Thursday 4.2.15: News to Know
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.”
USA Today http://usat.ly/1DqAg6p
Business Insider http://read.bi/1amOkB8
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Starz Set For Middle East Launch With Starz Play Arabia
Starz Play Arabia marks the first Starz-branded service outside of the U.S.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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