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.
AOL is the top Video Ad property in the U.S., serving 4.3 billion video ads in December 2013 to 55.6% of online Americans. It's also the #3 Video Content property after Google and Facebook, so does that make it YouTube's only serious rival?
DirecTV drops the Weather Channel claiming a lack of good content, HBO uploads first two episodes of 'Girls' to YouTube and Netflix dismiss any plans for offline viewing. More on these and other stories of the past few days in online video from ReelSEO.
December saw a marked rise in online video viewing with 5 billion more views than the previous month. It translated into over 52 billion reported views and over 35 billion video ads, 204 ads per viewer and a total reach of 55.6% of the US population, or roughly 188.25M people.
189 million Americans watched 47.1 Billion hours of online video content in November 2013. and for the third month in a row AOL has maintained their position as #1 video ad property in the U.S. ahead of rival Google.