Thursday 7.24: News to Know

/ Jul 24, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Chernin and AT&T Close to Buying Controlling Stake in Fullscreen

The Chernin Group and AT&T through their joint venture called Otter Media are nearing a deal to buy a majority stake in YouTube multi-channel giant Fullscreen.






LA Times



Opinions & Analysis

Will YouTube ‘Killers’ Dethrone the Video King? Don’t Bet On It

Recent reports have cited several would-be challengers to Google’s dominance, including Yahoo and Comcast. Meanwhile, YouTube multichannel network partners like Maker Studios — which recently launched – and Fullscreen are developing initiatives to bring more audience to their own platforms, to better monetize their content. But characterizing any of these efforts as “YouTube killers” dramatically overstates their potential to threaten Google’s entrenched position.



YouTube Is Chasing Hollywood—But It Should Worry About Its Homegrown Stars

In her keynote address at VidCon, YouTube’s unofficial, annual convention, Susan Wojcicki, the Google executive who took over the video site this year, looked over a packed audience at the Anaheim Convention Center. Many of the people seated there were a special breed of YouTube users—the people YouTube calls “creators,” the video artists who long ago graduated from uploading bedroom webcam confessionals to making a real business and drawing their own fan base, sometimes in the millions.

Wojcicki said all the right things at VidCon. “You guys are the real stars,” she told the assembled creators.



Streaming Video Enjoys Uptick, But Pay TV Challenged

Streaming video continues to grow — and at times complement — pay TV viewing.

Market researcher TNS — in a quarterly survey of some 20,000 U.S. homes — that while one-third of U.S. homes — 34% — have streamed video in the previous month, the majority of those streaming homes also purchased pay TV services. More than 26% watch both pay TV and streaming viewing. Just 8% watch only streaming video.

Media Post


TV Viewers Distracted By Other Video Screens

The battle for consumer attention isn’t getting easier. TV is still as popular as ever, but rather than tuning out commercials to grab a snack or run to the restroom, viewers are craning their necks downward – at another screen – and often do so while watching the show on the set.

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Whither The Digital TV-Video Upfront Now?

For all the efforts of the digital media companies during the Newfront presentations, what was the ultimate result? Listening to the traditional TV media executives, the upfront market was still a hard road to travel.

Media Post


Five Reasons Why Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios Is An Ex-Empire

Some in Hollywood may have been surprised by Microsoft’s announcement that Xbox Entertainment Studios, its much-touted experiment in new kinds of interactive TV programming and headed by former CBS President Nancy Tellem,would be shut down.



Connected TV Device Market Set To Explode

If you don’t have a streaming media player (or two) by now, it’s likely you will in the next few years.

According to the NPD Group, the number of streaming media devices in the U.S. will reach 204 million by 2017 — an increase of 100% and a total that will be more than double the number of projected households connected to the Internet.

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Digital Disruption

Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle

Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world.

A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void. The startup is called Kumo, and it’s still in stealth, so details are limited.

However, a source very close to the matter told TechCrunch that Kumo hopes to provide a la carte television content to users. That would give viewers the opportunity to purchase access to specific channels as opposed to buying them bundled from cable companies, or getting access to an incomplete library of content long after it’s released through Netflix or Hulu.



The Haps With Apps

NowThis News pivots for the Vine and Instagram era

Creating news for the mobile, social and video-viewing audience is no easy feat. When former Huffington Post execs Ken Lerer and Eric Hippeau launched the made-for-mobile video news service NowThis News two years ago, its typical clip was a one- to two-minute burst, with an anchor hosting it. The TV-like presentation was familiar, even if the screen size was smaller.


YouTube News

Executive in Charge of YouTube’s Music Service Quits

While YouTube’s subscription music service remains a work in progress, its leading man will depart for a position elsewhere. Chris LaRosa, who has been with Google since 2007, will exit on Friday to begin working at an unnamed startup.



German MCN Studio71′s ‘The Mansion’ Opens Doors to More US YouTubers

Berlin-based multi-channel network Studio71, a division of the German media giant ProSiebenSat.1, recently launched The Mansion, a facility in West Hollywood, LA designed to nurture collaborations between the network’s talent and US-based YouTubers and advertisers.



Maker Studios to Make an Appearance at Comic-Con 2014

For the first time ever, Make Studios will make an official splash at Comic-Con, which will take place tomorrow through Sunday in San Diego. With The Nerd Machine’s Nerd HQ as its partner for the 2014 convention, Maker will be responsible for live performances, panels, and meet-and-greets with digital (and otherwise) celebs.



INSIDE LOOK: How Tubular Labs Wants to Help Brands Kill It on YouTube

Tubular Labs, a video analytics and marketing engine with a deep background on YouTube, is unveiling a new platform designed specifically to help brands on the world’s biggest video site. It’s called the Brand Intelligence Dashboard, and it has the ability to provide real-time data on how brand-related content is performing on YouTube, as well as across Facebook and Twitter as videos are shared to those social networks.



YouTube Competitor Snatches ‘Divergent’ for Exclusive Video Content

Back in June we reported on Comcast’s rumored effort to build a YouTube competitor. Well, if you’re a “Divergent” superfan you may just need to get on board with the cable provider’s new digital platform. Comcast has sealed a deal with Lionsgate for four hours of exclusive bonus content that won’t be available on any other platform, including Amazon and Apple iTunes.



The Academy Comes to YouTube: New Digital Series Is Every Film Geek’s Dream Come True

We probably still have to wait a few more years before we see a YouTuber at the Academy Awards, but if you’re waiting to see the Academy on YouTube then your wait is over. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is going digital with a series of documentary-style short videos that explore the creative process.



Media News

2014 Independent Film Week Shines a Brand New Spotlight on Digital

The Independent Filmmaker Project announced its 2014 slate today, revealing which traditional and digital projects will be a part of this year’s Project Forum at Independent Film Week. Running from September 14-18, the weeklong celebration of indie video work in New York City will put a spotlight on digital creators for the first time.



MIPTV to Expand MIP Digital Fronts in 2015

The second annual MIP Digital Fronts, an international showcase for original online video programming, will take place during MIPTV from April 13-15, 2015 in Cannes, France. The announcement was made by Reed Midem, which created and produces the event.



PBS to Show 14-Hour Ken Burns Documentary Online…and on TV

It seems that 14 hours is what it takes to do justice to the Roosevelts’ political dynasty in the US. A new, seven-part documentary of this length will showcase the interweaving stories of Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin starting September 14 on PBS, shortly following up with the entire 14 hours online.


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Bernie Su’s Pemberley Digital Gets Air Date for ‘Frankenstein, M.D.’ on PBS Digital

PBS Digital Studios announced earlier this year at the 2014 Newfronts that it had picked up Bernie Su’s next transmedia project, “Frankenstein, M.D.”, and now today, only three short months later, PBS Digital Studios has pegged its premiere date as Tuesday, August 19th. Episodes will roll out weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays until it reaches a Halloween finale — how appropriate!



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