Opinions & Analysis
Four Takeaways From The NFL-Yahoo Deal
The NFL announced that Yahoo Inc. won the exclusive rights to the first live-stream of a regular-season NFL game. For free over the web, the internet company will broadcast the Oct. 25 tilt between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Anyone in the world with a web browser, the Yahoo app on a mobile device, or a TV that is able to stream video will be able to watch the game, which will emanate from London and kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET.
What will Apple do with Apple TV?
With Apple’s developers conference around the corner, USA TODAY checks in with Peter Csathy, CEO of Manatt Digital Media, to talk about how Apple might expand its TV set-top box business.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1MaVHrO
Deals & Signings
Joyus Raises $24 Million From Disney’s Steamboat, Others to Expand Video-Shopping Network
Joyus, whose video network is designed to sell products to women shoppers, has raised $24 million in a new financing round led by Steamboat Ventures — Disney’s venture-capital affiliate — and VC firm Marker.
Nash Grier Signs Exclusive Two-Year Deal With DigiTour Media (Exclusive)
Grier and younger brother Hayes Grier, also popular for his six-second videos on Twitter-owned Vine, will both work with DigiTour to produce all their live social media events through the end of 2016. The deal includes production of the their upcoming world tour.
Streaming Video News
Sling TV Launches New Spanish-Language Plans With Multi-Stream Option
Sling TV is doubling down on Spanish-language audiences: The Dish-owned online TV streaming service launched a new Spanish-language base package dubbed Sling Latino Paquete Esencial Thursday that offers viewers 16 live channels for just $7 a month. Viewers who want to access additional programming can instead opt for a 22-channel package called Paquete Total for $12 a month.
Android TV Gets Updated App Store With More Than 600 Apps
There are now more than 600 apps available on Android TV, and Google just took some steps to help users with app discovery on its TV platform. The company launched a new version of the Google Play store for Android TV this week that now lets users browse all apps, or explore curated selections in over 20 collections.
‘Sense8’ Review: Wachowskis Sketch Fascinating Characters in New Netflix Series
Stories filmed in nine cities around the world collide where the writer-director siblings do what they do best: create fantastic worlds. The sibling talent behind the “Matrix” films Lana and Andy Wachowski travel the world in their new series “Sense8” on Netflix — and leave a trail of mystery and supernatural phenomenon in their wake.
The Wrap http://bit.ly/1eTk6b0
Soundcloud Signs Indie Labels As It Preps Subscription Service
Streaming audio platform Soundcloud has inked a licensing deal with indie label licensing group Merlin, which represents 20.000 independent labels, including Epitaph, Pias, Warp Records and Ninja Tune. Music from these labels will now be monetized through ads as part of the “On Soundcloud” program, which launched a year ago.
Facebook Piracy: Fullscreen CEO Protests ‘Stolen’ Videos in Tweet Tirade
Facebook has experienced explosive growth in video views over the past year — but a portion of that is coming from pirated content originally posted to YouTube, according to critics.
CMO Today: Wild Card in Dish Talks With T-Mobile
Is Charlie Ergen ready to push 60 billion chips toward the middle of the table? The Dish chairman and CEO, known for his gambling prowess and poker face, has amassed a collection of airwave licenses that are worth close to $60 billion, say analysts, but he needs a wireless network to put them to use.
Nvidia Shield Review: Streaming TV Meets Gaming
The high-powered Nvidia Shield is both a cheap gaming console and an expensive streaming TV box. WSJ’s Nathan Olivarez-Giles asks: Would you pay $200 for either?
Why Is The Internet Poison For Television Shows?
It is said that the road to Yahoo Screen is paved with good intentions. There might also be a Community tombstone on that path. The NBC show sort of bounced oddly along for five seasons and then got cancelled, and resurfaced for a sixth season on Yahoo. But the question is, now that the finale has dropped — should it have gone online?
New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1EZLadB
Skype for Web rolls out to all users in the U.S. and U.K., going worldwide in the next few weeks
Skype today announced Skype for Web is now available to everyone in the U.S. and the U.K. Furthermore, Skype for Web will be rolling out worldwide “in the next few weeks.” To use the service, just head to web.skype.com and sign in. You’ll be able to get to your Skype conversations without having to download and install the app. Skype for Web supports Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox and Safari.
The Next Web http://bit.ly/1MsQ1Kr
Deezer CEO says he’s not worried about Apple’s upcoming music streaming service
idem paid for part of Chris O’Brien travel to Cannes for the Midem Music Industry Festival where he is participating as a startup competition judge. Our coverage remains objective. The entire music industry is holding its breath, awaiting the unveiling of Apple’s new streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday.
Venture Beat http://bit.ly/1GctS29
John Biggs raising venture capital for tech startup. Next to leave TechCrunch?
After AOL’s acquisition by Verizon, writers at the company’s tech blog, TechCrunch, were assured that nothing would change. Yes, Verizon recently shuttered its own tech blog after previously banning it from criticising the company’s net neutrality stance.
Pando Daily http://bit.ly/1FyiUjO