Hulu Pacts With Turner for Exclusive Rights to Cartoon, Adult Swim, TNT, TBS Shows
Hulu, in the latest of a string of premium TV licensing deals, has clinched a pact with Turner Broadcasting under which Hulu gains exclusive subscription VOD rights to past seasons of shows on Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT and TBS — as well as some future series.
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Deals & Signings
AOL Huddles Up with Deion Sanders, Relativity for NFL Draft Docu-Series
AOL has announced the first series from its 2015 programming slate, a sports documentary series in partnership with Relativity Television and Deion Sanders.
Video Startup Ocho Taps Revolt Co-Founder Andy Schuon as Partner (Exclusive)
Social video startup Ocho is expanding in Los Angeles with the help of longtime media executive Andy Schuon.
Streaming Video News
Hang Out with Celebs in Samsung’s New Series on Milk VR
Samsung’s virtual reality video platform, Milk VR, is launching a new series that takes viewers behind-the-scenes with famous athletes, musicians, and even YouTube stars.
Nickelodeon to Bring Its First Digital-Only Series to TV
The network has ordered 20 TV episodes of the animated series, which originally launched on Nick.com and the Nick App with six, short episodes in August 2014. The series is scheduled to debut on Nickelodeon’s TV channel in 2016.
Fox Giving ‘Wayward Pines’ a Free, Weeklong Global Preview
In what’s believed to be the first global preview event, the Fox network and Fox International Channels are making the premiere episode of event series “Wayward Pines” available for free in the U.S. and to Fox International viewers across more than 126 countries — two weeks ahead of its global debut.
Comcast Deal May Be Dead, but Cable Consolidation Will Go On
Even if Comcast’s $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable is dead, consolidation among the companies that pipe in our TV, phone and Internet will carry on. Combining the №1 and №2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBCUniversal.
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Netflix begins streaming The X-Files in HD
Streaming on Netflix in the US now: HD versions of the first 13 episodes of the greatest TV show of all time. You know, The X-Files. The baker’s dozen is appropriate for the 90s paranoia-fest, which stars David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully, the two detectives attached to the titular files — which concerned all things paranormal.
Ryan Higa, The Young Turks Launch Mobile Apps with Victorious
Mobile startup Victorious launched in June 2014 with the pitch that it could help YouTube creators get on mobile and own their audiences there for free. At launch, the company said it was working with creators like Shay Carl, Boyce Avenue, and Ryan Higa.
Facebook Makes Exclusive Branded Video Pitch to Advertisers
Facebook has officially unveiled its Anthology program, which is designed to pair digital publishers with advertisers to create exclusive video content for the social network.
NBCU Hires Ben McLean, Formerly With Xbox Entertainment Studios, for Digital Enterprises Group
NBCUniversal has tapped Ben McLean, formerly with Xbox Entertainment Studios and Pivot TV, as senior VP in the Peacock’s recently formed Digital Enterprises group.
2015 Bloomberg/Tribeca Business of Entertainment
At the 2015 Bloomberg/Tribeca Business of Entertainment breakfast, “House of Cards” showrunner, executive producer, and creator Beau Willimon sat down with Bloomberg Associates’ Katherine Oliver to discuss streaming television, political dramas and Frank Underwood. The event was held April 21.
Introducing the 2015 VI Power-Sixer
We are thrilled to announce our second annual Power-Sixer and our inaugural Dealmakers list to celebrate not only the progression of this industry but the people who have shaped its present and set the foundation for the future.
Video-Sharing App Ferris Gets $2 Million from Upfront Ventures, Allen DeBevoise
Los Angeles-based tech startup Ferris has secured $2 million in funding from Upfront Ventures and Allen DeBevoise, both of whom have invested plenty in online-video businesses.
Cablevision Offers TV Antennas as Part of Cord Cutter Packages
Cablevision Systems Corp. is seeking to woo the young generation of “cord cutters” by providing access to broadcast networks like CBS on TV sets for free as part of new lower-cost Internet packages. Cablevision announced two lower-priced Internet packages, including an antenna that lets TV viewers receive broadcast signals for free, according to a statement Thursday.
AwesomenessTV to Launch YouTube Network for Moms
AwesomenessTV wants to reach viewers over the age of 18. To this end, it’s announced the upcoming launch of Awestruck, a lifestyle network aimed at millennial moms.
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The First YouTube Clip Is 10 Years Old…and It’s Still a Masterpiece
Do you remember where you were the day YouTube launched? I don’t. I was a freshman in college ten years ago today — on April 23, 2005 — but there was no exact moment when YouTube entered my life. It wasn’t there, and then it was everywhere, as if we had been using it the whole time.