Tuesday 12.24.2014: News to Know

/ Dec 24, 2014

Digital video industry news today

DirecTV signs deal to offer access to Disney and ESPN streaming video

Under a new deal, DirecTV can give subscribers online access to Disney and ESPN programming.

The Verge http://bit.ly/1xLO9Zq

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1EdVnZF

Deals & Signings

Viewbix Hires Brian McFarland to Lead North American Sales

Viewbix has named Brian McFarland vice president of eastern sales, the first US appointment for the Israel-based interactive video advertising startup.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1AINiZa

Streaming Video News

Facebook Scores NFL Video Clips With Ads From Verizon

Facebook has scored a big partner as it ramps up its online video ambitions: the National Football League.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1E9MekT

How Is Sony Going to Get “The Interview” Online? We Have Some Ideas.

Sony’s controversial comedy about assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is only going to be in a couple hundred theaters across the country, at least for now. Meanwhile, Sony has said it’s looking for “more platforms” for the film, which many industry observers believe means “streaming on the Web.”

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1CJvxbu

Watch out, YouTube: Brands have discovered Facebook video

Brands can no longer ignore the Facebook video player.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1JQpEhF

Videos to Watch Right Now

WATCH THIS: ‘The Wrong Mans’ Ready to ‘Roll Deep’ in Season 2

“The Wrong Mans,” a Hulu original series starring future late-night star James Corden, is set to return for a second season on December 24.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1tcrYe2

YouTube News

A controversial YouTube video could create a crazy new form of copyright

How the fight over ‘Innocence of Muslims’ could upend the entertainment industry

The Verge http://bit.ly/1B1xC1j

Shane Dawson Parody Pulled For Copyright Infringement? #shanedawsonsony

Shane Dawson recently uploaded a video to his channel expressing his anger towards media giant, Sony, for pulling his Taylor Swift parody video over copyright infringement.

NMR http://bit.ly/1xbKQIi

Why Hearst, Disney And Bertelsmann Are Betting Big On YouTube Networks – And What’s Next

Hearst recently announced the acquisition of 25 percent of DreamWorks Animation’s YouTube network AwesomenessTV for a cool $81.25 million.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1x8ftOM

Industry Highlights

How Much Will Top Netflix Execs Earn in 2015?

Netflix has disclosed 2015 salary figures for its top executives.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xgXgl9

Annoying Orange Creator Takes Collective DS To Court

Dane Boedigheimer (aka daneboe), creator of The Annoying Orange, has filed a lawsuit against The Collective for allegedly not paying him any portion of the revenue brought in from his channel for the last few months.

NMR http://bit.ly/1B1yZ04

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