Posts Tagged ‘digital’

Fullscreen Launches Strategic Content Group with Former Chernin, Hulu Execs (EXCLUSIVE)

February 4, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fullscreen, one of the largest YouTube multichannel networks, is expanding further into the branded entertainment arena, hiring Billy Parks and Bryan Thoensen to form a new strategic content group. Parks, who recently worked with Fullscreen to produce “SnapperHero” for AT&T as the first episodic show built exclusively for Snapchat, was executive VP of digital production... Read more

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Super Bowl on Social: Twitter Tallies 28.4 Million Tweets During TV Telecast

February 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Super Bowl XLIX was the most-tweeted NFL championship game ever — but even with the down-to-the-wire finish in the New England Patriots’ defeat of the Seattle Seahawks, the contest didn’t top the most-social match from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, according to Twitter. On Feb. 1, users posted more than 28.4 million tweets over the course of #SB49... Read more

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Pirate Bay Back Online Less Than Two Months After Going Dark

January 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Notorious piracy site The Pirate Bay has come back online, seven weeks after Swedish law enforcement officials shut it down and seized the group’s previous servers in a Dec. 9 raid. The Internet address of the relaunched site traces back to a service provider based in Moldova. According to the website’s listing of recent... Read more

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Sundance: Vimeo, Indiegogo Launch Partnership (EXCLUSIVE)

January 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and Vimeo have launched a partnership designating the video-sharing site as the preferred distribution platform for films backed on Indiegogo. Under the deal, announced Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, Vimeo will match select Indiegogo film campaigns in exchange for exclusive distribution on Vimeo On Demand. Indiegogo will also be joining Vimeo’s... Read more

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FremantleMedia Takes Control of Europe’s Leading MCN Divimove

January 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Global production company FremantleMedia, whose shows include “Idols,” “Got Talent” and “The X Factor,” has increased its stake in Europe’s leading multi-channel network Divimove to 51% to make it the majority shareholder. Divimove, which was founded in 2012 by Brian Ruhe, Philipp Bernecker and Sebastiaan van Dam, has grown rapidly to become the... Read more

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Vimeo Pacts with Web Publishers to Sell VOD Titles on Their Sites

January 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Call it “Vimeo everywhere”: The Internet-video company has opened up its paid video-on-demand catalog of 16,000 titles to let third-party web publishers sell or rent them directly on their sites. Vimeo has inked pacts with three online publishers — CBS Interactive, The Atlantic and TEN: The Enthusist Network — for the Vimeo On Demand Publisher Network. Under the... Read more

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Digital-Video Startup Whistle Sports Raises $28M from Emil Capital, Sky, Liberty Global, Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning

January 13, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Whistle Sports Network, which distributes video content aimed at millennial sports fans across 225 YouTube channels and social networks, announced that it has raised $28 million in Series B financing. The funding, which brings Whistle Sports to $36 million raised to date, was led by Emil Capital Partners, an affiliate of the Tengelmann Group. Also participating... Read more

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Facebook Buys Video-Compression Startup QuickFire

January 8, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Facebook, in a clear signal of its expanding video ambitions, has acquired video-compression technology company QuickFire Networks. Facebook did not disclose terms of the deal. San Diego-based QuickFire has developed technology to reduce the bandwidth required to deliver video over the Internet. Currently, Facebook serves an average of more than 1 billion videos per day.... Read more

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TV Apps Were Supposed to Keep People Subscribed to Cable, But They’re Creating Confusion Instead

January 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

First the good news from the TV Everywhere panel at the Television Critics Association's semiannual confab in Los Angeles today: TVE usage—the percentage of cable subscribers who have verified to watch content from a network or cable provider over a digital service or app—is at 49 percent as of the last measurements taken, up from 43 percent last April, with a goal of 55 percent by the end of 2015. And now the bad news. While usage is increasing, all execs remained frustrated by Nielsen's inability to measure those TVE audiences. Mark Garner, svp distribution, A+E Networks , noted that the measurement abilities "lag behind the technology" to such a degree that they have become "harmful to this business." As a result, "you're looking at numbers that don't really tell the whole story" because they don't account for TVE viewing, said Erik Flannigan, evp multiplatform strategy and development, Viacom Entertainment Group. Worse, Garner said a major problem facing the industry was that most consumers still think "that TV Everywhere is an additional thing they have to pay for." Alex Wellen, chief product officer, CNN Digital, pointed out that when audiences stream CNN during breaking news, that data is not being measured. The data "is lagging to the point where it's become frustrating," said Brad Dancer, svp program planning & research, National Geographic Channel, who said that there should be headway in the next 12 months. Ratings issues aside, there are other barriers that are preventing wider-spread TVE usage among cable subscribers. The requirement for consumers to individually authenticate every network app is "clearly an issue," especially for those who haven't yet sampled TVE, said Flannigan, who hopes that situation will improve within in the next two years. At the very least, he noted, authentication in one's home should be able to be done automatically via "sniffing" out that subscriber's cable network. Flannigan characterized the much-fretted-over millennial market not as uninterested, but as "underserved." That's also why the concern about TVE will encourage subscribers to share their passwords with non-subscribers (or their twentysomething kids) is "overblown," said A+E's Garner, who noted that most people are wary of exposing their credit card and other personal data with those shared passwords. "People are willing to pay for things if we make it easier," he said.

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Comcast Leads $5 Million Round in Digital-Video Startup VHX

January 7, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

VHX, which hosts a digital distribution platform for selling video, has raised $5 million in a third round of funding led by Comcast Ventures. The funding brings the startup to $9.4 million raised to date. Union Square Ventures, which led a $3.2 million Series A investment round in VHX last year, participated in the most recent round along... Read more

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