Wednesday 1.22: News to Know

/ Jan 22, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Amazon Considering Online Pay-TV Service Live TV Channels Would Compete With Cable, Satellite

Amazon.com Inc. has approached big entertainment companies about licensing their television channels for a possible new online pay-TV service, in what would be a significant expansion of the company’s online video efforts. The new service it has discussed with media companies would offer live TV channels, such as those available now on cable or satellite TV. Through its Prime Instant Video service, Amazon now offers various TV shows.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1c2Hyhx

Business Insider http://read.bi/1dOW2Dt

Variety http://bit.ly/1dvvrVQ

The Verge http://bit.ly/1aHvL7k

 

Opinions & Analysis

NATPE Voices: Who’s ‘Killing It’ in Online Video?

Who is demonstrating remarkable success and innovation in the online video space right now? Jordan Levin, Defy Media: “Putting aside our company, I believe success and innovation in the online video space is largely being driven by a new category of “buyers” competing for pay-TV subscriber dollars like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Xbox Entertainment Studios.”

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1aITKD3

Reviewed! ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Stays Fresh in Season Three

There’s always been a hidden smirk to the title of Jerry Seinfeld’s breezy, conversational lark of a series. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” produced by Crackle and sponsored by Acura, promises exactly what it says on the tin: Seinfeld showing off some exotic automobile (turns out Jay Leno isn’t the only one with a car fetish), then picking up a fellow comedian and taking them out for coffee.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1dOS0Lp

The Truth About Programmatic Web Video Inventory is subpar, but agencies want it anyway, says Telemetry

The conversation started like any other…North American media director of largest single brand advertiser in the U.S.: “Hey Anthony, my agency is putting more pressure on me to buy programmatic online video and they want to run it through their trading desk. Can you audit the results for me?”

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1dOV5uM

 

Streaming Video News

Netflix Earnings Expected to Rise

Optimism surrounds Netflix, as it gets ready to report its fourth quarter results on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Analysts are expecting the company to book a profit of 65 cents a share, up from 13 cents a year ago. 

Forbes http://onforb.es/1jnoVcb

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1mstfDY

Sundance: Weinstein, Netflix Circling Katie Couric ‘Fed Up’ Documentary (Exclusive)

Investigating alleged complicity by the food industry and U.S. government in the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. The Weinstein Co. and Netflix are both circling “Fed Up,” a documentary featuring Katie Couric investigating alleged complicity by the food industry and U.S. government’ in the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic, TheWrap has learned.

The Wrap http://bit.ly/1mFRCRD

 

YouTube News

Exclusive: Mamrie Hart to Bring Boozy Memoir ‘You Deserve a Drink’ to Fans in 2015

Comedienne Mamrie Hart, one-third of a group that’s affectionately referred to as “YouTube’s Holy Trinity,” has inked a deal with Plume Books, a division of Penguin Random House, to write her first book — a part memoir and part mixology manual for custom cocktails created by Hart herself.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1kXsveA

YouTuber Christopher Bingham Joins WheezySoup Exec Team

WheezySoup, a business run by YouTubers Craig Benzine (WheezyWaiter) and Matt Hogan (GlobalSoup), has added another YouTube personality, Christopher Bingham (Slomozovo), to its executive team.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1aITDax

Fullscreen, NMPA Deal Gets Clarified By ‘Shadowy’ High-Up Executive Figure

So a high-level executive type at Fullscreen has done some clarifying to NMR in regards to the whole Fullscreen NMPA settlement we covered earlier this month. And of course, while we couldn’t direct-quote this person due to a legal funk surrounding the settlement, we can provide you with some marginally better answers as to what went down — I hate this cloak-and-dagger shit, but apparently these are the rules of the game.

NMR http://bit.ly/1edsvy1

Hobbit Parody Leads YouTube Content Ranking Smosh, Fine Bros. each land two clips on VideoWatch charts

J.R.R. Tolkien fans came out in big numbers over the holidays to check out The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a generally well-reviewed and received sequel to 2012’s original Hobbit film. But it doesn’t mean that fans didn’t have their gripes. The team behind How It Should Have Ended has built a following producing animated mock endings to tons of fanboy bait (like Doctor Who). And last week, their Hobbit spoof nabbed 4 million-plus views, landing it atop the VideoWatch/VidIQ YouTube content ranking.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1kXxdJs

Microsoft Pays Machinima Creators to Promote Xbox One (UPDATED)

UPDATE: We’ve received a statement from Machinima, which might diffuse any concerns over whether the Xbox One marketing campaign violates FTC rules. The statement follows our original post.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1edwDOO

PandoDaily http://bit.ly/1mFT1rs

The Verge http://bit.ly/1enytzu

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/1dvz51W

 

Media News

Apple’s iTunes to Exclusively Distribute ‘Sepideh’

Apple has inked a deal with the filmmakers behind “Sepideh,” a documentary about an Iranian woman’s desire to become an astronaut, to exclusively distribute the film on iTunes. The film made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and is now immediately available for rental or purchase on iTunes in the US and Canada.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1hLszJI

Variety http://bit.ly/1jnpiTQ

Indiegogo Teams with VHX and Yekra to Help Filmmakers Find Distribution

Indiegogo also wants to give independent filmmakers who crowdfunded their films a shot at distribution. Timing the announcement to the Sundance Film Festival, the company is launching a new program that will give crowdfunding filmmakers the chance to sell their films on digital distribution platforms VHX and Yekra.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fZNNWV

New Programming + Deals

Internet Famous,” a new web series set in Pittsburgh, features a poor soul named Andy who becomes famous online when his roommate films him ranting one night. A Kickstarter campaign raised $8,500 to help fund the show.

Cynopsis http://bit.ly/1mstfDY

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