Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Ten years ago, the sentence “YouTube star to get Netflix series” would have been literally incomprehensible. YouTube was barely a year old, and Netflix was still a DVD-by-mail service. But in the year 2016, it feels like an inevitability. Of course it was only a matter of time before streaming giant Netflix started plucking talent from fellow streaming giant YouTube.
The first YouTube star to also become a Netflix star will be Colleen Ballinger-Evans, better known as her painfully awkward, heavily lipsticked, wannabe star character Miranda Sings. She’ll have a scripted comedy series on Netflix called Haters Back Off, inspired by her popular YouTube videos. Learn more about the Miranda Sings Netflix series after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Ads are probably the most annoying part of the YouTube experience, but how much would you be willing to sacrifice to avoid them? Would you pay $9.99 a month? What if that $9.99 a month also got you exclusive original content?
YouTube is really hoping you’ll say yes. The video streaming website has just announced YouTube Red, a Netflix-style paid subscription service. Unsurprisingly, not everyone is thrilled about it. Get all the details on YouTube Red after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
America’s Funniest Home Videos basically became obsolete the moment YouTube was invented. People no longer had to go through a bunch of TV producers to share or watch homemade clips of dads getting hit in the balls; they just had to click a few buttons on YouTube.
Nevertheless, America’s Funniest Home Videos has endured to become ABC’s longest-running primetime show. Now, as it hits its 25th birthday, it’s even joining forces with YouTube for several new series. Hit the jump for details on the Americas Funniest Home Videos YouTube comeback.
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Filmmakers who’ve dreamed of working on the kind of frightening sets Guillermo del Toro is known for will now have their chance. Del Toro is judging a new contest, presented by Legendary Pictures and YouTube, that’ll allow filmmakers to visit specially created horror sets at YouTube locations in New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. The results will then be uploaded to YouTube and a select few will get consultations with Del Toro. One lucky winner will even get a development deal. It’s a pretty fantastic opportunity for horror filmmakers and it takes place between September 22 and October 28, 2014.
Below, read the full details of the Guillermo del Toro YouTube contest, see examples of the sets and watch del Toro describe the whole thing. Read More »
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Before the days of Twitter, which allows access to the daily opinions of some of our favorite filmmakers on an immediate basis, many of us relied on Jon Favreau for connection to one part of the film world. Several years ago Favreau was still an indie darling, almost a decade away from the Marvel Universe, and he hosted a show on IFC called Dinner for Five.
If you were lucky enough to have IFC from 2001-2005, it was pre-DVR appointment television. The writer/director would sit down for dinner with some of the most interesting people in Hollywood and just talk. About movies, about life, whatever. Since the series ended, several of the guests – which ranged from Seth McFarlane and Peter Dinklage to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, have become even bigger stars than they were at the time. “Glorious” doesn’t come close to describing the show.
So whether you were a fan of not, we figured it would be good to let you know that the entire series is legally available to watch on YouTube. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Looking for something to check out on your computer as you enjoy the last lazy days of summer? Hit the jump to learn about new additions to Amazon Prime and Netflix catalogs, plus info on Hammer Films’ new streaming channel and YouTube’s plans to edit its original content offerings.
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Even here on Slashfilm, the ease of shooting video has made things more visual. Interviews are regularly being shot with our iPhones instead of simply recording and transcribing because the visual element, hopefully, makes you feel like you’re part of the conversation. YouTube sees this immersion going even further, though, as they’ve begun to roll out an option that’ll turn any video uploaded in 1080p into 3D. One click, pop on some glasses, and you can see any 1080p YouTube video in 3D. How does this work and what does it look like? Read more after the jump. Read More »
Have a late night craving to watch Pirates of the Caribbean but neither the DVD or hard drive space to do so? YouTube is partnering with Disney to put hundreds of titles on its semi-new rental service, YouTube.com/movies. Though Warner Bros., Sony and Universal were on board with the service when it launched in May, Disney’s addition is the first major once since and means a massive amount of affordable family films just appeared at your fingertips. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
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Things are heating up in the streaming video space. All the major companies with a stake in digital content streaming are trying to find new revenue streams, and new ways to compete for audiences as Netflix voraciously increases the amount of content it offers, especially with respect to television series.
Three of the major streaming players — Netflix, Hulu and YouTube — have made new deals to provide content to users, and a fourth company, Redbox, is raising prices after testing an increase in limited markets, but is also planning to launch a streaming service by the end of the year. Read More »
Remember the news about Life in a Day, the YouTube movie that Ridley Scott is producing with director Kevin Macdonald? (Not to be confused with Bruce McDonald, who also crowd-sourced footage for his Broken Social Scene project This Film is Broken.)
Well, the movie is already into post-production, but that’s just because all the normal production work was done by people who submitted clips from footage shot on July 24, the day the film is designed to encapsulate. How many clips? Eighty thousand, in 45 languages from 197 different countries. How do you assemble that? Read More »