Tuesday 2.4: News to Know
Google Opens Chromecast to Developers
Google has released the Google Cast SDK for Chromecast. With the SDK, mobile app developers will be able to build Chromecast support into their apps and websites, ultimately providing users with the option to bring content from said app or website to the biggest screen in the house.
Opinions & Analysis
VI-Voices: Biggest Takeaway from NATPE Miami 2014
What was your biggest takeaway from NATPE Miami 2014? Jonathan Carson, Chief Revenue Officer, VEVO: “NATPE was a terrific experience for me this year both as an attendee and as a speaker.
Deals & Signings
Satya Nadella Is the New Microsoft CEO
In the past year, Xbox and its Entertainment Studios group has been building out its content lineup in an effort to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Now, the group, as well as the other divisions within the massive Microsoft umbrella, has a new top boss.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1ao2fFy
Onion Inc. Hires Digital Ad Vet Tim Breslin as SVP of Product
Onion Inc., the digital media company that oversees satirical news site The Onion and pop-culture site The A.V. Club, has hired Tim Breslin as its new senior vice president of product.
Playlist Live Creator Joins Wheezy Waiter’s WheezySoup
Kevin Khandjian, the co-creator and former producer of Playlist Live, the largest gathering on the East Coast for YouTubers and their fans, has joined WheezySoup in an advisory capacity. He is also taking some shares in the company.
Streaming Video News
AOL On Adds Content from Hallmark Channel
AOL continues to build out its video library, inking a syndication deal with Crown Media Family Networks to offer “select” clips from Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel on AOL On.
NBC Embraces Multi-Platform Coverage for Olympics — Finally
As NBCUniversal prepares for its 18-day onslaught of Winter Olympics coverage starting Thursday, it’ll be rolling out a revised Olympics game plan that brings it up to speed with the fast-changing media world.
Hulu Inks Deal to Offer CBS’s ‘Elementary’ to Paid Subscribers
Hulu struck a deal with CBS for exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights for Sherlock Holmes-based drama “Elementary,” under which Hulu Plus subscribers will be able to watch full past seasons of the show.
Super Bowl: Fox’s Streaming Internet Audience Up 4% from CBS’s Last Year
The game for many may have been a snoozer, but Fox Sports claims it set a new Internet streaming record for a sporting event with Super Bowl XLVIII — even though it amounted to just a fraction of the U.S. TV audience.
Netflix Raising $400 Million in New Debt to Fund Original Content, European Expansion
Netflix plans to take on $400 million in additional debt to help finance more original content as well as its European expansion.
Super Bowl: Netflix Traffic Fell 20% in First Half, But Then Bounced Back to Normal Levels
Sunday’s Super Bowl evidently pulled Netflix subscribers away from the streaming video service early in the game — but as the Seattle Seahawks padded their lead over the Denver Broncos, Netflix usage returned to regular levels, according to an analysis of Internet traffic patterns during the game.
‘Ear Biscuits with Rhett & Link’ Explores Philip DeFranco’s Early Days on YouTube
“Ear Biscuits with Rhett and Link,” a weekly podcast in which YouTubers Rhett & Link speak with fellow YouTube creators, featured Philip DeFranco as one of the show’s first guests.
YouTube and the Beauty Industry: How Brands are Getting Crushed
The beauty industry is a vibrant, exciting and thriving vertical on YouTube but it isn’t the big name brands that consumers are turning to when it comes to product recommendations, how-to instructions or social engagement.
What YouTube’s Biggest Networks Want: A Little Space From YouTube
Maker Studios is one of a few networks that will pitch advertisers on their value outside of the world’s largest video site
The Wrap http://bit.ly/LuWR7J
Democrats Hope to Reinstate Net Neutrality
Congressional Democrats are hoping to reinstate the “net neutrality” rules that were struck down by a DC Court of Appeals last month.
Disney to Lay Off Hundreds of Employees in Interactive Unit
Further cuts are coming to Disney’s Interactive group, with several hundred people expected to be laid off as early as this week.
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