Monday 7.15: News to Know

/ Jul 15, 2013


Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before: Hulu Owners Say ‘Nah’

It’s 2011 all over again as Hulu’s trio of owners, 21st Century Fox, Disney, and Comcast, have decided to not sell the video service to any of its suitors. Instead, they will put $750 million into the video company to “propel future growth,” according to the announcement.





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Opinions & Analysis

How Comcast Became the Biggest Winner in Hulu’s Failed Sale

Hulu isn’t getting sold after all, and its owners have jointly announced that they’re going to invest $750 million in the service instead. That’s great news for at least one company: Hulu’s silent co-owner Comcast.


Why Disney, Fox Decided to Keep Hulu – And How Big Were Those Bids?

Disney and Fox didn’t decide to keep Hulu because they couldn’t get the bids they wanted for the streaming service. It was because the bids were so good that they stepped back and reconsidered.

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How Can Web Video Have a ‘Sharknado’ Moment?

What “Sharknado” brought into relief, though, was an issue for the web video world that’s becoming increasingly prominent: How might digitally-distributed content — especially narrative content — have a zeitgeist moment like that?


How to Get to the Top of YouTube

You’ve seen the awesome statistics that accompany each video on YouTube. Some folks can post a video in one day and see millions of views within a week. Others get only a handful to tune in. How and why does this happen? And what can small businesses, fledgling producers and all-around hams do to increase their numbers?

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Streaming Video News

Netflix’s Next Big Premiere Comes Next Week, At Movie Theaters

Netflix is big with kids (and their parents). But so far all of the big original shows Netflix has produced/bought for itself have been grown-up-only affairs: Not a lot of family-friendly stuff happens in “House of Cards” or “Orange Is the New Black.” But that changes at the end of the year. That’s when Netflix starts running “Turbo: F.A.S.T.”, a series from DreamWorks Animation, based on DreamWorks’ “Turbo,” which debuts at the box office next week.


Orange Is the New Black Confirms: Netflix is the New HBO

The fourth of Netflix’s high-profile original series to be released this year has established the service as more than just a online repository of B-movies. It also happens to be really good.


Japan’s Rakuten to Take on Netflix, Amazon’s LoveFilm in Europe

Japanese e-commerce group Rakuten is going head-to-head with VOD giants Netflix and Amazon’s LoveFilm in Europe, announcing plans to roll out its video streaming service across the continent during the next two years.


Machinima Streams Fan-Made Short Films Based on ‘Fallout,’ ‘Minecraft,’ Other Video Games

Machinima has launched a series of short films based on videogame franchises ”Minecraft,” “Fallout,” “Half-Life” and “League of Legends.” First short, “Fallout Nuka Break – Red Star” bowed today on the site, which has scored in the past as the exclusive platform for live action series based on “Halo” and “Mortal Kombat.”


Add a Media Player to Help Cut the Cable Cord

If you’re a cord cutter who still wants to watch TV on your giant screen in your living room, you need a set-top box to get your favorite content right where you want it. Before you panic over adding yet another gadget to your living room, we’ll start by saying that you can spend as little as $50 to add streaming services to your television — though you may also find that you already have a gadget that can do the job.

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YouTube News

DC Has Uploaded Tons of DC Nation Animated Shorts to YouTube

If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch DC Nation on Cartoon Network, you can now watch tons of the show’s greatest shorts, including Super Best Friends Forever, Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld, and World’s Funnest. Bleeding Coolspotted they massive upload to the <a>DC Comics channel on YouTube</a> this week. Some of these have appeared online before, but it’s nice to see them online at a decent quality from DC itself.


The Art and Science of YouTube Networks

Over the last several years, we’ve seen a growing proliferation of multichannel networks (MCNs) pop up on YouTube, all of which are seeking to aggregate channels and audience in an effort to boost viewership and better monetize the videos that creators make. While the end goal — more viewers, more money — is the same for each of them, how they get to that place can differ significantly.



Media News

Filmmaker Claims Netflix Committed ‘Most Egregious Act Ever’ by Distributor

The video-on-demand service allegedly allowed people to save the movie “Suing the Devil” for later watching, but never had any intention of actually delivering it.



Digital Music News

New VEVO Series Features Bands Covering ‘Unexpected’ Songs

VEVO has launched a new original music series, “Unexpected Covers”, which will feature bands covering a song you wouldn’t expect them to.


Gangnam Style Is One Year Old, And Music Is Forever Different

Gangnam Style came out a year ago today. I still remember exactly where I was the first time I heard (and saw) Gangnam Style. It was at my desk, in front of a computer. Not very exciting, I know. But it was probably a pretty common way to experience it–on the computer. A decade ago, that wouldn’t have been true. Songs and videos spread the old fashioned way, on radio and TV. Today’s different, and it means that something completely unlikely–like a portly K-Pop star–can hit in never before imagined ways.


Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Pulls Music from Spotify in Protest

Brit alt-rock artist Thom Yorke of Radiohead has pulled his solo album and side-project Atoms for Peace from Spotify, and took to Twitter to blast the streaming music service’s terms as exploiting musicians. “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will (not) get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it,” Yorke tweeted.


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Creator Profiles

Business of Beauty: Rachel Talbott, A Pro On and Off YouTube

Watch any of Rachel Talbott’s videos on YouTube, and you’ll notice the ease with which she talks to her audience. She is a natural. That’s not to say other YouTube beauty gurus have a problem with this — they wouldn’t be where they are today if they did not know what they were talking about — but in Talbott’s case, she comes off as a true beauty and fashion pro. Which is an apt description of who Talbott is — just look at her resume.


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