Thursday 1.9: News to Know

/ Jan 9, 2014


Anthony Weiner, Bill Murray to Appear in ‘Alpha House’ Season Finale

Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner is set to make a guest appearance in the season finale of “Alpha House,” the original political comedy series created by Garry Trudeau for Amazon Prime Instant Video. The final episode of the season will be made available this Friday, January 10.




The Wrap



Streaming Video News

Hulu Renews ‘East Los High,’ Acquires Reality TV Satire ‘The Hotwives of Orlando’

Hulu is set to announce its original programming lineup for 2014, which includes returning series “The Awesomes,” “Quick Draw,” and “Behind the Mask,” as well as previously announced new shows like “Deadbeat,” at CES.




Hollywood Won’t Let Netflix Become a Monopoly

Netflix is the big cheese of subscription VOD. There’s no argument that Reed Hastings and company have built a huge lead in the sector, with more than 40 million global subscribers. Now some analysts believe Netflix is on the cusp of cementing its No. 1 position for good with the potential to have monopoly-like control of the market. But it’s unlikely the house that “House of Cards” helped build will occupy the SVOD throne forever, vanquishing any would-be rivals.


Amazon & CBS Tie Up Again On New Series “Extant,” After Earlier Collaboration Became Prime Instant Video’s Most-Watched Show

A little over a year ago, Amazon announced it signed a deal with CBS which would bring a summer TV series “Under the Dome,” based on a Stephen King novel, to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video. Today, the company says that show’s first season was the most-watched TV season on the service And now, Amazon is again expanding upon its relationship with CBS with a new agreement for a forthcoming Halle Berry show called “Extant,” also produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.



The Haps With Apps

Cinemax Attempting To Turn TV Characters Into Vine Stars

Television series Banshee may not be a household name yet, but Cinemax is usually unconventional platforms to spread the word. The premium cable channel has created a series of Vines starring the characters of award-winning drama, which is set to begin its second season.



CES Updates

CES: WWE Network to Launch in February as Streaming Service

The WWE Network is ready to launch next month. It’s just not what you may have expected it to look like. Instead of a new TV channel that would air WWE’s pay-per-views and original shows, that programming will now be offered through a streaming service starting Feb. 24.



Executech: 4K Tech Dominates the Discussion at CES

Ultra-HD, otherwise known as 4K, provides four times the resolution offered by most HD TVs that display images in 1080p. While the new high-def format made a big splash at the Consumer Electronics Show last year, hardware makers are ready to deliver products at prices that are less stratospheric.




YouTube News

Tubular Develops Ratings System for Web Series

Online video still does not have a ratings system that is in any way comparable to television. And to be frank, it’s not going to happen anytime soon, as most companies within the industry are wary of providing TV-like viewership data, lest they be immediately compared to TV, and as a result, be discarded by those who view online video with a skeptical eye (brands, media reporters).


Fullscreen Makes Peace with the National Music Publishers’ Association

In the ongoing battle between content creators on YouTube and music copyright holders, there has not been a lot of good news recently for YouTube networks and creators. That’s about to change. Fullscreen, one of the largest networks on YouTube, has reached a settlement agreement with the National Music Publishers’ Association after being sued by the organization for copyright infringement.




Melissa Jun Rowley Looks to ‘Make Magic’ with New Series

Melissa Jun Rowley, the first social media correspondent for the YouTube-based talk show “What’s Trending,” is looking to launch a new series in 2014. The journalist and longtime social activism advocate hopes to produce “Magic Makers,” a show that will spotlight “the most innovative young minds changing the world.”



Media News

Google+ may get Chromecast support soon

Google may be getting ready to add Chromecast support to its Google+ mobile apps: A resourceful Google+ user has found Chromecast icons in the latest version of the Google+ Android app, suggesting that the app could soon be used to cast photos and videos to a Chromecast-equipped TV screen.


Warner in Digital Link Up With India’s Lukup

Bangalore-based digital content platform Lukup Media has partnered with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to launch an as-yet-unnamed on-demand channel in India. The service, which will become available from February, will offer recent hits such as “Gravity” (pictured) and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” as well as more than 200 films and television series from the Warner library.


Industry Highlights

Indiegogo Wants to Help You Raise Money on Your Own Website

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has unveiled Indiegogo Outpost, a new service to help users raise money in two places at once. Noting how this tool is designed for creators, “campaigners,” and companies with large audiences and identifiable brands online, Indiegogo wants to make it possible for such users to raise money on their own websites. They will soon be able to do so by directly embedding Outpost on their sites.




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