Netflix Snags Fox’s “New Girl” In Multi-Year Deal
New Girl is coming to Netflix starting today. The streaming service and Fox have inked a multi-year deal to bring the network’s highest rated comedy to the subscription-based digital outlet. The first season of the Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV-produced series from creator Liz Meriwether will be available July 1 with subsequent cycles like the recently ended Season 2 to follow after their broadcast season is complete.
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More Netflix News
Watch Out, Emmys: House of Cards and Arrested Development are Bringing Netflix to the Party
A digitally-distributed series being nominated for a best series Emmy would have seemed ridiculous 10 years ago. But in 2013, Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development” revival are in the awards show mix.
Netflix Introduces Max, a Virtual Assistant That’s Going to Guilt You Into Watching “Scandal”
Reed Hastings’ imagineer streaming factory Netflix is releasing a virtual assistant named Max to keep reminding you that Mad Men is available to watch. Max is a nagging on-screen guide that talks (and presumably judges) you. It recommends cool digital content to consume by surveying you about your mood and previous things you’ve watched.
Sniff. Sob. Sniff. Sob. A Message To Netflix
How many Nickelodeon-loving children will shed tears over Netflix‘s Viacom programming dump? Deadline reader Zeke sends in this message from his 4-year-old son to Reed Hastings. (Netflix’s loss is Amazon Prime‘s gain)
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YouTube: Gamers Watch a Ton of Our Videos, and They’re Actually Engaged
Despite its enormous popularity, YouTube is still figuring out the best way to turn eyeballs into dollars. So it makes sense that the first company-issued white paper, out this morning, zeroed in on an audience that is delivering reliable and rapidly growing returns: Gamers. According to “Gamers on YouTube: Evolving Video Consumption,” engagement from the videogame-playing audience “jumped 9X year-over-year in 2012.”
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Jess Lizama to Host Daily Show on AwesomenessTV
Jess Lizama will be hosting a new daily pop culture news show on AwesomenessTV. In the video below, which first runs through Lizama’s commentary on some of today’s biggest (slash most troubled) young celebrities, Lizama announces that she will be hosting a show called “ADD” on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel.
Streaming Video News
Portable TV: 10% of Video Views Going to Devices
Lean back and watch — that appears to be the surprising attitude of many smartphone and tablet owners who make up an increasing share of overall video viewing. Streaming media platform Ooyala says that video views to devices in Q1 rose by 19% over the previous quarter alone, now accounting for 10% of all views. Ooyala samples streaming media to over 200 million unique users worldwide among its partners (including Food Network, TVGuide, ESPN, Dell, the Times and Telegraph. The company says video growth on tablets (now between 5% and 6% of all views) and smartphones (more than 4%), is on the same curve as last year when their combined total share doubled between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. In Q1 2012, mobile devices had only a 4% share.
BBC Announces 8 New Comedy Pilots Exclusive to iPlayer
The BBC has announced a new roster of comedy pilots that will broadcast exclusively on its online ‘catch-up’ service iPlayer. The British broadcaster will showcase eight new comedy pilots on iPlayer, two of which have already been commissioned for a full BBC Three TV series.
Inside AOL’s Live Experiment
It’s day two of the auditions for AOL Anchor Quest, which brought a thousand dreamers to AOL’s studios in New York, where they tried out to become AOL’s newest on-camera stars — all part of the company’s grand experiment in launching live programming and possibly a second full fledged live network.
Japanese Public Broadcaster’s License Fee Victory Raises Concerns About Mobile Device Users’ Liability
Japan’s public broadcaster NHK won a $1,100 (109,000 yen) judgment against a household that refused to sign a license fee contract since buying a television in 2009. The wording of the judgment could mean users of smartphones, tablets or other devices with TV tuners, but who don’t own television sets, are liable to pay the monthly fees.
The Haps With Apps
WatchABC Now in LA, Chicago, SF For Pay TV Subs
Disney faces one of the first big tests of its WatchABC app on Monday, as customers who had enjoyed free live viewing of local ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia on mobile devices will now need to show they are pay TV subscribers.
Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ Takes Over NYT App
Showtime is taking over The New York Times, or at least its digital ad inventory, to promote its forthcoming series, “Ray Donovan,” set to debut July 3. The campaign, developed by Medialets and placed by OMD, includes a full takeover of the NYT iPad app on June 30, as well as interactive banner ads which are already live on the NYT Web site. Showtime’s NYT iPad app takeover includes full-page interstitial ad units that appear whenever the user navigates between pages. Expandable interactive video banners allow the user to view a trailer for “Ray Donovan.” Users can tap the video at any time to pause it and bring up informational hotspots about the series and characters. As the trailer concludes, viewers are invited to download the entire first episode for free, download the trailer’s soundtrack from iTunes, and download the Showtime Anytime app from the iTunes stores.
Why the Startup Wibbitz Could Wipe Out Some Publishers’ Video Businesses
Via a stunningly accurate algorithm, the text-to-video service takes any lovingly written article or blog post and turns it presto-magico into a very appealing, 60- to 120-second vignette, complete with images, quotes and animated infographics (and potentially other video in the future) viewable on your iOS device. And it does it all on the fly, in seconds.
Digital Music News
10 Music Services You May Not Know About — But Should
Yes, Twitter has a #music service now, and iTunes Radio is all shiny and new. But forget about them for a moment. In fact, forget about Pandora, Spotify, Rdio and Slacker. Same for Grooveshark, Vevo, Rhapsody, MOG, last.fm, Soundcloud, Deezer and Songza.
180M Downloads Later, iHeartRadio Migrates to Windows 8 Phone
After topping 180 million downloads on other platforms, the iHeartRadio app is finally migrating over to the Windows Phone 8 platform. Starting today, iHeartRadio enthusiasts toting a WP8-powered handset will have access to iHeartRadio’s music streaming service.
Pandora Goes Beyond Music with Spoken Word: The Comedy Genome Project
Since May 2010, Pandora has a little start up inside its bigger start up: They have been developing a spoken word content area leveraging their technology via Comedy. The volume of content included is considerably smaller for the “Comedy Genome Project,” with 1,700 comedians on 25,000 tracks; with this relatively small data set, it will be harder to create as accurate a predictive model as their music product apparently enjoys.
Scene + Heard: Collective Digital’s Seven by 7 Sizzles; TWC Knows How to Party
Entertainment industry execs and influencers met up at the Collective‘s LA offices this past week, where the conversation and Atlantico Rum overflowed. “Seven by 7″ was part networking event and part panel where speakers focused on lessons of the past seven years and how those lessons in doing good could guide attendees through the next seven years.
Qaadir: A Trailblazing LGBT YouTube Creator by Way of Walking the Walk
Qaadir’s influence as an LGBT creator has been considerable and can be traced all the way down to the newest wave of popular LGBT creators, and thusly, he had to be included in our hand-in-hand series with YouTube for their #ProudtoLove campaign.