Wednesday 4.23: News to Know

/ Apr 23, 2014

Digital video industry news today

AOL Scores Deal with Miramax to Bring Feature Films to AOL On

Ran Harnevo, AOL’s president of video, like many others in the digital video industry, envisions a future where online video companies sit alongside television networks on whatever the future version of a TV channel guide (apps) looks like.


Hollywood Reporter



Opinions & Analysis

5Qs with… MiTu’s Doug Greiff, on Developing a Late-Night Show for HLN

Say what you want about HLN’s plans to become the cable news network “for the social media generation,” but one thing is certain, the network is making a big bet on enlisting a lot of online video players to provide it with the type of programming that could bring young audiences to TV. Omnivision (formerly My Damn Channel), “What’s Trending,” and Frederator Studios are all developing shows for the network.



How do YouTubers fit into YouTube’s “Google Preferred” plans?

In preparation for next week’s NewFronts, YouTube has developed a new initiative to showcase the top five percent of channels for advertisers. But how much YouTube-born talent is going to be considered “Google Preferred”?


Deals & Signings

HBO Signs Exclusive Licensing Deal With Amazon Prime, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with HBO, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming.


Hollywood Reporter

Fan TV Hopes to Integrate Live TV with SVOD, Inks Deal with Time Warner Cable

A goal of great many subscription streaming services, especially Netflix and Hulu/Plus, is to eventually be available alongside linear television channels via a single user interface on the same set-top box.



LA Times




Streaming Video News

Netflix Said to Expand Web Service to France by Year-End

Netflix Inc. (NFLX), pressing ahead with its international expansion, will introduce its online video service in France by year-end, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The world’s largest subscription service, which produces the Emmy-winning political drama “House of Cards,” has mostly concluded talks with French regulators about how to pay for content and comply with streaming rules, said the person, who requested anonymity because the discussions are private.


Amazon Makes a Big Move, Snags Older HBO Shows For Web Streaming

You still can’t get new HBO shows like this season’s “Game of Thrones” without paying for TV. But starting in May, you’ll be able to get some of the premium cable channel’s older stuff online — via an Amazon Prime subscription. That means Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to see shows that have already run on HBO, like The Sopranos and It’s the first time HBO has offered access to its catalog





The Haps With Apps

Endemol Beyond USA Signs Vine Celeb Brittany Furlan

Comedian Brittany Furlan, who has more than 5.8 million followers on Vine and over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, is joining Endemol Beyond USA, the multi-platform channel network funded by production studio Endemol North America.


Aereo Updates

Aereo Supreme Court Arguments Highlight Cloud Computing

The Supreme Court, weighing the fate of Aereo Inc.’s online-TV service, is confronting a broader question that affects consumers and the technology providers they use, from Apple Inc. to Google Inc. The debate: Who owns the stuff in the cloud?






TV Networks Are So Scared About This App, They’re Taking It All The Way To The Supreme Court

Aereo, a service that lets you stream live broadcast networks like NBC, CBS, and ABC, is the focus of a big Supreme Court case today that could determine the future of TV. The networks are suing Aereo, claiming it violates copyright laws. If the networks win the case, Aereo will likely have to shut down.

Business Insider




Aereo Case Reactions: Did CBS Shares Fall In Response To Supreme Court’s Questions?

CBS investors apparently became more comfortable with the Aereo news from the Supreme Court as the afternoon wore on. The broadcasters’ shares edged back into positive territory, closing +0.1%, and narrowed the striking gap with the S&P 500 that opened right around the time justices began questioning lawyers in the case.


The Right (And Wrong) Way To Think About How Aereo Works

Aereo, a service that lets users record broadcast TV shows over the internet and stream the recording to their mobile devices, is fighting for its life before the Supreme Court this week.


YouTube News

YouTube Product Head Shishir Mehrotra Likely to Depart — Moving to Advisory Role

Shishir Mehrotra, YouTube’s head of product and a longtime Google exec, is likely to depart the company, and has moved to an advisory role at the premium online video powerhouse. A spokesperson for the search giant said Mehrotra would become an adviser at the company, after being contacted by Re/code, but would not confirm a full departure.



YouTube channel launches on all recent Roku boxes

Good news for Roku users: The YouTube channel, which first launched on the Roku 3 in December, is now available on all “current-generation devices,” according to a post on the Roku blog, which also lists an exact list of all models that can now access YouTube.





Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion

Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world’s biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company’s top executive said on Tuesday.


9 Years Later, YouTube’s First Video Is Too Real for This Internet

On April 23, 2005, Jawed Karim uploaded an 18-second video to a site called YouTube that he helped create.


Media News Hires 2 For Singapore Office

AOL’s on Tuesday announced the expansion of its recently opened Singapore office with two new hires. The company has named Arjan Bolhius and Tom Weaving as technical manager and regional sales account manager, respectively. Both Bolhius and Weaving join from Catcha Digital Asia. This is of note because’s Southeast Asia managing director, Alex Khan, also joined the company from Catcha.

Media Post

MediaMath Inks Deals With Major Video Supply Partners

MediaMath on Tuesday announced partnerships with some of the biggest video ad supply partners in the industry in an effort to give media buyers access to global video ad inventory. The demand-side platform (DSP) has partnered with LiveRail, BrightRoll, and the DoubleClick Ad Exchange. In addition, the company recently tapped into SpotXchange’s inventory and plans to strike a deal with and others “soon.”

Media Post

Dish Said to Target Summer Debut for Internet-TV Service

Dish Network Corp. (DISH) is targeting a summer debut for its Internet-TV service in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter. Dish is telling programmers, including Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBCUniversal, that a late summer release date is possible, said the people, who asked not to be named because the negotiations are private. Dish, the second-largest U.S. satellite-TV operator, already signed up Walt Disney Co. for the service last month. A&E Television Networks LLC, Time Warner Inc.’s Turner Broadcasting and CBS Corp. also have spoken with Dish about Internet-TV rights, several people said.



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