Wednesday 4.16: News to Know

/ Apr 16, 2014

Digital video industry news today

NBCUniversal to Create Original Shows for Hulu, Channel Sites, VOD

NBCUniversal is moving forward with what it calls a “robust original video program initiative” focused on creating and distributing original series for its digital platforms.



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Opinions & Analysis

How small brands can beat the big boys at online video

Wren, a small Los Angeles-based apparel company, topped the iMedia Brands in Video chart for March with 93.3 million views. That’s more than 57.5 million views than the runner-up brand on the March chart, Samsung.

Deals & Signings

Karen Cahn, GM of AOL On Originals, Departs

Karen Cahn, GM of AOL On Originals, is leaving the company



Streaming Video News

Crackle Premieres All of ‘Chosen’ Season Three

Crackle’s original series ‘Chosen’ has premiered its entire third season. The critically acclaimed series, which stars Chad Michael Murray of “One Tree Hill” fame, welcomes new star cast member, Rose McGowan (“Charmed”) for its third go-around.


Roku takes on Amazon’s FireTV with — wait for it — voice controls!

Sick of navigating for movies and TV shows by pressing buttons? Well those that own a Roku 3 set-top box are in luck. Today the company announced an update for the Roku 3 that brings a new voice control feature to your TV via the official Roku iPhone app.



Syfy’s ‘Defiance’ Heads to Amazon

Subscriber’s to Amazon Prime can now watch the first season of Defiance exclusively through Prime Instant Video. That gives newcomers and existing fans a little more than two months to catch up on the 13-episode debut season before the series’ season two premiere on June 19.

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Hulu Renews Criterion Collection Pact, Adds Oscar Winner ‘The Great Beauty’

Hulu has renewed its licensing agreement with the Criterion Collection, which will continue to make the distributor’s 800-plus arthouse films available for streaming exclusively on the Hulu Plus subscription service.


The Haps With Apps

Simply Sylvio, Evan Hilton Win Tribeca Film Awards For Vine

Jessica Harmon, Albert Birney and Lawrence Becker also win.


Aereo Updates

Aereo to Face Uphill Battle in Supreme Court, Experts Say

Next week’s Supreme Court argument will be difficult for cable-competitor Aereo, legal experts agree, as the company faces off against not just broadcasters but also the influential U.S. Solicitor General’s office and the Copyright Office. While it will be a tough fight for the company, the case is so complex and the copyright and communications statutes so intricate that one advocate said the decision could end up as lopsided as 7-1 — in either direction.

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Here are 3 ways Aereo will tell the Supreme Court that it’s legal

Aereo must go before the Supreme Court next week to explain how its tiny antenna service, which has rattled the TV industry, is legal. Here’s how it will make the case.


YouTube News

Hacking the YouTube Creator Playbook for Brands: 10 Content Tips

With a strategy for planning out your content and a sense of your audience now under your belt, you need to know how to keep your audience engaged with stellar content. The “YouTube Creator Playbook for Brands” outlines 10 key aspects to any great creative strategy.



MusiXmatch’s Chrome Browser “Hack” Adds Song Lyric Captions To YouTube Music Videos

Ever wanted to sing along to music videos on YouTube but don’t know the words? A new Chrome extension from MusiXmatch has you covered.



Media News

The Young Turks Network Raises $4M From An Unlikely Source

The Young Turks Network has raised a seed financing round from an unlikely source. Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., a firm led by former Louisiana governor, Buddy Roemer, a conservative, is investing $4 million into the progressive online news outlet.


Vimeo Exclusively Selling New Film from James Franco

Vimeo has picked up exclusive rights to digitally sell two new films: “Interior Leather Bar”, which is directed by and stars James Franco; and “Bettie Page Reveals All”, a documentary about and narrated by the former sex icon.


New Keynote Speakers, Panels Announced for VidCon 2014

We are all a little over two months away from VidCon 2014 – the annual gathering of online video creators, their frenzied fans, and the industry intellectuals who observe it all with a mixture of befuddlement and amazement – which will be held on June 26-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California.




Reviewed! Indie “Oh Liza” Finds a Unique Voice Back Home

Adulthood, am I right? Just the worst. Best to give up while the getting’s good, and go back home.


AOL Reclaims #1 Video Ad Property, Maker Back to #2 YouTube Channel

comScore quietly put out the February online video ranking numbers last week and almost no one noticed. It might be due to the fact that the numbers are not all that flattering. Users dropped off as did average minutes per user. Still, the number of “videos” continued to climb though video ads trailed off somewhat.


Why web video vet My Damn Channel is now Omnivision, and why it’s not going anywhere

After seven years of producing premium quality content, My Damn Channel is expanding its focus to talent management — and taking on a new name to do so.


Streaming Media East 2014: Be There or Be 4:3!

Fine, 4:3 is not technically square, but it’s close enough on multiple levels. But I digress, this is not about video jokes, this is about Streaming Media East and why you should be there and not, well, anywhere else at that time, on those days. So let’s run through the program and see how many reasons I can come up with for you to get there.



Industry Highlights

VI-Power Sixer: David Freeman/ The Power Broker for Online Video

At the heart of every move made in this industry, there is one unifying thing: the right deal brings together the right people for the right project. And in the content world, it’s the right talent agent that makes those deals.


Web Companies Rally To Google’s Side In ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Dispute

Netflix, Facebook and WordPress are among a host of outside companies that are siding with Google in a dispute about whether the company should be forced to take down the controversial clip  for alleged copyright violations. Netflix and the others are asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision against Google issued in February by a three-judge panel.

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