YouTube adds new monetization options for creators

Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, introduced the new features at VidCon, the annual conference for online video makers. The first feature, and the most obviously beneficial, is a $4.99 Channel Membership that lets users pay for exclusive content on a channel. That content can be emoji, livestreams, special badges, and extra videos, depending on what the content creator offers. – Rachel Kaser, The Next Web

AT&T’s WatchTV is the First Streaming Service for the Post-Net Neutrality World

The zero-rating violations play out in an astonishing number of ways with AT&T’s new unlimited plans, which show just how little telecom companies care to preserve net neutrality. Offering WatchTV for free is one strike (sorry to the likes of Sling, YouTube TV, Hulu Live, and others, which consumers will have to pay more for). The credit for DirecTV is strike two. And then there’s strike three, the offer of one free “premium” service that comes with Unlimited &More Premium, which includes the now AT&T-owned products HBO and Cinemax. – Aj Dellinger, Gizmodo

MoviePass will start to surge prices for popular movies in July

MoviePass, the cheap movie ticket subscription service that has taken the film industry by storm, is about to introduce a controversial change to its service. Previously, you could pay a flat price to see any movie you want, but starting in July, getting tickets for high-demand movies will incur an additional fee. – Patricia Hernandez, The Verge

MTV Launches MTV Studios With ‘Daria’, ‘Made’, ‘Real World’ & ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals

MTV Studios’ initial slate includes animated comedy Daria & Jodie, a reimagining of MTV’s 1990s feminist series Daria, from writer Grace Edwards (Inside Amy Schumer); an update of the Emmy-winning coming-of-age unscripted series Made as well as recently reported live-action remake of MTV’s animated sci-fi series Aeon Flux, from Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis; and a return of the network’s groundbreaking reality series The Real World with Bunim/Murray Productions. – Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood

More than 85% of US millennials subscribe to at least one OTT video service

The research set out to identify research identifies consumer adoption of multiple OTT service subscriptions as key to future growth and its top-line finding was that more than 85% of millennials in US broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT video service. The trend was also found to be visible, though less pronounced, among the other generations as well. OTT service penetration among Baby Boomers and older generations grew more than 10% between the two groups as a whole from 2016 to 2017. – Rapid TV News

McG Assembles Cast For Netflix Film ‘Rim Of The World’

Zack Stentz wrote the script which follows four misfit teenagers who become unlikely allies when their summer camp experience is cut short by an alien invasion. In this epic adventure film, the youths must overcome their fears, tackle insecurities and learn to work as a team while they attempt to save the world. – Amanda N’Duka, Deadline Hollywood

Influencers hold the power for YouTube, Facebook video views

Most basically, the power of views seems to be in the hands of influencers. Indeed, Tubular Labs says that there is an obvious fact: Influencers still rule the video landscape, dominating uploads and views on Facebook and Instagram when compared with brands and media publishers. Looking at share of views in the first quarter of 2018 I terms of views, the research found that influencers accounted for 84% of 1.7 billion YouTube views compared with 13% for media companies and 3% for brands, while on Facebook influencers grabbed 56% of 966 million views with media companies on 40% and brands on merely 4%. – Rapid TV News
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