Tuesday 3.25: News to Know

/ Mar 25, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Disney Bets on Maker Studios for $500 Million (Maybe More)

It’s official and it’s the biggest bet on a YouTube business to date. Maker Studios, the YouTube MCN that consists of 55,000 channels reaching 380 million subscribers and 5.5 billion monthly views, has been acquired by Disney for $500 million, with a performance-based earn-out that could drive up the ultimate price to $950 million (“if the strong performance targets are met,” says Disney in the announcement).

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1pvOqqf

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1eJxdIc

NYT http://nyti.ms/1glwNZM

Bloomberg Businessweek http://buswk.co/1eJxBGI

LA Times http://lat.ms/1dK3vPM

Reuters http://reut.rs/1hljp3P

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1eGCf8h

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1dK3The

Variety http://bit.ly/1fc43yf

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1gUdRwC

Re/code http://on.recode.net/1ptzetG

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1mr3vfC

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1nX5mdK

ReelSeo http://bit.ly/1ljgfor

TNW http://tnw.co/1gVeypr

NMR http://bit.ly/1oZBfPU

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/QbmXzS

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1fXzSuc

AdAge http://bit.ly/1gxrJCI

Deadline http://bit.ly/1kgUe6K

Hollywood Reporter http://bit.ly/1fXAjol

AP http://apne.ws/1iYucFn

Billboard http://bit.ly/1m3O1v8


Streaming Video News

Facebook VOD Distributor Screenburn Raises $500K

Screenburn, a VOD distribution platform that allows creators to sell content directly via their Facebook pages, has raised $500,000 in angel money.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1msoNtr

The Young Turks Are Now on Hulu, Too

The Young Turks Network, quite possibly the biggest name in journalism on YouTube, is expanding to Hulu.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1iYhTZN

NMR http://bit.ly/1fet77X

Yahoo Screen Launches on Roku

Yahoo’s video platform, Yahoo Screen, is now available on Roku devices. With the launch on a connected-TV platform, Yahoo says it’s designed the Screen app to mimic the TV-viewing experience.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1gVbf1p

The Real Reason Comcast Would Consider A Deal With Apple, Even If It Means Destroying Cable TV As We Know It

Apple is talking to Comcast about an arrangement that would ensure streaming video to Apple TV boxes would be uncongested and not suffer from any buffering or interruptions. It’s exciting stuff, if you’re one of those people hoping that Apple will eventually produce an Apple TV product that will revolutionize the boob tube.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1oZAqH3

Apple Proposes New Cloud-Based Video-Streaming Service

Netflix isn’t the only TV content service looking for better connections with Comcast. So is Apple, with a proposed new video streaming service. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple intends to allow users to stream live and on-demand programming stored in “cloud” servers.  If it goes through, the deal would signal a new level of technology and partnership with cable TV companies — as it would eliminate the need for a set-top box.

Media Post http://bit.ly/1rs9im1


The Haps with Apps

Roku remote control app gets universal search, new UI

Roku just launched version 3.0 of is remote control app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, and the new app doesn’t just look better, it also offers universal search for movies and TV shows across Roku channels.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1m3MVQ2

The 11 Best Chromecast Apps

There are well over 100 apps and games available across Android, iOS and Chrome that are compatible with Google’s new Chromecast streaming stick. Most are freely available in from the Google Play store, the Chrome store or Apple’s App Store with some paid-for exceptions. Finding the apps can be difficult, however, limited to a search of “Chromecast” in the various app stores.

Business Insider http://read.bi/1ds4jOT


Playlist Live

Playlist Voices: 2014 Trend to Watch For

What’s a major trend that all YouTubers should be paying attention to until the next Playlist Live in November? Charles Lincoln “Link” Neal (Rhett & Link): “The best I can do is quote Rhett on this one: ‘I don’t follow the trends, I’m a style pioneer.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1glRFA0


YouTube News

Jash Will Distribute Canadian Comedy Series ‘The Amazing Gayl Pile’

YouTube comedy network Jash will distribute a new Canadian comedy series, “The Amazing Gayl Pile,” from LaRue Entertainment.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/QbgtRy

The YouTube Blindspot: What Brands Like DOVE Miss, But GoPRO Gets

Earlier this month YouTube released the newest edition of its creator playbook for brands, the document which YouTube regularly releases to help inform creators about the best practices for how to be effective.

BetaBeat http://bit.ly/1oZD7rX


Media News

AOL On Crosses the Atlantic, Opens Shop in the UK

AOL is bringing its AOL On Network, which launched in the US just under two years ago, to the UK. It’s the first non-North American market for the growing online video platform, which has helped jet AOL to the number-one position among comScore’s US rankings for video ad properties as well as a mainstay in comScore’s top-five video content properties.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/NO5aN2


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