Tuesday 9.17: News to Know

/ Sep 17, 2013


George Takei Teams with AARP and Fullscreen on New YouTube Series

George Takei, most famously known for playing Hikari Sulu in the original “Star Trek,” has a pretty robust social media following.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1eLtDip

Variety http://bit.ly/16guyOs

AdWeek http://bit.ly/199nR1H


Opinions & Analysis

Analyst: Netflix Could Exceed 40 Million Streaming Subscribers By 2015

Richard Greenfield cites multiple reasons for his optimism, including that the service costs $7.99 a month, “about half of HBO’s retail price.”

THR http://bit.ly/19aw3Qo

Study Finds That 50% of Consumers No Longer See Live TV as ‘Default’ Platform

Another day, another study that suggest streaming services will soon surpass traditional cable networks.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/18trLRS


Deals & Signings

Legendary Digital Media Appoints Thomas Lesinksi as President of Digital Content

Former Paramount digital chief Thomas Lesinksi has officially moved on to Legendary Digital Media to serve as president of digital content and distribution.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1bp3vrt

Variety http://bit.ly/14c5vic

The Haps with Apps

Amazon’s Instant Video iOS app now lets you stream to Apple TV via AirPlay

Amazon’s Instant Video iOS app now lets users stream content to Apple TV using AirPlay. Thousands of users of the app had requested the feature in iTunes reviews.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/15AdbM8

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1f0Ohsy

TNW http://tnw.co/17GRyJr


Creator Profiles

5Qs with… Mike Henry, CEO of Outrigger Media

With nearly two decades of experience in the digital media sphere, Outrigger Media CEO Mike Henry has had a hand in developing a wide array of video-centered marketing and sales initiatives and platforms.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16bHCE5


Industry Highlights

PewDiePie to Guest Star in Upcoming Episode of ‘Smosh Babies’

In the event that you’ve been catching up on Shut Up Cartoons’ animated series “Smosh Babies,” then you’ve probably noticed that the show features more than a few guest voices.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1aQq4Wz

Jimmy Tatro Will Return to the Big Screen in ’22 Jump Street’

“The internet’s favorite frat boy” Jimmy Tatro is making yet another jump to the big screen in the upcoming “21 Jump Street” sequel “22 Jump Street.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1elNq6X

SpotXchange Launches Programmatic Platform for Publishers

SpotXchange has launched a new end-to-end video ad platform for publishers, designed to give them what the company calls “the highest level of transparency within programmatic video advertising.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1dlSS6H


YouTube News

YouTube Starts Testing Chromecast Support For Third-Party Websites

YouTube is starting to let users beam videos to their Chromecast devices from any website.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/17GO89L

YouTuber Charles Trippy Announces Plans to Vlog While Undergoing Brain Surgery

Vlogger Charles Trippy has had several very serious health scares within the past two years.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19abRNl

Media News

Ford and Live Nation Team Up to Release Web Reality Show ‘The Rider Challenge’

Live Nation Entertainment and Ford Motor Company have teamed up to release reality web series “The Rider Challenger.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1aQqWug

Variety http://bit.ly/180NTag

German TV Giants Once Again Kill Plans for Hulu Clone. Netflix to the Rescue?

German broadcasters kill plans to launch a Hulu-like site after regulators intervene. Is it time for Netflix to sweep in?

paidContent http://bit.ly/1gtq101

Unsurprisingly, The New ‘SNL’ Cast Members Know Web Video

NBC and Lorne Michaels’ decades-long comedy institution, “Saturday Night Live,” has officially announced six new cast members: Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Noel Wells, Brooks Wheelan, and current “SNL” writer Michael Patrick O’Brien.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1a0HivL

Streaming Video News

Rdio Ceo: Bundled Music And Video Coming As Part Of Global Subscription

Rdio wants to sell consumers music and video streams as part of a bundled offering to set itself apart from Spotify and others.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/18tgIs8


Videos to Watch Now

Fake Jason Terrifies in Friday the 13th Clip

A funny prank featuring a hockey mask, chainsaw wearing “Jason” tormenting pedestrians shot to the top of VideoWatch’s YouTube content rankings last week (per VidIQ).

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1dkuMtd



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