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Transparency Starts Upstream for Streaming Royalties

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The lack of accountability at digital services produces a large pot of unallocated money, often called the “black box”. This “black box” means that money has been accrued by the service because they did not know who to pay (supposedly). Recent estimates from industry experts I’ve spoken to suggest that the total estimate–by the services–of the unallocated advertising revenue sitting at digital services is about $100,000,000. – Chris Castle, The Huffington Post

Netflix Changes ‘Sexist’ ‘Pocahontas’ Summary After Online Protest

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Of course, Disney’s animated classics almost always featured a love story of some kind, and it may seem nit-picky to go after one teeny sentence. But when [Dr. Adrienne Keene] looked up similar descriptions on the streaming site, the one for “Pocahontas” still stuck out to her. – Sara Boboltz, The Huffington Post

How Live Streaming Will Change the Face of Philanthropy

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VisionSpring is an international social enterprise that works to ensure affordable access to eyewear, everywhere. Last week, Kirsten Bunch, Senior Development Officer at VisionSpring, took to Periscope to live stream her field visit to one of VisionSpring’s vision camps in Tangail, Bangladesh. Viewers were able to watch a woman get tested and receive reading glasses for the first time in her life. VisionSpring was founded on a very basic principle: “If you can’t see, you can’t work.” That principle came to life for me in less than three minutes of watching its stream. It also felt very different than the traditional nonprofit video typically produced for annual fundraising events and galas. This video was raw, imperfect, blurry but it still made me feel like I was there. Life can be messy and spontaneous and these elements are present in these streams, making them relatable and highly watchable. – Caroline Avakian, The Huffington Post

7 Netflix Documentaries That Are Definitely Worth A Watch

Fed Up: is as infuriating as it is eye-opening. Advocacy documentaries tend to be a bit short-sighted, reveling in their self-righteousness, but director Stephanie Soechtig has more than enough facts to avoid resting on pure outrage.

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger: “Whitey” works through the issue of whether he was an informant, weighing both sides to look at not just Bulger’s legacy, but the depth of corruption inherent in federal law enforcement.

Tricked: ends with a startling statistic: “More people are enslaved today than at any point in history.”

Showrunners: […] makes for an interesting look at the way the relatively new position of showrunner has fueled the so-called golden age of TV.

Winnebago Man: Director Ben Steinbauer was one of those early fans of Jack “Winnebago Man” Rebney, which led him to track down the so-called “angriest man in the world” [.]

Love Me: takes on the “mail-order bride” industry as it thrives in the Ukraine.

I Am Divine: This glimpse into the life of the man who became Divine peels back the boundary-pushing sexiness and menace of the iconic character.

Lauren Duca, The Huffington Post

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HBO’s New Streaming Service Is Now Live

HBO NOW, the standalone streaming service HBO first promised last fall, went live Tuesday, just ahead of the April 12 premiere of the fifth season of the network’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones” series. […] For now, the only way to sign up for HBO Now is through an Apple device, like an Apple TV, iPad or iPhone, or by subscribing through Cablevision, if you live in one of the areas the cable company serves. […] they can watch HBO Now via their Apple device. They can also use the service via desktop browser, on either a PC or a Mac, by visiting HBONow.com. – Timothy Stenovec, The Huffington Post

Netflix Continues To Crush Cable TV

TV ratings are also falling as streaming subscriptions climb, and there’s probably a connection. Around 40 percent of the decline in TV ratings during the third and fourth quarters of 2014 is due to people are spending more time watching streaming TV online, sources who attended a talk by the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau last week told The Wall Street Journal. The “biggest contributor to the drop is SVOD [streaming video on demand],” Jon Steinlauf, president of national ad sales and marketing for media company Scripps Networks Interactive, told WSJ. – Alexis Kleinman, The Huffington Post  
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Turmoil At HBO Ahead Of Standalone Streaming Service’s Launch

The idea was that the technology would not only support HBO but potentially other Time Warner offerings, such as Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. The platform, which would power a product that doesn’t require a cable subscription, would be used globally and was supposed to be ready in 2016, said the sources, who worked on that effort. […] To justify to shareholders why they shouldn’t consider the Australian-born media tycoon’s overtures, Time Warner said that its own strategic plan would deliver more value to shareholders than Murdoch could. – Reuters via The Huffington Post  
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‘Binge Watching’ Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions

Fifty-percent of adults now identify as binge-viewers, meaning they’re watching multiple episodes of a TV show back-to-back, according to a new study of 1,000 adults with pay TV subscriptions released by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The percentage was even higher for those under 35. – Damon Beres, The Huffington Post

The 8 Best Christmas Episodes On Netflix

The holidays are around the corner, which means it’s almost time to grab that hot drink and cozy up by the fire television. Because it’s always fun to keep your viewing on-theme, we’ve compiled a handy guide to the best Christmas episodes currently streaming on Netflix. Wrap yourself in a fuzzy blanket and enjoy. – Lily Karlin, The Huffington Post via Vulture

1. 30 Rock, “Ludachristmas” Season 2, Episode 9
2. Gilmore Girls, “Forgiveness and Stuff” Season 1, Episode 10
3. The West Wing, “Noel” Season 2, Episode 10
4. New Girl, “The 23rd” Season 1, Episode 9
5. The Wonder Years, “Christmas” Season 2, Episode 3
6. The Office, “Christmas Party” Season 2, Episode 10
7. Arrested Development, “Afternoon Delight” Season 2, Episode 6
8. Mad Men, “Christmas Comes But Once A Year” Season 4, Episode 2

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Live TV Viewership Down As Streaming Services Take Over

In the Total Audience Report, Nielsen found that live television consumption dropped from four hours and 44 minutes a day in Q3 of 2013 to four hours and 32 minutes a day in Q3 of 2014. Monthly viewership over the two quarters was down as well: from 147 hours to 141 hours. Those losses were accompanied by a two-minute rise in “time shifted” viewing, as well as increased viewing on digital devices, like smart phones and tablets. There was also a 19 percent rise in subscription video on demand. As Time noted, 2.8 percent of U.S. households are now “broadband only”; last year, that figure was 1.1 percent. – Lily Karlin,The Huffington Post
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