Netflix U.S. Viewing to Surpass ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC by 2016: Analysts
If Netflix were a Nielsen-rated TV network, the №1 streaming service would, within a year, attain a larger 24-hour audience than each of the major broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — according to a Wall Street analyst firm.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1fFiOkc
Opinions & Analysis
Why Even the Biggest Brands Struggle to Stay Relevant
I was in a discussion with some executives recently and asked what kept them up at night? The surprising response of “market relevance” was put forth by one, and another spoke of a nightmare he had when his brand was in a strip mall located between a Blockbuster BLIAQ 0.00% and a Circuit City.
Deals & Signings
Amazon Renews ‘Transparent’ for Season 3
Amazon Studios renewed award-winning dramedy “Transparent” for a third season, to be available in 2016, and inked an overall deal with series creator Jill Soloway to develop TV projects.
Streaming Video News
HBO Launches Free Episodes on Facebook of ‘Ballers,’ ‘The Brink’
For the first time, HBO is offering free access to full episodes of its original programming on Facebook, a move that if nothing else shows the growing clout in the video space of the social-media giant.
Radio Disney to Create Girl-Targeted Video Series with Startup Sweety High (Exclusive)
Radio Disney, as part of shifting from primarily a terrestrial-radio service to a digital outlet, will develop music and entertainment video series aimed at tween and teen girls in a deal with startup Sweety High.
Netflix reportedly launching in India next year
Netflix is reportedly bringing its streaming TV service to India by 2016, according to The Times of India. Sources familiar with the matter told the newspaper that the service will arrive with popular Indian shows like Buniyaad, Nukkad and Malgudi Days, and will be available on iOS and Android.
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1fFij9X
Monte Carlo TV Fest On Board to Host Second Industry Confab
Monte Carlo TV Festival, which hosted the inaugural edition of the Content and Multimedia Experience confab in June, is on board to organize a second edition with an expanded scope.
Fox Digital Exec Steven Hein Joins Legendary Digital Networks (Exclusive)
Move comes as Seth Laderman leaves Legendary to head Lionsgate’s Comic-Con SVOD channel
Rdio’s Streaming Music Service Goes Live on Fire TV
Streaming music service Rdio released an app for Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV stick Wednesday, bringing its catalog of more than 30 million songs to the devices. Fire TV owners can access both Rdio’s free, Pandora-like radio service, as well as Rdio’s full on-demand streaming tier, which is available for $10 a month.
Fans Get Cozy in ‘Seinfeld’ Apartment
“Seinfeld” fans checked out a replica of Jerry’s Upper West Side apartment, show memorabilia and more, yada yada yada, at Hulu’s pop-up installation “Seinfeld: The Apartment,” open on West 14th Street through June 28.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1IfN1Se
CMO Today: Cannes’ Ad Tech Hangover
Advertising technology firms have been a fixture at the annual Cannes advertising festival for a few years now, but this time, they are sparing no expense to get some face time with marketers — and, interestingly, each other. CMO Today reports that ad tech firms such as Rubicon, xAd, OpenX and Millennial Media all have rented yachts for their respective soirees.
Oculus chief explains the secret to fun VR games and how to make them just right (interview)
After a couple of years of teasing, I finally got to play a handful of games on the final consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Oculus VR showed off nine games that gave me a good sense of what it’s like to have fun inside a virtual space.
Venture Beat http://bit.ly/1Cuxs2z
Comic-Con Streaming Service Finds A Boss, Eyes 2016 Launch
Former Legendary Digital and Nerdist Industries production chief Seth Laderman has been named EVP and GM of the Comic-Con International subscription video-on-demand service that Lionsgate will co-operate with Comic-Con International.