Endemol is investing EUR 30 million in premium internet video channels

Endemol Beyond

Famous television production company Endemol is expanding its business into online video with a serieus investment of EUR 30 million. With this investment, it will create a series of premium channels within main video portals like YouTube,Yahoo, AOL, MSN and Dailymotion.

The new venture is called Endemol Beyond and aims to accelerate current online video productions in countries like the US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain but Endemol Beyond will also invest in original productions and work together with brands to create new channels.

Currently, Endomol has already launched over 100 YouTube partnering with global brands like YouTube, Yahoo, McDonalds, Sony Music and Mazda.

Google Play now serves Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, The Wire and more

The Wire

In a surprise move, Google has negotiated a deal with HBO, offering seven popular series via Google Play. This means that the series have to be bought per episode iTunes style instead of just watching what you want for a fixed fee like Netflix is offering. The price for a normal episode is between USD 1,99 and USD 2,99 with an extra surcharge of a dollar for HD. And more series will be added as Google states this is only the beginnning of their partnership with HBO. For now, Google will offer Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, Veep, True Blood, and The Wire.

It is such a surprise since Google seemed to be focussing only on access so far. Google TV and Google Chromecast are both Android based solution that offer a broad range of online video on your television provided by third parties. And YouTube of course. But so far, Google was rather absent on the content market.

Since the Spotify model seems to be the winning model, the shows have been aired elsewhere before and the deal only allows US citizens to buy the episodes, it is not that big a revolution. Yet. Let’s just see what is going to happen in the near future. Google has finally released a Spotify competitor for music. And they do have a very valuable asset with YouTube. Maybe this is just the beginning and is Google about to take on Netflix. Time will tell.

YouTube competitor Dailymotion brings VEVO to Europe

Dailymotion

French online video platform Dailymotion is extending their current partnership. Users in France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK now also have access to the extensive music video library of VEVO.

Great news of course for the music lovers in these countries, but a little peculiar since Google, the owner of YouTube, is rumoured to have a stake in VEVO of around 7 percent. Also, Yahoo, still seen as a Google competitor, was close to taken over Dailymotion and might try to make a move again.

Updated YouTube app for iOS let’s you stream from your iOS device to your television

YouTube Send to TV

If you have ever used Apple AirPlay or Miracast, you know the advantages of pushing a stream from your telephone to your television. Much easier than using the remote control and much more logical too, as you are probably using your tablet or smartphone already to discover and select streaming content. On YouTube for instance.

Google figured this too and decided to update the YouTube app for iOS with a ‘Send to TV‘ functionality. With that, your mobile iOS device connects automatically with your big screen en let’s you display the content there.
The functionality works automatically with Google TV enabled devices and with Xbox and PS3 consoles after creating a manual handshake.

This news is particularly interesting in view of the recent rumours of YouTube preparing for paid channels. Just imagine what would happen if YouTube would start broadcasting the latest series and films. That would mean serious competition for Netflix and Amazon on the one hand and traditional TV channels on the other.

Native YouTube app for PS3 in 19 more countries

YouTube app for PS3

Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Russia and the United Kingdom are the lucky countries where YouTube is now available as a native app on the PS3. The app was already available in the US and Canada and on other platforms like the Nintendo Wii / Wii U and Microsoft Xbox 360.

Even though it was possible to watch YouTube via the web browser, a native app offers often a better experience. One other benefit is the possibility to login with your YouTube account and access your favourites and subcribed channels including HD channels. And you can pair your phone with the app allowing you to use your smartphone as a control for the YouTube app.

The app can be found in your XMB under TV & Video Service