Tuesday 1.13.15: News to Know
Whistle Sports Nets Big Series B Round
Whistle Sports, the largest sports-focused digital video startup and YouTube network, has closed a Series B round for the amount of $28 million.
Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/1xkAhPy
Opinions & Analysis
Platforms Are Becoming The ‘Bundles’ Of The Digital Age
The Internet of Things was a big story at CES, but there’s a related narrative already delivering one of its best outcomes: Old-school forced media bundling replaced by flexible customer-centric platforms.
Does Netflix Really Have 20 Million-Plus Users in China? Research Firm Projects Massive VPN Base
North of 30 million monthly users access Netflix from countries where it doesn’t even offer service — including 21.6 million in China — if recent estimates from a British online-research firm are to be believed.
Deals & Signings
DigitasLBi Names New Creative Chief for North America
DigitasLBi has named Ronald Ng chief creative officer for North America.
YouTube Analytics Firm Outrigger Media Raises $5.2M to Go Beyond YouTube
Outrigger Media wants to expand beyond the world’s biggest video site.
Colby Smith Promoted to VP of ABC News Digital
Colby Smith has been promoted to vice president of ABC News Digital. He succeeds Joe Ruffolo who’s departing for “new opportunities in Burbank,” according to ABC News president James Goldston.
Streaming Video News
Con TV to Air New Season of Former Power Ranger’s YouTube Series
Cinedigm and Wizard World continue to acquire original programming for Con TV, their upcoming streaming channel targeted for fans of Comic-Con.
CW Seed to Host Animated DC Comics Series, ‘Vixen’
The CW will be bringing DC comic heroine Vixen to its streaming service,CW Seed.
Netflix to Fund Third Season of Danish Series ‘Rita’
Netflix is taking on Danish series “Rita” about a beloved but “politically incorrect” school teacher.
Netflix to Drop Most BBC Series, Movies
Netflix will eliminate most of its BBC programs by January 31st due to an expiring contract.
Bruce Campbell to Host ‘Last Fan Standing’ for Comic-Con Themed CONtv Network
Cinedigm, which will launch CONtv as a new over-the-top channel dedicated to the Comic-Con circuit in February, has tapped Bruce Campbell as host of a new game show, “Last Fan Standing.”
Videos to Watch Right Now
WATCH THIS: Frank Underwood’s ‘House of Cards’ Comes Tumbling Down in Season 3 Trailer
“House of Cards,” the Netflix original series that made the streaming service a serious player in the original content game, will begin its third season on February 27.
New Documentary Follows YouTube’s Biggest Minecraft Superstars
Notch made a lot of money making Minecraft, enough to outbid Beyoncé on a $70 million mansion. But even some of his game’s players are getting rich and famous.
Outrigger Media Makes It Easier to Target YouTube Ads by Age and Gender
Fresh off a new round of financing, Outrigger Media is also launching a product to make it easier for clients to run targeted YouTube ad campaigns based on various age and gender demographics.
Cuba Has A Complicated Alternative To The Internet And TV
The vast majority of Cubans have no access to the Internet or cable television, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of touch with the wider world. Many stay connected through an offline system that operates in the legal shadows.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1z5U3oT
Woody Allen to Create His First TV Show — For Amazon
Amazon.com Inc. has enlisted director Woody Allen to create his first television series, as the online retailer emerges as a force in Hollywood.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1z5Itu0
Business Insider http://read.bi/1BiDTIu
Kid President on Being Awesome in 2015
It’s likely that for as many people in the US familiar with the President, there are plenty that know about the Kid President, too. Catapulted to fame after a “pep talk” rallied more than 34 million views (and counting) on YouTube, Kid President’s videos on Soul Pancake now feature interviews with politicians and celebrities most 11-year-olds (yes, he’s 11) could only hope to meet in their wildest dreams.
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