Hulu Owners Looking to Finalize Deal Within Two Weeks (Report)
The current owners of online video destination Hulu will sort through binding bids received last week and hope to finalize a deal in the next week or two, the Wall Street Journal reported. One person familiar with the sales process told The Hollywood Reporter that a decision and announcement could come late this week, but that timing depended partly on finalizing content deals between the current owners and the winning bidder.
Hollywood Reporter http://bit.ly/18K8Kk9
Deals & Signings
CBS, Netflix Extend Licensing Pact
CBS and Netflix are staying in business. The network has extended its multiyear licensing pact for its library content with the streaming service, the company announced Monday. Under the new deal, CBS content will be streamed instantly to Netflix, adding new titles including the CW’s L.A. Complex, 4400 and CSI: NY.
Hollywood Reporter http://bit.ly/1aTjNbg
LA Times http://lat.ms/10CePu0
Streaming Video News
Bedrocket’s Official Comedy Channel Unveils New Slate
Bedrocket Media has launched a new series and announced production on a couple more for its Official Comedychannel on YouTube. The series that debuts today, “Settling,” follows a group of four “twenty-nothings” as they try to grow up.
Yahoo News and Shine America Bring Back ‘Who Knew?’
Shine America’s “Who Knew?” returned for a fifth season on Yahoo News beginning Monday. The daily animated short-form news series, which offers interesting facts and trivia tied to current events and trending topics, is the longest running original program on Yahoo News. It will air its 800th episode sometime this summer. The fifth season will also feature a new format and on-screen graphics.
Video Ink http://bit.ly/10KSwCr
Yahoo Autos Goes on the ‘Open Road’ with Michelin
Yahoo debuted another original series Monday, this time on its Yahoo Autos site. Produced by WATV Productions, “Open Road” is an auto/lifestyle series that will “uncover exotic car events” as well as offer car tips while also busting some myths about cars.
Brits Stream Murray but Prefer McEnroe Dis BBC biggest live Web audience since 2012 Olympics
Andy Murray made history on Sunday, drawing millions of U.K. viewers to their TV sets. But on the Web, Murray’s win couldn’t top an angry Kirsten Flipkens berating a broadcaster or John McEnroe getting dissed by a duchess. According to the BBC, the most popular Wimbledon video to date was a clip of Flipkens stopping during one of her matches to complain about the noise a BBC reporter was making; that clip was viewed over 400,000 times in the U.K.
Easy, Breezy, Beautiful: Uncovering the Business of Beauty on YouTube
It all started with a simple YouTube search: “smoky eye for brown eyes.” Four hours later, I had a basic grasp of how to achieve the coveted look — not to mention a newfound appreciation for eyeshadow primer, liquid liner, and brow highlighter. Welcome to the Business of Beauty on YouTube, where thousands of digital beauty gurus upload thousands of hours of tutorials, product reviews, and interviews every day.
GTChannel Says Goodbye to Machinima and Soars
A new automotive multi-channel network is blowing up after leaving Machinima — a very risky move that revved up its business. In case you’re not familiar with the multi-channel network concept, it’s a community of YouTube channels that are brought under one umbrella. It’s the best way for independent YouTube channels to get their videos seen and get help monetizing them.
Videos To Watch Right Now
Ellie Goulding’s ‘Burn’ Sets Fire to Social Media With Vine Stunt
Ellie Goulding’s latest music video endeavor, “Burn,” has so far racked up more than 200,000 views on YouTube.
The Haps With Apps
App Store Celebrates 5 Years with Free Apps, Games
Apple’s App Store officially turns five years old this Wednesday. In honor of its fifth anniversary, Apple’s App Store is giving away some of its most popular games and apps for free.
USA TODAY http://usat.ly/12gBCMX
The Verge http://bit.ly/1d8HEjW
App Lets You Stream TV Channels To Your Android Phone or Tablet
The US TV & Radio Free app for Android lets you watch and even record live TV channels — local and cable alike. But how?
Some Jerk Has Figured Out a Way to Recover Your ‘Deleted’ Snapchat Photos
Snapchat is supposed to be a safe space. Now that peace-of-mind has been thoroughly destroyed by a Utah security firm who say they have figured out a way to extract the allegedly dissolved pictures from Android phones. Richard Hickman, a digital forensics examiner, discovered that the popular app installs a folder called “RECEIVED_IMAGES_SNAPS,” where the pictures–you guessed it–are stored. Similar to a magical cloak, the app affixes an extension called “.NOMEDIA” to the pictures, which can take hours to find depending on how much data is on your phone. He cracked the code of making the pictures viewable by altering the extension.
Opinions & Analysis
Twitter Vs. Mainstream Media: Science Proves Which Breaks News Faster
The Boston bombings gave us a glimpse into the contentious world of Twitter news-breaking. Vigilante investigators took to Twitter and Reddit to find the bombers, and soon the names “Sunil Tripathi” and “Mike Mulugeta” began clanging around the information sphere. As Alexis Madrigal highlighted in the Atlantic, that intel was totally wrong, of course, but the episode did demonstrate a phenomenon that now happens some 20 percent of the time, according to a new study from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics: While traditional newswires still dominate the dissemination game, Twitter still scoops old media on certain stories — largely ones dealing with sports, major disasters, and sometimes riots.
Fast Company http://bit.ly/1dejEfx
5Qs with… Magnet Media’s Paul Kontonis
If you know online video, you know Paul Kontonis. Currently the GM of Magnet Media Originals, Kontonis has been active within the online video industry for as long as many of us can remember.
Women Kidnapped in Cleveland Thank Supporters in YouTube Video
The three women kidnapped and held against their will in a Cleveland home for a decade released a YouTube video on Monday night thanking the public for its moral and financial support. “I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. Everyone who has been there to support us, it’s been a blessing to have your love and kindness,” said Amanda Berry, who first went missing in 2003 at age 16.