Important news and views in web video, TV, convergence and digital culture during the last week (1/28-2/4). Double bullets (••) indicate a must-read!:
Web Video Market:
•• Hulu Gets Back Viacom’s Daily Show, Jersey Shore (New York Times): Meanwhile, the site is defending its ad rates, saying it pays more than all outlets except live broadcast (maybe it’s those action ads!) and predicts 1 million Hulu Plus subscriptions this year. But content provides may not be all that in love with Hulu, and ABC might start a rival subscription service. Also a must-read, Jason Kilar writes a blog post about the future of television — very interesting.
•• Netflix Might Need to Pay More For Content (NewTeeVee; Hollywood Reporter): Networks getting antsy. Meanwhile Time Warner enters content deal with Comcast, beefing up its TV Everywhere ambitions, and Amazon is launching a rival service. New York Times sums up the wars.
• Yuri Baranovsky, Mark Gantt Create 30-Minutes Web Series (Tubefilter)
• William Shatner Doing an Animated Web Series (Hollywood Reporter): Nerds rally!
• Christine Vachon, Ted Hope Bring Web Series to Hulu (Wall Street Journal): The talk series promotes Sundance notables.
Research and Policy:
• What the Case Against ivi Means (MediaPost): Somewhat similar to DirectTV asking for clarification on what an MVPD is, and the pleasure of watching Al Jazeera on Roku, even as cable operators eye whether to add the channel in the wake of the protests in Egypt..
Hollywood and Tech:
•• The State of HTML5 (Brightcove): Brightcove assembles a great bunch of resources on HTML5.
• Why Nielsen Is Inaccurate and Will Stay That Way (SplitSider): As it goes public, a deconstruction.
• Video Codec Wars Continue (NewTeeVee): Microsoft explains why it likes H264.