Tuesday 9.3: News to Know
Vimeo Starts Funding Indie Films To Broaden Its On Demand Platform
Vimeo is offering film makers $10,000 to sell movies on its website. But for now, the offering is only available to select few.
Streaming Video News
Scene + Heard: ‘Quick Draw’ Improv at Second City Hollywood
On August 6th John Lehr and Nancy Hower screened the first episode of Hulu’s “Quick Draw” for Second City students, hosted a question-and-answer session about the show, and ended the evening with and improv session featuring Lehr as a guest improviser.
Hulu Offers Every ‘Good Wife’ Episode before Season 5 Premiere
All four seasons of CBS drama The Good Wife, which snagged five Emmy nominations this year, will soon be available to binge-watch on Hulu Plus. Ninety episodes will be added to Hulu‘s subscription service on Sept. 1 ahead of the show’s Sept. 29 season 5 premiere.
Blip and Rooster Teeth Tag Team for Second Season of ‘The Gauntlet’
Blip Studios and Rooster Teeth, the production studio behind the award-winning “Red vs. Blue” web series, are teaming up again for the second season of video-gaming competition series “The Gauntlet.”
VEVO to Expand to Germany Later This Year
VEVO will launch in Germany later this year, expanding the music video programmer’s global reach to 13 countries.
CBS Reaches Deal To End Blackout — But It’s No Solution For A Broken TV Model
CBS and Time Warner Cable resolved a long-running blackout. But the deal did little to address the underlying causes, including sports rights, that are giving rise to a growing number of blackouts in the first place.
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The Next Big Ad War: Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon
So far the ascendant streaming services haven’t waged much of an ad war, but that seems likely to change. The subscriber counts and video content of all three are continually growing by leaps and bounds, increasing their competition, costs and potential rewards at a rapid pace. Netflix, which offered about 1,000 movies and TV episodes when it began streaming videos in 2007, now has thousands more for its 29 million US subscribers. Just last week it signed a deal with the Weinstein Co. for exclusive rights to its movies starting in 2016, a pact Harvey Weinstein called “probably the biggest” in the company’s history. One media analyst estimated the cost to Netflix at $30 million — per year.
Opinions & Analysis
TechInk: Smart TVs Getting Smarter and More People Are Watching Abroad
The Russian patent office has received a request to register Amazon Instant Video, according to the RIA Novosti wire service.
Yahoo Braces For More Ad Declines, YouTube Sees Uptick
Yahoo may have topped Google in U.S. traffic in July for the first time in two years, but that won’t necessarily improve its ad results.
The Democratization of TV
Why video is the last domino to fall in tech.
Teemu Selanne Announces Return to NHL via YouTube
In what might be the biggest news you’ll read or see today,* Teemu Selanne, the Finnish hockey player who plays right wing for the Anaheim Ducks,** announced he is coming back to play for one more season.
Netflix Picks Russell Peters Special and Docu-Series as First Foray into Stand-Up Specials and Documentaries
Aziz Ansari’s “Buried Alive” stand-up comedy special will be a Netflix Original, but it will not be the first one from the streaming service, which announced earlier this year that it planned to expand its original programming slate to include stand-up specials and documentaries.
Heineken’s Reality-Styled Ads Are Ranking in YouTube Views
The fifth and final plotline in the beer brand’s reality-style Web series, “Dropped,” caps the oddball adventure campaign’s four prior stories, which have generated more than 2 million YouTube views since June. “Dropped” also has sent a South African man through the woodlands of central Europe to assemble a circus.
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