Wednesday 10.2: News to Know

/ Oct 2, 2013

Digital video industry news today

Mindy_Chromecast

Hulu Plus Finally Arrives on Chromecast

When Google released its Chromecast streaming stick in July, the company said it was working to add video services like Hulu to the platform, allowing users to watch video clips, movies, and TV shows from such services via their Chromecast-connected TVs.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16h4OFE

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Variety http://bit.ly/18OjxGn

Hulu Sales Head Jean-Paul Colaco to Jump Ship

Hulu’s sales head Jean-Paul Colaco is leaving the company after six years.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16h4OFE

ATD http://dthin.gs/19hglas

AdAge http://bit.ly/1eY4dgG

 

Opinions & Analysis

New Study Shows Netflix is Booming But Cable Still Rules the Roost

For all of Netflix’s recent “wins,” of which there have been many, the online television platform is still far from taking down cable television, according to a new report from eMarketer.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16h4lDr

Mashable http://on.mash.to/1dUdB1Z

Study: Chromecast allows users to circumvent TV viewing restrictions

A new study finds that people are using Google’s Chromecast streaming device to watch television shows on their living room TVs, at times circumventing the restrictions networks have placed on where consumers can watch their online content.

LA Times http://lat.ms/1c4hfYS

 

Deals & Signings

Lionsgate Partners With Scott Herman To Dominate Fitness Video Market

The new arrangement will unite two of YouTube’s leading fitness video providers. Lionsgate BeFit targets women while Scott Herman Fitness focuses on men.

Deadline http://bit.ly/18sUfPp

The Orchard, Shock Till You Drop Ink Multi-Year Distribution Deal

Independent music, film and video distribution company The Orchard has teamed with horror film website Shock Till You Drop, owned by Evolve Media’s CraveOnline, for a multi-year pact, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

THR http://bit.ly/1g3m7NT

 

The Haps with Apps

Mickey Mouse Asks Fans To Join The Vine Side

As regular viewers of the hit nano-video social network Vine already know, things can get pretty surreal in there.

MediaPost http://bit.ly/1eZI0Pe

  

Streaming Video News

British Film Institute Unveils VOD Platform For New Films & Massive Archive: Video

Putting its stamp of approval on streaming, the British Film Institute is getting into the VOD business.

Deadline http://bit.ly/19lCuP1

TNW http://tnw.co/GzNKkc

ABC News Digital Names New Executive Producer

Veteran news-video producer Erle Norton has joined ABC News Digital as its new executive producer.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/15LhbGm

Season 2 of Machinima’s Mortal Kombat Off to a Solid Start But views fall off after Episode 1

The pressure’s on. After Season 1 of Machinima’s Mortal Kombat series evolved into a monster hit—to the tune of 70 million views—expectations are high for Season 2, which premiered online last Thursday. And with Machinima fresh off a round of layoffs, the multichannel network could use a bit of positive news.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1hiD4BW

Cheezburger and The Pet Collective Bring the Cute With ‘Operation Aww’

Cheezburger.com and FremantleMedia’s The Pet Collective are teaming up throughout October to drop “Operation Aww” on the unsuspecting web. 

VideoInk http://bit.ly/19hppfj

 

Media News

VEVO Debuts in Germany with New Original Content

VEVO has officially launched in Germany, making the European nation the 13th country the music video service is available in.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/GzPCJo

 

Videos to Watch Now

Reviewed! ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’ Is Bloody Fun; Love to Hate ‘Daddy Knows Best’

The history of the “Mortal Kombat” franchise in web video is an interesting one.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/GzPGIW

 

Industry Highlights

Mayor Bloomberg Cuts Ribbon On The Made in NY Media Center

The Made in NY Media Center opened its doors today with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presiding over the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1fITHv5

 

Netflix Stock Hits Record High on Predictions of Subscriber Growth

Newly-minted Emmy winner Netflix is enjoying even bigger rewards on the stock market this week.

TheWrap http://bit.ly/18LyR6J

 

Digital Disruptions

NBC Digital Lays Off About 5 Percent of Its Staff

NBC Digital has laid off just under 5 percent of its employees, insiders said Tuesday.

THR http://bit.ly/151GDdt

 

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