Wednesday 12.3.14: News to Know

/ Dec 3, 2014

Digital video industry news today

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



Tech Crunch

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

$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

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

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


Universal Hires Turner Exec Michael Wise as CTO

Universal Pictures has named Michael Wise its new SVP and chief technology officer.



The Wrap



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 Raises $350,000 Seed Round, Eyes Asian Expansion, 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

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

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

‘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.


YouTube News

‘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

The Verge

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

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).


Media News

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

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

‘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.


Industry Highlights

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.”


Production Notes

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.



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