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Kin Community has signed two stars from the W Network per a partnership with the Corus Entertainment, which reps both of the future YouTubers (both will have their own YouTube channels overseen by Kin Canada). Maripier Morin joins the network from TV series “Hockey Wives,” while Cheryl Torreneuva comes to digital from W Network’s “Game of Homes.” Their YouTube channels will be called Pardon My French and Simply Cher Cher, respectively. Morin’s channel will offer style hacks and beauty videos, while Torreneuva’s will provide tips on homemaking designed not to stress you out.
Presley Alexander, of the ActOutGames YouTube channel, will be a speaker at VidCon this year. Having been chosen as a featured creator and panelist, the 9-year-old from Denver grew up watching educational videos from YouTube creators like Hank and John Green, the founders of VidCon. Her channel, ActOutGames, is part of the family-friendly YouTube network, Family Video Network. Alexander’s actually spoken at VidCon before — in 2013, she made a speech about learning from YouTube videos since her parents were home-schooling her.
Amazon Prime members will soon be able to get free Wi-Fi on JetBlue flights, thanks to a deal aimed at letting the streaming video service’s customers watch content like “Transparent” during air travel. JetBlue’s internet service, Fly-Fi (currently in beta), costs $9 an hour, and regular Wi-Fi on the airlines isn’t good enough for streaming. Neither JetBlue nor Amazon have given a specific date as to when this deal will go into effect for subscribers/flyers.
Video solutions provider Kaltura has partnered with IRIS.tv, a programmatic content delivery system, to launch personalized end screens for Kaltura’s users. Via a new plugin from IRIS.tv, those watching videos on Kaltura’s player are offered several options for what to watch next — like the automatic recommendations that appear on YouTube or even Netflix once you finish watching videos there. Recommended content for Kaltura’s clients will come based on their past video preferences.
VOD service Vonetize has partnered with Toshiba to bring seven, global VOD channels to the company’s smart TVs across Europe. Channels include the Bollywood HD Movie Channel, Baby Channel, Chef TV, Planet Knowledge, Total Music, Scoop, and telenovela channel Corazón. As Vonetize noted, Digital TV Research says that revenue from online subscription services in Europe was at $1.2 billion last year and is set to reach $12.9 billion in 2020. Vonetize’s deal with Toshiba is meant to play into the continent’s current digital video subscription environment.