Sunday 21st January 2018,

Web Video Weekly: Meryl Streep, Cord Cutters, Xtranormal, HBO and Warner Premiere

There’s so much to read each week I find I, even with the help of various blogs and websites, can’t keep up. Every Thursday I publish a weekly digest of interesting headlines and topics. This week (10/28 – 11/4):

Web Video Market:

Clicker Brings Listings to Web (USA Today): Trying to fill the need for organization, scalability.

Chad Hurley Steps Down As YouTube CEO (paidContent): To go into fashion.

TV Everywhere Going Well, Apparently (Broadcasting & Cable)

Cord Cutters: Young, Educated, Employed (NewTeeVee): Cord cutters are apparently like online video viewers, who are hip, young and well-off.

Roku Opens Up (New York Times): Roku on your DVD player?

Web Series:

Robert Townsend Doing a New Web Series, Los Americans (Web Series Network 1, 2): Again with His previous series was Diary of Single Mom, which is on my black web series list. This series, as the title suggests, would focus on Latinos.

Meryl Streep Headed to Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy! (Tubefilter): Meryl Streep doing anything is always big news.

Warner Premiere Doing More Projects (Tubefilter): They did those great Watchmen animated comics in advance of the movie.

Xtranormal: The First Web Series App? (Tubefilter): I write about the web text-to-video application.

Research and Policy:

Is the Web Not Dead? (New York Times): Optimists (who champion a flatter world) and pessimists (nostalgic for physical connection) take note: where you live and work still matters.

Hollywood and Tech:

HTML5 Dominating Flash in Online Video (ReadWriteWeb): The consequences are high for moble web use.

Will HBO Deliver Over-the-Top Video Directly to Subscribers? (NewTeeVee)

NBC, Last-Place Network, Trying to Market Older Viewers (AdAge): “Alpha Boomers” are not your typical over-50 consumer, apparently. Sadly, we’ve heard this before.

MTV Reviving 90s-era Programs on the Web? (Web Series Network)

How Hollywood Can Squeeze Netflix (paidContent): Another article on how Netflix’s dominance is tenuous.

USA Network Doubling Down on New Pilots (Multichannel News; The Hollywood Reporter): Not really at all related to web video, but USA is really the serious competition to the broadcast networks, an example of how dispersed content creation is getting.

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Aymar Jean Christian is assistant professor of communication at Northwestern University. He writes about media and society for a number of publications. For more information, click the "About" tab at the top of the page.

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