Tuesday 1.13.15: News to Know

/ Jan 13, 2015

Digital video industry news today

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1wUkxE8

Deadline http://bit.ly/1z5GGoO

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1sunFKi

Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/1xkAhPy

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1CeouHe

Reuters http://reut.rs/1CeoyXJ

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1KFKdxu

Variety http://bit.ly/1C2nhlV

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.

Forbes http://onforb.es/1BXe1ln

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1wUolVQ

Deals & Signings

DigitasLBi Names New Creative Chief for North America

DigitasLBi has named Ronald Ng chief creative officer for North America.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1z5DE3Y

YouTube Analytics Firm Outrigger Media Raises $5.2M to Go Beyond YouTube

Outrigger Media wants to expand beyond the world’s biggest video site.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1ALJxRI


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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BiOFym

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BiLbf7


CW Seed to Host Animated DC Comics Series, ‘Vixen’

The CW will be bringing DC comic heroine Vixen to its streaming service,CW Seed.

 VideoInk http://bit.ly/1y9G1Bl


Netflix to Fund Third Season of Danish Series ‘Rita’

Netflix is taking on Danish series “Rita” about a beloved but “politically incorrect” school teacher.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1wUngxs


Netflix to Drop Most BBC Series, Movies

Netflix will eliminate most of its BBC programs by January 31st due to an expiring contract.

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1IGStJP

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.”

Variety http://bit.ly/1z5VpQq

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DDkl3B


YouTube News

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.

Wired http://wrd.cm/1KFLa97

Media News

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1IqyaCb

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

Industry Highlights

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.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1y7vrfz

The Verge http://bit.ly/1z5Itu0

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1CebIbQ

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1y7xiB1

TNW http://tnw.co/1xkvNbW

Business Insider http://read.bi/1BiDTIu

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1xkA674

Mashable http://on.mash.to/14VNEQ7

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1DDpQPE

THR http://bit.ly/1BXbqb9

Creator Profiles

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1KFIeJC


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