Thursday 6.19: News to Know

/ Jun 19, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Chelsea Handler Books Late-Night Show with Netflix — Sort Of
After months of speculation, Netflix has announced a deal with comedienne Chelsea Handler to produce a late-night talk show for the streaming service. It’s a landmark deal for Netflix and the late-night community, not the least of which because Netflix has popularized the binge/on-demand model, which allows its customers to watch content whenever and wherever they want.


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Opinions & Analysis

Could an Aereo Victory Be The Kick In the Pants the TV Biz Needs?

A court victory by Aereo would be enormously disruptive for broadcasters, many of whom have not yet found a way to meet consumer demand for mobile video.



Why YouTube’s Indie Music Brawl Is Not As Dire As It Sounds

British singer Adele became the poster child overnight for a new outrage: YouTube and a small number of independent music labels are fighting over the terms of YouTube’s upcoming paid music streaming service, and the fate of those labels’ videos on YouTube is blurry.





Deals & Signings

New Jukin Media Hires to Upgrade CMS for Company’s Licensing Business

Jukin Media has hired Jerry Boonstra as its new chief technology officer, and Theresa Tran as its new head of product.


Twitter to Acquire Live Video Platform SnappyTV

Twitter has agreed to acquire SnappyTV, a live video platform, to boost its Twitter Amplify program, the company announced early Thursday.



Why It Matters That Netflix Closed Its Public API

On June 13, Netflix’s VP of Edge Engineering, Daniel Jacobson, sent the following letter to the service’s third-party developers





Streaming Video News

Hulu Wrangles Mexican Rodeo Reality Series ‘Los Cowboys’ for October Debut

Following the success of one of its most-watched original shows, “East Los High,” Hulu will debut “Los Cowboys,” another series targeted towards Hispanic millennials. Set to premiere in October, otherwise known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, the reality series will enter production this summer.




Amazon Gets Exclusive Rights to ‘Wallace and Gromit,’ ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Series is now streaming “Wallace and Gromit,” “Shaun the Sheep” and other animated series and specials under an exclusive licensing pact with Aardman Animations on its Prime Instant Video service in the U.S.


Turner Uses Funny Or Die Connection To Lure Fiat For New Round Of Advertising

After stuffing an Italian family of three in the backseat of its cars to humorous effect, Fiat is going to introduce a new clan from the land of pasta and espresso – a ploy that executives at Time Warner’s Turner hopes generates interest from a broader set of advertisers.


DramaFever is reportedly teaming up with AMC for new subscription sites

We already knew that DramaFever is venturing into horror and documentaries. What we didn’t know that it was partnering with AMC for these new sites.


Manolo Cardona Joins Netflix’s ‘Narcos’; Jennie Jacques In History’s ‘Vikings’

Manolo Cardona has joined the cast of Netflix’s drama series Narcos as a series regular. Written by Chris Brancato and directed by Jose Padilha, Narcos is the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict.


YouTube News

YouTube is coming to cable TV set-top boxes, with a little help from the cloud

Cable subscribers are starting to get access to YouTube and other online video services, thanks to cloud-based technology that brings modern apps to legacy set-top boxes


Videos Show Up for 65% of Universal Search Results for U.S. Users, YouTube Dominates

Anyone that has been using Google to search for pretty much anything since 2007 will be familiar with its Universal Search Results feature. Also known as ‘blended results’, this is the way Google returns many different search listings for a query, whether that’s images, news, or shopping results, or videos – all based upon the particular key phrase and the intent behind it. Not every query will trigger Universal Search Results, but a new study from Searchmetrics, states that 85% of search queries in the U.S. do, with video content now appearing for around 65% of user queries. 54% of those video results are YouTube videos.


Media News

Ooyala Notes Striking Increase in Global Mobile Video Views

Whether you’re on your way to work or sitting at a coffee shop, you’re bound to notice an increasing number of people staring at their mobile phones — and many of them are watching videos. According to Ooyala’s Q1 2014 Global Video Index, mobile and tablet viewing has increased by 133% since their 2013 Index, with 21.5% of all video plays now taking place on mobile devices and tablets.


The Whistle Sets Distribution Pact with AVP Beach Volleyball

Digital sports network The Whistle continues to add new pro-sports league partners to its content library. The company has inked a distribution deal with the Association of Volleyball Professionals, the top beach volleyball tour in the US.




Woven Digital Selects Iris.TV to Cross-Distribute Content on Its Sites

Woven Digital, the digital media publisher behind male-focused sites like BroBible, Uproxx, Barstool Sports, and The Chive, is implementing a new video distribution system across its network via a partnership with video-recommendations engine Iris.TV.


New Short Film from Vice to Feature…Maine Lobstermen?

Who knew that being a lobsterman in Maine could be so…dark? Vice did, and from that knowledge comes the short film “A Piece of the Bottom.” Set to premiere worldwide on June 24, the film is based on real events that took place on Maine’s coastline.


Vsauce Makes Appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

With over 7.3 million subscribers on YouTube, fact-finder and internet explorer Vsauce mastermind, Michael Stevens, recently made an appearance on television. Showing up as a guest last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Stevens didn’t use the opportunity to take a break for disseminating astonishing truths about the universe. In fact, he gave Kimmel the following gem after talking to the show’s producers.



Advertising & Ad Platorms

SpotXChange teamed up with DoubleVerify to further eliminate video ad fraud within the SpotXChange network. “Our partnership will provide the transparency and confidence that advertisers expect in order to move more of their video ad dollars online,” DoubleVerify CEO Wayne Gattinella said.


Media Post

Video Views Via Mobile/Tablet Up 532% Since 2012–But Don’t Forget Connected TVs

The unmistakable data about how mobile and tablets have become the place to be for online video continues, with release of Ooyala’s Q1 2014 Global Video Index, a usually useful barometer of all things Officially Happening.

But if you want to pull back from the coronation of the itty-bitty screens for just a moment, Ooyala says viewers who watch videos for 10 minutes or more “tended to be somewhat device agnostic, although the size and quality of the display likely figured into viewing choices.”

Media Post

MTV2 Orders ‘Fatawesome’ Comedy Pilot From Viral Video Duo

Fatawesome duo Justin Parker and Jimmy Craig snagged 18.5M views with their 2012 comedy short Cat-Friend vs Dog-Friend, which envisioned in sweetly humorous gags how friends would act if they were animals. Two years and many more comedy videos later the two are set to star in and executive produce their own untitled half-hour sketch comedy pilot, which MTV2 has ordered. Ryan Ling and PJ Morrison, who are executive producers on the network’s Guy Code, will also EP with showrunner Morrison directing the pilot episode.



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