Monday 2.3: News to Know

/ Feb 3, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Super Bowl ‘Seinfeld’ Reunion Was for ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

How do you get a lot of people’s attention for your web series? Easy — just advertise it during the Super Bowl*. That’s exactly what Crackle and the team behind Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” did during last night’s less-than-stellar Big Game.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1aWgd1W

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1ajvnOl

Variety http://bit.ly/1cNdCX1

THR http://bit.ly/MKyXXB

 

Deals & Signings

Endemol Beyond Hires MTV Exec to Lead Social Media

Endemol North America has hired Jacob Shwirtz to be the chief social officer for Endemol Beyond USA, the company’s division focused on developing original video content and channels for platforms like YouTube, Dailymotion, AOL, MSN, and Yahoo.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1aWemu9

 

Streaming Video News

Amazon Mulls Raising the Price of Prime

Amazon Prime, the online retailer’s subscription service that gives customers free two-day shipping as well as access to the Prime Instant Video service, might soon cost more.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1cNhPKp

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1bjXmIU

Netflix Adds to Its Trophy Mantle at the WGA Awards

The 66th annual WGA Awards were held last night via concurrent ceremonies taking place in New York and Los Angeles. As it’s been doing throughout the awards circuit, Netflix’s high-profile original political drama, “House of Cards,” picked up an award, this time the WGA for Best New Series.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1k3JB9t

Netflix Analysts Who Were Bearish on Stock Admit: ‘We Were Wrong’

Netflix’s stock defied the broader market malaise, riding out January to an all-time high — helped by a reversal on the company’s international growth prospects by Morgan Stanley analysts.

Variety http://bit.ly/1kEN0sQ

Hallmark Channel to Syndicate Video on AOL 

AOL’s online video platform will soon offer clips from Hallmark Channel programming including “Kitten Bowl,” “Home & Family” and original series.

THR http://bit.ly/1bjY1tX

 

The Haps With Apps

Magical, Hands-Free Video App Cycloramic Made $200,000 Right After It Premiered On ‘Shark Tank’

Last week, iPhone video app Cycloramic premiered on ABC’s invention show, “Shark Tank.” Cycloramic lets you take 360-degree videos on your iPhone without using your hands at all. The app uses the phone’s vibrations to turn itself in a circle.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1eMSQn6

 

Aereo Updates

FilmOn X Wants In On U.S. Supreme Court Case Over Aereo

Alki David‘s streaming service “merely seeks to participate in the briefing and oral argument” at the high court it says in a motion to intervene. The main reason: Courts have enjoined FilmOn X from offering over-the-air broadcast signals via the Internet, but have not put a similar restriction on Aereo.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1bnh5KN

THR http://bit.ly/LHqOlU

BetaBeat http://bit.ly/1deecIN

Variety http://bit.ly/1bVrASy

 

YouTube News

Top Five Emerging Football Channels on YouTube

Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest event of the year. For many in this country, which has quite the love-affair with (our version of) football, it’s simple excitement over what should hopefully be an entertaining game.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/MS5A5G

Budweiser Wins the Super Bowl — On the Web

You can watch the game because you care about the game, or you can watch the game because you care about the commercials. But as far as the Web is concerned, it’s already a rout — for Budweiser.

Re/code

http://on.recode.net/1ekD5su

 

Media News

‘Lizzie Bennet Diaries,’ A Series Based on a Book, Will Have Its Own Book

“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” a transmedia series adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel “Pride and Prejudice,” is getting a book companion.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1esKdl1

NBCUniversal Opens $17 Mil Technology Center in New Jersey, Seeking Industry Collaboration

NBCUniversal is trying to transplant some Silicon Valley culture to the East Coast. The media company Monday announced the launch of the 63,000-sq.-ft. NBCU Technology Center in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., which will house about 340 staffers by the end of 2014. The facility, in which the company said it has invested $17 million, features an open design and a Technology Show Lab equipped with mobile, virtualization, big data platforms and emerging technologies for use by employees and outside partners.

Variety http://bit.ly/1aWaE3N

Deadline http://bit.ly/1gGzAys

Augmented Reality TV System Mixes Programming and Web Content

A new venture in television created by a San Francisco-based startup combines web content with television programming in a way that makes information-rich viewing experiences nearly seamless.

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1fnDfvF

 

Industry Highlights

BlackboxTV: Behind the Reel from YouTube to Hollywood 

Welcome to another episode of ‘Behind the Reel’ and this week we have a very special interview with Tony Valenzuela of BlackboxTV, home of the best scripted sci-fi and horror content on YouTube.

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/LHBHE8

 

Creator Profiles

Shay Carl Proves Why Consistency Is Important on YouTube

You’re constantly hearing about how consistency is as important as anything else if you want to succeed on YouTube. Along with engaging your audience and being authentic, you also better put out new videos at a regular rate. It’s the only way you’re going to build an audience on the site.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1lwUAts

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