Monday 2.9.15: News to Know

/ Feb 9, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Sling TV opens the floodgates, accepts sign-ups without invites

Sling TV, the online TV streaming service from Dish Networks, is now available to everyone: The service ended its invitation-only soft launch late Sunday night and began to accept sign-ups from everyone on its website.





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Opinions & Analysis

How to Make a Successful Indie Web Series: Pay for a Solid Start

When you hear “indie web series,” you probably think small budget, few actors, and amateurs behind the scenes. With these assumptions, it might surprise you that some of the most unique, polished, talent-filled, and ultimately successful series on the web were created independently. Starting with little cash and virtually no built-in fan base, how did these indie series do it?

The Next Evolution of YouTube: These platforms aim to improve online video in innovative ways

Slowly but steadily, however, there is another tier of video players—a collection of startups purporting to provide solutions to common complaints surrounding YouTube and other existing video platforms’ offerings; namely, poor revenue splits, creators’ inability to interact with viewers, and the challenge of finding new, related content.

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How Are These 12 Classic TV Shows Still Not on Streaming? Our wishlist of the fun, formative and forgotten

Netflix struck a streaming coup last month when it added every episode of Friends, then scored another win this month by adding the first five seasons of MASH. So what’s left? A surprising number of modern classics are still padlocked under pay-per-episode arrangements, meaning they could (and likely will) still come to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu or Crackle.

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Facebook and Freebooting: Is Enough Being Done to Protect Video Creators?

Freebooting. It sounds like something that you might have stored on an old AOL floppy disk back in the day. In fact, it’s a very real and current problem facing many online creators. In essence, Freebooting occurs any time anyone takes some sort of digital media and passes it off as their own on another site.



Streaming Video News

REPORT: Netflix Developing Live-Action ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series

A live-action series based on Nintendo’s popular “Legend of Zelda” gaming franchise could be making its way to Netflix.







USA Today
ESPN to Release ’30 for 30′ Film as an Online Series

ESPN Films plans to release one of the films in its vaunted “30 for 30” documentary series online before its TV premiere.

Rooster Teeth Launches New Gaming Channel with Former ‘Inside Gaming’ Hosts

Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, Lawrence Sonntag, James Willems, Joel Rubin, Matt Peake, and Sean Poole are the featured cast members of a new gaming YouTube channel called Funhaus, which was launched by the Austin-based digital studio this week.

Matchstick streaming stick delays shipping to get Netflix and faster chips

Matchstick’s Kickstarter backers will have to wait a bit longer to get the Firefox OS-based streaming stick: Matchstick is delaying shipments until August, the company announced Friday.


Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition Wraps More Video Around Bikini Franchise

The 2015 Swimsuit Edition launches on newsstands,, and tablet and mobile apps on Monday. That will include more than two hours of original video content of the models, as well as a live-stream of a concert by Kings of Leon and other special coverage on multiple Time Inc. sites over the course of the week.

Grammy Broadcasts Give Nominees a Huge Spike on Spotify, YouTube When it comes to streaming, all the nominees are winners

The Grammys isn’t just about ratings, red carpets, golden statues, and crazy song mash-ups.

The annual awards show also drives an increase in streaming of nominees’ songs on Spotify and YouTube, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Business.

Bloomberg News
VPNs Dissolve National Boundaries Online, for Work and Movie-Watching

Rod Drury, an entrepreneur in Auckland, New Zealand, regularly visits the United States. Sometimes there are multiple visits a day. “People here can’t get Netflix, so they get a VPN that gives them a U.S. I.P. address, and watch Netflix like they’re in America,” he said. “If I want something off iTunes, I buy U.S. cards online.”

New York Times
1 million people now using the Hang w/ app for broadcasting live video

Anyone who’s tried to do video chats with folks on Skype, Apple FaceTime or Google Hangouts knows the issues involved. The other person has to register, accept your invite and eventually you’ll connect. Some 1 million people have found an easier way to do this, via the Hang w/ app, available for Apple and Android devices. home of live video broadcasting.

USA Today


YouTube News

Condé Nast is courting YouTube stars

The publisher has struck a deal with Claudia Sulewski, who has more than a million subscribers on her BeyondBeautyStar YouTube channel, in an effort to expand its Teen Vogue YouTube channel.

YouTube Star Kian Lawley Premieres Trailer For ‘The Chosen’ Movie At Playlist Live

The 19-year-old former member of the late YouTube supergroup Our2ndLife and current half of the new YouTube channel with fellow O2L-mate Jc Lawley dubbed KianAndJC just dropped the trailer for his feature length thriller The Chosen at Playlist Live in front of an audience of screaming virtual and live fans numbering in the thousands.



Industry Highlights

EXCLUSIVE: First Project from What’s Trending and Marriott Development Deal Emerges

This past weekend, Marriott Content Studio and What’s Trending released their first co-production featuring YouTube talent, including Jeana from PrankVsPrank, Louis Cole (FunForLouis), Tom from TheSyndicateProject, Steve Zaragoza from SourceFed, and Meghan Camarena (Strawburry17), as they live out their bucket list items in cities like New York City, Shanghai, and San Francisco.






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