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ScreenPro comment: For the past eight months, YouTube has teased its plan to launch a paid subscription service that would run adjacent to the ad-based model that makes up its bread-and-butter. That service is on its way, but according to a new report from The Information, YouTube has encountered a few hitches. The report cites contract-tied TV networks and reticent content creators as a pair of groups who are hesitating to get on board with YouTube’s ad-free plans.
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ScreenPro comment: YouTube will soon bring the pulpy action of Fruit Ninja to viewers. Google’s online video site has teamed with Australian-based Fruit Ninja developer Halfbrick Studios for a web series based on the wildly popular game, which currently boasts over 100 million downloads in the Google Play store.
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ScreenPro comment: Recently, YouTube came under fire from consumer advocacy groups who accused them of presenting kids with ads disguised as user-generated content in their YouTube Kids app. This is quite the charge considering the lengths YouTube says they have gone to in order to make sure the app was created properly.
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ScreenPro comment: Copyright holder and government efforts to stop people from accessing websites simply won't succeed according to the boss of a leading VPN provider. Speaking in the wake of the latest developments in Australia, CyberGhost chief Robert Knapp says those doing the blocking should consider the technical abilities of who they are taking on.
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ScreenPro comment: Founded in 2014 by the leading multi-channel networks and media companies, The Global Online Video Association (GOVA) is an industry-funded nonprofit corporation that advocates and supports the advertising, licensing, production, distribution and overall business interests of its member companies to accelerate growth in the online video industry.
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ScreenPro comment: Discovery Communications plans to run a new TV program on Facebook before airing it on Discovery Channel, in another media-industry experiment with ways to get more attention for video content. In this case, the show isn’t part of a new series on sharks, tornadoes or scientific phenomena but a documentary aimed at sparking social change that features an appearance by the president of the United States.
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ScreenPro comment: During its first-ever NewFronts presentation in May, StyleHaul announced its first scripted series, “Vanity,” in partnership with Emmy-winning creator/producer of “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” Bernie Su and his new content venture Canvas Media Studios. It’s an important project for StyleHaul, which is actively expanding beyond the type of content its network is primarily known for — vlogs — to add more traditional premium formats to its repertoire.
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ScreenPro comment: Video on Facebook has exploded with around four billion daily views. Considering the massive amount of time people spend on the social network, it’s no surprise that it is quickly becoming a real rival to YouTube and the choice platform for video marketers.
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ScreenPro comment: The season finale of Game of Thrones has set a new piracy record, with 1.5 million downloads in eight hours, a number that will swell to over 10 million during the days to come. In addition, the episode is also broke the all-time record for the number of people sharing a single file at the same time.
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ScreenPro comment: New Form Digital has produced a new round of shorts as part of its Incubator series initiative. The digital studio created by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Discovery Communications has released the second selection of original shorts created by both established and burgeoning digital talent.
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ScreenPro comment: Heidi Klum and thousands of others were evacuated from the live televised finale of Germany’s Next Topmodel after a bomb threat was made against the show. The TV viewers didn’t get a lot of information in regards to what was happening on site. Facebook and Twitter weren’t very helpful either. But one German reporter came up with the idea of live streaming the events via Periscope and within minutes almost 3.000 people watched live updates from the SAP Arena in Mannheim and followed the events.
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ScreenPro comment: A full two years ago, I wrote a guest post that highlighted the never-ending saga involving digital rights management & ownership policies around user-generated video content. At the time, as Digiday and others later reported, many websites, publishers, and otherwise reputable video platforms were simply freebooting, that is ripping user-generated video content, uploading it to their designated player, and selling premium ads around it without permission from video owners. As if the long-standing online piracy issues weren’t bad enough, third parties were now monetizing stolen content without any retribution whatsoever.
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ScreenPro comment: Speaking at Midem yesterday, Andrus Ansip of the European Commission shared his vision for the Digital Single Market. Noting that geo-blocking is bad for business, Ansip said that opening up content across borders and providing good legal options is the best way to tackle piracy. "Our legislation is pushing people to steal," he said.
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ScreenPro comment: Google is expanding its Spotlight Stories program in a big way at I/O this year, taking the short films beyond Motorola phones and toward the Android ecosystem at large — and during today's ATAP presentation Google confirmed they would be coming to YouTube as well. The news came during a presentation about the way Spotlight Stories have expanded from the earlier animated shorts, put together by classic animators like Glen Keane, and into the world of live-action — most specifically with Help, a short from Fast & Furious director Justin Lin about an alien invasion descending upon Los Angeles. Variety broke the YouTube news earlier this week.
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ScreenPro comment: Vimeo is offering a new way for individual video creators to make money on its platform — as part of a broader expansion the company has planned to get into the subscription video business.
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