Tuesday 8.12: News to Know
Australia Telco Giant Buys Video Tech Startup Ooyala
Telstra has bought out digital video streaming and analytics startup Ooyala for $270 million. The telecommunications firm — the largest in Australia — previously owned 23% of Ooyala after investing $61 million over the past two years. Once the deal closes, Telstra will control 98% of the startup.
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Opinions & Analysis
5Qs with…Brent McCrossen, CEO and Co-Founder of Audiosocket
With over 50,000 original tracks on offer, Audiosocket licenses music to a wide range of customers, from major brands to individuals making wedding videos. Understanding that it takes a soundtrack to up the quality of video content, Audiosocket’s CEO and co-founder, Brent McCrossen, took some time to explain to VideoInk how the company addresses the increasing demand for music that doesn’t infringe on any copyright laws.
Streaming Video News
Latest Google+ update for Android quietly adds Chromecast support
You won’t see mention of it in the release notes, but the latest version of Google+ for Android now has a Chromecast button.
Thanks to TV streaming, the Xbox One is about to get more useful to your phone or tablet
Microsoft’s gaming console is taking another step towards fulfilling its promise as a centralized entertainment system: After the next software update, the device will be capable of streaming live television to phones, tablets and computers around the home.
Aereo Pushes To Resume Service In 6 Western States
Streaming video service Aereo is pushing forward with its argument that it should be allowed to resume operations on the grounds that it’s now a “cable system” and entitled to transmit television programs as long as it pays licensing fees.
These YouTubers Are This Generation’s Rock Stars On tour with Our 2nd Life—and the marketers that are wooing them
On Our 2nd Life’s tour bus, 15-year-old Trevor Moran’s mother, Nicole, pleads with her bundle of energy to sit down. But he’s got to direct that energy somewhere—so why not make it productive?
CNE’s The Scene Debuts First Original Series
Conde Nast Entertainment has premiered “Those People,” the first original web series created for its new digital video network The Scene.
Weather Channel Documentary Shows Perils of Border Crossing
The Weather Channel’s Weather Films seeks to do more than simply report the temperature these days. Teaming up with Telemundo, The Investigative Fund, and Efran Films, The Weather Channel just launched “The Real Death Valley” on weather.com.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s New Form to Support USC Student Filmmakers
New Form Digital, the multi-platform content studio launched by Discovery Communications, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer, has partnered with the USC School of Cinematic Arts on a new year-long program to develop new digital content.
Humor Site WorldWideInterweb Launches Film Production Division
As the view count of WorldWideInterweb’s comedic short film, “Bulimia: The Musical” continues to rise, the comedy site has decided to make moves towards more long-form content creation. Hence their newly launched film production division, which will focus on narrative content that derives inspiration from the “viral video” genre.
Lexus Invests More in Original Digital Shorts with The Weinstein Company
Last year, Lexus’ branded content division L Studio partnered with The Weinstein Company to launch Lexus Short Films, a series of five short films from emerging filmmakers themed around the idea that “life is amazing.” Now the brand and the film studio are back, renewing the partnership with two new films based on the same concept.
Alt UK magazine group Dazed makes its video play
Like all magazine companies, Dazed Group is adapting to a new era. The alternative style bible founded in the ’90s has successfully invested heavily in its video offering. But unlike some publishers, it’s not interested in the pre-roll ad market. Instead, it has spent the better part of a year translating its tradition of iconic fashion imagery in print into a broadcast-quality video studio to serve TV channels and brands.
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