Monday 12.16: News to Know

/ Dec 16, 2013

Digital video industry news today

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‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff ‘Better Call Saul’ on Netflix Overseas Shortly After U.S. Airing

The streaming service has long been interested in the prequel starring Bob Odenkirk as Walter White’s unscrupulous lawyer. 

CNET http://cnet.co/1fgY9gA

Variety http://bit.ly/18QWaPa

THR http://bit.ly/198zn3V

The Wrap http://bit.ly/1jbpSoA

 

Streaming Video News

And the Nominees for the 2014 IAWTV Awards Are…

The International Academy of Web Television has unveiled the nominees for the 2014 IAWTV Awards, an annual event designed to celebrate and honor those creating the best original online programming.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18v0be0

Yahoo Chases Its ‘House of Cards’ Moment

Yahoo is looking to make a big video play that would position the company alongside the likes of Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18QZbis

Amazon takes aim at Netflix, other rivals with ‘Betas,’ ‘Alpha House’

Online retail giant Amazon has catching up to do in its push into entertainment production amid a new age of high-quality Web TV.

LA Times http://lat.ms/18QRBnO

Amazon will release original shows in 4K

Amazon is planning to make 4K content a little bit easier to come by. This morning, Amazon Studios announced that it will shoot all of its 2014 series — both comedies and dramas — in the ultra high-resolution format, and that it will at some point make those 4K recordings available to viewers. 

The Verge http://bit.ly/198AS1X

Microsoft to Launch First Original Shows on Xbox in Early 2014

Developing original series for Microsoft has taken a little longer than veteran TV executive Nancy Tellem had hoped, but her first slate of shows will launch on the Xbox videogame consoles early next year. 

Variety http://bit.ly/1dELd2T

European Platform Viewster Launches VOD Film Festival

Swiss-based VOD platform Viewster is moving into territory previously occupied solely by bricks-and-mortar events with the launch of an online-only, on-demand film festival. The ad-supported VOD platform begun calling for submissions for its first online film festival on its site Monday. The festival itself is set to go live in March.

THR http://bit.ly/1fyiGhu

Telemundo Media Strikes Licensing Deal With Online Video Service DramaFever

Telemundo Media struck a licensing deal with online video service DramaFever to stream 1000 episodes of its telenovelas. DramaFever will make the telenovelas, with English subtitles, available on its website and mobile apps.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1dGjf6Q

Variety http://bit.ly/1hWNn39

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1hWNEmT

Advocacy Groups Criticize Ban On FilmOn X

The federal judge who prohibited FilmOn X from operating didn’t adequately consider the “public interest in innovation,” a coalition of nonprofits argue in new court papers.

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1hWO2BQ

 

The Haps With Apps

Netflix Android update supports multiple user profiles

Sharing an Android device between multiple users gets a little easier today with Netflix’s new 3.1.0 app release. The latest version plays nicely with the multiple user profile feature we saw in the summer, letting family members share a single Netflix account without trampling over one another’s queues and preferences. 

The Verge http://bit.ly/1dhFOON

 

YouTube News

The Top Five Emerging Gaming Channels on YouTube

Gaming on YouTube — has there ever been anything that took off so fast? From Let’s Play videos to gameplay tutorials, gaming on YouTube is by far one of the largest genres on the platform. In fact, of the top 10 most subscribed YouTubers, three are either gamers or have some gaming component in their channels.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19Npt23

Five Viewership Tips for YouTube Content Creators

With over 100 hours of content uploaded to YouTube every minute, it’s not surprising that more and more content creators are looking to grow their presence and make money online. The Multi-channel network space has also received a significant amount of funding in 2013 which has further sparked interest in the market and put a spotlight on the opportunities around online video creation.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1bKeiXx

PETER HOLLENS: 4 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT ONLINE MUSIC DISTRIBUTION AS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST

Independent music distribution has become much easier as artist-created platforms have risen up to fulfill the traditional services provided by record labels. 

NMR http://bit.ly/IZRuwe

PewDiePie Added Most YouTube Subscribers in 2013

For PewDiePie, the new bros just keep on coming.

The Swedish game-loving, f-bomb-dropping comic personality added more YouTube subscribers in 2013 than anybody else—including Miley Cyrus, One Direction or Rihanna.

Adweek http://bit.ly/1bCZoWw

Big Advertisers Mining YouTube Creators’ Marketing Potential

Think big advertisers are so focused on TV’s Golden Age programming (and audiences) that they aren’t interested in the YouTube-based creators drawing hordes of younger viewers to watch their back-bedroom shows? Think again. 

Deadline http://bit.ly/1dhB6kb

LEAKED VIDEO AD PITCH DECK SHOWS HOW FACEBOOK BELIEVES IT CAN BEAT YOUTUBE

Facebook believes it can outcompete YouTube for video ad dollars, according to a leaked Facebook video ad pitch deck obtained by TechCrunch. 

NMR http://bit.ly/1bTLj8k

 

Media News

Playlist Live Expands to the Northeast (Exclusive)

Playlist Live, an Orlando-based multi-day conference for online video creators, their fans, and brands looking to connect with both, is going north.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19NoMWC

DeskSite’s App-Based NFL Video Network Hopes to Help Advertisers Reach Target Demos

DeskSite is a California-based digital media company that’s building an app-based sports video and advertising network, which it hopes will give TV advertisers an alternative to digital video platforms like Hulu and YouTube.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fgWyrf

Verizon In Advanced Talks to Buy Intel’s Internet TV Unit

Verizon Communications is in “advanced talks” on a deal to acquire IntelMedia, which has aborted plans to launch an over-the-top pay TV package, Variety has confirmed.

Variety http://bit.ly/1cwFzhp

The Number of Online Video Ads Is Up 205% in the Last Year

According to comScore, the audience for online video has grown 4 percent over the past year. The number of video ads? Up 205 percent. 

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1jaOzSf

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