Tuesday 2.17.15: News to Know

/ Feb 17, 2015

Digital video industry news today

CDS Signs 7 Creators from YouTube, Vine, Snapchat

Collective Digital Studio just signed seven new YouTube, Vine, and Snapchat creators. From YouTube, FouseyTube (Yousef Saleh Erakat), Paint (Jon Cozart), and Whatever (Brian Kamerer) join the MCN with 4.7 million, 2.7 million, and 2.6 million subscribers, respectively. FouseyTube features comedic sketches, vlogs, parodies, and pranks, while Whatever focuses on pranks. Paint primarily makes a capella videos.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1L8o4aG

 

Opinions & Analysis

Google’s Next Chromecast Could Be Based On This Qualcomm Prototype

Today SlashGear broke a story about Qualcomm’s QCOM +0.71% new reference design for a streaming stick. I’ve been covering this as news for various places, and seen it appear on dozens more. But what has occurred to me is that this could very easily be the next iteration of Google’s GOOGL +0.96% incredibly popular Chromecast.

Forbes http://onforb.es/1DlMwUQ

 

Deals & Signings

Fox Sports, Garage Monkey Buckle Up for Daytona 500 Social Series

Fox Sports has teamed up with GarageMonkey, a YouTube channel and network for automobile and racing fans, to roll out a video-centric social campaign promoting the upcoming Daytona 500. Labeled “MyFirst500,” the series will focus on people’s early memories of the famous race, which will be televised by Fox Sports.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1vSz8W8

 

Ridley Scott’s ‘Halo’ Film Expands Beyond the Xbox

“Halo: Nightfall,” an original feature-length film executive produced by Ridley Scott, will soon be available for purchase via Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on-demand platforms.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1zkXrHX

 

Streaming Video News

Vimeo’s ‘High Maintenance’ Wins at WGA Awards

Vimeo‘s “High Maintenance” took home a prize at this year’s WGA Awards, winning in the Best Short Form New Media — Original category.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1zkX40a

 

Google Launches A Chinese Version Of Its YouTube Channel For Developers

Google is continuing to open its Android platform to mobile developers in China after it announced a localized version of its Google Developers YouTube channel for the country.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1vSqhDI

 

App helps hospitals prepare by streaming crash scenes

More importantly, the new TraumaHawk app — which allows state troopers on scene to send photos of the damaged vehicles to UIHC — gives ER physicians and nurses a better sense of the severity of a patient’s injuries. As a result, hospital staff can have proper rooms, equipment and personnel available even before the ambulance makes a preliminary medical report.

USA Today http://usat.ly/1MtTda7

 

OVGuide launches new Video Streaming Platform

OVGuide.com, a pioneer in online video guidance, has continued to morph with the changing landscape to deliver on its mission of providing a comprehensive solution for discovering and consuming online video. The company has been increasingly focused on bringing more ad supported video on demand (AVOD) content to its millions of users. OVGuide has accomplished this by offering its proprietary cross platform video streaming solution to content owners and distributors thus making it easier for them to bring a custom branded OTT service to their target audience.

PR Newswire http://prn.to/1zkXUKf

 

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Already Pirated: Nearly 300,000 Downloads on Opening Weekend

Pirates showed a passion for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” with copies of the erotic thriller downloaded almost 300,000 times worldwide within three days of the film’s U.S. theatrical debut.

Variety http://bit.ly/1EkHdC0

 

The Haps With Apps

Second Screen TV Apps Startup Applicaster Pulls In $10.5M Series B Funding

Applicaster is a startup originally out of Israel which offers a number of what’s known these days as ‘synchronised social experiences’. In other words they can literally sync a TV broadcast with a social app, enabling all sorts of fancy advertising and promotional opportunities. This is the much-heralded ‘second screen’ opportunity.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1L8oduG

 

YouTube News

LG Elec takes fight with Samsung over washer damage to YouTube

South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc, whose appliance chief has been indicted on a charge of purposely damaging Samsung Electronics Co Ltd washing machines, issued a video clip that it says shows the executive was merely testing its rival’s products in plain view at a store in Germany.

Reuters http://reut.rs/1FX8fRb

 

Siobhan Freegard on Building an MCN for Moms

Siobhan Freegard started Netmums, a digital hub for mothers, when she was a new mom and realized there weren’t any websites out there specifically for mothers (as you can imagine, that was a while back–her kids are a lot older now).

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1zkXvri

 

Industry Highlights

The View-Master Gets a New Lease on Life as a VR Device

The beloved and retro View-Master seemed quite ripe for an update. After all, the toy was for many the first exposure to any kind of “augmented experience.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1A2B7GY

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