Thursday 1.8.15: News to Know
CES 2015: Panasonic Powered by Firefox, NanoTech Gets Musical
The second official day of CES is in the books. With two more days to go, here are some of the video-related announcements from Las Vegas that you should be aware of.
The 9 Best Ideas from CES 2015
The Consumer Electronic Show brings tens of thousand of new products to our shelves. Here are hte nine you actually need to know about.
Opinions & Analysis
Old to New Media, Rooster Teeth Does It All — and Better
Before multi-channel networks stormed YouTube, there was Rooster Teeth. Hell, before YouTube even existed, there was Rooster Teeth.
Netflix’s Sarandos on Nielsen: Ratings are Irrelevant
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos dismissed Nielsen’s efforts to try to measure viewership of the streaming service’s content and reiterated that ratings are unimportant to the company.
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Video views on Facebook up 75% globally, 94% in the U.S.
The number of videos Facebook users post has skyrocketed over the last year, up 75 percent globally and 94 percent in the U.S., the company said today.
Is YouTube The Yahoo Of 2015?
For the first time in a decade, YouTube’s dominance as the destination for video content is being challenged by rivals like Facebook. While the press admires the success of Bethany Mota and tours the lush new coastal YouTube studios, Facebook has spotted the company’s many weaknesses and is going on the attack.
Deals & Signings
Fandor’s CEO Leaves Company, Former Facebook Exec Chris Kelly Steps In
Fandor, a movie streaming service with an indie/classic bent, will now have former Facebook executive Chris Kelly leading the company as its interim CEO.
VHX Raising $5M to Expand Its Video Distribution Service
VHX, a NY-based video startup that helps creators, studios, and other content owners sell their work, also wants to be a destination for viewers to find movies, shows, and other video content that people want to watch.
Germany’s Webedia Chooses Kaltura to Power Video for Moviepilot.de
German-based Webedia’s Moviepilot.de will now use video solutions provider Kaltura to power its video content online, specifically using the Kaltura HTML5 video player along with the company’s advertising tools for mobile platforms.
Streaming Video News
Netflix Renews ‘Marco Polo,’ Sets Premiere Dates for Other Originals
Netflix (NFLX) just gave some updates on its upcoming programming slate, announcing premiere dates for several of its original series as well as the renewal of “Marco Polo,” which will get a second season on the streaming service.
Netflix Drops Hints About Where It May Expand Next
Netflix Inc. (NFLX), the world’s largest subscription streaming service, is dropping hints about where it may expand next.
Marriott Starts Production on First Branded Short Film ‘Two Bellmen’
The Marriott hotel chain is making its foray into the short-film world with “Two Bellman.”
In YouTube’s shadow, Vimeo turns to exclusives
For scrappy, indie video platform Vimeo that means differentiating in everything from advertising (it has never had any) to tech (it has a host of tools for creators and the sharpest streams around). And increasingly, it means offering exclusive series from — you guessed it — YouTube stars.
Videos to Watch Right Now
Web Series Wednesday: Hookups, Beauty Pageants, and Art Projects
Sometimes confining premises pave the way for the most interesting exploration of artistic license. Most of this week’s web series exemplify this.
Medium — Yes, Medium — Is Also Doing Original Video
Medium, the digital publishing platform founded by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, has launched its first original series.
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