Monday 1.19.15: News to Know

/ Jan 19, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Amazon Also Enters (Original) Movie Business

Fresh off two Golden Globe wins for its original series “Transparent,”Amazon Studios will now start producing and acquiring original, feature-length films.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xLEDjc

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/15qwnP3

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1GjtEb7 

TNW http://tnw.co/15qwM41

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1CstFTP

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1sUSs3c

THR http://bit.ly/1uj87dA

Variety http://bit.ly/1BtEPLi

Opinions & Analysis

Deloitte Says Millennials Will Spend $62 Billion on Media in 2015

A new forecast from Deloitte predicts that North America’s 83 million 18- to 34-year-old millennials will drop substantial sums on media consumption this year: roughly $62 billion. That’s an average spend of $750 per person in the U.S. and Canada.

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1BtEtEz

 

Deals & Signings

‘Crash Course’ and PBS Partnership Begins with ‘Astronomy’ Series

Last November, PBS Digital Studios announced a deal with YouTube royalty Hank and John Green to distribute their popular educational YouTube series “Crash Course,” as well as develop new programming for both of their audiences.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1sUS2K8

 

Streaming Video News

Uproxx Publisher Woven Digital Debuts First Original Series

Woven Digital, the publisher behind male-focused sites like Uproxx and BroBible, has launched its first original web series.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ui5Hq5

Streaming video could give new life to Fox’s ‘Prison Break’ and ’24’

Fox is considering making more episodes of its past popular series, thanks in part to new audiences discovering shows on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon.

LA Times http://lat.ms/1ufY6hk

Netflix 4Q Preview: Bet on Better Than 3Q

Netflix’s disappointing third-quarter earnings might not bode well for the fourth-quarter results being announced Tuesday, but consider some mitigating factors.

Variety http://bit.ly/1BtFLiN

Netflix Far Outstrips Rivals on Hours Viewed, Satisfaction: Survey

Netflix, for now, continues to be the clear and undisputed champ in the subscription video-on-demand ring.

Variety http://bit.ly/1y6j3ux

 

Videos to Watch Right Now

AdWatch: Bud Light Teases ‘Old School Fun’ Super Bowl Ad

With the Super Bowl just two weeks away, Bud Light has released a preview of its big game ad that takes a new spin on the classic game Pac-Man.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/17PYAR5

 

Media News

YouTube Will Air Its Own Super Bowl Halftime Show

Those who aren’t interested in watching Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz during this year’s “Super Bowl Halftime Show” will have the chance to go online and watch some of YouTube’s biggest stars instead.*

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yzdgzD

 

Terry Crews Finds YouTube Fails Inspiring Enough to Host a TV Show About Them

Everyone knows about the popularity of epic fails on YouTube – Jukin Media’s Fail Army channel is a testament of that.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ygE9Xa

YouTube News

A Person Who Opens Disney Toys On Camera Made More Money Than Anyone Else On YouTube In 2014

The highest-earning YouTube user in 2014 wasn’t Bethany Mota, Grace Helbig, or Lohanthony. In fact, nobody knows the real identity of DC Toys Collector, an account that generated an estimated $4.9 million last year.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1Cd19Yu

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