Wednesday 1.28.15: News to Know
Snapchat Launches Discover Feature with Videos from Vice, ESPN, Others
Snapchat has launched Discover, a section of the app that, through partnerships with major media companies, brings users videos that last a whole 24 hours on the social media platform.
LA Times http://lat.ms/18uD2tl
Opinions & Analysis
How Facebook, Netflix and Amazon compete with YouTube
YouTube may be the current king of digital video, but a slew of big competitors are gradually chipping away at YouTube’s dominance.
Vessel – My Review of The Anti-YouTube
Vessel — your single “holder” of all the premium short-form video content you could ever want and need.
Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/1BoPHF8
Apple TV Hasn’t Changed in Years, but Has Sold 25 Million Units Anyway
For the record: Tim Cook told Wall Street that Apple has sold 25 million Apple TVs over the product’s lifetime. That’s up from 20 million in April of last year, the last time Cook provided an update.
Deals & Signings
Sundance: CNE Buys Three Short Films for The Scene
Conde Nast Entertainment has acquired three short films from the Sundance Film Festival to air on its online video portal The Scene.
Spotify and Sony team up to launch PlayStation Music, current Music Unlimited service to close
Sony and Spotify have today announced a new joint partnership that will see the two companies launch a joint music streaming service called Playstation Music.
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1z39LAf
The Orchard Buys TV-Digital Rights to Nancy Spielberg’s Israel Documentary
The Orchard has acquired digital and broadcast rights in North America for the documentary “Above and Beyond” from producer Nancy Spielberg and director Roberta Grossman.
Streaming Video News
Louis CK Releases His Latest Comedy Special Online
For the second time in his illustrious career, Louis CK has released an hour-long stand-up special on the web, for people to purchase, download, and own for $5.
Sundance: Wemo and Seed & Spark Offer Grants for VR Filmmakers
Oculus isn’t the only company trying to incentivize filmmakers to move into virtual reality. Crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark is working with VR tech company and platform Wemo.io on a grants program to help indie filmmakers jump on the VR bandwagon.
Streaming Service Popcornflix Reaches 10M Downloads
Popcornflix, a movie streaming service from Screen Media Ventures, just reached the 10 million download mark.
Hulu Says Viewability Push Has Landed It More Ad Dollars
The transition to viewable ads as the online ad currency of choice doesn’t have to hurt. Just ask Hulu.
Netflix is revamping its data architecture for streaming movies
Netflix is revamping the computing architecture that processes data for its streaming video service, according to a Netflix blog post that came out on Tuesday.
WWE Network now has over one million streaming subscribers
It looks like the WWE’s online video venture is starting to pay off: More than one million people have now subscribed to WWE Network, the online-only subscription streaming service that provides access to the league’s 12 key events per year, plus access to reality shows and past matches, for around $10 a month.
Camp Firewood Lives on in Netflix’s ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Teaser
Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming revival of “Wet Hot American Summer,” confirming a number of original cast members are back for another stay at Camp Firewood.
There’s a New YouTube MCN for ‘Mums’ Based in the UK
MCNs aren’t just for teenage beauty gurus and gamers anymore. A new one in the UK is just for mothers (“mums,” because it’s the UK).
PBS Kids Launches YouTube Channel
PBS Kids launched its own YouTube channel featuring clips from PBS Kids’ TV series and full original web shows.
YouTube will now default to HTML5 players for better support on more devices
Today, YouTube announced that its Web video player will now default to HTML5 over Adobe Flash to add more flexibility for developers, bloggers and consumers.
YouTube Stars Expand to Snapchat
Snapchat Inc. is getting its own superhero series, the latest sign that the ephemeral-messaging startup is becoming an attractive destination for entertainment companies.
Fullscreen Adds to Its New York Sales Office
Kevin McGurn, formerly of Shazam and Hulu, has been named head of sales for the YouTube multi-channel giant as well as its parent company Otter Media.
Medium Ventures Into Video Content With Author Interview Series Foreword
New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan wants to bring more attention to some of her favorite authors. She proposes to do that with a video series in which she gets to interview some of those writers on camera and distribute those interviews on Medium.
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