Thursday 3.13: News to Know

/ Mar 13, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Amazon Is Raising The Price Of Its Prime Subscription Service To $99

Amazon announced on its home page today that it has raised the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 per year. Prime gives you access to unlimited free two-day shipping on many items, plus access to thousands of streaming movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video, a service similar to Netflix.

Business Insider


Deadline Hollywood

NY Times

Opinions and Analysis

Stop Complaining About The Amazon Prime Price Increase — We Crunched The Numbers And It’s Totally Worth It

Amazon increased the price of its Prime subscription service today. It now costs $99 per year instead of $79. That’s a big price jump. But if you break it all down, Prime is still a killer deal, especially if you rely heavily on Amazon.

Business Insider

Streaming Video News

Netflix to Emmys: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is a Comedy

Netflix plans to submit “Orange Is the New Black” as a comedy series at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The prison dramedy, created by Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”), tells the story of an upper-middle-class white woman who’s imprisoned due to some poor decisions she made during a particularly rebellious stage in her life. Across the 13-episode first season, the character, Piper, has to deal with a world that she’s not all-too-familiar with.


Amazon’s Connected Set-Top Will Offer Rivals Netflix and Hulu Plus

Amazon has been working on a streaming set-top box (in the vein of Apple TV or a Roku) for quite some time now. As we’ve previously said, the box would allow Amazon to completely own an internet-connected consumer platform, and with that, have the ability to drive viewers to its library of TV content and its growing slate of originals.


DreamWorks’ ‘Puss in Boots,’ ‘King Julien,’ and ‘Veggie Tales’ Join the Netflix Original Family

Last June, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation announced a landmark deal to produce more than 300 hours worth of original programming tied to the studio’s film franchises. So far, we have seen one original project come out of this agreement: “Turbo FAST,” which debuted on Netflix last December.


Deadline Hollywood


Survey Finds More U.S. Consumers Use Netflix Over YouTube

Whoa, wait… What? YouTube is not at the top of the heap in a survey about online video site usage? I’m confused. Is the world about to end? Nope, no flaming ball hurtling toward Earth to end all life. By now you are wondering what I am going on about are you not? Well, in a recent survey, more people said they use Netflix than those who said they use YouTube. It’s not a massive margin but…tide, turned.


Netflix’s Major HR Innovation: Treating Humans Like People

What if instead of bureaucracy, a booming company relied on common sense?

Fast Company

Netflix and Spotify help drive UK home entertainment revenues to £5.3bn

New figures show that three-fifths of Britain’s video, video games and music sales are now derived from the internet

The Guardian

Aereo Updates

This Man Has The TV Industry Scared To Death

Aereo, a company that lets you stream live network TV (NBC, ABC, Fox, PBS, etc.) to your computer, smartphone or tablet, is gearing up for a big Supreme Court battle this spring with those networks that could dismantle the startup. The networks claim Aereo violates copyright by allowing customers to record TV shows in a virtual DVR that lets you stream shows later to your device.

Business Insider

YouTube News

Mamrie Hart: Actor, Drinker, and Established Writer

Starting her career as a comedic actor, Mamrie Hart felt she had two options, either writing or acting, but not both. On “Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link,” Mamrie explained how YouTube allowed her to “converge those two things.” On YouTube, you may have noticed that not everyone scripts their show. Mamrie writes some of her jokes in advance but also adlibs with Grace Helbig on the popular “You Deserve a Drink.” However, Hart’s writing skills did come in particularly handy when it involved a larger project with her YouTube pals.


Hacking the YouTube ‘Creator Playbook’: Exploring Metadata

By now, you should have a polished YouTube channel to call your own. Unfortunately, that’s only the beginning of making your channel a successful one. We will now show you how to optimize your channel’s viewership, starting today with metadata. Including information like titles, tags, and video descriptions, metadata will help index your videos for searches and provide context for new audiences. Let’s get started with some introductory metadata tips.


4 Strategies That Guarantee YouTube Channel Growth

Anyone who’s a creator on YouTube wants to know the answer to this question: How do I grow my audience on YouTube? It makes sense because no one wants to invest countless hours into creating videos and feel like they’re not actually reaching people. We want people to see our videos. We want them to change lives, influence people and even financially support us.


Media News

NY Times and PBS’ POV Launch New Digital Documentary Initiative

PBS’ award-winning independent documentary series POV (Point-of-View) is collaborating with The New York Times on a new initiative for 2014 through which both outlets will release digital documentaries online, accompanied by additional editorial and video content.


IAB Wants to Eliminate the Ad-View as a Viable Metric

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has released an updated version of its “Digital Video In-Stream Ad Metric Definitions” — the first time the organization has made an updated to this list of terms since 2009.


BBC Redesigns iPlayer, Dives Deeper into Online Originals

The primary focus for BBC’s iPlayer remains the British broadcaster’s TV channels and programming. But that doesn’t mean BBC isn’t interested in distributing original online content through the digital video service, whose apps have been downloaded more than 28 million times since launching in 2007.



Industry Highlights

UCLA and USC Film Schools Announce ‘Future of TV’ Conference

UCLA and USC, the two most prominent film schools in California, are teaming up for a conference called “Transforming Hollywood: The Future of Television.” Scheduled for Friday, April 4 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater, the event aims to examine the “radical changes taking place in the American television industry for creators, distributors, and audiences.”



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