Thursday 3.12.15: News to Know

/ Mar 12, 2015

Digital video industry news today

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Gv8cM1

Variety http://bit.ly/1HD5ghz

Deadline http://bit.ly/1Mu4lRA

Reuters http://reut.rs/1C9SxnQ

THR http://bit.ly/1Mu4rbD

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1EYlrGu

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1wY3WoI

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1EejNzh

LA Times http://lat.ms/1xgbrlJ

AdAge http://bit.ly/1HJoX7y

FastCo http://bit.ly/1b4inOh

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1GI8536

 

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1D9BVfZ

 

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.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1ECEHe1

 

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1GvgAep

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1NOm49I

Reuters http://reut.rs/1GIaUkU

Forbes http://onforb.es/1C9r5H1

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/18D2NY7

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1C81Pkm

The Next Web http://tnw.co/1E7ODqB

THR http://bit.ly/1FRIL7v

TheWrap http://bit.ly/18eyN4S

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18CWbZw

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1wxNxXO

 

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.

THR http://bit.ly/1ECEK9Q

 

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

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1L15g09

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Bz0T57

 

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).

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18CXJTs

 

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

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ECgDbi

 

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1MtQMmN

 

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1F2soWY

 

‘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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1MtZkdn

 

Industry Highlights

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1C9H73n

 

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.

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1b4upac

 

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