Thursday 6.26: News to Know

/ Jun 26, 2014

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Google Presents Gaming-Focused Android TV Platform

Google introduced Android TV at its I/O conference today, marking a service that looks like its Apple and Roku counterparts but stresses gaming as a key component. Android TV will host YouTube and Netflix as apps in Google Play’s TV segment, along with Hulu and even PBS Kids.







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The Aereo Decision: 5 Likely Scenarios for What’s Next

In the hours after the Supreme Court ruling in Aereo, consumer groups declared a victory for rising cable prices.



Myth-Busting The Aereo Decision: No The Supreme Court Didn’t Kill It… Nor Did They Kill Dropbox

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that Aereo, the streaming TV service, is violating copyright law.



Now That Aereo Is Dead, Here Are The Best Ways To Watch TV Without Paying For Cable

Aereo, a TV streaming service, was declared illegal by the Supreme Court. Aereo charged $8 a month to stream broadcast stations like CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC. It also gave users an option to DVR shows from those networks. It would have been a decent alternative to paying for TV if it were legal.

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Streaming Video Is One Of The Most Popular Activities On Game Consoles

Half of U.S. households already own at least one video game console, and roughly one-third of these households use the devices to stream TV and movies to their television. That translates to about 19 million U.S. households using video game consoles as a TV streaming device, according to a recent report from BI Intelligence.

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Why It’s A Disaster That The Supreme Court Banned Aereo

The U.S. Supreme Court declared that Aereo, the company that redirects broadcast TV signals over the internet to your laptop, tablet, or phone, is illegal.

As a result, the company is toast. Its CEO, Chet Kanojia, has said there is no plan B if Aereo loses. The company will likely have to shut down.

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Online Video Ads Don’t Threaten Traditional TV: Study

Here’s a fun fact that summarizes RBC Capital Markets’ David Bank’s conclusion from his thorough examination this morning of the video ad marketplace — and the potential threat that digital poses to broadcast and pay TV: An entire week of YouTube is roughly as valuable to major advertisers as a single, first-run episode of The Big Bang Theory.



Les Moonves Says Court Win Over Aereo Is “Pro Consumer”: Video

“It certainly feels good to win as decisively as we did,” CBS chief Les Moonvestold Bloomberg Television’s Trish Regan in a victory lap after the Supreme Court sided with broadcasters’ challenge against Aereo. The case “wasn’t about technology. It was about theft,” he says.



After Aereo, What’s Next for Internet TV?

The Supreme Court shot down Aereo’s business model this week, but that doesn’t mean customers’ desire for a better TV experience is gone.


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Net2TV and Time Inc. Boast New Lineup of Streaming Shows
Net2TV, a media company that packages short-form video programming for connected TVs, has teamed up with Time Inc. to do just that for the latter’s signature brands. The partnership will kick off with the shows “People This Week,” “The Week in Time,” “Cooking Light,” “Inside Golf Magazine,” and “Southern Living,” all curated from short-form video that already exists in Time Inc.’s library.




YouTube, Amazon Start Playing Hardball With Sellers

The ascendance of digital media has given the Internet’s biggest distributors new market clout. And YouTube and Amazon are increasingly throwing their weight around with suppliers in disputes that are, to an unusual degree, public.



Chromecast Update Introduces An AirPlay-Like Android Mirroring Feature, Photo Backdrops And More

Chromecast, Google’s popular $35 dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, letting you stream video and music to your television, received a number of updates today, Google announced this morning at its I/O developer conference.



Time Inc. has partnered with professional sports leagues to launch live-streaming digital video network 120 Sports.

The network, which premieres today at 6 p.m. ET, represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the sports leagues, including Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the National Hockey League, the PGA Tour, the National Basketball Association and NASCAR. Digital sports media group Silver Chalice and college sports website Campus Insiders are also partners.



The 3 Reasons Netflix Decided On Its Straight-To-Series Viewing Model

Cindy Holland, Netflix’s head of original content, recently revealed why the on-demand Internet streaming service responsible for hits like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is The New Black” decided to produce shows with a straight-to-series model, forgoing networks’ traditional pilot seasons.

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Aereo Updates

Aereo Loses, Calls SCOTUS Ruling ‘Massive Setback for Consumers’

In a decision that favored the TV industry, the Supreme Court ruled today that online streaming startup Aereo’s business goes against the Copyright Act. The 6-3 decision pleased the likes of CBS, ABC, and other broadcast networks, who sued the startup for making their channels available online without paying the customary retransmission fees.








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Aereo Ruling Sidesteps Cloud Computing Copyright Question

As Aereo Inc.’s streaming-TV service was dealt a potentially fatal blow yesterday, the cloud-computing industry was more concerned about what the U.S.Supreme Court didn’t say.


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VidCon 2014: The Must-See List

VidCon promises to be a hectic few of days, especially if you’re in the industry. It can be hard to pick and choose from the convention’s compelling panels and successful YouTubers appearing left and right, not to mention the concerts and screenings. To help you sort through the mix of activities at VidCon (and provide hopefully a bit of direction), here are some of our don’t-miss picks for 2014.



Vidcon: Where Hollywood Meets the YouTuber Invasion

The fifth annual Vidcon is here, and it’s bigger than ever. Get used to reading that. The way things are going, it’s going to be true year after year, with no limit in sight.



Vidcon: The Latest Videos From 14 Top YouTube Stars in Anaheim

It’s time for Vidcon, the annual gathering of online video stars that started in a Los Angeles hotel basement just five years ago and has exploded into a three-day love fest that this year will attract more than 18,000 fans, creators and industry-types.



VidCon: NeonGrid Launches to Credit Online Video Industry

Hollywood has IMDb. Professionals have LinkedIn. And now online video and music creatives have NeonGrid.

The Culver City-based startup launched a crediting platform at VidCon in Anaheim on Thursday to help give everyone from on-camera talent to directors to sound mixers the ability to take credit for work that is posted online.



YouTube Unleashing the Power of Its Network at VidCon Google hopes to show brands the best of what its online influencers have to offer

YouTube has been on a roll promoting its top stars on everything from billboard advertisements to TV spots. And, it’s trying to take center stage at this year’sVidCon, where it hopes showcase just how much having one of these online influencers on a campaign can help a brand.



VidCon 2014 is Shaping Up to Be Biggest, Best Yet

Bigger. That’s the only word I could use to describe VidCon 2014 right now. The first thing that will catch your eye is the huge banner on the convention center; that is definitely new. And this year the population has grown from 14,000 to over 18,000 attendees. They have literally surpassed my hometown of Maumee, OH in size. This is just mind boggling.



Victorious, a New Mobile Startup, Wants to Put Creators in Control

Ask anyone within the YouTube creator ecosystem about their biggest pain points in building a business, and they will undoubtedly point to how: A) They don’t own their audience, and B) They need to be on mobile.

Now a group of veteran new-media executives, including several who have spent time at Google’s video giant, are launching Victorious, a mobile publishing platform that enables creators to do both — for free.




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Fullscreen Signs JennXPenn for Talent Management Deal

YouTube star JennXPenn (real name: Jenn McCallister) just inked a pact with Fullscreen. The deal puts Fullscreen’s talent management group in charge of McAllister’s business strategy, focusing on licensing, networking, and creating YouTube properties.




Defy Media Launches Creators Program with Kingsley, Others

Just in time for this year’s VidCon, Defy Media has unveiled its “Creators Program” — a new initiative at the digital media company to work with and build successful media brands with top online talent.





Tastemade Raises $25 Million from Scripps, Liberty Media

The media giant behind the Food Network also wants a slice of the biggest food network in online video. Tastemade, a digital food network that spans YouTube, mobile, and multiple digital syndication outlets, has closed a $25 million Series C round led by Scripps Networks Interactive. The investment will go toward the company’s continued development of its community and mobile app platform, which allows anyone to quickly create and share food videos and shows.





YouTube Rolls Out A Bigger Video Player Ahead Of Music Subscription Service Launch

Ahead of this morning’s keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference, the company has rolled out an upgraded video player on, which some people on Twitter are already noticing is significantly larger than before.



YouTube Pacts with SiriusXM for Weekly Music Radio Show with Jenna Marbles

YouTube star Jenna Marbles will host a weekly pop-music show on SiriusXM, under a deal between Google’s YouTube and the satellite radio service.




Sirius XM Debuts a YouTube Radio Show for Hot New Songs

Even as Sirius XM has bounced back from its financial troubles of past years to build the second largest entertainment subscriber base in the United States — with over 70 influential music channels — it has always privately resented not always being given full credit as a supporter of newsongs and emerging talent. The kind of talent that emerges on YouTube these days.


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Official World Cup Sponsors Can’t Keep Up in Ad Shares

Sponsors of the World Cup who paid anywhere from 13 to 20 million dollars for official association with the championship matches might be kicking themselves now in light of recent data. According to marketing technology platform Unruly, non-sponsors of the World Cup comprise nearly three quarters (71.2%) of online shares accumulated by related advertisements.



Spin-Offs Network All About Inter-Connected, Interactive Series

Currently in public beta mode, the Spin-Offs Network, executively produced by Scott Zakarin, brings together a world of inter-connected series. With characters appearing in multiple shows and collaborations described as “meta,” the network will launch officially in late July.




Meredith Foster to Make Guest Appearance in ‘HitStreak Summer”

ShowMobile debuts “HitStreak Summer” today, a new cycle of the “HitStreak” series made to fit mobile devices. New episodes will feature fashion and beauty YouTuber Meredith Foster, along with Maddie Ziegler of “Dance Moms” and viral Sia music video, “Chandelier.”



Coors Light Brews Video Series with Complex Media, Vevo, and XXL

MillerCoors’ beer brand Coors Light is teaming up with several major music media brands as part of a new marketing campaign to reach millennials with original video content and live events.



comScore Says that Over Half of Digital Media Time Spent is On Mobile Apps

In case there was any doubt, the Internet is now primarily a mobile medium. A new comScore report estimates that in May, 51% of digital media time was spent on mobile apps, while an amazing 60% of digital time was spent on mobile devices. That’s up from 50% a year ago.



Hulu’s Former CEO Raised A Whopping $75 Million For His Next Startup

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar recently announced his next venture, Vessel. Vessel has already snagged about $75 million, according to Re/code. It’s backed by Benchmark, Greylock, and Bezos Expeditions.

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ComScore Pushes Unified Video Measurement

In a quest for better metrics, comScore is pitching a new measurement strategy called “total video.” Given the shift to a multiscreen world where consumers watch video when they want and where they want, comScore outlined in a recently published white papera “holistic” measurement approach. This strategy would take into account these new behaviors while tracking unduplicated audiences across screens, the research firm said.

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