Thursday 6.5: News to Know

/ Jun 5, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Xbox Announces a Slew of New Entertainment Apps

Xbox One and Xbox 360 just loaded up with a whole lot of new apps, boasting 45 entertainment opportunities in all. The apps include everything from Twitter for television and Vine to HBO GO, Major League Gaming, and MTV. This marks an overall 25% increase in the company’s app catalogue, which will be available for users all over the world.









Opinions & Analysis

Study: Audiences Increasingly Going Mobile for Entertainment 84% of category ads contained video, rich media

A study conducted by global mobile video advertising firm Vdopia found that mobile consumption of entertainment-themed media is sharply on the rise. The information was pulled from the Vdopia Mobile Insights (VMI) Series, which takes a look at brand and consumer behavior across the Silicon Valley-based company’s global reach of 330 million people. Past studies in the VMI Series have zeroed in on automobile and multicultural topics.



The Triple Crown of Digital Marketing: Video, Mobile and Audience

This Saturday, California Chrome will become the 34th horse in history to race for the elusive Triple Crown, one of the most renowned feats in all of sports. What’s the equivalent of the Triple Crown in digital marketing? What “races” does an advertiser need to win to be considered one of the best of all time?

Media Post


Online TV Usage Soars Cross-Platform

Online TV usage across all devices almost tripled in year-to-year comparisons. An Adobe study says when looking all online TV-video consumption — so-called TV Everywhere, content provided by TV networks through digital sites, as well as non-authenticated online video — there was a 246% year-over-year rise.

Media Post


Media Shift: World Cup To Score More Mobile Viewers

When it comes to big sports events like the upcoming World Cup, TV still rules the media landscape. But more streaming options mean soccer fans will be tuning in on multiple devices to catch the action kicking off in Brazil on June 12.

Media Post

Streaming Video News

Netflix Series ‘BoJack Horseman’ Gets Stellar ’90s Website

The anticipation for Netflix’s new animated series, “BoJack Horseman,” continues to grow with a hilariously ‘90s-style “Actor Website.” The original show stars Will Arnett as Horseman, a former actor on a sitcom from nearly two decades past, in which he serves as an adoptive parent for three, orphaned children.



Netflix Names Slow ISPs in Your Browser, Verizon in Particular

After agreeing to a deal with Verizon this past April that involved paying for high-speed internet, Netflix released a new tool that tells viewers when their ISPs are falling short of expectations. If a broadband provider’s bandwidth can’t keep up with “Orange Is the New Black,” the viewing Netflix customer will know exactly what network is responsible for the delay.



Business Insider


Digital Spotlight

Netflix played the mash-up game with its two originals Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black in a new spot to promote the second season of OITNB hitting the service this Friday.



‘Surviving Jack’ Actress Lili Reinhart Joins Amazon Pilot ‘Cocked’

Up-and-coming actress Lili Reinhart (“Surviving Jack”) has been cast in Amazon Studios’ pilot “Cocked,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.’

The Wrap


Netflix & Co. will soon make more money than movie theaters

Netflix and other video services are growing so fast, they could soon make more money that movie theaters.



OS X Yosemite Ends Super Annoying Netflix Problem

We love Netflix, but every time the company pesters us to download Silverlight again we cringe just a little bit. Thankfully this small annoyance is finally coming to an end for Mac users, though you’ll have to download OS X Yosemite first.

Business Insider

YouTube News

Sports MCN The Whistle Buys The Lacrosse Network

The Whistle, a sports digital media company and multi-channel network backed by several media and sports heavyweights, has acquired The Lacrosse Network.






Choose Your Own Adventure: A Roundtable on Secondary Gaming Channels with iJustine, Jimmy Wong, Joey Graceffa, and Smosh

While few would deign to disrespect baseball’s longest held title, those born into a post-Nintendo world know the harsh truth: The greatest pastime of this generation isn’t going out and having a catch, it’s flexing the thumbs for an afternoon of all-out console warfare.



Hacking the YouTube ‘Playbook for Brands’: Annotate Like a Pro

Having gotten people to click on your brand’s videos with stellar thumbnails, you can now make them click to more of your videos via annotations. Described as “clickable overlays” for your videos and rated higher than thumbnails by the Brand Playbook in terms of impact, annotations allow viewers to interact with your videos, thus providing a more meaningful watching experience.



Shaftesbury and Youth Culture Launch Digital Agency to Reach Millennials

Production company Shaftesbury and agency Youth Culture have launched Shift2, a new digital agency focused on making and marketing digital content on YouTube.



YouTube Tells Indie Music Publishers to Sign Up or Lose Out

Music has always played an important role on YouTube. According to the most recent comScore numbers, VEVO pulls in over 35 million unique viewers to the site. Just last month Rihanna’s VEVO channel became the first to top 5 billion views, although who knows how many of those could be fakes with VEVO’s main hub losing over 62 million views just last month. But the music scene is much richer than just the VEVO videos. Indie labels like Keep Your Soul are helping artists like Madilyn Bailey find their audience.



Ooh Busted … YouTube To Be Taken Before European Commission For ‘Bullying’ Indie Music

Well, IMPALA, the independent music coalition recently threatened to take YouTube before the European Commission for “bully” tactics — now they’ve gone and done it. A joint complaint from several smaller labels, the coalition put out a statement that read:

IMPALA, the European independents association, will be spearheading a complaint with the EC. The complaint will include a request for urgent intervention to stop YouTube carrying out any blocking measures or issuing new threats. Regulatory action is seen as an essential safeguard against abusive conduct and to promote real competition and diversity in the digital music market.


4 “MUST WATCH” Vertically-Focused MCNs – Stylehaul, MiTu, DanceOn, and TheWhistle

Here are 4 leading vertically-focused MCNs that I find to be particularly interesting for myriad reasons


Media News

‘Downsized’ Creator Teams with Soap Star on New Web Series ‘Weight’

Daryn Strauss, a writer and producer whose first web series, “Downsized,” was nominated by the Writers Guild Awards, is working on her next web series: “Weight.”




Google Opens Exclusive Video Ad Market for Select Publishers and Brands Only premium need apply

Google is launching a programmatic video marketplace that it says will only include premium publishers and select brands. Neal Mohan, vp of display and video advertising, announced the video ad platform today at a DoubleClick customer conference.



Media Post


Here’s How Much Music Video Behemoth Vevo Could Be Worth

Vevo, the music video service controlling much of YouTube’s major music label videos, is about to be shopped around to potential buyers, and could be valued at as much as three times its gross revenue: close to $1 billion.

Business Insider


‘Next Time on Lonny” Is Maker’s Parody of TV

You might be a little confused watching “Next Time on Lonny,” which started its second season this week, now on Maker.TV. The episode begins with a voiceover intoning, “Now Back To ‘Lonny In Los Angeles.’” After a brief clip—Lonny has moved to L.A. and met the cute neighbor, that same voice adds—“Next time, on an all new ‘Lonny,’” followed by another snippet.

Media Post

Industry Highlights

Digital-Video VC Luminari Capital Funds 6 Companies, Plans More Investments

Luminari Capital, a small Silicon Valley venture-capital firm focused on digital video that counts Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB among its backers, has revealed its initial six investments — and founder and managing partner Daniel Leff said he’s planning to announce more in the coming weeks.



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