Wednesday 12.3.14: News to Know
Steam Launches A Game-Streaming Service To Compete With Twitch
Popular games marketplace Steam just announced its own live streaming feature to compete with Twitch.
Steam is basically an app store for PC and Mac games. It’s calling the new feature “Broadcasting,” according to The Next Web.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1w20Mzc
Tech Crunch http://tcrn.ch/1BdpePA
Opinions and Analyses
Online video is killing the TV star
Kenneth Hein is global marketing director at Gyro, a business-to-business marketing agency
Nyan Cat or My Little Pony? Annoying Orange or SpongeBob SquarePants? These are the programming choices facing kids today. The point being: They will just as readily consume online video as they will broadcast TV programming.
VidCon – You Missed It In 2014. Don’t Make That Mistake Again In 2015
Early registration for VidCon 2015 — THE premier “YouTube economy” exhibition/conference/meetup — was recently announced.
Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/1rTfI18
$1.65B Spent On YouTube Multichannel Networks, New Report Says
Follow the money is always good advice, and frustrating too. Because for as long as I’ve followed it, I’ve never come close to catching hardly any of it.
Still, it’s interesting to read that according to the British research firm Enders Analysis, investors have plunked down $1.65 billion on multichannel networks and—get this—the aggregate value has tripled in just one year.
Media Post http://bit.ly/1FO8L4e
Facebook Readying YouTube-Like Rival, Per Analyst Report
Buried in a list of consensus estimates and potential growth drivers from video at major digital advertising companies, Macquarie Securities analyst Ben Schachter says Facebook is likely to introduce a competitor to YouTube.
Media Post http://bit.ly/1zjgNxX
Deals & Signings
NBCUniversal Names Evan Shapiro EVP of Digital Enterprises
In an effort to focus more on digital platforms and products, NBCUniversal has hired Evan Shapiro as its new executive vice president of digital enterprises.
The Wrap http://bit.ly/1FMMf9Z
Universal Hires Turner Exec Michael Wise as CTO
Universal Pictures has named Michael Wise its new SVP and chief technology officer.
The Wrap http://bit.ly/12tMZER
Happs with Apps
UNICEF wants your voice in John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’
UNICEF’s latest fundraising and awareness campaign stars John Lennon, a raft of celebrities and, potentially, you.
The organization’s “Imagine” project invites everyone in the world (who owns an iOS device) to lend their voice to a worldwide, asynchronous singalong of John Lennon’s hit single “Imagine.” Through the TouchCast app for iPhone and iPad — an Android app is on its way — participants can record themselves singing along to “Imagine,” karaoke-style. Then they’re able to splice their belting mugs into the star-studded UNICEF video and share the final product on TouchCast and social platforms.
Streaming Video News
Bell Media Unveils ‘First-Look’ Strategy for Its Upcoming Canadian Streaming Service
Canada’s Bell Media is close to launching a new SVOD streaming service in an effort to compete with the likes of Netflix and rival broadcasters Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications’ Shomi.
Taiwanese Live Streaming Video Site LIVEhouse.in Raises $350,000 Seed Round, Eyes Asian Expansion
LIVEhouse.in, a real-time video platform based in Taipei, Taiwan, has raised $350,000 in seed funding from Cherubic Ventures. The company will use the capital to expand its team.
Tech Crunch http://tcrn.ch/1rXkhCb
FCC Commish Alleges That Netflix Is Working To “Effectively Secure” An Internet Fast Lane For Its Content
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings today, alleging that the online video provider was working to “effectively secure” Internet “fast lanes” for its content.
Tech Crunch http://tcrn.ch/1pOZeG3
Rooster Teeth Launches Kids Gaming Channel, Game Kids
In attempt to offer more “family-friendly” content, Rooster Teeth has launched the Game Kids channel, which consists more or less of what you’d expect—kids (sometimes with their parents) narrating video games in the “Let’s Play” fashion.
Backstreet’s Back: Boy Band Doc To Make Theatrical, VOD Debut
Gravitas Ventures wants it that way. The distributor has acquired North American theatrical, VOD, and DVD rights to documentary Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, from Stones in Exile and Scott Walker: 30th Century Man director Stephen Kijak. Pic chronicles two years in the lives of Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson, the boy banders who rose to pop stardom with 1996’s eponymous debut album Backstreet Boys, paving the way for the likes of *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, and other favorites of the Tiger Beat set.
Vimeo Revamps Its Mobile Website, Adds Features For Logged Out Users
Video service Vimeo is out this morning with a faster, revamped mobile website that reduces clutter, improves performance and lets users interact with the service while logged out. On the updated site, users who aren’t signed in can like videos and even add them to a “Watch Later” list to save them for future viewing, the company says.
Tech Crunch http://tcrn.ch/15OhCGn
‘Marco Polo’ Premiere: Netflix Launches Bid for 13th Century Empire to Conquer the Globe
Netflix staged a New York affair with an Asian flair for the world premiere of epic series “Marco Polo,” its first original period drama — and one of its most expensive shows to date.
Jane Krakowski ‘Leaks’ ‘Peter Pan Live’ Audition on Funny or Die
Funny or Die has gotten its hands on the audition tape of “30 Rock” star and, as she makes clear in the video, Tony Award-winning actress Jane Krakowski for Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming “Peter Pan Live” production.
‘Gangnam Style’ Has Been Viewed So Many Times It Has Actually Broken YouTube
“Gangnam Style” has, really and truly, broken YouTube. Seriously.
Psy’s music video has had so many views on YouTube that the video-sharing platform has had to “upgrade” so people can still watch it.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1pSXRq3
The Verge http://bit.ly/1tDSPd6
Bethany Mota Explains Why Making YouTube Videos Is Way Better Than Being On TV
19-year-old Bethany Mota is one of the most famous and successful YouTube stars on the video platform.
She’s a brand — she’s transformed herself from a content creator on the internet with millions of viewers and fans to a fashion designer for Aeropostale, and most recently she appeared on this season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”
Business Insider http://read.bi/12n4Lse
Videos to Watch Right Now
WATCH THIS: Netflix Debuts Trailer for Bill Burr Comedy Special
Next up on Netflix’s comedy slate, Bill Burr’s stand-up special, “Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way,” will debut onFriday, December 5.
Viral Video of the Week: Old Spice Gives Dad A Song
In January, Old Spice introduced a deeply weird and highly-regarded series of ads featuring “Momsongs,” ballads in which mothers lamented their sons’ transitions from boy to man (thanks to puberty-inducing Old Spice fragrances).
JetBlue Permanently Bans YouTuber Over A ‘Mean Girls’ Tweet
Be careful what you tweet! YouTuber Matthew Lush was permanently banned from JetBlue airlines after tweeting a “Mean Girls” joke at a customer-service representative named Regina (like the character Regina George) and including her employee identification number.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1vLnXff
ESPN Defeats Video Privacy Case
A federal judge in Seattle has dismissed a potential class-action lawsuit accusing ESPN of violating a federal video privacy law by transmitting information about some users to Adobe.
Media Post http://bit.ly/1w22D7n
‘Virunga,’ ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ Are on Oscar’s Short List
Two films that premiered on digital platforms are on the short list for Oscar nominations in the Documentary Feature category.
Viewers’ Shift From Traditional TV To Digital Accelerated In Q3: Nielsen
Nielsen has more bad news for traditional TV providers: The decline in conventional television viewing accelerated Q3, the ratings company says this morning in its latest quarterly Total Audience Report (the new name for what used to be called the Cross Platform Report). It shows that people spent an average of 141:19 hours a month watching traditional television, a 5:42 hour drop from the same period last year.
Thanks to World Cup Video, Activia Was Most-Shared Brand of 2014
Following Unruly’s announcement of the most shared digital video ads of 2014, the marketing tech company has come out with the ranking of the most shared social video brands of this year.
And the Producers Guild Nominees Are…
Producers Guild of America has announced their TV nominees for 2015! Though they aren’t actually television, web series fall under this category. And what does an online publication about new media love? Web series! Or, as the PGA calls them in this case, “digital series.”
Facebook will now start autoplaying more video ads on mobile
Facebook users, get ready for more autoplay videos. The company today announced that ‘eligible’ video advertisements for apps can now play automatically on Facebook’s mobile software.Tags: 2015 PGA awards, adobe, backstreet boys, Bell Media, bethany mota, Bill Burr, bill burr: i'm sorry you feel that way, boy bands, cherubic ventures, enders analysis, espn, facebook, FCC, funny or die, game kids, gangnam style, Gravitas Ventures, imagine, jane krakowski, jetblue, john lennon, LIVEhouse.in, Marco Polo, matthew lush, Michael Wise, momsongs, NBCUniversal, Netflix, netflix comedy special, News2Know, nielsen, old spice, Oscars, peter pan live, PGA Awards, Producers Guild of America, Rogers Communications, Rooster Teeth, Shaw Communications, Shomi, STEAM, the internet's own boy, TouchCast, unicef, Universal Pictures, Vidcon, VidCon 2015, Vimeo, viral video, Virunga, youtube