Thursday 8.28: News to Know

/ Aug 28, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Netflix will be available in France by the end of the year. Next year, subscribers in the country will also have access to the first French original series from the streaming company.

Netflix has ordered “Marseille,” an eight-episode political drama from Paris-based Federation Entertainment, the company behind hit French series “Dolmen” and “Sous le Soleil.” The drama will focus on the story of Robert Taro, mayor of the titular city for 25 years, who in the coming elections has to face the man he chose as his heir.



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Opinions & Analysis

Why Hollywood Can’t Ignore Digital Distribution

Ignore, for a second, about how more and more producers are creating content for digital platforms. Hollywood studios and networks — those still generating most of their revenue from traditional films and TV shows — are also increasingly adapting to digital, because they have to.



The Rise of Native Ads and the Importance of Being Human

The announcement of that some of the brightest VCs in Silicon Valley at Andreessen Horowitz are investing $50 million in BuzzFeed has stunned many. Why? Because the company is regularly dismissed by others for its lightweight “click-bait” type of content it is widely known for. But Chris Dixon at Andreessen Horowitz, who is also joining BuzzFeed’s board, explained the rationale behind the investment on his blog.



Future of Broadcast TV Under Scrutiny: ‘Everyone Should Be Reevaluating’

The future of broadcast television is everywhere on the minds of television and media executives across the industry. Even Emmy host Seth Meyers opened the awards show on Monday with a well-aimed shot at the elephant in the room, skewering a certain absurdity to broadcast television holding an awards ceremony and “giving all the awards to cable shows and Netflix.”

The Wrap

Streaming Video News

Pluto.TV Adds More Top Digital Video Players to Lineup

Pluto.TV just announced a slew of new channels and content on the platform, all from major digital content companies including Complex Media, Fullscreen, SpinMedia, Popsugar, and HitFix. The new content will cover categories like gaming, fitness, music, news, and pop culture.




The Netflix Case Against Comcast, in One Chart

We’ve already heard Netflix executives explain why they signed an Internet deal with Comcast, even though they say they didn’t want to: They say they had to pay Comcast for access to its broadband pipes because their video streams were suffering.


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‘Party Down’ will stream exclusively on Hulu starting this Friday

Here’s something to do for this Labor Day weekend that doesn’t involve inclement weather: stay inside and watch Party Down on Hulu. Starz’s cult comedy ran for two seasons starting in 2009, earning critical acclaim but never finding a large enough audience to keep going. The show enjoyed a brief stint on Netflix before getting pulled a few months before Starz left Netflix entirely.

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Pivot Launches on University Streaming Service Philo

Participant Media’s television network Pivot is launching on streaming service Philo, bringing its programming to university campuses across the United States, the network announced on Wednesday.


The Haps With Apps

Here’s How Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Smooths Out Your Videos

Instagram recently released its new Hyperlapse app for creating silky smooth timelapses in a hurry, and now we know how the technology behind the app actually works.

In the past, creating moving timelapses has been an expensive process that required camera rigs for video stabilization. But by using the gyroscopes already inside your smartphone, Instagram’s Hyperlapse app is able to eliminate the jitters usually found in smartphone videos.

Business Insider


Full Speed Ahead: Brands Immediately Hop on Board Instagram’s Hyperlapse

It didn’t take marketers long to jump on Hyperlapse, Instagram’s new app for making time-lapse videos.

Within hours of Tuesday’s app launch, a handful of big name brands like Bud Light and Mountain Dew were already posting time-lapse videos for their Instagram followers.




Vine Fights Back Against Instagram with New Video Editing Tools

Vine’s not sitting back and watching as Facebook-owned Instagram steals away its audience of short videos.


Aereo Updates

Others Like Aereo?

Now that the federal courts have put a stop to Aereo, others are trying to snap up those customers, including Granite Broadcasting Corp., which owns 14 broadcast stations. Granite has partnered with London tech firm Motive Television to launch “a new device and service that enables iOS and Android tablet users to watch broadcast TV without any kind of Internet connection whatsoever,” according to If the end-user places the “palm-size digital TV antenna, tuner, and digital recorder” within 100 feet of his or her tablet, it can receive local over-the-air broadcast signals. For now, Tablet TV is being beta-tested in San Francisco.


YouTube News

Fans Defy Kate Bush And Post Video Of Her First Concert In 35 Years On YouTube

Kate Bush gave her first concert in 35 years last night at the Hammersmith Odeon in London and she had one strict instruction for the fans who have waited across four calendar decades for her reappearance live on stage: No one was to use a mobile phone or film the performance.

Business Insider


OWN’s YouTube Partnership Pays Off With Digital Series (Exclusive)

The Oprah Winfrey Network has been working out of YouTube Space LA for more than six months to experiment with digital formats and online talent. The result of that partnership is a growing slate of digital programming.

OWN plans to debut a new web series on Aug. 28 that will feature interviews with celebrity guests about the qualities that define them. After the first two episodes of Who Am I premiere this Thursday, subsequent two- to three-minute episodes will become available each week. Guests will include Nicole Richie, beauty vlogger Michelle Phan, Brandy, former American Idol judge Randy Jackson andLa Toya Jackson.



Why Mashable centers its video strategy on YouTube

Most publishers pushing into video try get people to their sites and then use YouTube for marketing. Not so for Mashable, which is centralizing its video strategy firmly around YouTube.

Over the last year, the tech news and Web-culture publisher has aggressively built a bigger presence on the Google video hub, allocating a substantial chunk of its recent $14 million funding round tovideo production efforts. In recent months, Mashable has tailored its editorial video content strategy around the young YouTube community.


Media News

Web Series Wednesday: Dark, Eccentric, and Inspirational

This week’s Web Series Wednesday selection explores the weird, wild, funny, dark, and inspirational sides of human life. From a married psycopath to an unmarried Rabbi, check out some standout shows lurking amidst the multitude of video content the internet has to offer…



‘Better Homes and Gardens’ Debuts on Portico TV

Net2TV has partnered with Meredith, the publishing house behind Better Homes and Gardens, to launch a new half-hour show based on the magazine brand.


Industry Highlights

What’s in Store for UK’s Raindance Web Fest 2014

UK internet series festival, Raindance Web Fest, is returning for its second event. As of August 27, we know what’s in store for this year’s digital video celebration across the Atlantic.

Taking place at Vue Cinema in Piccadilly on September 27 and 28, Raindance Web Fest will feature six video debuts, including “LOL2,” the sequel to Ric Forster’s “LOL,” and “Portal,” a Dailymotion original series.



New Digital Media Trade Association to Launch Tech Conference

A new trade association devoted to the digital-media business has formed with an advisory board stocked with familiar names and an intent to launch an industry conference.


Creator Profiles

Brittany Furlan: Vine’s Queen of Comedy

“A lot of people are like, ‘Vine’s just an app.’ Well, you can think what you want, but it’s changed my life. It’s pretty powerful.” For digital megastar Brittany Furlan, this proclamation of the power of Vine isn’t just conjecture, it’s an empirical fact.



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