How Facebook’s video-traffic explosion is shaking up the advertising world
Facebook’s video traffic has reached 4 billion daily views, making the social network YouTube’s first real rival in online video — and an even tougher contender in the battle for digital ad dollars.
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Amazon Releases ‘Transparent’ Audio-Commentary Version
Amazon Studios — looking to capitalize on its highest-profile original series — released an audio-commentary version of “Transparent” featuring insights from show creator Jill Soloway and series star Jeffrey Tambor.
Netflix Orders 4 Animated Kids’ Shows, Including ‘Tarzan and Jane’ Series
Netflix has picked up four animated shows from studios across the globe, as the streaming service continues to stock more original programming for the all-important kid demo.
Caitlyn Jenner to Appear on New Season of ‘Transparent’?
Caitlyn Jenner and Kim Kardashian have said that watching “Transparent” together as a family helped them get through Jenner’s transition. Now, according to the show’s creator, Jenner’s groundbreaking story may be coming to the Amazon series.
TV Review: ‘Orange Is The New Black,’ Season 3
As usual, “Orange” — chronicling the various travails involving the occupants of a women’s prison and those charged with overseeing them — is all over the place, operating on so many fronts that there’s inevitably a bit of unevenness to the quality of the stories.
Netflix Celebrates First Commissioned Documentary With ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Premiere
Lauryn Hill took over Harlem’s Apollo Theater on Monday night following the New York premiere of Netflix documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” about the legendary singer and pianist. Hill embodied the captivating artist in sound and appearance, making her performance feel like a way-too-late-audition for “Nina,” the upcoming biopic starring Zoe Saldana.
Netflix CEO: No advertising coming to the streaming service
Netflix will not be adding third-party advertising to the popular streaming service, company officials say. CEO Reed Hastings and other execs found themselves putting out a fire that spread through tech media sites and on social networks after a TechCrunch report that some teaser ads were being tested among some users.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1dLCl1Y
As the Video Wars Mount, a New Way for Creators to Get Paid
These days, making online videos has become a way for clever creators to make a full-time living — or at least some extra cash. And now they have another way to get paid.
To secure DirecTV, AT&T will reportedly agree to abide by FCC’s net neutrality rules
According to a report in The Washington Post, AT&T is prepared to live by the FCC’s newly minted net neutrality regulations in order to clear the path for its proposed takeover of DirecTV. For a period of years following the acquisition, AT&T would agree not to slow, block, or prioritize data traveling to or from any internet service.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1AKjxdC
New Arrested Development likely coming to Netflix mid-2016, producer says
Netflix wants more episodes of Arrested Development, and it’s apparently going to get them pretty soon. Speaking on Adam Carolla’s podcast today, series executive producer Brian Grazer said that he expects production on new episodes to begin next January or February, with new episodes arriving about four months after that.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1M4JJQx
YouTube Crowns Its Ad of the Decade Kobe and Messi’s Turkish Airlines spot outruns Little Vader
Celebrities taking selfies is a hallmark of the modern entertainment age. And in the end, even “The Force” is powerless to stop it. Turkish Airlines’ “Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout” commercial from 2013 ran away with the public vote and has been named ad of the decade by YouTube, as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.
Stock-Video Marketplace VideoBlocks Raises $8 Million in Funding
VideoBlocks, a provider of royalty-free stock video, closed an $8 million funding round led by North Atlantic Capital.
Comcast Hires Nike’s Chris Satchell as Chief Product Officer
Chris Satchell is trading running shoes for cable TV, broadband and online video: The former head of Nike’s consumer technology group has joined cable giant Comcast as chief product officer.
Fusion to Launch Digital Studio F-Comedy (Exclusive)
The division of Fusion has partnered with YouTube Space LA, 3 Arts Entertainment, Upright Citizens Brigade and more to produce short-form comedy.
Netflix is devouring the heart of the BBC
The epic rise of “over-the-top” streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video is posing a serious threat to the way the BBC and other public broadcasters are funded, according to the new five-year global media and entertainment outlook from PwC.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1G5KYid
Apple Wading Into Streaming Subscriptions
Apple, more than a decade after it revolutionized personal music ownership via digital downloads, is seeking to shift the U.S market again: It is expected at its developer conference next week to announce a big move into streaming services. WSJ’s Jason Bellini reports.
Magic Leap unveils its development platform to create mind-boggling augmented-reality apps
Magic Leap, the creator of an upcoming set of highly touted augmented reality glasses, today unveiled its development platform for making apps. The Dania Beach, Fla.-based startup announced at the MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital conference that it wants game developers, filmmakers, and other media creators to build augmented reality experiences using its software development kit.
Venture Beat http://bit.ly/1QpqaDL