Monday 1.5.15: News to Know

/ Jan 5, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Roku teams up with Insignia and Haier for Roku TV and announces future 4K support

Roku’s foray into partnering up with TV manufacturers is expanding while it’s committing to the future of 4K.







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CES 2015: 4 Video Trends to Watch

As soon as New Year’s is over, it’s time to talk about the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which is set to begin on January 6.



CES 2015: ‘What’s Trending’ Teams with Samsung for Live Coverage

Emmy-nominated online talk show “What’s Trending” is teaming up withSamsung once again to cover the annual International Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas.



Your guide to surviving the Consumer Electronics Show

Surviving the Consumer Electronics Show is no small matter. For veterans, the 2015 International CES will be a gadget extravaganza. But for some of the 150,000 people hitting Las Vegas next week, it’s going to be a bad trip like a scene from film The Hangover.



From VR Gear to Quantum-Dot TVs: What to Expect at CES 2015

The International CES is the once-yearly gathering place for all things, companies, and people tech. From semiconductor chips to tablets to connected cars, the Consumer Electronics Show sets the stage for the coming year in consumer technology in terms of patterns, products, and innovations.



What Will Be Hot At 2015 CES? Self-driving Cars, Connected Homes, And Yes, Really Cool TVs

What will be big this year at CES? As I get ready for my annual return to the Consumer Electronics Show, I asked my experts this question. Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies and long time tech industry analyst joined Tom Martin, CEO of NextScreen, parent company of and WindingRoad magazine, to provide me their perspectives.



My CES 2015 expectations: Connect all the things!

With two weather delays and a cross-country flight to Las Vegas from the east coast, I had plenty of time to think about the upcoming week. It’s time for another Consumer Electronics Show; the mother of all trade shows for geeks like me. This marks my tenth trip and here this week’s show will surely be different from my first, back in 2005.


CES 2015: Global tech spending last year hit $1.024 trillion, up 1%

The annual technology trade show extravaganza kicked off Sunday afternoon with the usual back-to-back market research presentations: one on the big trends of the show, the other on the global technology landscape.

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1960s-1980s: The evolution of the Consumer Electronics Show



Tales Of CES: Everybody Tells Me CES Is A Mess

Next week will be my first CES. Over the past couple of months, when I talked with CES veterans, they all told me that CES is a horrible experience. And yet, I am still incredibly excited. I plan to take advantage of my fresh perspective on the show to share my experience over the next few days.



CES Preview: 4K TVs, Virtual Reality Return to Spotlight

Everything old is new again at International CES in Las Vegas this week. If 4K televisions, virtual reality and the Internet of Things sound familiar, that’s because many of the biggest trends at the annual show, which is expected to host more than 150,000 attendees, were also the hot topics at last year’s event.


Opinions & Analysis

5 Predictions for Digital Video in 2015

2014 proved to be a transformational year for digital-first video and the YouTube economy. The short-form video world essentially “grew up” and traditional media, major brands, and even previously cynical Northern California investors took notice.



Forget “House of Cards”: “BoJack Horseman” is the best series Netflix has made yet

If you logged into Netflix at any point over the holidays, you probably saw a big advertisement promoting an odd-looking animated show called BoJack Horseman.



Here’s How Two Dudes Make More Than $4 Million A Year On YouTube

With over 30 million subscribers, Smosh is more popular than Katy Perry and Jennifer Lawrence among teens.

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Is Google using YouTube to tighten its grip on ad tech?

Last October, consumer-packaged goods giant Mondelēz International struck what it termed its largest-ever digital media deal with Google.



Every second cord cutter has a Netflix subscription

Here’s another reason that Netflix really wants to be on cable boxes: 48 percent of all households without a pay TV subscription have Netflix, but only 36 percent of households who have cable or another form of TV subscription also subscribe to Netflix, according to a new study from the Leichtman Research Group.



Despite competition, YouTube is still the champ

Over the past year, the online video playing field got a bit more crowded. Vine, still fewer than two years old, hit 40M users and established itself as the destination for a new type of brazen creator. A surge in traffic on Facebook video became the buzz of the advertising industry. Vimeo started to distinguish itself in original content with a few breakthrough series.



Yahoo Has Not Approached Scripps About Buying Food Network: Sources

Contrary to a report that Yahoo held discussions with Scripps Networks Interactive about the possibility of acquiring Food Network or the whole company, two individuals with direct knowledge of the situation said Yahoo has not even made overtures to SNI about any prospective deals.



Deals & Signings

NeuLion to Buy Video-Tech Firm DivX in $62.5 Million Deal

NeuLion, which provides Internet-video streaming services to sports leagues and other media companies, announced plans to acquire DivX, a developer of video-compression and playback software, in a deal worth $62.5 million.


Streaming Video News

Netflix isn’t blocking VPNs… any more than usual

We previously wrote that Netflix denied it was blocking VPNs. We’ve just heard from a Netflix spokesperson on the issue, who said, “Netflix simply uses industry standard methods to prevent illegal VPN use,” and that the company isn’t handling VPNs any differently than before.



Netflix Now Has Every Episode Of ‘Friends’

Netflix NFLX -3.45% is ringing in the New Year by offering every episode of the comedy show Friends on-demand.



New Seagate drive streams video to Chromecast, Apple TV and more

Let’s face it: Hard drives aren’t sexy. Seagate thinks it can spice things up though, launching its new Seagate Personal Cloud drives on Sunday.


WWE Network to Launch in the U.K., Ireland Jan. 19

After a delay of several months, WWE has set a new Jan. 19 launch date for its digital network in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


YouTube News

Meet The First YouTube Stars Of 2015

Fisher-Price posted a new 90-second film late on New Year’s Day called “Wishes For Babies” that tracked babies being born around the world in places like Sao Paulo, Brazil, Warsaw, Tokyo and Boston. It’s already garnered nearly 500,000 views on the toy marketer’s YouTube channel.



Industry Highlights

It’s no Silicon Valley, but Boston’s getting perkier for startups

The greater Boston-Cambridge area has no problem attracting bright young people from all over the world to its colleges and universities. But it has well-documented issues keeping the best-and-brightest local when they graduate (or don’t graduate as was the case for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates).



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