Wednesday 3.18.15: News to Know

/ Mar 18, 2015

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SXSW: Netflix Takes Duplass Brothers’ ‘Manson Family Vacation’ (Report)

Netflix has picked up worldwide distribution rights for “Manson Family Vacation,” a new comedy feature produced by the Duplass brothers, according to Variety.



SXSW: Zype Wins Entertainment Accelerator Prize

Zype, a New York-based startup that wants to help video creators launch owned-and-operated sites and apps, took home one of the grand prizes awarded by the annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition.



SXSW: Fullscreen, GE Add Web Series Focused on Science in Movies

How long will it be before we have robot companions like Chappie? YouTube creator Sally Le Page is exploring that question and more in a new web series from Fullscreen and General Electric.



Opinions & Analysis

Apple Planning Internet-TV Service — Maybe for Real This Time

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the company is in discussions with a group of media companies to launch a “skinny” internet pay-TV service, which would offer roughly 25 channels for $30-40 per month. This service would be available across Apple devices powered by its iOS operating system, including the Apple TV, iPhones, and iPads.


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Is Apple Finally Gearing Up for TV Service?

Apple plans to launch a streaming TV service, according to the Wall Street Journal. Magid Advisors President Michael Vorhaus speaks on “Bloomberg West.”



The Price of Fame on YouTube Is Candidly Captured in ‘The Creators’

2015 has marked the ultimate explosion of YouTubers into mainstream media. In just the last three months, major creators have been called upon to conduct interviews with President Obama, Grace Helbig announced a premiere date for her talk show on E!, and Zoella, a U.K. beauty vlogger with 7 million subscribers, outsold JK Rowling in book sales in a controversial coup.



I haven’t paid for TV in three years, but it sounds like Apple is going to change my mind

I have a 55-inch TV in my living room that’s connected to an HD antenna so I can get networks like NBC, ABC, and CBS for free. I use my Apple TV for everything else: Netflix, Hulu, my parents’ HBO GO account, and buying seasons of shows like “Mad Men” on iTunes so I can watch new episodes the day after they air.

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Why Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Kimmel Are ‘Tired of Streaming Movies’

Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Kimmel want to save you the hassle of streaming movies — if you live in Austin, Texas, at least. The two teamed up while at South by Southwest to create a commercial for one local business, eventually selecting independent video rental store Vulcan Video.

The Wrap


CMO Today: How Cord-Cutting Adds Up

Up until very recently, if you wanted to watch live TV programming, you really needed to spring for the typical $90 a month cable bundle.



Unbundling Pay-TV Brings New Questions: ‘Cord-Cutting’ choices grow, but questions for consumers, companies swirl

The media industry is racing toward an Internet-TV future at a breathtaking pace. But the swift changes, highlighted by efforts from Apple Inc., Dish Network Corp. and others, are giving consumers an array of confusing options and forcing entertainment giants to



Streaming Video News

Saved by Yahoo, ‘Community’ Remains Streets Ahead

During an SXSW panel for “Community,” the show’s cast and crew talked about how, with its move to the web, a series that was already known for being pretty weird could get even weirder. “There’s not, like, a huge crazy difference, where now we’re at Yahoo and in all the episodes we’re naked,” said Alison Brie, one of the show’s original cast members. “But the things we’re saying can be as weird as we’ve always wanted them to be.”



WATCH THIS: Rooster Teeth Releases Trailer for Feature Film, ‘Lazer Team’

Rooster Teeth released a trailer for its first feature film, a “sci-fi action comedy.” Called “Lazer Team,” the film stars a foursome of bumbling, unexpected heros played by Rooster Teeth co-founder “Burnie” Burns, Michael Jones, Gavin Free, and Colton Dunn, who end up stumbling upon an alien spaceship. Allie Deberry and Alan Ritchson also feature in the cast.



Amazon Greenlights Second Season of Original Drama ‘Bosch’

The show had the biggest debut weekend of all Amazon Original Series and is the most-watched title on Prime Instant Video in its first four weeks.



The Wrap


Laughs Stream with Jane Krakowski on Netflix’s ‘Unbreakable’

Here’s some good news: The daffy ethos of “30 Rock” lives again in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” And why shouldn’t it, since this new Netflix comedy (with its 13 episodes now available for streaming) was spawned by “30 Rock” co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock?



Hoop Streams: 5 Movies to Watch Between March Madness Games

March Madness is here, and that means the next three weeks will be jam-packed with college basketball as both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I tournaments kick into high gear.



YouTube News

YouTube Has Created a Special Toolset for Musicians

YouTube has launched YouTube for Artists, a website that offers tools for musicians hoping to promote themselves and their work on the video platform.



Industry Highlights

Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

Call it a sign of the times: hot on the heels of Meerkat’s sudden boom in popularity among techies and Twitter’s kneecapping of the service as SXSW began, live-streaming startup Ustream is opening its internal API to the public so that anyone can build their own Meerkat-like broadcasting app.



‘Real Rob!’ For Sale At Mip-TV; ‘Black Sails’ Cruising To UK: Global Briefs

Tricon Films & Television will kick off international sales of Rob Schneider’s scripted comedy series Real Rob! at the upcoming Mip-TV market in Cannes.




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