Monday 5.13: News to Know

/ May 13, 2013

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Streaming Video News

ABC Will Bring Live Television to MobileDevices Starting This Week

The New York Times reports that ABC will become the first network to live stream its local programming to users of its Watch ABC app starting this week. Beginning in New York and Philadelphia, the apps will receive a”live” button that allows viewers to tune in to live programming on their mobile devices. ABC’s move to live mobile TV follows an ongoing row between broadcast TV companies and streaming startup Aereo, after Aereo received a court victory allowing it to connect viewers to over-the-air broadcasts on web-connected devices. In response to Aereo, CBS invested in a streaming company called Syncbak, but ABC will be the first to strike with live service to mobile devices. As Variety reports, the live streaming service will only be available to customers who subscribe to pay-TV providers, and will be required to authenticate their accounts to access live TV.

(USAToday)

http://usat.ly/13RIVtr

 

(Variety)

http://bit.ly/163mc1B

 

(GigaOm)

http://bit.ly/13rDhiq

 

(MediaPost)

http://bit.ly/YEKNEP

 

(Verge)

http://bit.ly/16sEkSi

 

 

Digital Music News
First Music Video From Space 

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,”a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories. For those of you who spend your time in or near the water, Sony has a solution for all your communication needs: the Xperia ZR. According to Yonhap News Agency, Samsung has successfully developed technology for the fifth generation — that’s 5G — of mobile networks. And, lastly,Commander Chris Hadfield will soon be returning to Earth after five month saboard the International Space Station, and he decided to record the video before the journey home.

(Variety)

http://bit.ly/13S1DB6

 

(Mashable)

http://on.mash.to/YQFTqH

 

 

Aereo Updates
Aereo Eliminates Unpopular Daily, ANnual Pricing Plans

Internet TV startup Aereo, which broadcasters accuse of illegally poaching their TV signals, is streamlining pricing optionsto just two plans and scrapping the apparently unpopular per-day and annual options. Aereo is keeping the base plan of $8 per month, which includes 20 hours of DVR storage, and the $12 monthly option which triples DVR storage to60 hours (previously 40). Aereo has not disclosed how many paying subscribers ithas signed up in New York. The startup is expanding into Boston,with an invite-only period starting May 15, and expects to roll out to 20 other U.S. markets later in the year. Broadcasters have been trying to shut down Aereo, whose major backer is IAC chairman Barry Diller, since it launched in New York City last spring. The company claims it’s simply facilitating Americans’ right to free over-the-air TV, hosting teeny-tiny antennas at its data centers and slinging live and recorded video to users’ devices.

(Variety) 

http://bit.ly/13dZVHm

 

Media News

The FineBros Renew ‘MyMusic’ For a Second Season

Benny andRafi Fine, known on the web (and probably in real life) as The Fine Brothers,have begun work on the second season of “MyMusic,” a “transmedia” sitcom thatfollows the shenanigans taking place at a successful music studio. The secondseason brings back the full cast from the first season, including Adam Busch(“Men at Work”) and Grace Helbig (“Daily Grace”), as well as new additions LeeNewton and Paul Butcher (“Zoey 101”). Production is already underway, withplans for a mid-to-late summer launch. A transmedia sitcom in the truest sense,“MyMusic” encompasses aYouTubeoriginal channel (partof the video giant’s ongoing programming initiative), a second YouTube channel offering ancillary content, and abunch of custom social media accounts for the fictional characters at the heartof the show.

(Adweek)
http://bit.ly/16uzC6u

(VideoInk) 

http://bit.ly/19j2yej

 

Netflix 

Netflix Nets Disney and Pixar TitlesFor the UK and Ireland, Including Ratatouille, Wall-E and Dumbo

Netflix has announced it’s addinga slew of Disney and Pixar films to its online streaming service in the UK andIreland, including Ratatouille, Wall-E, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Piratesof the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. The deal also sees Disney classicssuch as Dumbo and The Aristocats added to its roster. While these titles areavailable now, Netflix has also announced that it will be adding a selection of“exclusive” titles from Disney, Marvel and Dreamworks SKG (whose films aremarketed and distributed by Disney) in the coming months, including The Help,War Horse, People Like Us and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Fromnext year, it will also add Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, John Carter, and TheMuppets.

 

(TNW) 

http://tnw.co/13st70V

 

 

Opinions & Analysis

What Do ‘Shopping-Haul’ Viral Videos Have ThatYours Don’t?

Hint: It’s not artwork or high productionvalues.

(AdAge)

http://bit.ly/13t4ily

Do NewFronts Really Affect TV Pricing?

Scarcity is the problem.

(Adweek)

http://bit.ly/19j2fjU

 

 

The Haps With Apps

The Making of a Viral Vine Sensation: Find OutWhy Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal

It took another creative Ryan to come up witha Vine-powered combination of a spoonful of cereal and the Gos’ expressive mug.Here, the story behind the meme.

(Fast Co.)

http://bit.ly/10tS72G

 

 

YouTube Paid Subscription news

YouTube’s new subscription service: Stars notincluded

The world’s biggest video site says its paidservice is an experiment. Believe it.

(ATD)

http://dthin.gs/YEUtze

YouTube Wants You To Pay So You Can Have Moreof Everything

Pay Channels are a small start to somethingbig.

(AdAge)

http://bit.ly/12ucJuw

YouTube’s New Pay Channels Go From Campy to Kids

Roger Corman’s campy Bmovies, children’s shows like “Sesame Street” and “InspectorGadget,” and inspirational monologues by celebrities – these are among theofferings on 30 channels that will soon require a paid monthly subscription onYouTube.

(AP)

http://apne.ws/11Yhz2v

 

 

Media news

NBC Cancels News Magazine ‘Rock Center’ 

NBC has pulled the plug on “RockCenter,” the prime-time news magazine hosted by “Nightly News”anchor Brian Williams, after just two seasons, the network said late Friday.

(LATimes)

http://lat.ms/14hxgnh

 

Videos to watch right now

The ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Trailer isHere

 

(Business Insider)

http://read.bi/13t7HRc

 

Events

Oakland hosts 2nd Internet Cat Video Festival(and Grumpy Cat, too)

(LATimes)

http://lat.ms/19jgpkV

Opinions & Analysis

What Do ‘Shopping-Haul’ Viral Videos Have ThatYours Don’t?

Hint: It’s not artwork or high productionvalues.

(AdAge)

http://bit.ly/13t4ily

Do NewFronts Really Affect TV Pricing?

Scarcity is the problem.

(Adweek)

http://bit.ly/19j2fjU

 

 

The Haps With Apps

The Making of a Viral Vine Sensation: Find OutWhy Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal

It took another creative Ryan to come up witha Vine-powered combination of a spoonful of cereal and the Gos’ expressive mug.Here, the story behind the meme.

(Fast Co.)

http://bit.ly/10tS72G

 

 

YouTube Paid Subscription news

YouTube’s new subscription service: Stars notincluded

The world’s biggest video site says its paidservice is an experiment. Believe it.

(ATD)

http://dthin.gs/YEUtze

YouTube Wants You To Pay So You Can Have Moreof Everything

Pay Channels are a small start to somethingbig.

(AdAge)

http://bit.ly/12ucJuw

YouTube’s New Pay Channels Go From Campy to Kids

Roger Corman’s campy Bmovies, children’s shows like “Sesame Street” and “InspectorGadget,” and inspirational monologues by celebrities – these are among theofferings on 30 channels that will soon require a paid monthly subscription onYouTube.

(AP)

http://apne.ws/11Yhz2v

 

 

Media news

NBC Cancels News Magazine ‘Rock Center’ 

NBC has pulled the plug on “RockCenter,” the prime-time news magazine hosted by “Nightly News”anchor Brian Williams, after just two seasons, the network said late Friday.

(LATimes)

http://lat.ms/14hxgnh

 

Videos to watch right now

The ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Trailer isHere

 

(Business Insider)

http://read.bi/13t7HRc

 

Events

Oakland hosts 2nd Internet Cat Video Festival(and Grumpy Cat, too)

(LATimes)

http://lat.ms/19jgpkV

NewsJam for May 13, 2013



Streaming Video News

ABC Will Bring Live Television to MobileDevices Starting This Week

The New YorkTimes reports that ABC will become the first networkto live stream its local programming to users of its Watch ABC app startingthis week. Beginning in New York and Philadelphia, the apps will receive a”live” button that allows viewers to tune in to live programming ontheir mobile devices. ABC’s move to live mobile TV follows an ongoingrow between broadcastTV companies and streaming startup Aereo, after Aereo received a court victoryallowing it to connect viewers to over-the-air broadcasts on web-connecteddevices. In response to Aereo, CBS invested in a streaming company called Syncbak, but ABC will be thefirst to strike with live service to mobile devices. As Variety reports, the livestreaming service will only be available to customers who subscribe to pay-TVproviders, and will be required to authenticate their accounts to access liveTV.

 

(USAToday)

http://usat.ly/13RIVtr

 

(Variety)

http://bit.ly/163mc1B

 

(GigaOm)

http://bit.ly/13rDhiq

 

(MediaPost)

http://bit.ly/YEKNEP

 

(Verge)

http://bit.ly/16sEkSi

 

 

Digital Music News
First Music Video From Space 

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,”a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digitalworld. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories. Forthose of you who spend your time in or near the water, Sony has a solution forall your communication needs: the Xperia ZR. Accordingto Yonhap News Agency,Samsung has successfully developed technologyfor the fifth generation — that’s 5G — of mobile networks. And, lastly,Commander Chris Hadfield will soon be returning to Earth after five monthsaboard the International Space Station, and he decided to record thevideo before the journeyhome.

(Variety)

http://bit.ly/13S1DB6

 

(Mashable)

http://on.mash.to/YQFTqH

 

 

Aereo Updates
Aereo Eliminates Unpopular Daily, ANnual Pricing Plans

Internet TV startup Aereo, which broadcastersaccuse of illegally poaching their TV signals, is streamlining pricing optionsto just two plans and scrapping the apparently unpopular per-day and annualoptions. Aereo is keeping the base plan of $8 per month, which includes 20hours of DVR storage, and the $12 monthly option which triples DVR storage to60 hours (previously 40). Aereo has not disclosed how many paying subscribers ithas signed up in New York. The startup is expanding into Boston,with an invite-only period starting May 15, and expects to roll out to 20 otherU.S. markets later in the year. Broadcasters have been trying to shut downAereo, whose major backer is IAC chairman Barry Diller, since it launched inNew York City last spring. The company claims it’s simply facilitatingAmericans’ right to free over-the-air TV, hosting teeny-tiny antennas at itsdata centers and slinging live and recorded video to users’ devices.

(Variety) 

http://bit.ly/13dZVHm

 

 

IndustryHighlights

Breaking: MakerStudios Lays Off Multiple Employees

According to a fewvery credible sources with knowledge of the matter, Maker Studios laid offmultiple employees recently. As someof your may know, Maker has been going through a lot lately, with Ray William Johnson threatening lawsuit over release of his Adsense account and CEO Danny Zappin stepping down andreplaced by former company chairman Ynon Kreiz.

 

(NMR) 

http://bit.ly/17fD4lA

Media News

The FineBros Renew ‘MyMusic’ For a Second Season

Benny andRafi Fine, known on the web (and probably in real life) as The Fine Brothers,have begun work on the second season of “MyMusic,” a “transmedia” sitcom thatfollows the shenanigans taking place at a successful music studio. The secondseason brings back the full cast from the first season, including Adam Busch(“Men at Work”) and Grace Helbig (“Daily Grace”), as well as new additions LeeNewton and Paul Butcher (“Zoey 101”). Production is already underway, withplans for a mid-to-late summer launch. A transmedia sitcom in the truest sense,“MyMusic” encompasses aYouTubeoriginal channel (partof the video giant’s ongoing programming initiative), a second YouTube channel offering ancillary content, and abunch of custom social media accounts for the fictional characters at the heartof the show.

 

(VideoInk) 

http://bit.ly/19j2yej

 

 

Netflix 

Netflix Nets Disney and Pixar TitlesFor the UK and Ireland, Including Ratatouille, Wall-E and Dumbo

Netflix has announced it’s addinga slew of Disney and Pixar films to its online streaming service in the UK andIreland, including Ratatouille, Wall-E, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Piratesof the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. The deal also sees Disney classicssuch as Dumbo and The Aristocats added to its roster. While these titles areavailable now, Netflix has also announced that it will be adding a selection of“exclusive” titles from Disney, Marvel and Dreamworks SKG (whose films aremarketed and distributed by Disney) in the coming months, including The Help,War Horse, People Like Us and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Fromnext year, it will also add Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, John Carter, and TheMuppets.

 

(TNW) 

http://tnw.co/13st70V

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