Microsoft Pays Machinima Creators to Promote Xbox One
Microsoft’s Xbox One is locked in a heated battle with Sony’s PS4 for bragging rights in the console market. So it shouldn’t be surprising that, as part of the larger marketing plan, either company would enlist online “influencers” to get the word out about how great their respective console is.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1dPMOFk
Opinions & Analysis
The State of the Industry, Through the Eyes of NATPE CEO Rod Perth
VideoInk spoke with NATPE president and CEO Rod Perth about the event, as well as the state of the digital half of the entertainment business. Check it out, and come back throughout the week as VideoInk explores various issues important to the industry as part our ongoing media partnership with NATPE.
NATPE Voices: The Biggest Online Video Story of 2013
As part of VideoInk’s media partnership with NATPE for the NATPE || Miami 2014 conference from January 27–29, we are rolling out a custom, panel-style Q&A series this week called “NATPE Voices.” We canvassed a broad collection of smart people on the NATPE board, or scheduled to speak during the conference next week, to get their thoughts on various aspects of the industry. We will publish their answers, for one question per day, through Sunday. Enjoy.
VI-Voices: The Rise of Digital at Sundance and the Festival Circuit
Was this the year that digital truly broke through at the Sundance Film Festival, and the festival circuit in general? How? Alex Angeledes, CRO, Collective Digital Studio: “I think that much like what we’re already seeing so far this the year with regards to digital video being really being embraced and pursued by brands and their agencies, this was a breakthrough year for digital companies and creators at Sundance…
Streaming Video News
Netflix Moves Back ‘Mitt’ Premiere by Few Hours
Netflix’s newest original documentary film, “Mitt,” about former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, will premiere on the service this Friday, January 24. Originally scheduled to go live at midnight PT on the 24th, Netflix has moved back the release time to 11am PT.
As Netflix Rises, HBO and Showtime Subscribers Shrink as Percentage of U.S. Households
Is Netflix putting a dent in premium cable subscriptions? A new study suggests that a growing number of consumers are opting to pay for standalone Internet video services instead of subscribing to HBO or Showtime — although the data does not prove there’s a trend.
Netflix goes live on cable box in Sweden, wants to do the same in the U.S. soon
Netflix apps are available on more than 1000 different devices, but have so far been absent from cable boxes. This is now changing, starting with a cooperation launched in Sweden.
YouTube Honors MLK with Custom Playlist About the Civil Rights Leader
To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, YouTube has published a video playlist honoring the visionary civil rights leader. Check out the collection, which features a couple music videos in honor of the man, footage of MLK’s appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in 1965, and most importantly, the full video of his landmark “I Have a Dream…” speech. As you enjoy your day off, it’s definitely worth your time.
Jash Fights the YouTube View Battle Creators aim for quality, bemoan empty numbers
A few weeks ago, we took a look at Jash, the YouTube comedy network headlined by big name talent, including Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts and others. In our post, we pointed out that it’s difficult for even big comics to engage their fan bases on YouTube without producing for the platform — and directly engaging with its fans — consistently.
Tyler Oakley, YouTube Stars Battle One Direction Over ‘Duck Dynasty’, Fan Scamming on Twitter
Okay, for the record, so our discussion can be a civil one, let me just say: I think “Duck Dynasty” sucks. I think the show, the plots and the “characters” are all phony and largely staged. Apparently Liam Payne of English boy-band One Direction doesn’t share that opinion because a tweet he sent over the weekend has now spiraled into a crazy maelstrom of emotions that has resulted in Tyler Oakley “quitting” Twitter and commentary galore from other YouTubers about the nature of authenticity, fans, homophobia and Taco Bell. Whew.
AOL: Is America’s Top Video Ad Property YouTube’s Only Serious Rival?
Ten days ago, comScore released its December 2013 U.S. online video rankings. The announcement was made on a Friday at 6 p.m. (EST), which is normally when companies try to bury their bad news. But, hidden in plain sight in comScore’s press release was some good news for AOL, Inc.
Q&A: DJ Earworm on Music, Mash-ups and YouTube Rewind 2013
DJ Earworm might not be a household name yet, but if you are one of the 90 million people who watched YouTube’s ‘Rewind 2013′ video then you’ll be more than familiar with his work. Earworm, real name Jordan Roseman, has been creating game-changing mash-ups on YouTube since 2007.
Do YouTubers like Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart hold the future of independent film?
What do you get if you take three of YouTube’s most talented stars, a defining experience like summer camp, and an engaged community willing to open their wallets? In the case of Camp Takota, it may just be a glimpse at the future of indie movies.
AOL Has the License to Show You Content from Latino MCN MiTu
MiTu, a YouTube multi-channel network specializing in Latino content, is coming to an AOL platform near you. The network has inked a licensing deal with AOL to syndicate both original and MCN partner content to AOL properties like The Huffington Post, AOL On, and its Hispanic content network Voces. Per the agreement, MiTu content on AOL will be available in both English and Spanish.
BBC News Embraces Instagram Video (For Now)
NowThis News may have been the first major online news organization to distribute content on Instagram, but it’s no longer the only one. BBC is now experimenting with distributing news clips on Instagram Video by launching a service called “Instafax.”
Conde Nast Wins Producers Guild Award for ‘Wired: What’s Inside’
Conde Nast Entertainment took home its first Producers Guild Award by winning in the Outstanding Digital Series category for “Wired: What’s Inside.”
Did You Know January 20 Is Ice Cube’s ‘Good Day’?
American gangsta rapper, actor, and Lyft rider Ice Cube released ‘It Was A Good Day’ as the second single from his third solo album, The Predator in February 1993. It peaked later that year at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles. Nearly 20 years after that, in January 2012, stand-up comedian and skateboarder Donovan Strain figured out exactly what day to which Ice Cube was referring.
LA Times http://lat.ms/1cQqN4L
Indiegogo Partners With Yekra, VHX to Help Crowdfunded Movies Get Seen
Yekra and VHX help filmmakers distribute their movies on their own. Indiegogo has partnered with Yekra and VHX to offer filmmakers who use the crowdfunding service a discount on the self-distribution platforms to help their films get seen.
The Wrap http://bit.ly/19KQvfY
Verizon agrees to buy Intel’s failed internet TV project
After publicly announcing and failing to follow through with a big plan to launch a set-top box, Intel is selling the project to Verizon. The telecoms company will purchase assets of Intel Media, a division set up to develop “over the top” TV services. Details of the transaction have not been disclosed, but Intel was previously rumored to be seeking $500 million.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1e9kZo5