Roku Adds Voice Search, Enhances ‘Unbiased’ Movie and TV Search Tools
Device maker’s upgrades aimed at rivals Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast
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Opinions & Analysis
Here’s Why Netflix and Amazon Will Never Need the Newfronts and the Biggest Signal of the Newfronts’ Real Value
A year ago we headed into the Newfronts with the same enthusiasm for the biggest digital content market of the year as we will this year (stay tuned for Power-Sixer and Dealmakers news!) In all, VideoInk attended and covered 22 presentations last year. And looking back at our coverage of the programming announcements, there were a lot of stellar formats that emerged from those presentations.
Pros and Cons of Casting YouTubers in Movies
Casting in feature films has always had a commercial component: which actor can open a movie to box-office success? Who is valuable in the most international territories for foreign sales? An actor’s popularity has always mattered for box-office sales.
Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat Invade Theaters, But Movie Biz Not Too Worried
Theatergoers are already using Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat live-streaming video apps, which have launched in the past few weeks, to broadcast movies directly from cinemas — including this weekend’s blockbuster, “Furious 7.”
The race between Meerkat and Periscope is closer than it seems
The race is heating up between live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope — but it’s too early and too close to call a winner quite yet.
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It’s time to take vertical video seriously
Many on the Internet hate vertical video. To self-righteous denizens of reddit and YouTube, people who shoot mobile videos in portrait mode — think skinny and tall video, rather than the widescreen format normalized by movies and television — are uncouth amateurs.
Programmatic’s on the rise, but publishers need to define “premium”
Advertisers have not only validated that buying media powered by impression-level decision logic against a defined set of objectives is the right model — they are looking to increase the percentage of media they buy this way. More, they seek to migrate budgets traditionally managed through direct premium channels to premium programmatic channels.
A Meerkat Killer? Periscope Actually Was And Twitter’s Executive Team Deserves Full Credit
A week ago, John Gruber published a link in Daring Fireball to an article listing out the 16 phones which the press have labelled as “iPhone killers” since the iPhone debuted in 2007. None of them was.
Sling TV Faces Streaming Errors During Final Four Games
Many subscribers to Dish Network Corp.’s nascent online video service Sling TV saw error messages Saturday night as they tried to stream the Final Four semifinal games of the men’s college basketball tournament.
Students voice concerns about live video streaming apps
Social media users are still figuring out the possibilities of live video streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope, and some students are expressing concerns with the possible repercussions of live streaming.
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Weekend Read: Do the Latest Live-Streaming Apps Make Sense for Business?
In the span of a few weeks, these two apps — which allow users to broadcast live video using their smartphones and followers to comment on the action — have gone from obscurity to being among the most talked about things in tech. Meerkat had its big coming-out party in mid-March at South by Southwest, tech’s Super Bowl.
Streaming Video News
James Gunn Shares ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ Sequel Details on Periscope
In what could become a new trend for how celebrities interact with fans, “Guardians of the Galaxy” helmer James Gunn used the new social-media app Periscope to answer fans’ questions — including details on the upcoming sequel to the Marvel hit.
Netflix Steps Up Production on Spanish-Language Original Series
Netflix is in production on two Spanish-language skeins in a bid to boost membership in Latin America: “Narcos,” a Colombia-set drug crime thriller co-helmed by Brazilian director Jose Padilha, and soccer-set satire “Club de Cuervos,” from the producers of Mexican blockbuster “Nosotros los Nobles.”
Showtime & HBO Charging $90 For Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV — Update
The PPV price point officially has been set at $89.95 — the highest ever. And it’s up to the provider whether they want to bleed fans for another $10 to get hi-def.
Bloomberg TV To Stream Free On Pluto TV Online-Video Platform
Bloomberg TV will begin streaming online this month on Pluto TV under a new partnership, making Pluto the first “over-the-top” online-video provider to offer the business news cable channel for free.
5 Emerging Vlogger Channels on YouTube
No matter what new, exciting content pops up on YouTube, you can’t deny that it’s a perfect home to one, unique genre–vlogging.
March Madness Gets 22 Million Views on YouTube (Infographic)
This year, the NCAA launched a dedicated March Madness YouTube channel, which got over 4.5 million views and over 9,000 subscribers since its launch just over two months ago.
Next Apple TV model will reportedly not have 4K video streaming support
You might think that the next iteration of Apple TV, thought to arrive later this year, would offer 4K video streaming, but that’s not the case, according to a report today.
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Unruly’s Sarah Wood on the Rise of Social Video
Sarah Wood is the co-founder and COO of video ad-tech company Unruly, which specializes in working with brands and media companies to run and analyze video campaigns across the open web. In other words, she’s sitting at the center of a field that — in her own words — is “getting shook up” as players such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat turn their attention to video content and distribution.
TV Service DishWorld Changes Name to Sling International
Dish Network’s Sling TV said Friday that the live streaming, multi-language television service DishWorld will now be called Sling International.
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