Will Virtual Reality Win the Attention War for Screen Time? (Cuepoint)

February 8, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Will Virtual Reality Win the Attention War for Screen Time? (Cuepoint) 

As virtual and augmented reality become more mainstream, I guarantee we’re going to see an acceleration of this, and that my generation, the ones glued to their phones, will be complaining that the damn kids never take their headsets off. But for artists, this means that people can consume as they please and have endless options, and competition will be stiffer than ever. If you want to see live music, you’re no longer limited to what’s playing down the block — you can drop into any concert in the world via VR, and that will make it harder for the average band to draw an audience…

With Full Power at CBS, CEO Moonves Sees More Aggressive Move to Digital (Reuters)

February 8, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on With Full Power at CBS, CEO Moonves Sees More Aggressive Move to Digital (Reuters) 

The network’s push to ramp up its online All Access service – which offers its shows on PCs, tablets and smartphones for $5.99 a month – comes as media companies are rethinking their business models and their relationships with streaming video providers, treating them more like competitors than allies. Moonves is also considering putting shows on All Access from the CW Network, its joint venture with Time Warner Inc’s (TWX.N) Warner Bros, which produced the offbeat hits “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin.” Ultimately, Moonves said he wants the service to include content from its Showtime subsidiary, best known for “Homeland” and “Dexter,” and possibly shows from other partners…

Netflix To Debut Surprising Resolution Upgrades (Forbes)

February 8, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Netflix To Debut Surprising Resolution Upgrades (Forbes) 

Netflix is actively ramping up its HDR content, according to a recent report. “I think HDR is more visibly different than 4K,” Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix, said in the piece. “Over the past 15 years, we have had plenty of increments of pixels on the screen, and from what we saw with digital cameras, pixel count eventually stopped being interesting.” 5% of Netflix’s content could be available in HDR within the next year and 20% by 2019. At the time of press Netflix could not be reached directly for comment. Bringing HDR to online streaming would be significant step in the march toward improved video quality for Netflix. The company already offers 1080p (HD) streaming in addition to 720p (SD) video…

Super Bowl Breaks a Web Streaming Audience Record Says CBS (Re/code)

February 8, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Super Bowl Breaks a Web Streaming Audience Record Says CBS (Re/code) 

The Super Bowl isn’t meant to be streamed, but there are a lot of people who want to stream the Super Bowl, anyway. And this year there were more than ever: CBS says the Broncos victory over the Panthers had a “record audience” streaming the game. What does that mean in numbers? CBS won’t say, for now. But here are the numbers NBC recorded when it streamed the game a year ago, and also said it broke records: 800,000 average viewers per minute, 1.3 million concurrent users, and 213 total minutes. Let’s assume, for now, that CBS eclipsed all those numbers. That wouldn’t be a surprise, since TV and video experts assumed that the streaming audience for the game would top last years’…

My Eye Media Expands Quality Control Services, Continues Investing in High Dynamic Range (MESA)

February 5, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on My Eye Media Expands Quality Control Services, Continues Investing in High Dynamic Range (MESA) 

My Eye Media has announced their continued expansion of high dynamic range with wider color gamut and immersive audio quality control services as content owners and distributors fast-track efforts to deliver next generation imagery and immersive audio, including Dolby Atmos, to consumers.

“My Eye Media is committed to delivering the most advanced and innovative solutions to our clients,” said Michael Kadenacy, CEO, My Eye Media. “Over the past year we have expanded our QC offerings to include QC of the HDR experience by participating in the Dolby Vision pilot program with our customers. We are excited about the expanding list of studios delivering Dolby Vision content to consumers and will continue to be there for them with our evolving arsenal of technologies.”

My Eye Media has developed optimal methods for the QC of HDR material delivered from Dolby Vision workflows and destined to streaming content providers and major studios looking to deliver ultra high-definition (UHD) Blu-ray discs… Read more

Lights, Camera, Activation: Super Bowl Studio Spending Soars (AdAge)

February 5, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Lights, Camera, Activation: Super Bowl Studio Spending Soars (AdAge) 

A year after Universal Pictures sucked all the air out of the category with an audacious six-spot buy, rival studios are reasserting themselves with more aggressive investments in Super Bowl 50. Walt Disney Pictures will be the most visible studio in CBS’ Feb. 7 broadcast, as the Mouse House is expected to make its biggest Super Bowl buy in more than a decade. While Disney in the last eight years has limited its in-game allotment to just 60 seconds of airtime, the studio is going all-in for the NFL’s golden anniversary celebration…

NFL Streaming Rights: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon Are In the Mix (Variety)

February 5, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on NFL Streaming Rights: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon Are In the Mix (Variety) 

The National Football League is shopping digital rights for “Thursday Night Football” games — and tech giants Apple, Amazon.com, Google and Verizon’s Go90 are each expected to try to get in on the action, according to industry sources. On Monday, the NFL announced two-year TV broadcast deals with CBS and NBC to divvy up the Thursday matches, with each network securing rights to five. CBS for the last two seasons had rights to eight “Thursday Night Football” games. In announcing the TV deals, the league said it is “in active discussions with prospective digital partners” for global over-the-top streaming rights to the same games…

Super Bowl’s Wireless Blitz Spurs Carriers to Brace for Impact (CNET)

February 5, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Super Bowl’s Wireless Blitz Spurs Carriers to Brace for Impact (CNET) 

For millions of football fans around the world, the Super Bowl is the big game. For the four national wireless carriers, it is the big test. This expected tsunami of data has prompted AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon to spend millions of dollars in preparation to ensure that their networks are rock solid on game day. Their performance is a big deal because the last thing any carrier wants is an embarrassing outage or slowdown at such a high-profile event. The hunger for data keeps growing. Last year’s Super Bowl in Phoenix saw 1.7 terabytes of data travel out of the stadium, the equivalent of 4.8 million social media posts with photos. The flood of photos and videos heading into the cloud via wireless Internet connections means that carriers must make extra preparations.

Google’s Real-Time Ads Tap Into Growing Trend For ‘Moment Marketing’ (MediaPost)

February 5, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Google’s Real-Time Ads Tap Into Growing Trend For ‘Moment Marketing’ (MediaPost) 

Google’s announcement that it will be beta-testing Real Time Ads with a select number of advertisers including website building and hosting company Wix.com during the Super Bowl is welcome news. Rumors abound that Comcast will tap into real-time ads at the Oscars, while Google has said it has been trying out the format with EA Sports. The tools will allow a pre-created ad to include a component — such as a photo or overlaid text — which can be updated immediately to reflect chatter. More significantly, perhaps, the news marks a recognition from Google of the importance of tapping into the real-time market, as it tries to compete with Twitter and its newly launched platforms such as Periscope…

The Seismic Digital Shift In How The Super Bowl Is Being Watched (Forbes)

February 5, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on The Seismic Digital Shift In How The Super Bowl Is Being Watched (Forbes) 

Super Bowl Sunday is a day when families and friends have traditionally gathered in front of the television to take the massive media spectacle. But based on data from Adobe Digital Index, Millennials are reshaping how video content is being consumed. While the traditional TV is still the dominant viewing platform, the shift shows that as the younger generation matures, a tipping point may be reached in which sports content will be watched more on smart devices—mobile phones, tablets, gaming consoles, computers, and connected TVs—than the traditional television set. The data from Adobe, which is based on 400+ US consumers who have viewed a live sporting event in the past year; 36 billion TV Everywhere authentications, and more, shows that 1 in 3 consumers will watch live sporting events on something other than a traditional television. Of those, 50% are millennials…

How Big Cable Is Stemming the Cord-Cutting Tide (Adweek)

February 5, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on How Big Cable Is Stemming the Cord-Cutting Tide (Adweek) 

A funny thing happened this week on the way to that big cable box in the sky: Three of the largest U.S. cable operators actually added subscribers. In releasing their fourth quarter and full-year earnings for 2015, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Charter Communications all posted subscriber gains for the past quarter. While it’s common for cable operators to see a bump in subscribers at the end of the year, both Time Warner Cable and Charter–which are planning to merge–posted full year subscriber gains, ending years of declines…

Vinyl Revival: Canadian Company Reinvents the Record Pressing Plant (Globe & Mail)

February 5, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Vinyl Revival: Canadian Company Reinvents the Record Pressing Plant (Globe & Mail) 

The hype around the 21st-century vinyl revival is starting to sound like a broken record. Music sales revenues have plummeted for more than a decade, but every year since 2011, stories have cropped up about the 30, 50 or sometimes 80 per cent year-over-year growth in vinyl sales. The spectacular rebirth of the LP, however, has come with unexpected growing pains. New record-pressing machines haven’t been manufactured for decades, forcing new manufacturers to dredge up and refurbish used, creaky presses. And demand far outweighs the industry’s capacity: only a finite number of old presses remain, forcing delays that can stretch six months or longer as labels wait their turn to press records…

Video Set to Dominate Mobile Networks (Multichannel News)

February 5, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Video Set to Dominate Mobile Networks (Multichannel News) 

The amount of data flowing over mobile networks shows no signs of slowing down and, increasingly, that traffic will be comprised of video, according to a new study from Cisco Systems. By 2020, more than 75% of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video (up from 55% in 2015), the company forecasted in the study. Cisco also believes global mobile data traffic will reach 30.6 exabytes per month in 2020, up from 3.7 exabytes in 2015, and that annual global mobile data traffic will eclipse 366.8 exabytes in about five years, up from 44.2 exabytes last year…

TPP Trade Deal Signing Draws a Crowd (Multichannel News)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on TPP Trade Deal Signing Draws a Crowd (Multichannel News) 

U.S. and Asia Pacific representatives have signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a ceremony in New Zealand. That is not ratification, but a precursor, the Motion Picture Association of America said in saluting the signatures. TPP is a historic Pacific Rim trade agreement with 11 other countries that TV and film producers have been pushing as a way to expand trade and access to Asia-Pacific markets…

Technicolor Withdraws From the HEVC Advance Pool to Enable Direct Licensing of its HEVC IP Portfolio (StreamingMedia)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Technicolor Withdraws From the HEVC Advance Pool to Enable Direct Licensing of its HEVC IP Portfolio (StreamingMedia) 

Technicolor has decided to license its HEVC IP portfolio directly to device manufacturers rather than through the HEVC Advance patent pool in order to accelerate adoption of the standard. Since the emergence of the HEVC Advance pool, various players have delayed adoption of HEVC technologies and redirected their investment into alternative technologies. However, HEVC is today the best video compression technology to meet industry needs, such as the shift towards next generation video formats like UHD and HDR. As a leading developer and proponent of HEVC technology, Technicolor strongly believes that the rapid and widespread adoption of a unified technology is the best outcome for the industry and for Technicolor…

OTT Video Services: 4 Questions to Consider for 2016 and Beyond (TVBEurope)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on OTT Video Services: 4 Questions to Consider for 2016 and Beyond (TVBEurope) 

With a third of UK broadband households now subscribing to at least one internet-delivered TV service, streaming services are growing steadily. The rise of streaming services is percolating and transforming the media industry on all fronts; Nielsen now measures ads on digital TV stick Roku in what was a world first partnership, Apple TV was on everybody¹s holiday wish-list, and traditional broadcasters like ITV are launching international TV services. Everyone who doesn¹t have an OTT solution is building one. But this is so much more than a digital distribution story…

‘CODE’ Doc Hits UCLA (MESA)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on ‘CODE’ Doc Hits UCLA (MESA) 

The documentary film “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” has already been screened at government agencies (including the White House and Congress) and Fortune 500 companies (including Microsoft and Intel). On Friday it’s UCLA’s turn. From noon-3 p.m. Feb. 5, the university’s Luskin Center, Center for the Study of Women, Office of Information Technology as well as UCLA’s Department of Film, Television & Digital Media, will partner with L.A. talent firm Creative Artists Agency to host a free screening of “CODE” at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater. After the screening, the producers of the film will hold a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience, moderated by Nadya Ichinomiya, director of IT, TV marketing and research for Sony Pictures Entertainment… Read more

Video Is Coming to NFL’s Surface Tablets (Wired)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Video Is Coming to NFL’s Surface Tablets (Wired) 

It’s been hard so far to really see what value the Surface adds to the game, other than a slightly better organizational system than a sheaf of hastily-printed photos (and hundreds of millions of dollars for the NFL). Video, however, is finally a genuinely new thing Microsoft can bring to NFL sidelines. Former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana noted that the biggest difference between his time in the NFL and now is the amount of video accessible to players at any given time. He’s jealous he couldn’t watch film in the hotel, or on a plane. Video’s become so integral to how players and coaches prepare and improve, that it’s only natural they’d want it on the sidelines. The integration almost feels behind, actually: Fans already have immediate access to replays from all angles, and probably have more complete information about what’s happening on the field than the players themselves…

YouTube Rumored To Be Working On 360-Degree, Live Streaming Video Platform (Tubefilter)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on YouTube Rumored To Be Working On 360-Degree, Live Streaming Video Platform (Tubefilter) 

On YouTube’s end, 360-degree live streams could potentially offer a new level of immersion for viewers. By watching those streams through virtual reality (VR) devices like Google Cardboard, YouTube users would be able to get up close and personal with their favorite events. In its report, BuzzFeed embedded a 360-degree video shot at Tomorrowland; live footage from the EDM festival would give viewers a chance to feel as if they’re actually there. VR and live streaming are two areas to which YouTube has recently devoted significant resources. The video site has already promoted a diverse array of 360-degree videos, ranging from animations to advertizements to interactive games. At the same time, it has prominently featured live streams within category-specific destinations like YouTube Gaming…

The When, Where and How of Consumer Entertainment and Technology Today – Study (Information Age)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on The When, Where and How of Consumer Entertainment and Technology Today – Study (Information Age) 

Shifting consumer consumption habits are dramatically changing the face of modern entertainment discovery. These altering behaviours, alongside exciting developments in available technologies, mean that providers are kept well on their toes, as we are pushed into a new era of entertainment discovery. In recent years, there has been widespread panic among traditional pay-TV providers over subscribers cutting the cord, however a recent Rovi Survey 4,000 pay-TV and over-the-top (OTT) content subscribers revealed that only 3% of global viewers had actually done so. But that’s not to say that subscribers are not thinking about it. In the UK for example, the survey found that over half (51%) of respondents have considered cutting the cord. In addition, the research also highlighted that stronger discovery strategies can help increase content consumption and boost subscriber satisfaction…

DOJ Blesses FCC Set-Top ‘Inquiry’ (MCN)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on DOJ Blesses FCC Set-Top ‘Inquiry’ (MCN) 

The head of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division said he was all for FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s “inquiry” into new set-top rules. Wheeler last week proposed new rules, a proposal scheduled to be voted on Feb. 18, but they would not become official until the public commented on them and a final order was voted out. In a statement, Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer said: “We welcome the Commission’s inquiry into whether new set-top box rules may better unlock the ‎power of consumer choice.”…

Facebook Touts NFL Viewing Influence (MESA)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Facebook Touts NFL Viewing Influence (MESA) 

In January, Nielsen announced it was adding Facebook conversation data to its Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings, creating a new “Social Content Ratings” measurement, one that tracks social media discussions around original programming from TV and OTT streaming providers, including live sports. And ahead of Super Bowl 50, Facebook Feb. 3 offered up a few reasons why what its users share is important for the NFL and its network partners… Read more

YouTube Moves Closer to Becoming a Netflix for Millennials (LA Times)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on YouTube Moves Closer to Becoming a Netflix for Millennials (LA Times) 

The world’s biggest online video platform will officially crack into the paid original content business next week when it premieres the first four titles produced for its new subscription service, YouTube Red, the company said Wednesday. YouTube aims to release between 15 and 20 new titles on Red this year. That, combined with an ad-free experience, access to streaming music and offline video viewing, is how the company is promoting its $9.99 monthly service, which was launched in October 2015…

Redstone Moves Could Spark TV Consolidation (B&C)

February 4, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Redstone Moves Could Spark TV Consolidation (B&C) 

On Wednesday CBS announced that Redstone has givenup his post as executive chairman. On Thursday, Viacom’s board will meet and there are reports it will also name a new chairman. “Thinking about what this change for CBS and Viacom could mean for the broader media landscape, we believe that changes for the Redstone controlled empires could be the trigger for media company consolidation as each company will be forced to figure out if they are a buyer or seller in the coming months,” said Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson Research in a report. The TV business has been under pressure from low ratings, slow growing ad revenues and, more recently, declining pay-TV subscribers, which hurts distribution revenues…

Why IBM Just Acquired ecx.io, Its Third Digital Agency In A Week (Forbes)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Why IBM Just Acquired ecx.io, Its Third Digital Agency In A Week (Forbes) 

“Growth, growth, growth.” Those are the marching orders at IBM from CEO Ginni Rometty as the company continues to try to refocus along new cloud businesses. At IBM’s growing digital design practice, it means something else: “buy, buy, buy.” IBM announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire ecx.io, a digital agency in Europe with customers including Axalta, Hammer and JAB Anstoetz. The multi-national agency based in Dusseldorf joins Resource/Ammirati in the United States and Aperto in Berlin as acquisitions IBM’s design unit, IBM iX (for “Interactive Experience”) has made in the past week. Asked about the flurry of deals, European unit chief Matthew Candy said IBM’s been on a “journey” to build out its own 25 design studios organically, but wanted the chance to grow even faster through acquisition. “Our simple orders are growth, and these announcements are making sure to continue to drive it,” Candy says…

Adobe CEO tells Cramer: Our Reach is Global (CNBC)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Adobe CEO tells Cramer: Our Reach is Global (CNBC) 

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen explained that the company has two main drivers of growth in its business. The first is the creative content, such as Photoshop or Illustrator. But the second stream of business is one that many do not associate Adobe with – its digital marketing stream. “The whole world is moving online,” Narayen said. “People want to spend their money in a personalized way, and it adds a tongue-and-cheek way of doing both of our businesses proud.” Narayen added that the company works toward showing the creative aspects of Adobe while emphasizing the importance of data. This has led to a complete transformation of the company into the world of the cloud…

How YouTube Aims to Persuade Millennials to Pay for Programming (THR)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on How YouTube Aims to Persuade Millennials to Pay for Programming (THR) 

The video giant rolls out a slate of original web series launching Feb. 10 that it hopes will draw users to the new $10-a-month Red subscription service: “Junior has to convince Mom and Dad to put in on their credit card,” says one analyst…

Netflix’s VPN Ban Proves We Need to Develop a Global, Legal Digital Marketplace (Quartz)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Netflix’s VPN Ban Proves We Need to Develop a Global, Legal Digital Marketplace (Quartz) 

With the new ban in place, Australian subscribers will no longer be able to watch US shows until they become available Down Under. Likewise, US subscribers who are addicted to British shows will have to wait for those shows to come stateside. The content providers’ desire for this ban is easy to understand. If Australian fans have already watched a US show via Netflix, who will tune in when the show finally arrives in Australia? Thus far, movie studios and TV producers have repeatedly criticized Netflix for turning a blind eye to unlicensed viewing. Had the company continued to ignore geographical licensing restrictions, some of these providers might have eventually pulled their content from the service. Nevertheless, the recently announced ban is unlikely to provide a long-term cure to the content providers’ chronic headaches. The problem lies not with Netflix, but with the unmet consumer demand in foreign markets. If we are to successfully address this problem, more comprehensive copyright reform will be needed…

YuMe and Nielsen Prepare for Big Changes in China (The Drum)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on YuMe and Nielsen Prepare for Big Changes in China (The Drum) 

A major development in the entertainment industry in recent years has been an expanding global market. No country has contributed more to that change than China. One of the companies most attuned to those changes has been YuMe, the advertising technology company. The company launched operations in China last year to bring its expertise (especially in Connected TV-CTV) to the rapidly growing market, setting up offices in Beijing and Shanghai…

5 Reasons Why CBS’s Live Streaming of Super Bowl 50 is a Big Deal (Videonuze)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why CBS’s Live Streaming of Super Bowl 50 is a Big Deal (Videonuze) 

1. Moving live streaming to the TV and living room – Since 2012, the TV network broadcasting the Super Bowl has made a live stream of the game available through web browsers on desktops/laptops and to mobile devices (through the NFL’s partnership with Verizon). Not surprisingly, because online viewing could not take place on televisions, total online viewership, as reported by these broadcast partners, was relatively small, averaging 800K for Super Bowl XLIV (we’re going to miss the Roman numerals!) in 2015 and approximately 538K in 2014. 
Now, by allowing viewers to stream the game through connected TV apps on larger TV screens, the NFL and CBS are moving consumption from a more solitary experience not suitable for shared group viewing (and partying) to the comforts of a living room or den, where gaming consoles and other connected TV devices are typically located. OTT entertainment video services have seen dramatic increases in viewing when consumption shifts to the living room through connected TV apps; for example, Hulu estimates that nearly 60% of viewing through its service is now taking place on TVs…

Comcast Rides Universal to Profit (MESA)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Comcast Rides Universal to Profit (MESA) 

Comcast rode a solid quarter from Universal Studios and the best video customer results in years in terms of video customers for its cable division to a fourth-quarter operating profit of $4 billion, up nearly 6% year over year, on revenue of more than $19.2 billion, up 8.5%. Cable segment revenues for the company jumped 6% for the quarter to nearly $12 billion, thanks to gains in Internet, video and business services revenues, offset by a decline in lower ad revenue. Comcast gained 89,000 net new video customers during the quarter, the best quarterly gain for the company in eight years, and also added a net 460,000 Internet customers… Read more

EU’s Highest Court to Weigh Whether Hyperlinking Will Remain Legal in Europe (DisCo)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on EU’s Highest Court to Weigh Whether Hyperlinking Will Remain Legal in Europe (DisCo) 

The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Luxembourg will hear arguments in a case about one of the most fundamental online activities: hyperlinking. The case may decide the fate of the World Wide Web in Europe. This isn’t hyperbole. Let us explain. As any Internet user knows, linking is the lifeblood of the web. By connecting webpages together, links are what enable the interconnected nature of the web; they’re why we call it a “web” in the first place. It turns out that under current EU copyright law, hyperlinking may have (far-reaching) legal consequences, as the CJEU has been asked yet again how to apply copyright law to hyperlinking on the web. To begin with, you read that right: it’s 2016, and European courts are still wrestling with the question of whether posting a link violates copyright law. The issue has come to a head in the GS Media case (Case C-160/15) due to be heard today in Luxembourg…

Sony To Get On Board With 4K Blu-ray Players (Twice)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Sony To Get On Board With 4K Blu-ray Players (Twice) 

Sony is waiting for a large number of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs to hit the market before launching a 4K Blu-ray player in the U.S., but it will definitely launch a model by the end of its next fiscal year in March 2017, said Sunil Nayyar, director of Sony’s U.S. TV business. The company will focus first on launching its first 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) streaming service sometime this year for playback through its 4K HDR Android TVs, the company added…

Hulu Said to Seek Sundance Films in Push for First-Run Movies (Bloomberg Business)

February 3, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Hulu Said to Seek Sundance Films in Push for First-Run Movies (Bloomberg Business) 

Hulu LLC expressed interest in acquiring films screened at the Sundance Film Festival, striving to join streaming rivals Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. as a buyer and distributor of original movies for the first time, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The company, jointly owned by 21st Century Fox Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp., hasn’t announced any acquisitions yet from the festival, which ended Sunday. If Hulu does make any purchases, it would probably work with a traditional distributor to release the movies in theaters as well as online, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private…

CenturyLink Expands Prism TV Throughout Twin Cities Region (CED)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on CenturyLink Expands Prism TV Throughout Twin Cities Region (CED) 

CenturyLink announced Monday it is expanding its Prism TV service to Minneapolis, St. Paul and 18 surrounding cities. The service will come as a complement to CenturyLink’s 1 gigabit broadband service, which was launched to residents and businesses in the area in mid-2014. Prism TV includes a wireless set-top box, a whole-home DVR, a mobile app that allows customers to stream content on the go and an on-demand library…

What Happens When the Super Bowl Stream Buffers? Buffer Rage! (StreamingMedia)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on What Happens When the Super Bowl Stream Buffers? Buffer Rage! (StreamingMedia) 

As we head into Super Bowl 50 weekend the odds favor the Carolina Panthers over the Denver Broncos. However, it’s a sure-fire bet that the live streaming audience will top last year’s 1.3 million. Streaming is a key offering for sports teams and broadcasters as they try to attract consumers leaving hefty pay TV subscriptions. But there’s a cause for concern: What happens to this momentum if the live stream buffers?…

OTT Service YipTV Taps Akamai Media Delivery (MESA)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on OTT Service YipTV Taps Akamai Media Delivery (MESA) 

Broadband OTT service YipTV has tapped Akamai cloud-based media-delivery solutions to reduce network lag times, monitor its network performance, and measure online video quality and audience behavior, the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based company announced. YipTV, which gives subscribers 18 live international TV channels free on broadband-connected devices, is also leveraging Akamai’s media content security technologies, according to YipTV CIO Giancarlo Paolillo. The company’s IT department turned to Akamai to build out its OTT infrastructure, after deciding it would be too costly to do it in-house… Read more

Evolution of Mobile is Shifting the Balance of Power Between Google’s Parent and Apple. Again. (VentureBeat)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Evolution of Mobile is Shifting the Balance of Power Between Google’s Parent and Apple. Again. (VentureBeat) 

When the stock markets open this morning, it’s quite likely that the company formerly known as Google will seize the title of world’s most valuable company from Apple. It is the latest twist in Silicon Valley’s favorite feud between two giants who once were friends until they became bitter enemies and rivals. And while there are many subplots and personalities involved, the main thread running through their competition is the rapidly evolving nature of mobile. Mobile still seemed somewhere over the horizon when Google went public back in 2004. For the next four years, Google was more valuable than Apple, which was just regaining some momentum, thanks to sales of Macs and iPods…

Sky Store Movie Sales Reach £100 million (HMM)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Sky Store Movie Sales Reach £100 million (HMM) 

British satellite TV operator Sky said revenue from its Sky Store “Buy & Keep” electronic sellthrough platform reached £100 million on an annualized basis for the fiscal period ended Dec. 31, 2015. “Buy & Keep” is noteworthy from other EST platforms in that a DVD backup of a movie purchase is delivered to consumers in the mail…

Netflix Sees a Bright and Dark Future with HDR (Digital Trends)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Netflix Sees a Bright and Dark Future with HDR (Digital Trends) 

Now streaming into the homes of nearly 75 million users in 190 countries, Netflix is a disruptive force. Not only does it influence the shows and movies we watch, it also helps dictate how that content is displayed. Netflix helped usher in the era of 4K streaming with House of Cards back in 2014, and now its top product executives have set their eyes on another technological leap: HDR, or High Dynamic Range. Netflix sees HDR as the real “next big thing” in video — even bigger than 4K — and that means it’s coming soon to a red-and-white screen near you. Here’s why higher dynamic range is all the rage, and what it means for the way you’ll binge the next season of Orange is the New Black…

The Uneasy Future Of Format Innovation In Music Streaming (Forbes)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on The Uneasy Future Of Format Innovation In Music Streaming (Forbes) 

The continual rise of media streaming services like Netflix and Spotify has not only transformed consumer behavior, but has also freed creators from traditional TV and radio programming standards, allowing for greater experimentation in form and content. Last month, media consulting firm MIDiA Research published its findings that Netflix’s original episodes show the widest variation in length at 34%, compared to 24% for Amazon Video and just 14% for linear TV programming. Diversifying episode lengths is just one possibility in format innovation, which could also entail multimedia and multi-genre initiatives. Streaming services are embracing these changes not just for art’s sake, but also for the sake of maximizing the value of their data, targeting customer segments more effectively and increasing revenues…

NFL Plans To Award Global Digital Rights To Thursday Games (Variety)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on NFL Plans To Award Global Digital Rights To Thursday Games (Variety) 

Now that the NFL has figured out what to do with “Thursday Night Football,” it has to determine what do with what might be called “ThursdayNightFootball.com” The sports league intends to move quickly to resolve the issue of who should stream the games via broadband, both in the United States and around the world, said Hans Schroeder, the NFL’s senior vice president of revenue strategy and development, in an interview…

RIAA Certifications Will Now Count Streaming (Vulture)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on RIAA Certifications Will Now Count Streaming (Vulture) 

Call it the Anti effect, or just call it getting hip to the times. The Recording Industry Association of America just announced one of the biggest rule-changes in its history: As of Monday, the RIAA will now count streaming sales as part of its singles and albums certification process, making 17 albums automatically certified gold (500,000) or platinum (1 million) with the news. The rule change means both on-demand video and audio streams will be calculated in the RIAA’s certifications, with 1,500 streams counting as the equivalent of ten track sales or one album sale…

Illegal Football Streams are ‘Dangerous’, Study Says – (BBC News)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Illegal Football Streams are ‘Dangerous’, Study Says – (BBC News) 

Football fans who access free streams of top matches are putting their devices, and personal privacy, at great risk, according to a study. It says the most popular sites are attracting upwards of eight million visits per month. Like many free services, the pirate sites rely on advertising. But with few reputable brands willing to attach their name to illegal distribution, the sites turn to malicious ads to pull in profits. Of the thousands of streams studied, the researchers said that as many as half planted malicious software on the users’ machine through forced ads and other deceptive techniques…

Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment (TechCrunch)

February 2, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment (TechCrunch) 

By now you’ve surely heard that moving forward, every company will be a software company, and that shift is happening now as companies large and small scramble to transform into digitally-driven organizations. Wherever you turn, businesses are facing tremendous disruptive pressure. What’s interesting is that the theory about how firms should be dealing with this massive change is itself in flux, transforming if you will, as organizations come to grips with the idea that the most basic ways they do business are being called into question…

Adstream Acquires Deluxe’s AdServices Business (Hollywood Reporter)

February 1, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Adstream Acquires Deluxe’s AdServices Business (Hollywood Reporter) 

Adstream — a London-headquartered provider of digital asset management, media delivery and analytics technology — has acquired Deluxe Entertainment Services Group’s AdServices business. It represents an eight-figure deal, according to Gerry Sutton, CEO of Adstream. The Deluxe unit provided advertising management and delivery to agencies and brands, and the acquisition allows Adstream to grow its similar services in the U.S. and Canada. “This is a significant step that will expand our DAM and delivery business in the North American market and drive our growth globally,” Sutton said. “The expanded company will have a notable advantage in servicing key U.S. and global clients.”…

Adobe Shows How Super Bowl Can Be a Gamble in New Campaign (AdAge)

February 1, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Adobe Shows How Super Bowl Can Be a Gamble in New Campaign (AdAge) 

In a new campaign called “The Gambler,” which launches today, Adobe shows how advertising in the Super Bowl can be a big bet for CMOs. Adobe, which has never bought an ad in the Super Bowl, decided to capitalize on this “moment in time” in which marketers are thinking about advertising, Mr. Amado said. “We are absolutely not anti-TV advertising — we are pro-data,” he said. In fact, Adobe is running the spot on late-night TV shows including “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Saturday Night Live” the night before the Super Bowl. But it’s focusing a large portion of its media buy on a targeted video campaign, which launches today, on sites geared toward marketers with an interest in the Super Bowl, including USA Today’s Super Bowl Ad Meter and CBS News’ 50 Greatest Super Bowl commercials…

Three Ingredients For Building A Successful Company; Ingredient One: Alignment (Forbes)

February 1, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Three Ingredients For Building A Successful Company; Ingredient One: Alignment (Forbes) 

James Maysonet, Teradata – “Alignment means that the entire organization is moving toward its strategic goals together. It starts from the top: vision, mission, and strategy come from the C-Level and need to be disseminated down through the ranks of the organization, as well as to corporate partners. Alignment will drive the corporate message and vision, and this message needs to be clear, concise, and be time-bound. Alignment within an organization is much more than marching orders from company leadership. It is seen at every level in the organization and permeates company culture. Employees know where they stand, how their work affects the rest of the organization (upstream and downstream), and where the company is headed. As a bonus, this knowledge improves employee morale. People want to feel good about what they do for a living, have a sense of purpose, and make a positive contribution to the overall goals of the company. When employees demonstrate overall job satisfaction, one reason for this may be that company goals are being communicated and executed at all levels of the organization.”…

Fox Adds to Kaleidescape Movie Store (MESA)

February 1, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Fox Adds to Kaleidescape Movie Store (MESA) 

High-end movie server company Kaleidescape has spent the last few months beefing up the content offerings for its Kaleidescape Movie Store, which allows users to buy and download movies and TV shows directly to their players. On Feb. 1, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company signed its sixth major studio partnership for the service, bringing 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment into the fold. Fox will offer both new release and catalog titles for playback and download to Kaleidescape’s movie players, joining Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, NBC Universal and The Walt Disney Studios among the service’s major studio content partners… Read more

Fandango Acquires VOD Service M-GO from DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor (VideoInk)

February 1, 2016 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E News Headlines · Comments Off on Fandango Acquires VOD Service M-GO from DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor (VideoInk) 

Online ticket seller Fandango, a division of NBCUniversal, announced today that it has acquired M-GO, a leading digital distributor of new releases and catalog titles from major studios and television producers. A joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation, M-GO is available through variety of connected, over-the-top and mobile devices including Android, iOS, Samsung, LG and Roku…

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