Debuts Showroom to Directly Reward YouTube Stars
Subblime wants to help create additional revenue streams for YouTube creators based on the brands and products they already like and/or feature in their videos. Last month, the company launched its social recommendations platform, which allows influencers to create product lists that their followers can “subbscribe” to.
How to Find New YouTube Content
YouTube is pretty incredible. Surf from cat video to amateur vlog to high-quality episodic show in just a few clicks, all under one network. Of course, with billions of hours of video available to chose from, how does one go about tailoring his interests and finding the people who create that great stuff?
Facebook Gamers Watched ‘Graceland’ Video 1 Million Times in Brief Effort
USA Network says it got 1 million views from a two-week campaign last month that rewarded social gamers on Facebook if they watched a promotional video for its “Graceland” show.
Pronunciation YouTube Channel Turns Into a Spooky Mystery
YouTube user Pronunciation Book has stopped uploading his pronunciation guides, replacing them with a mysterious and creepy countdown.
Opinions & Analysis
How Much Did it Cost to Produce ‘Video Game High School’ Season Two?
This is very cool. A post on RocketJump.com breaks down the cost to produce the second season of “Video Game High School.”* Budgeted at $1.4 million, the final spend amounted to a little over $1.339 million. The funds came from multiple sources, including over $800,000 raised by the creators on Kickstarter. The brand integration deal with Dodge also contributed to financing the second season.
How Hulu Lured Latinos to ‘East Los High’
It’s a hit drama set among Latino teens with themes of love, sex, violence and revenge — all the elements of a racy telenovela. But East Los High is designed to teach as much as titillate.
VI Special Issue: Sales is Not the Enemy
True story: the idea for VideoInk’s latest Special Issue, focusing on the importance of sales within the web video space, was born of booze.
Parent of Redbox Reports 4 Percent Revenue Climb
Outerwall, the newly named company that is the parent of the DVD-kiosk firm Redbox, reportedThursday that its quarterly net income rose 27 percent to $46.9 million on revenue that climbed 4 percent to $554.2 million.
UK’s Sky Launches Roku-Like Box for Just £9.99
Want a really cheap Web TV box? If you’re in the U.K., you can check out Sky’s Now TV box, which launched Friday and retails for £9.99.
Videos to Watch Now
Foot Locker Grabs Two Spots On the Viral Video Chart
Foot Locker controlled two spots in the Viral Chart last week by leaning on sports stars Shaquille O’Neal, Julio Jones and Arian Foster to reach its target youth market.
The Haps With Apps
Twitter Will Come to Resemble TV
Twitter will become more like TV as the rate of typical users posting activities levels off. Research from two professors — Columbia Business School and University of Pittsburgh — believe the rate of social media user posts on Twitter will take a backseat to more TV content-based efforts from corporations and celebrities.
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