Thursday 9.19: News to Know

/ Sep 19, 2013

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Machinima Downsizes, Sheds 10 Percent of Workforce

Machinima*, the web video entertainment network for gamers and gaming culture, is laying off between 20-30 employees, according to a source with knowledge of the plans.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/158HrKf

Variety http://bit.ly/1eRfXm6

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Opinions & Analysis

Why YouTube Offline Videos Won’t Be a Game-Changer

Soon you’ll be able to order YouTube to go — and be able to watch videos even when you’re disconnected.

Variety http://bit.ly/189XfjV

 

Deals & Signings

Hulu Scores BBC North America Deal

Supporting its aggressive content strategy, Hulu has scored a multi-year distribution deal with BBC Worldwide North America.

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1bt2i2i

Variety http://bit.ly/188Pqel

Valiant and CineFix Join Forces to Release ‘Unity #1 8-Bit Animated Short

In 2012, entertainment company Valiant relaunched its comic book line, which was met by resounding critical success.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18CfjWc

 

The Haps with Apps

Dangerous Vine Stunt Proves Internet Fame Isn’t Worth It

These days, Vine videos amass Likes more for their humor or cringe-worthiness than visual or cinematic qualities.

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1a4ZIeS

 

Streaming Video News

Vimeo Beats YouTube to the Punch, Enables Offline Viewing

Vimeo has updated its iOS app to enable offline viewing. The feature is part of a larger iOS 7-centric update for the Vimeo app, which will now offer an offline mode that allows users to play videos saved into “Watch Later” and “My Videos.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16i3xJI

 

Digital Disruptions

Cox Pulls Plug on Internet TV Trial

After a three-month test, Cox Communications has ended the broadband-delivered subscription TV service it launched in Southern California that had used Fanhattan’s set-top box.

Variety http://bit.ly/16q2fgQ

 

Creator Profiles

For Weylie Hoang, Beauty Goes Beyond YouTube

YouTube beauty guru Weylie Hoang is talking about how makeup can change a woman’s mood drastically.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18D3B7M

BroadbandTV Debuts Tool to Help Creators Increase Views

BroadbandTV, a Canadian-based MCN which claims to be the fourth-largest on YouTube, has launched a new creator tool to enable its channel partners to better manage and optimize their video content.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16i3xJI

 

Industry Highlights

Amazon Studios ‘Alpha House’ Casts Quartet of Female Guest Stars

Amazon Studios is adding distaff appeal to the male-led cast of original series “Alpha House,” a political comedy written by “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau.’

Variety http://bit.ly/16q2fgQ

Microsoft to Develop More Shows for Xbox One

Back when Microsoft first unveiled the Xbox One, its next-generation gaming console and home entertainment system, the company disclosed plans to produce a live-action TV series based on its mega-popular “Halo” franchise.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19jkHZo

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