Spotify Unveils Video Service With ESPN, Comedy Central and Vice Partnerships
CEO Daniel Ek announced Wednesday that the subscription music streaming service is adding video clips from a number of partners, including ESPN, Vice News, Comedy Central, NBC, ABC, the BBC and more. Spotify is also adding podcasts.
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Opinions & Analysis
Webby Awards: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Stars Talk Blurring Lines Between TV, the Internet
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may be a TV show that was initially created for a network (NBC) and is now streaming on Netflix, but that didn’t stop the Webbys from honoring the show’s stars Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess as among the Internet’s best.
Apple TV Could Be Key to Apple’s Connected-Home Plans
Apple TV may soon extend its reach beyond the living room: The video set-top box will be key to Apple’s plans for the connected home, according to a new report by 9to5Mac that details how the device will interact with mobile apps and smart home devices as part of Apple’s yet-to-be launched HomeKit platform.
Virtual Reality Is Changing Storytelling, Modern Medicine
Panel of Experts Weighs in on How the Tech Will Change
Subscriptions are enjoying a new prominence as a revenue engine for digital content and apps
Many digital media companies have embraced monthly and annual subscriptions. The business model allows digital media companies to provide a premium experience that offers more than the basic, often ad-supported service level.
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Streaming Video News
Hulu Sets ‘Seinfeld’ Full-Series Premiere Date
Hulu will launch the entire run of classic ’90s sitcom “Seinfeld” — spanning 180 episodes over nine seasons in all — on June 24 under its recently announced exclusive pact with Sony Pictures Television.
Microsoft Xbox Courts Cord-Cutters with Broadcast-TV Tuner
Microsoft’s latest innovation for its Xbox One videogame console: rabbit ears.
Twitter chats get social with Nurph’s video-to-video streaming
Periscope and Meerkat have brought live-streaming video to the masses via Twitter, but they also exacerbate a problem with “social” media today. Broadcasting. Big brands already treat Twitter as a broadcast channel, with 70 percent of top-tweeting companies delivering one-way, self-promotional communications.
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Japanese Superhero Caught in Film, YouTube Rights Dispute
Two Japanese companies duel over who owns Ultraman outside his country of origin.
YouTube live streams now support HTML5 playback and 60fps video
YouTube today announced it is enabling HTML5 playback for live streams. At the same time, live streams can now be viewed at 60 frames-per-second.
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Daily Report: Minecraft Reality Shows, on YouTube
Minecraft is one of the most successful video games in the world, with more than 100 million registered users. YouTube is the top video site in the world, with a billion unique visitors a month, writes Nick Wingfield.
Throwback Thursday video: How AOL urged America online
As the 1990s dawned, so, too, did the Internet era. The totems of the new age were the dial-up signal and the ubiquitous AOL CD. In February 1991, AOL for DOS was launched using a GeoWorks interface, followed a year later by AOL for Windows. Toward the end of the decade, its subscriber base swelled to the 10 million mark. In 1998, the film “You’ve Got Mail” confirmed AOL’s iconic e-mail greeting’s status as a cultural touchstone.
How digital publishers measure their influence
In the old days, press mentions and scoops were the currency of publishers. But with the instant, fragmented and compulsively measurable nature of digital media, you might not think old yardsticks would be relevant today. Still, digital natives aren’t necessarily abandoning traditional metrics. Here’s how a handful told us they think about and measure influence.
Marketer’s Playbook: Delivered by ESP
Welcome to Marketer’s Playbook, a new eight-part video series expanding on Ad Age’s popular Playbook coverage. In Playbook we explore how marketers can do their jobs better and smarter. For this new video series, we’re zeroing in on effective marketing strategies through exclusive, behind-the-scenes visits with top marketers at national and international brands. Watch this space for inspiration!
Watch the best of the 19th Annual Webby Awards
In a world where dogs are celebrities, nerds are king, social media is a lifestyle choice, and Hannibal Buress is there to comment on it all — well, you can imagine there will be highlights.
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Video ads keep mobile gamers playing longer, AppsFlyer finds
Android players stick with their games for a shorter period of time than those on iOS, and video ads are the best way to attract people who will play longer on mobile platforms, AppsFlyer said in a new report.
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