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WATCH: Hulu’s Newfronts Presentation
Hulu, a founding member of the New Fronts, sent its best to the stage for the 6th year in a row. CEO, Mike Hopkins, and SVP of Advertising Sales, Peter Naylor, took to the digital…Read More
New Video Curation Startup Rheo Believes It Can Win Where Others Have Repeatedly Failed
Curation may be the “new magic of the web,” according to curation champion and author of “Curation Nation,” Steve Rosenbaum. But in the world of video, few have managed to crack the nut that is curating the best of video, both user-generated and p…Read More
Nickelodeon’s Toddler Focused SVOD Service NOGGIN Gets Interactive
For anyone who has watched Nickelodeon shows geared towards children, like “Blues Clues,” “Bob The Builder,” or “Dora the Explorer,” it’s pretty clear that they try to provide a fairly interactive experience…Read More
Whistle Sports To Help Expand Nitro Circus’ Audience
Whistle Sports is tapping into the excitement of Nitro Circus. The two companies announced today the formation of a new partnership that aims to create and distribute long- and short-form content throughout…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.
China’s Digital Video Sector is Finally Nearing Profit (Study)After a history of heavy losses, China’s digital video sector is estimated to break even in 2019. According to a new report by investment bank JP Morgan, the main competitors iQIYI, Youku Tudou, and Tencent Video, have started to shift away from from a content-acquisition model to one increasingly based on producing, investing in and distributing original content. The investment in original content is expected to drive an increase in paid subscribers.
Tablo Introduces Its Second Generation DVR Designed For Cord CuttersOttawa-based DVR maker Nuvyyo has reintroduced a new and improved version of its Tablo device. The smaller, more compact device now comes with on-board storage (something that the original lacked). The device, which is scheduled to go on sale next week for $250, allows users to record shows from their favorite OTT platforms.
Samsung’s VR Headset Gets Chromecast Support
Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter now supports Samsung’s Gear VR virtual reality headset. Gear VR users can now stream their game play, or anything else they are seeing, to a nearby TV. This comes after the recent news of Google announcement to bring Chromecast support to its Daydream VR platform.
Pluto TV Strikes a Deal with Gravitas For Streaming Rights to 2000+ Movies
Pluto TV, an ad supported video-streaming service, has secured a deal with Gravitas Ventures for access to the indie film distributor’s catalog of more than 2,000 titles. Pluto TV will launch a dedicated “Gravitas Movies” channel on the service to house the new content. The Gravitas Deal comes shortly after Pluto signed licensing deals with Lionsgate, MGM and Warner Bros. for library-title movies & TV series.
Why The Cancellation of ‘Get Down’ Hasn’t Discouraged Netflix
Reed Hastings discussed the cancellation of the expensive budget series “Get Down” at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. “You should have more things that don’t work out, you have to get more aggressive,” he said. Hastings noted that big bets like “Get Down” and “Marco Polo,” another cancelled big-budget drama series only comprise 1% of a content budget that is estimated to reach $6 billion in 2017.
Spotify to Possibly Launch in Thailand and Vietnam
According to TechCruch, who was informed of the news by two sources close to the company, Spotify is expected to launch its service in Thailand and Vietnam. Though the company declined to comment when contacted by TechCrunch, it is hiring for “music editor” positions for both Vietnam and Thailand, a possibl precursor to a full blown launch.