“You used to have to sneak sex into advertising,” said comedian Colin Quinn. “Now you have to sneak advertising into sex.” Speaking at NCM’s cinema upfront presentation in New York City today, he noted that messaging apps like Snapchat might not be the right place for an ad, but the presentation that followed showed more appropriate ways for brands to join the conversations that play out publicly on social media sites. NCM Media Networks today announced a partnership with Foursquare and Twitter that will bring marketers on the big screen into the conversations on the small screen.
Happy Friday, ladies and gents! The weekend is here at last and we’re celebrating with a roundup of some of the funniest videos of the week. This week’s Friday Morning Laughs is inspired by The Oscars so it’s made up almost entirely of videos related to the movies—with the exception of an adorable baby video, a scare prank and one awesome video of Michelle Obama dancing! Enjoy!
Hulu Plus is trying something new to lure new customers in Japan—on February 19 they’ll be streaming an upcoming Japanese movie, Sougen no Isu (A Chair on the Plains), before its theatrical release on February 23.
With 72 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute, it’s a massive undertaking for the video site to monitor it all. Content ID, YouTube’s platform for weeding out copyrighted materials uploaded to the site by cross-checking uploaded video against audio and visuals provided by content owners, has done wonders for cutting back YouTube piracy. However, Amir Efrati of the WSJ reports that illegal movie uploads are still finding their way to the site.
What were your favorite TV shows and movies in 2012? Did you tweet about them? Did you post about them on Facebook? Did you check-in to them on your favorite social TV app? If you did, chances are you helped them make GetGlue’s list of the top social TV shows and movies of 2012!
Today Netflix and The Walt Disney Company announced a new multi-year licensing agreement. Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for Disney’s first-run live-action and animated features. But there’s just one catch. Looks like Netflix viewers are going to have to wait at least three years, as Yahoo Finance reports that the agreement will begin with Disney’s 2016 theatrically released feature films.
Movies are coming to Vimeo! This morning the online video streaming site announced that it plans to launch a new pay-to-view service early next year at Vimeo.com/movies and, as a preview, they’ve made six full-length films available for purchase.
Watch out Netflix, iTunes and Amazon! Today Toys ‘R’ Us has launched its own, video streaming service. The new service, Toys ‘R’ Us Movies, provides over 4,000 family-friendly titles available for 24-hour rental or purchase.
Move aside Netflix, iTunes and Amazon. YouTube will be offering rentals on select Smart TVs and connected devices in select countries before the year’s end.
Looking for a good movie to stream on Netflix tonight? I know, good movies on Netflix streaming are few and far between and it looks like the selection may be even more ridiculous than all of us Netflix subscribers thought! While Netflix doesn’t have any Disney or Pixar movies, it looks like they have a whole slew of knock-offs, from ‘Chop Kick Panda’ to ‘Kiara The Brave’ and the ‘Little Cars’ series.