Friday 15th December 2017,

Web Video Weekly: Google-NNN Rumors, ‘The Guild’ Renewal, WGA Web Winners

Important news and views in web video, TV, convergence and digital culture during the last week (2/4-2/11). Double bullets () indicate a must-read!:

Web Video Market:

Rumors of Google/Next New Networks Deal Live Again (Wall Street Journal): NewTeeVee gets down to what Google/YouTube is really buying with NNN, which has been struggling to line up advertisers.

Hulu Tops for Premium Viewing, But Networks Catching Up (Variety; NewTeeVee): People watch most minutes on Hulu, but “ComScore reports the network sites saw an 82% increase in time spent watching online video last year. That’s nearly five times the size of Hulu’s increase, which was just 17%.”

iTunes Still Tops for Rentals, But Competition Heats Up (paidContent, NewTeeVee)

Vimeo Upgrades Service for Plus Users (ReelSEO): Likely to compete for quality uploads.

Web Series:

The Guild Gets a Fifth Season (NewTeeVee): Microsoft and Sprint still on board. In somewhat related news, Jesse Warren attempts to define a web series.

MSN Launches New Comedy Pilots (Clicker)

Anyone But Me, 30 Rock Webisodes Win Writer’s Guild New Media Awards (Tubefilter): An interview with the industrious ABM winners.

Dr. Horrible Doing Vegas (Web Series Network): Nerds rally!

Research and Policy:

FCC Revisiting Universal Service (MediaPost; ReadWriteWeb): Shifting money from telephone to broadband.

Hollywood and Tech:

Nielsen Close to Brand-Specific Ratings (Hollywood Reporter): That should be fun! Meanwhile, Nielsen exec says young people aren’t cord-cutting so much as never buying cable in the first place.

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