Twitter’s deal for Thursday Night Football is significant because it shows a social network can take broadcasts from TV, and because it has done so in a category known to be the highest-value of all TV rights deals — live sports.
As part of a broader change to the EU’s broadcasting rules, U.S. streaming services like Netflix and Amazon could be forced to devote “at least” 20% of their catalogues to European films and TV shows. “Under a Brussels plan to be unveiled next week, video-on-demand groups would also be obliged to ‘ensure prominence’ of any European works,” The Financial Times reports.
The Wall Street Journal says bids for Yahoo are in the $2-$3 billion range, far below expectations. If true, that leads a long time investor writing in Forbes to speculate that Yahoo's monthly traffic is far less than the 1 billion that has been reported. (Or the bidders, including Verizon, are low-balling.)
2bcamp, this summer in Madrid, is the creation of a media company specializing in Spanish-language YouTubers and will be run by a summer camp firm. It's aimed at young people aged 11 to 18. The two-week camp will teach aspiring YouTubers how to create channels, generate quality content, grow audiences, promote videos, and collaborate. (A YouTube channel, a book, a documentary, and a U.S. franchise cannot be far behind.)
While focusing yesterday on its new virtual reality headset as a design that will be licensed to partners, Google also plans to sell a version of Daydream itself. The Daydream headset is an evolution of low-end Cardboard but far comfortable. .
Josef Adalian and Maria Elana Fernandez from Vulture talk to Hollywood creative types about how the glut of content is distorting the business, resulting in good but not great actors getting fat contracts and insisting on being cast without auditions. For writers and for showrunners, there is more work, more opportunity and often, less pay. Well reported--and it might make 'PeakTV' into a buzz phrase.
Netflix just launched Fast.com -- a site where users can test their Web speed. “No technical knowledge is needed,” Mashable notes. “Simply visit Fast.com and the site immediately starts calculating what your current Internet download speed is.” The site uses Netflix servers to test download speeds.
CBS confirmed the spin-off of the hit drama "The Good Wife" will be made for CBS All-Access, the pay digital service. It will star actresses "Good Wife" mainstay Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo who had a role in the last seaason of the show. CBS chief Leslie Moonves says he hopes to add three or four new shows per season.
The PGA Tour can opt out of its media deals with CBS and NBC in 2018, and tour executives already have reached out to several media companies to gauge their interest in bidding for a package of rights or, potentially, helping the tour launch its own channel.
NBA Playmakers will be a video network aimed at millennials that enables fans to produce NBA-related content and share it the network, YouTube, and the NBA’s digital assets. The league is partnering with BroadbandTV to launch it.