Monday 3.10: News to Know

/ Mar 10, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Katie Couric-Led News Programming Gets Underway at Yahoo

Last November, Katie Couric officially joined Yahoo as its first global news anchor. The deal followed months of speculation which had all-but-confirmed that Couric was looking to the unproven digital pastures of Yahoo as the next move in her illustrious career. Now, it appears to be the time for the actual product of the partnership to start rolling out. Yahoo is announcing that Kouric will sit down with former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg this Friday, March 14.



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Streaming Video News

‘True Detective’ Finale Crashes HBO GO

The demand for tonight’s season finale of HBO’s True Detective was so great online, the network’s streaming service HBO GO temporarily crashed trying to fulfill all incoming requests for the closing episode.




Comcast Cuts Sony Deal to Sell ‘House of Cards,’ Early-Release Movies

Comcast customers can now buy access to “House of Cards” season 1 through their cable set-top box and watch it across multiple devices — no Netflix subscription required. The cable giant struck a pact with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, giving Comcast rights to sell the Emmy-winning first season of “House of Cards” through the recently launched Xfinity Store service. Netflix currently owns exclusive streaming rights to the Media Rights Capital-produced series, while Sony handles international and home video distribution.



Mr Peabody & Sherman try to find theater audiences on Netflix

Netflix doesn’t do ads on its video service — but a recently-added featurette about the new Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie sure feels a lot like promotion.


Google exec: We’ve sold millions of Chromecast adapters

Google SVP Sundar Pichai told the crowd at SXSW that Chromecast has been selling really well, and that it will come to many more countries soon.


VHX goes big with public launch of distribution service

From social video community to robust media distribution platform with over 300 active titles, VHX has had an impressive journey over the past two years. On Monday, it took a new step towards the democratization of content distribution by opening the platform to anyone who has a video they want to sell directly to consumers.



The Haps With Apps

Meet The Stars Of Vine: These Kids Have Millions Of Followers And Make Eye-Popping Amounts Of Money

For 16 year-old Lauren Giraldo, $2,000 isn’t hard to come by. All she has to do is press the re-Vine button to share a sponsor’s video with her followers and an advertiser will cut her a large check.

Business Insider


YouTube News

Tax-Deductible Liquor: Mamrie Hart’s Boozy ‘Tubing

Rhett & Link tap into Mamrie Hart’s creative process on this week’s new “Ear Biscuits,” delving into the perks and pitfalls (there are few) of filming while intoxicated.


Playlist Live Brings You Rhett & Link…Live!

If you’re a fan of Rhett & Link’s daily podcast/show, “Good Mythical Morning,” you’re not going to want to miss their live broadcast of the show at this year’s Playlist Live in Orlando.


Defy Media Combines ‘Honest Trailers’ and Smosh Games for ‘Honest Game Trailers’

How’s this for synergy: Defy Media, which you know by now is the company formed by the Alloy Digital and Break Media merger, is pulling two of its most popular properties together to launch a new show on Smosh Games called “Honest Game Trailers.”


Shocker: YouTube Tops Nielsen’s ‘Entertainment’ Rankings for January

In news that really shouldn’t surprise you, YouTube was the most popular “entertainment destination” for US web users in January, according to new data released by Nielsen. The video site reached just a hair under 110.7 unique visitors during the month. Visitors were also likely to come back, averaging 12 visits in January.


Canadian MCN BroadbandTV to Expand to the Persian Gulf

Vancouver-based BroadbandTV plans to expand its YouTube network to the Persian Gulf. The company will seek to partner with media companies in the region to manage their YouTube presence, including administering rights-management services for fan-uploaded content using their IP.


YouTube Brings Taco Bell, Ford, Visa to Brand Camp

This week a handful of brands including Ford, Visa and Taco Bell spent three days at YouTube’s Space LA production facility to study up on online video marketing. The workshop was the second installment of YouTube’s Brand Partner Program that was announced at Cannes last year. YouTube’s director of content strategy Jamie Byrne heads the Brand Partner Program and told us a bit about what’s involved.


Ray William Johnson Announces Date for Final Episode of ‘Equals Three’

Today, Ray William Johnson announced the final date for his popular “Equals Three” YouTube show on his Facebook page, and it’s a lot sooner than anyone had thought or hoped.

This Wednesday, March 12, “Equals Three” will see its final episode go public on Johnson’s main YouTube channel.


Media News

Mark Duplass Produces Indie Web Series with Principato-Young

Acclaimed indie filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass (“The Puffy Chair”) have partnered with actress Jennifer Lafleur on a new independently-produced comedy web series called “Wedlock”.


SXSW Loves Online Video: A Highlighted Schedule of Events

With South by Southwest kicking off now in Austin, we thought we’d draw up a list of must-see events for our online video fans. Whether you’re YouTube-obsessed or simply interested in the course of new media, the following might be worth checking out this coming week at SXSW.


Science Channel Picks Up TV Show Based on Facebook Hit ‘I F–king Love Science’

Discovery’s Science Channel has greenlit a show based on the popular Facebook page I F–king Love Science. Created by British biology student Elise Andrew, the Facebook page celebrates all things science, and has amassed more than 10 million “likes”/fans since launching three years ago. The series, which will debut in the fourth quarter, will translate Andrew’s love of science to the biggest screen in the house.



Here Are the Winners of the 2014 Subway Fresh Artists Filmmakers Program

As they have done for the past three years, My Damn Channel, Subway, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Content & Co. are using South by Southwest as a platform to showcase branded content created by young filmmakers on behalf of the national sandwich chain.


BBC Wants to Turn BBC3 into an Online-Only Channel in 2015

BBC is planning to turn its youth-skewing BBC3 linear channel into an online-only service in 2015 in an effort to save costs and reach younger audiences where they are increasingly watching content.


Vimeo Introduces to Curated Content Collections to Vimeo On Demand

Vimeo is rolling out a redesigned Vimeo On Demand section, which now features curated collections from brand and media content partners including Patagonia, Slamdance, and Oscilloscope Laboratories.



Vimeo sticks to its no-ads approach

For most platforms, the how-to-make-money question is answered by advertising. Not so for Vimeo. The 10-year-old video-sharing platform has built a business by eschewing advertising, choosing instead to make money by providing premium services to its community of video creators. That’s a bold approach, considering its giant rival YouTube built the digital video advertising business, which generated an estimated $5.6 billion last year, according to eMarketer.



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