HBO Nabs Vimeo Original Series ‘High Maintenance’
HBO has nabbed the popular Vimeo original series, “High Maintenance,” and will eventually offer episodes from seasons one and two across HBO, HBO Go, and HBO Now.
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Opinions & Analysis
Celebs Talk About Their Favorite Movies in New Fandango Web Series
Fandango will launch an original web series called “I Love Movies” as part of its larger “We Love Movies” campaign starting this May 6.
IAB Finds 35% Increase in Connected TV Streaming From Last Year
TV watchers in the US are continuing on the multi-screen track. According to data from a new study carried out by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, “The Changing TV Experience: Attitudes and Usage Across Multiple Screens,” US adults are are getting “smarter” TVs, streaming more content, and letting their TVs share the spotlight with other devices.
‘Star Wars’ Trailer Traffic Tops ‘Batman v Superman’ on YouTube, Facebook
In a battle of hot 2015 movie trailers, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” appears to have the lead in current YouTube and Facebook views.
Netflix’s Pursuit of TV Domination Has a New Step: Ownership
For most of its rapid ascent of the TV business, Netflix Inc. has rented shows. Now it wants to own them.
Like a major Hollywood studio or competitor HBO, the company will own many of the 20 or more original shows that debut on its streaming service next year, Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said in an interview.
The Power of Live Sports in the Digital Age
Former President of HBO Sports Ross Greenburg discusses why every major network needs live sports with Alix Steel on “Street Smart.”
Deals & Signings
RTL’s BroadbandTV Acquires YoBoHo, YouTube Kids Multichannel Network
BroadbandTV, the technology and YouTube multichannel network company owned by European broadcast giant RTL Group, has acquired YoBoHo, which runs the HooplaKidz children’s channel on YouTube.
Vice News to Bow Personal-Finance Show for Millennials, Sponsored by Bank of America
Vice News this week will launch a personal-finance talk show on YouTube, “The Business of Life,” sponsored by Bank of America, which youth-skewing brand says will fill a gap in the media landscape for financial advice aimed at millennial audiences.
Interpublic to Buy Minority Stake in Samba TV, a Start-Up for TV Analytics
The Interpublic Group of Companies is buying a minority stake in Samba TV, a start-up that provides television analytics, part of the advertising giant’s effort to understand how consumers are watching television.
Streaming Video News
‘Full House’ Reunion on Netflix Is Officially Happening
It’s official –“Full House” will return to television for a 13-episode sequel on Netflix in 2016, the streaming service confirmed. John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on the popular family sitcom, broke the news Monday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
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Popcornflix’s David Fannon Extols ‘Ease of Use’
This January, Screen Media Ventures‘ streaming service Popcornflix reached 10 million downloads. The ad-supported service offers thousands of movies and TV series for viewers to watch on connected TVs, largely focusing on the indie/cult genre. It also boasts two companion (but separate) apps, Popcornflix Kids and FrightPix, both of which are fairly self-explanatory (featuring kids’ content and horror content, respectively).
Quick Breaks: Mamrie Hart Revs Up for More ‘HeyUSA’; Vice Wins Peabody Awards
It’s Official: Verizon Fios Becomes First Pay-TV Provider to Offer Customized Program Packages
Verizon FiOS made official Tuesday its plan to let customers put together a personalized package of TV programming.