Thursday 4.2.15: News to Know

/ Apr 2, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Sling TV Has Good News for Those Who Want HBO but Won’t Pay for TV

As part of a deal between parent companies Dish Network and Time Warner, Sling TV will offer HBO in time for the April 12 season premiere of the network’s highest-rated show “Game of Thrones.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xDir1x

Variety http://bit.ly/1ITRY0Q

USA Today http://usat.ly/1DqAg6p

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1MFvuWT

TheVerge http://bit.ly/1P2h3Lc

Deadline http://bit.ly/1bPGQqL

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1F3grgr

TNW http://tnw.co/1BTurZ3

Reuters http://reut.rs/1DrkDf1

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1xZ8Hz5

Business Insider http://read.bi/1amOkB8

ReadWrite http://bit.ly/1ITVqbJ

NYT http://nyti.ms/1amKXdy

AP http://apne.ws/1EKlveJ

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1GOYFlu

 

Opinions & Analysis

Why April Fools’ Day Is No Joke for Brands

It’s no surprise that April Fools Day makes a big impact on YouTube. There, pranks captured in video form can be shared with limitless viewers, and brands are naturally wise to this. In fact, it’s pretty much expected of any large brand to come up with some sort of April Fools’ “prank” on the internet today, as summed up in report from European MCN Divimove.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19L9M1P

 

Why the Cable Companies You Hate May Be Forced to Compete Online

The largest U.S. cable companies may be approaching a cliff they’ve long tried to avoid — competition with each other. As a slew of companies, from Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV to Sony Corp., begin to offer online television viewing, cable providers may be forced to respond with their own nationwide live streaming packages, or lose even more subscribers, said Rich Greenfield, an analyst at BTIG LLC in New York.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1NKfpwi

 

Deals & Signings

AOL Nets Video Deal with Fox Sports

AOL and Fox Sports have inked an expansive video syndication deal with AOL that includes the sports network’s online original series as well as TV clips and game highlights.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CB8lNE

 

EBay Begins Streaming Live Sotheby’s Auctions

Sotheby’s held two auctions in its York Avenue showrooms, allowing eBay users to place bids online, in real time, along with on-site and telephone bidders and visitors to its own website, which has carried live auctions since 2010.

NYT http://nyti.ms/1Dxny4a 

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1bPBOdP

 

Huayi Brothers Partner With TPG-Backed Hollywood Studio

China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corp. agreed to a three-year film-financing deal with STX Entertainment, a startup studio founded by Hollywood producer Robert Simonds and TPG Capital Management.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1al1Mpo

 

Streaming Video News

Netflix Renews ‘Bloodline’ for Second Season

Netflix has ordered a second season for “Bloodline,” a little over a week after the family drama first premiered on the streaming service.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ITP7Fa

 

Web Series Wednesday: Get Fooled Today

If you’ve spent any time on the internet today, you’re well aware that plenty of fools are celebrating April 1. We wanted to remind you that not everyone reserves such celebrations for this designated day. The following prank series showcase the human capacity for making others feel foolish, and sometimes even elated, through practical jokes. Happy April Fools’ Day.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DriFeL

 

Netflix Sets Premiere Date for ‘Chef’s Table’ Foodie Docu-Series from David Gelb

Netflix is hoping subs will salivate over “Chef’s Table”: Its first docu-series, from filmmaker David Gelb and slated to debut April 26 worldwide, concerns the rarefied world of international chefs.

Variety http://bit.ly/1FhJ9wC

 

Starz Set For Middle East Launch With Starz Play Arabia

Starz Play Arabia marks the first Starz-branded service outside of the U.S.

Variety http://bit.ly/1ajizZZ

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1EHWkth

THR http://bit.ly/1GjF2lh

Deadline http://bit.ly/1bQLBR6

 

Apple reportedly wants networks to handle streams for internet TV service

According to a report from Recode, Apple wants TV networks to provide their own streams for the company’s upcoming internet TV service, which will compete against the likes of Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue.

The Verge http://bit.ly/19LhIQG

 

Amazon Developing Drama Based On ‘Boy In The Suitcase’ Mystery Books

Another best-selling Scandinavian mystery book series is looking to make the leap to American TV. I’ve learned that Amazon Studios has put in development an untitled drama project based on The Boy In The Suitcase mystery/thriller books by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, published by SoHo Crime.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1P2e8lV

 

YouTube News

Flula Borg YouTube Channel banned in Germany

Flula Borg is by far the most popular German YouTuber in the United States, and in fact he’s got an upcoming TV show to prove it. That’s why we were shocked to learn that far from being a national hero back home, Flula’s channel is actually blocked in his native Germany.

New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1yCZyqr

 

Industry Highlights

New Form Will Bring Joe Penna, Arden Rose to MIP Digital Fronts

New Form Digital will present at this year’s MIP Digital Fronts on Wednesday, April 15 at 4pm in the Grand Auditorium of Cannes’ Palais des Festivals.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ITPlMn

 

Kathleen Grace on New Form’s Desire for the ‘Cinematic’

Kathleen Grace is in charge of one of the most interesting companies in the digital entertainment space.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Driu2P

 

FilmBuff Elevates Mickey Slevin, Scott Kaplan to Exec Management Team

FilmBuff has promoted Mickey Slevin to chief operating officer, a new position at the indie film distributor.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ITPCPB

 

Hulu Wins Ruling in Facebook Privacy Case, but Plaintiffs Vow Appeal

Hulu cleared a hurdle in a years-long legal battle against opponents wanting to extract a price for alleged privacy breaches on Facebook — but the Internet TV service is not out of the woods yet.

Variety http://bit.ly/1I7mwyy 

NYT http://nyti.ms/1yCTkqx

THR http://bit.ly/1MFyGBQ

Reuters http://reut.rs/1I7oJdm

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1ITY8xY

 

Orange Urged to Seek European Partner for Dailymotion

The French government Wednesday urged partially state-owned telecoms operator Orange SA to explore European solutions for its video streaming unit Dailymotion before entering into the final phase of a possible transaction with a Chinese investor.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1y0yW8h

 

Charter Needs More Than Cable Mergers to Repel Online Threat

Charter Communications Inc. is already talking about more potential mergers after agreeing Tuesday to buy Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. It will need more than acquisitions to deflect the growing online competition that threatens the traditional cable business.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1HiGS4p

 

Nasdaq Builds Nursery for Start-Ups

The Nasdaq OMX Group has long courted technology companies as they seek to go public. But its latest initiative is aimed at helping entrepreneurs well before they even consider taking their businesses to the stock markets.

NYT http://nyti.ms/1bPBdJe

 

Shine Australia CEOs Exiting Amid Endemol Shine Consolidation

Brothers Mark and Carl Fennessy are set to exit as joint CEOs of Shine Australia after their contract with the newly merged Endemol Shine Group expires later this year. The move is the latest in the wake of the 50-50 joint venture formed late last year between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1xDepWT

 

 

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