Tuesday 10.15: News to Know

/ Oct 15, 2013

Digital video industry news today


Netflix Said to Be in Discussions for U.S. Cable Carriage Has Had Talks With Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and No. 7 Cable Co. Suddenlink

Netflix is in talks to add its application to the set-top boxes of U.S. cable-TV operators, letting customers search for web-based movies and television shows alongside traditional programs, according to three people familiar with the matter.

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Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/165Nsx2

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Streaming Video News

Netflix Shares Up 8 Percent After Reports of Talks With Cable Companies

Shares of Netflix surged 8 percent Monday after reports surfaced that cable operators were considering embedding the video streamer’s service into set-top boxes.

THR http://bit.ly/1fyyEKz

Netflix Orders Series From ‘Damages’ Creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman & Glenn Kessler And Sony Pictures TV

EXCLUSIVE: Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler are heading to Netflix for their return to television.

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GigaOm http://bit.ly/18fbMeK

Variety http://bit.ly/18eVKBv

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Comedy Gives Back to Host Online Telethon for Charity; Dane Cook to perform; Dailymotion to stream

Coming next month to an Internet connection near you: comedy with a cause.

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Epic Week for Epic Rap Battles of History Hitler vs. Vader 3 soars, Nerds vs. Geeks sizzles

Nice Peter, the Maker Studios-repped comedic songwriter behind the megahit Epic Rap Battles in History, had a big week last week. The much awaited third installment in his series of mock rap contests between Darth Vader and Adolph Hitler (naturally) scored 6.5 million views last week, according to the latest data from VideoWatch/VidIQ.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/18gclF8

Hulu’s ‘The Wrong Mans’ Will Make US Debut at NYTVF

Hulu’s next original comedy series, “The Wrong Mans,” will make its US premiere at the New York Television Festival at the end of this month.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19KSKJx

Vimeo updates its Pro accounts with a whole lot more storage

Vimeo gave paying subscribers of its Vimeo Pro service tier a big storage boost Tuesday: Video producers who pay Vimeo $199 per year now get 20 GB of storage per week, which adds up to a maximum of one terabyte of storage per year. Previously, Pro storage was limited to 50 GB per year.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/171aSEG


Digital Disruption

TouchCast Launches Contest For Original Web Video Series Winner will receive $4,000

The startup TouchCast, which has plans to reinvent Web video, is putting out a casting call—a “TouchCasting Call,” to be exact.

The startup, which publishes a free iPad app with video production tools, has joined with the International Academy of Web Television and BigScreen LittleScreen to launch a contest offering video creators cash to create an original series on the platform.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1bMiwo4


YouTube News

Amazon Is Courting YouTube Networks for Short-Video Push E-commerce Giant Widely Considered YouTube’s Biggest Threat

Not content to contend only with Netflix and Hulu for long-form video content like movies and TV shows, Amazon is exploring a push into the short-form territory dominated by YouTube.

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Univision to Debut ‘Flama,’ Its First Online-Only Video Network, on YouTube

Univision Communications has formed a joint venture with digital media producer Bedrocket Media to launch Flama — the Hispanic broadcaster’s first online network with original content, set to bow this fall first on YouTube.

Variety http://bit.ly/18hB3op

Media News

Waywire, Cory Booker’s Attempt to Build a Web Video Startup, Sells to Magnify

Waywire, the video startup best known for its association with politician Cory Booker, is being sold to Magnify, a Web video distributor.

ATD http://dthin.gs/19DLAuv

Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt Resigns

The board will begin to look for a permanent CEO to take company co-founder Richard Rosenblatt’s place beginning October 31, when his resignation takes effect. Co-founder Shawn Colo will serve as interim CEO.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1mYumJ

Meet the Brand Vine Whisperer

With adult brains only able to handle about eight seconds of focused attention, it’s no wonder that the six-second video app, Vine, has grown into something of a phenomenon. Brands, eager to be a part of the next big thing, are starting to shell out to talented folks who can tell captivating six-second stories.

Digiday http://bit.ly/1an4kvj

Comedy Central Eliminates Digital Division

Comedy Central has consolidated its organizational structure, dismantling its digital department and expanding its executives’ oversight to include content across multiple platforms.

THR http://bit.ly/1cOmw7o


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