Wednesday 2.26: News to Know

/ Feb 26, 2014

Digital video industry news today

QPlay Is the Latest Company Trying to Bring Web Video to Your TV

Video discovery and access to the TV screen are two common talking points for people who like to talk about ways to improve online video*. Here’s a company that wants to solve both issues in one fell swoop — and to its credit, has a strong pedigree to maybe, actually, potentially make it happen. QPlay is a new internet-streaming venture from TiVo co-founders Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay. The product, which consists of a cloud-based streaming service, an iPad app, and a set-top box, allows users to curate videos from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Vine, and Instagram into themed playlists.






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Streaming Video News

Netflix Acquires Another Oscar-Nominated Documentary

Netflix now has exclusive rights to two documentary films that have a shot at winning an Academy Award. The company just acquired “Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life,” about the late Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer, who died earlier this week at the age of 110. The film documents her life as a concert pianist and Holocaust survivor, whose remarkable talent allowed her to stay alive in a Nazi concentration camp.


Amazon Prime Unlocks ‘Alpha House’ for UK Subscribers

A week after renaming its UK streaming service LoveFilm to Amazon Prime Instant Video, Amazon is bringing its political comedy series “Alpha House” to the market.


Netflix and YouTube Dominate Downstream Bandwidth, Fixed and Mobile

Internet monitoring firm Sandvine have just released their latest 6 month report that shows that Netflix and YouTube now take up 50% of all fixed downstream Internet traffic and 23% of mobile. Netflix leads with 31.6% of the share, and YouTube at 18.7%. Facebook, with more than a billion users, takes up only 1.3%. Of course Netflix and YouTube are video bandwidth hungry which is more than when people post status updates. But Hulu, a Netflix competitor, still only uses 1.2% of downstream traffic. Out of interest the old leader BitTorrent came in at 4%, falling from 31% only 5 years ago.


Here’s Why You Should Be Thrilled Netflix Is Paying Comcast For Content Delivery

Two days ago, Netflix and Comcast announced that they have come to an arrangement that should ensure quality television and movie streams for Comcast customers for the foreseeable future. Here’s how it breaks down: Netflix will pay Comcast an undisclosed sum, and in exchange, Comcast will connect directly to Netflix’s servers, improving streaming quality for all Netflix content.

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Netflix one-ups Amazon Prime Air with cheeky ‘Drone 2 Home’ video

Forget video streaming: The future of Netflix is drone DVD delivery. Netflix just took the wraps off its (fictional) “Drone 2 Home” program. With Drone 2 Home and a location-enabled smartphone, you can summon a DVD-toting Netflix quadcopter to all sorts of places. Your house? Sure thing. The woods? No problem. Office bathroom? Netflix has you covered.




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Amazon Revives BBC’s ‘Ripper Street’

It looks like Amazon is in the business of saving TV shows, too. The company has ordered a third season of the critically-acclaimed BBC crime drama “Ripper Street,” while also acquiring exclusive subscription streaming rights in the UK for the show’s first two seasons.



New Programming + Deals

Sony’s entertainment network Crackle is now available on the PlayStation Vita handheld game console. PS Vita users can watch Crackle’s movies, TV and original series for free, including its Jerry Seinfeld’s hit, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.


Aereo Updates

Aereo Wins Short Reprieve From Six-State Injunction

Once again the Aereo legal roller coaster has whipped up after a steep downward turn.

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YouTube News

VEVO, Fox, and YouTuber Sam Tsui Team Up for ‘American Idol’ Pre-Show

VEVO has partnered with Fox and FremantleMedia to produce a new weekly “American Idol” pre-show, which will be hosted by musician and YouTuber Sam Tsui. “Idol Insider,” which will air online prior to new episodes of “American Idol” on Fox, will offer a preview of what’s to come on the hit music-competition series. The show will also feature interviews with judges, mentors, and finalists, as well as performances from former “Idol” winners and other special guests.


International TV Academy to Honor YouTube

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will present its annual Pioneer Prize to YouTube for the platform’s “innovative contributions to the field of digital entertainment.” YouTube’s head of entertainment, Alex Carloss, will accept the prize.



Millennials Love YouTube, More Than Facebook, Unless Brands Are Involved

According to a November 2013 study by The Intelligence Group (via eMarketer), 68% of Millennials (here we’re defining them as 14- to 34-year-olds) “frequently” use YouTube. That beats out every other social network in existence, including Facebook (66%), Instagram (34%), and Twitter (31%).


Here’s What ‘Scandal”s Olivia Pope Does on Her Off-Time

ABC’s hit primetime soap “Scandal”* returns to the airwaves this Thursday night. The show’s probably one of the most talked-about programs on the web — seems like with every new episode, there’s a barrage of chatter on Twitter, Facebook, everywhere people go to to talk about these kinds of things. So it shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that the show is also great fodder for comedy. With that in mind, here’s “Everyday Scandal,” a new three-part comedy series from online comedy network Above Average.


YouTube Documentary ‘Life After Pi’ Chronicles Collapse of Rhythm & Hues

It has been almost a year since Rhythm & Hues, the Oscar-winning visual effects studio behind “Life of Pi,” succumbed to millions in debt and filed for bankruptcy. Its collapse rattled the tight-knit world of visual effects, culminating in a demonstration at last year’s Academy Awards. To help make sense of the fallout, two Hues employees — Christina Lee Storm and Scott Leberecht – created “Life After Pi”, a YouTube documentary chronicling the company’s failure which debuts online Tuesday.

The Wrap

YouTube Streaming Revenue Pales in Comparison To Sales Revenue For Musician Zoë Keating

Zoë Keating, a cellist who self-publishes her own music, offered the masses full transparency when she published a Google Drive document which revealed the figures from all her revenue outlets. All of her streaming — YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, etc. accounted for less than 10% of her income. This past year, Keating made a healthy $75,341 from sales — and a paltry $6,380 from streaming.


Full-Length ‘Grounded: The Making of The Last of Us’ Documentary Released to Sony Playstation YouTube Channel

If you’re any type of gamer, you’ve heard of the “The Last of Us” and know that it was one of the biggest PlayStation 3 games of 2013 — hell, one of the biggest games of the past several years.

So what does it take to make one of the biggest, most lauded video games ever? The answer to that question can be found in “Grounded: The Making of The Last of Us” documentary recently uploaded to the Sony Playstation YouTube channel. The full-length, nearly 90-minute documentary goes behind the scenes from conception to finish on the game’s development at Naughty Dog, the studio behind the survival horror masterpiece.


And the Oscar Goes To … 5 YouTubers NMR Predicts Will One Day Win An Oscar

Initially this list was going to focus on filmmakers, but there is such a diversification of talent on YouTube, we thought it would be much more interesting to really nail down specific categories. It’s easy to just rail off a list of good, interesting filmmakers like Corridor Digital or Wong Fu … it takes more gravitas to nail down one winner in five different categories. Sure, we’re going to isolate some personalities and bruise some egos, but anything worth doing is worth doing right.



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Food Shows on the Web, Ranked!

From classic YouTube favorites to some guy eating cereal, VideoInk scoured the world wide web for some of the best food-related series worth streaming on a [insert digital device] near you. Here’s our list, paired with the platform/network where you can find it.


Microsoft in Talks with France’s Orange for Dailymotion Partnership

Microsoft is in talks with French telecom provider Orange on a potential partnership for Dailymotion. In an interview with BFM Business radio in France, Orange CEO Stephane Richard confirmed that Orange had met with Microsoft, with conversations revolving around some sort of “industrial” partnership, according to The Wall Street Journal. As vague as that is, Richard cautioned that these were just talks, and that there is nothing at the moment to suggest a deal was in place.


Comedy Central Greenlights Second Season of ‘Broad City’

Comedy Central has picked up the Amy Poehler-produced “Broad City,” which was inspired by a popular web series of the same name, for a second season. Created by NY-based comedians (and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre alums) Abby Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, “Broad City” follows the adventures of two twenty-something oddballs as they navigate life in New York City (really that’s the only way to explain this show, which is terrific in ways that are sometimes impossible to describe).


TV4 Entertainment Teams with BH Media Group on New Combat-Sports Channel

On the 50th anniversary of the legendary boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston (which resulted in Ali winning the heavyweight boxing title for the first time), digital distributor TV4 Entertainment is partnering with BH Media Group to form a new combat-sports online video channel. The new channel will be called the Undisputed Champion Network, and will offer all sorts of fight-related video content from around the world. Content will range from classic matches to original series profiling the “modern day kings of the ring,” to news and live-event coverage.


Facebook Has Suddenly Become A Massive Hub For Video

Consumption of online video actually declined in the U.S. by 3% year over year, according to analysts Arvind Bhatia and Brett Strauser of Sterne Agee — but not at Facebook. Users of the social network watched a total of 118 million hours of video in January, according to comScore— a huge, sudden leap.

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