Netflix bets big on 4K, may end support for 3D
Netflix wants to become one of the major suppliers of 4K Ultra HD content in the coming months, and the company struck partnerships with Sony, LG, Vizio and Samsung to make that happen. But as the industry is moving to 4K, 3D seems to be falling out of favor. Netflix Global Corporate Communications Director Joris Evers told me during a briefing at CES Monday that the streaming service may end support for 3D in the future.
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Salivate Over the Official ‘House of Cards’ Season Two Trailer
Netflix has released the official trailer for season two of “House of Cards,” which returns for 13 new episodes onFebruary 14, 2014. This is different from the other “House of Cards” season two trailer, which I guess was not the official one. What are the differences between the two? I couldn’t tell you. I’m currently sitting in a chair in the sky, and streaming videos is proving to be a wee bit difficult. Not complaining, though. Never complaining.
Roku Un-Boxes, Unveils the Roku TV
Roku is one of the most popular connected-TV boxes in the market, offering users access to an enormous library of content across 12,000 live and on-demand channels. Now the company wants to make it even easier for users to watch stuff via its platform by integrating its software directly into internet-connected TVs.
CES: Sony Touts Netflix Partnership
With a 4K Video Unlimited library launched in 2013, and since populated by 140 titles such as Sony Pictures’ Elysium, Sony Electronics announced at CES that it had been working with Netflix to help create and deliver new 4K content.
9 Netflix Original Series to Stream in 2014
Even though Netflix has pulled classics such as Top Gun and Roman Holidayfrom its library, that doesn’t mean 2014 is a sad year for the streaming provider. In fact, it’s quite the contrary — with its original programming slate hotter than ever and a deal with Marvel, Netflix is poised to become an entertainment juggernaut.
CES: DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor’s M-GO Venture Introduces 4K Streaming Service
In the drive to bring 4K to the home, there’s a chicken-and-the-egg situation between the need for Ultra HD set penetration and 4K content. M-GO, a pay-as-you-go digital movie and TV streaming service that is a joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation, is addressing the latter by announcing a 4K streaming service Monday at CES.
YouTube Rolls Out Olympics Hub Features athlete profiles though partnership with U.S. Olympic Committee
NBC has the Olympics streaming rights locked up for the rest of the decade. So YouTube is going for the next best thing. On Tuesday, the Google-owned video platform will launch Youtube.com/teamUSA, a new content hub timed to next month’s Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Instead of live games or event highlights, which will be NBCU’s digital staple during the 17 days of the games starting Feb. 7, YouTube is focusing on athlete profiles and back stories.
CES Panel: Brand Advertisers About To Stream Onto YouTube
In the last couple of years, YouTube has rapidly evolved from a huge but random collection of videos to a huge collection of videos organized into channels. That has gotten the full attention of both content creators and advertisers, not to mention viewers.
Smosh, Issa Rae, Grace Helbig, Todrick Hall Among Forbes’ 30 Under 30
The YouTube community is a relatively young group, so it’s no surprise that some of the site’s most important figures are among the most buzzworthy young people in the world. Six online video creators and executives made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, which notes the most significant influencers under the age of 30.
My Damn Channel Launches Answerly Book Club
Out of the My Damn Channel stable comes the relaunch of Answerly — but with a twist. Meet the all-new Answerly Book Club. Curated by the same vloggers behind Answerly, Hayley Hoover, Joseph Birdsong and Kristina Horner, new videos will drop every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
UK Broadcaster Channel 4 Removes All Long-form YouTube Content
UK broadcaster Channel 4 has removed its entire archive of long-form video content from YouTube in a bid to shift focus to its own VoD service 4oD. All videos uploaded in the past year have been removed from the 4oD YouTube Channel and only short snippets of programmes remain on the Channel 4 YouTube Channel.
EXCLUSIVE: Scripps Networks’ ulive Programs ‘Healthy Awesomeness’ for January
Timed to the New Year — when everyone you know says they’re finally committing to living healthy — Scripps Networks Interactive’s lifestyle video platform, ulive, is rolling out a curated collection of wellness-themed original and library programming. Packaged under the “Healthy Awesomeness” banner, which you can access via ulive.com’s homepage, the programming block will consist of four new original web series, as well as content from ulive’s existing online shows and full-length episodes of programs currently airing on Food Network and Cooking Channel.
Network A Revs Up with Fresh Programming Throughout January
Network A, an online action sports channel from Bedrocket and Wasserman Media Group, has unveiled its programming lineup for January, which includes the return of “Alana: Surfer Girl” for a third season as well as the debut of several new original shows.
Vimeo Rolls Out A Totally Rebuilt HTML5-Based Video Player
One of the key differentiators for Vimeo over the years is simply its user experience, and a lot of that comes from its video player. It’s one of the reasons that all sorts of artsy independent creators decide to upload and distribute their videos on Vimeo instead of just putting them on YouTube.
Branded Video Views Dip After Marked Rise
Branded videos skyrocketed in viewership worldwide between the end of 2012 and 2013, according to data from video analytics platform Visible Measures. In Q3 2012, Visible Measures reported, nearly 1.1 billion views of branded video ads directed to English-speaking audiences were recorded, all of which were user-initiated. In Q4 of that year, the number shot up to more than 1.78 billion.