Thursday 1.8.15: News to Know

/ Jan 8, 2015

Digital video industry news today

CES 2015

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1s8M3Rn

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.

FastCo http://bit.ly/1tNmy3B

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/17lXGeR

 

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.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1xKd9zk

Business Insider http://read.bi/145QGQQ

Variety http://bit.ly/1KmvgjO

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.

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1zWs0U2 

AdAge http://bit.ly/1zVd74k

ReadWrite http://bit.ly/1xVfE0i

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/17mb9TL

 

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.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1zURkd4

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DBHJLP

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DpAgCk

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DBKcWS

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/14tZrVj

 

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.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1w1hcle

 

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.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xVic1n

 

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.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1AIpapM

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tNkCbq

Media News

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yF5y6B

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