Following Facebook’s Cues, Twitter Adds Autoplay to Videos
Twitter isn’t waiting for users to press the play button anymore: The company added autoplay functionality to videos uploaded to its platform Tuesday in an attempt to increase video views and ramp up monetization.
Opinions & Analysis
A La Carte: There Are the TV Channels People Would Actually Pay For
The great unbundling of TV has begun, with HBO and Showtime offering their content via stand-alone subscriptions, and Sony announcing that it will soon offer consumers the ability to select individual channels for the PlayStation Vue TV subscription service. But which channels would consumers actually pay for if they could pick and choose?
What Repercussions Will Be Caused By Media’s Seismic Corporate Shake-Ups?
It’s a lesson as old as the ancient Greeks — reasserted on a single day last week at three big American media companies: “The only thing that is constant is change.”
Emmys: Why the Academy Needs to Recognize More Web TV Providers
It’s hard to imagine it has only been a few years since we first heard the words “Internet television providers.” These innovative content creators — Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other — quickly have become major players in and disruptors of the TV business.
Streaming Video News
Nickelodeon Launches Multi-Platform Offerings Across Middle East
Nickelodeon is making a play for digital savvy Middle East viewers with the launch of an on-demand service on via OSN Play, the online TV catch-up service on OSN, the Middle East and North Africa region’s leading pay-TV player, and also via a mobile-friendly Nickelodeon Arabia website.
Fox Unwraps First Four Ultra HD Titles With High Dynamic Range
Fox Home Entertainment is releasing its first titles in Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR): Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Maze Runner, Life of Pi and Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Mountain Dew pours one out for Twitter’s new autoplay feature
Twitter announced earlier today that native videos, GIFs and Vines will now autoplay within people’s timelines making it harder for people to ignore them.
U2, Meerkat team up on streaming for tour
U2’s tech-rich tour keeps getting richer and richer. The legendary rock band, which christened its U.S. tour in San Jose, Calif., last month with a high-tech spectacle of immersive video and sound, has partnered with Meerkat to live stream in each show. The streams are distributed on Twitter and Facebook, as well as displayed at the venue.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1Gf8wwE
Hulu Steps Up Its Fight Against Netflix
When 21st Century Fox started shopping the online video rights to its TV drama “Empire” earlier this year it ran into trouble with Netflix Inc. Netflix believed Fox had devalued the show by already making the entire first season available through cable video-on-demand services, instead of just a handful of episodes. Netflix wanted a discount if the TV network continued that practice, which is known as “stacking” episodes.
Cablevision’s Jim Dolan: 25% May Cut Cable TV Cord Over Next 5 Years
Maybe it’s time to stop calling them “cable TV” companies. “Connectivity is our №1 product now; it is no longer video,” Cablevision CEO Jim Dolan told an investor gathering today. “That is a significant change to our model.”
Digital Audience Ratings: ‘AGT’ Ousts ‘The Voice’; ‘OITNB’ Captures №1
Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR — TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined.
Hulu Makes Name Change Official, Ditches the Plus
Hulu has officially changed the name of its paid tier: The online video service informed paying subscribers via email early Tuesday morning that Hulu Plus would now simply be known as Hulu.
Vox Entertainment Taps Fremantle Veteran as First Development Exec (Exclusive)
Vox Entertainment has made its first hire. The content production and programming dicision of Vox Media has tapped Erica Winograd as head of development. She begins June 22 and will report to Vox Entertainment vp Chad Mumm.
The tech industry is so insane, the comedy writers on ‘Silicon Valley’ can’t keep up
Today at the Bloomberg Technology Conference, Bloomberg’s Emily Chang asked Thomas Middleditch, the star of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” if we were in a bubble.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1QE2zEP
Marissa Mayer on coding, acqui-hiring, and whether Yahoo is a media company
Like a coder, Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer sees her company as a massive design and engineering problem. That’s not too surprising for someone who studied computer science and spent years working on products at Google earlier in her career.
Venture Beat http://bit.ly/1FkXtkI
Sony Brings Streaming Service To California, Claims To Offer A La Carte
Sony said today that it is expanding its OTT service PlayStation Vue to Los Angeles and San Francisco starting tonight and will offer a la carte channels across the country next month. Image (2) PlayStation-4__131118200831–200×149.jpg for post 637706Andrew House, head of Sony Computer Entertainment International, said at the company’s E3 press conference that PlayStation users will be able to sign up for individual channels in July, meaning they can say “no thanks” to programming tiers that tend to drive pay TV subscribers bananas.
First Click: The scariest place on Earth is inside an Oculus Rift
Some people like to be scared. They’ll happily pay for the experience inside a movie theater or haunted house because it’s fun. Fun. Not me, and definitely not in virtual reality.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1IP1p28
With Better Targeting, Alcohol Brands Bet Big on Digital Annual budgets increase as much as 50 percent
For years, beer and spirits brands steered clear of digital marketing and social media because of challenges in making sure posts do not break strict regulations by pitching underage consumers. But with Facebook and Twitter offering more sophisticated age targeting, brands can now, more or less, rest assured they are hitting the 21-and-over set.
Snapchat CEO Explains His App to Parents With a Ridiculously Low-Budget Video Kids are all about photo messaging, he says
If you have no idea how Snapchat works, then this video might help. It comes straight from the CEO’s mouth, even if it was done in a distinctly low-budget fashion.
Snapchat’s chief executive, Evan Spiegel, just posted the company’s latest video to YouTube. It’s tutorial on how the app works, and why 100 million people — mostly young kids — are on it all the time.