Verizon, Redbox Shut Down Netflix Killer No One Wanted
A couple of years ago, the notion that Verizon and Redbox could come up with a video service that could take on Netflix seemed plausible.
Then we saw what the two companies were offering: A service that give users access to an uninspiring catalog of online video, and the ability to rent some DVDs as well.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1vGVc0m
Opinions and Analyses
We’ve Seen This Movie Before
Netflix made news this week by announcing “Crouching Tiger 2,” the first scripted studio feature film to be released simultaneously in theaters and on its platform. Better yet, it struck a deal with Adam Sandler to film four movies with Netflix as the sole distribution platform in nearly 50 countries.
Film deals reflect Netflix’s growing clout
The movies — produced through Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions with Netflix — would be available exclusively through the site, bypassing the traditional movie distribution process.
LA Times http://lat.ms/1oJMtXq
Online Video and Mobile Now Make Up 20% of Mondelēz’s Global Spend Part of Plan to Hit 50% in North America by 2016
Mondelēz International’s announcement earlier this week that it will allocate 10 percent of its advertising budget to online video now means 20 percent of the snack brand’s global spend goes to mobile and online video.
LA — The Epicenter of Digital Media/Tech Innovation
Virtually every week — everywhere you look — investors are pouring boatloads of money into content-focused digital media and tech companies.
Digital Media Update http://bit.ly/1oJMr1X
Deals and Signings
Fullscreen Talent Chief Larry Shapiro Headed to Big Frame
Larry Shapiro, Fullscreen’s head of talent, is leaving the multi-channel network to take on a similar role with rival YouTube talent firm Big Frame.
New Media Rockstars http://bit.ly/1uQUfWI
Streaming Video News
‘BoJack Horseman’ Creators Explain Why Netflix Is So Much Better Than TV
Netflix has emerged as an original video powerhouse through not only its willingness to spend but also its reputation as an ideal home for TV shows. Featuring critically acclaimed shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” the company is known for buying projects whole, giving lots of freedom to show creators, and also offering useful insights. It also offers a distribution platform that lets shows be binge-watched without commercials on multiple platforms by over 50 million subscribers.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1n9XW7e
Busan: China’s Online Movie Revenues Forecast to Match Box Office in 5 Years
China’s online film market is growing quickly, and revenues should match box-office revenue in the country within the next five years, a vp for video site iQiyi said at the Busan International Film Festival.
BBC VOD Service Extending Viewing Window for TV Shows to 30 Days
The BBC is extending its catch-up viewing window for TV content on its BBC iPlayer digital VOD servicefrom seven days to 30 as of Monday.
Dish Plans to Charge Internet TV Subs Extra for Live Local Broadcast Channels: Sources
Dish Network, which is assembling one of the first Internet-delivered pay-TV services in the U.S., is planning to offer local broadcast TV networks to subscribers of the over-the-top service as a separate, premium-priced tier, according to industry sources.
Third Season of ‘The LeBrons’ Debuts Across Platforms
My 15-Year-Old Son Is One Of The Biggest Celebrities On YouTube
Monica Quintal remembers the moment she knew her son was a bona fide “internet celebrity.”
“We were at the mall near our house,” Quintal, who lives in Methuen, Massachusetts, told Business Insider. “It was about two years ago. I think Anthony tweeted that he was trying on suits at a store.”
Business Insider http://read.bi/1oJJMFo
YouTube For The People! But Now, It’s Wooing Governments, Politicians, Too
Now this is interesting. YouTube has started a YouTube for Government page that gives step-by-step instructions on how both governments and politicians can start or improve their YouTube presence. Such helpfulness might not go unnoticed. Indeed, I wonder why using YouTube to market candidates and governments isn’t a much bigger deal than it is.
Media Post http://bit.ly/1COW3R7
Exclusive: Rob Scallon Covers Slayer’s ‘Angel of Death,’ Explains Making Money Off YouTube
Some things work best in pairs: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, heavy metal and… banjos?
That’s right — Rob Scallon became a viral internet sensation when he released a banjo cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood,” which currently has more than 3.3 million views.