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indiedan
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SoftBank to Acquire Online-Video Startup DramaFever

Japan’s SoftBank Group said it will acquire DramaFever, an Internet video-on-demand player that specializes in international TV shows and movies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2009, New York-based DramaFever has raised $12 million to date from its investors including AMC Networks, Bertelsmann, MK Capital, SoftBank Ventures, NALA Investments and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen. The company’s board includes founders Seung Bak and Suk Park, along with Ross Levinsohn — the former CEO of Yahoo and Guggenheim Digital Media — and Bret Maxwell, managing general partner of MK Capital. Deal comes after SoftBank made a $250 million investment in Legendary Entertainment earlier this month, in a pact that could be worth up to $1 billion. The telecommunications and Internet conglomerate also had been in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation for some $3.4 billion. DramaFever provides content from more than 70 major broadcasters and studios throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas, with a lineup of 15,000 episodes from 700 shows available either on a first-run, same-day or next-day basis from the original broadcast. An advertising-free subscription plan is $9.99 per month. DramaFever also syndicates a portion of its library to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and iTunes, with an overall reach of more than 20 million unique monthly viewers.

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fred
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CBS launches new digital subscription service

CBS Corp. announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription VOD and live streaming service The network said beginning Thursday, it will offer a new digital subscription video on demand and streaming service for its television network called CBS All Access. For $5.99 per month, the subscription service will allow users to live stream CBS-owned stations, watch full seasons of eight series -- including popular shows such as "The Good Wife" and "Survivor" -- and access exclusive additional content for CBS' special events like the Grammy Awards. The service is available on CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS app for iOS and Android. However, it will not include live streaming of the company’s Thursday and Sunday NFL games because CBS does not own the rights. CBS has typically been conservative in how it offers its programming online. It has deals with Amazon, Netflix and Hulu Plus for library fare but has been protective of programs that are still on its network. NBC, ABC and Fox all have an ownership interest in Hulu so they already have a digital outlet for their programming. Several analysts predict CBS-owned Showtime will likely be the next network to announce an "over-the-top offering." day's earnings report.

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fred
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Lionsgate and Tribeca team up for new video streaming service

The list of upcoming Internet subscription video sites keeps getting longer. Film studio Lionsgate and entertainment firm Tribeca Enterprises have teamed up to create an online streaming video service, the companies said on Monday. The on-demand service, which is expected to launch in the first half of next year, will include movies from Lionsgate and Tribeca, as well as titles from other companies. Lionsgate and Tribeca did not say what they will charge subscribers. This is the latest in a flurry of announcements in the Internet video landscape. Last week, Time Warner Inc.'s pay-TV network HBO said it will launch a streaming service for people who don't pay for a cable or satellite TV package. CBS has said it will launch an Internet video offering that will cost $5.99 a month.

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DavidChang
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Ellen DeGeneres Launches Ellentube Online-Video App, Website

Ellen DeGeneres is taking her selfies to a new level, announcing on her show the launch of ellentube, a site and iOS app that pull together video related to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and from fans. Ellentube will be the first product of a joint venture between DeGeneres and Warner Bros TV Group called Ellen Digital Ventures. DeGeneres, long a social-media powerhouse, broke Twitter records when she hosted the Oscars in March. In a pre-arranged bit of brilliant product placement, she pulled out a Samsung “phablet,” gathered a group of front-row nominees for a star-studded shot and then posted it online. The result rocketed around Twitter and into record books in just a few minutes. Now she’s launching an entire site, ellentube.com, focused on videos related to her and her show, though it also features a lot of other easy-win content, with net-favored categories such as “cats,” “kids,” “animals” and “funny.” The site and app also allow fans to upload their own video for inclusion on the site. Ellentube was developed by DeGeneres and her show’s executive producers Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner. Target, a sponsor of DeGeneres’ show, has signed on as launch sponsor for the site and app as well. Jill Braff was named general manager of Ellen Digital Ventures, reporting to Mike Darnell, Warner’s president of unscripted and alternative TV, and Donna Redier Linsk, EVP of business operations and programming for Telepictures. Braff previously was EVP of digital commerce for HSN, CEO of Scrapblog, and SVP of GluMobile.

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HollywoodProducer
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Fullscreen Buys Online Video Pioneer Rooster Teeth

Fullscreen, the big YouTube multi-channel network and talent-management group, has bought Austin-based online pioneer Rooster Teeth, home of the hugely popular online video series Red Vs. Blue and other titles predating even the rise of YouTube, the companies announced this morning. Terms were not disclosed in the deal, the latest in a flurry of acquisitions and stake purchases, mostly driven by traditional media companies in the U.S. and Europe seeking a foothold in the fast-growing online-video space that is centered on young creative talent posting shorts on YouTube (and increasingly elsewhere). The most successful of the creators are building audiences of millions of subscribers, and now are branching out in other directions. Indeed, Fullscreen itself is an example of this. It was acquired by AT&T and the Chernin Group earlier this fall, and now will use the Rooster Teeth acquisition to hasten its expansion into areas such as premium (read that as “subscription”) content, merchandise and live events, all areas where Rooster Teeth has been an early and hugely successful pioneer. Rooster Teeth was founded in 2003 and is headed by Matt Hullum and Burnie Burns. Other operations include a big licensed-merchandise operation, a large network of podcasts and its own multi-channel network with more than 16 million subscribers (the Rooster Teeth channel alone has 7.9 million subscribers). Each summer, Rooster Teeth holds the massive RTX live gathering in Austin, which this year attracted more than 30,000 attendees. It also has a successful subscription-based distribution business, and just launched an ad-supported mobile app carrying some of its biggest shows. The gaming and lifestyle focus of Rooster Teeth’s YouTube programming will be integrated into Fullscreen’s technology and advertising operations. Rooster Teeth will continue to operate out of Austin, with Hullum as CEO and Burns as creative director.

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