Streaming music service Rhapsody plans to rebrand as Napster -- the rival service it acquired in 2011. The Verge calls the change “bizarre,” but, “Apparently the Napster name has better global pull than Rhapsody, and the company was already using that name, and the logo of a cool cat with headphones, in markets like Canada.”
The new 80-minute film played out on Snapchat, and it works because Snapchat is a no-B.S. kind of social media app. The fictional "Sickhouse" plays with that premise, a la the old "Blair Witch Project." Vimeo has it, for $5.99
Netflix, Amazon and others will continue to have trouble making inroads in Eastern Europe because available TV is far cheaper and a lot more local. Christoph Mainusch, CEO of Central Europe Media Enterprises, the largest broadcaster in Central and Eastern Europe, says broadcasting is still plenty strong there.
Apple wanted to offer its own pay TV service that would run on its Apple TV set top box. Instead, Apple announced it will add Sling TV, which allows live viewing from channels that include ESPN, CNN and AMC.
Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor is stepping down, Bloomberg reports. “The departing executive will remain an adviser to the company, and will take some time off,” it notes. Joey Levin, head of parent company IAC, will serve as interim CEO. During his time at Vimeo, Trainor is credited with successfully “building the niche outlet for filmmakers into a destination for high-end internet TV series.”
YouCollab is an app described as "Tinder for YouTubers," helping creators find other like-minded folks nearby, so they can collaborate on projects if they choose. It begins Thursday.
He will also remain CEO of CBS Interactive. The new title, for a new position, recognizes the importance of coordinating digital strategies across various CBS divisions.
The new additions are just the latest in a spree of exclusive program acquisitions by the SVOD, all part of a strategy to drive growth by playing off of the popularity of Brit-focused shows like "Downton Abbey. "
The Mishmasher beta site still needs some work. but maybe it's gonna be yuge. There's a similar Obama site, TalkObamaTo.Me
Facebook has hired Ricky Van Veen,best known as the co-founder of IAC's CollegeHumor site, is going to work for Facebook as its "head of global creative strategy," a newly created position. The job seems to involve getting video makers to make more specifically for Facebook