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Vimeo on Demand is getting an exclusive programming slate dedicated to music this June. Titles include “Soaked in Bleach” (a documentary about Kurt Cobain’s death), “Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police” (which is, you guessed it, about The Police), “On My Way Home” (a concert documentary on the Pentatonix a cappella group), and “Every Other Summer” (about Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival). These videos will appear on Vimeo on June 11, June 12, June 18, and also June 18, respectively. They are all currently available for pre-order.
Net2TV, which takes short-form videos from its media partners and turns them into long-form content for television, and Opera Software are working together to bring a new, streaming programming slate to Opera TV’s store, which is available on Sony, Samsung, RCA, Hisense, and TiVo devices. Now, Net2TV’s Portico TV will offer its content through Opera TV, including some free episodes from brands like Time, Better Homes and Gardens, and Popular Science. Series on Portico TV include “Inside Golf,” “Newsy in 30,” The Week in Time,” and “World Eats,” among others.
As Oculus gets ready to hold its press conference ahead of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, in which it plans to disclose details of its upcoming virtual reality consumer headset, the company seemed to have made a bit of an error by uploading pictures of the future press conference’s big reveal. On Oculus’s new website, the VR company put up images of Oculus Rift hardware, which showed a camera that tracks the VR headset’s movements (above, thanks to VR Focus), and a small, four-button remote with what looks to be a track pad. After buzz of these images swept across the web, Oculus VR’s founder, Palmer Luckey, came out with a statement saying that the images, though real, are old, and we can still expect a new design at the conference on Thursday, June 11. Still, you can count the images as a preview.
Univision has named Sameer Deen the senior vice president of Univision Digital. In the role, he will report to Isaac Lee, the president of news and digital for Univision and Fusion’s CEO. Deen will work out of Miami, where he will head digital strategy and work on growing the company’s digital portfolio and audience base, in addition to creating more opportunities to integrate digital and TV content. Before moving to Univision Digital, Deen served as the SVP of multi-platform distribution and strategy for Scripps Networks Interactive, where he headed up digital distribution. He was recently honored with a Luminary Award from the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications.