Monday 3.23.15: News to Know
Netflix announces Australian pricing and content after Reddit leak
Netflix Australia has released its content catalogue and pricing a day out from its March 24 launch, after the details were leaked on reddit on Sunday. On Monday morning, the leaked pricing details were confirmed via a Netflix press release emailed to Mashable.
Opinions & Analysis
20 Top Gaming Franchises on YouTube, Starring Minecraft (Infographic)
The popularity of gaming on YouTube, and especially certain games (cough cough, Minecraft), is widely recognized. Still, putting (large) numbers to these names can be surprising, as videos revolving around games like Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto climb into the billions in a single month’s time.
‘Dead Rising’ Director on Why Video Games Are Perfect for Digital Entertainment
Hollywood director Zach Lipovsky got his first big break on Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett’s reality TV show, “On the Set.” More recently, he helmed WWE Films’ “Leprechaun: Origins.” Now he hopes he’s laid the groundwork for a new linear franchise based on Capcom’s “Dead Rising” zombie games.
5 Emerging Technology Channels on YouTube
With so many different tech products on the market, it can be pretty difficult to choose which ones to call your own. Furthermore, just because someone needs to use these products, it doesn’t mean she fancies herself an expert.
New Streaming TV Services Could Weirdly Help Comcast
News that Dish’s new Sling online TV service had already attracted more than 100,000 subscribers (at least on a trial basis) would seemingly be a bad thing for Comcast* and other cable companies, which have been fighting to stem the flow of cord-cutters.
Media Tech And Venture Capital
“You can’t get venture capital if you’re hiring people who make content.” Of all the people least likely to say those words, Jonah Peretti, chief executive of BuzzFeed, would have to be high on the list. But Peretti is no stranger to having people say exactly that to him. Looking for investment in his startup back in 2006, Peretti found that the mere mention of the word “content” was enough to scare VCs away.
Q&A: What Is Meerkat and Why Do Politicians Like It So Much?
Expect to hear a lot about Meerkat in the next few weeks, particularly from politicians. The app, named after the small animal from Africa that appears to stand on guard on its hind legs, makes live-streaming video easy — and it’s latest the new way to for politicians to show they are keeping up with the cool kids.
Will HBO, Showtime And Sony Find A Way Around The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules?
Perhaps, according to a Wall Street Journal story this morning that has a lot of people scratching their heads. Seems that HBO, Showtime, and Sony want their new, or planned, video streaming offerings to be classified as “managed” services, which would entitle them to special treatment — potentially at odds with the FCC’s new net neutrality rules.
Flow charts: Can you ditch cable?
The path to relaxing on your couch has never been such a brain exercise. But with Wednesday’s announcement of the Sony PlayStation VUE, and all-but-confirmed details about a new streaming TV service from Apple, now is the time to take a serious look at the potential money-saving benefits of cutting the cord, a.k.a. opting out of a cable subscription and instead signing up for an Internet service.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1H8jZQT
Cutting the Cord: A device to corral all of your content
An over-the-air antenna is a vital component for many cord-cutters.For those who don’t know, most local TV stations broadcast at least one HDTV channel — and sometimes additional digital TV channels — that you can capture with an antenna.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1LMmUFz
NCAA Slam Dunks Digital March Madness Ad Revenue
The NCAA Tournament is proving to be a cross-platform success as advertisers flock to digital streams of games and the social media traffic associated with the match ups. Bloomberg’s Shelby Holliday reports on “Bloomberg West.”
Deals & Signings
Meerkat, the live-streaming app that has Twitter going crazy, just raised $12 million
Meerkat, the app that lets you live stream video with the touch of a button, just closed a $12 million round of funding, TechCrunch’s Jordan Crook reports.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1Bj6h93
Streaming Video News
Netflix Debuts ‘Bloodline,’ a New Thriller from the Creators of ‘Damages’
Netflix has premiered “Bloodline,” a drama series from Sony Pictures Television and the creators of FX’s “Damages,” Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler.
Emmys to Netflix: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is a Drama, Not a Comedy
Netflix has long argued that Jenji Kohan’s prison dramedy “Orange Is the New Black” is a comedy series as far as awards shows are concerned. Unfortunately for the streaming service, the Television Academy does not agree.
USA Today http://usat.ly/18RY850
Mamrie Hart, Conde Nast to Embark on Second ‘#HeyUSA’ Adventure with Major YouTubers
Even though Grace Helbig has a talk show on E! to plan for, that’s not going to stop her frequent collaborator, Mamrie Hart, from traveling across the country to meet fans and get into interesting adventures.
NY Times and ‘Retro Report’ Provide ‘Slow Journalism’ in New Assisted Suicide Doc
As California determines the fate of its terminally ill patients with the End of Life Option Act, a bill supporting the legality of assisted suicide, it’s important to look back and understand the history behind this issue in the United States. Documentary news organization Retro Report wants to provide you with that history by releasing a documentary about Jack Kavorkian, his homemade suicide machine, and the lasting impact it’s had on this country
“Game of Thrones” to Live Stream Premiere in San Francisco
The U.S. premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” will be held at a palatial building in San Francisco, aptly suited for the television show about a mythical kingdom.
Relax, Bronies: ‘Pony’ is staying on Netflix
“Bronies,” rejoice! My Little Pony, Transformers and other animated Hasbro shows are getting a second life on Netflix. USA TODAY earlier reported that Netflix was dropping kids’ shows produced by Hasbro last month, when their contract came to an end.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1EHxNBV
StationDigital: Streaming Something New
StationDigital CEO Lou Rossi and Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson discuss the latest in streaming media with Bloomberg’s Alix Steel on “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)
Pinterest, Snapchat, BuzzFeed – here come tech’s multibillion-dollar babies
That immortal line, uttered in the film The Social Network by Justin Timberlake (playing Napster co-founder Sean Parker) to Jesse Eisenberg, playing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has become the standard for any startup seeking to make a mark on the world. If you’re not worth a billion dollars, why are you even trying?
Business Insider http://read.bi/1IivkyK
A Beginner’s Guide to Virtual Reality
Donning a headset to enter a 3-D world is no longer science fiction. Thanks to the Dodocase VR Pop-Up Viewer, Samsung Gear VR, and Zeiss VR one, virtual reality is now an easy-to-try—and eye-popping—trip.
Markiplier on the Art of the ‘Let’s Play’ Video on YouTube
It may seem like being a “Let’s Player” on YouTube is the easiest job in the world. All you have to do is record yourself playing videos games and talking about them, right? Though that’s certainly a big part of it, there’s a more intricate process that goes into the making of these videos. Mark Fischbach, aka Markiplier on YouTube, talked to Rhett & Link about what “Let’s Playing” really entails on “Ear Biscuits.”