Wednesday 9.25: News to Know

/ Sep 25, 2013


YouTube Tries to Clean Up Comments, Unveils Creator Moderation Tools

YouTube has embarked on a quest to clean up the most wretched corner of the web — that’s right, the comments section.






Opinions & Analysis

Disney CEO Says Netflix Hasn’t Won the Internet TV Race Yet

People just cannot stop talking about Netflix (VideoInk included). It’s the future of video, it will replace traditional television, it will surpass HBO — we’ve heard it all and in most cases agree. But not Disney CEO Bob Iger; Bob isn’t buying it.


The $15B Question for Twitter: Is Being a Handmaiden to TV the Road to Riches or the Road to Ruin?

Twitter is engaged in a full-on love affair with your television set, because it sees that as the road to advertising wealth — but will the changes the service has to make become its salvation or its ruin?



Deals & Signings

Electus Chairman Ben Silverman Reveals Partnership With Eminem’s Shady Films (Exclusive)

Electus chairman Ben Silverman is partnering with Eminem’s production company Shady Films, which makes Shady Films an equity partner in the hip-hop oriented website


In Its First Acquisition, StumbleUpon Buys Video Recommendation Startup 5by

Content discovery service StumbleUpon is announcing that it has acquired 5by, a video startup based in Montreal.


The Web is a Lab for Marketable TV Content, and Vice Versa

The lines between digital and linear distribution are a lot less blurry than advertised when it comes to the business models of cable television and the online space, but content is a different animal altogether.


TheGrill: Maker Studios Chief – What Viacom Is to Cable We Are to Video

When you’re looking for a model for growth in the burgeoning online industry, a lot can be gleaned from television. In fact, Maker Studios executive chairman Ynon Kreiz isn’t shy about comparing Maker to behemoths such as Viacom, which began as niche outlets.


FremantleMedia Takes Stake in Germany’s Divimove

The “X Factor” and “Idols” producer strikes a strategic partnership with the German online-only network.


Mediacom Hopes To Solve Its OTT Video Problem With Qwilt

Mediacom, a U.S. cable company, has turned to Qwilt, a three-year-old startup to solve its over-the-top video woes. Qwilt thinks it can cut costs and solve the business problems of delivering online video.



Media News

Walmart Breaks Into Branded Web Shows with “Get on the Shelf”

If any corporation needs a rebranded image, it’s most certainly Walmart.


Angry Birds Creator Rovio Revs Up Digital Programming Ambitions

Rovio, the developer behind the monster-hit Angry Birds franchise, has spent the past year looking to expand the gaming brand into other areas of entertainment, from web-programming to, soon, feature films.



Industry Highlights

AT&T Will Build An LTE-Broadcast Network Tailor-Made For Video

AT&T is using old MediaFLO spectrum it bought off of Qualcomm to create a broadcast service. The mobile industry has had little success with multicast video in the past, but it has high hopes for LTE-Broadcast.



YouTube News

YouTube Offers 150 Free Instrumental Tracks to Creators

Music-licensing is a real issue on YouTube, and there are multiple companies offering tools to help solve that problem for both rights-owners as well as creators who want to use copyrighted music for their videos.




The Haps with Apps

Amazon’s New Tablets Let You Download Some Prime Instant Videos For Offline Viewing

Amazon is making some Prime Instant Video content available for download, so viewers can watch it without an internet connection. It’s not available for every video in the Prime catalog, but it’s still an intriguing option that Netflix and Hulu don’t offer.





Streaming Video News

Hulu CEO Andy Forssell Talks Originals, Advertising, That Sale That Never Happened

In a one-on-one chat with Randall Rothenberg, president and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Hulu acting CEO and SVP of content Andy Forsell said his company’s originals command 5% of viewing on Hulu.


Internet Pioneer RealNetworks Seeks Revival

When a ground-breaking product called RealPlayer was released in its earliest form in 1995, Steven P. Jobs had yet to return to Apple, Google’s future founders had only just met and Mark Zuckerberg was 10 years old.



Videos to Watch Now

Reviewed! ‘Soccer Academy’ is a Kick; You Won’t Regret ‘The Morning After’

I’m not a fan of soccer. That doesn’t mean I don’t like the sport or actively hate it; soccer just hasn’t ever “done it” for me — even though I am an obsessive fan of hockey, a sport that shares some similarities with the world’s most popular sport.


Homeland: The Musical Parody Hits the Web

“Homeland” returns to Showtime for its third season Sunday, but not before it gets the parody treatment on YouTube.



Digital Disruptions

Roku Introduces New Lineup Of Devices, Deep Integration With M-Go Video Service

Roku’s got some new hardware just in time for the holiday season. The features don’t surprise, but the refresh might nonetheless help to sell some extra boxes.



No New TV Viewers Or Newspaper Subscribers Are Being Born, Buzzfeed President Says

Speaking at a NewsCred conference last week, BuzzFeed President Jon Steinberg talked about his theory that content, and the ways it is distributed, will be “completely decoupled, I would say, in the next five years.”


SMG CEO Laura Desmond: “Mobile is going to be the channel for all content”

Video is a global business and global phenomenon, but from a brand point of view, the industry could benefit from more scale and collaboration, says Laura Desmond, CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group in an interview with Ashley J. Swartz for Beet.TV from DMEXCO.

Huffington Post

Study: Only 14 Percent of Cable Customers Satisfied; 73 Percent Want a la Carte

PwC finds that though customers want changes, they aren’t willing to pay much for them: “With TV in such a state of flux, companies must revisit their business models,” says PwC analyst Matthew Lieberman.



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