Tuesday 3.24.15: News to Know

/ Mar 24, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Vessel Nabs Fifth Season of Machinima’s ‘Battlefield Friends’ & Hits Gas on Partnerships

As Vessel finally opens its doors to the unsuspecting consumer public today, the short-form video distribution platform has wrangled a heavier stable of first window exclusives, premium programmers, and individual creators, including GloZell Green, Tré Melvin, Meredith Foster aka Stilababe, and Meghan Rienks a.k.a. MeghanRosette.

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USA Today http://usat.ly/1IpQE5z

NYT http://nyti.ms/1N4psMk

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Opinions & Analysis

‘Parenthood’ creator has his ‘Way’ with Hulu

Hulu continues to boost its slate of original programming with a 10-episode straight-to-series order for The Way, a drama from Parenthood creator and showrunner Jason Katims.

USA Today http://usat.ly/1xe15I4


Deals & Signings

AOL Partners with Roku to Premiere Its First Long-Form Series, ‘Connected’

AOL has decided that it wants to play its first long-form series on the biggest screen in the house. The company plans to debut the first episode of the Morgan Spurlock-produced “Connected” on Roku devices one week ahead of its “multi-platform” series premiere.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1GcMqPE

Variety http://bit.ly/1bqcDOO


Netflix Snags Chris Tucker’s First-Ever Comedy Special

Chris Tucker’s first-ever stand-up comedy special will debut on Netflix on Friday, July 10. The special, called “Chris Tucker Live,” will be available for streaming in all Netflix territories.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1HwchAb

Variety http://bit.ly/1N2sqAV


Hulu Picks Up New Drama Series from ‘Friday Night Lights’ Creator Jason Katims

The company has picked up “The Way,” a new drama series from Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and writer/creator Jessica Goldberg. A 10-episode drama, “The Way” will examine a family at the center of a controversial faith-based movement strugglign with relationships, marriage, and power.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1GcMWx4


Nintendo president says report of a Zelda TV series at Netflix is incorrect

You may want to tone down your excitement for the Zelda TV series that Netflix was reported to be working on last month. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata tells Time that The Wall Street Journal’s story that first reported the partnership was “not based on correct information.”

The Verge http://bit.ly/1FxERnx


Streaming Video News

TechCrunch Launches First Daily News Series, ‘Crunch Report’

TechCrunch, one of the foremost sites for news and analysis on startups, venture capital, and Silicon Valley as a whole, is launching its first daily news show. Called “Crunch Report,” the series will recap the most important and interesting tech stories of the day — across all areas of coverage the site has long been known for — in five minutes or less.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1NaUFeV


Amazon Updates Fire TV Lineup With Support For USB Storage, Wireless Headphones And More

Amazon announced this morning that its streaming media players Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick will be soon receiving a software update that will deliver a series of new features, including support for expandable USB storage and wireless Bluetooth headphones on the Fire TV, the ability to watch via Wi-Fi that requires authentication on both devices, and more.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1N4pEuZ


Twitch Lines Up Deal To Stream The Ultra Electronic Music Festival

Live-streaming service Twitch continues to explore the opportunities available in the music scene, today announcing that it is partnering with the Ultra Music Festival to stream three days of electronic dance music to those who can’t be there in person.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1N4pRhH


NFL to test streaming game for worldwide audience

The Buffalo Bills’ Oct. 25 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London will serve as a test case for free, worldwide live streaming of an NFL game to non-satellite television subscribers in a bid to grow the game beyond traditional markets as well as providing a potential new revenue stream source.

USA Today http://usat.ly/1C6np5q

AP http://apne.ws/1Ckg1VH

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1FSqVmD

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1bpq69H

NYT http://nyti.ms/1G9R0xQ

NYT http://nyti.ms/1FxHPYY

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1C7otpK

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1LSDbsu

The Verge http://bit.ly/1FxFCga

Variety http://bit.ly/19hjNmW


YouTube News

YouTube Music Awards Celebrate Music On YouTube With 13 New Videos From Artists On The Rise

The second annual YouTube Music Awards are today, but this year’s show is a major departure from last year’s presentation.

New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1xYAiL9


Industry Highlights

Quick Breaks: Meerkat Nabs Financing; NBCU Sets Big Spanish-Language FIFA Plans

NBCUniversal‘s two prime Spanish-language properties, Telemundo and NBC Universo, will team up to provide comprehensive digital coverage of four different FIFA tournaments in 2015, including the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19MEKHC


Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurk on Con TV and the Distributor’s Growing OTT Plans

Everybody from HBO to AwesomenessTV is going over-the-top. The appeal is easy to understand: As viewers of all ages increasingly demand more control over when and how they can watch their favorite video content, the content owners have to adapt lest they lose the viewers to somebody else.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DT98g0


Amazon.com’s Twitch Reports Suspected Hack

Amazon.com Inc.’s video game streaming site Twitch Interactive Inc. is requiring users to reset their passwords following a suspected hack that may have compromised credit card and other personal information for an undisclosed number of users.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1DRm4mA

Venture Beat http://bit.ly/1BJEqPq

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1N99jTU

NYT http://nyti.ms/1GNAuBS

The Verge http://bit.ly/1C6mlyC

USA Today http://usat.ly/1GcMxL3

AP http://apne.ws/1GPwvoj


Facebook To Talk Oculus, Instagram On Livestream At F8

Heavy in the discussions will be Facebook acquisitions like Parse, Instagram and Oculus, their virtual reality pickup from last year. While you likely won’t get the benefit of virtual reality demos on the livestream, you might be able to watch people watch virtual reality, so that’s something.

New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/19MnGBD


Telecoms file first lawsuits against FCC net neutrality rules

The first lawsuits against the FCC’s new net neutrality rules have come in, according to The Washington Post. The Post writes that two parties — industry group USTelecom and regional service provider Alamo Broadband — have respectively filed suit in Washington and New Orleans.

The Verge http://bit.ly/1CTkzo6


Creator Profiles

Miranda Sings Tour Dates: The YouTube Star Takes Her Fans To Summer Camp

YouTube fans are already freaking out about the possibility of a sleepover with Tyler Oakley, but now we can all add another special event to our calendars: Summer Camp with Miranda Sings. The superhumanly entertaining YouTube songstress is hosting a camp themed summer tour across cities in the Midwest and northeast.

New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1Bol8PJ



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