Netflix, Changing Viewer Habits, Online Video

There is no more TV -- it's all video, on a screen, on demand --

Netflix's War on Mass Culture | New Republic: "Netflix believes it has a powerful factor in its favor as it tries to change viewers’ habits. “Human beings like control,” says Sarandos. “To make all of America do the same thing at the same time is enormously inefficient, ridiculously expensive, and most of the time, not a very satisfying experience.” There is a freedom achieved when your options extend beyond that night’s offerings and the limited selection of past episodes that networks make available on demand. Specifically, it’s the freedom to only watch television you really enjoy."

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Google Nexus TV, Early 2014 Launch?

But why does anyone need anything more than a Chromecast? --

Google's Nexus TV Could Launch in Early 2014, Report Says: "... Google is one step closer to unveiling its own Nexus-branded set-top box for streaming videos and playing games, according to a new report. The set-top box, which streams video from services such as Hulu and Netflix will run on Android, and could be available as early as the first half of 2014, The Information reported Friday. SEE ALSO: 6 Great Alternatives to Netflix The tech publication is not the first to speculate on a set-top streaming device from Google. Months ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google showed off a prototype device in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. The device reportedly had a motion sensor similar to Xbox's Kinect technology, and also supported Google Hangouts for video conferencing ... "

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YouTube Trends Map

YouTube Trends Map Highlights Most Popular Videos | News & Opinion | "YouTube ... launched a new interactive Trends Map, a visualization of the most shared and viewed videos over the last 12 to 24 hours in a number of major U.S. markets. The map lets you see what's popular across all of YouTube, among women or men, or different age groups."

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Google, YouTube, Music Streaming Service

Way overdue --

Google's YouTube Could Be About To Launch A Music Streaming Service - Forbes: There’s definitely something afoot and the expectation is that there will be the usual ad supported ability to listen to/watch unlimited material and then the paid level offering an ad free capability. Given how crowded this space is now, what with Pandora, Spotify, Apple , Google’s own All Access and so on, we might wonder whether there’s really all that much room for another new entrant ... the thinking is that the paid service will be pretty much a soft sell. Google makes good money out of the ad based YouTube as it is and could quite happily continue with that model. So the contention is that rather than viewing the paid service as a necessary new “must have” service, it’s more of a way to keep people who really don’t want ads, to stop them going off to one of the other paid services. Google, of course, isn’t commenting on this potential new service... (read more at link above)

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YouTube, TV, No More Sweetheart Ad Deals

YouTube to TV: No More 'Sweetheart' Ad Deals for You! | Digital - Advertising Age: "Once, YouTube begged the TV networks to put their content on YouTube and lured them with ad splits much more favorable than amateur or web-only content. But that's about to change. As contracts come up for renewal, YouTube is treating Hollywood the same as online video producers, with 45% of ad revenues going to YouTube, meaning CBS or Warner Bros. would get the same terms as, say, Machinima or AwesomnessTV. YouTube plans to have transitioned all partners to the new split by January, said sources close to the talks. The transition ends what the online video world referred to as "sweetheart deals," where producers of TV and film would keep up to 70% of ad revenues, similar to the networks' deals with distributors like Hulu. . . ."

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Google Glass, POV video

Google Glass and the Rise of POV | MIT Technology Review: "If Google Glass is indeed a compelling product that people wind up buying en masse, then one of two things is about to happen. Either the   YouTube/Facebook/Vine uploads of POV video will become so commonplace as to condition us to appreciate it, where previous audiences never had a taste for it. Or: our distaste for the form will prove so deep-rooted (audience members were reported to vomit after seeing “Cloverfield”) that video sharing will be one of the things people rarely do with their new Google-produced toys."

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Signal, Noise, Content Curation

Content curation: More signal, less noise - founder and "Curation Nation" author Steven Rosenbaum says associations -- and their members, for that matter -- have a choice: Become trusted content curators or risk becoming irrelevant.

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Users Want Broadband With No TV, Charter CEO Surprised

TV, or "video" as it is now called, is just another app or feature --

Charter CEO 'Surprised' More Users Want Broadband With No TV | DSLReports, ISP Information: " . . . the most interesting bit has to be comments made by Charter CEO Tom Rutledge during the company's conference call with the press and analysts. Notably, Rutledge expressed "surprise" at the fact that most of their broadband subscriber growth last quarter came from users that only signed up for broadband (aka "single play" users). . . ." (read more at the link above)

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Netflix Video Usage 10 Times More Than Amazon and Hulu Combined

North America online video: Netflix comes in first, YouTube second --

Netflix Video Usage More Than 10 Times Amazon and Hulu Combined | Variety: "Netflix remains the biggest pig in the broadband python, representing 31.6% of all downstream Internet traffic in North America during primetime hours in September — well ahead of any other streaming service, according to a new study. The Internet video-subscription service, with more than 31 million streaming members in the U.S. alone, uses nearly 20 times more peak-period bandwidth than Amazon video, which has 1.6% share, and is 24 times bigger than Hulu (at 1.3%), according to the study by network-equipment maker Sandvine. Meanwhile, YouTube usage continues to climb, with 18.6% share of downstream peak bandwidth in September (up from 17.1% in March). In North America, Netflix and YouTube combined now account for more than 50% of downstream traffic on fixed networks, according to Sandvine. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Netflix unified TV interface

Netflix introduces one unified TV interface to rule them all | The Verge: "The streaming-video giant turns into a TV channel programmed just for you - Watch Netflix instant streaming on your television and you know what content you’ll get — but you likely won’t know how you’ll find it. Whether it’s the PlayStation 3, Roku, or the Apple TV, every flavor of Netflix is slightly different, creating interface and feature fragmentation that’s in stark contrast to the ubiquity of the service itself . . . Netflix is taking a big step towards tackling that problem with a faster, more engaging television interface that will put a majority of its living room customers on the same page — and let them stay that way. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Google, NFL Programming

Is Google Eyeing NFL Programming? | MIT Technology Review: "If Google claimed ownership of comprehensive Sunday football coverage, Google Fiber – and TV dongles – would be an even better deal" (read more at link above)

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YouTube, Mobile Media Company

YouTube Becoming a Mobile First Company - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD: " . . . why YouTube placed such high importance on controlling its mobile experience: It is well on its way to becoming a mobile-first company. During yesterday’s earnings call, Larry Page announced that 40 percent of YouTube’s traffic was coming from mobile devices. That’s up from 25 percent a year ago, and six percent in 2011. . . ."

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Netflix, more paid subscribers than HBO

Netflix could have more paid subscribers than HBO by the end of the year: "Netflix is about to pass a milestone by having more paid US customers than HBO, according to a poll of analysts by Bloomberg. The streaming outfit, which was originally a DVD rental service, probably has around 31 million subscribers now stateside compared to 28.7 million for HBO (including free trial accounts, it topped 31 million back in April). The premium cable-TV network isn't standing still, though, expanding video on-demand access to its shows via Google Play. . . ." (more at links above)

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YouTube Video Responses Nixed

Social is hard --

Google Dumps Video Responses From YouTube Due To Dismal .0004% Click-Through Rate | TechCrunch: "Google is ditched video responses from its video sharing site on September 12, encouraging users to fall back on hashtags and descriptions to surface videos in searches. The cited reason is a minuscule .0004% click-through rate on video responses submitted by users. To illustrate, says the YouTube team, only four out of every 1 million users bothered to click on those little boxes underneath the main video. Efforts will theoretically go into providing new and different tools to increase fan engagement for creators."

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ESPN, Internet TV, platform

ESPN eyes Internet TV service - Silicon Valley Business Journal: "....Skipper told Bloomberg whomever ESPN worked with would have to buy "the whole suite of products. We're not going to offer one-offs," and said online provider would not get a break on carrier fees paid by cable and satellite TV companies. More and more people are breaking away from traditional TV viewing to move toward streaming to laptops or mobile devices or set-top boxes such as Roku and Apple TV." (more at link above)

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Yahoo's Mayer, Media Mogul?

Is Yahoo's Mayer Turning Into a Media Mogul With Couric Web Deal? - Kara Swisher - Media - AllThingsD: "“We think there’s room for lots of players and video really comes down to the question of the content,” Mayer said on the call, calling out Yahoo Screen, its video portal, and original shows like “Burning Love.” She said that most of the video deals would be via partnerships, rather than via Yahoo’s own original programming. Yahoo is more likely, of course, to focus itself as a platform than as a content creator, as it plays into Mayer’s tech background. That said, among many execs in the Web space, she has been more attracted to the media scene, and struck deals for Google to buy content properties like Zagat while there." (more at link above)

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Google Chromecast, a success

Google speeds up Chromecast shipments, but inventory remains low - Computerworld: "Google announced Chromecast in July. The thumb-sized device plugs into a TV's HDMI port and brings smart TV functionality such as Netflix and YouTube streaming to larger screens."

It works great--and you can "cast" anything from your Chrome browser (e.g. on your Windows computer) to your TV ( editor's note) more info at:

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Google, experts, Helpouts video service

Google seeks experts for its soon-to-launch Helpouts video service | PCWorld: "Once it goes live, here’s how Helpouts will work: Expert providers can charge for their sessions or offer Helpouts for free if they want, but a platform fee must still be paid to Google for each Helpout that involved a charge from an expert provider. Helpouts is designed to make it easy for people to grow their businesses by setting their own rates and getting paid online, according to the company. Providers can work on their own schedules, whether they’re at home or on the go. If the provider charges a fee for the session, both providers and customers will need to use Google Wallet for the payment, according to the Helpouts site. Helpouts has a strong social component for a reason: Social networking is an area of Google’s business that the company is continually seeking to scale out to better compete against rivals such as Facebook and Twitter. While Facebook and Twitter have more than 1 billion and 200 million active users, respectively, Google+ has about 190 million, the company reported in May." (read more at link above)

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China, Black Box For Blockbusters, Government Sanctioned Piracy

China's Black Box For Blockbusters Riles Hollywood Studios - Forbes: "How do you say “chutzpah” in Chinese? Future TV is one of seven firms licensed to stream content into Chinese homes via the Internet to set-top boxes and smart TVs. (“Over-the-top” refers to video delivered outside of a cable or satellite service.) It claims to offer 1.5 million hours of content, of which half is high-definition. But among U.S. studios it is notorious for uploading hundreds of copyrighted movies and evading tens of millions of dollars in licensing fees. Chinese production houses also say they’re being cheated. “If you ask anyone in China they’ll tell you Future TV is a pirate,” says a U.S. studio executive in Beijing."

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Amazon, YouTube Networks, Short-Videos

Amazon Is Courting YouTube Networks for Short-Video Push | Digital - Advertising Age: "Not content to contend only with Netflix and Hulu for long-form video content like movies and TV shows, Amazon is exploring a push into the short-form territory dominated by YouTube. Amazon has pitched YouTube networks on distributing their short-form videos through the e-commerce company's a-la-carte Instant Video service, according to people with knowledge of the discussions who declined to speak publicly. In addition to expanding their viewership to Amazon's audience and opening up a pay-per-video revenue stream, producers would receive branded pages on Amazon that would promote their videos, similar to a show page on Hulu or a channel on YouTube." (read more at link above)

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NY Times, identity crisis, new on-demand a la carte world

The New York Times' identity crisis | Michael Wolff | Comment is free | "The media business used to be organized around forms and genres. Books, newspapers, films. Fiction, non-fiction, news, drama. The more current way of thinking is to see the business as a catalogue of "products". This is not just marketing speak – as in, calling a magazine "our product" – but an effort to acknowledge a new, on demand, a la carte world; one that does not involve additional distribution costs." (read more at link above)

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Google TV, Android TV, brand

Google to sunset Google TV brand as its smart TV platform merges with Android — Tech News and Analysis: "Google TV is dead, long live Android TV: Three years after launching the first generation of Google TV devices, Google is now looking to rid itself of the brand and realign its smart TV platform efforts more closely with Android. The move is part admission that Google TV failed, part hope that Android will eventually find its place in the living room. Google apparently isn’t quite ready to announce the switch-over yet; a spokesperson contacted for this story declined to comment. However, an executive from a consumer electronics manufacturer that has been producing Google TV devices confirmed the rebranding in a recent conversation with GigaOM, saying: “They are calling it ‘Android TV.’”"(read more at link above)

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Cable Catch 22, Watch shows via the Net, but cable required

Cable’s Catch 22: Watch our shows via the Net, but cable is required - TechBlog: "As someone who’s opted to live without cable TV and access television content a la carte, these would seem like welcome additions. But for cord cutters, they are hollow victories in the unbundled television revolution. There’s a Catch 22 here. The Disney and ESPN apps, and others like them, allow you to watch content from these providers independent of cable or satellite TV connections. But in order to access them you still need a cable or satellite TV account. It’s a false convenience – why would you watch the Disney Channel or ESPN on Apple TV if you can watch it through your normal cable service? I’m picking on Apple TV because it’s the most recent service to get these apps. But what I’m describing is the case on all so-called streaming platforms – Roku, Xbox 360, Google TV, built-in smart-TV apps and others." (read more at link above)

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Google Hangouts, HD video chat, VP8, WebRTC

Google Hangouts upgrading to HD video chat, switching to VP8 and WebRTC | Ars Technica: "Google Hangouts is in the process of switching to 720p HD video, and a select group of users may already have access. GigaOM has gotten Google to spill the beans on the latest Google Hangouts upgrade, which switches several protocols to more open standards so that Hangouts can eventually morph into a plugin-free chat service. For video, Google is dropping the royalty-encumbered H.264 codec for its own VP8. VP8 was acquired and open sourced by Google in 2010 with the purchase of On2 Technologies. Google says the codec swap will require much less processing power, which will enable most computers to handle 10 720p video streams at once. It should also enable higher-quality, lower-bit-rate streams across the board. The H.264 plugin will still be supported for browsers that do not support VP8: IE (of course), Safari, and older mobile clients." (read more at link above)

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Microsoft, Google, YouTube, web development

What Microsoft and Google's YouTube row says about the future of web development | ZDNet: "It's not just mobile where there's a problem; there are also compatibility issues on desktop PCs. One example of this comes from the toolbar Google recently deployed across many of its properties, in the wake of the launch of Google+. A drop down shows details of your Google+ account, at least on most of Google’s sites in most browsers. If you're using IE 10 it works just fine across most pages – until you get to one of Google's most popular sites, News. Roll over the Google+ notification icon here and the drop down tells you to upgrade to a more modern browser."

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Twitch, Live Video Gaming Spinoff Twitch Raises $20M for Live Video Gaming - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ: " . . . Unlike competitors Ustream, LiveStream, YouTube and others enabling individuals and companies to broadcast video to the masses, Twitch is focused on just one category: gaming. The company provides an online platform and community for gamers that features live streaming gaming events, personal streams of individual players in action, and talk shows dedicated to gaming. . . ."

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YouTube tools, filter comments

No crudity please, YouTube filters comments: ""When it comes to the conversations happening on YouTube, recent does not necessarily mean relevant," the posting from YouTube's Nundu Janakiram and Yonatan Zunger said. "So, comments will soon become conversations that matter to you. In the coming months, comments from people you care about will rise up where you can see them, while new tools will help video creators moderate conversations for welcome and unwelcome voices." The revamp will give those sharing videos "new tools to review comments before they're posted, block certain words or save time by auto-approving comments from certain fans. These can help you spend less time moderating, and more time sharing videos and connecting with your fans"."

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Google change, online tracking for ads

Google eyes big change in online tracking for ads: ""We believe that technological enhancements can improve users' security while ensuring the web remains economically viable. We and others have a number of concepts in this area, but they're all at very early stages," a Google spokesman said. He declined to comment further. Google's move will be closely watched by the ad industry because the company is not only the leader in online advertising, its Chrome browser is now the world's most popular, having surged ahead of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari in recent years."

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Advertisers, Internet, Advertising

The Internet’s next victim: Advertising - " . . . . In theory, the app-centric mobile world offers a much friendlier, more controllable environment for advertisers. In the constant techno dialectic playing out between advertisers and ad-blockers, the more constrained environment of smartphones and tablets offers some hope that advertisers can regain ground lost to the ad-blockers. But their advantage is hardly clear-cut: It’s also a lot harder to advertise on the smallest screens. Google may be willing to pay to participate in Adblock Plus’s Acceptable Ads program, but its real feeling about ad-blockers was made clear in March, when the company banned Adblock Plus from the Google Play store. Oh, and you can’t find Adblock Plus in Apple’s App Store either. Which raises the question: Who is really hijacking the Internet? Anti-ad technologies, or the smartphone?" (read more at link above)

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Google, NFL Football, Disruption

Google plans to disrupt America’s favorite sport—but not in the way everyone expects - Quartz: " . . . Those rumors of a Google bid for NFL Sunday Ticket doesn’t fit with the definition of Google business scale. Sunday Ticket gives subscribers access to any Sunday NFL game played anywhere in the US.  According to Bruce Leichtman, principal analyst at Leichtman Research, “Sunday Ticket is for bars, restaurants, gamblers and the misplaced fans that have moved to a state where their hometown team isn’t televised by local affiliates. One third of its approximately two million subscribers are commercial locations.” Two million non-digital subscribers is not Google’s kind of business. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Vimeo, indie films platform

Vimeo starts funding indie films to broaden its on demand platform — paidContent: "Vimeo is debuting its own take of film funding at the Toronto International Film Festival this week: Film makers whose feature-length movies premiere at the festival can get a $10,000 advance if they agree to distribute their films through Vimeo On Demand, the site’s paid streaming offering that launched at SXSW earlier this year."

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Facebook, real-time feed, user data

Facebook offers real-time feed of user data to online and TV news | PCWorld: "Facebook revealed a new tool that enables news organisations to tap into user comments and display them online or on TV in real-time. The social network launched two tools on Monday, the Keyword Insights API (application programming interface) and the Public Feed API, it said in a blog post. The Public Feed API displays a real-time feed of public posts for a specific word, while the Keyword Insights API aggregates the total number of posts that mention a specific term in a given period, Facebook said. The keyword API is also able to display anonymous, aggregated results based on gender, age and location, the company added. A TV show can for instance use this option to include how many people on Facebook talked about a topic and show where they are located while showing if it is most popular among men or women and in which age groups, Facebook said."

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Ads, Technology, Real Time Bidding

The Evolution of Ad Tech | MIT Technology Review: The big promise of real-time bidding in online advertising is increased efficiency, increased effectiveness, and ultimately, increased profits for the advertiser and a tidy sum for the publisher as well. And it’s that promise that has poured so much cash and attention into the ad tech space. “It’s about getting marketers closer to their customers. The ability to give them more information about their audience so they can make more informed decisions, both with regard to when and where they deliver their message, and at what price,” said Edward Montes, CEO of Digilant. Kirk McDonald, President of Pubmatic, added, “It’s not art or science or going from ‘Mad Men’ to ‘Math Men’. It’s about balancing art and science for balanced decisions.” Both Pubmatic and Digilant are players in the complex new system of ad tech companies facilitating RTB. . . (read more at link above)

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Another 1.8 Million People Just Ditched Cable TV

Another 1.8 Million People Just Ditched Cable TV - Yahoo! Finance: " . . .  overall, the numbers of people who pay for any type of TV service are in decline, according to Multichannel news: There were 366,000 total net losses across all TV/broadband subs in Q2, according to SNL Kagan. Cable TV suppliers lost 1.8 millions subs. But telco companies — internet providers who also supply cable TV, in other words — gained 400,000. 911,000 U.S. homes have cut the cord in the past year, according to MoffettNathanson. The rate of losses is increasing   . . . "

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Mobile advertising, Twitter, MoPub

Driving mobile advertising forward: welcoming MoPub to the Flock | Twitter Blogs: "The two major trends in the ad world right now are the rapid consumer shift toward mobile usage, and the industry shift to programmatic buying. Twitter sits at the intersection of these, and we think by bringing MoPub’s technology and team to Twitter, we can further drive these trends for the benefit of consumers, advertisers, and agencies."

MoPub + Twitter :: MoPub: "MoPub has agreed to be acquired by Twitter. Like MoPub, Twitter has been “mobile first” since their inception, which makes our two companies a natural match."

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Google+ Hangouts On Air, Live Rewind, Immediate Processing and Publishing

Google+ Hangouts On Air Now Process Videos During Recording, Allowing For Live Rewind And Immediate Publishing | TechCrunch: "Today, viewers can now rewind your broadcast no matter where they are during the live filming process. Additionally, On Air videos will immediately be published instead of carrying the normal waiting period where you’ll get the infamous “processing…” dialogue."

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FTC Staff Updates COPPA FAQs

FTC Staff Updates its COPPA FAQs, Providing Crucial Guidance for Covered Operators | Morrison & Foerster LLP - JDSupra: "Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued crucial reading for operators of websites, apps, plug-ins, ad networks and other online services (together, “Services”) that are subject to its recently revised rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“Rule”)"

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Startup Yekra, AffiliateConnect

Startup News: Brooklyn Navy Yard Goes Startup, Bitcoins Meet Giftcards, And Google Wants Women (For a Meetup) | Betabeat: "Film Startup Gains Investors Digital distribution service Yekra, known for its “AffiliateConnect” feature which allows studios, networks, and filmmakers to build movie for specific audiences by genre or topic, announced it raised $3 million in a recent round of seed funding from Angel Maurice Gallagher and Bray Capital."

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Future of the Internet is video

Why Online Video Just Took One More Big Step to Legitimacy: . . . . If you want to understand my thesis behind Maker you can read this article that outlines the trend, but in summary:
  • People watch 5.3 hours of TV / day. They read less than 30 minutes. You can’t change media consumption patterns easily. The future of the Internet is video. Full stop.
  • Production costs have fallen more than 90%. Distribution costs have, too. This is classic “Innovator’s Dilemma” market conditions.
  • My estimate is that the top 5 YouTube networks will do > $200 million net revenue in 2013 (after Google’s share)
  • These same top networks – Maker, Machinima, Zefr, FullScreen, BigFrame – and the like have create nearly 1,000 new tech / media jobs in LA in the past 3 years alone. . . .(read more at first link above)
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Video Distribution Platform Brightcove, Streaming Module For Live Events

Video Distribution Platform Brightcove Announces A Streaming Module For Live Events | TechCrunch: The brilliantly named Brightcove Video Cloud Live module allow Brightcove customers to manage live events with many of the same features as their on-demand video streams. The module will provide high-quality, multi-bit rate streams to PCs, smartphones, tablets, and even connected TV devices. And it’ll do so all within the same distribution platform that their existing on-demand library uses. So they’ll be able to take advantage of the same analytics, monetization, and other features available from Brightcove. Customers will also be able to create an on-demand version of a live stream instantly after an event is over, enabling them to manage the full lifecycle of an event all in one platform. (read more at link above)

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Why we need Google Fiber everywhere, US ISP customer satisfaction rankings pathetic

American ISP customer satisfaction rankings: lower than airlines | BGR: "Comcast lay at the very bottom of the American ISP customer satisfaction heap, with an overall score of just 62 out of 100. It was followed closely by Time Warner Cable, which had an overall score of 63, and CenturyLink, which had an overall score of 64. In fact, the only major American ISP to score above a 70 on the ACSI this year was Verizon FiOS, which posted a score of 71. How bad are these numbers? Consider that other than ISPs, only three other industries posted average scores of under 70: Airlines, subscription television service and Internet social media companies. The fact that only one major ISP could top even this minimal threshold speaks to deep dissatisfaction with the state of America’s home broadband market."

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YouTube Dominates Global Streaming, Netflix in North America

Netflix Dominates North American Streaming, YouTube Wins Global Crown | News & Opinion | "On fixed networks in North America, Netflix is the "unchallenged leader" when it comes to traffic, controlling 32.3 percent of downstream traffic during peak periods. Coming in second is YouTube, with 17.1 percent of peak downstream traffic in North America, up from 13.8 percent last year. Globally, however, YouTube is the leader when it comes to fixed and mobile networks, making the Google-owned video site "the leading source of Internet traffic in the entire world," Sandvine said." (read more at link above)

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YouTube will use Google VP9 video codec

Google's VP9 video codec nearly done; YouTube will use it | Internet & Media - CNET News: "Google plans to finish defining its VP9 video codec on June 17, providing a date on which the company will be able to start using the next-generation compression technology in Chrome and on YouTube. "Last week, we hosted over 100 guests at a summit meeting for VP9, the WebM Project's next-generation open video codec. We were particularly happy to welcome our friends from YouTube, who spoke about their plans to support VP9 once support lands in Chrome," Matt Frost, senior business product manager for the WebM Project, said in a blog post Friday. WebM is Google's project for freeing Web video from royalty constraints; the WebM technology at present combines VP8 with the Vorbis audio codec. Google unveiled WebM three years ago at the Google I/O show, but VP8 remains a relative rarity compared to today's dominant video codec, H.264." (read more at link above)

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Top 10 worldwide brands on YouTube (most viewed videos)

Top 10 worldwide brands on YouTube | ZDNet:  (in terms of most viewed videos)
1: Atlantic Records
2: Warner Bros records
3: Rovio Entertainment is the media company responsible for creating Angry Birds. The channel gives up-to-date news on Angry Birds and Angry Birds Toons.
4: SM (Star Museum) Entertainment is a South Korean record label and talent agency channel
5: RS Official - RS is a Thai entertainment company and record label
6: Galinha Pintadinha (a Brazilian channel which shows musical cartoons for children)
7: The Red Bull 
8: Vale music (Spanish)
9: Domino Records 
10: Sony Music India
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YouTube expands live streaming

YouTube Creator Blog: WE’LL DO IT LIVE: YouTube live streaming expanding to more channels"YouTube Live allows you to offer your audience a great viewing experience, with great streaming quality and instant scalability and reliability. Here are some key features: You get real-time transcoding in the cloud, so you only need to send us your highest quality stream and we make it instantly available in all resolutions and device formats You can show multiple camera angles, add closed captions, and insert ads and slates Viewers can watch the live stream from any device, get the best quality constantly adjusting to their Internet connection, and can skip back and forth in the live stream" (read more at link above)

France Tel to invest up to 50 million euro in Dailymotion: report | Reuters: ""We have a two-step plan: a first stage that aims to pursue investments that are necessary for Dailymotion to avoid falling behind its competitors, notably Youtube," Richard said. "The second step will be a partnership that could bring viewers to Dailymotion," he added."

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AOL buys video ad platform

AOL to buy video ad platform for $405 million | Reuters: "AOL Inc said . . . it would buy, an electronic trading platform that helps companies advertise on video websites, for $405 million in its biggest acquisition under CEO Tim Armstrong."...

Aereo could win big in fee dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable | The Verge

TV Remains the Largest Mass Medium | MIT Technology Review

AOL vs. Netflix: The Entire Internet In One Simple Chart: "At the end of March, almost 2.7 million people still subscribed to AOL service, the company reported this morning. That’s about where Netflix stood at the end of 2004. Since then, Netflix’s subscriber base has grown — 29 million at the end of March — and AOL’s has declined at a remarkably parallel rate. But that makes perfect sense: Nothing says “dialup” more than AOL, and few services have benefited more from the growth of broadband than Netflix. (The paths cross in early 2008, just as Netflix’s streaming video service was starting to take off.)"

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Privacy, Free Speech, Good Business

Welcome | Privacy & Free Speech: " . . . This online version is constantly updated to identify and draw lessons from recent privacy and free speech incidents, and includes additional resources and links for entrepreneurs and developers alike looking for further guidance. Companies will face many difficult decisions about users’ privacy and free speech. Reading this primer and sharing it with your colleagues is a good start. We hope it will help you understand how building privacy and free speech protection into your products and business plans isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s good for your business, too. Here's a quick guide to the tips in this primer; see the roadmap for more details:
RESPECT YOUR DATA: Limit and Protect the Data You Collect and Retain
PLAN AHEAD: Incorporate Privacy and Security from Start to Finish
BE TRANSPARENT: Give Users the Ability to Make Informed Choices
PARTNER WITH YOUR USERS: Put Users in Control and Stand Up for Their Rights
ENCOURAGE USERS TO SPEAK FREELY: Establish Policies that Promote Speech in Every Form
MODERATE CAUTIOUSLY: Avoid Censoring or Limiting Legitimate Speech
PROMOTE CREATIVITY: Let Customers Decide How to Use and Discuss Your Product
SPEAK UP FOR FREE SPEECH: Protect Your Users' Freedom of Expression . . ."

Would be useful if the US government adopted this -- whatever happened to the First Amendment? Oh yeah, it got hijacked by the post-9/11 Homeland Security [sic] crowd.

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The Small Screen, Browsers, HTML5

Startups Are Bringing Creative Features To The Small Screen In Hopes Of Luring Iphone, Android Users Away From The Default Browser | MIT Technology Review: " . . . According to data from Net Applications’ NetMarketShare, Apple’s Safari browser captured nearly 61 percent of the mobile browser market in January, while Google’s Android browser had more than 21 percent. (Google recently started including its Chrome browser on high-end Android devices, but Chrome’s market percentage is still tiny, according to NetMarketShare.) Opera Software’s Opera Mini browser came in third with about 10 percent of the market . . . . Could too many alternative mobile browsers be a bad thing? Hagiu thinks so if each browser requires website makers to optimize their sites differently. On the other hand, if mobile browser companies adhere to a common set of Web standards, such as HTML5, this is unlikely to be an issue. Right now, four out of every five minutes devoted to media consumption on a smartphone are spent using apps, according to data from comScore, while just one minute is consumed by mobile Web surfing. Eventually, the proportion is likely to change as websites are revamped for the smaller touch screens and as mobile gadgets become more powerful computers. . . ."

Siri, Google Now, End of Apps

Siri, Google Now, and the End of Apps | MIT Technology Review: "If Siri gets more powerful people will have little use for many apps. A job ad posted by Apple for a UI engineer to work on Siri nicely summarizes the potential of its virtual assistant, and Google’s closest equivalent, Google Now, to redefine how we use mobile devices: “Consider it an entire miniature OS [operating system] within the OS.” The implication is that rather than being an app used in certain circumstances, Siri should be thought of a general purpose tool to achieve just about anything. I suspect the people in charge of Google Now’s development have similar ideas. Virtual helpers conceived along those lines could transform how people get stuff done with a smartphone, and remove the need for them to interact with the apps and websites they must turn to today. Right now, Apple and Google’s operating systems are platforms on top of which the things a person needs sit. Achieving something involves a collection of apps, and often the Web, that users customize. The operating system just makes it possible to go to the places you need to go. If Apple and Google make their virtual assistants really work, that could be replaced by a much more centralized approach. Want something? Ask Siri or turn to Google Now and they’ll do the work of dealing with all those Web pages and apps for you." (read more at link above)

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Digital to Surpass TV in Time Spent with US Media

Digital Set to Surpass TV in Time Spent with US Media - eMarketer: "The average adult will spend over 5 hours per day online, on nonvoice mobile activities or with other digital media this year, eMarketer estimates, compared to 4 hours and 31 minutes watching television. Daily TV time will actually be down slightly this year, while digital media consumption will be up 15.8%. The most significant growth area is on mobile. Adults will spend an average of 2 hours and 21 minutes per day on nonvoice mobile activities, including mobile internet usage on phones and tablets—longer than they will spend online on desktop and laptop computers, and nearly an hour more than they spent on mobile last year."

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Cablevision CEO on the Online Future of TV

Cablevision CEO on a Possible Sale and the Online Future of TV - The Hollywood Reporter: " . . . Discussing the future of TV, the 58-year-old said that "there could come a day" when Cablevision stops offering TV channels and offers broadband as its primary service. Dolan argued that the cable industry was living in a "bubble" with its focus on TV packages that people must pay for as offered. Dolan acknowledged that he watches TV only on rare occasions, according to the Journal. It quoted him as saying that he often watches with his young children, who prefer to watch Netflix via Cablevision's broadband service. . . ."

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YouTube Stars Invent Ways to Get Paid

Patreon Raises $2.1M for Its Automatic Tip Jar - Liz Gannes - Commerce - AllThingsD: " . . . having labeled the age of advertising as a hundred-year blip, Conte is ready to bring patronage back. Goodbye ads, hello automatic tip jars. Conte himself now makes precisely $6,153 for every video he posts to YouTube, with 835 loyal fans pledging between $1 and $100 per item. That’s about a hundred times more than what he had expect to make from the same video with YouTube advertising, he said. (Here’s his latest from this week, a dance-y tune made with a music controller set on top of a sideways television displaying custom animations, captured with a camera phone on a robotic crane.) . . ."

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Netflix switch from Silverlight to HTML5

Netflix will switch from Silverlight to HTML5, explains what it's waiting for first: "Due to Microsoft's confirmation that support for its Silverlight plugin will end and the rise of plugin-free browsers, Netflix will eventually need to stream to PCs using something other than the tech it's had in place since 2008. The company has already implemented one example of the technology for Samsung's ARM Chromebooks, and plans to bring it to Chrome on PCs and Macs eventually."

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Cord Cutters, Chromecast first look (video)

Cord Cutters: a first look at Chromecast - YouTube: "Google's new Chromecast promises to beam videos straight from your tablet, phone or laptop to your TV. Check out this episode of Cord Cutters for some first impressions."

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Secret deals make and break online video

Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make—and break—online video | Ars Technica: " . . .  cynical types who suspect their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) intentionally degrade streaming video may be right as well. No, your ISP (probably) isn't sniffing your traffic every time you click a YouTube or Netflix link, ready to throttle your bandwidth. But behind the scenes, in negotiations that almost never become public, the world's biggest Internet providers and video services argue over how much one network should pay to connect to another. When these negotiations fail, users suffer. In other words, bad video performance is often caused not just by technology problems but also by business decisions made by the companies that control the Internet. . . ."

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Google Chromecast, Google TV

Google TV: We're not dead (yet) | Internet & Media - CNET News: "the low-powered, affordable, plug-and-play HDMI Chromecast dongle could be a ferocious hit. Pre-orders already have had their shipping dates pushed back, and we know that a system update is in the offing. Google demonstrated a feature, currently in beta, which will let you stream any Web page to your TV. This circumvents the requirement to build a site or app with the Google Cast SDK, drastically lowering the developer bar while giving end users a cool feature."

Google Chromecast: YouTube and the internet on your television - Telegraph: "The 2” Google Chromecast dongle plugs into a TV’s HDMI port and turns every modern set into a platform for YouTube and other apps."

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Google Brings Online Video to TV

Google’s Solution to Bringing Online Video to TV | MIT Technology Review: . . . . Queiroz stressed that any device—whether or not it was made by Google or is running the company’s software—can work with a Chromecast. “We will not force you to have the same operating system on all your devices.” He demonstrated how the YouTube app for iPhone could be used to send content to a TV with a Chromecast plugged in, and said any laptop using a Web video player with Chromecast enabled would be able to use the device. Queiroz said more content announcements are on the way. “Our goal is to partner to create an ecosystem of apps as well as devices,” he said, claiming that developers of mobile and Web apps would need to make only minor changes to their existing apps to make them compatible. Queiroz also hinted that the technology inside the Chromecast might soon appear inside other products. Adding the technology to television sets might make sense for both Google and TV manufacturers. “This is the first instantiation of Googlecast; over time we expect the functionality to be embedded in a range of devices,” said Queiroz. . . .
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Netflix Series Launch Like a Movie Premiere

It takes a 'war room' to launch Netflix's series - ". . . ."This is Silicon Valley's equivalent of a midnight movie premiere in Hollywood," says Chris Jaffe, Netflix's vice president of product innovation. Netflix made a name for itself as a DVD-by-mail provider and an Internet video streaming business mainly by offering content from other companies. Lately, the company has been releasing its own content as a way to hook new customers on its $8-per-month streaming service. The company promised its 37.6 million worldwide subscribers that they can start watching all 13 episodes of its latest original series at the stroke of midnight, Pacific Time, on July 11. . . . (read more at link above)

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Silicon Valley vs Traditional TV

Silicon Valley vs. the Tyranny of Traditional TV : The New Yorker: " . . . There are signs, though, that the inevitable is starting to happen, albeit slowly. While cable-cutting remains a niche phenomenon, it is becoming more and more common, and, as one might imagine, it is driven largely by younger viewers who are uninterested in traditional cable. Falling prime-time ratings tell the broader story: if networks and studios want to reach viewers, they’ll need to mold the delivery of their content to fit evolving viewing practices. . . . A TV service from Intel, rumored to be named OnCue, is designed to replicate all of the content of a traditional cable package—including live TV—with on-demand programming and a new kind of interface. Google is freshly rumored to be pursuing the same kind of deals in order to “stream traditional TV programming” across the Internet. Google, however, has sought these kinds of deals before and failed, so there’s no guarantee the company will succeed this time. While Google and Intel’s latest efforts appear to involve working directly with the companies that make content, and thus possibly running around the cable companies, Apple and Microsoft seem to have chosen to work with the cable providers . . . " (read more at link above)

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Google out to replace cable TV?

Google, an advertising company at its core and which also owns YouTube,  has begun talks with major media companies about licensing TV channels, according to people with knowledge of the meetings--

Google Said to Weigh Supplying TV Channels - " . . . A future Apple service could include a user-friendly interface layered on top of Time Warner Cable or Cablevision’s channel lineup. “Apple’s working within our current ecosystem,” one of the people said. What Google and Intel, and probably others, have in mind is more disruptive and more difficult. One person involved in the talks with Google cautioned that the company might end up just selling a library of TV shows, the way Netflix, Amazon and Hulu already do. But others said that Google has pitched an easy-to-use subscription service that would stream a bundle of live channels as well as on-demand shows, replacing the cable bundles that most households now purchase. . . ."

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IMDb updates Android and iOS apps, buy movie tickets directly

IMDb updates Android and iOS apps, lets US users buy movie tickets directly: "Today, iOS and Android users living in the US can act on those decisions with the addition of in-app movie ticket purchases. Purchases themselves are processed through Fandango, but doing so merely requires navigating to a preferred movie in IMDb, then choosing your preferred theater and time. "

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Horror Movie as App

Your Next Horror Movie Franchise Isn't a Movie - It's an App | The Wrap Movies: " . . . The entire series is has been completed, he said, at a cost of just less than $1 million. A season's pass will set viewers back $6.99 (or $14.99 for HD); individual episodes go for 99 cents (or $1.99 for HD). And viewers who share on social media that they watched the first episode can still watch the second for free. There will be no advertising at all. Edelstein said he will rely on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the viral nature of successful projects on the internet, assured that both the quality of his project and his innovative approach to storytelling would be enough for people to buy it. “I don’t want this to be like XYZ studio is trying to push a new thing,” Edelstein said. “I want people to try and discover this. If it’s going to succeed it’s going to happen that way.” Though some money will come from sales, Edelstein insists that is not the priority. The project was funded, he said, thanks to an angel investor that he could never convince to invest in movies. Though he has no guarantee that he’ll get his money back on this project, his investor is already open to a sequel.  "We are in it to really figure it out. If we didn’t nail it here, we’re going to adjust,” Edelstein said. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Musicians Making Money on YouTube

A New Way for Musicians to Make Money on YouTube - Businessweek: "Audiam is poised to benefit from music consumers’ shifting habits. “The writing is essentially on the wall for the download model,” he says, as fans switch from buying music on iTunes to streaming songs on such sites as Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube. That’s proving to be a lousy way for even successful artists to earn money. Plenty of striving musicians would welcome revenue from YouTube clicks. “There are tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of independent composers and performers whose work does appear on sites like YouTube,” Sinnreich says."

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Google YouTube studio in LA

Google invests in YouTube studio in LA - " . . .where will this road take YouTube? Kyncl is tight-lipped about how much money the site is making or where it goes next but Morgan Stanley recently estimated that YouTube could be a $20bn-a-year business within six years. That, of course, assumes that viewers and advertisers using YouTube continue to increase, which explains the company’s ongoing investments in the channels – and in the Space in LA. Liam Collins tells me that one of the inspirations for the facility was a typical coffee shop, where creative people could meet informally and discuss ideas over a latte. “So was CBGB’s, the New York club where punk was born. We like to say the new Debbie Harry will meet the next Ramones here and a great partnership will be born.”. . . ."

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Comcast CEO promises more binge-viewing, faster platforms

Comcast CEO promises more binge-viewing, faster platforms — paidContent: "The cable industry is adapting just fine to the changing habits of TV viewers and to the arrival of ultra-fast competitors like Google Fiber, according to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. Speaking on Tuesday at the Cable Show in Washington, Roberts shared his thoughts on the future of the TV industry and showed off new Comcast kit intended to provide a faster, more-connected experience. The technology included cloud service X2, which allows subscribers to customize their experience to a greater degree than previous services, showing recently watched shows, favorite apps and other types of personalized content. Roberts also showed off a 3-gigabit/sec connection capable of gulping down a movie near-instantly . . . " (read more at link above)

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Where to find video content for kids

Magid: Places to find video content for kids - " . . . Netflix which charges $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming, has a kids channel . . .Amazon's Prime Instant video service will begin streaming children's content from Viacom's cable channels, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV and Comedy Central. Kids' shows will include "Dora the Explorer," "Blue's Clues" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." . . . There is also content available for free. PBS Kids' website offers a number of videos, including "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Curious George," "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," "Cat in the Hat" . . .If you know what to search for, you can find plenty of children's content on YouTube, including shows from a very long time ago. If you search for "YouTube playlist," you can find instructions for setting up a playlist for the kids to watch. . . . (read more at link above)

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2 Easy Video Publishing Tools (video)

Video - Mossberg Reviews Two Easy Video Publishing Tools That Allow Longer Vidoes Than Instagram or Vine -"Some people want to create longer videos than Instagram or Vine can provide, without taking the time to use a video editor to polish them. Walt Mossberg reviews Animoto and Magisto, two tools that allow you to do this."
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Google Takes Home Half of Worldwide Mobile Internet Ad Revenues

Google Takes Home Half of Worldwide Mobile Internet Ad Revenues - eMarketer: "Combined, three companies—Google, Facebook and Twitter—account for a consolidating share of mobile advertising revenues worldwide, as other players, such as YP, Pandora, Apple and Millennial Media, see their shares decrease, despite maintaining relatively strong businesses growing at rapid rates."

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Retailers Digital Ad Spending Nears $10 Billion

Retailers' Digital Ad Spending Nears $10 Billion: "U.S. retailers, already the heaviest spenders in digital advertising by category, are forecast to increase their spending by another 14% to $9.4 billion this year. By next year, that figure will surpass $10.4 billion, reaching $13.3 billion by 2017. According to estimates from eMarketer, retailers already account for 22.3% of all digital ad spending, the most of any industry. About two-thirds of their investments are in direct response ads (i.e., those designed to lead to a sale, rather than promote a brand). Direct response formats include search, mobile messaging and classifieds. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Massive film industry implosion coming

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict ‘massive implosion’ in film industry Lucas: Movies will become like Broadway, high-end sophisticated, expensive, few theaters, event-driven - Rest will be Internet TV, similar to cable and broadcast, but wider variety, more experimentation, niche - Lucas: "But out of that chaos will come some really amazing things. And right now there's amazing opportunities for young people coming into the industry to say, ‘Hey, I think I'm going to do this and there's nobody to stop me.' It's all because the gatekeepers have been killed." (read more at links above)

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Google Bets on Original Content (Video)

Google's Big Bet on Original Content: Video - Bloomberg: "June 13 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Industries' Paul Sweeney reports on YouTube's original content programming on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." (Source: Bloomberg)"

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Why Apple does not care about your living room

Apple does not care about your living room | ZDNet: " . . . Apple's model with iOS has two strands -- apps, and content. Apps don't belong on a TV at all, other than those that frame delivery of audio/video content. This is because apps are very intimate, very private affairs. Your Facebook stream is your Facebook stream, no one else's. Tablets are consumed in the same way that people consume a good book. (In fact, tablets only became popular when we learnt how to make them about the same size, weight, and have the same level of simplicity as a book.) Think reclining on a sofa with either a tablet or a book -- both are equally pleasant. In a living room on their own, no one is going to want to throw Twitter up on the TV screen X metres away when it's more comfortable right in front of your face. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Katzenberg’s Netflix Motivation

Signing with Netflix: Mr. Katzenberg’s Motivation - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ: "After co-founding DreamWorks SKG with partners David Geffen and Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg took the start-up studio’s animation unit public in 2004. But that year turned out to be the peak of the DVD sales boom and the subsequent decline not least owing to a double digit drop in U.S. home entertainment spending. In addition, since virtually all of DreamWorks’ revenue comes from its two or three yearly releases, a single flop like “Rise of the Guardians,” can batter stock prices. DreamWorks Animation shares dropped 13% around the opening of “Guardians.” Since early 2010, the stock is down 45%. Katzenberg’s solution: Turn DreamWorks Animation into a multi-media family entertainment company."

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Hollywood Beware - Inside YouTube's $25M Studio (Video)

Hollywood Beware: Inside YouTube's $25M Studio: Video - Bloomberg: "June 13 (Bloomberg) -- YouTube Space LA is a state of the art production facility in Los Angeles designed to produce original YouTube content. Bloomberg's Deirdre Bolton takes us on an exclusive tour of the $25 million production facility. (Source: Bloomberg)"

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Time Warner Cable paying to keep TV off the web?

Time Warner Cable reportedly paying producers to keep TV off the web (update) | The Verge: "While there's a growing population of cord-cutters — those who get their TV from the internet rather than traditional cable services — there's still a large amount of content (like sports and HBO) that just isn't available online in a timely fashion. According to Bloomberg, that's partly because cable companies like Time Warner Cable are offering incentives to media companies and content providers to keep their shows off of internet services. Bloomberg's unnamed sources said those incentives were typically either more money or the threat of dropping programming from the media company, though there were no specific examples of companies that have been strongarmed in such a fashion."

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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict massive implosion in film industry

"It's not going to have cable or broadcast," Lucas said. "It's going to be the internet television." (source infra)

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict ‘massive implosion’ in film industry | The Verge: " . . . . Despite the chaos, both men see the changes as something the industry will overcome, with Lucas taking particular relish in the opportunities the disruption is providing — adamantly stating that "now is the best time we can possibly have." Comparing the industry's panic over fleeting DVD sales and crumbling business models to the 2008 economic crash, he stressed that now is the time to look forward. "It's a mess. It's total chaos," Lucas said. "But out of that chaos will come some really amazing things. And right now there are amazing opportunities for young people coming into the industry to say, ‘Hey, I think I'm going to do this and there's nobody to stop me.'" "It's because all the gatekeepers have been killed!""

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Google Surpassing Apple in Mobile Profits (video)

Google Surpassing Apple in Mobile Profits: Adgate: Video - Bloomberg: "June 6 (Bloomberg) -- Brad Adgate, director of research at Horizon Media, discusses how YouTube was able to triple its mobile ad sales and how important that success is to Google's bottom line. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance.""

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Google Wallet Losing Money

Google Wallet Is Leaking Money - Businessweek: "For Google, the goal wasn’t to generate fee revenue from the transactions, as banks, PayPal (EBAY), and other companies do. The idea was to collect data on consumer habits and target ads to them. Google pays such high fees to the credit-card companies it works with, though, that it loses money on every transaction, says Osama Bedier, who stepped down as head of Wallet on May 20 and will shortly leave the company."

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YouTube automates task for marketers buying ads

Google’s YouTube Triples Mobile Sales Amid Wireless Shift - Bloomberg: " . . . . Ad Shift - Seeking to make it easy for companies to shift advertising to mobile video, YouTube automates the task for marketers buying advertising, splitting airtime between computer browsers and mobile devices, Watson said. Companies can also opt out of multiscreen advertising, he said. Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), the video-game maker, is looking to expand commercials on mobile devices, according to Christine De Martini, social marketing and media manager at the company. “YouTube as a video platform is a definitely a key one for our products,” De Martini said. “I would anticipate as mobile consumption continues to grow, we’ll have to find ways to make sure that we reach our audiences on whatever platforms they’re on.”"

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YouTube Triples Mobile Sales

Google’s YouTube Triples Mobile Sales Amid Wireless Shift - Bloomberg: " . . . About a quarter of YouTube’s 1 billion global users now access the service via handheld devices, spurring a increase in promotional spending to reach that audience, according to Lucas Watson, vice president of sales at YouTube. The growth in mobile video-ad sales, disclosed for the first time in an interview, indicates YouTube is making headway in efforts to attract marketing dollars and challenge rivals such as Hulu LLC. With faster wireless networks and accelerating adoption of smartphones and tablets, U.S. mobile video-ad sales are projected to expand to $2.69 billion in 2017, increasing more than 10-fold from last year, according to EMarketer Inc. “The commercial business has exploded,” Watson said in an interview. “It’s a huge part of our business, and we know that’s where it’s headed.”. . . ."

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Add YouTube slow-motion effect to your videos

YouTube now lets you add slow-motion effect to your videos | VentureBeat: "YouTube has just added a new “slowmo” tool to its YouTube Editor enhancements, which does pretty much exactly what it sounds like. “You’ll get a smooth, slomo video that makes it look like it was filmed with a high-speed camera,” the site states on the YouTube creator’s blog. Why would you want to transform your video into slow motion? Well, my guess is about 90 percent of the time it’ll be for comedic effect, and 1 percent devoted to classic rap music videos. The remaining 9 percent of the time it’ll be used in conjunction with YouTube’s other video tools (cropping, audio editing, transitions, etc.) when trying to create something artistic. And apparently, slow-motion videos are quite popular on YouTube, with the site even pointing out that YouTube channel partners The Slow Mo Guys having over 2 million subscribers."

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BuzzFeed, CNN, YouTube Plan Online-Video Channel

BuzzFeed, CNN, YouTube Plan Online-Video Channel - "BuzzFeed is accelerating its efforts to become a news destination for young adults, joining with CNN and YouTube to create a new, online-video channel. On Tuesday, BuzzFeed will unveil "CNN BuzzFeed," a YouTube channel based on content from CNN, including archival and current content, that is designed to be shared over social-media networks. . ."

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Popular streaming channels: Netflix: The king of movie and TV show streaming. $7.99/mo. YouTube: User-submitted videos and some original programming. Free. Hulu Plus: TV shows days after they air and some movies. $7.99/mo. Amazon Prime: A strong Netflix competitor with other Amazon benefits. $79/year. Crackle: Movies and TV mostly from Sony's library. Free. Vudu: Movie rental site owned by Walmart. Fees per movie

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