Thursday 12.26: News to Know
BBC Puts ‘Sherlock’ Mini-Episode on YouTube Ahead of Series Three
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and created by Steven Moffat, “Sherlock” is one of the most popular shows on BBC. It’s returning for a third series on January 1, after a two-year wait. (I don’t want to spoil anything for you if you haven’t seen it yet, but the end of the second series made the show’s eventual return a highly anticipated one.)
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Streaming Video News
Hulu Suffers Setback in Ongoing Video Privacy Lawsuit
Hulu won’t be able to escape the Video Privacy Protection Act. The online video company, which has been accused of illegally sharing its users’ viewing history to services like Facebook and comScore, has lost another appeal to dismiss the case in a federal court.
Top 10 Web Series of 2013
2013 may well be remembered as the year that the Internet established itself as a bona fide alternative to TV for original programming. But what Netflix, Amazon and Hulu accomplished isn’t really fundamentally different than TV in terms of production economics or even creative sensibility; the subscription VOD model is just the same old wine poured from newer (IP-delivered) bottles.
The Haps With Apps
Tencent launches an Internet TV set that links up with its WeChat messaging service
Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which owns the wildly popular messaging service WeChat, has launched a smart TV in China that features integration with the Chinese version of the chat app — known as Weixin — in terms of program controls and even payment solutions.
Fullscreen: At the Forefront of YouTube
When, in July 2013, Chernin Group, Comcast, and WPP invested a reported $30 million in multi-channel network Fullscreen, it wasn’t just a sign of traditional media’s interest in YouTube — Fullscreen indicated its goal of becoming a “global media company.” But what’s actually resulted is the redefinition of a media company in the YouTube space — and it’s why we’ve chosen Fullscreen as the MCN of 2013.
YouTube Leaders of the Year
The success of YouTube creators online usually comes down to two factors — targeting specific niches, and building shows on strong personalities. So to celebrate our favorite YouTubers, producers, and food-makers, we’ve broken them down by category.
Freddie Wong Can’t Stop, He Won’t Stop
The lights are dim and almost everyone has left for the holidays at the Rocket Jump studio in Burbank, California. Seated behind dual computer monitors, his metal-rimmed glasses reflecting soft electronic light, Freddie Wong renders what looks like a computer-generated explosion.
OFFICIAL ‘CAMP TAKOTA’ MOVIE TRAILER FINALLY DROPS ON YOUTUBE
After being left without a host earlier this year when Chill closed shop, Grace Helbig/Hannah Hart/Mamrie Hart movie vehicle “Camp Takota” shacked up with VHX and now finally has a trailer, watchable above.Tags: BBC, Camp Takota, Collective Digital Studio, Freddie Wong, Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Hulu, Mamrie Hart, Netflix, News2Know, Sherlock, Video Game High School, youtube