Wednesday 6.19: News to Know

/ Jun 19, 2013


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Netflix Will Launch in the Netherlands in Late 2013, as Its International Expansion Slows

Netflix revealed the next target of its ongoing international expansion Tuesday night: The streaming service will launch in the Netherlands in late 2013, making it the seventh European country to get access to Netflix’s service. However, the launch is also decidedly smaller than previous international expansions. Netflix didn’t give any details about catalog size or pricing of the service, but instead pointed out that Dutch consumers will have access to “Hollywood, local and global TV series and films,” including Netflix originals like House of Cards and the newest season of Arrested Development.








WIGS “Julia Stiles-Driven” Blue Moved to Hulu Today

The first two seasons of WIGS’ “Blue” migrated to Hulu and Hulu Plus in a new TV-length format today, though their original format remains available on WIGS. It’s the first product of Fox Broadcasting Company’s agreement with WIGS back in February, made still more interesting by the fact that Fox’s owners, News Corporation, also own a part of Hulu.






YouTube News

Former Unruly Exec Joins YouTube Marketing Firm Pixability

Art Zeidman is the new executive vice president of sales and chief revenue officer at Pixability, a YouTube marketing and advertising services company. Reporting to Pixability founder and CEO Bettina Hein, Zeidman will be responsible for the company’s business growth, YouTube business strategy, and relationships with major brands, agencies, and media companies. Most recently, Zeidman oversaw US operations for social video technology provider Unruly Media.



YouTube Magnate MysteryGuitarMan Eyes Directors Chair and Hollywood

With over 2.6 million subscribers, 350 million views, and seven years under his belt, many have seen Penna’s work but know him best as his YouTube persona, MysteryGuitarMan – a creator defined by his special effects mastery and musical talents. His animation, stop motion, visual effects demos, short films, and more have entertained both audiences and Penna himself as he continuously pushes the special effects boundaries.



YouTube Stars Struggle Mightily Off YouTube

If you talk to enough folks in the Web video industry these days, you might get the feeling that everybody wants to get off YouTube as fast as they can to start their own thing. The big question one might ask is, are you so sure about that? Videowatch asked comScore to look at traffic numbers for a sampling of top YouTube stars and networks. For companies like Maker Studios or anybody else mulling building a non YouTube video destination, the numbers aren’t pretty. Of the dozen plus YouTubers we looked at, all but two fell below comScore’s minimum audience threshold, which tops out at around 50,000 unique users. In other words, their audiences are negligible.



Tyler Oakley; Vlogger, Personality

YouTube vlogger Tyler Oakley is a “professional fangirl” and is very obsessed with one thing these days — the British heartthrobs One Direction. Peeking into his bedroom in a quiet Los Angeles neighborhood reveals the extent of his obsession; his walls are adorned with clippings and posters from Tiger Beat and J-14 magazine of the band members in various poses.



Streaming Video News

Apple TV Gets HBO Go and WatchESPN

Apple TV users can finally watch HBO and ESPN without resorting to troublesome workarounds. The small media streaming box now has official support for HBO Go and WatchESPN, the former of which was said to be in the works six months ago. Three other content providers are being added to the Apple TV as well, including Sky News, Crunchyroll, and Qello. Though Apple TV’s low price point and tight integration with the iTunes ecosystem have made it a strong offering, competing products such as Roku have given users hundreds of content sources — a far cry from the few dozen offerings on Apple TV. Today’s additions should go a long way toward giving users access to their favorite content.



Netflix News

Netflix and Amazon Step Up Battle for Kids’ Eyeballs Over Summer Vacation

Netflix and Amazon would prefer your kids stay out of the sun this summer, thanks. Rather, both companies sent out announcements pimping their family offerings Tuesday that indirectly referred to the ways their product is superior to their competitor’s.



The Haps With Apps

Video for Instagram Will Be Sole Reveal at Facebook Event Thursday

Instagram plans to release a video product this Thursday at a press event at Facebook’s headquarters, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter, marking the first time the robust, 100-million user network will stray from being strictly a photo-sharing app and dive head first into the world of moving pictures.




Rdio Opens Up Its Social Movie and TV Streaming Service to Vdio to Everyone in the US and UK

Rdio surprised almost everyone last month when it launched Vdio, a new service for buying or renting digital copies of movies and TV shows. The company announced today that Vdio can now be accessed by anyone in the United States and the United Kingdom, ditching the requirement that forced every new user be a premium Rdio subscriber.



Deals & Signings

MSN News Announces Partnership with Newsy

Newsy already makes a self-proclaimed 200 videos per week with over one billion total annual views for their sites and apps, AOL/Huffington Post, National Journal and Mashable, and added MSN News to that list today. However, the relationship will also include a long-term editorial collaboration to create video news designed specifically for MSN and covering breaking news, politics, entertainment, crime, tech and science.



Industry Highlights

Introducing the Next 5 Digital Media Startups from BBC’s Accelerator in London

The main goal of BBC Labs is to find startups that BBC Worldwide (the BBC’s commercial arm) can work with on commercial partnerships. The startups in the program don’t get funding, but over a six-month period get access to office space, and more importantly, get access to the BBC’s huge network and BBC execs working on its digital content.



New PlayStation 4 Video Shows Off Next-Gen Interface, Video Sharing and Game Download Options

Sony has released a video on YouTube today showing new aspects of the PlayStation 4 interface and some of the practical use-cases for its next-gen video sharing and social features. The clip, which was leaked by multiple YouTube users last week, hints at the console’s new low-power state. Similar to the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita, it allows players to resume a gameplay session or jump into the dashboard with almost no load times.



Videos to Watch Now

Reviewed: Reserve Channel’s ‘Hooked Up; YOMYOMF’s ‘Internet Icon’

The title sequence for all seven episodes of the Reserve Channel‘s “Hooked Up with Tom Colicchio” starts with a voiceover from the host: ”I’m Tom Colicchio and I’m in the food business — from restaurants to reality tv — but my true passion is fishing.” And that’s all it is: fishing and conversing with celebrities that, of course, ends with a meal or drink whether anyone catches anything. “Internet Icon”‘s second season returned in May and is already up to its fourth episode. Judges Ryan Higa, Christine Lakin, Timothy DeLaGhetto and guests as well as hosts (and Internet Icon first season winners) The Brothers Riedell  guide a crew of YouTubers through new challenges as they whittle them down from a cast of 100 to just one remaining Internet Icon.



Production Notes

Maker is Creating a Video Destination Site, Doesn’t Plan on Killing YouTube

According to the AdWeek story, Maker has hired developers and a tech team to create a platform by the fall.  And while this isn’t likely to be a straight-up YouTube competitor, and Maker’s channels will still be on YouTube, it’s yet another move by a network to try to have more control over revenue.

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Opinions & Analysis

How PBS Won at Digital

PBS Digital Studios started in 2012 and has had a heck of a first year, with hits like Mr. Rogers’ autotune and more than 15 original series on its Youtube channel. In addition, for the first five months of 2013, was the No. 1 TV network site for unique visitors, according to Comscore. It recently racked up seven Webby awards, more than any other media company. PBS Kids has been the No. 1 site in kids video for the last 16 months.



Stats to Start

The Rise of Social Video: How Social Media is Creating New Winners in Online Video

Television is no longer the only game in town for distributing and watching video. The Internet and the social web have provided content creators and advertisers with a cost-effective way to distribute video.

Business Insider


Creator Spotlight

Emmys Q&A: Mitch Hurwitz

On May 26 at 12:01 a.m., 15 new episodes of Arrested Development went live on Netflix; by 5 a.m., the series’ legions of fans probably had exhausted the new supply. The comedy’s cancellation of Arrested by Fox in 2006, after two seasons, prompted an afterlife of rumors and almost-announcements, as series creator Mitch Hurwitz worked on a feature script of his cult series.




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