Monday 9.15: News to Know
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.
The Telegraph http://bit.ly/1y5pUWF
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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