It’s Official: Grace Helbig Leaves My Damn Channel
As VideoInk first reported last month, Grace Helbig, the star of My Damn Channel’s most popular web series, “Daily Grace,” is leaving the online comedy network. The news was made official via a blog post published by My Damn Channel.
Opinions & Analysis
2014 Predictions: From Those Who Know the Industry Best
Well, we are a few hours away from filing 2013 into the history books. It’s been a great year for the online video industry. From breakout programming and technology, to major investments in those creating and monetizing content online, to various kerfuffles between traditional media incumbents and the new-media upstarts, there was plenty to talk about in 2013.
Streaming Video News
‘American Psycho’ and More Added to Netflix For New Year’s Day
A great poet once said, Nothing changes New Year’s Day. And while that’s true in many respects, it doesn’t apply to Netflix. A handful of new movies were added to the site. Several titles will also be expiring today, and all the buzz around this year-end event has sparked a discussion once again about supporting brick-and-mortar video stores. Netflix had a pretty good year with its original programming, namely Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards, both of which will see second seasons in 2014. Has Netflix’s accessibility made us
more willing to binge, and therefore more willing to wait around for titles than seek them out?
‘Saturday Night Live’ Launches on Chinese Video Site Sohu
The company’s chief executive Charles Zhang believes recent court victories against copyright violators is kickstarting a major import boom of Hollywood TV shows and movies.
Bad news for cord cutters: ABC starts restricting access to full TV show episodes
Starting January 6, next-day access to full episodes of ABC TV shows will be restricted to cable or Hulu Plus subscribers. Everyone else will have to wait a whole week.
“In The News”
In response to Aereo’s brief letting it be known they have no objection to the Supreme Court ruling on the case of broadcasters versus the streaming service, the Big Four and others replied in a brief of their own. “The time for this Court’s participation is now,” said the document. “Aereo’s response brief gets a great deal wrong, but it gets one important thing right: This exceptionally important case warrants this Court’s immediate review.”
Kingsley Announces 2014 as his Final Year on YouTube
Right before New Year’s Day, Kingsley has announced on Twitter that the upcoming year would be his final on YouTube. Viewers can look forward to new videos from the YouTube superstar up until December of 2014.
First Legal Marijuana Sale in Colorado Documented on YouTube [Video]
What passes for legitimate news on New Years Day in 2014? How about a YouTube vid of the first legal marijuana sale in the United States in many many years? I wouldn’t necessarily qualify it as lighting the internet on fire (teehee), but it also seems to the only video posted online.
‘This Is A Commentary’s’ Tré Melvin Comes Out on his YouTube Channel [Video]
YouTube comedian Tré Melvin has elected to announce via his channel, ThisIsACommentary, today that he’s bisexual. I’m not sure if it was a calculated tax reason for 2013 or what, but it certainly trumps any exciting news I’ve got for today. Congrats Tre — I’m sure it was a big decision, but the world is a better place for you having made it.
Where Are They Now: Dark-Horse Digital Video Platforms
The simple truth of the web video community is that if you’re not YouTube or Netflix, chances are you’re not making headlines every day. Even close competitors like Vimeo and Hulu struggle to attract daily media attention in comparable amounts to streaming video’s Big Two. This, of course, means that even smaller startups offering semi-similar services are rarely heard from, if ever. However, that doesn’t mean those startups, technologies, and sites were dormant. In fact, 2013 has been a significant year for some of digital video’s biggest dark horses — for better and for worse.
Chinese Search Giant Baidu Fined for Copyright Infringement
The crackdown comes as China tries to rid itself of the stigma of rampant piracy and establish a healthy Internet video market.