Monday 2.10: News to Know

/ Feb 10, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Hulu Nabs Exclusive on ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Full Seasons, In Deal with One of Its Parents

The battle for Internet VOD rights rages on: Hulu cut a deal for ABC’s “Nashville” musical primetime soap to make the show’s full seasons available exclusively to Hulu Plus subscribers.





Streaming Video News

GroupM and Hulu Gear Up for New Action-Sports Documentary Series

The high school that Olympic gold-medalist Shaun White went to will be the star of a new branded series on Hulu.


The Connected TV Landscape: Why Smart TVs And Streaming Gadgets Are Conquering The Living Room

Connected TVs are on pace to take over the television viewing experience. There will be more than 759 million televisions connected to the Internet worldwide by 2018, more than double 2013’s number, according to Digital TV Research. 

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YouTube News

Chester See Predicts the Future of the Music Industry on YouTube

When someone like Miley Cyrus debuts her latest hit single, the true songwriters most likely remain tucked firmly behind the scenes. Chester See, a songwriter and YouTube performer, thinks that music distribution via platforms like YouTube could replace the Miley figure and, eventually, “democratize music.”


Only in New Media: Thoughts on YouTube Celebrity from Freddie Wong

Freddie Wong, clearly a critical thinker, shared some gems during his appearance on Rhett & Link’s “Ear Biscuits” podcast. Take a moment to reflect with Wong about what it means to be a YouTube persona.


Harley Morenstein from ‘Epic Meal Time’: The YouTube Yoda

No one performs on YouTube in a vacuum. Though the ‘Tube community may not be as tight knit as the crew back in the early 2000s, those who get the most views communicate and influence each other all the time. A single tweet from a seasoned YouTuber to an up-and-coming creator can make a world of a difference in his or her YouTube career.


Superwoman on Growing from a Niche Audience to Global Appeal

YouTube has always been a place for niche audiences. Unlike television and other traditional platforms, YouTube caters to more than just the white-bread “majority,” which ‘Tuber Superwoman (real name: Lilly Singh) exemplifies and explains in Rhett & Link’s latest “Ear Biscuits.”


A ‘This Is The End’ for YouTube: Chester See Talks Upcoming Feature-Length Film

Chester See has a bunch of new projects on the up and up, but one that he mentions at the end of his interview with Rhett & Link on their podcast, “Ear Biscuits,” really caught our attention. Besides a song about his new crush (as per usual), the next two parts of the full-length “Side Effects,” and his work on a company targeted towards YouTube’s music scene, See spoke of another feature film that will make it to our personal computers.


Top Five Emerging Winter Sports Channels on YouTube

We’re going to be honest: Like most of the country (and probably the world), we here at VideoInk have Olympics fever. And as the great producer Bruce Dickinson (who we imagine is also a mighty patriot) would say, the only prescription is more Olympics content.


YouTuber BeautyBaby44 Guests on Mobile-First Series ‘HitStreak’

“HitStreak,” a transmedia series exclusively produced for the ShowMobile app, is welcoming YouTube beauty/fashion vlogger Lindsey Hughes as a guest star this week.


YouTube Sensation Michelle Phan Is One Of A Kind, Just Ask Dr. Pepper

Just in case you missed it and/or weren’t aware, Michelle Phan is one of a kind.

The 26-year-old burgeoning beauty mogul started posting makeup tutorials to her YouTube channel way back in 2006. In the eight years since, she’s racked up over 867 million views, amassed more than 5.7 million subscribers, and been able to transition her online video audience and notoriety into real world commercial opportunities. For instance, in August 2013, Phan (in conjunction with L’Oreal Group) launched Em, her very own cosmetics line heavily inspired by her fans.


Bigger Than Beyoncé: The Power of YouTube Rock Stars

This past December, Beyonce shocked the industry by dropping her fifth album on iTunes with no advance notice, and still managed to rocket to the #1 spot on the charts. The album’s surprise launch resulted in a slew of mainstream press. What you may not have heard is that within days of its release, rock band We the Kings managed to knock Beyonce’s album off the #1 spot on the iTunes charts–due to the millions of fans they’d cultivated on YouTube.


Media News

CW Seed Orders Talk Show from ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Judge

CW Seed, The CW Network’s original online programming arm, has picked up “The Kelly Cutrone Project,” a digital talk show that will be hosted by “America’s Next Top Model” judge and New York Times bestselling author Kelly Cutrone.



Inside Funny or Die’s Upgraded, Unfinished New Offices

The Television Critics Association’s focus is, unsurprisingly, on television. But recently, a group of critics, assembled for the TCA’s semi-annual tour through network and cable television, visited the offices of online video mainstay Funny or Die, where its upcoming TV properties were showcased. But the site’s commitment to short-form videos for the web and mobile remains strong.


GoPro Is Going Public

GoPro is letting everyone know that it has confidentially filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering.




Google’s New Music Video Search Results Won’t Please All In The Industry

Have you searched Google for your favorite music video recently? Looking for Foster The People – “Coming of Age”, the latest comeback track from the American Indie pop trio, produced a surprise return yesterday. Google has given the top result its own player sized image and it looks like it’s a playable video right there in the search result – but clicking doesn’t fire up the video – it’s still a link to the video page.


Disney Partners With Google to Distribute Original Short Film Vinylmation-themed ‘Blank’ debuts on Play

Disney Interactive is launching a new original short film as part of a unique partnership with Google. Starting today through Feb. 23, the 38-minute video  ‘Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story’ will be exclusively distributed on Google Play—on the Web and via the Google Play mobile and tablet apps.



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