Thursday 18th January 2018,

Web Video Weekly: Hulu Plans, Netflix Rises, Kevin Smith Protests, FCC Battles Net Neutrality Critics

Important news and views in web video, TV, convergence and digital culture during the last week (1/21-28). Double bullets () indicate a must-read!: 

Web Video Market:

Hulu Contemplating More Pay, Live, VOD (Wall Street Journal; MediaPost; NewTeeVee; VideoNuze; paidContent; The Hollywood Reporter): As a mere distributor, Hulu is having qualms about its business model, as networks grow concerned about free availability of their shows post-broadcast. Lots of great analysis from TV Watch, Ryan Lawler and Andrew Wallenstein. Meanwhile, video ad views are up overall and for Hulu.

Google Buys Fflick, Furthering Integrating Social into Video (NewTeeVee; ReelSEO)

Netflix Earnings Up, Reaches 20 Million Subs (Variety; VideoNuze)

Web Series:

BBC, My Damn Channel In Web Series Deal (Tubefilter, Mediaweek)

Hollywood Stars Enter Web Series with Talk Shows (Hollywood Reporter; Entertainment Weekly; Online Media Daily): Tom Hanks, Kevin Smith, Heidi Klum.

Kevin Tancharoen For Mortal Kombat (Hollywood Reporter): Single Dads and The Handler.

Research and Policy:

FCC In Legal Tussle Over Net Neutrality (Broadcasting and CableGigaOM): Also, Democratic representative introduces bill to expand net neutrality rules to wireless.

Low-Power FM Expands Community Radio (New York Times): Congressional action increases the spectrum.

Hollywood and Tech:

Kevin Smith Will Self-Distribute Red State (Hollywood Reporter; NewTeeVee; New York): In other news, new service Distribber gives indie filmmakers direct access to VOD.

Single-Sponsor Advertising Is Back (New York Times): Trying to break through the clutter.

Video Codec Wars (ReelSEO): Pretty complicated, but battle is over formats and HTML5.

TV Shows Harness Social Media/Video for Ratings (NewTeeVee; Hollywood Reporter): NewTeeVee looks at Parks and Recreation‘s viral video push, which paid off with its highest ratings ever. Hollywood Reporter looks at The Game (a hit) and Twitter.

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