Monday 7.22: News to Know

/ Jul 22, 2013



Aereo Will Expand Into Utah On August 19

Today Aereo, the live TV streaming/DVR service that brings content directly to any of your devices, at any time, has today announced its plans to launch service in Utah on August 19. Shortly after, the company has plans to launch service in Chicago on September 13.





Streaming Video News

Collective Digital Studio Looks For Web Series Breakout With VGHS 2

The online ad world is practically begging for media companies to market Web shows like the TV and movie businesses do. At the same time, the industry is also craving a breakout hit comparable to the biggest shows on TV. Collective Digital Studios believes it might be able to check both boxes with the second season of Video Game High School 2.



Netflix in the News

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is the Series Netflix Was Made For

At 13 episodes, you can finish the first season of Orange Is the New Black in less than 24 hours — and we recommend that you do watch at some point, if not all in one day. Orange Is the New Black is about a fictional women’s correctional facility, and as Netflix’s fifth original content series, it delivers on what Netflix has been promising all along: a new kind of show that thrives under the streaming programming model rather than being compromised by it.


With “Orange Is The New Black” Netflix Has Even Brighter Dreams Ahead

Netflix made history at Thursday’s nominations for this year’s Primetime Emmys, but the bulk of the nominations were for one show: “House of Cards.” So some on the impatient side questioned whether Netflix would have the depth to advance the ball farther down the field a year from now. Having taken in the 13-hour first season of “Orange Is the New Black” in the past 10 days, I can tell you that Netflix has got its second-down drama.


Netflix the “New HBO”? Get Real

Even before Netflix’s historic 14 Emmy nominations, including nine for acclaimed series “House of Cards,” there’s been chatter that Netflix is “the new HBO.” Well, no. If the suggestion is that Netflix is at parity with HBO in some way, that’s just not the case. 


TV Foresees Its Future. Netflix is There. 

Apple and Google were back making waves in the television world last week, with reports suggesting they were renewing efforts to use technology to transform the box in your living room.


Netflix Users Favor TV Over Movie Content

Networks looking to capture more dollars from Netflix and Amazon Prime appear to have a lot of runway ahead, according to new research. GfK data shows Netflix users preferred TV content to movies by a 77% to 23% margin. Amazon Prime had a greater spread at 79% to 21%. 

Media Post


Videos to Watch Right Now

30 Awesome Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were On Hulu

Hulu hitched its wagon to the TV train from the very beginning, but despite the fact that films aren’t its focus the service has slowly been amassing a collection of great movies over the years. The selection can’t quite compare to the gargantuan movie libraries of Netflix or Amazon, but if you sift through the sea of B-movies nobody’s ever heard of, you’ll definitely find a few gems that are worth your time. To save you the trouble of doing it yourself, we’ve taken the time to round up 30 of the best movies that Hulu has to offer, and organized them into categories for your browsing pleasure. Enjoy!

Digital Trends


YouTube News

Comic-Con: Grant Morrison To Launch Indian Animated Series on YouTube

Indian animation company Graphic India has announced a partnership to launch an original animated web-series 18 Days on YouTube with acclaimed comic book creator and Batman writer, Grant Morrison.

Hollywood Reporter

Kirk Cameron’s Religious Film ‘Unstoppable’ Banned by YouTube and Facebook

Kirk Cameron, former star of “Growing Pains” and devout Christian, now knows what it feels like to be persecuted. Cameron claims Facebook and YouTube have censored the trailer for his new movie, “Unstoppable.”

The Wrap


The Haps With Apps

Forget Second-Screen Apps. Today, the TV is the Second Screen

People are using their iPads and mobile phones as the first screen while the TV is running in the background, so stop trying to make those silly second-screen apps.


TechInk: YouTube Analytics Update; Yapert Raises $1.2 Million

Yapert, a mobile magazine app that serves up trending and interest-based videos from social networks, has raised $1.2 million in a seed funding round led by Tech Coast Angels, with additional contributions from Desert Angels, Pasadena Angels, and several independent angel investors. This round adds to the $500,000 Yapert raised in 2012, bringing its total capital to $1.7 million. Yapert says it will use the seed money to continue its platform expansion efforts, as well as sales and marketing. 



Opinions & Analysis

Web Incubation: How Fox and Machinima Want to Find Great Stories

One of the early ways we defined success for web content is this: can it escape the web? Shows like “The Annoying Orange” and “Fred” have become iconic for the way they evolved from being YouTube hits to cable ratings winners — making the leap to television and finding whole new audiences.


When it comes to digital content, are the Emmys broken? Or just painfully behind?

While the perception might be that Netflix has changed the game for awards recognition of digital content, Thursday’s less-discussed nominations prove that the Emmys are still way behind the times. 


Poll: Who Will Run the TV Networks of Tomorrow?

Futurists and cord-cutters believe the time will come, sooner or later, that cable companies and their tight grip on TV content will finally loosen and we’ll live in an always-on, on-demand world of streaming TV for all. Major tech players such as Sony and Intel are prepping TV services to launch in the fall, and whispers are growing louder that Apple and Google will join them with competing services. Already Netflix, Hulu, Roku, Amazon, Aereo and others have staked a claim as disruptors, but who will really rule the roost as the TV networks of the future?


Surround video: The future of TV or just a gimmick?

Video apps and specialised camera lenses are allowing 360 degree video to become more common and are making the footage more immersive. The technology is also being taken more seriously by TV and film companies and Click’s Dan Simmons discovers how broadcasters are using new technology to offer a bigger picture.



Deals & Signings

Improv Everywhere Joins Collective Digital Studio Network

Collective Digital Studio has expanded its roster today by adding the NY-based viral comedy prank troupe Improv Everywhere. Improv Everywhere is the group behind funny pranks like the annual No Pants Subway Ride as well as Frozen Grand Central and the Best Buy Project.*


Dish Pulls the Plug – For Now – On NimbleTV’s Web TV Service

NimbleTV wants to deliver pay TV, over the Web, to any device, anywhere in the world. But right now the startup, which launched a trial service last summer, isn’t delivering any TV anywhere. Dish Network, the satellite TV company NimbleTV was using as its initial backbone, has cut off service to NimbleTV’s customers.


YouTube’s Patrick Walker Joins Base79 as Chief Content Officer

Patrick Walker, up until now the senior director of content partnerships at YouTube, is joining European MCN Base79 as its new chief content officer. He will oversee Base79’s content partnerships and global programming strategy as the company looks to expand internationally.


Digital TV Europe



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