Daily news updates on the video business and must-know headlines.
YouTube Red Has a Distribution Problem. (Memebers Only)
Yesterday, VideoInk covered news that Disney Digital Networks was set to premiere a new show called “Hyperlink” as part of YouTube Kids on YouTube Red. As we got deeper into the news, the nature of the deals involved began to surface as quite murky…Read More
WATCH: President of Condé Nast Entertainment Explains Why it is “Bigger Than TV”
Progressive and robust, Conde Nast had one message at its 2017 Newfronts Presentation — its slate is better than Television. Condé Nast President Dawn Ostrof kicked off her portion…Read More
Former Tremor Video Bill Day Finds New Home at JW Player
It’s a bright day for JW Player. The network-independent video platform, whose customers span across 193 countries, has hired on Bill Day as its new Chief Operating Officer. The former…Read More
Fullscreen Expands Slate Offering in LGBTQ Vertical with Miles McKenna, William Belli and Rachel Scanlon
Fullscreen, the media company, is continuing its journey building a subscription streaming service by the same name. Today the company announced it has licensed and ordered a slate…Read More
go90 Renews Whistle Sports’ Dunk League For a Second Season
Whistle Sports has teamed with go90 to bring back its popular Dunk League series for another season. Season one reached more than 55.5 million fans across various…Read More
Brief News — Highlights + Must-Know Snippets
This section of headlines is for newsletter subscribers only — brief, to the point, and not needing the deeper industry analysis you’ll find on VideoInk’s homepage.
Facebook Hits a Home Run, Inks a Deal with MLB to Live-Stream Free Game WeeklyFacebook has closed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 20 games for free during the 2017 season. The first of the 20 games will broadcast on the official MLB Facebook page starting this Friday, with the Colorado Rockies at the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10 p.m. ET. Additional games will be announced at a later date
Vevo Relaunches Apple TV App
Vevo, the music video service, will roll out a revamped app for 4th generation Apple TVs this coming Friday. The updated app adds video previews and places a bigger focus on personalization and curation through playlists. The curated playlists take cues from contexts, in other words, music videos suggested on a Tuesday morning may look different from those on a Saturday afternoon.
Google’s DayDream VR Platform Gets a Few Sweet Updates
Google’s Daydream virtual reality headset will soon be able to share the videos and games that are being played on the device with others. With the next version of Android, code-named Android O, Daydream is going to get official support for Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter, making it possible to display everything a Daydream user is seeing on a nearby TV set. The device will also get support for YouTube Watch parties and Chrome Browsers.
Digital Media Company Brit + Co Raise $15M in Investments
Digital media company Brit + Co announced $15 million in new funding led by Verizon Ventures. The the female-focused media company, founded by entrepreneur Brit Morin, has raised its total funding to $45 million. Existing investors include DMGT, Intel Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, and angel investors such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Gary Vaynerchuk.
MLB to Launch VR-Enhanced Broadcasts
Debuting June 1st, MLB’s At Bat app will be available in a VR mode. The app will let users access live stats and scores including a 3D strike-zone cube that sits directly in front of the viewer. The At Bat VR mode also will provide a collection of 360-degree on-demand videos to view in the headset. Initially, the new feature will only be available for Google’s Daydream headset and Android smartphones.
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