Tuesday 12.2.14: News to Know

/ Dec 2, 2014

Digital video industry news today
AOL Buys Video Marketplace Vidible
AOL has acquired Vidible, a programmatic exchange that connects video producers and distributors with publishers that want more video content.
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yCug4N

Opinions and Analyses

Here’s Why Mark Cuban Doesn’t Think Netflix Will Kill Cable Anytime Soon

Will streaming video services like Netflix ever replace cable TV?

Maybe someday, but billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban doesn’t think it will happen any time soon. He posed an interesting argument why the two mediums need one another.

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

Analyst: Netflix Will Top 17 Million International Subscribers This Year

Netflix will have more than 17 million paying subscribers outside the United States by the end of 2014, according to an estimate by U.K. group Digital TV Research.


How OTT Is Growing Overseas With Netflix Push

It will be interesting some day when all things related to online video do not go up by double or triple digits each quarter because then the panic will be hilarious. Already, there are worried voices about Netflix now that its subscriber levels in the U.S. have slowed. 


What 300 Hours of Video Uploaded to YouTube Every Minute Means for Advertisers

Last week we reported that 300 Hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s a big number, so, let me try to explain what it actually means in real terms to YouTube advertisers, and YouTube Partners.

ReelSEO http://bit.ly/1HUVNDB

Deals and Signings

Entertainment Weekly Alum Ken Tucker Joins Yahoo as TV Critic

Television critic Ken Tucker has joined Yahoo TV, the publication announced Monday.

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1B9nkQ5

Streaming Video News
ABC News Launches Daily Newscast with David Muir on Facebook
Facebook might not be ready to commission original content, but that won’t stop others from producing videos exclusively for the social network.
Yekra to Supply Embeddable Movie Player to GodVine and GodTube
Yekra, which bills itself as the first do-it-yourself custom movie theater and white-label VOD player, said Monday it has partnered with GodTube.com and GodVine.com, video websites that have a collective monthly audience of more than 10 million unique users in the U.S.

‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Premiere Set for February 27

“House of Cards” season three will debut on Netflix on Feb. 27, the streaming service announced Monday.

Variety http://bit.ly/1rPlUBU

Netflix’s New Show ‘Marco Polo’ Is an Extended Metaphor For Netflix’s World Domination Plans
To coincide with the company’s dreams of global empire, they’re making a show about global empires.
Hulu to Stream Animated Film ‘Niko: Journey to Magika’
On December 12, Hulu will become the exclusive home to the animated film, “Niko: Journey to Magika.”
VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tztn8sUniFrance Unveils MyFrenchFilmFestival Lineup

PARIS– UniFrance is upping the ante for the fifth edition of its online festival MyFrenchFilmFestival, showcasing A-list festival players, local commercial and critical successes.

Variety http://bit.ly/1zLVeGs

TV vs Digital

Not Dead Yet: How Some Video Stores Are Thriving in the Age of Netflix

It was late April when the sole surviving location of Kim’s Video & Music announced that it was closing its doors for good. The beloved New York City video store minichain already had dwindled from four branches to one, but the First Avenue location managed to hang on for nearly five years after Kim’s flagship shop closed in 2009.

Wired http://wrd.cm/1HUY022

Videos to Watch Right Now

46 new offerings on Netflix in December

Here’s a look at the new additions to Netflix this month.

USA Today http://usat.ly/1rMGacN

YouTube News

More scrutiny of YouTube stars’ promotion deals

YouTube stars have made a mint off cutting promotional deals with brands. Now, they’re getting more scrutiny over whether these promotional deals are properly disclosed.The United Kingdom’s advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority, is pushing back against lackluster disclosures on branded YouTube content.

Tweens Love YouTube, Even Though it’s Not For Kids
It won’t shock many parents that kids sometimes like things they are not supposed to like. Naturally, that extends to the Internet. YouTube–where only people ages 13 and older can create an account–is nevertheless the number one website among “tweens,” or kids ages eight to 11, according to new research from KidSay.WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1HTor8n

South Park’s next target: YouTube gaming sensation PewDiePie
Comedy Central’s long-running animated show South Park is in the middle of its nerdiest season yet. It’s already taken on Oculus Rift, free-to-play games, and consumer drones. This week, it’s going to nerd out once again.


Media News

Vox Media To Expand Native Ad Offerings, Video

Vox Media has received a new round of financing to the tune of $46.5 million, valuing the digital media company at $380 million, according toThe New York Times, which reported the news on Monday.


What Vox Plans to Do With Its Latest Round of Funding

CEO Jim Bankoff Previews the Company’s 2015 Plans

AdAge http://bit.ly/11LLIb6

Apploud Is Like An Instagram For Live Music Where Musicians Get Paid
Musicians have a need to perform, whether it’s a subway platform or a stage. But they also need money to create their art. Street musicians get tips. But what if you allowed more people to view the performances beyond who are in front of the musicians at that moment?Tech Crunch http://tcrn.ch/1v5TT99
Grumpy Cat Movie Shreds Internet, Makes Child Abuse Joke
While we were all tucked in over the Thanksgiving weekend, or some of you were out scouring for last minute BlackFriday deals (because the shopping day now lasts a week apparently), Grumpy Cat was fighting off thieves and attempting to rescue her mall pet store.NMR http://bit.ly/15NtoRr
Industry Highlights
PGA Awards Recognize These Digital Series…and Netflix
The 2015 Producers Guild of America Awards will take place on January 24th in Los Angeles. In the meantime, however, nominees in several categories have been announced, and some digital series are gaining recognition outside of the “Outstanding Digital Series” category.VideoInk http://bit.ly/1FKYDsT

Video Messaging Startup Glide Raises $20 Million, Valued at $100 Million

Glide, a video messaging startup based in Jerusalem, has raised $20 million in a new funding round led by Marker LLC. Two Sigma Ventures, Menlo Ventures and a few existing investors were also involved in the round.


Legal Russian VOD Market Shows Rapid Growth

Russia’s market for Video on Demand (VOD) services is set to grow four fold this year, if trends seen in the first half of 2014 continue, according to a report released today.

Production Notes

‘What’s Trending’ and Ford to Bring Back the ‘Tube-A-Thon’ in December

The third annual “Tube-A-Thon” will take place on December 11 at Siren Studios in Hollywood. Organized by the Emmy-nominated online talk show “What’s Trending” in partnership with Ford, the event will bring together various celebrities (from YouTube and Hollywood alike) to help raise funds for The Covenant House, a charity that houses homeless youth throughout the Americas.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CBCeQy

Creator Profiles
Drea de Matteo on Embracing Digital…Reluctantly
Debuting today, “The #Muthaship” stars Drea de Matteo (you know her from shows like “The Sopranos” and “Sons of Anarchy”…and maybe even the “Friends” spinoff series, “Joey”) as she goes about her daily life at home with her family and friends.VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CBC5wsPoweredByJJPR

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