Canadian digital video marketing startup Vidyard just raised $35 million in fresh funding led by Boston’s Battery Ventures. “Vidyard can help businesses realize the full potential of video, not just as a content medium, but as an incredible source of business analytics and customer insight,” said Michael Brown, a general partner with Battery, in a release.
Refinery29 's ShatterBox Anthology will feature 12 films from female storytellers, starting with Chloe Sevigny's "Kitty" about a woman who dreams of becoming a kitten, and then actually does.
Spotify's rumored video rollout is set to start with the Android app getting video by the end of this week, but the iOS app is following suit the week after that. Spotify has been testing video content for some small number of users over the last few months, and now the company is finally pushing the product to the masses. Content that Spotify has lined up—mostly “short clips,” according to the report—is coming from ESPN, Comedy Central, the BBC, Vice Media and Maker Studios, among others.
The companies are in advanced talks to set up a joint venture that would develop two new digital media brands for Go90, Verizon’s recently launched mobile video app, according to people familiar with the matter. One might be a Vice-like channel aimed at red state millennnials, says the Wall Street Journal.
Spotify is ready to introduce video content on its Android app, and shortly on in iOS app. “Spotify had originally announced the plans to begin distributing videos and podcasts in May,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Spotify has been gradually testing video on its apps over the past several months.”
"Cities Rising: Rebuilding America" is Katie Couric's new documentary series feature for the well-paid Yahoo talent. The former TV star travels to towns including New Orleans, Houston, Buffalo and Oakland as residents seek to improve the local economy. Yahoo plans to air new episodes every other week, each about 10 minutes long, sponsored exclusively by H&R Block.
Vimeo is helping female video creators and filmmakers in 2016, with its Share the Screen projects, which helps female-led projects. The first part of Vimeo’s “Share the Screen” program kicks off February 18, 2016 with the release of the short "Darby Forever" written by and starring "Saturday Night Live" performer Aldy Bryant.
But Verizon’s pay-TV business slowed dramatically in Q4, with just 20,000 FiOS
TV net adds versus 116,000 in the year-earlier period, as more people just opt for broadband-only service. Verizon now has more than a million more broadband customers than FiOs TV customers.
Netflix said $1.823 billion in revenue and $43 million in profit during the fourth quarter, the content giant said Tuesday. Meanwhile, “Netflix added a record 5.59 million new subscribers in the fourth quarter: 1.56 million the US and 4.04 million more internationally,” The Verge reports. “Its subscriber growth in the US has been slowing for some time now, a fairly predictable outcome as it saturates that market.”
Peach encourages the easy sharing of video, images, gifs and even user-created drawings. It's made special by commands called "Magic Words."