Thursday 8.15: News to Know

/ Aug 15, 2013


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Tastemade Raises $10 Million, Will Use App to Incubate New Tastemakers

Tastemade was founded over a year ago by three former Demand Media execs with the goal of creating the top global consumer brand in the food and lifestyle category on digital platforms.






Deals & Signings

Oxygen Launches New Daily Video Series on Instagram

TV networks say they are always looking for ways to engage with viewers beyond the TV screen, whether that’s through second-screen synchronized content, social TV services, original programming made exclusively for the web, or an array of interactive features designed for viewers to do something — anything.


Apple Buys Video Discovery Service, Probably for Apple TV

No one knows for sure what Apple TV is going to look like, but we definitely know Apple is building something.




Opinions & Analysis

Mobile Video Consumption Expected to Soar in Q4

Mobile.* It’s going to be a big deal. To be fair, it’s already kind of a big deal.


Apple’s Newest Purchase Could Help It Reinvent TV

Apple has confirmed that it has acquired the small online content firm The acquisition will see Matcha’s staff work at Apple for at least two years, and reignites the hot rumor that Apple is seriously planning on getting into the TV business sooner rather than later.


YouTube’s Biggest Critic on How the Site Could Lose Creators

Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has torched YouTube multiple times in the past few months for cutting creators a raw deal and capitalizing on its near-monopoly. Recently at the video conference VidCon in Anaheim, he did it to the Google-owned video site’s face.



Streaming Video News

ABC News and Yahoo News Expand Two More ABC Shows to the Web

ABC News and Yahoo News have had a nearly two-year partnership to create and distribute news content online.


Microsoft To Follow Netflix Path To British TV Archives? Blake’s 7 Remake For Xbox Live Rumored

Microsoft’s bid for the living room may have a new chip in play today, amid rumors that the software giant is to fund a remake of the classic British television series Blake’s 7.


Netflix: Not Cheap, But Who Else Is Slaying Cable?

Is cable television about to bite the dust? Some analysts have been predicting that will be the ultimate result of consumers’ enthusiasm about digital alternatives: every new subscriber to Hulu, Netflix or Amazon’s streaming services increases the probability that that individual’s local cable company will soon have one less customer.


Roku beats Apple TV in owner engagement as video streaming device market picks up

A report released Wednesday focusing on the U.S. streaming video device market says more Roku owners use their set-top streamer than those who have an Apple TV.

Apple Insider

YouTube News

YouTube Returns to Windows Phone

After a three-month absence, the YouTube app has returned to Windows Phone.

LA Times

Russell Simmons and AwesomenessTV Launch All Def Digital

Music and fashion mogul Russell Simmons has partnered with AwesomenessTV to officially launch All Def Digital, a new YouTube channel focusing on urban music, comedy, and spoken-word programming. 






Digital Disruption

The Samsung Galaxy S II TV Brings Broadcast TV To Your Smartphone

Samsung’s new Galaxy S II variant uses a TV receiver and antenna to access content broadcast via the ISDB-T digital television standard.


US Phone Companies Are Winning New TV Watchers. Cable & Satellite, Not So Much

In the fiercely fought battle for pay TV subscribers, the phone companies are stealing customers away from cable and satellite companies, a trend that is likely to continue for remainder of the year. The worst loser? Satellite companies like Dish Networks.



The Haps With Apps

“Disney Infinity” Leaves the Console and Goes Mobile with Apps

Disney is taking “Disney Infinity” on the road, launching two apps for the upcoming game that incorporates many of the company’s most iconic characters.


The Facebook App You’re Not Allowed To Use Unless You’re A Celeb

AllThingsD reports that Facebook is currently testing a mobile app that would let VIPs on Facebook more easily see what other users are saying about them and inject themselves into those public conversations.





Multitask Nation: ESPN Lets iPad Users Call Up Scores, Clips, While They Watch Live Video

ESPN’s WatchESPN is a very good app that lets you stream the sports channel’s live broadcasts to your phone, tablet or TV. But what if you’re not content watching a single game at a time? Now iPad owners can mainline even more sports video on the same screen, via new multitasking features included in an app update.




Media News

Online Video Pioneer: News Sites Will Bring Video Out From Pay Walls

As an early adopter of convergence, award-winning journalist Sam Meddis made the leap to the web as USA Today’s online technology editor in the ’90s. And when USA Today wanted to ramp up its content with video coverage, he jumped at the chance to lead the team.

Media Shift


Production Notes

How to Watch CNN for Free, Without Paying For Cable

Wouldn’t it be great to watch cable programming without having to pay cable programmers? CNN sort of hears you, cord-cutters, cord-nevers and other non-pay-TV-payers: Head over to Scroll down a tiny bit. See that box on the right? It’s playing CNN’s live TV feed, right now.


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