Amazon and Viacom have struck an exclusive deal, and Netflix no longer will have shows from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, or MTV. That’s all well and good for Viacom and Amazon, I guess. But for the rest of us, it just means having to buy more than one streaming service to “have it all.”
Gumroad, a platform for selling digital media, has added live streaming video to the mix. Content creators can now monetize their videos on the service, which will be taking a somewhat smaller fee than usual when it comes to this sort of thing.
The Starcount Social Star Awards are on May 23 and they’re getting serious: YouTube stars help Jesse Heiman become a YouTube great through the “most epic montage ever montaged.” You know it’s on when the montage happens. Don’t think for one moment it isn’t on with a montage.
You got an account in good standing? 1,000 subscribers? You’re set up with SMS verification? You too can start Live Streaming YouTube in a few weeks. Right now, many creators should be able to see an “Enable” button that gets them closer to live nirvana (the state of being, obviously not the band).
ABC is making their live broadcasts available through their “Watch ABC” app, which is being regarded as a move to combat embattled live-streaming service Aereo. ABC becomes the first major network to make an app available to broadcast all their shows live.
Netflix just lost Warner Bros., MGM, and Universal from its streaming archive, as those studios have now decided to move to Warner Archive Instant. The move illustrates the difficulty a rental service has (not to mention the difficulties consumers have) when it comes to all the different choices created by exclusivity.
The highly-coveted YouTube Live Stream is being made available to Congress. How will politicians use this new tool to their advantage? Will they use it at all? Who will want to watch politicians talk about anything for an extended period of time? We shall soon see.
Coachella 2013 will be hitting YouTube again, and continues a tradition I hope never ends: live events being able to be found from the comfort of your own home. This year’s festival takes place starting Friday, April 12-Sunday April 14 and streaming live from Indio, CA.
There are some whispers about the availability of YouTube Live Stream for everyone. No, no…we must settle down. Only people who already have it can use it, and it’s merely improvements to the service as-is. Still, we’ll discuss why this rumor took shape.
YouTube is working on adaptive bitrate streaming for mobile and TV, because buffering is awful. Buffering and other kinds of interruption caused $2.16 billion in lost revenue last year for the online video industry, and people tend to leave after a couple of seconds of bad video.