Wednesday 10.23: News to Know

/ Oct 23, 2013

Digital video industry news today

CarlIcahn

Icahn Cashes Out — And Cashes In — On Netflix Stake

How’s this for profit taking? Carl Icahn on Tuesday unloaded nearly half of his almost 10 percent stake in Netflix, cashing in on a stratospheric 457 percent rise in the company’s stock price since he first made the investment.

ATD http://dthin.gs/18Km2vH

Bloomberg http://bloom.bg/188Uiwi

LA Times http://lat.ms/1idJHWF

GigaOm http://bit.ly/17ezGcC

NYT http://nyti.ms/17IB29y

 

Opinions & Analysis

Why Brands Suck at YouTube 

Touchstorm say only 74 of top 5,000 channels on platform belong to advertisers

Brands as publishers? Yeah right. Unless your business card says “chiefRed Bull video guy” your brand is blowing it on YouTube.

AdWeek http://bit.ly/1eI1khq

 

Streaming Video News

Hulu, Fangoria Launch New Horror Channel

Hulu and Hulu Plus are getting an infusion of fan-favorite horror titles just in time for Halloween.

Deadline http://bit.ly/1a695ed

Analysts Split on New Hulu CEO’s Priorities

Has Hulu finally found its way? The video giant named a permanent CEO on Oct. 17 in Mike Hopkins, a Hulu board member who ran distribution for Fox Networks Group.

THR http://bit.ly/HaFh7E

Former Hulu Head of Sales Joins Jason Kilar’s Mystery Startup

Only three weeks after jumping ship at Hulu, former head of sales Jean-Paul Colaco has joined back up with Hulu’s ex-founding CEO Jason Kilar and his rather mysterious startup, the Fremont Project.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16t9pXl

Twitter and BBC World News Partner on Social News Series

Twitter is partnering with BBC World News on a new online news series that will be distributed exclusively via video clips inside embedded tweets.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/1a9oQAQ

 

Aereo Updates

Aereo releases Android app, calls it public beta

Aereo finally released its Android app Tuesday, which subscribers of the TV streaming service can now download from Google Play.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/1dgjEQF

The Verge http://bit.ly/1cVaJ4t

 

YouTube News

YouTube now lets more creators charge for their videos

YouTube has expanded the pilot program, first launched in May, that lets select partners sell subscriptions to their channels. It’s now available to all channels that have over 10,000 subscribers and meet some other requirements.

GigaOm http://bit.ly/1eIWKPW

GRACE HELBIG, HANNAH HART AND MAMRIE HART’S ‘CAMP TAKOTA’ MOVIE IS CURRENTLY HOMELESS

Once upon a time, popular YouTube stalwarts Grace HelbigHannah Hart and Mamrie Hart starred in a movie called “Camp Takota.” This magical film had further YouTuber involvement because it was directed by the Brothers Riedell (Chris and Nick Riedell) and also stars YOMYOMF’s Chester See.

NMR http://bit.ly/16v9cxu

TORI KELLY’S ‘FOREWORD’ EP REACHES NUMBER 3 ON ITUNES TOP 100 ALBUM CHARTS

YouTuber Tori Kelly adds yet another dose of legitimacy to the YouTube star-making machine with her EP “Foreword” reaching number three on the iTunes sales charts.

NMR http://bit.ly/1ae80Tn

Philip DeFranco’s New Channel May Change How Money Is Made on YouTube

To be totally honest, when news surfaced that Philip DeFranco’s new network ForHumanPeoples would host commerce-based content, I was ready to light a torch, raise a pitchfork, and chase those money-grabbing millionaires out on a rail.

VideoInk http://bit.ly/16veadr

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