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Rheo promising to be the next big thing in social media, offers ‘mood-based’ curation

An exciting new social media platform: Rheo, has just launched and has been founded by iOS streaming Apps creator Alan Cannistraro and Apple News designer Charles Migos. It aims to deliver a series of short-form videos which are curated and personalized according to viewer’s viewing habits and preferences. Rheo boasts of being the first of …

Vimeo signs pact with Web Publishers to sell VoD titles on their sites

The internet-video company Vimeo has opened up a paid VoD catalog of about 16,000 titles to allow 3rd party publishers to sell or rent them directly on their sites. The online publishers linked with Vimeo are – CBS Interactive, The Atlantic and TEN : The Enthusiast Network – for the Vimeo On Demand Network. Under …

Disney’s Maker studios strikes Vimeo deal

Disney-owned multichannel network Maker Studios has signed a deal to with Vimeo to debut content exclusively on the video site.  Under the deal, Maker Studios, which has a longstanding relationship with YouTube, will also use the Vimeo on Demand platform to distribute content made by a select number of its creators. This content will be available …

Virgin territory for Shomi

Canadian on-demand service Shomi has acquired exclusive local SVOD rights to The CW’s Hispanic US-themed comedy Jane the Virginand CBS drama Madam Secretary. Furthermore, Californication will be available in its entirety as a SVOD product for the first time, and classic shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Original Series and Twilight …

Digital Video And OTT Poised For Dramatic Growth

Revenue from electronic home video streaming will surpass discs in 2016. In 2017, digital home video will overtake movie theatres as the largest contributor to US film, hitting  $17 billion. Consumers are going to have more access to channels and more choice as to how they consume media.  Devices will no longer be the blocker,  as desktop, laptop, …

Little-Known Viewster Scores Big With Free Movies and TV Shows

Zurich-based online video startup Viewster managed to break into comScore’s list of the Top 50 U.S. video properties for the first time in February, attracting more unique viewers than Sony’s Crackle and the video sites of both ABC and Fox. Viewster attracted 8.3 million unique U.S.-based viewers, who viewed close to 200 million videos on the site. …

Amazon Instant launches in Japan

Japanese TV fans got one more option to get their movie fix this week: Amazon launched its Instant Video service in Japan Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The offering has 26,000 movies and TV show episodes available for rent and purchase, but Amazon isn’t currently offering a Prime Instant-like subscription to Japanese customers. The launch …

Vimeo invests another $10 million in premium VOD content

One year after launching its VOD platform, Vimeo is doubling down on paid content by earmarking a total of $10 million for videographers who want to sell their productions through its site. Vimeo now offers more than 6,000 videos for sale through Vimeo on Demand, ranging from indie movies to instructional videos to even serialized fare. …

Netflix Unveils Seal of Approval for Streaming-Optimized TVs

Netflix wants smart TVs to be less dumb: The streaming service will unveil a new seal of approval at CES in Las Vegas Monday that is meant to highlight TVs optimized for streaming video. TVs that feature the new “Netflix-recommended TV” logo will feature easier navigation, a snappier performance of the Netflix app and other …

Netflix to Start Offering ‘Breaking Bad’ in Glorious 4K in June

Netflix will offer Breaking Bad as a 4K streaming option starting this June. The company has been licensed by Sony to offer the series, and a remaster with 4K resolution and 5.1 surround sound. Netflix launched its first Ultra HD videos in Nov. 2013, and made a deal focusing on 4K content with Sony in Jan. 2014. The …

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