Monday 3.16.15: News to Know

/ Mar 16, 2015

Digital video industry news today

South By Southwest Tackles TV as AOL, Yahoo Invade Living Rooms

South by Southwest, the annual festival for movies, music and technology that begins today in Austin, Texas, is tackling a subject that’s vexed the most successful media executives: the future of television.




Opinions & Analysis

Live Streaming Is All The Rage. But How Will Twitter Monitor It?

There’s no doubt that Twitter, despite all its positive use cases, can be a very vile place. The company has struggled in the past to stop things like harassment and bullying on the platform, and last month CEO Dick Costolo sent an internal memo around to the staff saying “We suck at dealing with abuse.”



Can Meerkat Claw its Way to the Top of the Live-streaming Video Apps?

If you haven’t heard of Meerkat yet, let me quickly bring you up to speed. Meerkat is an app that was developed to work solely with Twitter to bring live video to the service.

Reel SEO


The Most Creative Uses for Meerkat, SXSW’s Hottest App

If you feel like the press coverage from this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) event sounds more like an Animal Planet show than a tech event, you’re not alone.



How Meerkat can still make SXSW a springboard for success after Twitter cut its access to social graph

As South by Southwest (SXSW) kicked off this week, one of the hottest pastimes was live-streaming video with the new app Meerkat. But Friday, Twitter shut off Meerkat’s access to its social graph, meaning that new users of the app have to manually find people to follow, and other users will have to manually follow them.



Deals & Signings

Capital Gains: Twitter Buys a Live Streaming Video Service Periscope and More

Twitter bought the live streaming video company Periscope, Alibaba invested $200 million in Snapchat and here’s the rest of the funding news from Silicon Valley:


The Wrap

Tech Crunch


Meerkat Takes on SXSW as Twitter Jumps Into Live-Video Craze

Ben Rubin is riding an enviable wave of popularity that most startup founders dream about. The 27-year-old former architectural student is behind the latest hit app that Silicon Valley’s tech elite can’t get enough of: Meerkat, which allows users to live-stream video to their Twitter




Twitter only gave Meerkat 2 Hours’ Notice before Cutting Access to the Social Graph

Ben Rubin, the cofounder of the streaming social video app Meerkat, had just arrived at SXSW in Austin, Texas, started handing out bright yellow T-shirts, and was enjoying his app’s massive buzz when he got the call. It was from Twitter: They wanted to let him know that Meerkat’s access to the Twitter graph was being limited within the next two hours.

Fast Company


Orange Set to Enter Talks With PCCW to Sell Dailymotion Stake

Orange SA is set to enter exclusive talks with Hong Kong-based PCCW Ltd. to sell a stake of about 49% in Dailymotion, according to people familiar with the matter, after years of trying to sell a stake in the video-streaming site.



Streaming Video News enters the live video streaming fray at SXSWS

It’s funny how similar ideas come along from different places at the same time. Just as Foursquare and Gowalla emerged the solve the same problem back in 2009, a crop of live mobile video streaming startups have been catching people’s attention of late.

The Next Web


‘Seinfeld’ Close To Streaming Video Deal

Seinfeld is looking to follow in the footsteps of former Must See TV companion Friends with a rich SVOD deal. Sony Pictures TV, which is distributing Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David’s classic sitcom, has taken the show’s 180 episodes to streaming services.



Tech Crunch

Business Insider

The Hollywood Reporter



SXSW: Netflix Nabs Global Rights for Hannah Fidell’s ‘6 Years’

Netflix has picked up filmmaker Hannah Fidell’s “6 Years” at SXSW, and will debut the feature-length drama globally later this year.

Video Ink


‘Halo: Nightfall’ Expands to the UK, 90 Other Countries

Fans of “Halo” in the UK and some 90 other countries will be able to buy or rent the latest feature film based on Microsoft‘s hit gaming franchise starting this week.

Video Ink


Meerkat CEO: 20% of its users watch 2 hours of video daily

Barely 16 days after launch, Meerkat is on a roll, CEO Ben Rubin says. The 27-year-old former architecture student from Israel took the stage Sunday afternoon at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Tex. to promote Meerkat, the live-streaming app developed by his company Air.



Inside SXSW On, a New Streaming Network for the Music, Film, and Interactive Festival

SXSW has been offering digital video to fans over the past several years, from live-streamed concerts to interviews with performers.

Video Ink


Industry Highlights

Live video sharing apps are having a moment — just in time for SXSW

The sightings started late Thursday night. A man wearing a vibrant yellow T-shirt with a strange mongoose-like creature printed on it was spotted in the wild at Austin’s international airport.



Meerkat is a hot cat at SXSW; we talk to CEO Ben Rubin

Meerkat’s Ben Rubin is surprised by all the attention. The 27-year-old CEO behind the livestream-over-Twitter app known as Meerkat — the most buzz-worthy app so far at ​SXSW.

USA Today

New York Times


Live stream app Meerkat a Twitter sensation

Live streaming video from a smartphone may soon be known as “meerkatting” thanks to a new app that allows anyone with an iPhone to become a roving reporter.

Business Insider


SXSW Video highlights – squirrels, charge dogs & timelapse

At the South by Southwest festival here, we’ve seen everything from dogs that will deliver chargers for dead phones to human size squirrels. Here’s a collection of video highlights we’ve put together–so far.

USA Today


Grantland’s Serge Ibaka Documentary Nets SXSW Premiere, Digital Release

Grantland, the sports and culture site from ESPN and Bill Simmons, will premiere its first full-length documentary online in March.

Video Ink



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