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SportsManias, an online news outlet for sports fans, has released a new series on both YouTube and Facebook titled “Superhero Sports,” showing off some of the most impressive feats by professional athletes in a way that presents them as comic book super heroes. For instance, in the first episode, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are dubbed the “Splash Brothers,” and their super powers involve generating water from especially skillful basketball moves. More episodes will debut weekly in the fall. “Superhero Sports” joins the “DieHard Tour” series, hosted by former “Epic Meal Time” cast member Alex Perrault, on SportsManias’ YouTube channel.
Machinima has made a deal with toy company Hasbro that will put the Transformers on Machinima’s digital platforms with a new series based on the franchise. This new, animated “Transformers” series will put fresh characters and legends inside the Transformers’ world alongside the old ones, relying on both action and comedy to entertain Machinima’s viewers (aka, teens and young adults who enjoy things like comics and video games). Machinima and Hasbro have yet to provide a specific launch date.
Anime company Funimation Entertainment has launched an Xbox One app that’s free for Funimation subscribers in the US and Canada. The app will offer content similar to what’s available on the Funimation’s PlayStation 4 app, which the company made available this past April, and will include Funimation’s recently announced summer lineup. The Xbox One app includes features like search, autoplay, and video queuing. It will also connect to a user’s history on Funimation.com and offer an Xbox One exclusive feature called Snap, which lets users watch Funimation content in a sidebar on their screens while they play video games or scroll through other apps. Subscriptions to Funimation range from $3.33 to $7.95 a month, depending on the package.
A new survey from London-based video app developer Ludifi found that British young adults (and younger) are big on original, digital video. Nearly two-thirds of under 25-year-olds surveyed said they share original online video with their friends, which 71% of them watch this kind of content on a daily basis — twice the amount people over 25 reported watching. These young Brits mostly chose to get their original video fix online simply because they find the content there entertaining, according to 95% of the respondents . A good chunk, 68%, also said they like watching original work online because it helps keep them up to date. Above all, the survey found that young respondents mostly watch original web content socially, discussing what they see with their friends virtually.