Monday 8.12: News to Know

/ Aug 12, 2013


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NBC Acquires Stringwire Mobile App For User-Gen Reporting

In order to enhance its ability to gather user-generated video at news scenes, NBC will announce today its acquisition of mobile video startup Stringwire. The company, which has not yet released its mobile app, allows users to create live video channels that can help find users who are near a breaking news story and invite them to contribute video.






The Next Web


Opinions & Analysis

How to Build a Huge Video Site Overnight Through Unintentional Clicks

This past spring, a site called was one of the fastest growing video properties on the Web. It had come from out of nowhere to reach 7 million unique users a month. Suddenly Freestreams was popping up on the top video ad exchanges—first a few hundred thousand impressions a month, then over 11 million a day in May, per sources.


The CBS-Time Warner Standoff Represents Everything Viewers Will Hate About the Future of Television

As the Time Warner feud with CBS drags on – now in its seventh day, with many predicting weeks more – many TV industry watchers say the dispute could signal huge changes in how and what viewers are able to watch on the tube for years to come.

Business Insider

Leaning Towards a Better Way to Gauge Consumer Media Interaction

In a world of second screen and streaming, lean forward/back just doesn’t tell the story anymore. Here’s a better framework for gauging media consumption habits.


Vine vs. Instagram: Short-Form Social Video Marketing

As video becomes the most popular way to share information, companies are vying to be the top platform. The latest craze has been Instagram launching video capabilities, putting it in competition with Vine.



Deals & Signings

Blayze Buys New Media Rockstars

Blayze has acquired New Media Rockstars and will look to turn the digital/social media outlet into an “ESPN for YouTube culture.”



Streaming Video News

Stanley Kubrick’s First Color Film, “The Seafarers” Streaming on IndieFlix

“The Seafarers,” available now, will be part of IndieFlix’s Royalty Pool Minutes payment model, which pays filmmakers based on how many minutes their films are watched on devices that offer IndieFlix, from smartphones to smart TVs, rather than a flat licensing fee. 



YouTube News

Scene + Heard: ‘What’s Trending’ During Geek Week

For Brainiac Tuesday during YouTube Geek Week, Shira Lazar and the What’s Trending crew brought in Bobak Ferdowsi from NASA’s JPL to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Mars Curiosity rover landing.


The Remodeling of YouTube Deals: Jason Calacanis at VidCon: Points and Counterpoints

Jason Calacanis made headlines when he turned down the new funding for Round 2 of YouTube’s original channel initiative.



Videos to Watch Right Now

One of the Most Famous Lost Films of All Time Shows Up on YouTube

One thing you haven’t been able to find before, though, is anything from Jerry Lewis’s “The Day the Clown Cried.” That’s because the 1972 movie, starring Lewis as a clown who performs in Nazi death camps, has never seen the light of day.


Time Magazine Creates Unit to Produce Documentaries for the Web

Today, TIME launched Red Border Films, a new documentary film unit to be hosted on an interactive digital site on Red Border Films will feature deeply reported original films by award-winning filmmakers, TIME journalists and photojournalists and will produce at least one short documentary per month and two expanded projects a year.



Digital Disruption

TechInk: Connecting Your TVs, Your Ads, and Your News

Google’s Chromecast HDMI dongle surprise announcement has found established video services scrambling to become compatible.


Roku tries keeping up with Apple TV, Google Chromecast with update

Perhaps feeling pressure from Apple and Google, Roku has added a feature that streams video from users’ phones to their TV sets.

LA Times


The Haps With Apps

Disney Opens Up Its Toon Vault with New “Disney Animated” App

Disney Interactive has launched the “Disney Animated” app that provides users access to the art and technology behind all 53 of the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film.



Media News

Big Frame Debuts Viewfinder to Help Creators Help Each Other

Big Frame has launched Viewfinder, a new platform for the MCN’s creators to help promote each other’s videos, and in return, earn some rewards.


CollegeHumor Subway Rider Tells Everyone How Great His Life is Going

This guy interrupted a group of subway passengers with a long speech—about his success in life. It’s awesome and actually not stupid at all. Thank you CollegeHumor.



Stats to Start

Connected TV Users Twice as Likely to Cut the Cord

Connected TV users are twice as likely as non-connected TV users to be “highly likely” to cancel their pay-TV subscription, according to a new survey from market research firm The Diffusion Group.



Industry Highlights

CBSi Adds Interactive Features to “Live on Letterman” Series

CBS Interactive’s long-running concert series, “Live on Letterman,” will feature Grammy-winners John Mayer and John Legend on back-to-back nights.



Creator Profile

Meet YouTube’s Michael Bay 

So what do you do if you’re one of YouTube’s biggest stars, with ambitions to become much bigger than that? You stay on YouTube — and set up shop outside of the world’s biggest video site, too. That’s the Freddie Wong game plan. Wong is a USC film grad whose mini-movies feature videogames and home-brewed special effects, and they’re enormously popular on YouTube, routinely generating millions of views per clip.


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