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One of the most frequent questions people ask me when they find out what I write about is, "How do YouTubers make money?" This used to be a simple answer. When the very first YouTubers started making money, it was predominantly through electing to run ads on their channels' videos (which you can still do today), but also through selling merchandise. Creators would link to their branded t-shirts, stickers, buttons... basically, whatever they could cheaply produce and still earn a small profit from. More progressive production companies, who were already successful enough they could afford to take a few risks, would encourage viewers to sign up for their membership sites, promising exclusive content and promotions galore.

Posted Oct 16, 2014

Sporting News Media (SNM) has launched a proprietary research program, being called "Sporting Views", which will shed light on how sports fans consume and engage with digital sports content in the US. SNM will analyze data from its SN ePlayer network, which reaches more than 20 million sports fans and serves up over 300 million streams in the US each month across 350 local and national publishers' sites, news portals, and key digital sports news destinations. This first report looks at fan engagement and viewership from January 2014 through September 2014.

Posted Oct 14, 2014

Worldwide ownership of Connected TV Devices (including smart TVs, smart blu-ray players, IP-enabled game consoles, and digital media streamers) grew 7% percent quarter-on-quarter in Q2 2014 and 34% versus over the same period in 2013 to reach 500 million units. The growing demand for devices that facilitate the streaming of online video to the large screen TVs is creating a highly competitive environment with no fewer than 16 major technology brands accounting for 90% of devices in use according to Strategy Analytics' Connected Home Devices (CHD) service report, "Global Connected TV Device Tracker: Q2 2014".

Posted Oct 07, 2014

A notice posted on Redbox Instant's site gave users little warning that the service would end on October 7. The notice was short on details, but got the point across. Gigaom reports that new sign-ups had been disabled for three months due to a credit-card fraud issue. This resulted in new customers being shut out, as well as problem for existing customers whose cards had expired and could not update their payment information.

Posted Oct 07, 2014

PostOffice Films needed a solution that would provide it with the ability to connect to anywhere in the world and transfer files quickly to partners and clients. Previous solutions-ranging from other file transfer programs to old-fashioned courier services such as FedEx-were impractical, says David Jancso, owner and film editor at PostOffice Films.

Posted Oct 01, 2014

By the time this month's column is published, the Streamy Awards will already be finished, the winners having gone home and giddily placed their awards in a prominent location like a display shelf or a fireplace mantle. If this was a different column, I would start talking about the Streamy Award winners without having to explain who those people are, what they do, and why they won. But this isn't that kind of column, because you're not that kind of audience.

Posted Sep 11, 2014

Kaltura, a video technology company, unveiled Kaltura OTT TV, its next-generation, end-to-end pay OTT TV solution. The result of integrating pay OTT technology from the company's recent acquisition of Tvinci with Kaltura's video platform, Kaltura OTT TV is an advanced and comprehensive pay OTT solution on the market today. It includes advanced monetization, social and personalization features; innovative tools for improving user acquisition and retention; and multi-screen, multi-device support.

Posted Sep 09, 2014

Amazon.com, Inc. announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., a live video platform for gamers. In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters.

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Vine, the short video creation and sharing app, announced new editing and creation tools on its blog. Now users can use existing videos on their phones to create new Vines. They can also use a new editing tool to help create these new videos.

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Digital entertainment has been the favored medium of the younger generation for the last several years, and there's a new statistic in town to prove it. We've already seen in a past column that people between the ages of 18-36 are the least likely to subscribe to cable television. Instead, they beat out all other age ranges in subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. But if you turn your attention to even younger age ranges, the divide between traditional media and new media gets even larger.

Posted Aug 12, 2014

Brightcove Inc., a provider of cloud services for video, announced that Yelp, which connects people with great local businesses, has launched a new video feature powered by Brightcove. Yelp users can upload video clips up to 12 seconds long with the help of the Brightcove Video Cloud online video platform and the Brightcove Zencoder cloud-based encoding service.

Posted Jul 29, 2014

Video platform company uStudio, Inc. announced the availability of VideoShare, a solution that allows businesses to use and measure video across their sales, marketing, and services operations. uStudio is enabling teams to use Salesforce to share video among users internally and with prospects, customers and partners, while also correlating those video investments with revenue impact.

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Adobe released its latest set of World Cup insights and data including stats on online video viewing, social media buzz and World Cup sponsors. The report analyzed more than 2.7 billion online video starts across smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and OTT devices as well as 100 million social mentions captured through Adobe Social with the term "World Cup" being tracked in over 36 languages.

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Do you know what an MCN is? Neither did I until last month. The acronym stands for multi-channel network, which is a company that partners with online video (usually YouTube) channels to help streamline their management, finances, production, and public relations. I'd heard a few years back that some of the biggest YouTubers had managers and agents, much like "real" celebrities do. I just didn't know they were all part of this bigger thing known as an MCN.

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Panopto, a video software provider for the enterprise and education markets, released a major update to its developer platform. The update provides businesses and universities with a video upload API that simplifies the process of centralizing, managing and searching libraries of organizational knowledge.

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Another cult television favorite is being saved from cancellation by an online streaming service. This time, instead of Arrested Development or The Killing being picked up by Netflix, Yahoo is reviving the recently cancelled Community.

Posted Jul 01, 2014

OverDrive, a digital media lending platform for libraries and schools, announced an agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to offer hundreds of streaming video titles to public and government library partners in the U.S. and Canada. This deal expands a growing collection of quality, in-demand streaming videos available through OverDrive.

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Just in time for the World Cup, Sporting News Media released its fourth annual survey on U.S. sports media consumption, and reveals the demand for utilizing a second (and even third) screen to enjoy sports has heightened and more people are actually turning to the web to watch live sporting events than ever before.

Posted Jun 13, 2014

Sure, the deal was interesting. It now means Amazon Prime subscribers can stream many of HBO's top titles, including Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. It also means the general public no longer needs a cable subscription to view past seasons of these shows (and HBO doesn't need to worry about viewers resorting to illegally downloading the programs, either). Despite the fact that HBO didn't include its ever-popular Game of Thrones, the entire thing was still a no-brainer, a win-win-win situation for everyone.But that's about it.

Posted Jun 05, 2014

If you're looking to create online videos, there's no better time to do so than now. According to a study from Pew Research Center, internet users doubled their sharing and viewing of video in 2013. And the video industry is only slated to grow with the increasing adoption of HTML5.

Posted May 28, 2014

What child hasn't become immersed in a picture book, fervently wishing the characters could come to life? In the past, a child sitting on the floor with a book, talking to the characters and imagining that they had come to life might have been considered fanciful, but the connection with imaginary characters is a rite of childhood. It's a fantasy that has been conveyed through movies such as 1994's The Pagemaster, starring Macaulay Culkin. Today, thanks to HTML5, these fantasies have become reality, literally making it possible for the characters and scenes in books-ranging from children's stories to business tomes and textbooks-to emerge from the "page" and spring to life in full color, image, movement, and sound.

Posted May 19, 2014

Great content is integral to digital success, and in order to create great content, you need to be able to tell a great story. Of course, in the age of social media, online video, and apps, storytelling doesn't always look like it used to. So Jose Castillo sat down at The International Storytelling Center with director Kiran Singh Sirah, and Brad Eshbach to talk about the art and power of storytelling -- digital and otherwise.

Posted May 16, 2014

As an account manager in the London headquarters of Kulu Valley, a digital communications solution provider that allows users to create and distribute interactive presentations, with video, synced slides, and other resources, Somaya Khan's main job is to make sure clients are using the platform's functionality to the fullest. "I advise on what works and what doesn't in the digital space," Khan says. While the platform is designed to be self-explanatory, she says, "Sometimes, clients just need some hand-holding, especially the first few times or when it's an especially important presentation." This could mean going to the client's offices to assist with video recordings or bringing clients to Kulu Valley's own production facilities.

Posted May 16, 2014

There is no denying that social media has profoundly changed the way people communicate with family and friends and the way businesses interact with customers--as well as prospective clients. What you may not have noticed is the way that the increasing popularity of social networks as a gateway to the wider web has changed online video and the way we consume it.

Posted May 12, 2014

My suspicions about the popularity of digital entertainment have been confirmed by several recent events and statistics. Disney is in the process of acquiring YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million, and Yahoo is aiming to create original TV series like Netflix did with House of Cards. In terms of using video in marketing, the industry's exploding with demand and opportunity. For example, 25% of marketers learned last year that embedding video in their email newsletters and campaigns resulted in a 280% higher return than traditional emails.

Posted May 08, 2014

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