People Like to Binge-Watch Reports a Study Commissioned by Netflix
Binge-watching is the Newest Thing in the entertainment business. Popularized by Netflix, even before the company began releasing its slate of critically acclaimed original content, it’s a practice that other online video players are now also looking to replicate. It’s easy to see why: People like to watch their favorite stuff online, and watch a lot of it.
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Hulu Acquires Rights to Four Web Series from Smokebomb Entertainment
Hulu has acquired the US rights to four short-form web series from Smokebomb Entertainment, the digital division of Canadian producer and distributor Shaftesbury.
Golden Globes: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ was mislabeled, not snubbed
Until this year when the alarmingly good “Orange Is the New Black” was excluded from the list of Golden Globe nominees for best comedy not because HFPA members wouldn’t know a game-changing comedy if it hit them in the face with a slipper made from maxipads, but because Netflix submitted it as a drama.
LA Times http://lat.ms/1crPnZS
‘Lilyhammer’ Star Steven Van Zandt on His Place in TV History, Mandela and (Possible) President Christie
By throwing himself into music, Steven Van Zandt landed in the middle of two pivotal TV shows: HBO’s “The Sopranos,” and Netflix’s first original series, “Lilyhammer.” The latter series, which begins streaming its second season at midnight PT Friday, helped create Netflix’s groundbreaking model for shows including “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.”
The Wrap http://bit.ly/1bCPdkI
Here’s The Intense New ‘House Of Cards’ Trailer
Netflix is out with a new trailer for “House of Cards,” Season 2 of which premiers on Feb. 14.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1dbnGGg
The Wrap http://bit.ly/JmTzDD
DirecTV Explores Online Video Service
DirecTV is exploring the idea of an online video service that would appeal to “price-sensitive” young people or other customers who have dropped their pay-TV service, the satellite TV firm said on Thursday.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1fqimkV
Google Turns On Desktop-Based Web Streaming Of Google Play Content For Chromecast
Google Chromecast owners can now stream Google Play music and movie content direct from the web, as well as from smartphones and tablets, thanks to the Google Cast extension for the Chrome desktop browser.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1c1d7sN
21st Century Fox’s Sky Deutschland Launches SVOD Offering in Germany
Sky Deutschland, the German pay-TV platform controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, has entered Germany’s crowded subscription VOD market with the launch of a new on-demand service, called Snap, which offers a low cost Netflix-style package of film and series.
Aereo to Supreme Court: Bring It On!
Aereo, the streaming TV service that is facing numerous copyright lawsuits brought by broadcasters, on Thursday said it welcomes a review of the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. While the company stopped short of saying “bring it on,” Aereo clearly believes it’s on solid legal ground.
AwesomenessTV’s ’12 Days of Awesomeness’ Begins Tomorrow
If you’re the type that cares about these kinds of things — we are 12 days away from Christmas, or Xmas, or whatever you want to call it. To commemorate this, and to count down the remaining days until the day everyone finally starts paying attention to the NBA, AwesomenessTV is launching a video/song campaign tomorrow called “12 Days of Awesomeness.”
Ford, ‘What’s Trending’ to Help Homeless Kids With YouTube Telethon
In the latest — and one of the noblest — sign of online video mirroring TV programming, Ford and YouTube network What’s Trending are hosting a live telethon on Google’s digital video service Thursday night to raise money for homeless children.
YouTube Star Ray William Johnson Launches Time Travel Series on Facebook (Video)
YouTube Star Ray William Johnson has his sights set on conquering new online territory with Riley Rewind, which debuted on Facebook on Thursday.
YouTube Copyright Crackdown Hits Multichannel Network Affiliates
Internet video service says has enabled copyright holders to scan material uploaded by MCN affiliates.
Behind the scenes of YouTube’s epic 2013 Rewind video
Google on Wednesday released its year-end Rewind video ”What Does 2013 Say?“, taking the annual mashup video’s epic proportions beyond last year’s YouTube Style.
YOUTUBE VIDEO LIVE STREAMING AND GOOGLE+ HANGOUTS ON AIR NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL CHANNELS
YouTube announced today that they are making their live video services available to everyone.
Microsoft Taps AMC Director to Join Xbox Entertainment Studios (Report)
Ari Mark, AMC’s director of development for unscripted programming, has been tapped to join Microsoft where he will help develop original content for Xbox Entertainment Studios. As first reported by Variety, Mark will work on several Xbox-exclusive projects, which are already rumored to tie-in with the game console’s predominantly male audience.
Univision Names Mehul Nagrani SVP and GM of Digital
Univision has named Mehul Nagrani as its new senior vice president and general manager, digital. Formerly an SVP, digital operations at the company, Nagrani will now have expanded responsibilities including oversight of Univision’s product and technology teams, as well as revenue operations and analytics.
BrightRoll Signs OCR Deal with Nielsen
BrightRoll has integrated Nielsen’s Online Campaign Ratings product into its programmatic video ad platform. OCR data is now available via theBrightRoll console, the company’s customizable user-interface that allows clients to plan, execute, and optimize their video advertising.