Google struck a multimillion-dollar licensing deal to put National Football League game clips, interviews, TV series including pay-TV staple A Football Life, and fantasy-themed shows on a new NFL YouTube channel.
At least some of Maker Studio's star creators won't be locked into producing videos just for the Disney-owned multichannel network nor only on YouTube, thanks to a new collaboration with Vimeo, the two companies announced Thursday.
Multiscreen content solutions provider Elemental will take charge of Pac-12 Networks' live simulcast online streaming, the regional sports network announced ahead of Monday's inaugural College Football Championship. Elemental will handle video processing for Pac-12's TV Everywhere offering and its YouTube International platform, which live-streams the conference's games to subscribers in 24 countries outside the United States.
Sony said its comedy The Interview generated about $15 million in revenue from online sales to around 2 million Web users in the U.S. and Canada during the film's first weekend of availability. The numbers are notable considering The Interview is the first major motion picture to be released online and in theaters at the same time.
As independent theaters queued up to commit to screening North Korea's current least favorite movie ever, The Interview, Sony announced that the movie will also be available to stream online via several streaming outlets including YouTube, Google Play, and Microsoft Xbox Video, beginning Christmas Eve. What's more, Netflix is reportedly interested in making the movie available to its subscribers soon.
Those in the online video industry got to see their market mature significantly during 2014. After years of mediocre content and audience that forced the segment to take a backseat to pay TV, the online video space blossomed this year with headlining developments.
Hearst Corp. said it will pay $81.25 million to DreamWorks Animation to acquire a 25 percent stake in teen-targeted YouTube multichannel network AwesomenessTV. The deal gives DreamWorks Animation, which paid $33 million in 2013 to Awesomeness founder Brian Robbins and investors to acquire the network, a valuable partner with ties into myriad distribution platforms, as it seeks to grow the MCN.
As the popularity of home-grown YouTube stars explodes, in many cases thanks to the efforts of multichannel networks, their cachet in the over-the-top world is growing, too. With potential suitors circling, Google-owned YouTube is throwing out some attractive lures of its own to keep those new celebrities in the fold.
SVOD. It's an acronym that industry players are dropping with alarming frequency these days. And with HBO and CBS announcing their own premium-content subscription video on demand services, it's no surprise that YouTube may be considering its own subscription service.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said her Google-owned video platform may soon launch a subscription-based service