Thursday 1.29.15: News to Know

/ Jan 29, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Nickelodeon to Launch Standalone SVOD Service in February

Maybe this was the most inevitable one: Nickelodeon will launch a direct-to-consumer subscription video service in February, its parent company Viacom announced today during its Q4 earnings call.







Opinions & Analysis

The Armstrong effect: Why agencies are upbeat on AOL tech, video

AOL has come a long way from hawking CDs and Internet subscriptions. For the past five years, under Tim Armstrong, AOL has fashioned itself as a media and ad tech company, a strategy that it needs to succeed if it wants to offset the declining Internet subscription business it is still known for.



Does the FCC want to oversee peering deals like Netflix vs. Comcast?

The FCC will soon pass new rules for how ISP’s must handle broadband traffic and, while it’s expected to impose a policy of net neutrality when it comes to consumers, it’s been less clear how the agency will resolve another thorny internet issue: whether network providers can charge content companies to accept their traffic — and throttle their streams if they don’t pay. On Wednesday, a report surfaced that suggested how the issue will play out.



Facebook Video Is Booming. Now What About Video Ads?

Investors had one thing in mind during Facebook’s Q4 earnings call Wednesday: how is video performing on Facebook and, more specifically, when will video ads become the real deal on the platform?







Snapchat Move From Nudes to News Won’t Come Easy

Well, at least there wasn’t any naked selfies from Wolf Blitzer. Yet. Snapchat launched a section on its platform Tuesday, dubbed Discover, that will allow a selection of top media brands to translate their content to an app hugely popular among highly coveted young demos who enjoy exhibitionism (as long as the evidence erases itself after 24 hours).



The State of News Streaming: Old and New Media’s Play to Survive

From HuffPost Live to new CBS and MSNBC digital networks, here’s TheWrap’s Streaming 101 guide



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Inside the studio where ESPN is betting billions on the future of sports



Snapchat’s future is in the details — why Discover is only the beginning

Yesterday was a huge day for Snapchat — and its bank account’s future — with the launch of Discover, its new media channel that brings users articles, videos, and other content from its partner publishers.



Facebook Vs. YouTube: Why It’s Like Comparing Apples to Oranges

YouTube and Facebook advocates alike have been up in arms over a recent study declaring that Facebook should now be considered the superior platform for acquiring video views. The problem with the study is that it compares apples to oranges, and that’s a problem.



Deals & Signings

Amazon Inks Deal for U.K. Comedy Series ‘Catastrophe’ from Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

Amazon Studios announced a licensing deal for transatlantic comedy series “Catastrophe” — penned by and starring comedian and author Rob Delaney and actress Sharon Horgan — which will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video.



Streaming Video News

Web Series Wednesday: In Honor of Super Bowl Sunday…

Super Bowl XLIX is coming up on Sunday. In anticipation of the big game between the Seahawks and the Patriots, here are some sports-focused web series that will take you “behind the masks” of professional mascots, in the midst of a fantasy football draft, and to the dark side of playing pro football.



There’s a New Scripted Superhero Series Airing Entirely on Snapchat

The series, called SnapperHero, is sponsored by AT&T.

Observer Innovation 



A sneak peek at Sony’s PlayStation Vue internet TV service

Sony may have just shuttered its music service, but it’s getting ready to launch another media venture: PlayStation Vue, the company’s upcoming live TV service, is supposed to launch before the end of the quarter.



Inside the action of USA Network’s new series ‘Dig’

FBI agent Peter Connelly’s life is, to say the least, complicated. He’s suffered through a terrible personal strategy, finds himself navigating a messy fling with his boss and, at the start USA Network’s forthcoming action-thriller Dig, begins to uncover a crazy, ancient conspiracy.



Rob Benedict, Lizzy Caplan Superhero Short ‘The Sidekick’ Gets Digital Release

Superhero tales are the genre du jour, but a new short film offers a very different perspective on the caped trend. Star-studded short “The Sidekick” will debut on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo-On-Demand beginning February 3, Variety has learned exclusively. The comedy will also make its streaming debut on Hulu in March.


YouTube News

300 Hours of Footage Per Minute: Google Explains Why Policing YouTube is So Tough

Close to two weeks worth of footage is uploaded to YouTube every single minute



Media News

Super Bowl Halftime: Katy Perry to Pitch Merch on YouTube, Twitter, Roku and Connected TVs

Katy Perry will use her time in the spotlight of the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show as a launchpad to flog limited-edition products to her fans.



Industry Highlights

HBO tech executives leave ahead of Internet launch as network’s strategy changes

Time Warner’s TWX.N HBO is preparing to sell a standalone service over the Internet for the first time, in one of the most closely watched moves in pay TV history.



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