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10 of the most shared brands on Instagram video

40% of the 1,000 most shared Instagram videos (Instavids) last month came from brands.

The 15 second long Instavid format has only been around for a few months, but is already giving Vine a run for its six second-long money. We’ve discussed the respective benefits of each in this provocatively titled article Fight Club! Instagram vs. Vine.

It seems that brands have been quick to utilise this longer form media. The 150m incumbent Instagram users are clearly a major draw, as opposed to the still not inconsiderable 40m users on Vine, although it should be noted that Vine picked up all those users in just nine months.

HBO makes friends with cord cutters…in Scandinavia

For consumers in the United States wanting to give HBO their money for a subscription that doesn’t require a cable bundle, the popular cable network delivered bad news earlier this year: thanks, but no thanks.

But HBO’s response to the grassroots Take My Money, HBO! campaign didn’t answer the question: can HBO ignore cord cutters forever?

Television networks adopt Rovio’s Angry Birds merchandising strategy

https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0002/1982/angry_plushies-blog-thumb.jpgIn today’s multi-channel, multi-platform world, it’s increasingly difficult for television networks to lure viewers to their shows. To succeed and build an audience, on-network promotions just won’t cut it.

So a growing number of networks are turning to a strategy that has done quite well for a very different type of media company, Rovio, the maker of the hit gaming franchise Angry Birds.

Sky finally launches its internet TV service, NOW TV

In January, Sky announced that it would be launching a new online TV service later this year. Designed in large part to allow non-Sky customers to access Sky content, the service would allow its subscribers to access a variety of content, including movies and sports, on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Right on schedule, Sky today announced that the service, dubbed NOW TV, will be launching tomorrow.

Can Google take on cable with paid YouTube subscriptions?

Google’s acquisition of YouTube may prove to be one of the savviest in internet history. Although some believed it appeared rich at the time, ask any of the companies that could have purchased Facebook for $1bn-plus less than a decade ago, and they’d probably tell you that sometimes, eleven figures is cheap.

But a big part of the reason YouTube has been so successful following its acquisition by Google is that the search giant continues to invest heavily in its development. The company is working with Hollywood to produce original content, and has made great strides over the years in inking licensing pacts with content creators.

Will Netflix one day be part of your cable bundle?

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings probably won’t win a CEO of the Year award for his efforts in 2011.

After all, he was largely responsible for one of the biggest strategic and branding disasters of the year when he jumped the gun on trying to move his company away from delivering DVDs by mail and focusing on streaming instead.

HBO Go set for April 1 Xbox 360 debut

It’s a multi-channel, multi-platform and multi-screen world and that means one thing for broadcast and cable networks: distributing content effectively requires more than just access to the airwaves or cable pipes.

The networks realize this, which is why many have been rapidly pushing to make their content available to consumers wherever they go.

To prevent cord cutting, cable networks embrace the web

Are cable customers ditching their cords, or shaving them? While the debate over what cable customers are doing and planning to do with their cords continues, one thing is clear: cable players are concerned.

So in an effort to prevent cord cutting, they’re increasing looking to find ways to embrace the channel cord cutting is blamed on the internet.