By Evan DeSimone
Opinions & Analysis
Where some failed in TV streaming, Apple could thrive
Apple is reportedly closer to having a TV streaming service, and the network media giants are on board.
USA Today — http://usat.ly/1K7pTED
CMO Today: Where, Oh Where, Are Facebook’s Instant Articles?
NOT SO INSTANT: Facebook Instant Articles have caused so much fanfare and handwringing in the media world that you’d think they were already, you know, here in full force. But they’re not. CMO Today reports that Instant Articles — where publishers post stories directly to Facebook — are only available to a test audience of 5% of iOS mobile users in the U.S. with the Facebook app. At least according to the New York Times, which is involved in the program.
New Data Suggests Periscope Is Winning the Social Live-Streaming Race
Twitter’s Periscope is winning the social live-streaming race by a wide margin, if new data from Adobe Systems can be believed: Adobe’s Digital Index advertising report shows that Periscope live streams are getting a lot more mention on social networks than Meerkat streams.
Variety — http://bit.ly/1HMz21a
Deals & Signings
China’s DMG Details Home Entertainment Alliance with Alibaba and Hunan TV
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, leading commercial broadcaster Hunan TV and film and TV producer DMG (“Iron Man 3”) have partnered to launch a home entertainment platform that combines Internet, broadcast TV and phone services.
Variety — http://bit.ly/1f3yGMU
Streaming Video News
Review: Netflix’s Tig Notaro Documentary, ‘Tig,’ Recalls a Time of Uncomfortable Laughs
In the engaging and moving documentary “Tig,” which begins streaming on Netflix on Friday, Ms. Notaro explains. “As soon as I was diagnosed with cancer, everything came across to me as funny,” she says, pointing to the extreme extent of her bad fortune that year. “It was just so ridiculous.”
NYT — http://nyti.ms/1f3wYLB
Amazon Confirms Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-raq’ To Be First Original Movie
As had been widely expected — and reported- Amazon has now confirmed that Spike Lee’s Chi-raq will be it’s first original movie. Chi-Raq will feature Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Basset with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Teyonah Parris will play the lead role. Chi-Raq was shot entirely in Chicago and wrapped last week.
Deadline — http://bit.ly/1HMvrQT
Comcast launches family-friendly game-streaming beta with EA
As long rumored, Comcast has partnered with Electronic Arts to bring streaming games to its X1 customers. Sign-ups for the public beta begin today via xfinitygames.com, with entry being granted “within the next few days.” The service will be free during the beta; representatives tell us no business model has been finalized for after the service leaves beta, which will last a “period of weeks to a minimum.”
The Verge — http://bit.ly/1Odj3P8
The first virtual reality movie for Samsung Gear VR has begun production
Skybound Entertainment and Samsung on Monday began production of a new virtual reality suspense thriller called “Gone,” which will play on Samsung Gear VR headsets. The movie will be made by film and game producer J.T. Petty, Skybound’s David Alpert said during a talk at the MobileBeat 2015 conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Venture Beat — http://bit.ly/1HxmFH9