Thursday 8.1: News to Know

/ Aug 1, 2013



Parents, Rejoice: Netflix Rolls Out Profiles on iOS, Apple TV, Xbox 360, PS3 and the Web

Good news for parents everywhere: Netflix is rolling out personalized profiles, putting an end to all those kids titles in your movie recommendations.

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A VidCon Beyond YouTube

VidCon is welcoming to everyone interested in online video, according to Hank Green, who created the annual event alongside his brother John. “VidCon’s goal is to be a reflection of online video, both the culture and the industry,” he says. “So we are very excited to have pretty much everyone in the space represented one way or another” — from those simply attending to those sponsoring, participating in panels, or simply throwing parties.





Fans Versus Finance and the Future of Vidcon

VidCon and YouTube have been inextricably linked ever since brothers Hank and John Green held the first annual gathering of online video creators, executives, and fans at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles in 2010.


VidCon 2013: The Can’t-Miss and Must-Attend List

This week, the fourth annual VidCon kicks off at the Anaheim Convention Center, bringing together the web video world’s industry leaders and the web video world’s biggest fans.



Opinions & Analysis

Did Google ‘Crack the Code’ on TV Before Apple?

Steve Jobs famously said he “cracked” the code to the TV industry, but it appears Google beat Apple to the punch.

USA Today

Should You Be Afraid Of Amazon?

Amazon has changed and will continue to change the competitive landscape. These companies are seriously concerned about the impact this may have on their future success as a business. This begs the question: Should you be afraid of Amazon?


The Rules of Prison Life, According to Orange is the New Black

Every convict is a rookie at some point, and so it is for Orange Is the New Black‘s Piper Chapman. Therefore, a comprehensive orientation is in order. A welcome video evocative of an airplane safety instructional? Check. Ongoing loudspeaker updates on the dos and dont’s? Check. Tips from your fellow bunkmates? Check, check, check. You don’t lie in your bed; you don’t eat the pudding; and you clean up with maxi pads. Watch our prison rules supercut below.



Media News

AwesomenessTV to Expand to Three Platforms by the End of the Year

DreamWorks Animation is working with AwesomenessTV chief Brian Robbins to turn the YouTube entertainment network into three distinct platforms over the next six to nine months.


Maker Studios Announces Polaris Network Focusing On Gaming and Geek Culture

Media company Maker Studios today announced its new gaming network Polaris, formerly known as The Game Station.



Streaming Video News

Hulu to Debut Original Content

Along with new viewing options, Hulu was flaunting a raft of original content at The Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour this week.



What You Can Watch on ChromeCast, and How

One of the most common questions I hear about Google’s new Chromecast gadget is, “What can I watch on it?” That’s a fair question, considering that Google only mentioned a few streaming resources—primarily YouTube and Netflix—at its press event last week.


Google Adds TV Shows to Google Play Store in UK

TV shows are now available in the Google Play store for consumers in the United Kingdom, making it the first region to receive such functionality outside of the United States.




YouTube News

Phil DeFranco Was Ready to Give Up on YouTube – Until Google Gave Him Money

Phil DeFranco has long been one of the most respected creators on YouTube, a kid from the Bronx who started off acting like an asshole — his word choice — before building a miniature empire on the world’s largest video platform.


Tubular Labs Releases YouTube Analytics for Creators Today

Tubular Labs, a video analytics company focusing on creators, brands, and studios on YouTube, opens its doors to a public beta today.




Stats to Start

Digital Set to Surpass TV in Time Spent With US Media

Average time spent with digital media per day will surpass TV viewing time for the first time this year, according to eMarketer’s latest estimate of media consumption among US adults.



The Haps With Apps

Stanford Grad Sues Snapchat Cofounders Claiming They Stole His ‘Million Dollar Idea’

Now that Snapchat, the “sexting” app that allows users to send photos that disappear after 10 seconds, is all grown up with a fresh $13.5  million raise, it has its very own lawsuit.


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