Wednesday 12.18: News to Know

/ Dec 18, 2013


YouTube Finally Arrives on Roku

YouTube is Roku’s newest content partner. The world’s biggest video site, for a long time a glaring hole in Roku’s programming guide, has launched a new app/channel for the Roku streaming media platform.








Streaming Video News

NY Times Mag Adds Documentary Shorts to Year-End Memorial Issue (Exclusive)

At the end of every year, The New York Times Magazine releases The Lives They Lived Issue. The year-end special honors those who have died in the past year, highlighting their triumphs and failures as experienced personally and publicly. As read at 2012’s interactive The Lives They Lived landing page, “This issue is meant to be a celebration of life, not an expression of grief.”


Network A’s ‘Alana: Surfer Girl’ to Return for Third Season

Action sports digital video channel Network A is bringing back its surf-fueled original series “Alana: Surfer Girl” for a third season. The series, which follows Surfer Magazine’s top female surfer of 2013, Alan Blanchard, premiered in 2012 and has since received over 8 million views on Network A’s YouTube channel.



Online Video Viewership Levels Out in the US (Based on These Numbers)

It’s the penultimate online video rankings of the year from comScore, and the overall numbers continue to tell the same story: 189.2 million Americans watched 47.1 billion “content videos” (excluding ads) online in November.


Here are Dailymotion’s Top 20 Videos of 2013

It has been a significant year for Dailymotion. After Yahoo’s attempt to buy the video site was squashed by the French government earlier this year, French telecommunications firm Orange SA reinvested almost $40 million into Dailymotion in an effort to expand its sales force.


Obama Offered ‘House Of Cards’ Role By Netflix CEO: Video

Now this would be a cameo that would render even Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood speechless. Reed Hastings today publicly hit up President Obama to appear on House Of Cardsin which Spacey plays the loquacious, ambitious and ruthless U.S. congressman.


DramaFever Launches Global Streaming

DramaFever, the online TV network distributor most known for its Asian programming, launched global streaming in Canada, Latin America, Australia and the Middle East. Users in these regions can now stream international series on demand with HD quality on its site or through its app for Apple, Android, Roku and Google TV.



The Haps With Apps

Video chat app Rounds partners with Vidyo

Rounds, the group video chat app we’ve covered a few times before on Gigaom, announced a partnership with Vidyo Tuesday. Rounds will use Vidyo’s technology to power the next generation of its mobile app, which will include features like video overlays while you browse a site or watch a YouTube video — think chatheads, but with live vide feeds. The company is working on this new app now, and a spokesperson told me it will be ready for release within about a month.



YouTube News

The YouTube Musiconomy: Just How Big Is It? (Infographic)

Music is big in online video, and especially on the biggest distributor of online video: YouTube. How big? According to YouTube, Five of the top 10 trending videos on YouTube for 2013 were music videos (in one way or another). If that’s enough, among the 20 channels on YouTube that gained the most subscribers in 2013, 10 of them were music channels.


YouTube Women’s Network Kin Community Adds Three New Creators

Kin Community, a multi-channel network catering to women on YouTube, has added three new creators to its roster of partners. On Rosanna Pansino’s self-titled YouTube channel, she hosts “Nerdy Nummies,” a cooking show that blends geek culture with recipe tutorials. 


Latest Google Glass update lets you wink to take photos, adds Hangouts and YouTube uploading

Google is closing out 2013 in a big way for Google Glass users. December’s monthly software update adds several popular feature requests, including a new wink gesture for taking photos, full Hangouts support, and video uploading to YouTube.

The Verge

YouTube Responds To Content ID Crackdown, Plot Thickens

YouTube implemented changes to its Content ID system recently which has led to the takedown of numerous YouTube videos featuring video game footage, including Let’s Play videos, video reviews, and more.



Forevermark To Launch YouTube Multichannel Ad Campaign

Forevermark will become the first luxury brand to run a YouTube masthead takeover across desktop, mobile and tablet devices, after Google extended the service last month to its video site.


Al Jazeera’s AJ+ publishes first videos on YouTube

Al Jazeera’s AJ+ just published a first few videos on YouTube, giving us a first look at the online-only network’s take on news.



Media News

Jerry Seinfeld Writes Eight Web Videos for Acura

Jerry Seinfeld finally got his first real job besides stand-up comedy. He’s now a copywriter.The comedian wrote eight new spots for Acura for the next season of his web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Hollywood director Barry Sonnenfeld directed the videos that were produced by Acura’s ad agency Mullen. Season three of the web series premieres Jan. 2, 2014.


Questionable Traffic Seems to Follow This Video Company Everywhere OneScreen has had issues with Meredith, Bonnier, Touchstorm and others

In mid-2012, the online content/distribution firm Touchstorm was pushing further into original Web video, particularly for its lifestyle site Howdini. Like many in the industry, Howdini was attracting solid CPMs but struggled to get enough views.


Facebook Video Ads Could Bite Into Twitter’s Social TV Dominance Tube marketers may prefer auto-play’s buzz to static units

Facebook’s auto-play video ads will certainly attract marketing niches that are already invested in online video—from entertainment (movies, particularly) to automotive to consumer-packaged goods to retail. But one of the more intriguing developments afoot could lie in how tune-in TV marketers react to the ad unit, which begins testing with the Summit Entertainment film Divergent on Thursday.


Facebook To Charge $1M+ For Video Campaigns

Despite the hype surrounding video advertising coming to Facebook, media buyers remained cautious about potential sales. That’s partly because of questions around pricing and ad targeting, as well as how users will react.


Young Adults in Canada Take Digital Video to New Heights

Video is expected to be one of the main avenues for digital ad spending growth in Canada in coming years, and research suggests the youngest adults are watching the most. Millennials watch about three times as much digital video as boomers, for example—and even more among the youngest viewers.



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