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/ Dec 11, 2014

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Fullscreen Expands Global Footprint via Partnership with Indian MCN Qyuki

Indian YouTube multi-channel network Qyuki has partnered with Fullscreen to provide creators in the country with more distribution and monetization opportunities.




Opinions and Analyses

‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘Transparent’ help digital networks nab Golden Globe noms

It was a good morning for digital networks. So good, in fact, that it is safe to say that online content providers are poised to have one of their biggest years ever. Broadcast vs. Cable is so 2012.



STUDY: Millennial Males Love Online Video

Lots of brands see millennial males as prime digital marketing targets, and new data from Nielsen confirms that this group is most likely to be reached online, especially via video.


Fullscreen’s George Strompolos Says YouTube Viewers Will Pay Up — For the Right Stuff

Are you ready to pay money to watch videos made by YouTube stars?

YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki thinks you are, which is why YouTube is planning to launch subscription services. So does Jason Kilar, whose Vessel startup is putting together its own subscription offering.



25% Of Under-34 Viewers Thinks Online Is Better Than Pay TV

A new report from Parks Associates caught my attention for this one blunt fact/assertion: The “OTT Playbook: Success Factors for Video Services” contends that 25% of consumers under the age of 34 believe that online video is just as good as pay TV.

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Connected TVs Rise To 168 Million In U.S.

The average U.S. TV home with broadband service now has almost two connected TV devices.

A survey from Boston-based Strategy Analytics says the average U.S. broadband household now has 1.9 connected TV units as of the third quarter 2014, up 28% versus a year ago, when it average 1.5 units, and 5% higher from the second quarter of this year.

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Deals & Signings

Tubular Labs Hires Marc Schraer to Lead Sales

Video analytics startup Tubular Labs has named Marc Schraer its new senior vice presidnet of sales and customer success.



Believe Entertainment Group Makes Two Key Hires

Digital studio Believe Entertainment Group has hired Evan Fleischer as its new executive vice president of brand partnerships and business development, and Shane McGrath as its new executive vice president of ad sales.


Kamcord nabs another $15 million for mobile game videos

Mobile game video platform Kamcord just raised another $15 million in funding: Kamcord’s Series B is led by Japanese game publisher GungHo, with Tencent and Wargaming also participating.


The Collective Shuts Down Music-Management Business to Focus on Digital Studio CDS (Exclusive)

Michael Green, chairman of the Collective and its digital-focused Collective Digital Studio division, said he is shuttering the company’s music-management division to focus entirely on the digital-video business.



National Geographic in Deal With China’s Tencent

Some 300 hours of National Geographic Channel documentaries will be available in China following a deal between Fox International Channels and online giant Tencent.


Streaming Video News

Midnight Pulp Launches as Streaming Service for Genre Videos

There’s a new place on the Internet for fans of horror, sci-fi and cult films. Streaming service Midnight Pulp has launched from multi-platform distributor Digital Media Rights with a library of genre films and television shows from around the world. The over-the-top channel has a free, ad-supported tier and a subscription tier, which includes director’s cuts and bonus features, that starts at $5 a month.



Zype Helps Video Publishers Look Beyond YouTube By Building Their Own Sites And Apps

Video startup Zype unveiled its online video platform today, which it says can help publishers grow and monetize their audiences.



Netflix wants to hook up with your cable company in 2015

Netflix’s new strategy to take on cable involves becoming best friends with cable: The video streaming service has been working hard to get its app included on set-top boxes of cable, fiber and satellite TV operators, and has been looking to strike deals with major U.S. operators.



‘Marco Polo’ Review: Dominic Patten On Netflix’s Fabulous New Epic

Empires, betrayal, bloodshed and seduction on an epic scale. That’s the semi-historical account of Marco Polo coming from Netflix on Dec. 12. And, as my video review above says, while it may not be the most original show out there on streaming-video platforms or otherwise, it is a feast to be savored.


N3Twork Adds Chromecast Support, Eyes Paid Content in the Future

N3twork, one of several video startups that wants to make it easier for viewers to find the online videos they want to watch, now supports Google Chromecast.


YouTube News

Agency’s ‘Epic Holiday Office Remix’ Video Goes Super-Viral

Toronto-based independent healthcare digital marketing agency Klick Health appears to be winning the YouTube view count competition when it comes to agency holiday messages. The video, launched December 1, has achieved close to 600,000 views.

Media Post

A Private Label YouTube Shows The Power Of Data Monetization

JW Player, an NYC-based startup that provides an alternative video ecosystem for content creators, has an enviable advantage: data from hundreds of billions of sessions in which people watched videos on a wide range of devices all over the world. Today, JW Player announced the first version of its “Trends in OnLine Video” report, an analysis of what it has discovered from sifting through all of this data.



YouTube For Android Gets Offline Playback… But In India, Indonesia And Philippines Only

Here’s something neat. Google has introduced offline video playback for YouTube mobile users. That’s an exciting feature but there’s bad news for most TechCrunch readers: it’s only available on Android devices in India, Indonesia or the Philippines at this point.



YouTube’s Rewind Features Its Own Stars — and That Devil Baby

Selfies, Ice Buckets and Singing Star in YouTube’s Annual Recap Video


Videos to Watch Right Now

Web Series Wednesday: Miracles, Virality, and Reality

This week’s selection of web series invites you into the “corporate world,” an inn where Judd Hirsch talks about miracles, and behind the scenes of a (fake) reality TV series. If that doesn’t pique your interest, try Netflix.


Media News

‘Frozen’ Named Google Play’s Movie of the Year

The data team at Google Play has crunched the numbers to determine the most popular movies, TV shows, books and music on the online store, and according to the tech giant Disney had a big year.

The movie of the year was the studio’s animated hit Frozen, which also scored album of the year thanks to the the success of Let it Go. Disney’s Pixar, meanwhile, had the top comeback movie of the year with Toy Story.


CineAsia: Exhibitors Urged to Monetize Digital Investments Through Interactive Ads

Exhibitors can now monetize their digital investment using interactive, branded entertainment during the preshow period and with experiential video walls in their lobbies, panelists at CineAsia said.



Sling Media Mocks TV Everywhere As Pay TV Service Struggles For Awareness

Here’s the latest headache for pay TV’s PR and marketing execs: Sling Media (part of Charlie Ergen’s empire at Dish Network and EchoStar) just launched an ad and social-media campaign that ridicules TV Everywhere – the cable and satellite initiatives that stream programming to subscribers.


Annual Vlogbrother-Led Charity Campaign, Project for Awesome, Starts Today

Project for Awesome, a yearly YouTube campaign that raises money for multiple charities, starts today and will last up through December 16.



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