Thursday 3.12.15: News to Know
AwesomenessTV to Go Over-the-Top via Two Channels with Verizon
Maker Studios is on Dish Network’s Sling TV. AwesomenessTV will go over-the-top with the help of Verizon.
LA Times http://lat.ms/1xgbrlJ
Opinions & Analysis
The Changing Scope of Virtual Reality
Virtual reality has come a long way in such a short amount of time. Evolving from a mere fad in the late 80’s and early 90’s into something far more intricate for this generation of technology, it’s about to lead a major shift in how consumers can interact with products, whether they’re immersive 3D games or movie-style experiences.
How Google Play is Closing the App Gap With Apple
As huge as YouTube is around the globe, it’s not the only clout Google brings to the content business. Google Play is available on more than 1 billion devices in over 190 countries thanks to its anchor position on Android, which has an 81% market share of the world’s mobile operating systems.
How Maker Studios plans to take over the world
Fifteen months ago, Disney-owned Maker Studios barely had an international business presence. Over the last year, the multichannel network has built a European headquarters in London and regional offices in Singapore, Germany and France. It’s also planning to build offices in Latin America to increase its presence there as well.
Deals & Signings
China’s Alibaba Poised for $200 Million Snapchat Investment, Says Report
Messaging app Snapchat is poised to receive a $200 million investment from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, according to a report by Bloomberg. Alibaba has not confirmed the investment.
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1E7ODqB
LA Times http://lat.ms/1b3X4fD
Intel to Release Fourth Installment of Branded Film Series, ‘Inside,’ on Hulu
Intel has partnered with Dell on the fourth installment of its branded film series, “Inside,” which will debut this March 25 on Hulu.
StarMaker Raises $6.5M to Grow Music/Video App, Talent Network
The startup says it will use the funds to launch new programming initiatives as well as make improvements to its app platform and video network — with a continued focus on finding and growing new music talent.
Disney/ABC Forges New, Expanded Deal with Yahoo
The expanded pact will include a Yahoo segment on ‘GMA,’ ABC entertainment shows on Yahoo and content from Katie Couric on ABC News.
Streaming Video News
WATCH THIS: Netflix Releases Original Series ‘Bloodline’ Featurette
Netflix’s new original series, “Bloodline,” will come out on the streaming service this March 20. To get potential viewers excited about the series, Netflix has released this featurette
PlayStation Debuts Original, Live-Action Series ‘Powers’
“Powers” is now available for people to watch on PS3 and PS4 in addition to PlayStation’s YouTube channel (if you’re just looking for episode one) and website. The first episode runs for one hour and is free for everyone.
Web Series Wednesday: Cooking Out of the Box
If you want to be entertained while learning a new recipe–or just be entertained, in some cases–these cooking shows on the web are for you. Three of them start off with the premise of cooking as a single person, while all five present unique takes on approaching your home kitchen. You’ll laugh, cry, and maybe learn how to make some pretty decent red pepper soup (but stay far away from Henry’s chili for one).
WATCH THIS: AOL Releases First Trailer for First Long-Form Series
AOL is ready to launch its first long-form original series, “Connected,” which will debut on March 31. Here’s the first trailer for the docu-series, which will document the lives of six New Yorkers and their significant others, as recorded by the subjects themselves
Netflix Ups the Stakes With Big ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Deal
Netflix has flexed its financial muscles once again, shelling out $12 million on March 2 for the rights to Cary Fukunaga’s feature “Beasts of No Nation” in a continued bid for cinematic legitimacy — and as a warning to competitors.
Facebook Dives Into March Madness with Turner Live-Streaming Deal
Social-media giant Facebook is teaming with Turner Sports to live-stream coverage of the NCAA’s March Madness college basketball bracket announcement Sunday.
‘Firefly’ Stars Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion Reunite for Crowdfunded ‘Con Man’ Series
The series is a lighthearted take on the personalities, luminaries, comic book stores, and characters the duo have encountered during their years in the sci-fi community and convention circuit.
Showtime’s OTT Video Service Is Coming Soon
Last September, CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves hinted at the possibility of Showtime, much like its premium cable rival HBO, launching an over-the-top video service in the future — though, at the time, he wasn’t so sure about the timing. “Is there some time in the future when that could happen? Absolutely. I don’t know when that is,” he had said.
New mobile app hunts Meerkat by streaming live on Facebook, Twitter, email, and SMS
When a new app enters a space dominated by a major player, it can be a very tough path to success. Even when that major player has only been around for two weeks. Such is the road ahead for Stre.am, a brand-new live-streaming app launching tomorrow and aiming to take on Meerkat, the big boy in the space.