Yahoo Courts Couric as Mayer Accelerates Turnaround Effort
Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO)’s push to hire Katie Couric, who once earned as much as $15 million a year anchoring the “CBS Evening News,” signifies an accelerated drive by Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer to build content as more consumers turn to the Internet for television-style reporting.
Streaming Video News
Netflix Expands Dec. 13 Rollout of ‘Lilyhammer’ Season Two
Netflix will release the second season of “Lilyhammer,” its original gangster comedy-drama starring Steven Van Zandt, in more territories on December 13.
AOL Pauses to Rethink Live Video Programming
AOL has already made a substantial commitment to live programming on the web with HuffPost Live, but five months after AOL announced a second live-streaming video network under its own brand name, the exec in charge of AOL Live has left the company and the debut of its flagship show has been postponed, as first reported by Politico.
Chivas and Esquire Team Up with Jason Sudeikis for ‘Gentlemen’ Web Video Series
Chivas Regal is running its first-ever branded Web video series called “Brotherhood” through Dec. 15 on the new Esquire Network’s website; the two-month-old NBC Universal initiative is looking to leverage the iconic magazine’s brand in the world of cable TV and digital media.
Machinima CEO Search Heats Up
Startup Comedy ‘Betas’ Tries To Be Too Cool With ‘Girls’-Type Humor
In the second episode of Amazon’s Betas, the main character makes a tongue-in-cheek launch video for the hookup app he’s developing.
Chill.com is closing down its premium content distribution platform by December 15. Maybe selling content like Louis CK isn’t that easy, after all?
Chromecast now available at Staples, Verizon Wireless and Motorola
Hot on the heels of the HBO Go app launch, as well as signs that more apps may be supported soon, comes the news that Chromecast is now more widely available for sale. Google’s TV streaming stick started selling at Staples stores as well as through the retailer’s website this week.
Viral GoldieBlox Video Sparks Copyright Claim From Beastie Boys
With 7.4+ million views, and nearly 200,000 Facebook shares, the Goldieblox video “Princess Machine” is one of the most talked about ads of the last week.
The Haps with Apps
‘Girls’ Season 3 Instagram Teaser Packs the Punch of Its Full Trailer
Before trailers, there are now Instagram video trailers for trailers. At least that’s the case when the show’s writer and director is the social-savvy Lena Dunham.
Vine Expands International Coverage
The nano-vid hit of 2013 is learning some new languages this week. Twitter’s 6-second video creator Vine has ported its popular iOS and Android apps into 19 new languages, the company announced today.