Wednesday 1.14.15: News to Know

/ Jan 14, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Yahoo Sets Premiere Date of ‘Community’ Sixth Season

Yahoo has set the premiere date for the brand-new season of “Community.” The comedy series, created by Dan Harmon, will debut its sixth season on Yahoo Screen on March 17.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1IJZDNE

Gigaom http://bit.ly/17HACaq

Variety http://bit.ly/1xkRI2t

Opinions & Analysis

Netflix and VPN: The Double-Edged Sword That Could Cut Its Subscriber Base

There’s always been a healthy debate on Wall Street over the long-term viability of Netflix, but on one factor there’s clear consensus: There is no more important metric than the streaming service’s subscriber count. Paying off its massive multibillion-dollar content costs requires growing the sub base Netflix has amassed across 50 countries.

Variety http://bit.ly/1wcc5Pc

Streaming Options Grow But Cable Still Looms Large

“Pay TV subscriber levels have gone down and we expect that trend to continue,” says says David J. Heger, senior analyst at Edward Jones. Currently there are an estimated 10 million households without a pay TV subscription.

Forbes http://onforb.es/1u4sB43

 

Deals & Signings

Video Ad Platform Teads Raises $30M

European video ad startup Teads has raised $30 million in new financing as it looks to enter more international markets.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1zbOUf1

YouTube Analytics Firm Outrigger Media Raises $5.2M to Go Beyond YouTube

Outrigger Media wants to expand beyond the world’s biggest video site.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1AeWfpt

Streaming Video News

Astronauts Wanted’s New Series Will Conquer Your Fears

Astronauts Wanted is premiering a new web series featuring YouTuber Mikey Bolts and Vine star Gabbie Hanna.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1DFBBFc

Crackle Fills ‘Joe Dirt 2′ Cast, Sets Release Dates for ‘Dead Rising,’ ‘Throwaways’

Crackle just made a bunch of announcements concerning its upcoming programming slate. The streaming service now has a star-studded cast for “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser” as well as release dates for feature films “Dead Rising: Watchtower” and “The Throwaways.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1B13A19

MTV Debuts Companion Web Series for ‘Battle of the Exes’

Another TV reality show is giving its contestants a chance to get back in the game…online. MTV’s “The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II,” likeBravo’s “Top Chef” before it, is getting a companion series on the web.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xZbgyx

Web TV Startup NimbleTV Goes Dark, Promises to Return

NimbleTV, a startup that let some cable TV customers stream their shows over the Web, shut down yesterday. It said it will re-launch later this year.

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1wc7EUD

Amazon Sets Premiere Date for Cop Drama ‘Bosch’

Amazon Studios will premiere all 10 episodes of “Bosch,” its first hour-long drama on Friday, Feb. 13.

Variety http://bit.ly/1B1fuZ4

Media News

Spike Lee Releases New Film on Vimeo a Month Before Its Theatrical Premiere

Spike Lee is releasing his newest film, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” exclusively on Vimeo a full month prior to its theatrical premiere.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/14VTscU

Variety http://bit.ly/1z6NK4B

‘Comedians in Cars’ Is Indeed Coming Back for a Sixth Season

“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” will officially be back on Crackle this coming spring for a sixth season.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1FVHNv1

Dailymotion launches live-streaming gaming platform to compete with Twitch

Dailymotion today announced the launch of Dailymotion Games, a new live-streaming platform for gamers that is taking dead aim at the explosive success of Amazon’s Twitch service.

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1AeDiTG

 

Digital Disruption

Netflix Settles Patent Spat with Kudelski Group

Netflix has reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed more than two years ago by Swiss technology firm Kudelski Group.

Variety http://bit.ly/1BmPO86

Industry Highlights

Ann Curry Leaves NBC News to Develop Media Start-Up

Two and a half years after stepping down as a co-anchor on NBC’s “Today” show, Ann Curry is leaving her full-time position at NBC News for a new role that will allow her to report for NBC and other outlets.

NYT http://nyti.ms/1zbQNIx

TheWrap http://bit.ly/1Iwso1T

 

Video platform Vidyard’s CEO had to talk biz on his wedding day to get this $18M

Business video platform Vidyard CEO Michael Litt must have a very understanding wife.

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1C6DxCA

 

Ross Levinsohn Joins Board of Vubiquity

Ross Levinsohn, former CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media and interim CEO of Yahoo, has joined the board of Vubiquity, a global provider of multiplatform video services.

Variety http://bit.ly/1B1fYOR

Creator Profiles

David Cross on YouTube: ‘Everything gets recorded, and that’s awful’

David Cross is bucking typical distribution and payment models to bring his first feature film to the masses.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1xZcMAQ

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