Thursday 8.29: News to Know

/ Aug 29, 2013



Twitter Buys Social TV Analytics Firm Trendrr

Twitter has acquired social TV analytics provider Trendrr as the microblogging service continues to establish itself as the primary platform for real-time conversations around TV shows.





Hollywood Studios Win Massive Hotfile Lawsuit

According to the MPAA, this is the first time that a US court has ruled that a cyberlocker can be held liable for copyright infringement.





Opinions & Analysis

How a $6,000 Video Got 6 Million Views and Launched a Business

Naama Bloom’s viral video was such a hit that she had to double her company’s staff.


YouTube Ain’t Just For Kids Anymore: Older Viewers StartTo Embrace Online Video

Online video is getting more popular with older viewers, and mobile viewing is growing all around the world.


The Current YouTube Economy is in Peril

When you ask the average net citizen what they think will happen to YouTube in the next couple of years, the response is optimistic. And why wouldn’t it be?



Deals & Signings

New IAWTV Board Includes Execs from Blip, Crackle,Dailymotion

The International Academy of Web Television haselected five new members to its board of directors, and will be announcing themshortly to its membership. 



The Haps With Apps

Time Warner Cable’s New Xbox App Won’t Count Against Data Caps Net neutrality advocates won’t like Time Warner Cable’s new Xbox app, which gets subscribers access to livestreams of up to 300 TV networks without counting against their data caps.


VHX Raises $3 Million More For Its Sell-It-Yourself Video Service
YouTube makes it easy to upload your videos and distribute them all over the world. But what if you want to sell those videos? That’s where VHX would like to step in.



Streaming Video News

Meet CW Seed: The CW’s New Platform For Experimentation

The network behind cult hits like“Gossip Girl” and “Supernatural” has launched a new platform for digital-only properties, creating a new opportunity for exploring what works and what doesn’t online.



Netflix News

Netflix Gets First Dibs On Comedian Aziz Ansari’s New Stand-Up Show

Netflix will be first to air Aziz Ansari’s new comedy special, “Buried Alive.” It airs November 1. After that, Ansari will also sell it as a $5 download.

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Media News

Arrested Development Creator On A 5th Season, Movie Plans— And Another Secret Netflix Project

Arrested Development will finally become a movie, at least if the show’s creator Mitch Hurwitz has his ways. Hurwitz also said in an interview that he’s working on another secret project for Netflix.



Industry Highlights

Transmedia Programming Converges for 2013 New York Film Festival

World premiere interactive docs, New York bows of multiplatform projects lined up for NYFF’s Convergence slate.


Digital Disruptions

Digital Subscription Service Press+ Adds Tool To HelpPublishers Monetize Video

Digital subscription platform Press+, which helps publishers add metered paywalls to their websites, launched a new tool on Wednesday that aims to help monetize video.


New Media Rockstars Closes Shop

New Media Rockstars, the online magazine covering digital video and social media culture, has shut its doors.


HuffPost Live Closes LA Office

The Huffington Post Media Group has shuttered HuffPost Live’s LA office, VideoInk has learned from multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.


YouTube News

YouTube Embarks on What Could Be First Real Co-Productionwith DreamWorks

YouTube and DreamWorks Animation are deep indevelopment on a new daily web series called “YouTube Nation,” which could represent YouTube’s first traditional production deal.


Production Notes

Automattic Takes On Storify With WordPress Media Explorer For Curating Tweets And YouTube Videos

Automattic has released a Media Explorer tool for the WordPress blogging platform that lets authors curate trending content from Twitter and YouTube all without needing to leave their post. The feature is available today for and VIP users.

The Next Web

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