Opinions & Analysis
MCNs — Why Do They Matter?
I write a lot about the multi-channel network digital video world. And, I follow it closely. Why? Is it because I think MCNs are the only relevant players in the new world video ecosystem?
Can You Build a Business in 6 Seconds?
It’s no secret that, after YouTube, Vine is the social video service that everyone has its eye on. Relatively a baby in the world of video on the web, the service, which was launched by Twitter in June 2012, recently crossed 100 million active monthly users.
Speed and Spectators Led to Twitch, a Gaming Nexus
To call Twitch.tv a happy accident would be a grand understatement.
The website has quickly emerged as the go-to destination for watching video games, drawing tens of millions of viewers each month. On Monday, that success led to a huge payday for the company’s founders, as Amazon said it had reached a deal to buy Twitch for more than $1 billion.
NY Times http://nyti.ms/1tD0Stw
Why Netflix Had A Rough Night at The Emmys
A lot of ink has been spilled over the crazy success Netflix has had over the last two years with its devotion to original series. The streaming service took home its first Primetime Emmy last year for the Kevin Spacey-fronted political drama “House of Cards,” and was expected by many to rake in its fair share of statuettes last night for its much buzzed-about prison comedy “Orange Is The New Black.” As it turned out, aside from some jokes from Seth Meyers about Netflix being the youngest and prettiest girl at the ball, the streaming service had a fairly uneventful night at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards. Despite earning 31 nominations, the streamer took home only 7 Emmys — most of them in less prestigious technical categories.
Forget Normal Video-on-Demand — Subscriptions Are the Way to Go
As consumers spend more time with long-form digital video such as TV shows and movies, as opposed to shorter clips, streaming services’ subscriber numbers continue to rise. This growth is driving increases in digital and total home entertainment rental and sales revenues in the US, based on recent research.
Deals & Signings
Giant YouTube Music Monetizer AdRev Names New President
AdRev has named Brian Felsen its new president, making the former chief executive of CD Baby the latest example of the migration of talent and capital to businesses built around YouTube. Felsen, who left the independent music distributor in January, will be tasked with strategy, growth and product development.
Streaming Video News
Netflix Is Ready for More ‘BoJack Horseman’
A few days after debuting its first season, Netflix has renewed the adult animated comedy “BoJack Horseman” for another season.
With a voice cast that includes Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Amy Sedaris (“Strangers with Candy”), and Alison Brie (“Community”), “BoJack Horseman” tells the story of a washed-up TV horse who tries to make a comeback without getting in his own way.
Comedy Festival Goes Digital With Lolflix and Hulu
Lolflix has been called the Netflix of stand-up comedy. And like their tongue-in-cheek namesake, they’re already changing the world of entertainment by providing a platform to comedians to self-distribute their shows and comedy specials without help from a network like Comedy Central. Now Lolflix has teamed up Hulu to bulk up exposure for the Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival, an event which it also sponsors, by creating a dedicated channel for content from the Festival.
Netflix Slams “Disrupting” Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger To FCC
They may have come up empty-handed at last night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, but Netflix was thinking about the future on Monday. The future of broadband and Internet access that is. In a blistering petition to the FCC, the streaming service recommended that the proposed mega-merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable be denied.
Media Post http://bit.ly/1vml7hb
‘Homeland’ Comes to Apple TV via Showtime Anytime App
Apple continues to bolster the premium content available on its set-top box, adding Showtime Anytime to a lineup that already includes apps for HBO Go, Netflix and Hulu Plus.
The Showtime Anytime app for Apple TV offers select episodes of the cable network’s shows — including Masters of Sex, Homelandand House of Lies — for free.
Game Fans’ 30-Hour Binges Show Twitch’s $970 Million Draw
Jeffrey Shih and Junho Choi epitomize a video-game subculture that helps explain whyAmazon.com Inc. (AMZN) just agreed to spend $970 million on Twitch Interactive Inc.
As Online Video Surges, the .TV Domain Rides the Wave
You’ve heard of the dot-com boom. Is the dot-tv boom next?
On Monday, Amazon said it would pay $1.1 billion for a website that streams people playing video games. The website is called Twitch — but its address is not Twitch.com, but Twitch.tv.
NY Times http://nyti.ms/1nCPLLp
The agency that built Canada’s Netflix competitor also redesigned Netflix, for fun
The Netflix competitor launched by Canada’s cable companies was built by designers who previously mocked up a different kind of Netflix app.
Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ to Premiere September 26 in U.S. and U.K.
Amazon’s new original comedy “Transparent” will premiere on Friday, September 26 in the U.S. and the U.K. through Prime Instant Video, the site announced Wednesday. All ten episodes will be released at once.
Time Warner Cable Suffers Nationwide Internet, Video-on-Demand Outage
Time Warner Cable’s broadband and video-on-demand services were knocked offline for at least an hour and a halfWednesday, with the cable company saying most services were restored by 6 a.m. Eastern.
The Haps With Apps
Vine Stars Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier Sign Deal with Gander.tv
Gander.tv has initiated its subscription video service by signing deals with two Vine superstars. Both Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier will get to host their own shows on the streaming network, which will include regular programming and guest appearances…by one another.
Here’s How To Use Instagram’s New, Ridiculously Simple Time-Lapse Video App
On Tuesday, Instagram released its second standalone app called Hyperlapse, which lets you create smooth, professional-looking time-lapse videos on your phone.
It couldn’t be easier to make awesome-looking time-lapse videos with the free app. As Wired put it, Hyperlapse is like having a “$15,000 video setup in your hand.”
Business Insider http://read.bi/1sxxiCQ
Instagram Debuts New App To Enhance Videos
Instagram is raising the stakes in mobile video with a new app that aims to make every user a mini-Spielberg with tools like tracking shots and time-lapse shooting that give videos a slicker, professional look. The new Hyperlapse app features stabilization technology for creating smooth time-lapse videos even while in motion, like walking through crowds at an all-day festival.
Media Post http://bit.ly/1lvXC2c
Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart to Host 2014 Streamy Awards
YouTube stars Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart will host the fourth annual Streamy Awards, which will air live from The Beverly Hilton on September 7, 2014.
Maker Studios Signs Minecraft Guru The Diamond Minecart
Maker Studios has signed Daniel Middleton, known on YouTube as Minecraft-focused gaming star The Diamond Minecart. Middleton reaches more than 3.4 million subscribers, and since launching the channel two years ago has accumulated more than 1 billion video views on the site.
PGA Tour Ads Wealth of Content to YouTube Channel, For a Fee
The PGA Tour is now adding to its digital offerings with archival video footage as part of a paid YouTube channel. Called PGA Tour Rewind, the YouTube channel will feature videos from PGA Tour Entertainment’s massive golf footage library.
It just got a lot easier to upload Google+ videos to YouTube
Google continues to use its Google+ social network as a way to backup and share photos and videos taken on mobile devices. The latest feature is an dead simple way to upload videos from Google+ to YouTube.
WatchLoud and Shady Films Dust Off ‘CRWN’ for More Hip-Hop Talk
“CRWN,” a live interview series from Electus Digital, is coming back to WatchLoud, a hip-hop music and lifestyle website platform from the digital producer. With the series’s return, this means more interviews of hip-hop artists conducted by music journalist Elliot Wilson in the presence of live audiences.
Toronto Buffer Festival to Kick Off with Industry Day
Buffer Festival will return to Toronto for another year, lauding YouTube creators through screenings and meet-ups from October 17 to 19. Just as this year’s VidCon took on more of an industry edge than the fan and community-centered event had ever before, so the Canadian Buffer Festival will tack on an “Industry Day” to its 2014 proceedings.