Is YouTube Too Big to Have a Really Big Show?

FilmMagic for YouTube Music Awards The best-case scenario for last night’s YouTube Music Awards was that they would do something really cool with live music and live video that we haven’t seen before. And that’s what they did, for the show’s first six minutes. This is actress Greta Gerwig, performing with Arcade Fire, directed by … Continue reading

Amazon Tries Breaking From the Streaming-Video Pack With Offline Viewing for New Kindles

Amazon has been spending a lot of time and money trying to catch up to Netflix in the subscription-video race. So far, not much luck: Many more people seem to be watching video via Reed Hastings’s service. But now Jeff Bezos has something new: Offline viewing. Amazon’s new line of Kindle Fire HDX tablets will … Continue reading

Get Ready For TechCrunch TV’s Tour Of The New Hollywood, Starting Next Week

Over the last several years, we’ve seen a new group of digital media companies emerge in Los Angeles, driven by the growth of YouTube as a platform for distribution of video content. What started out as a cottage industry built around YouTube is becoming a pretty massive business, with L.A. at the center of it … Continue reading

Prada Spends a Bunch of Money on a Wes Anderson Ad, and Then a Bunch More to Advertise It

A long, long time ago, if a famous director made a mini movie for an advertiser, designed specifically to be watched on the Internet, it was news. If you’re really old, you may remember waiting many minutes to stream John Woo’s BMW caper flick starring Clive Owen.* Now this stuff is NBD. Or, at least, … Continue reading

Kamcord Raises Another Million for Mobile Gamecasting

Mobile gamecasting service Kamcord has raised $1 million from two Chinese investors. It’s the second round of seed funding for the startup, which lets players of connected mobile games record and share videos of their playtime. In December 2012, Kamcord raised $1.5 million from a diverse group including Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Tencent. This … Continue reading

Next Month’s Super Bowl Ads, Today

Old Super Bowl cliche: Lots of people watch it just to see the ads — they don’t care about football at all! New Super Bowl cliche: You don’t have to wait for the Super Bowl to see the Super Bowl ads — just check YouTube! Neither one of those are completely truthful, of course. For … Continue reading