• Vevo Preps For Sale
    The co-owners of Vevo are reportedly ready to sell the music video venture and will likely bring in Goldman Sachs to do it. Potential buyers include DreamWorks Animation SKG, Liberty Media and a joint venture owned by AT&T and Chernin Group, Bloomberg reports. Vevo is co-owned by Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group, Sony’s Sony Music Entertainment, Google and Abu Dhabi Media. 
  • Gee You Look Familiar: Is Online Video Turning Into TV?
    Huffington Post notes big content deals and exclusive programming all ends up looking a lot like the TV model. Not that there's (necessarily) anything wrong with that.
  • Five Questions For Major Online Video Enterprises
    As NewFronts roll out, Forbes has questions to big players about advertising and taking the businesses from Point A to B.
  • Xbox's Tellem Tips New Content Offerings
    Here's an early look at new programming being planned by Microsoft's Xbox, with details to come at its NewFronts presentation today in New York.
  • Microsoft Debuts Xbox Originals
    Firming up its original content strategy, Microsoft on Monday plans to unveil a full slate of programming under the name Xbox Originals. Produced by its own Xbox Entertainment Studios, the shows range from a live broadcast of the Bonnaroo music festival to the reality series Every Street United. “Considering how slowly Netflix and Amazon first eased into the original content game, the Microsoft group has put together an ambitious and diverse array of programing [sic],” The Verge reports.
  • Innovid Creates A New Atom, Open Architecture Platform Works For Third Party Tech
    Multiscreen ad platform Innovid has launched Atom, what it calls its most advanced platform that will produce better campaign results in less time. Innovid says Atom's difference is in its open architecture, good for integrating devices and third-party technologies.
  • Amazon First Quarter Income Spikes Up 18%
    But it expects to lose money in the second quarter because of heavy investments overseas. Amazon has long focused on spending the money it makes to grow its business and expand into new areas, from movie streaming to e-readers. Wednesday it launched a grocery service, Prime Pantry.
  • Comcast Takes A Swipe Back At Netflix
    In a continuing war of worlds,  Comcast says Netflix slowed itself down by using a middleman.
  • HBO Deal Costs Amazon $300M
    So, about that new distribution deal between Amazon and HBO. How much is Amazon coughing up to carry “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” and other popular HBO shows for three years? North of $300 million, Re/Code reports, citing sources. “That’s a big sum for Amazon, but also very doable: The retailer generated sales of $75 billion last year, and is thought to be spending at least $1 billion a year to build up its streaming video catalog.” 
  • 75% of Mobile Video Ads Launched From Apps, New Study Says
    And, short non-skippable ads are 92% seen. When consumers can opt out, mainly they do.
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