Wednesday 1.8: News to Know

/ Jan 8, 2014


Highlights from Marissa Mayer’s CES 2014 Keynote

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer took the stage in Las Vegas this afternoon to give a speech on the state of Yahoo. The presentation covered many things, including Yahoo’s acquisition of “intelligent homescreen” startup Aviate and its launch of Yahoo News Digest and Digital Magazines.






Streaming Video News

CW Seed, WIGS Lead Winners at 2014 IAWTV Awards

The IAWTV Awards may not have the stature of the People’s Choice Awards (which also take place this week), and may not feature big names like Robert Downey Jr. or Scarlett Johannson (neither of whom, as far as I can tell, have been involved in a web series), but that doesn’t change the fact that the annual event serves as a good benchmark for quality online video.



Aereo Updates

Aereo gets another $34M, promises 15 markets by March

Aereo, the startup service that is putting the TV industry’s nose out of joint with its $8/month streaming package, announced on Tuesday that it has received a major new funding round to pursue further expansion.






CES Updates

CES 2014

Hearst’s re-launch of its Seventeen magazine YouTube Channel on Jan. 27 with partner AwesomenessTV is a sign of more big brands staking their ground on the platform. This from Margaret Laney, AwesomenessTV CMO, who told a CES Digital Hollywood panel that brands are thinking of YouTube “as a big fan club.” AwesomenessTV is programming Seventeen’s YouTube presence to include original shows and tutorials.


Sony announces internet TV service, plans to start testing it later this year

Not discouraged by Intel’s failure to launch its OnCue TV service, Sony just announced at CES that it wants to become a pay TV provider of is own and offer customers in the U.S. a cloud-based TV service with live TV and cloud DVR functionality.





YouTube News

YouTube Launches Olympics Hub for Team USA

We’re about a month away from the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Which is to say, you’re going to be hearing a lot about the Winter Games over the next six weeks. You’re also going to be fed a lot of content as creators, networks, and brands whet your appetite for all things sports.



‘Extra’ Host Maria Menounos’ YouTube Channel Gives TV Fans an Online Forum

As co-host of syndicated entertainment newsmagazine “Extra,” Maria Menounos talks a lot about TV. But she’s even chattier online. The multihyphenate behind an upcoming reality show on Oxygen, a film and TV production company and a book series, as well as spokeswoman for brands like Pantene, has quietly built YouTube network AfterBuzz into a platform for fans to discuss what’s happening on their favorite shows.



Media News

MTV Pushes Further into Web Video with Casting of Lohanthony as Host of ‘Teen Wolf’ Recap Show

Anthony Quintal, better known on YouTube as Lohanthony, has been tapped to host a new online recap show for MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” Called “Teen Wolf After, After Show,” the new online program will follow each episode of “Teen Wolf,” which is currently midway through its third season. Similar to the style of recap shows on networks like AMC, “Teen Wolf After, After Show,” which will be co-hosted by comedian Morgan Evans, will feature interviews with the TV show’s cast and crew, as well as appearances from celebrity fans.


Vimeo Unpacks Faster, More ‘Elegant’ Video Player

Vimeo has unveiled a retooled video player today, which it claims is 50% faster than before and better suited for creators looking to distribute and monetize their content across the web.



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