Tuesday 1.27.15: News to Know

/ Jan 27, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Vine’s Newest Competitor Is Here: Twitter’s Own Video Service

Twitter launched its new consumer video product Tuesday, which allows users to record, edit and tweet video clips directly through the app.

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1EoB4YR

Variety http://bit.ly/1z6dBHe

USA Today http://usat.ly/1ENqJmr

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1EoAev9

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/18pnY0a

NY Times http://nyti.ms/1yrcuhA

Opinions & Analysis

‘Amazon-ics’ — The Tech Giant’s New Hollywood Math

Amazon is the new kid on the theatrical motion-picture block, having just announced its Hollywood studio-like ambitions to produce roughly 12 films per year (at very indie-like budgets of $5-$25 million each).

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1wz68w2

Oculus’ First In-House VR Film “Lost” Is Cute, Immersive, But Hardly Interactive

Oculus just premiered its Story Studio’s first virtual reality cinema experience “Lost” that’s designed to demonstrate the narrative potential of VR to filmmakers.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/18pdaiE

Streaming Video News

Vine rings in its second year by hitting 1.5 billion daily loops

Video app Vine celebrated its second anniversary Saturday, prompting product head Jason Toff to share new metrics. The company is now seeing 1.5 billion loops, or plays, a day of its six second videos. That compares to the “more than one billion” daily it announced in October.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1z6aD5B

Amazon Orders Pilot for ‘Casanova’ Historical Drama

Amazon has ordered a pilot based on the life of the 18th century Italian writer and adventurer Giacomo Casanova.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yLcVYU

Sundance: Oculus Debuts Short VR Film, ‘Lost,’ from Story Studio

Oculus VR is debuting its first short film at Sundance today. Called “Lost,” the film was directed by Saschka Unseld, who has worked on multiple Pixar films like “Toy Story 3” and the short “The Blue Umbrella.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1JWTqOU

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1yr1hxF 

Variety http://bit.ly/1LeDbjz

TheVerge http://bit.ly/1Bu1owU


Adam Sandler’s First Movie on Netflix Will Star the Usual Suspects

When Adam Sandler signed a deal to make four feature films for Netflix, you might have guessed that at least one those movies would star some of the comedian’s most frequent collaborators.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CuPnJ8


Viewers like it live on new CBSN streaming TV channel

Launched in November, the 24-7 ad-supported online streaming channel — with live anchors and on-demand video news — has been the top-ranked news outlet on Roku streaming video devices that connect to TVs, CBS announced Tuesday.

USA Today http://usat.ly/1uxENdK


The Haps With Apps

Arden Rose Launches Mobile App with the Help of Dwnld

It’s a good time to be Arden Rose, an actress, comedy vlogger, and beauty star on YouTube. She not only recently surpassed 1 million subscribers, but has been hard at work expanding her reach beyond the walls of the world’s biggest video site.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1uYjrfy


YouTube News

Forget TV, let’s put the Supreme Court on YouTube

The Supreme Court is now on YouTube — sort of. A clandestine video from the court has turned up on the popular video-sharing platform, showing moments of last week’s outbursts in which protestors harangued the Justices about a controversial decision about corporate free speech.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1ENw4u1


Terminator, Minions and ‘Family Feud’ are coming to play with YouTube stars

The Terminator, Universal’s Minions and new versions of classic game shows like Family Feud, Minute to Win It and Press Your Luck are coming to YouTube Space LA for residencies that will feature dozens of popular YouTube stars.

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1LeBS4j


Industry Highlights

Conde Nast Launches 23 Stories For In-House Native Ads

For premium publishers, the future of native advertising may be in-house.

That’s the bet that fashion, luxury and lifestyle magazine publisher Condé Nast is making with the launch of 23 Stories, a new branded content studio that will help its advertising clients engage consumers, especially in the coveted millennial demographic, by tapping into the expertise of the publisher’s own editorial teams.

MediaPost http://bit.ly/15P43qv


The 15 Hottest Tech Companies In Cambridge

The city is a tech hotspot because of its proximity to the science and engineering talent coming out of Cambridge University, its closeness to London, and the relative cheapness of its rents. Apple just opened a new office there, for instance.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1LeBG51

AOL Likely to Shutter Gaming Site Joystiq in Larger Content Cleanup

According to numerous sources, AOL is likely to shutter its primary video game site Joystiq, part of an extensive house-cleaning of its underperforming content properties that is taking place over the next weeks.

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1zTSQkS

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