Monday 3.2.15: News to Know

/ Mar 2, 2015

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YouTube Music Awards 2015 Winners Unveiled, Picked by Big Data

Google site to feature exclusive music videos from Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX and others on March 23, produced by Vice Media


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Opinions & Analysis

How Video Creators Have Explored the Cool and Weird Corners of VR

You can see almost any major video trend imaginable reflected in YouTube videos. As the buzz for virtual reality gets louder, YouTubers and other digital media brands have naturally picked up on it (it’s what they do best), and the numbers show just how much word on VR has recently been spreading.



So When Will Virtual Reality Reach the Masses? The End of 2016?

We’ve established that interest in virtual reality is growing, but it’s difficult to say how much. Sales of VR headsets haven’t exactly been through the roof (most aren’t even available to consumers yet), and more content is being announced, it seems, than it is being seen.



How Media Rights Capital Built Its ‘House of Cards’

As you should be very well aware of by now, the second season of Netflix and Media Rights Capital’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series, “House of Cards,” debuts today.



Meerkat Is The Livestreaming App Twitter Should Have Built

Everything’s more interesting if it’s happening right now. Jokes seem funnier when you hear them in person. A dense political debate becomes captivating when watched live on TV. Real-time performances carry a peculiar vividness and urgency you can’t get from something that already happened, even if it was just minutes or seconds ago.



Meet Ad Age’s 2015 40 Under 40

This year’s class of achievers have many varied accomplishments, but they all share one trait: They are smart forward-thinkers who will be driving the business for years to come.



YOUTUBE ADRIFT: The world’s biggest video platform risks losing its dominance

YouTube is, and has for many years, been the the dominant video platform on the web. But there are signs that dominance could soon be waning, with its apparent reluctance to act quickly to adapt to new viewing trends.

Business Insider


Streaming Video News

Dailymotion: the French Online Video Champion Is 10 Years Old — Like YouTube

Does YouTube have any real rivals? Let’s forget Facebook, Snapchat, and other social networks breaking through in the online video space for a minute. Google does have strong competitors in this field – interestingly enough, they were created at about the same time YouTube was launched. And there’s more: one of them is French!



Inability To Skip Commercials Frustrates VOD Owners

Although video on demand is a big benefit to many TV viewers, one element of VOD activity remains a frustration: Not being able to skip through commercials. A new report reveals that 41% of those surveyed say having the fast-forward function disabled on VOD is a major “frustration,” per Hub Entertainment Research.



‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Pirated, With China Top Country for Downloaders

“House of Cards” is a global franchise — and the political drama is popular in many countries where Netflix isn’t yet available, prompting a surge in piracy downloads for the just-released season three.



YouTube News

5 Emerging TV Channels on YouTube

Just as movie trailers have become a major staple on YouTube, so TV series are using the video platform to promote their upcoming episodes and offer big fans a little something extra between episodes and even seasons.



Industry Highlights

Yahoo TV Converts to Tumblr-Based Digital Magazine Format

The new Yahoo TV digital magazine is the 11th title in the format to launch since January 2014, which include destinations for technology, food, fashion and beauty coverage. Yahoo TV continues to provide daily video recaps of primetime and daytime TV on “TV in No Time” in the new design, which is supposed to marry the imagery of traditional print magazines with bite-sized stories, video and photos.



On the Eve of Turning 30, AOL Dials Up Mobile and Video: CEO Tim Armstrong tells us what the future holds

AOL is about to turn 30 years old. In May, the company that basically invented Web surfing hits this milestone—and yet somehow, despite its adulthood, finds itself at the very beginning of a whole new era. Yes, the once and future king of dial-up faces the daunting task of figuring out its mobile strategy.



Combined Endemol Shine Distribution Entity Gets Name; Exec Team Outlined

In December, 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management, joint owners of the newly-formed global TV giant Endemol Shine Group, said they would merge Shine International and Endemol Worldwide Distribution under CEO Cathy Payne. With a little over a month to go before the Mip-TV market in Cannes, the group has more clearly defined the operation, and given it a name: Endemol Shine International.



Samsung and Oculus refine Gear VR, and make it work with new S6 phones

Samsung and Oculus Rift (now owned by Facebook) said today they have made some refinements to their codesigned Gear VR Innovator Editionvirtual reality headset, and have made it compatible with Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 phones, which were also announced today.

Venture Beat


Google confirms plans to become a virtual mobile network

Sundar Pichai, Senior VP at Google and the man who heads up Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, has confirmed the long-standing rumors that it was planning to enter the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) space in the U.S.

Venture Beat


HTC Wanders Into Virtual-Reality Gear: In Barcelona, smartphone maker unveils Vive headset

HTC Corp. is entering the world of virtual reality, part of the smartphone maker’s efforts to diversify its product line to boost sales.




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