Monday 7.14: News to Know

/ Jul 14, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Yahoo Acquires Israeli Video Startup RayV

Yahoo has officially announced its acquisition of RayV, a mobile and online video streaming startup based in Israel. Per the deal, Yahoo will welcome the company’s founders, Omer Luzzatti and Ofer Shem-Tov, at its center in Tel Aviv, along with several other RayV employees. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.








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Out of Focus: The Digital Gap Between Online Video and Sales

Compelling evidence suggests that video is playing an increasingly pivotal role in consumer decision-making – and hence online video marketing should be a major focus of our advertising and marketing budgets.Among the tsunami of data is a recent report demonstrating how shoppers are 73% more likely to buy a product featured in a video. Work by Forrester Research reinforces this trend, highlighting how one minute of video equates to 1.8 million words — that’s the equivalent of 3,600 typical web pages.



YouTube is Now Bigger Than Facebook in the U.S.

Last week, I knocked out a quick post entitled, “Bring Your Team to the 2014 Reel Video Summit.” After Carla Marshall had edited and published it on ReelSEO, she sent me a short email. It said, “There was a line in it that I really liked and thought would make for an excellent Monday post from you (hint): YouTube has grown to become the second largest social media site and the second most-used platform for searching. You up for that?” Now, when your Managing Editor drops a hint, you know that the right answer is: “Yes.” Especially, after she’s put the line in bold on ReelSEO. But, what’s the new news?



By Disrupting Disruption Netflix Reveals New Investing Strategy

Netflix’s tremendous success with consumers and investors points the way to a simple investment strategy: consider buying stock in companies whose CEOs actively lead the transition to a disruptive technology — rather than hiving it off in a separate subsidiary to attack the parent as Clayton Christensen advises.



Experimental hack brings Chromecast mirroring to additional Android devices

News that Chromecast now officially supports Android screen mirroring got a lot of people very excited this week — followed by disappointment by some who had to find out that their Android device isn’t officially supported yet.



TCA: Amazon Studios And How They’re Winging It With Streaming Series

After presenting a slew of series panels for its upcoming series and a sizzle reel for its pilots, director of Amazon Studios Roy Price was bombarded with questions by the press at the Beverly Hilton about Amazon Prime‘s avant garde pilot process and overall strategy as a streaming network.


Streaming Video News

Hulu Renews ‘East Los High,’ Nabs Exclusive Rights to ‘South Park’

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, Hulu announced that it has ordered a third season of Latino original series “East Los High” and obtained exclusive streaming rights to all seasons of the animated hit “South Park.”






Hulu Renews ‘East Los High’ for Third Season

Hulu is headed back to high school. The streaming service has renewed racy teen drama East Los High for a third season.



‘South Park’ to Stream Exclusively on Hulu Plus

Hulu continues to bulk up its library of content with an exclusive multiyear deal to stream the entire South Park catalog.



Amazon Provides TV-Sized Budgets as ‘Transparent’ Marks Transition From TV to Online

Is moving online the new moving to TV? For a decade, film actors, writers and directors have moved to television while explaining that TV is where some of the best work is. Now they’re moving online, again praising the creative freedom of their new medium. The cast and creator of Amazon’s “Transparent” say it’s been a very easy transition. Sundance Best Director winner Jill Soloway, who created the series, says Amazon has given her the biggest budget she’s ever had. The series focuses on a Los Angeles family whose patriarch, Jeffrey Tambor, transitions to a woman. Tambor and co-star Gaby Hoffman say the tech world pays every bit as well as Hollywood.



TCA: Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ Cast Bristle At Talk Of Taking Less Pay For Creative Freedom

When Amazon brought its new comedy series Transparent to Summer TV Press Tour 2014 today — it’s from Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under and United States of Tara), and explores the family dynamic when three adult siblings (Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffman) learn their father (Jeffrey Tambor) is a transwoman — one TV critic wanted to discuss Tambor wearing dresses.




TCA: Amazon’s ‘Alpha House’ Creator Garry Trudeau Has No Idea How Many People Watching

Alpha House creator Garry Trudeau has no idea how many people are watching the Amazon streamed program.



Amazon Explores New Distribution Methods, Teases Third Pilot Slate

Amazon Studios is becoming more surefooted as it prepares to launch its third slate of pilots to viewers next month.



Chris Carter Modeling Amazon’s ‘The After’ With 99-Episode Goal

Chris Carter has big plans for Amazon Studios’ The After.

The X-Files creator is modeling his latest sci-fi drama, which currently has an eight-episode order, with a bold 99-episode plan. You heard that right: 99episodes.



Crackle Locks August Premiere for Summer Glau-Starring ‘Sequestered’

Crackle will debut “Sequestered,” a new original series from creator Aaron Tracy, on Tuesday, August 5. Described as a “sophisticated, intense thriller,” the series follows a jury sequestered in a hotel while deliberating a high-profile kidnapping-and-murder case.






Yahoo and Live Nation Ready to Roll, Unveil Initial Lineup of Daily Concerts

At its DCNF presentation in late April, Yahoo announced a partnership with concert presenter Live Nation Entertainment to live-stream a full concert every day for an entire year. A few months later, the companies are ready to roll.

Yahoo has announced the initial lineup of concerts set to stream on the official Live Nation channel on Yahoo Screen, beginning with “A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band” from Jacksonville on July 15. Other artists confirmed for the channel include Usher, Gavin DeGraw, Common, Three Days Grace, The Fray, and more. (A full list of confirmed artists is available at the bottom of the post.)



Hollywood’s worst nightmare just got worse, as Popcorn Time’s Android app gets Chromecast support

Torrent-streaming platform Popcorn Time already has the movie industry quaking in its proverbial boots, with a cross-platform service that streams video content via torrents in real-time. It’s like Netflix, except its peer-to-peer (P2P), offers infinitely more content, and has very questionable legality. But with its latest update, things are being pushed to the next level.


The Haps With Apps

Tumblr and Vine, Together At Last!

Two of the most popular social media platforms of the moment are about to get together, and the results are sure to be spectacular. Yahoo-owned blogging platform Tumblr and Twitter-owned video app Vine are finally working hand in hand according to a tweet from Tumblr’s official Twitter account yesterday afternoon: “6 seconds of your life just got better. @Vineapp now works on Tumblr.



YouTube News

European MCN Mediakraft Raises $23M in New Financing

European MCN Mediakraft Networks has raised $23 million (about 16.5 million Euros) in a second round of financing led by Paris-based investment firm Iris Capital.




‘Weird Al’ Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic has been the king of parody for 30 years, outlasting and, in some cases, outselling the artists he’s sent up. He also mastered the genre pastiche — original songs that nail a famous artist’s style — long before Jimmy Fallon made the practice a viral phenomenon.



YouTube partners with SiriusXM satellite radio for an hour-long weekly music show featuring trending songs

YouTube today is launching an hour-long weekly show on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 channel featuring songs that are trending on the video-sharing site. The SiriusXM Hits 1 team will select songs based on the view counts established artists get over recent weeks, as well as percentage growth in views emerging artists see.



LG Teams Up With Bro-tastic YouTube Network for Content Marketing Campaign

Smartphone Maker Attempts to Claw Its Way Up in U.S. Market



 YouTube weighs funding efforts to boost premium content – sources

YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters, a move that could bolster a three-year-old multimillion-dollar effort that has had mixed success so far.



‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ Uploads YouTuber Anna Akana

YouTube host and actress Anna Akana is the latest online personality to jump to the big screen. She’s joined Sally Field and New Girl‘s Max Greenfield in the cast of Haven Entertainment and Red Crown’s Hello, My Name Is Doris, the indie comedy directed by Michael Showalter from his script with Laura Terruso.


This Is Not an Unreleased Bill Murray Movie That Leaked on YouTube

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a Bill Murray movie you’d never seen before, that had suddenly appeared, for free, on YouTube? Alas, there isn’t.


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Rooster Teeth’s ‘RWBY’ Actresses on the Show’s ‘Insane’ Popularity

A lot of big announcements were made this past week at RTX, Rooster Teeth’s annual gaming and internet culture convention held in Austin, Texas. And the majority of the announcements were related to the company’s sole anime title, “RWBY,” which has been out for only one season.



What If ‘True Blood’ Was an 80′s Sitcom?

When you think of the 80′s show “Cheers,” you probably think of a number of things, like all the customers yelling, “Norm!” upon his arrival, or Cliff Claven’s wise-man thoughts as he sips a beer, or, hey, maybe even the theme song. But…”True Blood”? Probably the last thing anyone thinks of.



With Tour de France Underway, Pluto.TV Rolls Out Cycling Channel

Pluto.TV, an impressively-backed startup focused on delivering online video content in a linear format, has launched a new channel dedicated to pro cycling — just as the sport’s Super Bowl, the Tour de France, gets underway.




Stand-Up Comedy Pilot to Debut on CTV Extend on July 15

“Joke or Choke,” a half-hour stand-up comedy special from executive producer Howie Mandel, will debut on CTV Extend on July 15. CTV Extend is an online video destination launched by Canadian broadcaster CTV in April. The platform includes a slew of original and companion digital series and one-off content, much like what CW Seed is for The CW in the US.



Bloomberg’s Paul Marcum Is Trying to Make Business Videos Go Viral He’s up for anything

MC: You started at Bloomberg in January as the global head of digital innovation. Why the shift to video?

PM: I joined at the latter part of Justin Smith’s (Bloomberg Media CEO) strategic planning to help look at all the digital opportunities that Bloomberg was facing. As we moved through that, we saw a tremendous opportunity for digital video.



Content Media

Vevo and McDonalds are teaming up again for the annual LIFT Live concert in Chicago on July 30, available across the music platform in August. The show will include performances from artists like Disclosure, Sam Smith, Phantogram and Kiesza. LIFT programming has earned more than 100 million views since launching in 2011.



Appeals Panel Digs In Against Google In ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Dispute

An appellate court has again rejected Google’s argument that it has a free speech right to continue to host the controversial clip “Innocence of Muslims.”

In a revised opinion issued on Friday, a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reiterated an order directing Google to remove the clip on the grounds that it potentially infringes the copyright of actress Cindy Lee Garcia.

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