Facebook To Offer Video Creators A Piece Of The Action


FacebookFacebook is getting prepared to wrangle part of the premium content industry away with the promise of more shared revenue with their corporate partners that provide video content.

In a new agreement, the social media network will offer a share of the revenue it gets from ads shown in conjunction with videos estimated at 55 percent.

That matches the same amount that YouTube shares with its content providers.

It’s part of a test initiative that gives users recommendations on what to watch in between videos from other sites that are viewed on Facebook.

The deal is meant to lure major media outlets that provide consistent video content to upload their content to Facebook before any other platform, in addition to the fact that videos on Facebook are reported to gain 4 billion views daily.

The new offer has already caught the attention of Funny Or Die Inc., the comedy website co-founded by Will Ferrell, which will start uploading full videos to Facebook.

Previously, they had only uploaded short clips of their video skits with a link to their website for the full version.

Fox Sports and the Hearst Corporation have also agreed to start uploading more video through the new program.

Christopher A. Smith


Meerkat Adds Embedding Feature


Twitter Continues Its Mission To Crush MeerkatMeerkat isn’t listening to the naysayers who say they’ve lost ground to Periscope.

And to prove it, they’re now releasing a new feature.

The live streaming app has just released a feature that will allow embedding within their live streams for all users since this past Friday.

The company also announced that they were entering a partnership with The Discovery Channel in time for the network’s popular Shark Week stretch of programming, set to begin on July 5th.

The embedding feature breaks down like this: Meerkat users can choose from three sizes, pick whether to allow comments or not on the post and upload an image into the embeddable player.

Newer users will see the stream play out with just the basic profile data.

If the player gets published before the stream goes live, viewers will see either information from your past stream or info on the upcoming one if you’ve got a streaming history already established.

The new feature for Meerkat comes just three days after their rival, Twitter’s Periscope, announced that their users could now view replays from the service on the web.

Christopher A. Smith


YouTube Is Launching A Video Game Site


http://9to5google.com/2015/04/08/youtube-ad-free-subscription/Not wanting to be left out in the cold, YouTube is now making a direct appeal to gamers with their latest initiative.

The company plans to develop and launch their own site dedicated to video games as well as a related application entitled YouTube Gaming.

This move is expected to be a deterrent against the online popularity of Twitch, a website that allows users to watch and connect with players on live broadcasts.

Google had made a bid to buy Twitch but were beat out by Amazon’s bid of nearly one billion dollars.

YouTube Gaming will have 25,000 individual game portals for dedicated activity on a single page and will launch first in the United States and the United Kingdom.

In terms of advertising profits, it’s split between YouTube and the individual who’s broadcasting.

There’s also plans to bolster the ‘tip jar’ feature which allows visitors to give the broadcaster money for their efforts in creating and uploading game footage.

Christopher A. Smith


PornHub Flying High With Space Porn Plans


Logo_of_PornhubThe adult pornography website PornHub is looking to fornicate within the final frontier — outer space that is.

PornHub has recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to hopefully obtain funding to shoot a blue movie in outer space.

The final amount that they’re looking for?

$3.4 million.

The campaign, called Sexploration, would provide capital to purchase space shuttle seating for the performers and the crews involved.

Money would also be used to acquire equipment that could handle the rigors of outer space travel.

PornHub will pick up the tab for pre/post production as well as talent salaries and marketing.

Those who donate can get their hands on a variety of rewards like getting a chance to meet the actors Johnny Sins and Eva Loria, to the top reward which is dubbed the Uranus prize.

(Other prizes also have space-themed names.) This prize is given to the donor who contributes $150,000 or more – it entitles them to one of the two spacesuits that will be worn in the movie, complete with the underwear.

The senior vice president of the company, Corey Price, described it in this manner: “This will be a grand experiment in learning how intercourse works after penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere.”

PornHub hopes to film in 2016 if they are fully funded in the next 30 days of the campaign.

Christopher A. Smith

Marriott Hotels Signs On With Netflix To Offer Streaming Movies To Guests


Netflix Sees Record GrowthNetflix will soon be a part of your hotel experience if you happen to be staying at a Marriott.

Part of the news that helped the streaming entertainment service’s stock rise was the news that it had finalized a deal with Marriott International Inc. to have Netflix available for 100 of its 300 total hotel properties within the United States by the end of the year, with the rest receiving access by the end of 2016.

Guests who arrive for a stay at a Marriott hotel will have the choice of signing up for Netflix then and there, or, if they’re already current subscribers, they can log in using the application on the Internet-connected televisions in their suites.

The new development is a direct result of testing that was initiated by both companies earlier this year at eight select properties within the hotel chain.

Christopher A. Smith


Google Explores The Deep With Underwater Street Views


Google Adds Dubai To Street ViewOnce again, Google demonstrates its willingness to go and capture the unexplored parts of the globe using one of their more popular tools.

Its latest update now includes 40 new images detailed as “special street views” that capture the enthralling wonders of the ocean.

In addition to these photographs, there are also videos that give the user various aquatic experiences such as swimming with huge humpback whales off of the Cook Islands and walking along the beach in Samoa.

This new update by the Street View team was done in concert with the Catlin Seaview Survey, the Chagos Conservation Trust and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries as part of the Google Earth Outreach project.

The project was initiated as a partnership between Google and Catlin to monitor some of the planet’s most remote underwater habitats in 2012.

In a statement on the update, Google said of the technology used: “Each image in Google Maps is a GPS-located digital record of these underwater and coastal environments, which can be used as a baseline to monitor change over time.”

The photos and videos are meant to also heighten awareness of the effects of global warming on these habitats, with demonstrations of the bleaching effect the climate change has had on the Great Barrier Reef as an example.

Christopher A. Smith


Showtime Streaming Service To Launch In July


Showtime logoAnother cable network is wading into the waters of streaming services.

On Wednesday, Showtime announced a timeframe for the official debut of its own subscription-based streaming service.

This was set in motion from earlier in May as first reported on this website.

Showtime’s service will debut in early July, and be available on Apple devices to start.

The monthly price tag is $11. For new users, there is the option of enjoying a 30-day free trial if you sign up via Apple.

The service will launch in time for the new seasons of two of the network’s most popular original series, ‘Masters Of Sex’ and ‘Ray Donovan’.

The service is also available to those without a traditional TV subscription and will give all users access to their original programming, movies and sports shows along with the chance to view live feeds from the network on either the East or West Coast.

The new service from Showtime adds to an already burgeoning list of networks offering similar options to get quality programming without having to deal with extra imposed fees by broadband providers.

Christopher A. Smith


NFL’s First Web Game To Be Streamed Live By Yahoo For Free


110px-National_Football_League_2008.svgThe National Football League is poised to live-stream the first game on the Internet, and now the public will have an idea of when that game will take place.

It was announced Wednesday that the NFL would broadcast the tilt between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars taking place in London, England on October 25th.

They are partnering with Yahoo to make this possible, and it will be free of charge to anyone who wishes to tune in.

It’s been reported that Yahoo paid the league close to $20 million to get the rights to broadcast the game.

CBS will produce it per their usual schedule during the regular season.

The potential behind this event is significant. The NFL’s media business director is looking forward to it being a great experience even if there could be mishaps with web broadcasting.

He added,  “But this is one of the reasons we’re doing it — to figure out how close are we to high quality streams of our most valuable property.”

The streaming quality is an important footnote as both parties hope to increase their visibility with the game’s airing.

For the NFL, it’s another chapter in their initiative to make American-styled football an established global game by airing the game worldwide. Fans in Europe will get to see the matchup in the afternoon, while those fans Stateside will be looking forward to an early start to their football Sunday – 9:30 A.M. for the East Coast and 6:30 A.M. for those on the West Coast.

Judging by the success its had with previous games in the United Kingdom, and previous ventures(remember NFL Europe?), this could only be the beginning for future webcasts.

For Yahoo, it marks a long-desired leap into streaming video outside of their burgeoning television programming offerings, and possibly more partnerships to stream other events if this proves successful.

Christopher A. Smith


Netflix To Begin Showing Promos Before Shows – Will Commercials Be Next?


Netflix Sees Record GrowthFor the avid Netflix subscribers, there will soon be a bit of extra programming with your shows. The advertising kind.

The largest streaming subscription service on the planet has begun to implement promotional spots for its own original programming into their service.

The ads, mainly for their “Orange Is The New Black” and Marvel’s “Daredevil” series, can be seen on those subscribers using Tivo DVR boxes, Xbox One gaming consoles and Roku streaming media players.

Some users have reported seeing the ads before and after shows.

With advertising offered in this fashion, the main concern is if more advertising will become a deluge on the site.

Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings, stated emphatically to that point: “No advertising coming onto Netflix. Period. Just adding relevant cool trailers for other Netflix content you are likely to love.”

The original programming teasers are just another step in Netflix’s own evolution as a streaming platform that has grown to provide content to its 60 million customers.

So much so that their investment in original programming has risen 88 percent to the tune of $450 million this year.

There is also no word on if Netflix intends to make the teasers available to all subscribers and their respective devices.

Christopher A. Smith


Need Free Unlimited Storage For Your Photos And Videos? Check Out Google Photos


Photowall App From Google Brings Photos To Your TV Via ChromecastGoogle took the opportunity to stake a claim in the world of cloud-based storage at its own I/O conference on Thursday.

As part of onstage presentations, the company unveiled Google Photos for the first time.

The service will be available through apps for Android and iOS devices and smartphones and a website.

They tout it as a home to procure unlimited storage for your photos and videos all with a simple upload.

Google Photos has the ability to sync your uploads with your Google Drive account, and all photos and videos get immediately backed up on their servers.

Organizing your photos is made easier thanks to features that integrate learning technology into the service; for example, the service has the ability to perceive how you get your photos and videos in order and can mimic it for the next time you log in.

Sharing your photos is a simple process – all a user has to do with their photos and video is to tap the ‘Get A Link’ button and one is created to be sent to friends and others that they can open with or without having their own Google Photos account.

The service is now available to all Google subscribers.

Christopher A. Smith