Thursday 1.16: News to Know
Fullscreen Buys Mobile Video Startup Supernova (Formerly Viddy)
Fullscreen has acquired mobile video app maker Supernova (formerly known as Viddy) for an undisclosed price. In the announcement, the MCN, the largest independent one on YouTube (as measured by comScore), says it will use Supernova’s product and team for “mobile video innovation.”
The Verge http://bit.ly/1maXSjU
Streaming Video News
Verizon’s Victory Over FCC Rules Seen as a Loss for Netflix
Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)’s legal victory over the Federal Communications Commission lets the carrier charge extra fees for speedier delivery of online content, potentially increasing costs for Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and other Internet companies.
Netflix Stock Drops on Fears of Higher Costs After Ruling Strikes Down Net Neutrality
Netflix shares fell more than 5% Wednesday after analysts warned that a federal court ruling invalidating the FCC’s net neutrality regulations could lead to higher costs for the Internet-streaming company.
Are France and Germany Next for Netflix?
Already available in North America, Central America, South America (the Americas!), the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the Nordics, Netflix’s next move might be to expand more into continental Europe. According to a report from GigaOm, Netflix looks to be eyeing Germany and France as the next two markets to bring its streaming service to.
Google Play Movies and TV app now available for iOS, Chromecast support included
Google brought its Google Play Movies and TV app to iOS Wednesday, making it easier for users of the service to watch rented and bought videos on their iPad or iPhone. The app also includes Chromecast support, making it possible to beam titles to Chromecast-equipped TV screens.
Playboy.tv wants to bring porn to Chromecast, but Google may not be game
Porn is coming to Chromecast, if Playboy.tv (obviously, NSFW) has its way: The X-rated subscription service has been developing an Android app that includes the ability to beam videos to TVs equipped with Google’s TV stick, according toscreenshots and wireframes posted to Behance.net.
The Haps With Apps
App Allows For Always Horizontal Videos No Matter Which Way Your Smartphone is Turned
Established creators on YouTube, this doesn’t go so much for you, but for the rest of the would-be videographers out there, for the love of god, download this app!
YouTube Opens YouTube Space LA to More Channels
YouTube has opened up YouTube Space LA to channels with 10,000 subscribers or more. The only requirement is that creators sign up for an “Unlock the Space” orientation workshop, which will cover all of the things you’d need to know before using the space to create videos.
TV4 Entertainment to Launch Multi-Platform Dance/Music Channel
Digital “super-distributor” TV4 Entertainment has inked a “multi-network” agreement with Copeland International Arts, an entertainment company focused on dance and music content. Through the deal, the two companies will work together to launch multiple digital channels geared toward dance and music arts programming, beginning with the Dance Arts Network.
Meet ‘The Cat Pack,’ Currently in Residence at Animalist
Animalist, Discovery Digital’s animal-focused video network, has launched a new weekly programming block called “The Cat Pack.” Consisting of Lil Bub and four other famous cats, each with his or her own show, “The Cat Pack” aims to ensure that there’s some fresh cat-related content on Animalist for you to watch every day, and every week.
CW Seed Picks Up ‘Veronica Mars’ Spinoff Series
CW Seed, the digital programming arm of The CW Network, has agreed to air a spinoff series based on the cult TV show (and upcoming movie) “Veronica Mars.”
Above Average Restarts ‘Thingstarter’ for Three More Episodes
Above Average is rolling out fresh episodes of one of its most popular web series, “Thingstarter,” beginning this week. “Thingstarter” parodies Kickstarter videos in which “budding entrepreneurs make fundraising appeals for wildly misguided projects.”
‘Friends’ Producers Launch New Series on Maker Studios’ Nacho Punch
Maker Studios has partnered with Studio 2.0, a short-form production division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, to launch a new web series created by Emmy-winning “Friends” executive producers Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen.
Starz Digital Media Acquires Clark Gregg’s ‘Trust Me’ for Multiplatform Release
Starz Digital Media has picked up U.S. rights to Clark Gregg’s comedy “Trust Me,” the Hollywood tale that premiered last year as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Starz Digital Media, the digital and on-demand distributor that’s a division of Starz, will release the pic on digital and VOD platforms in May ahead of a June theatrical release.
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