Thursday 7.10: News to Know

/ Jul 10, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Netflix, Crackle Are Going to the Primetime Emmys (Again)

Nominees for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and as expected Netflix is in the fold with major nominations for both “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.”


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Opinions & Analysis

7 Must-Read YouTube Tips for Gaming Brands

When it comes to gaming content on YouTube, brands certainly do have their place amongst the many Let’s Players that populate the platform. The former’s time to shine comes during the pre-launch period, when game marketers put out video announcements and trailers to get potential players amped. According to the Octoly YouTube and Video Games Report, 90% of the views surrounding a game’s pre-launch hype come from videos released by brands. After launch, however, this ratio begins to skew further in the opposite direction.



YouTube’s Potential Revenue Shortfall and Where That Leaves Creators
According to recent reports, YouTube accounts for $3.5 billion of the nearly $58 billion in revenue at Google. Although short of previous estimates as high as $5.6 billion last December, it is quite impressive that YouTube is profitable at all, considering that it ran in the red for at least its first five years in existence.



Commitment Issues? Not for Netflix, Hulu Fans

We take for granted the ability to stream video-on-demand at the time of our choosing and on whatever device we happen to have handy. This privilege applies equally to shows that originated on linear TV and ones that were created specifically for digital platforms. And we’re willing to pay for this content via monthly or annual subscriptions, or by watching ads.



Roku and Chromecast go head-to-head in streaming race, Apple TV falling behind

Google sold 3.8 million Chromecast streaming sticks last year, which makes the device about as popular as Roku’s streaming devices.



Finally, A Way To Find Movies Worth Watching On Netflix

Netflix is like the candy dish at your grandmother’s house. Most of the movies are crap, but you know, buried somewhere in there, is something worth your time.



Connected TV Market Crosses 1B Devices As Google Pins Its Hopes On Android TV

A new report from Strategy Analytics puts the global market for connected TV devices at over 1 billion currently installed units, which include smart TVs, set-top boxes like the Apple TV, game consoles, connected Blu-ray players and more.



Deals & Signings

Cable TV Veteran Laureen Ong Now on WWE Board of Directors

WWE announced the addition of Laureen Ong to its board of directors on Monday. With plenty of experience in the cable TV industry, Ong will be able to help with sales, marketing, management, and programming as WWE seeks to grow its digital hub.



Ross Levinsohn Appointed to DramaFever’s Board of Directors

DramaFever has announced the addition of digital media veteran Ross Levinsohn to its board of directors.




Ross Levinsohn Joins Board of DramaFever

Veteran digital media executive Ross Levinsohn has joined the board of DramaFever, an online video service that offers television shows and movies from 70 broadcasters and studios throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.



Streaming Video News

Netflix Locks Exclusive US Rights to CBS Summer Series ‘Zoo’

After losing out on the Halle Berry-starring “Extant” and “Under the Dome,” Netflix has picked up exclusive streaming rights to another summer series from CBS — “Zoo,” a sci-fi drama based on the bestselling novel from James Patterson.







7 Days In a McMansion: The Making of Hulu’s ‘Real Housewives’ Spoof ‘The Hotwives of Orlando’

Screaming is going streaming. “The Hotwives of Orlando,” a full parody season of Bravo’s money-machine comes to Hulu on July 15. On Tuesday night, the cast, crew, producers, Paramount Digital Entertainment, and Hulu celebrated with a double-episode premiere at the Sherry Lansing Theatre on the Paramount Lot.

The Wrap


At long last, Android mirroring comes to Chromecast

Hints of Android devices streaming their screens to a Chromecast appeared months ago and now the feature is live.




WE tv’s ‘The Divide’ to Premiere Early With Multi-Platform Release

WE tv will offer a weeklong, full-episode sneak preview of the series premiere of legal drama “The Divide” on multiple platforms, including Roku streaming players, and video-on-demand and TV Everywhere services.



Aereo Updates

Aereo Tries a New Legal Approach Following Supreme Court Loss

Aereo might be down, but it says it is not out. The company, which was handed a defeat by the Supreme Court last month when the court ruled that it violated the broadcast networks’ copyrights, is now seeking a license to essentially operate like a cable system.







Aereo: ‘Okay, You Can Call Us A Cable Company’

It turns out that Aereo does have a plan B after all: it wants to be classified as a cable company.After the Supreme Court sided with broadcasters CBS and ABC last month, ruling that the company was infringing their copyright, Aereo’s future has looked doubtful, to say the least.



YouTube News

The Whistle Sports 6M Subscribers After Latest Roster Moves

Six months after debuting its sports-focused YouTube multi-channel network, The Whistle is claiming a reach of more than 6 million subscribers across 120 channel partners. This is tops across the globe in terms of YouTube-based sports networks.




Revamped ‘Man at Arms’ to Forge Pop Culture Super-Weapons

Defy Media is revamping its popular web series “Man at Arms,” which airs on the company’s Awe Me YouTube channel. The show is known for taking famous weapons from video games, movies, and TV shows and recreating them in the real world.



George Washington, William Wallace Vie for Glory in Viral Rap Battle And the elderly react to the sheer madness

The folks behind Epic Rap Battles of History (ERB) come up with purely hypothetical, ultimately ludicrous debates between famous figures and characters, and its latest episode is no exception. If you ever wondered what it would be like if George Washington and William Wallace met on the hip-hop battlefield, well, here’s your chance to see it play out. The Father of His Country and Braveheart’s biting spoken word blows have been viewed more than 7.2 million times since the clip was uploaded on June 30.



‘Academy Originals’ Mini-Docs Channel Filmmaking On AMPAS Site, YouTube

The Motion Picture Academy‘s new, and wide-ranging, weekly series of short videos talks about filmmaking of many kinds. Already, shorts posted on the two-month-old YouTube channel feature notables such as Mike White, Seth Rogen and Dustin Lance Black, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Jurassic Park and a video portrait of inner-city filmmakers.



Nissan Enlists T.J. Smith For Sentra Sing-Along

Nissan has has taken singing in the car to another level, tapping YouTube car-singing sensation T.J. Smith to star in a video of him doing his thing, but with a twist.

Media Post


Advertisers on video sites like YouTube may have been accidentally funding jihadis

Ads from the U.K. government, charities and multinational corporations have been running ahead of jihadi recruitment videos on sites like YouTube and Dailymotion, a BBC investigation has revealed.



British Songwriters Trash YouTube and Throw Support to Indie Labels in Music Dispute

It looked like YouTube’s feud with independent music labels was dying down with the video giant all but declaring victory last week and then issuing a last minute stay of execution for the remaining holdouts.



Media News

Vevo Introduces Newer, Better App for Android

Now available on Google Play, Vevo boasts a new Android app with an updated home screen, navigation menu, and suggested videos list. Vevo has also partnered with Nexstreaming as its current Android video player. Improvements to the app include a real-time feed on users’ home screens, which means a steady stream of top video updates, recommended playlists, and original video from Vevo itself.



Refinery29 to Launch Docu-Series on Icona Pop

Fashion and lifestyle platform Refinery29 announced its first original, documentary series, “I Am Icon.” Following Swedish music duo Icona Pop around the US as they open for Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz World Tour, the reality series will premiere on July 10.



With VidCon in the Books, Get Ready for ‘Socialcon’

Event organizer Wizard World Inc., which is best-known for producing a series of Comic-Cons across the country every year, is launching Socialcon. The two-day is set to debut at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago from August 23-24.



Blue Ant Opens NY Sales Office to Support Omnia Investment

Toronto-based Blue Ant Media has opened a sales office in New York City to support its recent investment in LA-based Omnia Media, a YouTube multi-channel network focused on music and gaming.



Krylon Launches Digital ‘Spraydown’ Series

Paint manufacturer Krylon has launched a digital, custom content, home-makeover campaign. The effort, “The Krylon Spraydown, Stories of Real Performance,” features the company’s paints as key performers in a DIY series.

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Disney Resumes On-Demand Movie Sales on ITunes in Japan

Walt Disney Co. (DIS), the world’s largest entertainment company, resumed sales of new movies through Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s online store in Japan after halting them temporarily in a dispute over terms.


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