Wednesday 1.28.15: News to Know

/ Jan 28, 2015

Digital video industry news today

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1HcsWga

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1z39SM9

LA Times http://lat.ms/18uD2tl 

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/18pJG4a

AdWeek http://bit.ly/15JpLLx

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1EqeSxk

Variety http://bit.ly/1wz8zPe

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.

DigiDay http://bit.ly/1uA5u1E

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.

Re/Code http://on.recode.net/1zY62Fm

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1v3YsrH

 

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 

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/15TD650

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1DgYPOG

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1DgYkUL

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CyD3HI

 

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1Cg5ls0

Streaming Service Popcornflix Reaches 10M Downloads

Popcornflix, a movie streaming service from Screen Media Ventures, just reached the 10 million download mark.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1yNeyFF

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.

WSJ http://on.wsj.com/15OSGxR

 

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.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1v3YAr6

 

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.

Gigaom http://bit.ly/1JHeZoy

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1zzkVP8

Variety http://bit.ly/1z0WGr1

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.

Variety http://bit.ly/1uB8FGa

YouTube News

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).

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1D9UEDU

PBS Kids Launches YouTube Channel

PBS Kids launched its own YouTube channel featuring clips from PBS Kids’ TV series and full original web shows.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1JGJVFe

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.

TheNextWeb http://tnw.co/1BnB8lr

VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1wztQrT

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1uyiiWe

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.

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/1y5ePje 

AdAge http://bit.ly/1z39Fsj

Industry Highlights

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.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1CMkbp0

 

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.

TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/1z39cGt

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