Wednesday 6.18: News to Know

/ Jun 18, 2014

Digital video industry news today

YouTube to Block Videos from Labels that Don’t Sign Up for Music Service

YouTube plans to launch its subscription music service later this summer, which, as it stands right now, means bad news for some indie labels that have posted their artists’ videos on the digital video platform.










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ScrewYouTube: People are finally realizing that YouTube screws musicians worse than anybody

The Financial Times reports that YouTube will start blocking videos “in a matter of days” from artists whose record labels refused to agree to the terms of the platform’s new subscription streaming service — terms that, according to WIN, are non-negotiable and worse than the deals offered by Spotify, Deezer, and Rdio. And it’s not just small-time artists who will be blocked. Although YouTube’s head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl says 95 percent of the labels have agreed to the terms, that remaining 5 percent includes huge acts like Adele, Jack White, and the Arctic Monkeys.



Can Big Frame Build A Management Company for Internet Stars?

Megan DeAngelis reaches more than 600,000 people every time she posts a video about her morning routine or latest make-up obsession to her YouTube channel, where she performs under the name MayBabyTumbler. That number makes her valuable to AwesomenessTV, the multi-channel network that distributes her channel, and sells advertising against it — enriching both DeAngelis(above) and Awesomeness.

Yet Big Frame, a smaller network that Awesomeness bought in April, believes DeAngelis’ large subscriber base makes her even more valuable to a manager who can parlay her audience into a deal with a cosmetics company or a book.



Epic Living: Why We All Want To Create The Ultimate Video Selfie

When Atlanta traveler Richard Dunn found himself stranded overnight at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport last weekend, he didn’t waste any time or creativity. Instead of retreating to a hotel or grabbing a clear patch of carpet, he made an outrageous, professional-quality video of himself lip-synching to Celine Dion’s hit version of “All By Myself.”

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Video Game Consoles Aren’t Just For Gamers, The Devices Are Dominating The Streaming TV Ecosystem

The connected TV market is most often talked about as a race between smart TV manufacturers and streaming device makers (think Apple TV). But what people miss in this discussion — and what’s especially important from a developer perspective — is that video game consoles are actually the most popular connected TV device in global living rooms. And that’s by a wide margin.

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Aereo – Lieberman & Patten Dissect Upcoming SCOTUS Opinion

Deadline’s David Lieberman and Dominic Patten discuss the possible implications of the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on Aereo. Which way will it go?


Deals & Signings

Lionsgate Elevates Thomas Hughes to EVP Worldwide Digital Distribution

Lionsgate upped Thomas Hughes to exec VP of worldwide digital distribution, a promotion the studio said underscores the growth in its licensing business to digital and on-demand providers.



Hollywood Post Alliance, SMPTE Strike Partnership With Intent to Merge

Two of showbiz’s premier tech organizations, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Hollywood Post Alliance, have announced a partnership with the intent of merging entirely within a year.



Streaming Video News

Chinese Digital Video Leader Youku Tudou Releasing 20 New Shows

Chinese online video giant Youku Tudou is releasing over 20 original programs and series that will roll out over the second half of 2014. New programs will include reality shows, drama series, and talk shows.



There Will Not Be A Live Video Stream For The Amazon Phone Launch

Bad news, nerds. TechCrunch just received word that Amazon will not provide a live video stream of tomorrow’s launch event.



World Cup Sets New Internet-Video Streaming Records for ESPN, Univision and Akamai

Monday’s USA-Ghana match drew 1.4 million viewers to WatchESPN, its biggest-ever event



Hulu Users Can’t Bring Privacy Class-Action

In a significant win for Hulu, a federal judge ruled today that a group of consumers who are suing the company for alleged privacy violations can’t proceed as a class.

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YouTube News

YouTube Star Zoella to Pen Two Novels

Zoe Sugg, a 24-year-old British beauty and fashion YouTube creator known by her fans as Zoella, is the latest to expand to the world of print. Sugg, who has more than 4.9 million subscribers on YouTube, will write two fiction novels, which will be distributed worldwide by Penguin.




Dish Takes Over YouTube With Spanish-Speaking World Cup Ad 100 million impressions in two days

Dish signed up for 100 million impressions with a far-reaching YouTube video campaign. The TV provider bought the top spot on YouTube over two days—the masthead on desktop and mobile—showing a video spot it first created for Hispanic markets. The Juego Bonito campaign launched in March, and now the company says it is the first Spanish-language ad to show on YouTube’s masthead in the U.S.




Own Goal? Fan-made Coca-Cola Videos Score Over Branded World Cup Ads

On YouTube, brand videos site side-by-side with user-generated, or fan-made videos. These independent creators may choose to make videos supportive of the brand, or they may act as detractors. Coca-Cola has a very active World Cup ad campaign running on YouTube, but one fan-made video is catching all the views. And the brand aren’t responding to this particular meme.



Is YouTube The New Silk Road? DCA Claims Google Profits From Stolen Credit Card Numbers

Just because the Silk Road, the online black market for drugs and illegal services, got shut down doesn’t mean that criminal enterprise has stopped. On the contrary, it seems to have become more mainstream as thieves have found a new avenue to sell their wares: YouTube.

Particularly profitable seems to be stolen credit card numbers that work. Thieves will get the numbers and then insert them onto blank cards. Typing in “how to get credit card numbers that work 2014,” yields 252,000 results. Many of them are shut down as soon as they are put up, but clearly many videos get through because more are launched all the time. The videos typically direct criminals to sites where they can purchase the stolen numbers.



YouTube adds Chromecast support for live streams to its iOS and Android apps

Watching YouTube live streams on the TV just got a bit easier: Chromecast owners can now beam any live video streams straight from the YouTube iOS and Android apps to Google’s streaming stick.



YouTube Space LA Now Crossover Central As Online Meets Film, TV Projects

The all-comers creative space that YouTube has built in a mammoth former Hughes Aircraft hangar in L.A.’s Playa Vista neighborhood is rapidly becoming Crossover Central, as notable YouTube video creators work with studios and networks to create online companions to bigger media brands such as Star Wars, Godzilla and now BBC America‘s Almost Royal catfish-out-of-water reality series. The Star Wars project was relatively small, based around the annual May 4 (“May the Fourth be with you”) celebrations of that durable franchise, using a replica of the famous cantina scene in the original film.


Media News

Vevo Opens Catalog to Vadio, Which Turns Radio into Music TV

Portland-based Vadio can turn audio streams into video content. The startup’s technology is able to identify which audio file is playing and instantaneously play that file’s corresponding video in real time.



Cinedigm Expands Digital Networks Team

Distributor Cinedigm has upped Erick Opeka to EVP of digital networks. He will oversee the company’s consumer-facing over-the-top network businesses, responsible for their strategic planning, launch, and ongoing operation.




Electus Sends ‘Road to Total Slaughter’ Rap-Battle Series to Fuse’s new rap battle series, “Road to Total Slaughter,” is making its way to TV this Wednesday, June 18. Picked up by Fuse, the co-production from Eminem’s Shady Films and the Electus-owned hip-hop website will air at midnight tomorrow, with uncensored versions of each episode premiering afterwards on




New Kid Series ‘Emojiville’ to Embrace ‘Global Language’

Let’s face it. Emojis have become part of our everyday lives. Though we may already feel like we’re surrounded by these small, emotive graphics in our text messages and emails, it turns out that we ain’t seen nothing yet.

Enter “Emojiville,” a children’s web series set to launch this fall, in which five emoji friends journey through the town that serves as the series’ namesake. The result of a collaboration between Saban Brands and Jakks Pacific, Inc., the original show is also gearing up to debut as a kids television series in the not too far future.



PlayStation Poised to Leapfrog Xbox in Race to Launch Original Drama

Sony’s PlayStation used the Electronic Entertainment Expo in early June to make a stand in the race to develop an original drama that could rival Netflix’s efforts. Executives for the gaming console said June 9 that its first original series — Powers, based on the superhero comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming — will premiere in December on the PlayStation Plus subscription service. Casting has begun on the ambitious live-action series.



A New Video Series From

AOL’s on Tuesday launched a new video series dubbed TEG Talks, a play on the popular TED Talks. The talks are given by Teg Grenager,’s co-founder and chief product officer.

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