Tuesday 2.25: News to Know

/ Feb 25, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Verizon CEO says he expects Netflix will pay for better streaming

Verizon’s CEO wasted no time in announcing that the company expected to strike a similar bargain. On CNBC this morning Verizon’s chief Lowell McAdams revealed that Netflix and Verizon have been in talks for almost a year now, and that he expects to finalize a deal soon. “If you see someone come in with a lot of load on the internet, [with] video, you’ve got to get that in an efficient place. So making the connection far out on the network is a good thing, and frankly, paying for it,” said McAdams.

The Verge http://bit.ly/1k63ayd


Gigaom http://bit.ly/1k9DaPk

Recode http://on.recode.net/1mtWLuR

Opinions & Analysis

VI-Voices: Where’s the Next ‘Hit Show’ Coming From?

Who’s primed to create the next big online video “hit”? (Other than Netflix.) Josh Entman, Co-founder and Chief Development Officer, Jukin Media: “I wouldn’t be surprised if HBO goes all in on long-form, digital-only series in a direct response to the ‘House of Cards’ model.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fmyvEL

Why Netflix Is Actually the Big Winner in the Comcast Bandwidth Deal

Despite the spin you may have read, Netflix is not getting screwed by Comcast, the biggest broadband provider in the U.S.

Variety http://bit.ly/1eflS2R

Video killed the bootstrapper: Why the Netflix-Comcast deal is bad for entrepreneurs

Yesterday Netflix announced a deal where it would pay Comcast for faster access to the provider’s customers.

PandoDaily http://bit.ly/1hLkIzi

What The Comcast-Netflix Deal Means For Consumers

After last month’s appeal court ruling striking down the FCC’s net neutrality rules, yesterday’s deal between Comcast and Netflix has come in for far more scrutiny than it might have in the past.

Forbes http://onforb.es/1mEYzow

Digiday http://bit.ly/1cLmZpY

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1hlxSzI

Associated Press 

A look behind the curtain: how Netflix redesigned and rebuilt its television experience

Netflix makes one of the most-used apps for smart TVs and connected devices. Here’s an inside look at the work that went into the app’s most recent relaunch.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1pjxfLj

Deals & Signings

Facebook Inches Closer to Hollywood with New Entertainment Hire

Sibyl Goldman is leaving her post at Ryan Seacrest Productions to become Facebook’s new head of entertainment partnerships. According to Variety, at Facebook, Goldman will oversee a team that will be responsible for reaching out to and securing partnerships with studios, networks, and celebrities.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1c4azvw

THR http://bit.ly/1dtMb19

Streaming Video News

Xbox One will get Twitch live video game streaming on March 11th

Xbox One users will soon be able to live stream their games, join games with broadcasters, and save game footage to watch later using the vastly popular streaming service Twitch. Microsoft will release a patch for the console alongside the North American launch of Titanfall on March 11th that will allow users to live stream their Xbox One games for the first time.

The Verge http://bit.ly/1dtJht3

USA Today http://usat.ly/MYlZFk

WWE launches its streaming wrestling network in the US

Wrestling fans suddenly have a lot to watch. In the US today, the WWE Network is launching on mobile, streaming devices, and the web, offering live access to all monthly pay-per-view events as well as thousands of hours of on-demand content for $9.99 per month. The network’s launch marks a big change in WWE’s business model: instead of focusing on the sales of its monthly events for $44.95, it’s hoping to sign up a wealth of subscribers at a lower rate to make up and eventually surpass the difference in revenue.

The Verge http://bit.ly/NubzNC


Bloomberg TV http://bloom.bg/Oyf6eY

Short Subject Documentary Oscar Nominee ‘Lady in Number 6′ To Netflix

The Documentary Short subject Oscar nominee Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life about the late Alice Herz Sommer, who died Sunday in a London hospital at the age of 110, has just been acquired by Netflix.

Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/1k740L2

Disney Launches Movie Streaming Service With ‘Frozen’ Digital Release

Disney has launched movie streaming service Disney Movies Anywhere just in time for the digital release of Frozen.

THR http://bit.ly/1k96HJ0

The Wrap http://bit.ly/1fQiRSM

TNW http://tnw.co/Mr4pJk

Worldsceen http://bit.ly/1eflYHE

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1jx0GpE

Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/1c4mUQl

Netflix Shares Touch New All-Time High After Deal With Comcast

Share prices for the market’s biggest gainer in 2013, with stock values +312%, are up another 21.4% so far in 2014 — and touched yet another new high today at $449.69.

Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/1cjDndX

Comcast’s Deal With Netflix Shows It Learned The Lesson From Hollywood’s SOPA Debacle

Studios’ failed effort in 2012 to promote the Stop Online Piracy Act (or SOPA) made it clear: Big Media companies had better not mess with Silicon Valley.

Deadline Hollywood http://bit.ly/1bINkGP

Microsoft reportedly wants a piece of Dailymotion’s video pie

Almost one year after the French government reportedly blocked Yahoo from procuring a majority stake in video-sharing site Dailymotion, Microsoft is now reported to be sniffing around the company. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Orange – Dailymotion’s largest stakeholder – is in talks with Microsoft with a view towards entering a partnership. Orange Chief Executive Stephane Richard apparently made the remarks on Tuesday, during an interview with French TV channel BFM TV.

TNW http://tnw.co/1cLhZl2

CNET http://cnet.co/1fQmJ6o

Reuters http://reut.rs/1fmKkdW

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1cjF3nE

Aereo Updates

Broadcasters Threaten Dire Consequences if Aereo Wins

The four biggest television networks filed a 59-page brief Monday to the Supreme Court detailing how online video startup Aereo is essentially stealing their programming and undermining their business model. Broadcasters argued that Aereo, which provides broadcast TV shows to subscribers over the Internet without paying licensing fees to stations, is violating federal copyright law designed to protect content creators and distributors.

Recode http://on.recode.net/1hawSyZ

YouTube News

Freddie Wong Breaks Record, Raises $900K for Final Season of ‘VGHS’

In news that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, Freddie Wong has exceeded his goal for crowdfunding the third and final season of “Video Game High School.” Launching the campaign on January 23, Wong had hoped to raise $750,000 on Indiegogo to help finish the story he and co-creator Matt Arnold began two years ago. The campaign finished with more than $900,000 in fan-contributed money — a new record for a web series*.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1hOqyjk

It’s Official: Teens and Millennials Love YouTube More Than Facebook

YouTube has finally toppled Facebook as the most popular website for 14 to 24 year olds. But don’t just take my word for it – a November 2013 study by The Intelligence Group, found that nearly three-quarters of 14 to 18-year-olds in the US said they used YouTube “frequently,” compared with 60% who said the same for Facebook. And maybe even more telling is that those aged 19 to 24 accessed YouTube more than Facebook, with just a 1% difference between the two.

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/1hOtEnC

NMR http://bit.ly/1fBTI1Z

Media News

When Appetite Meets Consumption: Food-Video on the Web

Beauty and music might be massive on YouTube, but there’s another genre that can lay claim to being the fastest-growing on the world’s biggest video site: food. This is according to a recent YouTube Insights study from Google, which made the aforementioned claim and provided some data to back it up: In 2013, the top 20 food and cooking channels generated 370 million views while seeing a 240% increase in subscribers.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fQdinq

NBC Arms ‘Heroes’ Sequel with Digital Prequel

In what should probably become Digital Marketing 101 for TV networks, if you want to build anticipation around an upcoming TV show or mini-series, it might be a good idea to first produce a web series as a promotional prequel vehicle.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1hagiPR

Wired http://wrd.cm/1foJ4NF

WorldScreen http://bit.ly/1bIQRok

Mickela Mallozzi’s ‘Bare Feet’ Web Series Jumps to (Local NY) TV

“Bare Feet,” a travel/dance series from Mickela Mallozzi, is going to television. Mallozzi has inked a deal with NYC Life, the official local TV station of New York City, to launch a half-hour version of the show.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/MY6XQ1

ABC Serves Companion Web Series Tied to ‘Mixology’

ABC is launching a new short-form companion web show tied to its new comedy series, “Mixology.” “Mixology,” created and executive produced by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (“The Hangover”), follows a group of individuals trying to hook up over the course of a single evening. The series premieres on Wednesday, February 26, at 9:30pm.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1k9fqdW


SpotXchange Hurdles Past AOL and Google in comScore Video Ad Leaderboard

There’s a new king atop the online video advertising mountain. According to comScore’s latest monthly video charts, SpotXchange has jumped over previous throne-holders AOL and Google/YouTube to be the top online video advertising property in the US. The programmatic video ad company delivered more than 3.46 billion video ad impressions in January, outshining second-place AOL (2.92 billion) and Google/YouTube (2.90 billion) in the process.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/MY5n0B


INFOGRAPHIC: Millennials Watch Way More Video Than Anyone Else — But Not On TV

Millennials watch more video content than any previous generation. They love movies, TV shows, and short-form video. And while this sounds like great news for advertisers, the trouble is, millennials aren’t watching video content on their living room TVs anymore. YuMe conducted a study that tracked how millennials consume media, finding that 13% watch video content on their smartphones while they work, while another 13% watch while they shop. In total, 94% of millennials are multitasking (and likely distracted) while viewing content.

Business Insider http://read.bi/Oyj739

10 predictions for the future of TV

When people start to explore the changing nature of the TV landscape, they are instantly hit by a multitude of thought camps making differing claims about what the future of the industry, consumer experience, and technology will look like. Some will emphatically state that TV is rapidly becoming upended during a period of intense evolution and convergence. Others believe that small shifts have resulted in only minor changes. The truth is that the current and future nature of television is vastly complex and undergoing what could best be described as an ongoing yet subtle disruption.

iMedia Connection http://bit.ly/1poGNoe


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