Google’s Android TV May Be Joining the Race to Take Over Your Living Room
Just days after Amazon released its set-top box, Fire TV, it is being reported that Google are back in the race with their own version, called Android TV. The move comes a few years after the company first dipped their toe in the water with Google TV, a device that failed to set consumers alight, due to an overly complicated navigation system. While Google TV used Android technology, the new set-top box has been rebuilt up from the ground into a different beast, one more in common with Roku, Apple TV and the new Amazon Fire TV.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1lFCyCn
Opinions & Analysis
Whack a Bot: Why Online Advertising Must Fight Video Traffic Fraud Tooth and Nail
Last year, there was a ton of focus on video across the web. The stats are staggering. The number of online content videos being watched was up 34.5% in 2013 versus 2012 and the number of video ad views increased by a whopping 195.6% over the same period, per comScore. From our vantage point at Collective, we saw a slew of publishers coming on board. Newspapers and magazines were increasingly producing original video content and this trend is only growing.
Here Are 9 Web Series That Are Actually Worth Watching
Need to burn an hour? An evening? We’ve got you covered.
What Investors Are Saying About Amazon’s Fire TV — And Amazon
Making a big splashy announcement about a set-top box can get you lots of ink or maybe page views on the Internet.
Deals & Signings
Astronauts Wanted Names Billy Parks Chief Content Officer
Astronauts Wanted, No Experience Necessary, a joint venture between former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath and Sony Music Entertainment, has named Billy Parks its new chief content officer.
Streaming Video News
Another Round of Blood and Games: Crackle’s ‘Chosen’
“Chosen,” one of Crackle’s most popular original series, returns for a third season on April 15. To get you properly amped, the digital network has just released its first trailer for the season, which will be headlined by Chad Michael Murray, Brandon Routh, and new cast member Rose McGowan.
HBO Go Still Recovering From Outage During Game Of Thrones Premiere
HBO Go crashed during the Game of Thrones’ season premiere due to “overwhelming demand,” potentially affecting millions of viewers.
The Haps With Apps
Vine Co-Founder Colin Kroll Steps Down From Day-To-Day Role
This afternoon Vine co-founder Colin Kroll announced in a tweet, fittingly, that he has stepped back from “day-to-day” duty at the service, and that he will remain an adviser to the product.
The House of Machinima: ETC
While I admit guzzling champagne directly from the bottle isn’t the most traditional way to kick off an afternoon, I’ve also come to discover that the unconventional tends to be par for course when you’re spending the day at Machinima HQ.
YouTube Tests Out New Dynamic Video Player Feature
YouTube appears to be testing out a new video player feature which will dynamically change the player’s dimensions, depending on the user’s browser window’s size. For instance, when a Chrome page is resized, YouTube changes from 360p to 480p and to 720p, and the video player gets bigger. This experiment is testing the automatic responsive design of the player which means that users won’t need to do a thing.
With the new dynamic design you can see the same video in a larger player (480p) and an almost fullscreen player (720p) on a 1080p display
YouTube Expands Descriptions — Get Those URLs Seen!
YouTube made a minor, unannounced change to the video pages this week. You’re not getting more space in the description box, you could already write a novella in that thing. No, this is more about visibility and how much the users will see.
How YouTube Can Brilliantly Solve Their Music Service Issues
YouTube is delaying its music service … AGAIN. Apparently YouTube is somewhat nervous about the manner in which their service looks. Considering that there is already extremely stiff competition from Spotify, Pandora and Rdio, YouTube wants to come out full guns blazing. But apparently they have a problem: What about all those songs that don’t have music videos? It is YouTube after all, you gotta have video accompaniment.
Xbox Connects with Channel 4 on Sci-Fi Drama ‘Humans’
Xbox Entertainment Studios has teamed with UK broadcaster Channel 4 on a new hour-long drama series, “Humans,” which will debut on the home-entertainment console and Channel 4 in 2015.
Discovery Is Trying Something New with New Form
Discovery announced New Form, a joint venture with producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to produce original digital content. Discovery already has a pretty robust digital video business, centering on its Discovery Digital Networks division, which oversees networks like Revision3, Animalist, TestTube, and YouTube star Phil DeFranco’s network of channels.
Complex TV Launches ‘Desus Vs Mero’
Complex Media has premiered “Desus Vs Mero,” a new weekly series hosted by Bronx natives Desus and Kid Mero.
‘Days of Our Lives’ Producer Launches Digital Soaps Venture (Exclusive)
Corday Productions, which produces NBC’s ”Days of Our Lives,” is teaming up with digital-media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas — a venture aiming to create and distribute original “interactive” soap operas online that let fans, thesps and advertisers participate in the shows’ development.
Fail Army Is Coming to TV, via a New Show from Jukin Media and Dick Clark Productions
You’re about to see a lot more “fail videos” on your TV. Jukin Media has partnered with Dick Clark Productions to turn its popular Fail Army YouTube channel into a half-hour TV show.
Hollywood Reporter http://bit.ly/1e505fQ
Yahoo Preparing Bold Entry into Original TV Programming Business (Report)
Yahoo is set to follow fellow Internet giants Netflix and Amazon into the crowded original TV programming business, with plans to acquire a slate of high-end, cable -quality shows, according to a report in theWall Street Journal. The company is close to ordering four web series, each of which will be a 10-episode half-hour comedy, with per-episode budgets ranging from $700,000 to several million dollars.
Hollywood Reporter http://bit.ly/QW8gRS
More Consumers Enamoured Of Web TV
Combining the best of all media channels, Web TV is attracting more consumers than ever.
As such, a full 25% of consumers plan to buy a connected TV in the next 12 months, according to new Accenture Digital Consumer Survey, which included 23,000 consumers across 23 countries.
French Film Goes Viral, but Not in France
The main character is a harried parent just trying to slog through the routine of the day: dropping off the toddler at day care, picking up the mail, running errands. But in “Oppressed Majority” (“Majorité Opprimée”), a provocative short film by the French screenwriter and director Eléonore Pourriat, the parent doing the chores is a man, and all the gender roles are reversed, creating a world in which men confront what it would be like to face the daily indignities, compromises and risks that women often face because of their appearance, second-class status in the workplace and gender bias.
NY Times http://nyti.ms/1jUtUA4
Live Online Video Popular for Business Communications
Live online video is becoming the top choice for business communications, according to Q4 2013 data from Ustream and Wainhouse Research. The study defined live online video as “the integration of video into real-time online events reaching at least 25 viewers simultaneously.” Among US executives surveyed, 59% said they used live online video for business communications — the №1 response. Other technologies, typically related to social media, trailed far behind, with live online video leading second-place LinkedIn invites by nearly double.
Eyeview announced a new video ad solution available on connected TV devices like Roku orXbox to deliver more personalized ads. The connected TV solution can also use smart devices to target ads based on the device, location and time of day.