Wednesday 1.21.15: News to Know
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.
LA Times http://lat.ms/1J89Oh4
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.
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.
NATPE 2015: Latin Everywhere Launches Spanish-Language Streaming Service Pongalo
Latin Everywhere, a Spanish-language online entertainment company, just launched a free streaming service.
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.
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.
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.
Netflix Will Soon Have Exclusive Rights to ‘The Interview’
On January 24, Netflix will begin streaming Sony’s “The Interview.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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