• Disney Launches a 'Trainer' App For Pre-Teens
    Disney LOL is a safe place where kids won't be able to see inappropriate things, but will see a lot of Disney content
  • Apple Investing In Music Videos
    Rolling Stone considers Apple’s increasing investments in original content, and music videos in particular. “The world’s most valuable company has thrown its immense resources into making music videos, concert documentaries and documentaries and, above all, scoring album exclusives,” Rolling Stone writes. What’s more, “The tech behemoth’s top execs are involved in pop-star projects.”
  • Nielsen Dishing On Data From Neflix, Amazon, Hulu
    Nielsen is providing media partners with data about select programming on streaming services like Netflix, The Wall Street Journal reports. “The new data from Nielsen are being shared privately with studios -- except for whatever they agree to release more widely,” according to The Journal. “They include metrics such as the total audience for episodes, the breakdown by age groups, and indications of whether streaming viewers are more likely to follow a show on traditional TV.”
  • Does Big News Boost Video Demand?
    Big breaking news does not boost demand for online video, Nieman Lab reports, citing new findings from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. “Online video news is less of a force than publishers might hope,” Nieman Lab writes. “The [findings] noted that only about a quarter of 50,000 respondents across 26 countries watch online news video in a given week.”
  • Maybe Live Streaming Is A Business
    A lot has happened in the last two weeks that makes it appear there's enough live content out there that it's bound to be a big part of the video tech business.
  • Elizabeth Warren Has Issues With Google, Apple, Amazon
    Google, she said, uses “its dominant search engine to harm rivals of its Google Plus user review feature;” Apple “has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services” that compete with Apple Music; and Amazon “uses its position as the dominant bookseller to steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers.”
  • Thrillist, Diageo Team Up For Supercall
    Thrillist's content marketing arm has launched a new online publication, Supercall, that dwells on the liquor industry. It has Diageo as a major sponsor, but only 5-10% will be devoted to its brands.
  • Hard News Videos Are A Hard Sell
    Except for giant news stories, visitors to news Websites are mainly content to read news text and aren't that interested in video. Only about one in four watch news video in any week, a new study says 
  • Fox Sports Close To Local Streaming Deal With NHL
    No contracts have been signed yet, but the two sides have agreed to allow Fox’s regional sports networks to stream NHL games in their local markets by the start of next season. Fox will make the live games available to authenticated users.
  • Digital Competition A Hassle For Local TV Ad Execs
    The digital revolution is disrupting the world of local media ad sales — competing with TV stations not only for dollars but also for talent. Stations have to be aggressive and managers now have more headaches maintaining TV and digital operations. 
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