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Video Maintenance

28 November 2014 in

Vimeo-backed web series High Maintenance is reportedly pulling in strong revenues with its fifth series selling at $2 a show, or $8 for the entire six-episode series.

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Super sharing

18 November 2014 in

Almost one in five online users share videos with their social networks more than once a week, and these ‘super-sharers’ account for 82% of all video shares.

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Video with Vue

17 November 2014 in

PlayStationBrands just can’t help themselves. They simply have to have a go at reinventing something. Sony has decide that the TV experience is ripe for its reimagining and has come up with PlayStation Vue, with live and on-demand programming viewable only via PlayStation gaming consoles. The content is courtesy of the likes of CBS, NBCUniversal, Viacom and Discovery.

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Now Xiaomi looks to content

7 November 2014 in

xiaomi-mitvNot satisfied with selling smartphones, Xiaomi is now looking to pump $1 billion into producing exclusive online video content and has hired Chen Tong, one-time executive at Chinese online outfit Sina Corp to tackle its Xiaomi TV business to make it ‘diverse and exciting’. Chen told a press conference that “we want to repeat the success of Xiaomi’s hardware integration model in the television industry.” The company already produces the Mi TV and Mi Box settop box, while the Mipad tablet would certainly be a target for any new content.

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YouTube is mandatory

5 November 2014 in

youtube builds own video marketYouTube hasn’t bothered reinventing television, rather it has managed to build its own market by translating massive consumer usage in both creating and watching video into the Internet’s video library. And participation, or at least promotion, by both traditional and non-traditional media is now as mandatory as a URL in Google search results, says Jefferies in a recent research report. “Like the Web itself, YouTube has given rise to a sui generis content ecosystem that represents the most compelling disruption of TV usage in digital – stealing time not from the shows we all talk about but from the shows we didn’t even know we were watching.”

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Vice fast-forwards to mainstream

3 November 2014 in

Vice fast forwardVice Media is going mainstream in rolling out a Vice TV network in Canada in a $100 million join venture with cable operator Rogers. There will be a Toronto-based Vice Canada Studio, with creative produced by Vice for 18 to 24-year-olds. The partners are promising a brand new slate of television formats developed, produced and made with new Canadian talent, as well as Vice Plus, mobile adaptations of VICE’s new and best-known franchises, including the environmental show Toxic; and F*ck That’s Delicious, plus pilots for new shows.

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FKA Glass

3 November 2014 in

Google Glass needs less nerd more cred. So, in the time-hounoured way, why not pay someone cool to endorse this piece of smart eyewear.

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Latest News

VW car game leads way

18 December 2014 in

Volkswagen China’s Sports Car Challenge branded mobile game series has generated close to 340 qualified sales leads in just 10 weeks.

Less App-etite

17 December 2014 in

Wednesday metric: Consumers have cut the number of smartphone apps they download by almost one third, with a number of people reporting that they downloaded zero apps in the last 12 months.

Amazon’s German definition

16 December 2014 in

Amazon is struggling to make it a Merry Christmas in Germany where some 2, 300 workers at five of the online behemoth’s nine distribution centres in the country have gone on strike.

Off Grid taps into finance

15 December 2014 in -e.showcase

US start-up Off Grid Electric has just received $16 million in new funding and will use the money to expand its prepaid solar energy service in Africa.

Xiaomi gets fresh

12 December 2014 in -e.showcase

Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has gone somewhat off-piste with the launch of its smart air purifier, the Mi.

Shazam’s platinum sound

12 December 2014 in -e.showcase

Friday metric: Most Shazam-ed track ever? That would be Wake Me Up from Avicii on over 19 million, ahead of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines (18 million).

Cinematic blast

11 December 2014 in -e.showcase

China’s Wanda has cut a deal with South Korean multiplex outfit CJ CGV to put 4DX cinema tech in Chinese cinemas.

Vice films with Fox

10 December 2014 in -e.showcase

Vice is partnering with 20th Century Fox to launch Vice Films, which will develop, produce, finance, market, acquire and distribute narrative films from ‘non-mainstream’ emerging directors.