Monday 12.30: News to Know

/ Dec 30, 2013

Digital video industry news today

Rdio’s would-be Netflix killer, the streaming video service Vdio, calls it quits

Rdio is killing its streaming video service Vdio, abandoning plans to combine the two in a joint subscription media offering and raising the question whether any newcomer at this point can compete with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/KfivgE

TNW http://tnw.co/19wYmhD

Variety http://bit.ly/1elNtfL

Streaming Video News

Netflix Wants You to Watch Netflix While Working Out

Before we go any further, let’s all acknowledge that it’s two days before New Year’s Day and we are still very much in the midst of a week-long news shutdown (at least in our industry). As you keep that in the back of your mind, also know that according to a recent survey of US internet users conducted by Netflix, more than 50% of respondents are “willing to exercise” while binge watching. That is, of course, instead of sitting on the couch like most normal people do. This is a serious study.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18TLr8M

Top Five Short-Form Web Series of 2013

2013 through the lens of streaming video was largely dominated by Netflix’s big two: “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” As both shows released to critical acclaim, short-form web shows took a back seat, at least in media coverage, to multi-million dollar productions put on by the likes of Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix. But that doesn’t mean that 2013’s web series weren’t of note. In fact, this year has been unparalleled in terms of quality web shows.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1elDOGh

Top Five Long-Form Web Series of 2013

You’ve already seen which short-form programs we considered to be at the top of the online video game in 2013. It’s only fair that we extend the same courtesy to those ambitious and talented enough to create long-form programs for digital platforms.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1choK9e

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan: Netflix ‘Cryptic’ About Show’s Popularity

Netflix famously doesn’t release ratings information, even for what it claims is its most watched original series: “Orange Is the New Black.” And that secrecy extends to show creator Jenji Kohan, who tells The New York Timesthat the streaming service provides “very cryptic” assessments of the show’s popularity.

THR http://bit.ly/1cx38dt

Say Bye to ‘Titanic’: Netflix’s Rights to 85+ Movies Expire Next Week

The rights to dozens of films and TV series are about to expire on Netflix next week as if you needed another excuse for not putting on real clothes. On Reddit, a user collected nearly 90 titles that will soon disappear from the streaming site–and there arfe some decent movies on the list.

BetaBeat http://bit.ly/1cgSnLs

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1jUQTgA

The Haps With Apps

Turn Your Top Instagram Pics of 2013 Into a Video

How was your year on Instagram? If you’re not sure how to answer that question, Statigram has a pretty good summary. The Instagram-tracking service released a new tool that unearths the five most popular photos posted to your Instagram account in 2013 and turns them into a short video.

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1lmgoTa

YouTube News

HARRY SHUM, JR. DANCES AWAY HIS SHYNESS IN ZE FRANK YOUTUBE VIDEO

In a video right out of the MOCAtv-stylings, Harry Shum, jr. an actor/choreographer/dancer best known for his work on “Glee,” does a free-flowing performance piece on this motivational video from Ze Frank.

NMR http://bit.ly/1ipYdPn

Media News

2013: A Year in Pictures

More than any year before, 2013 brought together some of the brightest minds working in the digital realm to discuss the ever-evolving web video space. From Marissa Mayer’s IAB MIXX interview with Charlie Rose to Grace Helbig’s heartfelt introduction of Hannah Hart at Buffer Festival (“Her style of comedy is something I really admire. It’s sweet and it’s not bitter or mean. It’s interesting and it has heart, quite literally.”), this year has given us some of the most insightful and interesting moments ever seen in digital video.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19Btxpy

Viral Video: Even Jerry Seinfeld Has a Drone. What’s With That?

Here’s the the trailer for the third season of Jerry Seinfield’s utterly indulgent yet completely entertaining Web show on Crackle, called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

ATD http://dthin.gs/1ltBIq1

Long-Form Video Content Rivals Short, Even on Smartphones

Full-length movies, TV shows nearly as popular as snackable clips. The assumption that a small screen—like that of a smartphone—might be more typically used for viewing short, snackable video clips rather than long-form content seems simple. But research suggests full-length movies and TV shows come close to news clips and previews in popularity among smartphones video viewers. According to research from Digitalsmiths, just over 42% of internet users in North America watched news video content on their smartphones, and more than 36% watched previews for TV shows or movies.

eMarketer http://bit.ly/1aiQyu5

Will Netflix’ tap the brakes on its content spending spree?

Hollywood’s becoming addicted to Netflix’s money. After a few years of license deals it owed creators of its streaming content $6.5B at the end of September, with 43% due in less than a year – and it has vowed to commit nearly $3B in 2014 for TV shows and movies. Those are huge numbers for a company that’s expected to generate $4.4B in revenue this year.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1cPVwEF

Faces to Watch in 2014: Digital media | Nancy Tellem, Mike Hopkins, Issa Rae

The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014.

LA Times http://lat.ms/1d3iNhl

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