Friday 8.2: News to Know

/ Aug 2, 2013


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YouTube to Open Production Studio in New York Next Year

YouTube will open a production studio in New York next year, the company announced at VidCon on Thursday. The company complements similar facilities in London, Tokyo and Playa Vista, where  YouTube opened a 41,000-square foot production, post-production and community event space last November.






As YouTube Stars Invent Their Own Ways to Get Paid, Patreon Raises $2.1M 

“There was this weird hundred-year period where content was distributable but not digitized, from the 1900s, when the phonograph was invented and sound recording was first released. It was the age of physical media with artificial scarcity. But now that recorded media as a product is basically worthless, the idea of paywalls and charging for content is just starting to seem outdated and old fashioned.”


YouTube to Broaden Subscription Option, Add Royalty-Free Soundtracks for Creators

In an effort to make its platform more useful to its top creators, YouTube on Thursday announced it will soon open its paid subscription option to more video channels and give them tools to find out more about their viewers and message them directly.


YouTube Star Pushes High Frame Rate Format Online

The second season of the YouTube Web series “Video Game High School” is being released online at 48 frames per second (fps), double the 24 fps that has been standard in movie theaters for the past century. The season’s second episode debuts Thursday after the premiere episode attracted nearly 2 million viewers.


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YouTube Ushers In The Age Of The Geek

When I was at school the label “geek” was not one I would have wanted. Now though, [email protected] Twitter, it’s practically my calling card. During the intervening years between school and professional life being a “geek” has become something desirable.


Tubular Labs Opens Its Real-Time Analytics Dashboard To The Public 

Audience analytics and insights company Tubular Labs announced today that it has made its Tubular real-time dashboard open to all creators. The dashboard helps content creators understand who makes up their audience and their viewing preferences on YouTube as well as finding out when is the right time to post content based on audience activity.




Opinions & Analysis

Pretty Soon We’ll All Be Watching Tablets Instead of Televisions

A new report predicts that this year for the first time ever, people will spend more time with digital media than watching television.


Can Netflix Make Smart TVs Fun?

Confusing on-screen menus, clunky remote controls,boring apps — there are plenty of reasons why smart TVs haven’t taken off. Netflix is working with TV manufacturers to change that.


Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos on Online Video, Monetization and the Next Seth MacFarlane

Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos knows more about YouTube than most of the people that work there.


Investor Says Amazon Could Take On YouTube

YouTube is like the Walmart of video, argued venture capitalist Mark Suster Thursday at the VidCon conference, explaining that the Google company is so dominant that video creators essentially have no choice but to build a brand on the platform.


VC To VidCon Attendees: Amazon Is The Biggest Threat to YouTube

AsYouTube has grown since its 2005 launch, so too has the speculation over what company would emerge as its biggest rival. Hulu and Netflix are among the most often cited adversaries, but the serious opposition may come from a company whose core business has nothing to do with video: Amazon.



Chromecast, Simply and Cheaply, Flings Web Video to TVs

Ever hear the old saying, “Information wants to be free?” Well, here’s a corollary for you: “TV wants to be à la carte.”



Deals & Signings

GetGlue Partners with Gnip to Sell Its Second-Screen Entertainment Data

Second-screen check-in platform GetGlue has teamed up with social data reseller Gnip. What this means is that Gnip is the distributor of GetGlue’s fire hose of publicly available data,which gives it a rather broad view of social data around viewing habits for television shows, movies, and sports.


Guardian Strikes Dailymotion Video Deal

Guardian News & Media to launch dedicated online video channel that will be available to Dailymotion’s 112 million users 

The Guardian


Videos to Watch Now

Watch the Full Pilot of Hulu’s Animated Superhero Comedy The Awesomes

The latest Hulu original series The Awesomes has the pedigree to be great TV: created by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writer Michael Shoemaker; voiced by some of SNL’s best talent; and it’s an animated tale about a gang of misfit superheroes.




The Haps With Apps

$10,000: Meet the App Developer Who’s Betting Big on Promo Videos

Google recently announced that it had passed one million apps on Google Play, narrowly edging Apple to the magic milestone figure. But between Android and iOS, there’s the best part of two million apps available on the dominant mobile platforms, thought to represent around 90% of all smartphones shipped in Q12013.



Streaming Video News

Netflix Profiles: One Step Up, Two Steps Back

If you use Netflix in a home with kids or roommates,you already know the problem with the recommendation system: It’s based on everything everyone watches. When you and your spouse sit down after the little ones have gone to bed, Netflix suggests another Disney movie because your kids just watched Mulan. Or it recommends Star Trek because your roomie is a sci-fi junkie. The company’s new “profiles” feature — rolling out to everyone over the next two weeks — attempts to fix that. And while it’s a free add on, it comes with a price.


Hipsterhood’s Awkwardness Crosses Generations

Although we’d never openly admit it, any self-respecting member of the so-called “Millennial” generation has at some point or another asked themselves one very troubling question: Am I a hipster? After moving to Silver Lake, CA and going though a hipster identity crisis of her own (brought about by the purchase of skinny jeans), Shilpi Roy masterfully channels the hilariously awkward insecurity that is so characteristic of this crisis in her Web series Hipsterhood.


Blip, Hulu, Vevo and Devour Are Coming to Chromecast

Chromecast is getting more support from publishers as Hulu, Vevo, Blip and Devour are all pledging to join. But is the platform ready for a lot of new apps?



Media News

Machinima Calling for Submissions For Their Interactive Film Festival This November 

Machinima is calling content creators to submit their best gaming and sci-fi-related videos for the second annual Machinima Interactive Film Festival (MIFF) this November.



Industry Highlights

DirecTV, After Failed Hulu Bid, Seeks Another Internet Play

DirecTV made“an aggressive and attractive” for Hulu, but now that the online video site has been pulled off the table the satcaster is pursuing alternate plans for Internet-streaming subscription services, chief Michael White said.


Maker Studios Hits Reset On The Game Station, Renames it Polaris

Maker Studios is putting its geek cred behind Polaris. The name is the new brand identity for YouTube network The Game Station, which is expanding its purview into ”every flavor of fandom, ”including e-sports enthusiasts, superhero fanatics, anime lovers and those who enjoy 8-bit graphics, Maker Studios said.


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