Friday 8.16: News to Know

/ Aug 16, 2013


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Sony and Viacom Reach Tentative Deal to Stream Cable Channels

In a deal that may signal the start of a new era of competition for entrenched cable and satellite providers, Viacom has tentatively agreed to let its popular cable channels — like Nickelodeon and MTV — be carried by an Internet TV service that Sony is creating.








Opinions & Analysis

Viacom-Sony TV is a big deal. It’s also the same deal we already have

Viacom’s deal to deliver its cable TV shows to a new Web video service from Sony isn’t final. But it is a big deal: As the Wall Street Journal first reported today, this is the first time a major programmer has agreed, in principle, to sell a “linear” feed of its shows to the Web.


NY Time’s Brian Stelter on the Future of Television: ‘The Inside Scoop’ Podcast on Media Industry

In this week’s episode of The Inside Scoop: Podcast on the Media Industry, New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter speaks with Bloomberg’s Edmund Lee and Alex Sherman about his career, hosting CNN’s Reliable Sources, the future of local newspapers, and why the increasing expansion of Sony, Intel and other technology companies into the video industry is one of the biggest TV stories of the year. He also explains the most difficult part of putting together his book, “Top of the Morning,” a look at the cutthroat world of morning news programs.


Apple Acquired Matcha Because It Got The Recommendation Recipe Right

News broke that Apple had acquired Matcha, a video programming recommendation site, earlier this week. It’s not surprising, despite the company’s relative unknown status and small amount of total funding: Apple makes a number of smaller, strategic acquisitions and we don’t find out about some until well after the fact. With Matcha, however, there’s a very good reason Apple came calling, and that has to do not with talent but with product.


Millennials May Opt for Net TV Over Traditional Pay TV

Online video services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video appear to have won over young adults, aged 18 to 24, a new survey suggests.


Three Tips To Help Your Video Gain Traction Online

We had the pleasure of catching up with Brendan Gahan at the ReelSEO Video Marketing Summit, where he was on the panel, “Content vs. Community: Which Is King?”  Gahan is the VP of Brand Strategy at Fullscreen.


CPMs, RPMs, and You!

We use a lot of numbers when discussing the business of online video, and buzzwords defining them abound.


Why YouTube is the New Hollywood

“YouTube isn’t the future. It’s the present.” – Benny Fine, The Fine Brothers.

Daily Dot

YouTube Has an Ad Malware Problem – Here’s How to Avoid It

Sitting through 30 seconds of grating ads to watch a clip of a possum snowboarding is bad enough, but now there’s another YouTube ad annoyance to contend with: Sambreel, a notorious “ad hijacker,” has returned to make YouTube ads even more of a nuisance.

Digital Trends


Deals & Signings

Fox Sports Digital Acquires Fanhood

Fox Sports Digital has acquired the assets of sports media start-up Fanhood and hired its core team, including founder and CEO Brandon Ramsey.

MediaPost Founders Discuss Their $405M Acquisition And The Company’s ‘Secret Ingredients’

Ashkenazi told me that there were “secret ingredients” leading to the company’s success — namely, its engineers. That’s because the company’s goal was to create an ad platform that directly connected buyers and sellers.



YouTube News

Google Blocks Microsoft’s YouTube Windows Phone App Again

Earlier this week, Microsoft released its new YouTube application for Windows Phone after it was disabled in May by YouTube for failing to display ads. Though the new app displays ads, the app was blocked again today by Google – apparently, because the app violates YouTube’s terms of service, even though the two companies collaborated on the app.



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Russell Simmons Apologizes for “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” YouTube Video 

One day after Russell Simmons launched his All Def Digital channel on YouTube, he issued an apology after a firestorm of criticism over a video portraying Harriet Tubman having sex with her master as part of a plot to escape.


AdRev to Help Indie Musicians Monetize Unauthorized YouTube Clips

AdRev, a YouTube-certified company that focuses on music rights administration, is launching, a new self-service tool that allows independent artists, labels, and publishers to find and earn revenue from videos using their music.



Subblime Now Lets You Link Out to Other People’s Things on YouTube

Adding an annotation to a YouTube video that directs viewers to a non-YouTube destination requires a multiple-step process wherein creators have to prove, as part of YouTube’s merch annotations program, that the destination contains products that they actually own.




Streaming Video News

Gary Busey Gets Own Vodcast Series

The Celebrity Apprentice star Gary Busey is getting his own vodcast (think: video podcast), The Hollywood Reporter has learned.


CW Network Births CW Seed, Launches with Four Original Shows

CW Seed, a digital-only studio from The CW Network, is going live today with four new web series.


Video Game High School Blends Gamer Culture With Classic TV Storytelling

Video Game High School (or VGHS as it is commonly referred to) is a testament to the power of crowdfunding.


Google Fiber TV Adds Walmart’s Vudu TV and Movie Service

Google has conjured up Vudu for its fiber-fed TV service. On Wednesday the Internet giant launched an app for Vudu, the streaming-video service owned by Walmart, on its Fiber TV set-top box, Google announced in a blog post. Currently, Google Fiber — which offers 1-gigabit broadband and a TV service with nearly 200 HD channels — is available in parts of the Kansas City market.


Chinese Internet TV Consolidation Continues as Alibaba Closes on PPTV Acquisition

China’s largest e-commerce group Alibaba and local station Hunan TV have reportedly finalized a $400 million deal to buy PPTV, the latest sign of growing consolidation in the country’s internet TV business.



Digital Disruption

Interpublic Names Preferred Video Provider, Will Adapt Into Television Soon

In an effort to accelerate its shift toward programmatic buying of all forms of video, including television, Interpublic has tapped as its preferred video ad platform.


Inside the Bitter YouTube Battle Between Microsoft and Google

Why do these companies love to hate each other?




The Haps With Apps

Tastemade Raises $10 Million, Will Use App to Incubate New Tastemakers

Tastemade was founded over a year ago by three former Demand Media execs with the goal of creating the top global consumer brand in the food and lifestyle category on digital platforms.




LA Times

Showtime and LG Launch Interactive Smart TV App

The latest iteration of SHO Sync will give viewers the chance to participate in broadcasts of such network series as “Dexter” and Ray Donovan.


CNN’s Redesign Will Color Code News, Like A “Mood Ring”

If you were one of the millions of viewers who helplessly tuned into CNN for “breaking news” during the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, you likely learned that “breaking news” was rarely just that. In fact, the eye-catching headline rarely left the screen, as if the on-air and website graphics were stuck with the “BREAKING NEWS” banner on loop. “It [felt] like a machine that spit out breaking news,” acknowledges Senior Vice President KC Estenson. “People are often overwhelmed by our site.”



Media News

Journos, Meet Tubestart: Subscription Based Crowdfunding

Josef Holm and Claude Shires have created TubeStart, a YouTube centric crowdfunding platform. It makes sense for two reasons. The first is that the audience is there, waiting to be tapped. Instead of making users come to you, you can reach the bazillion (that’s a technical term) users that already viewing content on YouTube. And you can monetize that content in a sustainable way. That’s the second part.


Online Video Pioneer: News Sites Will Bring Video Out From Pay Walls

As an early adopter of convergence, award-winning journalist Sam Meddis made the leap to the web as USA Today’s online technology editor in the ’90s. And when USA Today wanted to ramp up its content with video coverage, he jumped at the chance to lead the team. Meddis, who now teaches at American University in Washington, “had a front-row seat to the whole development of the news industry on the Internet,” he told IJNet. After hearing Meddis speak at a Docs in Progress event on transitioning from print journalism to online video, IJNet followed up with him to pick his brain on the importance of video storytelling, whether video belongs behind a pay wall and why reporters should start capturing video now.



Industry Highlights

What You Missed at Last Night’s BigScreen LittleScreen Meetup

BigScreen LittleScreen held its August Slam meetup last night at the Magnet Media offices in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.



Production Notes

Subscriber Decline Provides Wake-Up Call For Pay-TV Services

New research shows that Western Europe has just experienced its first-ever drop in pay-TV subscriber numbers. Adam Thomas of Informa Telecoms & Media considers how the pay-TV sector needs to innovate in reaction to this wake-up call.

The Guardian

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