The first two episodes of the AOL Original series ‘Follow Me’ have premiered, and the debut shows offer a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of two YouTube celebrities, Brittani Louise Taylor, and online video boy group sensation Our 2nd Life. So, what lessons can internet marketers and video content producers learn from BLT and O2L appearing on AOL?
The Emmy Awards are embracing and acknowledging original online content, and AOL Video is being rewarded for two of its shows, ‘The Future Starts Here’, and ‘Park Bench with Steve Buscemi’ with two nominations for the 2014 Emmys.
186.1 million Americans watched online videos last month, that’s very slightly down from March 2014, but Google sites still dominate the video content properties chart, and VEVO still maintains its rock-solid lead as the YouTube channel with the most unique views.
What is it like to be a reporter in the middle of the 9-day digital extravaganza that is the 2014 Digital NewFronts? We talk to Michelle Castillo, Digital Media Reporter for Adweek, just as the nine-day-long series of events was entering its second week, and asked her for a firsthand report from the trenches.
Miramax is sorting out a deal with AOL to run ad-supported full-length films on the latter’s On network. This is the first foray into long-form for AOL, so many eyes will be watching, from both a technical aspect (can they pull it off) and from a consumer aspect (I can watch Pulp Fiction without a subscription?). It also could become the case study on how to fully monetize a massive movie library since Miramax already has multiple SVOD deals.
comScore’s Online Video Rankings are out for March 2014, and they confirm that 187 million Internet-connected Americans watched 46.6 billion online videos, including 28.7 billion video ads. VEVO, ZEFR, Maker and Disney were the top YouTube channels for unique viewers.
The new year has not started out right for the online video industry with numbers dropping across the board in terms of viewers, minutes and ads. But is this an actual depression or just the late winter/post-holiday blues for the online video industry? With the release of comScore’s February Video Ranking numbers we can find out what’s going on. We do know that AOL is the #1 video ad property site again though and that Maker Studios reclaims the #2 YouTube channel spot.
Yahoo has big plans for online video, and after the failed attempt to buy Dailymotion last year, reports now claim that the company is launching its own brand new video platform to rival YouTube. Video creators shouldn’t get too excited though, it’s invite only for the big video rock stars for now.
Verizon hotly denies throttling Netflix traffic, Amazon’s video advertising business is set to explode and MixBit isn’t shutting down, apparently. These, and other stories of the past few days, from ReelSEO.
It’s not only Microsoft, EA are also paying YouTube personalities to promote new games. Elsewhere, Verizon move into online video, and Amazon may or may not be planning an OTT service. More on these and other stories of the last few days in online video, from ReelSEO.