Tuesday 12.31: News to Know
Netflix Tests $6.99 Monthly Streaming Plan With Lower-Quality Video
Is Netflix’s standard streaming plan too rich for your blood? The video streamer is trying to see if it gets takers for an even lower-priced offering — for a dollar less per month — which offers lower-resolution video.
Business Insider http://read.bi/KiQiVN
The Wrap http://bit.ly/19Yzey9
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Netflix Gets Wall Street’s Silver Medal in 2013
Only one company in America had a better stock market performance this past year. As the year on Wall Street closes, Netflix can boast that red is the new black. The company’s stock surged 296 percent this past year, which, according to a review by The Wall Street Journal, made Netflix the second best performing U.S. stock.
Netflix Terminates ‘Poison Pill’ Plan, Which Was Designed to Ward Off Hostile Takeover
Netflix announced Monday that it has terminated its stockholder rights plan — known as a poison pill, designed to prevent a hostile takeover — two years early, after billionaire investor Carl Icahn cut his stake in the company in half.
Netflix Boosts CEO Reed Hastings Pay Package 50% in 2014 to $6 Mil
LA Times http://lat.ms/1ckaQTT
Top Emerging YouTube Channels at the End of 2013
So who are the top emerging channels across YouTubes nine key categories? Who are the burgeoning creators behind some of this year’s fastest growing channels? With data from Outrigger Media’s OpenSlate platform and its Emerging Talent Tracker tool, in partnership with DigitasLBi, we’re here to tell you.
5 Second Films Slows YouTube Uploads to Focus on ‘Top-Secret Projects’
The 5 Second Films YouTube channel is sadly slowing down operations at the end of this year. According to the sketch groups’ Twitter account, “We got a movie to make! Plus sketches on Uproxx, top-secret projects, and plus: We just kinda did it all when it comes to 5sf.” While the sketch group will not shut down the channel entirely, its daily uploads will cease as of 2014.
My Damn Channel’s Advice Channel, Answerly, to Launch Book Club Series
My Damn Channel’s vlogging/advice channel, Answerly, is launching an online book club series next week. Titled “Answerly Book Club,” the weekly program will be hosted by the trio of Hayley Hoover, Joseph Birdsong, and Kristina Horner. Each host will select a book in a specific genre, and then lead viewers/readers on weekly discussions about that particular title.
Ray William Johnson to Officially End ‘=3′ in 2014
Ray William Johnson is retiring his hit YouTube show “=3” in 2014. The YouTube creator writes via Twitter.
Comedians, Cars, Coffee, and a Drone — What Else Do You Need? (Trailer)
Season three of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series about nothing, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” is right around the corner. The show returns this Thursday, January 2, with episodes that will feature the likes of Tina Fey, Louis CK, Howard Stern, Patton Oswalt, and Jay Leno. Apparently, it will also feature a drone. Because everybody loves drones*.
2014 Prediction: Crowdfunding Will Change as Platforms Adopt ‘Felicia Day Model’
Over the last few years, crowdfunding has been a hot route for aspiring creators, entrepreneurs, and established filmmakers alike, generating over $5.1B in funds in 2013 across various platforms worldwide — up from $1.5B in 2011 according to Statista.
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