Tuesday 6.17: News to Know
YouTube Gamer PewDiePie Grossed $4 Million in 2013
Felix Kjellberg, known by most people as the YouTube-based gamer PewDiePie, is a bonafide celebrity on the world’s biggest video site. The man has more than 27.7 million subscribers — more than any other independent creator — on YouTube.
Opinions & Analysis
5Qs with…Tim Minton, CEO of Zazoom
VideoInk caught up with CEO Tim Minton to discuss what journalism looks like on web videos, the future of “Debunk’d,” and genre expansion for Zazoom.
49% of 30-to-49-year-olds Watch Online News Video
According to a recent report by Pew Research, 36 percent of all U.S. adults, catch up on their news via online video. This is roughly the same percentage of Americans who now watch cable news channels regularly. But after digging into the new survey data, I discovered a couple of even bigger stories and at least one paradigm shift. The report from the Pew Research Center, “News Video on the Web”, found that those under age 50 are the heaviest consumers of digital news videos. In fact, 48% of 18-to-29-year-olds, and 49% of 30-to-49-year-olds now watch online news video.
Online TV Versus TV Online: There’s A Big Diffference
The wave of online video coverage this spring and into the summer has missed a critical distinction for advertisers: There is a fundamental difference between TV online and online TV. Knowing it will allow advertisers to build from an assured base online.
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Deals & Signings
Conde Nast, Fox Strike First-Look Deal
Big magazine publishers are now video producers, and the traditional TV world is starting to take notice. Twentieth Century Fox Television and Condé Nast Entertainment have entered into a “first-look” agreement for Condé Nast to develop and produce broadcast and cable TV projects for Fox.
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Tremor Promotes Seitz To VP Of Strategy & Ops
Tremor Video on Monday announced the promotion of Katie Seitz to the executive role of vice president of strategy and operations.
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Streaming Video News
Netflix Orders ‘Ever After High’ Animated Movie and Series from Mattel
Netflix continues to beef up its original programming slate for kids, ordering a new animated movie and ensuing TV series based on toy-maker Mattel’s popular Ever After High franchise.
Netflix Looking To Pursue More Native Advertising Good News for Branded Content Outlets
Online audiences are oohing and ahhing over Netflix’s New York Times branded content on women inmates, tied to the hit series Orange Is the New Black. While this is one of the first pieces created out of the Grey Lady’s T Brand Studio, Netflix isn’t new to the native advertising. And a source close to the situation told Adweek that Netflix was looking to ramp up on native ads/branded content because it is pleased with the outcome of the NYT effort as well as a recent initiative with Wired. A sponsored article with the tech-focused magazine on TV viewing habits was also lauded for editorial content.
‘Breaking Bad’ is now available on Netflix in 4K
Netflix said back at CES that it was going to do its best to get 4K content out to the masses this year, and today they’ve announced that Breaking Bad is available to stream in the highest resolution currently possible. If you have a 4K set and a connection that’s up to it, the show should be available to all streaming customers, according to a tweet from Netflix’s Joris Evers.
British TV streaming site Acorn TV will exclusively premiere the final three episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot beginning on Aug 11 with Elephants Can Remember. The episode Labours of Hercules will debut on Aug 18, and Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case will round out the 70 total mysteries on Aug 25. Acorn TV content can be viewed at www.Acorn.TV and on its Roku channel.
Dailymotion bets on Scality for storing petabytes of video data
Software-defined storage company Scality has signed a big deal with video site Dailymotion, VentureBeat has learned.
Amazon Takes ‘Spartacus’ in Streaming Deal for Germany
Amazon has inked a deal with Starz Digital Media for streaming rights to Starz’ Roman-era action series Spartacus for Germany. The agreement, announced Tuesday, gives Amazon German streaming rights for the all three seasons of Spartacus, as well as the six-part prequel series, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. The series’ third and final season, Spartacus: War of the Damned, will debut in early 2015.
TiVo co-founders bring their QPlay video app to Chromecast, sideline own hardware
QPlay just embraced Google’s Chromecast — and in turn effectively gave up on being a TV hardware startup.
The Haps With Apps
At Disney-ABC, Just Watch What Has Happened To Viewership Via Apps
There’s hardly a time I see the 11 o’clock news on WPVI, the ABC-owned station in the Philadelphia area, over a TV set. Mostly, I watch it with the iPad propped up on my knees in the bedroom, getting my dose of the station’s interpretation of area news–mainly “senseless” murders and approaching storms–from the station’s authenticated Watch app before I go to bed.
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YouTube Loves ‘Game of Thrones’: New Zefr Data Shows How Much
“Game of Thrones” fans have always been known for their enthusiasm. Now, Zefr brings us data that puts a number (well, several numbers) on that enthusiasm. With 929,113 subscribers and over 172 million total views, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” YouTube channel gets easily outshined by fan-uploaded content on the platform, which accounts for 99% of total relevant videos and 89.3% of total views.
YouTube Partner: We Make 5 Times More Money Off YouTube Than on It
Jan Riemens built one of the largest online video networks in the world without YouTube. That sounds apocryphal now that YouTube reaches more than one billion people a month, but Riemens founded his company, Zoomin.TV, before Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim’s invention took off.
Victorious, a Stealthy Startup for YouTube Stars, Raises a Big Round
Web video producers and Web video stars have been talking for a while about building businesses outside of YouTube, but not many of them have done it. Now, a company that wants to make that task easier is raising a big pile of cash.
Licensing Expo: Companies Look To Sequels, Adults, YouTube To Sell More Merchandise
Those are a few of the themes propelling the entertainment industry hard-sell expected this week at the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association‘s (LIMA) annual Licensing Expo.
Indie Labels Face YouTube Block Over Unsigned New Terms For Paid Service
Looks like YouTube is turning up the heat in its ongoing fight with independent music labels, and some of the most popular artists on the platform.
‘Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist’ Locks International Distribution Deals
“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist,” a live-action web series based on Capcom’s classic video-game franchise, has found second-window distribution overseas.
Facebook Auto-Play Video Is Running on Brand Pages Could Ramp Up Branded Video on the Social Platform
Brand marketers, you may soon be able to run auto-play videos on your Facebook page without buying an ad. Some of your peers already are. Facebook is testing a feature that extends the reach of its auto-play video ads into brands’ own pages. While names like Macy’s, Chevrolet and Progressive have tested auto-play videos within ads, the videos have not played automatically in brands pages until now.
MediaRadar added a new online video ad sales platform to its sales tools to better help publishers find the best and most competitive video ad opportunities. The marketing tech company works with publishers including ESPN, The New York Times, Mashable and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
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