Wednesday 1.21.15: News to Know

/ Jan 21, 2015

Digital video industry news today

Netflix Now Has Over 57 Million Subscribers Worldwide

Netflix now has 57.4 million global subscribers, according to its Q4 earnings letter to shareholders. The company said it added 13 million new members in 2014 alone, and ultimately generating over $1.3 billion in total revenue.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1zwnVuX

NYT http://nyti.ms/1JelEV8

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1BEYrfu

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1yGmYgt

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1yHqwAM

Reuters http://reut.rs/1yIhrGv

Variety http://bit.ly/158urKH

Forbes http://onforb.es/1xydUaI 

LA Times http://lat.ms/1J89Oh4

NATPE 2015

NATPE 2015: YouTube’s New Originals to Debut by End of 2015

YouTube plans to once again fund original content from some of its top creators. That new initiative, which follows an earlier effort in 2012 to bring more premium content to the video site, will launch by the end of the year, according to YouTube’s head of originals Alex Carloss, who shed some light on the company’s plans at NATPE conference.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/15tzLIZ

 

NATPE 2015: Overstock.com Plans to Launch Streaming Service

Overstock.com, an online shopping destination (not unlike Amazon), plans to launch a subscription video streaming service of its own, as well as a digital store that will allow people to buy all sorts of digital media, from games and music to TV shows and movies.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CPfkRU

 

NATPE 2015: Latin Everywhere Launches Spanish-Language Streaming Service Pongalo

Latin Everywhere, a Spanish-language online entertainment company, just launched a free streaming service.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Ere8W5

 

Opinions & Analysis

Five YouTube Channels That Will Make You A Better Cook

I’ve found YouTube to be an amazing resource for learning how to cook. I can rewind the video, I can pause it, I can watch it over as many times as I like until I have the recipe ingrained in my brain.

Forbes http://onforb.es/1xydcKJ

 

Deals & Signings

Channel Frederator Signed 102 New Cartoon Channels Last Month

Channel Frederator continues to grow as a cartoon MCN on YouTube, having added 102 new channels to its network in December 2014.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1BERDyH

 

Streaming Video News

AOL Sets Release Dates for Two New Series, ‘#CandidlyNicole’

AOL just announced the release dates for two new series, “That’s Racist with Mike Epps” and “Inspired.” Also, veteran series “#CandidlyNicole” is coming back to the platform onFebruary 12.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yI5joN

 

Netflix Will Soon Have Exclusive Rights to ‘The Interview’

On January 24, Netflix will begin streaming Sony’s “The Interview.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1zwnVuX 

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1usvcux 

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1usFtql

Variety http://bit.ly/1Gvay1H

Dish Anywhere, Unlike Aereo, Found Not to Infringe Copyright

Dish Network Corp. , in a setback to television networks, won a ruling that its service which lets users watch live TV shows on their mobile phones and tablets doesn’t infringe broadcasters’ copyrights.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1yHTcLu

Amazon Is Odd Man Out In Marriott’s Plan To Offer Netflix, Hulu Plus And Pandora

There’s not enough room in this hotel room for both of them.

ReadWrite http://bit.ly/1woNtmA

 

Censor Orders ‘Agent Carter,’ ‘Empire’ Off Chinese Video Sites

US TV series “Agent Carter” and “Empire” have been ordered offline in China by the country’s media regulator, the State General Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

Variety http://bit.ly/1CgtgG3

 

YouTube News

YouTube Returns to a Digital Video-Heavy Sundance in 2015

YouTube will be back at the Sundance Film Festival for the third year in a row in 2015, where it will host the opening reception of the short films segment, show off some content from its own platform, and present some panels. Overall, the panels will have quite a strong digital video presence this year…but we’ll get to that later.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CgojNq

 

Industry Highlights

Sony’s Online Sales of ‘The Interview’ Now Reach $40 Million

Sony Pictures Entertainment has reported yet another rise in revenue from the digital release of “The Interview,” now putting the online and on-demand sales figure at $40 million.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1xWSlzG

In Netflix China push, domestic tech giants, online habits block path to success

As Netflix Inc tackles stalling U.S. growth, the online video pioneer known for hit political drama “House of Cards” plans a play for China that may see it lock horns with potent domestic firms that rule the world’s biggest Internet market.

Reuters http://reut.rs/1L0dBPi

Business Insider http://read.bi/1woO9sb

Netflix Predicts That It Will Wrap Up Its Global Expansion In Two Years

If you live in a country that doesn’t have Netflix yet, you may not have long to wait.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/15tFDBX

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1EpBTxv

N Screen Media http://bit.ly/1ulYjKb

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