06/23/17: YouTube rolls out new virtual reality format

Good morning. It’s Friday June 23, 2017 and this is your your first early morning Digital briefing!

Stereoscopic and Monoscopic Video (Virtual Reality): In VR, monoscopic video is video that’s recorded with one camera from a single point of view; footage is then stitched together in post-production to create the appearance of a single image. With stereoscopic 360-degree video – which is more difficult and expensive to produce – two videos are recorded side by side, with a separate recording mapped to each eye. Stereoscopic adds depth between foreground and background, and looks more realistic.   
Snapchat parent Snap Inc. has been getting more aggressive when it comes to acquisitions. According to reports, its latest purchase is Zenly, a French startup focused on social mapping. Snap will reportedly use the company to power Snap Map, a recently launched feature that allows users to share their locations. The news was first reported by TechCrunch.

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Nielsen has extended its ad measurement deal with YouTube to the video giant’s mobile app. The company says that its Digital Ad Ratings product will now provide cross-device measurement of YouTube advertising audiences across all mobile devices and computers. Nielsen’s clients will be able to access gender and age demos – as well as frequency, reach, and gross rating points – on YouTube’s mobile app. YouTube has used Nielsen for ad revenue for three years. Previously, it was only active on desktop and mobile web browsers.
Vox Media is in the process of eliminating all ads from exchanges, Vox CEO Jim Bankoff told Digiday. According to Bankoff, exchange-based ads have already been eliminated on the “most quality” parts of Vox’s network. Now, he says, the company is in the process of eliminating them across the board. The problem, according to Bankoff: Programmatic ad systems often let bad ads slip through, slowing down sites in the process.
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YouTube just stepped up its VR game. At Vidcon, the Google-owned video giant announced the debut of VR180, a new 180-degree VR video format. In addition to Google’s own Daydream and Cardboard viewers, the videos will be compatible with Sony PlayStation VR headsets. Unlike 360-degree videos, 180-degree vids don’t feature any imagery behind the viewer. And on the web or traditional phones, the content will be formatted to look like standard rectangular YouTube videos.
In other YouTube VR news, the company announced that it has partnered with several consumer electronics companies, including Lenovo, LG and Yi, to create new 180VR-compatible virtual reality cameras. The cameras, set roll out to consumers later this year, will also come equipped with support for VR180 live-streaming.
Facebook announced the dates of this year’s Oculus Connect 4 conference. The event, devoted to announcements and new products surrounding Oculus, will run from October 11-12 in San Jose.  
8i, a startup specializing in holographic capture, has released its new Holo app for iOS and Android. Holo lets users record real-life videos that incorporate photo-realistic holographic images. At launch, the company is partnering with Sony Pictures to let users add Spider-Man holograms to their recordings. 8i has also partnered with Hearst, AOL’s RYOT, and Verizon’s Go90 to bring other content to the app.
Tech billionaire Sean Parker is leaving Spotify’s board, according to Swedish site Breakit.se. The founder of Napster and the first president of Facebook, Parker has been on the Spotify board for the past seven years. The company is widely expected to go public later this year.
Defy Media, the digital media company that oversees channels such as Smosh and ScreenJunkies, just reached a deal with Comedy Central International. Under the new partnership, two of Defy’s most successful programs – Smosh’s Every Blank Ever and ScreenJunkies’ Honest Trailers – will get international exposure. CCI will launch new versions of the two series – ten episodes of Every Blank Ever and 25 Episodes of Honest Trailers – for foreign audiences. Comedy Central hasn’t clarified just which countries the shows will debut in just yet.
Great Big Story, a CNN-backed digital content startup focused on docu-style short-form video, is getting a big boost. CNN recently announced that it’s investing another $40 million into GBS. (The investment values Great Big Story at somewhere between $200 million and $250 million, according to Bloomberg.) GBS says it will use the investment to develop a 24-hour streaming channel. The startup plans to fill out a full-day programming schedule with a more diverse array of content, including feature films and live programming. And, according to CNN, GBS plans to find distribution across OTT TV services like Dish’s Sling TV and AT&T’s DirecTV Now.
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SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top 10 U.S. Primetime and Streaming Shows for June 5 – June 11. Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index (VPI), which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms, and includes the video performance of primetime and streaming shows.


Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments across social platforms.
Tweet of the week: @daniellefoxy: The Warriors parade is on I’m so proud of my team 
Canvs, the emotion analytics company, analyzed tweets about TV and streaming programming from June 14-20 using Twitter data from Nielsen. Insights from the 1,302,435 tweets expressing a specific Emotional Reaction (ER) include:
– Tops in beauty: the most recent episode of The Bachelorette on ABC. Viewers sent thousands of messages commenting on the hotness of the contestants, with Dean and Peter in particular getting a ton of attention.
– The 2017 NBA champs Golden State Warriors basked in the glow of the week’s biggest flood of congratulatory messages during their championship parade, which was broadcast on NBA TV.
WWE’s Money in the Bank PPV event had viewers bubbling with excitement.
– Outside of sports, viewers of Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars posted the most messages talking about how crazy the latest episode was, with Mona being the biggest conversation topic.
– Canvs

In May, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola said that a new Hellboy film will be in theaters by 2018. (Title: Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.) According to Mignola, which Stranger Things actor is set to star in the film?
Our Last Trivia Question: This YouTube star who plays in the band We The Kings holds a Guinness World Record for posting a daily, uninterrupted video about his life for more than eight years. Answer: Charles Trippy. Kudos to Amelia Girgenti-NBA/NY, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Lorrie Shilling/CA, and Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
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As mentioned above, YouTube has rolled out its new VR180 180-degree video format for VR headsets. On desktop, those videos pretty much just look like standard YouTube content. But that doesn’t they’re not fun. Take the new VR180 video from the What’s Inside? Family channel, in which a giant rubber band ball meets a grim fate courtesy of a power saw. Check it out here.
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