Tuesday 2.24.15: News to Know
Amazon Extends Epix Movie Licensing Pact
Epix has extended its movie licensing pact with Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service. The multiyear pact covers new releases from Epix studio partners Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate as well as all library titles including “The Hunger Games” (pictured), “Rocky,” films in the James Bond and “Star Trek” series and Epix original productions such as documentaries, concert and comedy specials.
Opinions & Analysis
Can Virtual Ever Become Reality?
At a private “CEO lunch” during the recent DEW industry conference, executives from a broad range of companies discussed the current and future state of digital entertainment. Naturally, they explored a variety of issues, from measurement to new and disruptive distribution models; but one thing, above else, was top of mind for almost everybody in that room: virtual reality.
Social media star Casey Neistat talks Snapchat versus YouTube
Since Snapchat Stories have been around for only a year or so, Snapchat celebrities are still a rare breed. Compared to viral Vine stars with their own cross country tour schedules and YouTube creators with their Hollywood deals, Snapchat stars are still building a case for themselves.
Deals & Signings
Amazon Hires Former ABC Marketing Boss to Run Marketing for Original Series
As its Amazon Studios arm continues to churn out more and more original series (and soon, movies), Amazon has hired a former ABC marketing executive to, well, market that content.
MTV is launching two new streaming TV and music apps in Europe next month
MTV is teaming up with leading mobile operators to give users access to its vast content library on the go with the launch of two new apps next month – MTV Play and MTV Trax.
MTV Play is a video on demand service that will feature many of MTV’s most popular shows.
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1Bl5dYL
Streaming Video News
MLB’s Streaming-Tech Unit Goes Pro
If HBO’s new streaming-video service launches without a hitch later this year, the cable channel will get the glory, but Major League Baseball may be the most valuable player. The league’s technology arm, MLB Advanced Media, is quickly becoming the go-to vendor for companies looking to stream TV over the Web.
More ‘Thomas & Friends’ Videos Coming to YouTube and YouTube Kids
On the same day that the long-awaited YouTube Kids app goes live, toy giant Mattel Inc. has announced plans to produce a lot more YouTube videos featuring Thomas the Tank Engine in the coming year.
YouTube to Go Live with Music Subscriptions
YouTube continues to be a popular outlet for many video creators. It has even allowed certain superstars to expand their reach to TV, as noted by this recent deal in which StyleHaul is bringing its vloggers to the Oxygen cable network. However, there have been mixed feelings about the website’s new music subscription service, with some artists indicating that they’ve been unfairly shut out.
13 YouTube stars who should be on your radar
We’ve rounded up 13 creators whose YouTube follower counts are exploding. You’ll want to pay attention.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1GlM3jI
Twitch to Host Its Very Own Convention This September
Appropriately called TwitchCon, the convention will bring together the livestreaming gaming platform’s community of broadcasters and viewers. There will be the chance for fans to watch live content at the convention center (the Mascone Center in Moscone West) among other presentations, the details of which have yet to be announced.
The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur on Making Content for Facebook…and Hulu, and YouTube
The Young Turks online news network is known for its huge YouTube presence — but, as with other creators on the world’s biggest video site, its future isn’t with YouTube alone. The network has started to distribute programming across other major online video hubs, including Hulu and, most recently, Facebook, with its latest series “Final Judgment,” which provides a spin on the biggest news stories from TYT boss Cenk Uygur.
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