Wednesday 7.24: News to Know

/ Jul 24, 2013



Going Geek: YouTube Taps Its Inner Nerd For Promotional Festival 

Between August 4 and August 10, Google is running another original content festival, and this time the theme is Geek Week. It’s going to be fun for many YouTube viewers, but it’s really about Google promoting its push for Channels–its play for the future of online TV. Google’s event promises original content, documentaries and more about gaming, science, sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, superheroes and so on.

Fast Company

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YouTube News

YouTube’s Flashy Production Space: How to Get In

YouTube has pulled out the stops to build splashy production facilities for the folks who make videos for the channel. But how can anyone who produces for YouTube get in the door to use them.



Netflix in the News

What We Learned About Netflix This Week: Emmys Breed Confidence

The media has given Netflix a full-body massage for the past week, a reward for the streaming service’s 14 Emmy nominations in its first year making original shows.


Netflix Speeds Subscriber Growth, Gets 14 Emmy Noms and Still Lets Down Wall Street 

CEO Reed Hastings offered a frank assessment of the risk to investors as Netflix races to become the leading global provider of internet TV. A price-earnings ratio of more than 245, among the highest in the S&P 500, leaves little room for error as Mr. Hastings channels resources into non-U.S. markets.


Netflix Takes Page From HBO’s Prestige Playbook 

In television, the burdensome label “quality” can be a hard sell to audiences. But as this year’s Emmy nominations demonstrate, you can sure as hell market it.


Netflix Eyes Original Documentary

After the success of original scripted programs such as House of Cards (pictured), video-on-demand platform Netflix is moving into commissioning original non-fiction titles. In a letter to Netflix investors, the company’s CEO, Reed Hastings, and CFO David Wells revealed that the Internet television platform would be investing in original documentaries.

Real Screen

Netflix Tests Investors’ Risk Appetite With Shortfall

Netflix Inc. posted second-quarter subscriber gains that missed forecasts, rattling investors who bid the stock up almost threefold this year on expectations original shows would fuel faster growth.



Streaming Video News

Conde Nast Launches Teen Vogue Channel

Conde Nast has made a big bet in online video this year. To date, the publisher’s entertainment division has launched video channels for some of its top magazine brands including Glamour, GQ, Wired, Vogue, and most recently, Vanity Fair. Today the company adds to its growing video network with the launch of the Teen Vogue channel, which will focus on pop culture on beauty/fashion programming for teenage audiences.


AwesomenessTV to Launch Daily Style Series Starring StilaBabe09

AwesomenessTV is launching a new daily fashion-centric show called “Outfit of the Day” onMonday, July 29. Hosted by Meredith Foster (known on YouTube as StilaBabe09), the show will cover DIY fashion and style topics like “accessorizing” and cost-conscious ways to replicate the looks of celebrities. Foster will also provide tips on her own look and style.


‘Drunk History’ Puts Intoxicated Twist on History

To hear comedian Derek Waters tell it, the idea for “Drunk History” came about when “New Girl” actor Jake Johnson had a few drinks and was trying to tell him a passionate anecdote about the late singer Otis Redding.



Digital Disruption

Sports Fans Slowly Move From TV to the Internet

For sports fans, nothing beats the big screen, with 94 percent of fans watching sports on TV. However, digital media are gaining in popularity. Sixty three percent of fans went online for sports content, up from 56 percent two years ago. Mobile usage jumped too, to 35 percent from 21 percent. Meanwhile, the use of traditional media like TV and print have declined. However, the dollars aren’t necessarily following the shift in consumption: only 9 percent of fans have paid to watch content online, and only slightly more (11 percent) say they’re willing to do so.


Hulu Argues Video Piracy Law Doesn’t Cover ‘Anonymous Information’

Hulu argues in new court papers that it does not violate a federal video privacy law by sharing “anonymous” data about viewers with ad networks and companies engaged in market research and analytics.



Video Advertising

Facebook Q2: Zuckerberg Delays $1 Million Video Ads That Will Kill TV

The big question we’re hoping Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will answer on his Q2 earnings call is this: When will Facebook fire its broadside at the TV business by finally rolling out the first of its long-planned, not-yet-seen, $1 million video ads?

Business Insider

AOL Intensifies Effort to Lure Advertisers From TV With New “Programmatic Upfront”

AOL and other web video providers showed with their NewFront presentations — timed to coincide with the TV networks’ upfronts in May — that they’re serious about trying to siphon ad dollars that typically go to broadcast and cable networks.




The Haps With Apps

Video Texting App Glide Is Going Viral, Now Ranked Just Ahead Of Instagram In App Store

Video chatting app Glide is on a roll of sorts. In recent weeks this mobile messenger for iPhone and Android devices has been climbing the app store charts on both platforms, having gotten as high as #6 overall in the Apple App Store, and #1 in the App Store’s social networking section.



Media News

Yahoo, Alibaba And Why Mayer Can Keep Buying Whatever She Wants

A quick glance at Yahoo’s balance sheet might have you worried: Only $1.14 billion in cash and equivalents, and the company just dropped $1.1 billion on Tumblr? It almost seems a bit profligate. But happily for Yahoo investors, the company is not low on funds in the slightest.


As WSJ Reporter Heads to Ex-Colleague’s News Startup, Newspaper Seeks New Tech Hires

Amir Efrati, who has covered Google for The Wall Street Journal for the past three years, plans to head to a new technology journalism startup founded by former colleague Jessica Lessin.



Deals & Signings

Orange Pumps Nearly $40 Million into DailyMotion

French telecommunications firm Orange SA, formerly known as France Telecom, has decided to keep Dailymotion in house, investing $39.5 million (30 million euros) into the online video company.



Opinions & Analysis

Study: Boomers/Seniors Are Highly Influenced By Online Video

Sixty percent of Boomers (US residents between the ages of 45 and 54) and 40% of seniors (67 and older) consider watching online videos to be an important activity, according to data released by AARP and Google/Ipsos MediaCT. From those two groups, 84% of Boomers and 71% of seniors listed YouTube as their favorite video site.


Brazil Among Fastest Growth Markets For Online Video

Brazil remains a hot-paced internet uptake market, but that doesn’t mean more internet users translates to more online video viewers. According to comScore data, between December 2011 and January 2013, Brazil kept its 42.9 million online video viewers, but the share of internet users watching videos online actually shrank from 83% to 81.4% during that period.


Stop Your Bitching: Why We Should Welcome Celebrities to Kickstarter, Twitter and Any Other Digital Platform

There’s a lot of whining going on around the Web about real, actual celebrities doing campaigns on Kickstarter.“Waaaaaaah,” it goes.“That was for us! You have real studios and backers!”


Guggenheim’s Levinsohn Disappointed Hulu Got Away

Ross Levinsohn, CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media, said he was disappointed his company didn’t end up getting its hands on Hulu — but that he wasn’t surprised the triumvirate of media congloms that own the Internet TV site decided to hold on to it.



Production Notes

Are Video Interviews the Future of Hiring?

This detailed infographic, created by PGI, explores the growth and reasoning behind video interviews, including a few secrets for best Skype practices. 


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