Monday 12.1.14: News to Know

/ Dec 1, 2014

Digital video industry news today
Has North Korea Leaked Sony Movies Online?
Sony is believed to have asked the FBI for help, following the leak of at least five new movies online, attributed by some to North Korea.
Opinions and Analyses

How to Build an Empire, the Netflix Way

In the first episode of “Marco Polo,” Netflix’s coming original series, the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan sits on a throne in his gilded palace and plots the future conquests of his growing empire.One adviser questions whether the ruler desires to be emperor of Mongolia or emperor of China. Khan rises from his throne, draws his sword and roars: “Emperor of China? Emperor of Mongolia? I want to be emperor of the world!”

Unboxing Videos: There’s Money In Those Packages

In the early days of television, Milton Berle dressed in drag. In the early days of cable, HBO featured a polka contest. The all day/all night Yule log became an early TV tradition in New York, and for a better part of the 1990s cable networks still touted  the production of “original” programming as if that was a Wallenda-level feat. The World Wrestling Federation matches constituted 9 out of the 10 top shows on basic. “Rugrats” was other one.

My January 2014 TechCrunch Interview – Anticipating This Year’s Eventual Massive New Content-Driven Investment “Wins”
In late January 2014, I sat down with TechCrunch and discussed my predictions for content-driven investment opportunities and overall innovation for the year.  Among other things, I anticipated the accelerating “rush” of Silicon Valley-based money flowing Southward to LA that continues to this day (and will only accelerate in 2015), as well as 2014’s subsequent mega content-driven M&A (and significant investor returns).
Digital Media Update
Netflix U.S. Viewership of Original Series Surges in Q3: Study
The bloom is certainly not off the rose for Netflix’s original-content strategy.
Streaming Video News

Amazon Is Discounting Its TV Streaming Console 30% For Cyber Monday

Amazon just announced it is discounting its TV streaming console — the Fire TV — by 30% this afternoon for Cyber Monday.
The Fire TV usually costs $99, but Amazon will knock the price down to $69 this afternoon.
Business Insider

Netflix Is Creating One Of The Most Expensive TV Shows In The World — Here’s Why It’s So Important

Netflix is preparing this month to launch its newest original series, “Marco Polo,” which focuses on the life of the famous explorer, including his interactions with Kublai Kahn.
Business Insider
Netflix CEO: Broadcast TV Will Die Within 16 Years
The days of broadcast TV are numbered according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.Hastings said that while traditional broadcast TV has served a purpose in the past, on-demand streaming will cause broadcast TV to die off within the next 16 years.

Business Insider
Disney’s Maker Studios and Wikia Collaborate to Create “Year in Fandom” Series

Disney’s Maker Studios and Wikia, an online network of fan communities, will launch a new video series: “The Year in Fandom.”

Creators from the Maker digital studio and fans from Wikia will jointly produce videos to commemorate milestones in pop culture, entertainment and gaming — from highlights of the New York Comic Con, to the theatrical premiere of the star-crossed teen romance “The Fault in Our Stars,” or the launch of the videogame Alien: Isolation, which continues the story of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi action-adventure films.


Streaming Devices Will Be Popular This Holiday Shopping Season

Parks Associates’ latest analysis on holiday shopping believes that connected video streaming devices, including gaming consoles, will be in-demand as gifts this coming season.


The marketer’s guide to the benefits of Vimeo over YouTube
Online video has very quickly become one of the most engaging and ubiquitous forms of content marketing. ComScore reports that in 2013 more than half of all Americans watched a combined 52 billion online videos.TNW
Videos to Watch Right Now
WATCH THIS: Lenovo Pranks Shoppers in This Above Average Video
Timed to the biggest, most insane shopping day of the year, Black Friday, Lenovo decided to stage a mall prank to show-off the new Lenovo Yoga laptop…and scare some innocent shoppers while doing it.VideoInk
YouTube Treasure Hunter: Squirrel Humps A GoPro
Sometimes I have to comb through the recesses of YouTube to find junked videos and forgotten footage that is just amazing. Sometimes it comes to me. I am the YouTube Treasure Hunter. Every week I brave spider videos, footage of tornadoes and the occasional inexplicable zit-popping upload to find some of the rarest jewels YouTube has to offer.

YouTube News

5 Emerging Shopping Channels on YouTube
Black Friday has come and gone, but YouTube’s many shopping channels continue to thrive. Makeup and toy-related channels tend to take the cake in terms of popularity on the video platform, which this channel list from Outrigger Media’s Emerging Talent Tracker tool exemplifies.VideoInk‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Surpasses 20 Million Views on YouTube in First 24 Hours (Video)

“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” doesn’t come out for another year, but fans of the legendary series have awoken after the first trailer was released Friday.


5 Travel Vloggers to Watch While You Plan Your Winter Trip
As the holidays approach, many look to take advantage of the working lull by planning getaways.VideoInk Turns Crazy Marketer Ideas Into Digital Reality

When Publicis and Orange came up with the idea of speaking to your future self to celebrate the telecom’s 20th anniversary, it called Jam3 to help make it reality. Since time travel hasn’t yet been invented, the Toronto-based shop came up with #FutureSelf, which digitally aged users’ pictures 20 years using facial-motion software, then allowed them to talk to their future selves using Speech API.


Industry Highlights
Tech City News doubles down on video
Business-to-business publishers’ attempts in video often lack imagination — talking heads of business execs is usually about as exciting as it usually gets for illustrating business stories with video.But 2-year-old London-based Tech City News is putting video at the heart of its Web strategy and is turning to its reporters’ presenting expertise to liven things up. The startup-focused publication has a footprint of 12,000 copies in print and 80,000 unique visitors a month online.Digiday

Production Notes
Get Excited for Christmas with Animal Planet’s Reindeer Cam
Like the Halloween Zombie Cam before it, Animal Planet’s Live Reindeer Cam is helping digital viewers celebrate the upcoming holiday season.VideoInk



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