Monday 6.23: News to Know

/ Jun 23, 2014

Digital video industry news today

This Firefox OS-powered streaming stick is Mozilla’s answer to Chromecast

A secretive new project aims to bring Chromecast-like media streaming to a Firefox-OS powered TV dongle. Check out an exclusive first look at a prototype of the device.


The Verge

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Opinions & Analysis

The Power Of Video — The Premier Communications Tool Of Today

The human mind has an inherent unfulfilled need for information and interaction.



Vice Has Many Media Giants Salivating, but Its Terms Will Be Rich

The digital disruption that is transforming the news and entertainment businesses has led to many odd alliances, but few seem more incongruous than one that would join Vice with a corporate media conglomerate. Though financing itself mostly by making videos in partnership with large corporations, Vice has assiduously cultivated an insurgent image, with its tattooed news correspondents, hand-held cameras and journalistic stunts like sending the former basketball player Dennis Rodman to North Korea.



How Vice Media Will Make $500 Million This Year

Earlier this month, Sky News reported that Vice Media was in talks to sell a major stake to Time Warner in a deal that would value the youth-focused digital-media company at $2.2 billion.

Business Insider


Beyond Viewability: Video Content Verification

Over the past several months there has been quite a bit of press coverage about video viewability, including two very in-depth articles in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. At the same time, lots of progress has been made by verification companies and ad networks to combat all kinds of video ad fraud, bot traffic and viewabilty issues.

Media Post


How marketers can navigate the new ‘over the top’ video ecosystem

Consuming video content is a very different experience today than it was five years ago, with many more options beyond traditional cable. For one, watching a video online is now a reliable, easy and truly mobile experience, due to the strength of broadband infrastructure. Content is now legally available over the Internet from a variety of “over the top” services (OTT), services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and Amazon Instant Video, to name a few.


Deals & Signings

LiveRail Opens Office In Germany, Names Benning MD

LiveRail, a video advertising supply-side platform (SSP), on Friday announced the opening of a new office in Hamburg, Germany. The company has appointed Christoph Benning as managing director, DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

Media Post


Netflix in Talks With Deutsche Telekom Ahead of German Launch 

Netflix is in advanced talks with German giant Deutsche Telekom over a possible marketing alliance ahead of Netflix’s launch in Germany this fall, according to a report in German magazine Manager.


Streaming Video News

Rosario Dawson Joins Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’

Marvel has cast Rosario Dawson its upcoming “Daredevil” TV series for Netflix. Known for her roles in movies like “Kids” and “Sin City,” Dawson will play a young woman whose quest to fix Hell’s Kitchen brings her face-to-face with Matt Murdock and his titular alter ego.





Amazon Orders Comedy Pilot from ‘Super Troopers’ Helmer Jay Chandrasekhar

Amazon Studios has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot from writer-director-actor Jay Chandrasekhar. It’s the third project to join Amazon’s upcoming pilot season, which also includes the previously-announced “Hand of God” and “The Cosmopolitan.”




Fox and WIGS Revive Unaired ‘Delirium’ Pilot on Hulu

Fox passed on “Delirium,” a TV series based on the bestselling young-adult novel from Lauren Oliver, in 2013. But now the pilot for the sci-fi drama, which stars Emma Roberts and Daren Kagasoff, is getting a second life on Hulu.




Netflix Plans to Order First Original Series for French Market

Ahead of its launch in France, Netflix is reportedly set to order an exclusive original series in France, according to news channel BFMTV’s website.



Jerry Seinfeld Has Become a Therapist to the Stars Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee sessions are pure entertainment gold

For all the talk about “premium video” online, few ad-supported Web series have made the case that their product is just as good as anything on TV as effectively as Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, brainchild of Jerry Seinfeld. The series has won Gold in the Programming Series category in Adweek’s first Watch Awards competition, which celebrates the best work and talent in online video.



Twitch now lets broadcasters notify YouTube viewers when they’re streaming live

Twitch announced today a new Live Annotations feature for YouTube that will let game broadcasters add a real-time notification to their YouTube videos when they’re live. The tie-in comes as a boon for Twitch creators, as it enables them to drive traffic to their live streams from their YouTube archives.





Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah Among 14 Cast Members Revealed for Netflix’s ‘Sense8′

Netflix has fleshed out the cast for its ambitious science fiction drama “Sense8,” created by J. Michael Straczynski (“Babylon 5,” “Changeling”) and executive produced by Straczynski and the Wachowskis (“The Matrix,” “Jupiter Ascending”). It includes alumni from “Lost,” “Stargate Universe,” “Doctor Who,” and “Cloud Atlas.”

The Wrap



Beau Willimon Refuses to Be Pinned Down on ‘House of Cards’

Creator of Netflix’s political drama talks with Emmy Wrap about flexible morality and characters that gain power from thinking outside of the box

The Wrap


Rakuten’s Video Service Wuaki Confirms UltraViolet And European Rollouts

One year after launching video streaming services in the UK, Wuaki, the streaming video service owned by e-commerce giant Rakuten, has confirmed  to TechCrunch that it has picked up 250,000 users in the UK, as well as a couple of key moves to compete better against streaming services from Amazon, Netflix and local players.



‘House of Cards’: Beau Willimon on Netflix’s Rule-Breaking Creativity

Beau Willimon’s “House of Cards” inexorably changed the television landscape when it premiered on Netflix in 2013 — establishing the streaming service as a major player in the scripted arena and forcing the entertainment industry to reexamine the very definition of a TV series.



Aereo Updates
Decision Time for Aereo! Supreme Decision Will (Probably) Come Next Week.

Public service announcement for people who like to spend time thinking about The Future Of TV and also The Future Of The Cloud: The Supreme Court’s Aereo decision will likely come next Monday. Or next Wednesday. Or next Thursday.


The Haps With Apps

Vuclip brings its mobile video app to iOS

Vuclip grew to 120 million users without an iPhone app — but this week, it announced to launch one anyway.



This App Allows You To Watch Entire Seasons Of TV Shows In 20 Minutes

No time to catch up on your favourite soap opera or the box set everybody is talking about? Now you can thanks to technology that can condense a film or television episode into two or three minutes. The “video summarization”, which takes just a minute to be “crunched” from a programme, can then be sent to your smartphone or iPad so you can catch up while you wait for the bus, or in your lunch break.

Business Insider

YouTube News

Scene + Heard: Invisalign Teen Sponsors DigiFest NYC

DigiFest NYC showcased some lively performances and unmarred smiles on June 7 with its Invisalign Teen sponsorship. As DigiTour events move west (San Francisco is up next; on June 22), teen stars like Coco Jones will travel with the stage. For now, we’ve got some pictures from the NYC installment, featuring the Cimorelli sisters and Our 2nd Life.



How to Make It on YouTube Electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling becomes one of its biggest stars

Getting people to watch videos online is difficult. After all, there’s no exact science. Or, is there? Electronic dance violinist, Lindsey Stirling, has it figured out and now everyone is taking notice.



How YouTubers Are Turning Digital Audiences into Real Life Ticket Sales

Earlier this week we reported on a major announcement by talented musician and longtime friend of NMR AJ Rafael. AJ revealed that despite his millions of views and 500,000+ subscribers, he was struggling to fill venues for live performances and as a result he would be putting his live performing career on indefinite hiatus. Why is it that some YouTubers are able to transform their online fame into lucrative performing careers, while others despite equally high subscriber counts, find their audience bound to digital platforms?


Media News

Here Come the Sloths: James Williams, EP of Animalist, Talks Sloth Week

Sloth Week begins today on Animalist (and at This means that the Discovery Digital Network’s channel will feature sloth-related programming for six days of slow-moving adorableness, ending on June 25. As part of the weeklong tribute, Animal Planet will also bring the sloths back to TV, where the show “Meet the Sloths” will return on Saturday, June 21, showcasing five sloths living on a Costa Rican Sloth Sanctuary.



Cristiano Ronaldo Docu-Film Premieres Exclusively on Vimeo

Vimeo has acquired global digital rights to “Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet,” a documentary about the famous Portuguese soccer star narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.



Dynamic Mobile Movie ‘Haunting Melissa’ to Return with Sequel

Horror movie producer Neal Edelstein (“The Ring,” “Mulholland Drive”) raised some eyebrows in 2013 when he distributed his latest project, “Haunting Melissa,” entirely on the iPhone and iPad.



Drones Are Creating Social Video Buzz From Cali to Cannes Content marketers are smitten with airborne robots

Dave Anderson, president of Captain Dave’s Whale Watching & Dolphin Safari, already had the video and social media chops to attract hundreds of thousands of YouTube views for his boat tours in Dana Point, Calif. Then he upped the ante, this year buying two video-equipped drones that he guided into the sky to capture jaw-dropping footage of marine mammals off the Pacific Coast.

Anderson’s first drone video amassed a whopping 8 million YouTube views, blowing earlier efforts out of the water and underscoring how easy and effective it is for social marketers to create content using airborne robots.



BBC launches a video news channel on Reddit in pursuit of further digital experimentation

The BBC has been testing out new ways of distributing news recently and its most recent addition comes in the form of a dedicated Subreddit and video news channel on the site.


Creator Profiles

Felicia Day Talks Gaming and Long-Form Content on ‘Ear Biscuits’

Felicia Day brought two major things to YouTube before the masses caught on. She told Rhett & Link about focusing on gaming and long-form series on this week’s “Ear Biscuits.”


The Guild’s Felicia Day Wrote Herself the Role of a Lifetime One of the original Web series got started when her acting career was stalling

Felicia Day’s dearly departed Web series The Guild started before anybody was really talking about the medium—it was a year before the world knew that lonelygirl15 was a work of fiction. But Day, the series’ sole writer for all six of its seasons, says the show was a vital outlet for her at a time when her career as an actress wasn’t offering much fulfillment.



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