Tuesday 2.4: News to Know

/ Feb 4, 2014

Digital video industry news today

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1doJfSl

Variety http://bit.ly/1fXd5jZ

GigaOm http://bit.ly/1bZBBxU

TNW http://tnw.co/1aZ774F

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1n7vXzg


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. 

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1bqGsvb


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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1bqGPWJ

NYT http://nyti.ms/1ao1Wuv

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1nNruok

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1aYZtr0


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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1bmQv1p

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1en50bb

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1aY1ljN

THR http://bit.ly/1ao9DRl

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1fEebml

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1eQi8R8

Deadline http://bit.ly/1bn2XOu

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1j8tIOE

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1lyAP4Q

Variety http://bit.ly/1gJhJHf

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1n7OfQN


YouTube News

‘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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1bqvplO

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.

ReelSEO http://bit.ly/1n8A1Pu

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


Media News

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fKPG6D

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1ijq1lS

THR http://bit.ly/1e0yRjQ


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