Wednesday 8.14: News to Know

/ Aug 14, 2013

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Apple Acquires Matcha.TV

Apple’s latest startup acquisition sheds a bit more light into how the tech giant is thinking about reinventing the TV experience: Giving consumers access to video from lots of sources.





Venture Beat


Opinions & Analysis

How to Succeed and Fail at Online (News) Video

At VidCon I moderated an Industry Day panel titled “Make Online Media Make Sense,” the goal being to help television networks, producers, and traditional media brands understand the rules of online video, and how they differ from what they are used to on television.


Why Apple TV is a Cord-Cutter’s Gateway Drug

From the “not surprising, still interesting” file: People who link their TV to the Web to the Internet say they’re more likely to stop paying for TV.



Deals & Signings

Mobile Ad Firms Unite! Millennial Media to Buy Rival Jumptap

Buying Jumptap will bolster Millennial as it prepares to challenge Google’s mobile dominance, but even combined the two companies hold only a fraction of the mobile ad market.


Miranda Sings Joins Big Frame

Actress and singer Colleen Ballinger, more commonly known on YouTube as Miranda Sings, has joined Big Frame’s talent network.



Streaming Video News

Machinima and Avenged Sevenfold Producing ‘Metalocalypse’-Like Animated Series

Machinima has teamed up with rock band Avenged Sevenfold to produce a new animated series for the network’s HappyHour channel.

VideoInk Revamps Site To Add Video, Social Sharing

ABC News Digital has revamped to cater to a growing mobile, digital audience.


HuffPost Live Clocks 445 Video Views in Its First Year

Ariana Huffington herself penned a post on Huffington Post Tuesday to remind us that the site’s live video offering HuffPost Live just turned one. And guess what: it’s going well.


‘The Atlantic’ Makes a Big Push Into Video With 3 Original Series

Two of those series are built around The Atlantic‘s younger, albeit well-known, editors: senior editor Alexis Madrigal, who leads the magazine’s technology and science coverage online and in print, and senior editor Derek Thompson, who covers business for Both shows are short, with episodes averaging between two and three minutes in length.


Reviewed! Hulu Original ‘Quick Draw’ and My Damn Channel’s ‘Love Me Cat’

In Hulu’s new original series, “Quick Draw,” Nancy Hower and John Lehr deploy the tried-and-true Frankenstein school of television creation.



YouTube News

Tom Green Takes on YouTube

Comedian Tom Green is back on the streets, making outragous videos for his YouTube channel.


YouTube Hijacked By Notorious Adware Company 

YouTube has been hijacked. After victimizing Facebook and The New York Times last year, a notorious ad fraud perpetrator, Sambreel, has returned. Like a back from the dead horror movie villain, Sambreel has come back using a bunch of alternate company names to dupe Web users into installing plug ins on their computers that deliver ads on YouTube—without YouTube’s knowledge or permission.



YouTube’s Prankster Engineer Keeps Google’s Video Site Humming

Billy Biggs likes to say pranks are his full-time job at YouTube, Google’s video service. For April Fool’s Day 2010, for instance, he and a few other software engineers created a new video display format called TEXTp. Ostensibly aimed at cutting network bandwidth costs, it turned YouTube videos into colorful streams of text characters.



Digital Disruptions

Vizio TV Is An Impressive Machine

Vizio sells more television units within American retail than any other manufacturer—the E551i-A2, new for 2013, hopes to be one of them.

Blackout Brawler: Meet the Combative CEO Keeping CBS Off Your Television

As the feud between CBS and Time Warner Cable (TWC) over retransmission drags on for a third week, more than 3 million TWC subscribers are blocked from watching programming the nation’s most popular broadcast network.

The Verge

The Many Internet-Video Options for TVs

Watching TV shows, movies and other video via the Internet on your big-screen television has become all the rage. But the proliferation of devices and methods for doing so has made the whole thing mighty confusing.



Media News

See The Worst Videos From Boootube, A Showcase of Everything Wrong with the Internet, Life in General 

Boootube is a depository for the most downvoted videos on YouTube, and everything you will find there is absolutely terrible.


FishBowl Worldwide Media CEO Bruce Gersh to Exit; No Plans to Replace Him

FishBowl Worldwide Media CEO Bruce Gersh will leave the company he has run for four years when his contract ends, the company announced on Tuesday.



Digital Music News

A Graphic Look at the New Digital Music Ecosystem

Who are the big players in the new digital music ecosystem?  This chart offers a quick overview.



Industry Highlights

Broadcast Your Selfie: How Teens Use Social Media and Why It Matters to You

If you want to know the future of technology and its impact on society study how younger generations interact with one another today. With the sting of a face palm, you’ll experience a sheer rush of humility as you realize that everything you thought you knew about tech is simply nascent compared to the sophistication of digital natives. No matter how connected you are or how many followers or friends you have online, there’s a sense of artistry mashed together with counter intuitive behavior that just works.

Brian Solis


Production Notes

Glitch or Unbelievable Deal? Apple iTunes Offers All Eight “Harry Potter” Movies  for $10

Apple on Tuesday launched what appeared to be eye-popping bargains on digital movie bundles — including all eight of  Warner Bros.’s ”Harry Potter” pics for just $9.99 — before the company raised the pricing on many of them.


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