North Korea's new streaming service, Manbang, isn't what you think it is. It's that country's version of Netflix. Manbang means "every direction" in the Korean language.
Twitter opened its Amplify program to all U.S. video creators, allowing them to generate content from pre-roll ads sold by the company. Twitter will pay video creators 70% of ad revenue, keeping 30% for itself. That’s better than YouTube and Facebook, both of which share 55% of ad revenue.
While still not as prized as broadcast TV, NBC's digital coverage of the Rio Games "were nothing short of an Olympic event in themselves," The Verge reports. "A giant map within the media center in Rio showed the multitude of video feeds coming in -- all of which were shot by the Olympic Broadcasting Services, and then shared with media partners -- as well as their route back to the nucleus of NBC's sophisticated operations in the US," it writes.
Facebook ran into trouble earlier when its Trending Topics list editors were alleged to be biased against conservative. With an algorithm-only new system Trending highlighted a far-right Website's unproved, unsourced story that Fox's Megyn Kelly will vote for Hillary Clinton and is, therefore, a "traitor." Facebook has now removed the item, though, probably now it IS trending.
HBO and AT&T struck what they are calling a “historic” first-ever affiliate pact that secures carriage for a channel across linear TV, online and authenticated streaming all at once. They also announced that the premium network will join the telco’s upcoming streaming bundle DirecTV Now as part of a multi-platform deal.
MTV agreed to a deal so that some clips from the VMAs will appear on Vevo. That's unusual because in the past MTV kept control of video from that awards show because it's the biggest viewer draw on the channel. And Vevo has usually been seen as MTV's biggest competitor.
Apple is said to be is developing a video sharing and editing application and is testing new related features for its iPhone and iPad operating systems, says Bloomberg. Apple isn't saying.
Vadim Larvusik, who helped turned Facebook Live into a big thing, has left to start Alively, now available from Apple's App Store. Alively is designed to broadcast live, but only to a select group.
"The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks" is a new Google VR Arts & Culture exhibit and interactive documentary, timed to help the park service celebrate its 100th birthday this month. Google concentrates on lesser-known parks.
Spotify’s uneven relationships with music labels remains its Achilles heel. The streaming service “wants to pay a smaller share than the nearly 55% of its revenue that it currently pays to record labels and artists,” The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. “But some major label executives want Spotify to pay them as much as 58% of revenue from both its free and paid tiers.”