Monday 12.23: News to Know
Smosh Releases Holiday Album ‘The Sweet Sound of Smosh’
Turning that Holiday rut into Holiday cheer, Smosh recently released a seasonal album titled “The Sweet Sound of Smosh.” The album features several new originals from the YouTube duo as well as remixes of classic Smosh hits like “The Legend of Zelda” and “AC3.”
Streaming Video News
From Sochi to Tokyo: How TV Distribution Could Change by 2020
With the Sochi Winter Olympics coming in February, it’s worth noting that NBC holds the rights to all Olympics through 2020 — when the Winter Games will take place in Tokyo. By then, though, how will NBC be providing the Olympics and other programming to viewers?
Netflix’s Newest Original Is a ‘Fireplace for Your Home’
Hey, don’t let series about female inmates and corrupt politicians fool you; Netflix has a sense of humor. Case in point: the streaming platform’s trailer for “Fireplace for Your Home.” As you may have guessed, Netflix is now streaming a series of hour-long videos of wood burning.
Kids get their first Netflix series, and DreamWorks makes money on Turbo
On December 24, five episodes of the Netflix original series Turbo: F.A.S.T. are set to start streaming on Netflix. The series, focusing on the adventures of racing snails who are also friends, is a spin-off based on the DreamWorks film Turbo, and is the first project to premiere from a massive deal between DreamWorks and Netflix, for multiple new series of dozens of episodes.
The Haps With Apps
11 News Sources Using Instagram Video
Who has time for the news? Between the pressing demands of real life and maintaining dozens of online personas, finding time to eat is difficult enough, let alone carving out half an hour to flip on the boob tube or rifle through a newspaper.
Top Five Emerging Music Channels on YouTube
Music is incredibly big on YouTube. We’ve been banging these drums for quite some time now (just look here and here, to begin). Nothing exemplifies that more, though, than how YouTube has disrupted one aspect of television and the music industry. “YouTube is the new MTV,” says Alex Jacobs, VP and group director, social content, at DigitasLBi.
Grace Helbig Named MTV’s Vlogger of the Year
MTV has named Grace Helbig Vlogger of the Year, which given her landmark 2013, shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Interestingly though, the vlogger — who goes by DailyGrace online — has found herself at a crossroads as the year winds down.
WARM YOUR HEART: THE 5 BIGGEST ‘CHRISTMAS MIRACLES’ ON YOUTUBE [VIDEOS]
Every year around Christmas, NMR gets a little bit nicer. Our hearts grow two sizes, then we put our Santa hats on and go delivering presents to orphans. We mean delivering metaphorical gifts to metaphorical orphans, of course. But you get what we mean, right? We love this time of year and how good it makes everyone feel.
WHOLETSPLAY IS THE NEW WIKI PAGE SUPPORTING GAMERS IN THE YOUTUBE COPYRIGHT BATTLE
The reality of the current copyright situation on YouTube seems to be: figure out what game companies will either endorse (or not obstruct) monetization and avoid the others. And that’s just what Lars Doucet, co-founder of Level Up Labs has done. Under the name WhoLetsPlay, named after the Twitter hashtag used during the initial Content ID sweeps, the site is a wiki page that educates gamers on what companies are cool and what companies actively endorse the copyright bans.
Rhett & Link: Behind the Reel with YouTube Viral Masters [Interview]
Welcome to the first episode of ‘Behind The Reel’, a new weekly show where we take a real look at the personalities shaping today’s new media culture. Today’s guests are two “Internetainers”, pillars of the YouTube community who have succeeded both on and off that platform.
Def Jam hip hop label founder Russell Simmons has teamed up with 51 Minds to produce a digital series, Teddy Ray & DoBoy: Blowin’ Up, for Simmons’ All Def Digital channel on YouTube. The show follows two up-and-coming comedians who are challenged by Simmons to change their life through meditation, yoga and diet. The series premieres Jan. 7.
10 Minutes With…
Publications are increasingly placing digital and video front and center, such as The New York Times and its daily video news project, the Times Minute, or Conde Nast Entertainment’s video content for Roku devices. A new player on the field is Complex TV, the American men’s magazine founded in 2002 that launched a digital and video news site, Complex News, on December 2nd.
Jerry Seinfeld on His Deliberately Bad Ads for Acura
The star of the Web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” is entitled to weigh in on the modern state of advertising. In addition to starring in several Super Bowl commercials over the years, the co-creator and star of Seinfeld is now a copywriter himself.
Don’t Watch This Video From Star Wars’ Christmas Special Unless You Must VideoWatch’s Awesome Stupid Video of the Week
Chewbacca had a wife and kids. Han and Chewie are on their way to visit the Wookie planet for a big holiday. There’s a reason George Lucas apparently doesn’t like the Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978. It really isn’t good. Pretty sure Harrison Ford leaves this one off his resume. Enjoy and happy holidays!
Might Facebook Become a Video Programmer? Video ads could set the stage for more content
Facebook has finally entered the video ads business in a big way. After multiple delays, Facebook last week rolled out a test of its autoplay ads to a select group of users. And the company clearly is thinking big, based on a deck that’s been circulating which articulates the company’s ambitions to challenge TV (not to mentioned these new ads $2 million price tag).
Viral Video: Bloomberg Unplugged: “President? Pope? Naked Cowboy?”
This weekend, outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his first-ever appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” Appearing on “Weekend Update” to discuss his future plans, and referring to two of his most controversial initiatives in office, Bloomberg said that said he would be “fulfilling a lifelong dream of enjoying a small soda on a non-smoking beach.”
HOLY BEAUTIFUL VIDEOS, BATMAN!: THE 8 BEST VIMEO VIDEOS OF 2013
One of NMR’s New Year’s goals is to give a little more love to Vimeo. They’ve always been good to us — making us chicken soup when we’re sick, singing to soothe us during thunderstorms, and yet, we sometimes treat them like the red-headed stepchild of online video.
5 of the most awesome interactive online music videos
As the Web has evolved to a more interactive, on-demand experience, so have the music videos. In honor of Beyoncé completely taking everyone by surprise with a 14 song, 17 video album release, here are five interesting online music video experiments that may just change the music video directors approach their job.
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