Friday 8.9: News to Know
YouTube Founders’ Next Act: MixBit
Two of YouTube’s founders are wading back into familiar territory. On Thursday, Avos Systems, a startup led by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, launched a smartphone app called MixBit to shoot and edit online videos — features shared by services such as Vine and Video on Instagram. The service also lets people reuse clips shot by other MixBit users to plug into Web videos of their own. Irony alert: MixBit videos can’t be uploaded to YouTube.
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The New Social Video App That Puts Content First
Yesterday word got out that MixBit, the new video app from original YouTube co-founders and current AVOS honchos Steve Chen and Andrew Hurley, was launching on iOs and the Web, thereby entering the ring in the burgeoning social video space.
Streaming Video News
New York Times’ Debuts First Animated Video Series
The New York Times is debuting its first animated series, a monthly compliment to the paper’s popular Modern Love column that features personal essays about marriage, dating and relationships.
Disney Channel Launches Web Series Tied to ‘Austin & Ally’
Disney is launching a new short-form web series titled “The Coppertop Flop Show,” which stars Calum Worthy from the Disney Channel show “Austin & Ally.”
YouTube Geek Week Presents Fan Friday!
And now, Geek & Sundry takes the Ambassador stage to offer “Fan Friday” for YouTube Geek Week. It’s all about you, the fan, today. Ladies and gentlemen, Felicia Day…
Opinions & Analysis
The Awesomes Is Kinda Awesome
Saturday Night Live veteran Seth Meyers’ Hulu-exclusive creation The Awesomes is an homage to Saturday morning superhero cartoons—but for adults. With a world built in the vein of The Incredibles—except that the animation style more closely resembles other adult-animation shows such as Family Guy—The Awesomes marries the best of comedic writing with pop culture’s current obsession with superhero movies and TV.
‘Game of Thrones’ Piracy is ‘Better Than an Emmy,’ Says Time Warner CEO
Game of Thrones was potentially the most pirated show of 2012, but Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes thinks that downloading could be as good as one of the most coveted awards in television.
AOL And Adap.tv – Audience, Not Content, Is King
I talked with several reporters yesterday about AOL’s $400 million purchase of online video technology company Adap.TV. A popular question was “Why is a media company buying a technology company?” as if they had no business being combined.
Digital Video Rights Are Hurdle in CBS-Time Warner Cable Fight
Digital video rights have become a major sticking point in the carriage dispute between Time Warner Cable Inc. and CBS Corp.
Are You Watching a TV Show or a Web Series?
Today’s question, for your consideration: What makes something a TV show and what makes something a web series?
Internet TV Broadcaster Aereo Continues Growth Despite Angering Networks
The internet broadcasting startup that the TV networks love to hate is expanding.
The Haps With Apps
Vevo App Planned for Apple TV This Month
Here’s another name-brand service for Apple TV: Apple plans on bringing a new app from Vevo, the music video service, to its Web-to-TV box.
Internet TVs May Drive Consumers to Cut Pay TV Cord
A “perfect storm” of online video, new devices, rising prices and programming blackouts is eroding traditional pay-TV providers’ grip on living rooms.
NewFronts Attendees Expect More Dollars to Go from TV to Digital
The Interactive Advertising Bureau released the results of its “Digital Content Newfronts Attendee Survey” today, in which it found that 70% of buyers who attended the weeklong series of events expect more TV dollars to shift to digital over the next year.
Tremor Enjoys Strong Q2 Revenue
This ought to shut people up. Tremor Video had revenue growth of 41 percent in the most recent quarter year-over-year. It’s good news for the video network, which recently announced it would be getting rid of the last few bits of auto-playing banner-video inventory and now is entirely in-stream.
FreeWheel to Help Clients Measure Online Audiences with TV-Like Metrics
FreeWheel plans to integrate Nielsen’s Online Campaign Ratings product into its video ad management platform, allowing clients to measure and forecast audiences of online video ad campaigns in a fashion comparable to TV.
Storyhunter Enables Video Journalists to Tell the Stories They Want
There’s a little office in DUMBO where a couple of people are trying to change the face of video reporting.
IAWTV Looks to Elect New Board, Potentially Expand Beyond Awards Show
It’s a time of change at the International Academy of Web Television, a non-profit organization for the online video industry that produces the annual IAWTV Awards, which, along with the Streamys, vie to be online video’s version of the Emmys.
Facebook’s Nonexistent Video Ads Could Be A $1 Billion Dollar Business Next Year
Facebook’s video ads don’t exist yet, but Morgan Stanley is already a buyer: Its analysts think the ads will be an instant hit, and could end up generating $1 billion for the company next year, commanding one percent of the U.S. TV ad budget. And things will start getting really big by 2019, the bank predicts, when the ads will generate $5.5 billion a year.
Facebook Moves Cautiously On Video Ads
CEO Zuckerberg Tries to Find Right Balance for Users and Advertisers.
Stats to Start
‘Digital’ Jumps Double Digits, ‘Traditional’ Hits a Single
Global digital media usage increased 12.9% last year to an average of 5.3 hours per week, led by a surge in time spent with mobile media. That’s among the key findings from a new study by PQ Media, which estimates digital media growth from 2007 to 2012 at 16.6% a year.