Monday 10.21: News to Know

/ Oct 21, 2013

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Netflix Poised to Pass HBO in Paid U.S. Subscribers

Netflix Inc. (NFLX) is poised to pass HBO in paid U.S. subscribers, showing Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings is making progress toward a goal of transforming the streaming service to a Web-based television network.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1c8huTJ

Endgaget http://engt.co/1azhwgP

Opinions & Analysis

A pirate’s life for me: making money from uploading torrents

TorrentFreak has spoken to ‘John,’ an “extremely prolific pirate,” to find out how he makes a living uploading copyrighted footage to streaming and torrent sites. John,TorrentFreak reports, has uploaded more than 30,000 movies and TV shows, and spends his days adding “thousands of links” across 12 different file hosting sites.

The Verge http://bit.ly/1b6w7S8

 

Deals & Signings

EXEC MOVES

Vimeo hired Greg Clayman as its new General Manager of Audience Networks to build its new video-on-demand store. Clayman was previously the News Corp. publisher of the short-lived iPad-only magazine The Daily. The new hire is supposedly part of Vimeo’s push for its VOD site, which was well-received at last spring’s South by Southwest.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/16qlSFF

 

Streaming Video News

The slow but inevitable decline of Netflix’s DVD business

When will Netflix send out its last red envelope? The company is clearly focused on streaming, but executives have long maintained that DVDs, while declining, are going to be a part of its business for years to come.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/1azkv8I

CONTENT MEDIA

Netflix may start attaching more content to its original programming, similar to what’s included in DVD special extras, the company’s VP of Product Innovation Todd Yellin announced last week. First up would be House of Cards and Hemlock Grove, but there is no set date when these will be available.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/16qlSFF

Mobilize Re-Run: Netflix’s second screen strategy is all about control

From the stage at our Mobilize Conference, Netflix VP of Product Innovation, Todd Yellin tells how the company is looking to integrate phones into TV watching.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/1eDsRk2

Smosh Launching Hour-Long Video for Digital Download Popular YouTube channel makes another video for Assassin’s Creed

The popular YouTube duo of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla is set to release a 60-minute compilation video on Tuesday that draws from their “If (blank) were real” series of videos.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1c8fPNY

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