Wednesday 17th January 2018,

Web Video Weekly: FCC’s Net Neutrality Fail, Hulu’s Non-IPO, Cranston and Stiller Head to Web

All the important news and opinion about the web, online video, TV and convergence in the last week (12/16- 12/23):

Research and Policy:

FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules Please No One (New York Times): The new “compromise” regulations are here. Here’s the reaction from across the web and a timeline of how we got here. Most groups, except the NCTA, find fault. Ars Technica summarizes why everyone hates it. From the left: EFF says its full of holes; Maxine Waters says it could harm minorities; GigaOM speculates a change in wireless pricing; Free Press says the FCC have left consumers out to fend for themselves. From the right: Republicans are gunning for it; Two FCC committee members “really, really dissent.” Lawmakers are divided. Meanwhile, Stacey Higginbotham recaps Comcast vs. Level 3 and its implications for net neutrality.

Comcast-NBC Deal One Step Closer: While it won’t happen until next year, the merger has the approval of the FCC commissioner, based on certain conditions. NewTeeVee says the devil is in the details — especially on online video regulation. Meanwhile, after dealing with NAACP/Urban League and offering minorities a few networks, Rep. Waters says that condition needs more assurances.

Web Video Market:

Hulu Pulls IPO Off the Table (Wall Street Journal): Lots of interesting things to say about this. NewTeeVee looks at whether Hulu can be independent of its stakeholders, while Andrew Wallenstein examines Hulu’s precarious position, especially vis-a-vis Comcast-NBC’s merger. All of sudden, Hulu’s not looking so hot! It’s still dominating video ad views, though.

Google TV Delayed (New York Times): NewTeeVee suggests how to save it.

YouTube Gives Creators Cash (New York Times): So they can buy stuff to make more professional videos. Coupled with last week’s Vimeo “school” announcement and Blip paying $10-$15 CPMs, it seems the aggregators want higher quality. PS: Mashable reports 700 billion YouTube videos viewed this year.

Comcast Doubles Day-and-Date Releases (BusinessWire)

Web Series:

Ryan Higa Reaches 3 Million Subscribers (Tubefilter)

Online TV Guides Make Moves (All Things Digital; SF Gate): CastTV is acquired; Clicker makes improvements.

Bryan Cranston Talks His New Web Series (NYMag): Star of television’s most critically loved show, Breaking Bad, heads to the web.

Annoying Orange Books Its First Guest Star (Hollywood Reporter): James Caan.

Ben Stiller Does More Web Series (Tubefilter)

Hollywood and Tech:

CAA Invests in Creating Digital Brands (NewTeeVee): This really just underscores how active they’ve been in digital entertainment since the 90s.

HTML5 Adoption Grows (NewTeeVee; BeetTV): Netflix and, but configurations vary.

MTV Planning More Mobile in 2011 (BeetTV)

Could Netflix Start Saving Shows? (TVbytheNumbers): They’re cash-rich, but unlikely. Meanwhile, studios fear Netflix will kill VOD.

Myth of Fast-Forwarding Past Commercials? (New York Times; TVbytheNumbers): The Times opens the debate. Robert Seidman adds his two cents.

Content Becoming Personalized (NewTeeVee): NewTeeVee looks at all the ways users can bypass TV.

Is Tron the Pinnacle of Hollywood Convergence? (Hollywood Reporter): With video games.


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