• Analysts Try to Handicap Netflix Earnings Call Today
    Things may be getting tough for Netflix, some analysts feel. It has more competition in the U.S. and the European market may be in post-Brexit flux. Netflix reports earnings after the market closes Monday
  • Vevo Refreshes Brand And Features
    Along with a “brand refresh,” Vevo this week rolled out a number of new features for its apps, Variety reports. The content company is also adding curators that are supposed to turn Vevo into a platform “where you not just watch the videos you know, but also discover new music.”
  • Hey, Maker Studios, Defy Also Got Emmy Noms
    It wasn't all Netflix and Amazon! Maker Studio's delightful Epic Rap Battles of History" and Defy Media's "Honest Trailers," two of the cooler, polished things online, were nominated  for Emmys.
  • Instagram Turns On Its Video Jets
    CEO Kevin Systrom says video is Instagram's biggest target for growth this year; it expanded its maximum video length from 15 seconds to a minute this year. He says video views have increased 150% in the last six months 
  • Turner Third Media Giant To Invest In Refinery 29
    The very hip women's lifestyle channel get a cash infusion from Time Warner's Turner unit, joining Scripps and Hearst, that invested earlier.  Refinery 29 is on its way to $100 million in annual revenue this year; the company is valued at $300 million.
  • Chuck Lorre, Kathy Bates, Sign With Netflix For 'Budding' Comedy
    Sitcom hit maker Chuck Lorre and actress Kathy Bates frontline a new Netflix sitcom, "Disjointed," announced Wednesday, about a legal marijuana dispensary business in Los Angeles. A high concept, for sure. 
  • After Events, Facebook Explains Live Video Rules
    Facebook clarified its policy for live video, in the wake of events in Minnesota and Texas in which live video played a pivotal role. If the live video glorifies violence, Facebook said it will block it. It will also alter autoplay for graphic video and block it from minors.
  • Record Biz Makes $3B Off Illegal YouTube Uploads
    YouTube says when record companies find illegally uploaded material on YouTube with Content ID, 95% of the time they leave the content there to monetize it, rather than blocking it. It says half of the music biz's revenue from YouTube is gotten that way--more than $3 billion so far. 
  • ABC Begins Offering Tiny Webisodes, For Free
    ABC is debuting "Boondoggle," a tiny three-minute long Webisode starring "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell (as "Modern Family" actor Ty Burrell). It's one of seven new, free mini-episodic shows available online and on mobile phones 
  • CW Deal Shows How Netflix Is Changing
    Netflix decided to step up its spending on the CW’s scripted-series slate in exchange for collapsing the wait time for new seasons of each series to just eight days after a show wraps on the network. That compares to as much as four months or more under the previous deal. 
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