Monday 9.15: News to Know

/ Sep 15, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Netflix Inks Carriage Deal with Bouygues on Launch Day in France

As it launches in France today, Netflix has also struck a deal with Bouygues Telecom to integrate its service within the French telco’s set-top boxes. Come November, Netflix will be available via Bouygues’ Bbox Sensation platform. It will also appear on future Android-based TV devices soon after, the companies said.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1y6MWwk

TNW http://tnw.co/1sWVwt5

The Telegraph http://bit.ly/1y5pUWF

Variety http://bit.ly/1sXVktx

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1qWEdX7

Reuters http://reut.rs/1wlThiL

Opinions & Analysis

YouTube Isn’t the Only Video-Marketing Game in Town

A recently analysis provided by analysts from Jeffries Marketing indicates that YouTube could be worth as much as $40 billion — a far bigger number than most social networks, including Twitter. Marketers have flocked to the channel as a result of YouTube’s popularity, with more and more ads joining the network. However, it’s not the only game in town.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1m5K11V

 

Rhett & Link Predict the Future of Video on ‘Ear Biscuits’

In the current digital age, the idea of a future in which our way of life has completely altered lurks potentially just around the corner. Rhett & Link paid homage to this concept in this week’s “Ear Biscuits,” when they created a podcast “time capsule” for listeners in the year 2024.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1sXCToX

 

Has Crackle Cracked the Code For Over-The-Top Content Companies?

Crackle, once an odd bird among the flock of startups in the emerging world of online video, finally seems to be flying in the right direction. Crackle’s timing couldn’t be better, as consumer frustration grows over cable and other pay-TV providers.

 Deadline http://bit.ly/1wlRxWN

 

How AOL has quietly become a digital video powerhouse

Publicly, AOL struggles to shake its reputation as a floundering Web giant. But investors have a reason to be bullish: The media company has recently constructed one of the strongest digital video operations on the Internet.

Digiday http://bit.ly/1wvcxxk

 

Europeans Bracing for Netflix

With Netflix poised to make its debut in six European countries next week, the expansion of that online streaming giant’s international territory is stirring a mix of anticipation, anxiety and “House of Cards”-style political intrigue.

NY Times http://nyti.ms/ZmIJFo

 

Deals & Signings

Endemol Beyond USA Hires Rico Martinez to Run Programming

Endemol Beyond USA, the digital channel network owned by Endemol North America, has named Rico Martinez as its new chief programming officer.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1qEkAW7

Variety http://bit.ly/1m8lkS5

Streaming Video News

Meet MUBI, the ‘Netflix for cult, classic and indie movies’

Scrolling through the usual list of on-demand video-streaming services on my PS3 last year, I couldn’t quite decide whether to fire up iPlayer to watch some documentaries, see what movies were going down on Blinkbox, or watch some random verbal enlightenment through TED’s YouTube channel.

TNW http://tnw.co/1y6F9yy

 

Chromebooks now support Chromecast streaming for videos stored in Google Drive

Chromecast is one of the easiest and cheapest gizmos for streaming content to your television. But what about standalone video files that you have stored on a hard drive or online? Well, that’s just become a little easier for Chromebook owners.

TNW http://tnw.co/YLsEZP

 

French Cable Operator Tries to Fend Off Netflix With New Service

French cable operator Numericable Group SA will launch an offer Monday giving subscribers free access to hundreds of TV series in a bid to counter the arrival of Netflix in France.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1qYYixE

YouTube News

Top 5 Emerging Football Channels on YouTube

It’s September, which means one thing and one thing only for many Americans—football season has begun. Of course, YouTube views reflect the start of the season, and certain channels have started to stand out against the rest. This can be hard to do, when the NFL already puts out so much football-related content in the US.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/XogJQi

 

YouTube for Android will soon support offline video playback in India

Google will soon allow Android users in India to download YouTube videos and watch them offline. The announcement was made alongside its first ‘Android One’ smartphones, a new initiative designed to give users a premium, Google-driven experience at cheaper price-points.

TNW http://tnw.co/1wlKEou

 

How One Guy Used YouTube To Get Thousands Of Teens To Donate $75,000 To Charity

If you’ve never heard of Connor Franta, you’re living under a rock. Or perhaps, a television. You’ve never seen Franta in the movies and he hasn’t been on your flat-screen TV, but Franta is one of the biggest YouTube stars around.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1DaJ1P6

Media News

Digital Distributor Syndicado Acquires Bunch of Films at TIFF

Syndicado, a distributor of feature films and TV shows for digital and VOD platforms in North America, has acquired a slate of new films from Paris-based Doc and Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1qYS8xi

 

Nick’s ‘Legend of Korra’ Goes Digital for Season 4

The fourth season of “The Legend of Korra,” a continuation of Nickelodeon’s critically acclaimed “Avatar” franchise, will begin on October 3 — except, instead of airing on any of Nick’s TV channels, the entire season will be released on Nick.com and the network’s mobile app. New episodes of the 13-episode season will roll out every Friday.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1wvZQlO

 

DirecTV Will Also Go Over-the-Top, Starting with Hispanic Audiences

DirecTV is close to launching an over-the-top video service exclusively catering to Hispanic consumers, according to the company’s CEO Mike White, who was speaking at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia conference in New York on Friday.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1sXAH0s

 

AMC To Board Channel 4 Series ‘Humans’ As Xbox Entertainment Studios Downsizes Slate & Mulls Possible Future

I’ve learned that AMC is in final negotiations to join UK broadcaster Channel 4 as co-producer and U.S. distributor of upcoming eight-episode sci-fi drama series Humans.The project, an adaptation of Swedish seriesReal Humans, was announced in April as a co-production between Channel 4 and XboxEntertainment Studios, in what was the first greenlighted scripted series for the entertainment arm of Microsoft’s XBox.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1uDAUFP

Variety http://bit.ly/1uuPQah

 

NBC’s ‘Dateline’ to Debut Oscar Pistorius Web-Only Documentary

NBC’s “Dateline” has produced its first-ever full-length documentary exclusively for digital, with the newsmagazine show set to premiere “Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict” Friday about the murder trial of the South African Olympic runner who was found guilty of shooting his girlfriend to death.

Variety http://bit.ly/1oPCcsA

Industry Highlights

MCN CEO Profiles — Your Michelin Guide to Who’s Hot

All in one place — consolidated for your consumption — easily digestible.  Here are my recent detailed interviews and individual profiles of leading MCNs and their CEOs (ok, in one case, President & COO).

Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/1m8lBVh

Creator Profiles

Jerome Jarre Talks to Squirrels and Schools Brands on Vine The social media star works with marketers like General Electric and Coppertone

Jarre’s Vine account is somewhat like a sketch comedy show, with recurring characters and jokes. You’ll find him interacting with strangers on the streets of New York, shouting randomly in crowded subways or on airplanes, talking to squirrels and homeless people, asking strangers for a kiss, joking with the police—and in all his videos, he’s sporting that signature smile.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1qYi2Br

 

These Web Stars Are Beyond ‘Vine Famous’ Nash Grier, King Bach, Princess Lauren, others latch onto brands, TV, music

The social app Vine has created a whole universe of video stars whose antics have attracted millions of followers and made them “Vine famous.” But social seems to be only the beginning. Take Nash Grier, with 9.3 million followers, who is spinning his Web notoriety into endorsements for brands like Virgin Mobile and even a film career. King Bach (aka Andrew Bachelor), with 8.2 million followers, is getting into the TV business and working with brands like Samsung.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1BEQgNm

 

18-Year-Old YouTube Star Says She ‘Doesn’t Need A Real Job’

Jenn McAllister is not your average 18-year-old. She left home a year ago to pursue her career as a social-media celebrity in LA. But you won’t find McAllister bartending or waiting tables as she waits for her big break.

Business Inisder http://read.bi/1m33csJ

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