Thursday 2.19.15: News to Know

/ Feb 19, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Jukin Media Launches Feed Product to Bring Viral Videos to the Larger Web

Before it had a TV show on Fox, Jukin Media was primarily known as the company that specializes in finding and acquiring, and then licensing viral YouTube clips to brands and media companies. Now the company is leveraging that ability to grow its footprint across the web.




Opinions & Analysis

The Value of Ads That Disappear

Snapchat believes that its strong social presence makes it stand out from other sites, enough so that it asks for a serious fee from advertisers–$750,000 daily for ads that disappear just as quickly as they’re seen. Now, a new article from Adage talks about the effectiveness of these ads.



DirecTV Tops Analysts’ Profit Estimates as New Customers Sign Up

DirecTV’s year-end price increases and customer signups helped profit exceed analysts’ estimates, while investors look ahead to U.S. approval of AT&T Inc.’s takeover of the country’s largest satellite-TV service.



Deals & Signings

SVOD Service Kidoodle.TV Gets Three New Content Partners

“Alex & the Kaleidoscope” from True Blue Media will be available on the service alongside Rainbow Songs Inc.’s “Dinostory” and BrightMoon Productions’ “Tea Time with Tayla.” All series will show up on Kidoodle.TV in “the coming weeks.”



Streaming Video News

Fusion to Debut Travel Series on Snapchat

Another series is coming to Snapchat via its Discover feature. From Fusion, the travel series called “Outpost: Into the World” will debut on the app on February 25.




Whalerock to Build Digital Channels for Kardashians, Howard Stern, Others

A trend that was essentially started by Glenn Beck, when he launched a digital streaming channel and sold it directly to his fans, is increasingly becoming commonplace online. Others, including Sarah Palin and Paula Deen, have since started similar ventures, with the hopes of bypassing traditional networks and other middlemen to deliver content to and engage with their audience directly.




Web Series Wednesday: Movie Stars on the Web

Web series are hardly strictly reserved for the likes of YouTube stars. The following, largely hilarious series star big screen actors and directors like Rob Corddry, David Wain, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks, and James Franco…and they seem just at home on the web as they do on TV or in the movies.



Chelsea Handler Rips E!, Says Upcoming Netflix Show Like ‘60 Minutes’ But ‘Faster, Cooler’

Chelsea Handler doesn’t yet know what her Netflix talk show is going to be like, but here’s a safe bet: It won’t be anything like her E! gig.



UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer Weighs YouTube Against Growing Options

The growth of platforms like Facebook and Snapchat has UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer considering his options versus YouTube as the leading digital video hub faces new challenges.



Industry Highlights

Vessel Makes Further Headway on Windowing Model

The momentum for Vessel continues. Universal Music Group, the Vivendi-owned music company and significant stake-holder of Vevo, has become the latest partner to window its content to the subscription service that Jason Kilar and his team launched in January.



Racked Launches First Scripted Series as Vox Media Starts Dressing Up Sites with Video

Vox Media’s tried on something new with its relaunch of fashion and beauty website Racked this month: a slate of original shows.



Huffington Post Is Making Its Own Satirical News Show

“As we like to say at HuffPost: come for the immigration debate, stay for the Kardashians.”

Observer Innovation


Facebook, Apple, Google eye virtual reality

Is virtual reality the next big thing? Technology giants think so. Facebook said lateTuesday it’s developing virtual reality apps. The Facebook apps are designed to work with the headset technology the giant social network acquired from Oculus VR, the company’s chief product officer Chris Cox said.

USA Today


Sony plans to spin off its video and sound division

Stumped by the volatility in the electronics business, Sony is reshuffling again in hopes of identifying and promoting its best sales generators and siphoning off those that are hampering the company.

USA Today



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