Monday 4.28: News to Know

/ Apr 28, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Xbox’s Grand Experiment in Original Programming
A lot of eyes have been on Xbox Entertainment Studios ever since Microsoft’s console unit announced it was entering the original programming business.


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Streaming Video News
Netflix vs. Amazon, and the New Economics of Television
It’s been a busy week for the companies in the business of trying to revolutionize how we watch television. Netflix struck a deal to make its video streaming service available through set-top boxes offered by three cable companies; said it would raise its prices for new customers; and publicly objected to a planned merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

NY Times

Business Insider

Forbes Markets Rewind: Apple Shone While Amazon, Netflix Dragged
Stocks finished slightly in the red Friday after a number of earnings reports from major companies ushered in big value swings especially in the tech sector.


Netflix Strikes MSO Deal For Own Channel
Looking more like a regular TV network, Netflix has struck deals with a number of small multiple system operators and TiVo that will give the subscription video-on-demand service its own cable TV “channel.” Through TiVo set-top boxes in the U.S. on cable systems own by RCN, Atlantic Broadband and by Grande Communications, Netflix will get its own channel position — as well as its logo and name on TiVo’s electronic program guide.

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Now, there’s an idea: Netflix is looking to hire a P2P engineer
Is Netflix going to add P2P technology to its streaming service? A new job offer suggests that the company is at least looking into the possibility.


Deal Reached To Film ‘House Of Cards’ Season 3 In Maryland After All
In the end, they struck a tax credit deal that probably would have made Frank Underwood proud. Today Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and House Of Cards producers Media Rights Capital announced they have found a way to keep the Netflix series in the state for its upcoming third season.


NY Times

Aereo Updates
Aereo Is The Most Important Service That Nobody Should Use
Two years ago, I joined a growing population of TV watchers in cutting the cord from my cable company. I canceled my cable TV service from Time Warner and switched my plan to Internet only, which costs me about $40 per month.

Business Insider

YouTube News
Top Five Emerging Film/Studio Channels on YouTube
With data from Outrigger Media’s Emerging Talent Tracker tool, in partnership with DigitasLBi, here are the top five emerging film/studio channels on YouTube. As you’ll see, as Book mentioned above, there indeed is a passionate audience for big-budget projects, especially as we kick into the summer movie season.


Lindsey Stirling: Debuting Her New Album and Shattering Expectations
Entering the premises, one immediately takes note: There’s thunder in the halls of YouTube Space LA tonight. It’s a Tuesday, and the corridors of the digital platform’s creative HQ are reverberating with the strains of one wickedly precise violin. We’ve gathered at the Space to celebrate the release of Lindsey Stirling’s new album, “Shatter Me,” as well as the debut of her latest music video of the same name, which was also shot at the Space.


Media News
Conde Nast Entertainment Renews 21 Series from Its 2013 Slate
Last year was a big one for Conde Nast Entertainment, as the programming division launched and expanded a network of video channels for seven of its magazine brands (it’s grown to 10 channels in 2014, with the latest one for Allure).



BuzzFeed Video Thanks You for Sharing
It’s easy to write off BuzzFeed as a repository of lists and animated GIFs. But to do so is to underestimate one of new media’s most innovative brands — one that’s unafraid to experiment with all types of content. And the work it’s doing in the realm of video, as overseen by GM of video and VP of agency strategy Jonathan Perelman and EVP of video Ze Frank, is particularly intriguing.


Mobile Video Viewing Could Lead To Cord-Cutting
TV still reigns supreme for viewing video, but the second most popular venue for watching a show has become the mobile phone. In fact, more consumers are watching online video on their phones than on work or home computers, according to Experian’s recently released survey of cross-device usage. What’s more, Experian’s research indicates that the growing consumption of video on other devices is leading to cord-cutting.

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Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Next Time on Lonny’ Debuts Season 2 Trailer (Video)
Next Time on Lonny web series is back. This time, it’s being produced and distributed by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Productions and Maker Studios. Both companies boarded the project last November after witnessing the success of the independently-produced first season.

Hollywood Reporter

Vimeo CEO Seeks Growth Without Ads 

Vimeo, a video-sharing hub popular among independent filmmakers, is embarking on an expansion while shunning the lifeblood of many websites: advertising revenue. Vimeo bills itself as a higher-minded version of Google’s YouTube. The site allows people to post, share and view high-definition video.


AOL Boosts Video Reach with Microsoft Distribution Pact
AOL has reached a broad video-distribution deal with Microsoft, with content to be available across MSN and other Microsoft properties starting this summer.


Industry Highlights
Recap! VideoInk Presents…Understanding Analytics and Benchmarking Success
April 24th, VideoInk, alongside Big Screen Little Screen, Paul Kontonis, and Magnet Media presented: Understanding Analytics and Benchmarking Success. Which Metrics Matter?


2014 Webby Awards: And the Winners Are…
Zach Galifianakis, Jimmy Kimmel, the Jamaican Bobsled Team.



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