Tuesday 1.6.15: News to Know

/ Jan 6, 2015

Digital video industry news today

CES 2015: Dish Unveils Low-Cost Internet-TV Service, with Access to ESPN and Maker Studios

As expected, Dish Network (DISH) has unveiled its upcoming internet-TV service, dubbed Sling TV, which will offer access to a skinny bundle of TV channels as well as clips from Disney’s Maker Studios for $20 a month.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1vZ8nZ3 

NYT http://nyti.ms/1HFOgHM

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1Aph0Bl

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1DtN9bI

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1BFRnMk

ReadWrite http://bit.ly/1Kig3Ar 

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/13TCtGE

Reuters http://reut.rs/1wS1BEH

Variety http://bit.ly/1BDDGNs

Forbes http://onforb.es/1tG5g8s

CES 2015

CES 2015: Smart TVs, 4K TVs, Streaming Deals, and More

CES 2015 officially kicks off Tuesday, January 6. But many companies attending and presenting during the week in Las Vegas have already started to make major announcements. Dish Network, for instance, unveiled its much-discussed internet pay-TV service, which will be called Sling TV.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tLY2FT 

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1Bv6uKp


At CES, ‘Internet of Things’ showcases the connected life

Everywhere you look at CES, it seems there’s nothing that can’t be connected to the Internet: Tennis rackets, coffee makers, watches, jewelry, baby clothing, pet accessories, oven ranges and infinitely more appliances and household goods are all getting high-tech upgrades.

LA Times http://lat.ms/1DfyR12

CES: The Next New Gadget Is TV

Advances in almost every facet of consumer electronics — everything from robotics to drones to wearable “quantified self” technologies to the ubiquitous Internet of Things — are on hand here this week as the Consumer Electronics Association’s annual CES conference is poised to kick off, but it’s an old consumer favorite — television, albeit a new-and-improved version — that is projected to be the next big thing.

MediaPost http://bit.ly/13WKBGs


CES 2015: Consumer Data Gets Big

When the 2015 International CES opens today, so does a whole new age of interconnection.

Forbes http://onforb.es/1KihJcY

Opinions & Analysis

My 5 Predictions for Digital VIDEO in 2015

2014 proved to be a transformational year for digital-first video and the YouTube economy.

Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/1xOeZh4


When is a media company also a tech company? It’s complicated

Elizabeth Spiers is the former editor-in-chief of Mediabistro, co-founder of Breaking Media and the founding editor of Gawker, so it’s worth paying attention to a recent blog post she wrote about the top five mistakes that digital media entities make when launching something new.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1AARP07

Deals & Signings

E! Greenlights Grace Helbig’s Talk Show

YouTube star Grace Helbig has had a talk show in development with E! for quite some. It now looks like that the project, currently under the working title “The Grace Helbig Project,” is moving forward to a series.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BuLXFy 

Variety http://bit.ly/17e1xdT

FastCo http://bit.ly/1KhHp9V


5 Most Pivotal Online-Video Deals in 2014

It’s been a big year for the online video industry. We’ve seen multi-million dollar acquisitions, significant licensing deals and commissions for original content, and more.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1zQXoDt


NeuLion Buys Video Tech Company DivX for $62.5M

NeuLion (NLN) has agreed to shell out $62.5 million to buy DivX (DIVX), a long-time provider of digital video streaming solutions.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xO5mlD

Verizon Has Approached AOL for Possible Takeover or Joint Venture

Verizon Communications Inc. has approached AOL Inc. about a potential acquisition or joint venture with the Internet company to expand its mobile-video offerings, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/17enf1h


Fandango Brings Its Web Video Series To Hulu

Fandango is known to most users as a web and mobile ticketing service, but it’s also been creating its own web TV shows. Today, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it’s announcing that those programs are coming to Hulu, in what Fandango says is its first partnership with a subscription video-on-demand service.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1xzZQkT

Streaming Video News

Netflix to Air Edward Norton-Produced Docu-Film ‘My Own Man’

Netflix (NFLX) will debut a feature-length documentary executive produced by Edward Norton on March 6. Called “My Own Man,” the documentary written, directed, and produced by David Sampliner (of “Dirty Work”) explores the relationships between fathers and sons.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BFW4G0


Amazon Drops Previously Ordered Series, ‘The After’

Last March, Amazon Studios ordered “The After,” a sci-fi series from “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter. Recently, however, the streaming service backtracked and dropped the order, according to a report from Variety.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1AAxCHz 

Variety http://bit.ly/1KeRqV3


Netflix to Debut ‘Puss in Boots’ Series from DreamWorks Animation

Netflix (NFLX) is bringing more adventures of feline hero Puss in Boots to its subscribers with a new original series, aptly titled “The Adventures of Puss in Boots.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tFUpLV

WebMD Makes Video Push With New Robin Roberts Series

In an effort to court advertisers outside its usual terrain, health information publisher WebMD Health Corp. will launch a new video series hosted by a familiar name in health news: “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts.

WSJ http://blogs.wsj.com/cmo/2015/01/06/webmd-video-robin-roberts/


TCL and Philips add Firefox OS-based Chromecast competitor to TVs

Matchstick, the Firefox OS-based Chromecast competitor that made waves on Kickstarter last year, is teaming up with TCL and Philips/AOC to integrate its technology into TVs, monitors and set-top boxes.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1AASaQc

YouTube News

YouTube adding native support for 360-degree video soon

Google has confirmed that it will soon add native support for 360-degree videos on YouTube, reports Gizmodo.

TNW http://tnw.co/1wRkac3

Media News

Netflix Is Getting Serious About Illegal, Out-of-Country Viewing

It seems like Netflix (NFLX) hasn’t made its way around the world quite as fast as some people would like. Of course, people in countries where the service isn’t available — or offers a limited library due to licensing restrictions — have found ways around this nonetheless, thanks to virtual private networks.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Aqj103

Industry Highlights

REPORT: Verizon May Buy or Form Joint Venture with AOL

Well that was quick. In a bid to expand its online content, mobile video, and digital advertising capabilities, Verizon has approached AOL about a potential acquisition or joint venture, according to a Bloomberg report.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DtIJBE


WME Agent Charles King Leaves to Launch New Content Firm

Charles King, a long-time partner at William Morris Endeavor, is leaving the Hollywood agency to launch a new entertainment venture called Macro, which will focus on creating and distributing content for multicultural audiences.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tLXS10


Tube Centrex Aims To Build Video Apps For YouTube Stars, Luxury Brands, And Others

Billing itself as “the world’s first cross device mobile and digital platform,” startup Tube Centrex is planning to help YouTube stars, media companies, and others build and monetize apps for their online videos.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1Bv56XW


Variety’s Digital Entertainment Execs to Watch

It can’t be overstated: Technology remains the biggest evolutionary force in entertainment today. Rapid changes in the media climate have resulted in the emergence of entirely new species of companies — and are forcing Hollywood giants to adapt quickly.

Variety http://bit.ly/1tKi8Ai


Israel’s Tech Industry Is On A Roll

Investors raised $6.94 billion from selling stakes in Israeli technology companies in 2014, a five percent increase on the previous year, boosted mainly by an increase in stock market listings.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1DfxO1b



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