Tuesday 12.31: News to Know

/ Dec 31, 2013

Digital video industry news today

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1hSlOFG

AdWeek http://bit.ly/JHAwTF

GeekWire http://bit.ly/JrJh4B

Business Insider http://read.bi/KiQiVN

Forbes http://onforb.es/1fYo3pQ

Mashable http://on.mash.to/JHCsLW

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1dRqM2B

TNW http://tnw.co/18W1hzy

The Wrap http://bit.ly/19Yzey9

 

Streaming Video News

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.

THR http://bit.ly/1lwWYeC

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/KhhFAa

Netflix Boosts CEO Reed Hastings Pay Package 50% in 2014 to $6 Mil

Happy new year, Reed Hastings: The Netflix co-founder and CEO’s compensation package will climb 50% in 2014 after the company’s stock soared to record levels over the past year.

Variety http://bit.ly/18VXsdP

THR http://bit.ly/18VXNNu

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/19FirzD

LA Times http://lat.ms/1ckaQTT

Mashable http://on.mash.to/KhkrVR

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1fYpbto

 

YouTube News

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1kYlc43

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19ziz6l

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19ziKyq

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1cU7Xzj

 

Media News

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*.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1cF1aYI

 

Production Notes

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1dnhbm3

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