• New Content Push From Snapchat, Tumblr Show A Growth Dynamic
    Snapchat is the latest, and maybe the most surprising, to announce it will begin what might be called Snapchat Discover, a new publishing stream. Meanwhile, Tumblr has now created a unit that will connect Tumblr bloggers with brands that want to use their expertise to create content.
  • Amazon's 'Transparent' Success And Its Other Transparent Failures
    If Amazon delivered these new pilots to you, by now you'd be sealing up the box and getting ready for a trip to the post office to send them back. If "Transparent" is near the best it can do, the new batch of would-be shows from Amazon might make subscribers think twice.
  • Vessel, With An Exclusive Video Window, Starts Now
    CEO Jason Kilar is betting that sufficient millions of users will pay $2.99 a month to get a chance to see content (with some ads) in a three-day exclusive window before that same material is made available on other sites, including YouTube.
  • Obama Online: Much Ado About Nothing?
    On the one hand, a lot of politicians know nothing about using social media and streaming video. On the other hand, President Obama seems to get high marks just for trying it, even if a lot of it isn't very impressive.
  • Amazon Studios Goes Into The Theatrical Film Biz
    It will begin producing or acquire up to a dozen films this year,and market them to theaters with the idea they will show up on Amazon's online movie service a month -- or maybe two -- later.
  • New YouTube Super Bowl Halftime Show Will Tweak/Hype Ads
    YouTube is staging its own live halftime show, putting it in competition with Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz. It's the Game Day cherry on the top of YouTube's annual Super Bowl AdBlitz channel.
  • 'New Yorker Presents' Gets Amazon Pilot, So Does Drama Imagining Allies Lost WWII
    Amazon Instant Video, which trots out series pilots and then invites viewers to give an opinion of them, has begun showing a new batch of seven new programs, including "The New Yorker Presents" a pilot that tries to give a flavor of the magazine--fiction, fact, poetry, arts, cartoon; and "The Man in the High Castle," a drama based on the Philip K. Dick novel from 1962 that imagined the Nazis and the Japanese won World War II.
  • What Is News Still Doing On TV?
    It finally hit me that television may have become the worst, least interesting and most inefficient way to get news, or even see the news.
  • All Eyes On Social Media Video in 2015 Says EMarketer
    Deborah Aho Williamson, eMarketer's principal analyst, says the growing video biz on Facebook, Snaptchat, Twitter and Instagram will not overwhelm YouTube. It will just make the whole video advertising business grow.
  • And Now, Amazon: Streaming Video's Next Big Step
    Although millions of Americans have seen neither "House of Cards" on Netflix or "Transparent" on Amazon, the success and buzz are awesome indicators of how rapidly the content business is shifting to digital. But the popularity of those pay services also says something about what viewers think about "commercial" television itself.
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