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  • Countdown: Top 7 2014 Thanksgiving Videos On YouTube

    bro-science-life-thanksgivingThanksgiving has arrived, and in addition to family, football, and ungodly amounts of food, we here at Tubefilter are thankful for YouTube (I got your back, California and Delaware.) In anticipation of the US' biggest fall holiday, YouTube creators took to their channels to create relevant videos. Here are seven that caught our eyes. 7. Seth Rogen's Jewish-Canadian-American Thanksgiving by Funny or Die Embedding disabled. Watch it here via Funny or Die's YouTUbe channel. Consider this fun little animation, which brings Rogen's experience as a misled Canadian Jew to life, as an appetizer for our countdown. It won't fill you up, but it's good for a chuckle or two. 6. 10 Thanksgiving Facts That Can't Be True by CollegeHumor During the holidays, list-based articles and videos run rampant (you're reading one right now.) CollegeHumor has sent up those click-baiting spectacles with a video in the spirit of Tim And Eric. It's not for everybody, but its heart is at least in the right place. 5. Thanksgiving Voltron by Epic Meal Time It wouldn't be Thanksgiving on YouTube without a meaty monstrosity from Epic Meal Time. This is the holiday that first launched the Canadian super-sizers to online stardom, and in the year when they made their TV debut, they are giving thanks to their fans by assembling a meat Voltron out of several different animals. 4. 5 Genius Thanksgiving Leftover Hacks by BuzzFeed Video Once you've had your fill of Thanksgiving Voltron (you are planning to prepare your own Voltron, right?), you're going to have a lot of leftovers. BuzzFeed has cooked up some tasty suggestions for those extra eats in order to ensure that eating unhealthy Thanksgiving food outlasts the holiday itself

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  • UK Ad Standards Watchdog Demands Disclaimers From YouTube Creators

    oreo-lick-raceIn June, popular YouTube content creators Dan Howell and Phil Lester (AKA Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil, respectively) uploaded videos where they took part in an "Oreo lick race," through which they determined which one of them could eat an Oreo cookie the fastest. The video came and went without much hubbub, but now, a UK watchdog is using it as Exhibit A in its battle against unclear advertisements on YouTube. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that YouTubers must include proper disclaimers for videos that are "obviously identifiable as marketing communications." The ASA investigated Howell and Lester's video, as well as several others from YouTubers like Emma Blackery and TomSka, after receiving a complaint from a BBC journalist. Sure enough, the YouTubers in question were paid by Oreo owner Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods), which sponsors a lot of branded content on YouTube. (More recently, Mondelez agreed to a massive upfront deal with YouTube, though these videos went up long before that deal was signed.) Howell and Lester's Oreo videos are still up, though they are now marked with an annotation that states "This is a paid for advertisement." In addition, the ASA told Mondelez "to ensure that future ads in this medium made their commercial intent clear prior to consumer engagement."

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  • First Look At ‘Games Of Thrones’ Season Five Released On Twitter Video

    Game-of-Thrones-Season5-Teaser-Trailer-Twitter-VideoA new teaser trailer is out for Game of Thrones season 5, but it didn’t debut on YouTube or HBO's website as you might expect. Instead, the ten-second clip was released via Twitter’s native video player in a tweet from the official Game of Thrones account. The video was tweeted on November 25, 2014, with some cryptic messaging about a raven bringing “The Sight.” The link included in the tweet sends fans to a promotional website called ThreeEyedRaven.com. On the site, Game of Thrones fans can sign up to receive visions of the future about the show (aka “The Sight”) via Twitter or SMS. While the video pointing to the equivocal website destination is throwing GoT fans into a tizzy, we’re more fascinated with the clip’s delivery method. Recently, Twitter announced it would introduce its native video player sometime in 2015, a move that only makes sense since the company purchased social video app Vine back in 2012. Since we’re not yet in 2015, the GoT teaser shouldn’t be a native Twitter video

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  • Yogscast Out To Top $1.1 Million Charity Drive With Jingle Jam

    yogscast-jingle-jamLast year, the crew of British games over at Yogscast raised more than $1.1 million for charity through Jingle Jam, their annual fundraising drive. This year, on December 1st, Jingle Jam will return, and Yogscast is hoping its fans can top 2013's record-breaking total. Jingle Jam runs for the entirety of December, with most of the action occurring over at Yogscast's Twitch channel. Each day, at least one member of the team will stream live in hopes of raising funds for five charities pre-selected by the Yogscast community: Mind, Doctors Without Borders/MSF, Flora & Fauna International, Special Effect, and End Polio Now. In return for their charitable support, Yogscast has teamed up with Humble Bundle to offer its fans a collection of games; the particular entries in the bundle will be curated by Yogscast, who will pick out specific games featured on their YouTube channel. Yogscast already runs a store, also powered by Humble Bundle, through which fans can purchase games like 5 Nights At Freddy's, The Walking Dead, and Alien: Isolation. All the proceeds from those sales also go toward charities. “We were blown away by the support we had from the audience last year - both the people who tuned in to watch us every night and the amount they donated," said Yogscast co-founder Lewis Brindley

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  • Machinima’s New ‘Super Power Beat Down’ Pits Darth Vader Against Batman

    Super-Power-Beat-Down-Darth-Vader-BatmanDarth Vader fighting Batman is one of the coolest, most epic match-ups of all time, or so Machinima thought. The multi-channel network’s latest installment of its popular Super Power Beat Down series pits the iconic Star Wars villain against DC Comics’ Dark Knight. In the “Batman vs. Darth Vader” episode, Gotham’s superhero flies all the way to the Death Star to save his colleague Superman, who’s been taken captive by Darth Vader. With the victor determined by over 250,000 fans on SPBD’s home page, the showdown of a lifetime ends in tragedy for one of the caped men in black: The “Batman vs. Darth Vader” episode was directed by filmmaker Aaron Shoenke, who’s already well-known for his Batman fan films. Kevin Porter reprised his role as the Dark Knight, having already played Batman in a number of shorts (as well the Punisher in a previous SPBD episode)

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  • Michelle Phan Launches Three Web Series With FAWN, Endemol Beyond

    Michelle-Phan-Endemol-FAWN-Trend-Report-How-ToMichelle Phan may be known as a beauty guru, but she’s also one of YouTube’s most prolific entrepreneurs. And she just announced her newest venture: three new web series created with her fashion-focused For All Women Network (FAWN) and Endemol Beyond. Trend Report is one of Phan’s new series which debuted its first episode on the vlogger’s personal channel on November 25, 2014. The show covers Phan’s favorite beauty, style, tech, and entertainment trends and is in a test-run for the next four weeks. The series also has a “subset” of episodes on FAWN’s channel called Trend Report How To, where popular bloggers and video creators cover style, tech, and DIY topics. Several of these episodes are already available on FAWN’s YouTube channel, like this one about creating custom, hand-written fonts: Additionally, Phan has launched two history-focused (yet still 100% lifestyle-oriented) series. The first is Fascinating Women, which covers the lives of influential women in history such as journalists, stylists, and pilots. Phan says it’s a show for “all you career girls out there inspiring to do great things.”

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  • Wikia And Maker Studios Break Down “The Year In Fandom”

    wikia-year-in-fandomAs the final month of 2014 approaches, two companies with close ties to the Internet are looking to discover the topics that most energized fans this past year. Online video network Maker Studios has teamed up with pop culture encyclopedia Wikia for The 2014 Year In Fandom, which will explore the most popular cultural phenomena of the past 12 months. In order to select the subjects it would feature in Year Of Fandom, Wikia ranked its database through its Wikia Activity Metric, which measures "total audience, size/complexion of the body of content, and usage momentum" for all of the topics on the site. Once the top subjects were selected, Wikia turned to Maker Studios partners like Noodlerella, JakeMcCoyNetwork, and ThatWasHistory, who will reenact the best moments in a series of videos that will be released on Wikia, Maker.TV, and the YouTube channels of both Maker and Wikia. “Video is such an integral part of storytelling for today’s fans and by partnering with Maker, we’re really able to deliver together two very passionate audiences to create content we know will be engaging,” stated Eric Moro, Wikia's Director of Programming for Entertainment, in a statement.“The opportunity alone for Wikia collaborators and Maker Gen talent to raise their profiles among today’s millennials is exciting in and of i

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  • Hulu Picks Up Unaired Episodes Of ABC’s Canceled ‘Selfie’

    Hulu-Runs-ABC-Canceled-SelfieHulu has become a digital rescue shelter for an abandoned TV series. The streaming video service will run the six unaired episodes of ABC’s recently-canceled Selfie. Selfie stars Karen Gillan and John Cho in a modern interpretation of My Fair Lady (based on the classic play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw). The comedy series was created by writer Emily Kapnek, who’s previously written for shows like Parks & Recreation and Suburgatory. The first of the remaining Selfie episodes debuted on Hulu and Hulu Plus on Tuesday, November 25. The following five episodes will be released one at a time each week for the next five weeks. Hulu doesn’t plan to renew the series, unlike its competitors Netflix and Yahoo tend to do with the series they save. Netflix revived Fox’s hit comedy Arrested Developmentfor a fourth season, and Yahoo is starting production on the online-only sixth season of Community, snagged from NBC.

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  • Guess Which Two States Are Most Thankful For YouTube

    thankful-facebook-thanksgiving-statesAs Thanksgiving approaches, Facebook has mined its mountain of data to determine which topics Americans are most thankful for. The social media network's data scientists shared a study that shows the most-praised subjects within posts on the site. The most popular topics are unsurprising. On the whole, Americans thanked friends, family, and health, but when Facebook broke down its data state-by-state, a few interesting trends emerged. The map pictured above shows the outliers that are disproportionately more popular in each state. As you might expect, the Bible Belt loves God and Southwesterners are grateful for the rain. For our purposes, we're most interested in the two states that most commonly gave thanks to YouTube. One of those states, as you might expect is California. This should surprise nobody, since Los Angeles is the center of YouTube's creative community and home to YouTube-centric companies like Maker Studios and Fullscreen. For the thousands of Californian denizens who make a living thanks to online video (and are therefore more likely to post about their lives on the Internet), it makes sense to give thanks to the video platform that makes it all possible. The other state that is thankful for YouTube is...Delaware? Your guess is as good as mine. Perhaps there's a correlation between people who work at corporate headquarters and people who enjoy Let's Play videos

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  • BitTorrent’s First Web Series Will Be (Legally) Available In 2015

    BitTorrent-Children-of-the-Machine-Web-SeriesBitTorrent is out to prove it’s not all about illegal downloads and questionable sharing ethics. The tech company is releasing its first original web series called Children of the Machine in fall 2015. Directed by Marco Weber (producer of The Thirteenth Floor and Unthinkable), Children of the Machine is a sci-fi series set in the year 2031. It chronicles the lives of a society where humans must work together to survive after androids start dominating. Children of the Machine will be available for download exclusively on BitTorrent. According to AdWeek, Weber chose to release his upcoming series on the data-sharing website because its male-dominated, 170+ million user base was exactly the type of audience he was looking for. "This is a science fiction show catered to the typical tech-savvy, male-dominated audience," Weber said. "We're not trying to launch a romantic comedy, so the concept of this show moved us toward BitTorrent."

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