Netflix Gained 4.9 Million Subscribers in Q1 of 2015
Netflix came out with its earnings report for the first quarter of 2015, and it turns out that the streaming giant has gained even more new members this year than it expected.
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Opinions & Analysis
Netflix’s Bottom Dollar
Even for a fast-moving company like Netflix NFLX -0.68%, there is no escaping that strong dollar. On Wednesday, the video-streaming company blamed the negative impact of foreign exchange rates for lower-than-expected international revenue.
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Gawker’s ‘bullshit-free’ approach to video
While venture capital-backed BuzzFeed and Vice are chasing Hollywood with their scale and production values, non-VC-backed contenders like Gawker are taking things more slowly.
How Old Navy is winning at YouTube
For Old Navy, YouTube is a way to show a funnier, looser side of the brand rather than going for the hard sell.
HBO is wasting its time sending Game of Thrones takedown notices to Periscope
HBO is wasting its time sending takedown notices to Twitter over users live streaming episodes of the show. Videos on the service only stay up for 24 hours after they’ve been recorded and the quality is so bad that it’s still torrent sites that are company’s biggest problem.
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Why Hollywood and Periscope’s Relationship Status Went From ‘Married’ to ‘It’s Complicated’
Periscope, Twitter’s $100-million live-streaming app, has gone from Hollywood’s favorite new toy to a potential copyright infringement fiasco in less time than it takes to type 140 characters.
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Deals & Signings
Mumford & Sons to Kick Off ‘Legends of Letterman’ Concert Web Series
Dave Letterman’s farewell to latenight is being commemorated with yet another sendoff, this time in the form of a Web concert series. “Legends on Letterman” will feature performances from musical acts that performed on “The Late Show” during its 21-year run, with Mumford & Sons performing on the debut installment.
Verizon Inks Internet TV Pacts with ESPN, CBS Sports and Others for College Sports
Verizon Communications, gearing up to launch a wireless Internet TV service later in 2015, announced a series of deals for college-sports programming with ESPN, CBS Sports and others — indicating, perhaps, that the telco considered full sports networks too pricey for the millennial-targeted offering.
Streaming Video News
Maker Studios to Go Streaming on CanalPlay in France
Per a deal between Disney France and Canal+ Group, Maker Studios content will soon be available via an on-demand channel on the French pay-TV giant’s subscription streaming service, CanalPlay. The channel, called Maker On Demand, is expected to launch this summer and will be available at no additional cost to subscribers.
Web Series Wednesday: Two Is Better Than One
A web series starring one, funny protagonist is great, but when you add a second person to the mix, it ups the comedic ante. Watch some stellar duos banter in these laugh-out-loud web series.
Kate Bosworth to Co-Star With Dennis Quaid in Crackle Series ‘The Art of More’
Kate Bosworth is set to co-star with Dennis Quaid in the upcoming Crackle series “The Art of More.” The drama recently received a 10-episode order from Crackle and explores the surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses.
Netflix Will Stick With Ad-Free Model in China Push: CEO
Netflix Inc is pursuing a subscription video streaming service without commercials for the Chinese market, keeping with its traditional business model rather than seeking advertisers, Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said on Wednesday.
Netflix will make browsing movies more secure within the next year
In addition to admitting his company’s recent net neutrality blunder, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings also used his quarterly letter to shareholders to announce that the streaming service will soon be getting far more secure.
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YouTube to Live-Stream Earth Day Event Featuring Usher, Fall Out Boy, No Doubt and More
Google’s YouTube is teaming with Earth Day Network and the Global Poverty Project to live-stream the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, which is set to feature performances from Usher, Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Mary J. Blige, Train and My Morning Jacket.
Vice Announces One-Hour Live Music Series with Live Nation
Vice Media has announced a new music series, which will follow major musicians as they prep for and produce a live music video.
Univision Communications Hires Former Google Exec to Manage Digital
Hispanic-targeting media company Univision Communications has hired former Google exec Mark Lopez to serve as executive vice president and general manager of Univision Digital.
Quick Breaks 4.15.15: Refinery29 Show on Milk VR; DigiTour Hires Jonah Minton
AwesomenessTV & Defy’s ‘Smosh: The Movie’ Debut to Coincide with VidCon
“Smosh: The Movie,” produced by AwesomenessTV and Defy Media, has an official premiere date in July 23.
Meerkat Learns Buzz Doesn’t Always Mean Business
After Meerkat, the live video-streaming application, debuted in February, it got the kind of press that would be enviable for any new business. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd mentioned it in a column. Techcrunch wrote a post about why people love it and why Twitter Inc. should acquire it.
I Am Maker: Maker Studios Reality Show Coming To ABC Family
Looks like Maker Studios is moving on up within the sprawling Disney media empire. The multi-channel network that was acquired by Disney last year is getting its own TV showcase on Disney owned network ABC Family. The show, which is tentatively titled I Am Maker, will take a documentary style look behind the scenes at Maker’s ongoing search for new digital stars.
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Netflix says it ‘should have avoided’ Australian data cap schemes
Earlier this year, Netflix appeared to walk back its commitment to net neutrality principles by participating with Australian ISPs to make its video traffic exempt from customer’s data caps. Even though the Australian broadband landscape is different than that of the US, with many ISPs imposing highly prohibitive data caps on its users, we called out Netflix for boasting about the exemption.
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Netflix Bosses on Fighting the Comcast-Time Warner Merger, ‘The Interview’ Success (Video)
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos pointed out a silver lining to Sony’s “The Interview” release fiasco during a quarterly earnings call with analysts and investors on Wednesday. In his words, the tumult surrounding the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy late last year ended up being a financial godsend for Sony — and for online services, such as Netflix, that carried it.
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Meerkat launches public beta on Android
The arrival of Twitter’s Periscope live-streaming video app, directly on the heels of an impressive debut for the tiny startup Meerkat, seemed at first to signal a death knell for the company that first took personal mobile streaming video to the masses.