Look out Netflix and Amazon: Yahoo is coming for you. Yahoo's big chief, Marissa Mayer, announced Monday night at its Digital Content NewFronts that the company is taking the plunge into television-style original video content.
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Mayer unveiled that Yahoo has ordered two original scripted comedy series, which will be offered on its website and mobile apps, as well as through Apple TV and Roku boxes (but those won't be ready until 2015).
"Users expect online content to be as good as, if not better than, TV,” Mayer said, which is basically like goading Netflix, but something tells me this millionaire/tech whiz knows how to deliver.
The first series, 'Other Space,' is a futuristic comedy about space-loving misfits who stumble onto an alternate --or, an "other" -- space. The show comes from Paul Feig ('Freaks and Geeks,' 'Bridesmaids'), who will exec-produce the ordered eight half-hour episodes.
The second comedy comes from executive producer Mike Tollin ('One Tree Hill,' 'Smallville') who's teaming with Bryan Gordon ('Curb Your Enthusiasm') for 'Sin City Saints,' which follows the antics of a fictional basketball team in Las Vegas. The series will also have eight half-hour installments.
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Yahoo also announced a new partnership with mega concert promoter, Live Nation, to stream one concert live every day for a year. Summer concerts just took on a whole different meaning, people.
Yahoo obviously has high hopes for their latest attempt at original programming. Last year, they failed in their effort to build a comedy block of originals anchored by 'SNL,' and featuring clips from Comedy Central and The Onion. But they've had some success with their 'Burning Love' web series, which made the jump to E! after several seasons on Yahoo.
Let the streaming service wars begin.