Thursday 9.4: News to Know

/ Sep 4, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Vice Media Secures Another $250M Investment

A+E Networks is not the only company buying into Vice Media. Silicon Valley-based investment firm Technology Crossover Ventures, which has previously backed media stalwarts like Netflix, Facebook, and Electronic Arts, has also bought a minority stake in the youth digital media brand.


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Opinions & Analysis

Online Video Advertising Is Growing Many Times Faster Than TV, Search, And Most Other Digital Ad Markets

Online video is growing faster than most other advertising formats and mediums.

Video ad revenue will increase at a three-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.5% through 2016, according to our estimates. That’s faster than any other medium other than mobile. And much faster than traditional online display advertising, which will only grow at a 3% annual rate.

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New Roku and TiVo Devices Make Cutting the Cable Cord Plausible

CUTTING the cable television cord has always sounded nicer than it really is.

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Pay TV penetration continues to decline as new households don’t get cable

The number of new homes in the U.S. is growing, but pay TV numbers are not. People who move are especially prone to cutting the cord.


Deals & Signings

Magnet Media Hires New SVP of Business Development

NY-based branded content studio Magnet Media has announced the hiring of Danielle Dardashti as its new senior vice president of business development. The executive, who has been with the company since July, is overseeing Magnet’s sales team focused on strategic video and content marketing solutions for current and potential clients.


Streaming Video News

NFL Now Adds 2 Shows, Expands to Yahoo and More Devices for Regular-Season Debut

The National Football League is stocking its NFL Now online network with two new original series and has launched on five additional platforms leading up to the kickoff the 2014-15 regular season as the league hopes to super-serve fans — and generate incremental revenue beyond its TV rights deals.




Fox to Stream 101 NFL Games Online This Season, But Only to Some Pay-TV Subs

Fox Sports will serve up 101 live NFL games during the 2014-15 season on the web, the first time a broadcaster is making regular-season games available streamed over the Internet — but there are a few catches.



Amazon launches Fire TV in the U.K. and Germany

Amazon launched its Fire TV video streaming box in the U.K and Germany Wednesday, making the device available for pre-order through its website in both countries.


YouTube News

Maker Studios Teams with Andrew WK for Kids’ Series ‘Meet Me at The Reck’

Maker Studios is teaming with Andrew WK on a new original series called “Meet Me at The Reck,” which will follow the rocker/host as he explores a local rec center in Echo Park.




Tyler Oakley, Michelle Phan, Shay Carl to Be Honored by the Streamys

Three internet icons — and Pitbull — will receive a brand new kind of award just before the upcoming fourth annual Streamy Awards. Appropriately called the Streamys ICON Awards, they will go to Tyler Oakley, Pitbull, Michelle Phan, and Shay Carl on September 5, the Friday night before the main awards ceremony.




Fullscreen Signs Vlogger ThatSoJack

Fullscreen has inked a deal to manage Jack Baran, a YouTube vlogger behind the ThatSoJack channel. The creator, known for a vlogging style that includes “video tell-alls” and pop culture rants, reaches more than 905,000 subscribers on YouTube. That reach extends to Twitter and Instagram, where he has 895,000 and 744,000 followers, respectively.




YouTube May Be Worth Up to $40 Billion—More Than Twitter Jefferies report projects $8.9 billion in ad sales by 2016

YouTube, broken out from Google’s overall business, is potentially worth more than Twitter with a valuation up to $40 billion, according to an analysis released today by Jefferies.

The report looked at the growth of digital video advertising and YouTube, a top beneficiary of this growing segment. Jefferies said online video ads would be a $17 billion market in the U.S. by 2017 and that YouTube will grow from $5.9 billion in video ad sales this year to $8.9 billion in 2016.



YouTube’s Policies Are Clear: Beheading Is Not An Act Of Free Speech

Terrorist acts like the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff are meant to intimidate American citizens and government officials, but they’re also designed to provoke U.S. companies — namely, the big social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter TWTR +1.28% and Facebook.



Gaming Star PewDiePie Shuts Down Comments As YouTube’s Troll Problem Hits Critical Mass

PewDiePie shuts off all YouTube comments



How To Create a Private Playlist on YouTube

The Playlist feature on YouTube is a winner for several reasons; it allows you to curate your own content for public consumption as well as cherry-pick great videos from other channels, Playlists also get indexed by YouTube which is super-handy for SEO purposes, and they also have the ability to increase Watch Time which is probably THE ranking factor that YouTube takes into account these days.


Media News

Vevo to Bring Virtual Reality Music Videos to Your Living Room

Vevo is going 3D. Thanks to the upcoming worldwide launch of Vevo on Samsung Gear VR, all 100,000 plus HD music videos and original shows on the platform will be viewable in a virtual reality experience.



BroadbandTV Reboots Its Gaming Network with More Original Content

Vancouver-based YouTube media company BroadbandTV is rebooting its gaming network, TGN, with a focus on making it the premier destination for gamers and their fans on YouTube.



The Rolling Stones: Now Live…on Facebook

Joining Katy Perry and Paul McCartney before them, The Rolling Stones have released their concert footage and documentaries on Facebook. Streaming through Screenburn, a Facebook VOD platform, The Rolling Stones’ video content will also be available to buy straight from their Facebook page.



AOL Sets Premiere Date for Trans Rocker Laura Jane Grace’s Docu-Series

AOL has set the premiere date for “True Trans with Laura Jane Grace,” an original documentary series featuring transgender pioneer Laura Jane Grace.



Nerdist Bows Fall Programming Lineup

Chris Hardwick’s digital network Nerdist Industries plans to increase its original content output this fall. The company, now owned by Legendary Entertainment, has unveiled a fresh programming slate featuring multiple new original series as well as an expansion of its popular podcast network.



Freddie Wong’s ‘VGHS’ to Start Final Round in October

“Video Game High School,” the live-action comedy series from Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold, will return for a third and final season on October 13.




Web Series Wednesday: On Growing Up, Etc…

This Web Series Wednesday, we’re focusing on online shows that somehow grapple with the question of how young adults deal with their lives. From trans men in Brooklyn to recent college grads in California, these shows focus on the kinds of growing pains that come post-adolescence (okay, and we’ve thrown in another educational series that won’t not help with those queries, too).


Industry Highlights

Netflix Content Chief Ted Sarandos to Keynote MIPCOM

MIPCOM, an international conference and marketplace for the TV industry, has announced that Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos will keynote the event as part of its Media Mastermind Keynote Series.


Creator Profiles

5 Questions with The Whistle Sports Network’s CEO John West — My Exclusive Q&A with the Leading Sports-Focused MCN

Today’s “5 Questions With …” (in my continuing series with leading innovators in the digital media space) features John West, founder & CEO of #1 sports-focused multi-channel network (MCN) The Whistle Sports Network, a company about which I have written several times in the past (and, disclosure, is a Manatt Digital Media client).

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