Thursday 10.2.14: News to Know

/ Oct 2, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Netflix Buddies Up with Adam Sandler for Four Original Films

National movie theater chains might be unhappy with Netflix, but that isn’t stopping the company from diving headfirst into the feature film business. Netflix has inked a multi-picture deal with Adam Sandler, who will produce and star in four feature films for the streaming service.


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76% of B2B Marketers Use Video Content Marketing, YouTube Top Choice

‘Content Marketing’ may be one of the most overused phrases in the industry today, but there’s no doubt that a well-researched content publication and distribution strategy is the foundation of many highly successful B2B campaigns. But which channels are marketers and brands using to publish and distribute that content, and what do they expect for their return on investment?


Deals and Signings

The Orchard to Distribute Ski Films from Warren Miller Entertainment

Film and TV distributor The Orchard has inked a digital licensing pact for all of the ski films Warren Miller Entertainment has to offer.



Orange Seeks to Add Netflix Amid Talks of Distribution Deal

Orange SA (ORA) is working on a distribution agreement with Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and may unveil it in the coming weeks, said Pierre Louette, deputy chief executive officer at France’s largest carrier.



Streaming Video News

Netflix Orders King Kong Movie, Animated Series from Avi Arad

Netflix has set a 2016 debut for “Kong – King of the Apes,” an original animated TV series and feature-length film for kids from executive producer Avi Arad.



Netflix’s Chief Executive Pushes Net Neutrality in Europe

On Wednesday, Reed Hastings, the Netflix chief executive, took his net neutrality bandwagon to Europe. Speaking at a conference in Brussels, Mr. Hastings — who has been a vocal critic of plans that would allow Internet service providers to charge extra for faster connections on their networks — laid out again why he opposed such deals.

NY Times

DirecTV Secures Renewal of NFL Sunday Ticket With Added Streaming Rights

DirecTV’s been saying for months that it was close to an agreement — and it was important: AT&T could have ditched its acquisition agreement for the No. 1 satellite company if it did not renew NFL Sunday Ticket. But today the satcaster made it official, giving DirecTV shares a modest 1.3% lift in after market trading.


21st Century Fox, BSkyB Make Further Investments in Roku

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB, in which it holds a 39 percent stake, have made further investments in Internet streaming device maker Roku.



Facebook to Exclusively Air Video Series Based on ‘Twilight’

After its many recent digital video developments, Facebook is taking another step toward becoming a big name in the online viewing space. The social network is officially becoming the platform for a short-film series based on the “Twilight” saga, developed by Women in Film, Lionsgate, and “Twilight” author, Stephanie Meyer.



NY Times


Netflix Already Has Over 100K Subscribers in France (Report)

As Netflix spreads its streaming services across the globe, the company is getting steady reassurance of its European popularity. The streaming video service launched on September 15 in France, and it’s gained over 100,000 subscribers since, in a period of just about two weeks, according to French news outlet Le Figaro.





Vice Launches Series on True Stories Behind TV Shows and Movies

Following the success of last year’s documentary “The Real Walter White,” has launched a series devoted to probing true stories that inspire TV shows and movies.



Viacom Blocks Suddenlink Broadband Customers from Online TV Shows

Viacom, engaged in a contract dispute with Suddenlink Communications, is preventing the midsize cable operator’s broadband customers from accessing its online properties — a tactic the programmer has used in past carriage fights.




Video Discovery App Showyou Launches A Platform For Subscription VOD Channels

Over the past several years, Showyou has been in the business of helping users find interesting videos that might appeal to them.



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Digital Media Update

The Haps With Apps

Apple Patents An Advanced Smart Remote App For Apple TV And iTunes

Apple has a new patent application (via AppleInsider) for a new mobile app that could be used specifically to amp up the Apple TV viewing experience.


YouTube News

Can YouTubers Help Sell Home Video Titles? Fox is First to Find Out

Official YouTube promotion turns to vloggers to hype ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’



How Are Fall Network TV Shows Faring on YouTube?

Network television has slowly but surely been realizing the importance of digital video in today’s entertainment landscape. One way network shows are displaying their internet savvy this fall is by uploading trailers and sneak previews on YouTube.



Refinery29 Launches New YouTube Series with Jenn Im

Refinery29, a fashion and style website, just launched a new series starring YouTube vlogger Jenn Im (of channel Clothes Encounters) called “Hang Time with Jenn Im.”


Media News

Web Series Wednesday: Embark on an Outta-This-World Journey

This Web Series Wednesday provides you with an ecclectic mix of truly odd content. Watch Snoop Lion take on his latest alter ego, Nemo Hoes, as a “news” anchor, or embark on a couple supernatural adventures, whether with an animated group of teen space warriors or with a classroom full of girls with magic powers (all played by adult men).



In-Stream Video Is Popular on Both Desktop and Mobile

It looks like mobile video is experiencing some growing pains at the moment when it comes to standardization — but the overall forecast on mobile video is good. Within the next year, we believe both in-stream and interactive mobile video formats will increase in prominence as in-banner, which is not optimized for mobile, will be used less frequently.



Phil DeFranco Comedy Special Now Available on Vimeo

Vimeo has teamed up with Discovery Digital Networks on the global release of a comedy special from YouTube star Phil DeFranco.

“DeFranco Does LA” covers the live event from May in which the YouTube celebrity performed alongside “SourceFed” talent Steve Zaragoza and Joe Bereta. The special runs for 90 minutes and will go for $4.99 on Vimeo on Demand.




Denny’s to Serve Up ‘Grand Slam’-Inspired Branded Series

The latest brand to get into the web-series game is Denny’s. The breakfast giant has teamed up with Seth Green’s production company Stoopid Buddy Studios (“Robot Chicken”) to create a new animated web series called “The Grand Slams.”



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