Tuesday 3.17.15: News to Know (and Happy St. Patrick’s Day)
Cablevision Joins the HBO Now Release Party
As part of the deal, HBO’s standalone subscription streaming service, which is expected to launch in April, will be available for broadband customers of Cablevision’s internet service, Optimum Online.
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Opinions & Analysis
How FameBit ‘Streamlines’ the Brand/YouTuber Connection
FameBit, a platform YouTubers and brands can use to monetize content and partner with relevant influencers (respectively), just reached the 300 million subscriber mark.
Deals & Signings
Discovery Digital Networks to Start ‘Super Panic Frenzy’ on YouTube, Twitch
Discovery Digital Networks is carving out its own niche in the gaming world with Super Panic Frenzy, a brand that will focus on gaming news, live-streams, and “Let’s Plays” when it launches on March 23.
CAA Signs YouTube Stars Kian Lawley and Jc Caylen
Kian Lawley and Jc Caylen, former members of the now-defunct YouTube super-group Our2ndLife, have signed with the Hollywood agency, which will represent the duo in all areas including film, TV, digital, branded content, and commercial work.
Crowdfunding Site Patreon Acquires the Vlogbrothers’ Subbable
Crowdfunding site Patreon has acquired crowdfunding site Subbable so that creators benefitting from the latter wouldn’t have to see a decrease in revenue due to Amazon Payments changes, according to Patreon’s blog.
Streaming Video News
New Video App ‘Stre.am’ Enters the Live-Streaming Scene
Stream (stylized: “Stre.am”), a video app available on iOS and Android devices, offers functions similar to Meerkat and other competitors in the streaming app space, such as Snapchat and Vine.
Uproxx Launches First Daily Series, ‘The Desk’
Called “The Desk,” the program will cover the biggest trending web and pop culture stories of the day, often by bringing in commentary from a variety of guests and celebrities. The series will be taped starting at noon every weekday at Woven Studios in Culver City, and will air later that afternoon on Uproxx.com. Each episode will run 3-5 minutes.
ABC News Arrives on Roku, Extends Apple TV Footprint Internationally
The new connected-TV “channel” from the news organization offers live and on-demand video, local news from several major markets, and a wide range of historical footage from its archives. In instances of breaking news and special events, the channel will make multiple streams available.
Apple Set to Launch 25-Channel Online TV Service (Report)
Apple is set to launch a 25-channel TV service this fall from broadcasters including ABC, CBS and Fox. The slimmed-down bundle will stream channels live to Apple TV, iPhones, iPads and devices using Apple’s iOS, according to the Wall Street Journal. It is expected to also include ESPN and FX, but leave out smaller channels.
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Meerkat releases update to help with stream discovery, adds search feature
Meerkat today updated its app to add a number of new features after the company was cut off from accessing Twitter’s social graph over the weekend.
The updated app adds search functionality, so you can find people you may wish to follow.
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1Dwx74u
The Five Finalists for the Fifth MIPLab Competition Are…
Reed Midem announced the finalists of the fifth annual MIPLab video startup competition, which is meant to empower startups “working on products to enable the traditional TV and online video industries to better exploit opportunities offered by online and cloud-based platforms.”
Sklar Brothers, Kids at Play to Create Comedy Series for PBS Digital Studios
“You’re Doing It Wrong” will provide a smart, comedic take on everyday activities — such as peeling hard-boiled eggs, using sunscreen, and changing the TV channel — that most people consistently do wrong. Hosted by Randy and Jason Sklar, the series will provide facts and figures, break down the science behind these everyday actions, and offer tips on how to correct the errant behaviors.
Sling TV Plays For Gamers With Xbox One App As It Expands Channel Offerings
Sling TV just released an app so owners of Xbox One gaming consoles can subscribe. Those who have the Microsoft device and use Xbox Live can watch Sling TV for free for a month. In addition, the first 5,000 people who buy an Xbox One directly from Microsoft will have three months of free service.
Studio Canal Takes Over All Distribution Of Tandem Content, To Increase Production
Euro major Studio Canal has announced that it will now handle the TV sales and marketing for all of the studio’s television production companies, including any output created by German-based Tandem Productions.