Friday 9.12: News to Know

/ Sep 12, 2014

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For Digital Content Providers, Verizon’s Web-TV Service Is the One to Watch

For digital media companies and content creators, Verizon’s upcoming internet-TV service might be the one to watch.

Verizon is one of multiple companies currently developing a cable-like TV service that would be delivered completely over the web, allowing users to subscribe to and watch their favorite TV channels on a slew of digital devices. Other companies at work on such a service include Sony, which just struck a deal yesterday to carry 22 Viacom channels, and Dish Network, which has similar carriage deals with Disney and A+E Networks.


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Facebook Tries to Muscle In on YouTube

In what may be another signal that Facebook Inc. wants to take on YouTube, the company has reached out to some of the Google Inc.-owned video site’s biggest content producers and encouraged them to test distributing their videos on the social network, say people familiar with the matter.

Already some YouTube content producers, including Walt Disney Co. Maker Studios and Collective Digital Studio, have experimented with putting some of their top YouTube series on Facebook. Collective has made available its animated viral hit “The Annoying Orange” on the social network, for example. The videos are being delivered to Facebook users via the social network’s news feed and on individual creator’s pages.



Study: 5 Percent of Millennials Plan to Cut TV Cord

If a survey of 2,400 consumers is accurate, pay TV distributors are about to lose 5 percent of their younger customers (ages 24-34).

The findings of a Media Consumption Survey were presented on Thursday at the Goldman Sachs 23rd Annual Communacopia Conference in New York by Mike Vorhaus at Frank N. Magid Associates. The survey was taken in early June.




A Facebook Star Is Born? Social Network Makes A Play To Steal YouTube’s Talent

Facebook is courting YouTube content creators as a way to get more ad dollars.



TV v.2014 — “When The Walls Come Crumblin’ Down …”

John Mellencamp’s campy song is back with a vengeance in the world of television.

Digital Media Update


Premium Video Solidifies Its Lure For Advertisers

The good news for YouTube is that according to eMarketer, its U.S ad revenues will total $1.13 billion this year, and it will account for 18.9% of the video ad market.

The bad news is that eMarketer says its share of the market will not move for awhile.

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Netflix Could Get Smooth ’Cards’ Out of Comcast’s Merger

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s bid for Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) may spare Netflix Inc. (NFLX) from having to continue paying for smooth display of “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.”



Streaming Video News

HBO, Showtime Getting Closer to Offering Standalone Apps

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos once stated that the goal for Netflix is “to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.” The only way this is likely to happen is if HBO decides to untether its HBO Go service from its cable package and offer it directly to consumers.

Right now, that’s highly unlikely. Financially speaking, it simply doesn’t make sense for HBO to. The premium network receives free marketing and other services from its pay-TV partners in exchange for splitting revenues generated by monthly subscriptions — and that’s not even factoring that in order for customers to have the ability to subscribe to HBO, they have to first pay for a whole host of other channels.



Leslie Bibb Cast in Amazon Comedy Pilot

Leslie Bibb has been cast in the lead role for an upcoming Amazon Studios comedy pilot, according to Deadline.

Written by Lindsey Stoddart, “Salem Rogers: Model of the Year 1998” follows a self-centered former supermodel who is forced to leave rehab after 10 years. She subsequently reconnects with her long-suffering former assistant, who is now a self-help writer who uses her time with the model as an inspiration.




Defy Launches Break Media App for Xbox

Defy Media has launched an Xbox app for its popular comedy hub Break Media. With the app, the team behind the humor site, which claims an audience of 8 million unique visitors per month, offer a curated selection of video content — from pranks to comedy sketches.



Go Inside the World of 3D Printing with Netflix’s ‘Print the Legend’ (Trailer)

Earlier this year, Netflix acquired the rights to “Print the Legend,” a documentary about the domestic 3D printing industry, in order to stream it as a “Netflix Original” as part of its evolving documentary film slate.



Dan Patrick Gets Ready for ‘Sports Jeopardy’ (Teaser)

A few weeks before its set to debut, here is a teaser for “Sports Jeopardy,” an all-new sports quiz show from Crackle. Produced by Sony Pictures Television and hosted by Emmy-winning sports broadcaster Dan Patrick, “Sports Jeopardy” will premiere on September 24. Crackle has ordered 52 episodes for the 30-minute weekly show, with new episodes set to roll out every Wednesday.



Netflix: the revolution that changed the US TV landscape

From doorstep DVD delivery to binge-watching on tablets and phones: In 17 years Netflix has revolutionized the US television industry several times over.

The company — which is about to arrive in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Austria — has also totally revamped the relationship Americans have with both TV shows and film.



AT&T Eyes Late 2015 to Launch DirecTV, High-Speed Wireless Broadband Bundle

DirecTV CEO White estimates deal will close in April 2015, says ‘highly confident’ deal for NFL Sunday Ticket will be clinched this year



Chopflix Launches VoD Service for Asian Movies (EXCLUSIVE)

OTT service built on Vimeo On Demand platform



DirecTV CEO Mike White Confirms Plan to Launch Hispanic Internet-Video Package This Year

Satcaster has inked deal with Univision for the over-the-top package, according to Reuters report




Netflix’s new Chaos Engineering push aims to hire staff to help break its cloud-based system

Building upon the idea of having tools that simulate errors and failures in Netflix’s enormous Amazon infrastructure, the company is looking for engineers whose purpose will be to discover new flaws.


The Haps With Apps

Videos Are Coming to the App Store: Tips for Marketers and Developers

With more than 1.2 million iOS apps now available in the App Store, many developers struggle to stand out from the crowd. They have long used videos to build awareness for their app outside the App Store, but to woo potential users inside the store, their medium has been simple text and static screenshots.

Apple is changing all that with the launch of iOS 8. App developers can now upload a 30-second video to iTunes Connect, along with their other marketing materials and app updates. On September 17, App Store visitors will start seeing thumbnails of these videos (Apple calls them poster frames) alongside the screenshots for each app.


YouTube News

YouTube’s US Video-Ad Revenues to Climb, But Market Share Won’t

YouTube’s net video-ad revenues in the US will climb to $1.13 billion in 2014, representing 18.9% of the total US digital video ad market, according to a new estimate from research firm eMarketer. (The number represents revenues generated from ads running on the site’s video clips, and does not account for banners, search, and other types of ads.)


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Media News

Samsung Gear VR Heads to Hollywood

Virtual reality seems like the new buzzword in Hollywood, replacing some of the excitement lost as 3D turned out to be much less important than many originally hoped. Filmmakers are beginning to experiment with the possibilities inherent in immersing people entirely in a world, but the technical issues are vast.



ESPN’s John Skipper Wants to Add Web TV — Without Losing Pay TV: The Full Code/Media Interview

Right now you can’t watch ESPN without paying for cable TV, or satellite TV, or telco TV.

But that could change soon: The sports powerhouse has signed on to sell its programming as part of a Web TV service that Dish wants to sell this year. It’s also in discussions with several other services that want to do something similar.



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