It's a new quick way to chat, live, with a friend who has to choose to opt in. The video can't last more than a minute; a countdown clock lets you know you can't get too windy. After it's over, it's gone, like Snapchat.
Digital veteran Burnie Burns says it's looking past competing with the likes of PewDiePie and other YouTube biggies, to competing with HBO and Netflix as online video really takes off
Verizon will offer consumers a base package and then separate groupings of similar-themed cable networks that a user can switch in and out monthly.
There's a "hierarchy" for talent, says the famed comedian, and in that universe, user generated content of the likes of YouTube is at the bottom. "I don't want to see this crap," he declares. He also says TV is over, and its execs just don't want consumers to figure that out.
Today, the keepers of the franchise, now owned by Disney, are more savvy about how they market to the followers of The Force. It announced that 30 hours of exclusive video content from the Star Wars Celebration convention at the Anaheim Convention Center from April 16 to 19 will be live-streamed by Verizon on Starwars.com
. A new film comes out later this year.
At its upfront (it is ducking out of the NewFronts) Crackle is introducing Always On, a new version of the network in which something is always already playing when you enter the Website—like TV, where you can see what’s on other channels while what you switched on still plays in front of you. The idea is to give viewers the “lean-back” experience of TV with the choice provided by VOD.
Twilio is adding video services to both mobile and Web browsers. “As a result, the new video services like Periscope and Meerkat, which both offer ways to broadcast incidental personal videos, could be just the start of a new rush to video,” The New York Times reports. “Someone building, say, a mobile game, could cheaply add the ability for players to view each other in a corner of the screen.”
A+E is launching Asterisk
: a website featuring stories examining contemporary culture and entertainment through the lens of history, using quizzes, lists and video..
The six-episode, 30-minute "Pompidou," stars Matt Lucas as a “tubby, pompous, penniless, eccentric, yet ultimately lovable aristocrat” who has fallen on hard times. It will bow April 15 on Netflix in all territories except the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.