Wednesday, 9.17: News to Know

/ Sep 17, 2014

Digital video industry news today

Google Chromecast Adds Content from Disney, Twitch, DramaFever

Google Chromecast is welcoming some major names in digital (and general) entertainment. Apps from content providers like Disney, Twitch, and DramaFever are now supported by the connected-TV device, which allows users to stream content from a mobile device on the biggest screen in the house.



The Verge






Opinions & Analysis

5 charts: The growing market for digital video ads

As online video consumption continues to climb, advertising budgets have swelled to match.

Much of that action happens on YouTube, which owns a huge chunk of the digital video ad market, but probably won’t capture much more in the coming years.


Deals & Signings

Hudl Acquires Ubersense, the Slow-Motion Video Coaching App

Ubersense, which makes an iPad app that helps coaches and athletes analyze video so they can perfect their form and technique, has been acquired by sports team software company Hudl.



Proposed “Netflix tax” divides Canadians at key TV hearings

Cable providers in Canada must pay a special subsidy to support Canadian culture. The companies, and some governments, are arguing that internet services like Netflix should have to pay it too.



Netflix’s Chaos Engineering Should Be Mandatory—Everywhere

Most enterprises hire people to fix things. Netflix hires people to break things. Over and over. And over.

Read Write


Digital Audience Ratings: Post-Apocalyptic Programming Comes to Life

Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR), a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to TV shows (see the film version here).


Streaming Video News

‘Veronica Mars’ Digital Spinoff Arrives on CTV Extend

The “Veronica Mars” spinoff digital series, “Play It Again, Dick,” is now available on Canadian broadcaster CTV’s online video portal CTV Extend.

Starring Ryan Hansen (“Veronica Mars,” “Party Down”) as himself, “Dick” is described as a meta-adaptation that brings back the cult-hit TV show’s cast to play fictionalized versions of themselves, as well as their on-screen characters. The series follows Hansen as he tries to convince his fellow “Veronica Mars” cast-members that his character, Dick Casablancas, deserves his own spinoff show.



Netflix Snags Judd Apatow Comedy Series ‘Love’

Judd Apatow is returning to TV — sort of.

The writer-director has sold a new romantic-comedy series called “Love” to Netflix, which has already commissioned two seasons of the show — just like it did with its flagship political drama “House of Cards.”






Amazon Orders Kids’ Soccer Comedy Pilot

Amazon Studios has ordered a pilot for “The Kicks” a comedy series based on the series of popular children’s books of the same.



The Scene’s New Docu-Series Follows Collegiate Porn Star

The latest docu-series on Condé Nast Entertainment’s digital video platform,The Scene, invites you to glimpse the life of a young, college-going porn star.

The series, “Becoming Bell Knox,” follows 18-year-old Miriam Weeks as she both attends Duke University and pays her tuition by, well, becoming Belle Knox, her adult film alter ego.



Vimeo Acquires Mark Duplass-Starring Comedy Series ‘Wedlock’

“Wedlock,” an independent comedy series starring Mark Duplass (“The League”) and Rob Corddry (“Children’s Hospital”), has been acquired by Vimeo and FilmBuff in a joint distribution deal.



Nathan Parsons To Topline Amazon Pilot ‘Point Of Honor’, Luke Benward To Co-Star

True Blood alum Nathan Parsons is set as the lead in Point Of Honor, Amazon’s Civil War family drama pilot from Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace.



Netflix Continues European Rollout With Big Bash in Berlin

Netflix stopped off in the German capital Tuesday as it continues on its InterRail tour of Europe, launching its video streaming service in a new territory on the continent every day this week.



Netflix’s secret weapon to conquer Europe: pay TV boxes

Netflix has teamed up with European pay TV operators to add its app to their set-top boxes, and could make further inroads with this approach in the U.S. as well.


The Haps With Apps

Cinedigm Releases Docurama App on iOS

Earlier this year, Cinedigm, a distributor of independent films and TV shows, launched its own streaming video channel called Docurama, which focuses on documentary films and non-fiction programming. Originally available online and on an array of connected-TV devices, Cinedigm is now taking Docurama to mobile with a new iOS app.


YouTube News

Joey Graceffa’s ‘Eon’ Finally Hits YouTube

It seems like we’ve been waiting all summer for the premier of Joey Graceffa’s latest short film. Now the first installment has finally arrived. Joey announced the project earlier this summer, as a follow-up to his kickstarted funded web series Storytellers. Eon has a grander scope and features Graceffa in the lead role as a drifter helping a mysterious young boy evade capture by the FBI. The story will incorporate elements of action adventure and science fiction as Graceffa’s character races to solve a mystery confronting elements of his own past in the process.



At YouTube Stars Convention, A Desperate Parent Bribed Me With $500 So Her Kid Could Meet Her Idol

A parent so desperate to help her young daughter get in front of YouTube celebrity “Lohanthony” offered me $500 for my meet-and-greet admission card this past weekend at an event called inTOUR. The pair had traveled 9 hours to see the 15-year-old Bostonian teen with millions of followers on Twitter and YouTube.

Business Insider

Facebook Wants To Poach A Whole Bunch Of Talent From YouTube — And The Ad Money That Comes With Them

Facebook has quietly formed a team in Los Angeles to poach talent from YouTube, which has cornered the market on people who want to make a living through online video, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Business Insider


Just For Laughs Launches YouTube Channel Featuring Unseen Footage of Top Comedians (Exclusive)

Comedy festival enlists Maker Studios to help build brand in U.S.


Media News

New Fox Sports-Sporting News Digital Network Tops comScore’s Sports Video Chart

Fox Sports Digital and Sporting News Media’s combined digital network was the top sports digital video provider in August, according to the latest numbers released by comScore.



‘Tuerck’d’ Races Towards Its Third Season on Network A

Professional stunt driver and Formula Drift racer, Ryan Tuerck, is back with a third season of his racing-based series, “Tuerck’d.” It will debut Tuesday, September 23, on Network A, an action-sports channel from Bedrocket.



Industry Highlights

NATPE Sets Digital ‘Market Within a Market’ for 2015 Miami Conference

The next NATPE conference in Miami will have a “market within a market” exclusively devoted to digital content, the industry organization announced today.

With the goal of connecting content providers with various types of domestic and international buyers and sellers, NATPE will provide opportunities to conduct deals with multi-channel networks and other digital content platforms in “a dedicated digital market setting, including exclusive screening theatres.”



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