Google’s Chromecast Is A Brilliant Inversion Of The Streaming TV Market
Google’s latest attempt to muscle into your television set, Chromecast, is only two inches long but it turns your streaming television experience inside out.
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Opinions & Analysis
Google’s Chromecast Could Cause Surge In Subscribers For Netflix, Other Streaming Providers
At first blush this looks like a competitor to the AppleTV and other related devices, but it’s more than that: The Chromecast — which costs $35 — is now the cheapest and easiest way for the average consumer to become a “cord cutter” and dump their cable or satellite TV provider.
Wow! Google’s Chromecast Is Amazingly Hackable
Google’s Chromecast is the first inexpensive smart TV device that uses web technologies to run applications on the receiving end. That means millions of developers are going to be able to build for it using tools they’re already comfortable with on day one.
Why Google’s New Chromecast Is Going to Annoy TV Executives
TV executives, who are notorious for drawing a line in the sand dividing web content and television content, can’t be happy the Chromecast blends the two mediums together.
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Deals & Signings
No Hulu Stake For Time Warner Cable, For Now
Hulu’s owners, which canceled plans to sell the venture outright earlier this month, have ended talks with Time Warner Cable about the cable operator potentially taking an ownership stake in the Internet TV venture although they might resume at a later date, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
Streaming Video News
At Netflix, Big Data Can Affect Even the Littlest Things
There has been a lot of talk about data after the success of “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix, but as the content competition picks up in streaming TV, it might be the little things where big data has the biggest impact.
It Takes a “War Room” to Launch Netflix’s Series
Netflix’s Internet video subscription service works around the clock, but it’s unusual for more than two dozen of the company’s engineers and top managers to be huddled in a conference room at 10:30 on a midsummer Wednesday evening.
Hoopla wants to be a free Netflix for library users
Hoopla, a new streaming service for libraries, lets patrons borrow digital movies, TV shows, audiobooks and music. The selection isn’t comparable to Netflix, but it is free if you have a card at participating library.
With ‘Video Game High School,’ Web Video Aims for a TV-Like Hit
It’s a big day for web video as Collective Digital Studio, Rocket Jump Studios, and creators Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold premiere the second season of “Video Game High School,” a scripted action/comedy that follows a group of students at an elite video gaming academy.
YouTube Announces Geek Week, Releases Trailer
From August 4–10, YouTube will host its first-ever Geek Week in both the US (co-produced by Nerdist) and the UK (co-produced by Channel Flip). This is YouTube’s second week-long programming event of 2013, following Comedy Week, which aired during the middle of May.
Type This Code Into YouTube Search to Go Retro
As promised, YouTube has started its Easter egg hunt in preparation for the upcoming Geek Week. The first clue has been dropped via YouTube’s Twitter account — it’s a code one needs to crack to “go retro”.
Freddie Wong Kicks Off YouTube L.A. Production Space
The new YouTube production space is ready for its close-up. The multimillion-dollar facility here was unveiled at the beginning of the year as a way to encourage YouTube creators to produce more elaborate videos, to differentiate from the popular funny cat and bawdy humor videos submitted by viewers of the world’s biggest video site.
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Startup Wants to Turn on YouTube Commerce
A new startup wants to help YouTube talent tap into e-commerce dollars and the budding social commerce wave spurred by platforms like Pinterest. Subblime allows YouTube creators to build and market destination websites where they can list products they’ve featured in their videos, or just list some of their favorite companies and retailers, a la Oprah. The company has recently signed on the ballet shoe brand Tieks to build out a virtual marketplace, or what Subblime is calling the Subblime Showroom.
Watch Google’s press event to unveil Nexus 7 tablet live on YouTube
Google is hosting a big press event at 9 a.m. PDT in San Francisco, and you can watch it live right from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
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Fuse’s ‘ICP Theater’ Starts on YouTube Moves to TV
Digital platforms can be used to incubate future TV programming or feature films — just ask Fox, WIGS, Machinima, RSA, Nickelodeon, or any other company currently developing original online stuff with an eye toward turning them into traditional media franchises.
The Haps With Apps
YouTube-Rival Dailymotion Launches a Standalone Video-Recording App to Encourage User-Generated Content
French video-sharing service Dailymotion has launched a video-camera app for iPhone users, as it looks to encourage more users to upload their own content.
Nokia Does What Google and Microsoft Couldn’t Releases YouTube Upload App
Windows Phone’s tortured relationship with YouTube has been well documented, but theschisms between Microsoft and Google have evidently not prevented Nokia from introducing a new YouTube Upload app.
4chan Bullied the OG YouTube Fitness Guru Off the Internet
The 52-year-old YouTuber Scooby1961’s seven-year health and fitness career on the site came to an end last weekend, after 4chan users posted his personal information and began harassing his workplace and family with phone calls, homophobic slurs, and death threats. One person allegedly showed up at his house and took pictures, too. The cumulative badgering forced Scooby to relocate his family, and shut down his YouTube channel.
What You Missed at July’s New York Video Meetup
July’s New York Video Meetup began with Magnify.net CEO and the evening’s host Steve Rosenbaum bringing out a Google Glass and talking about the device, which he said will change video.
Hollywood’s Rising Media Star Grumpy Cat Sparks Feline Frenzy at Kitson
Internet cat-lebrity stopped by the trendy Los Angeles boutique to meet fans, sign pawtographs.
Stats to Start
UK Smartphone Users Embrace Mobile Entertainment
Smaller screens aren’t keeping UK smartphone users from consuming video and entertainment content on their phones. According to a Mojiva survey from February 2013, three out of five UK smartphone owners said they watched major broadcast or cable network content on their phone, meaning those who didn’t were actually in the minority.