News Colliding This Week...

A weekly round up of what we're reading and watching - enjoy!

Twitter haven't given up on video just yet. TheVideoInk reports that Twitter is adding to it's video offering in an effort to bolster it's video credentials. Live and on-demand video deals have remained a major focus for Twitter and has in part led to half of all Twitter revenue coming from video. Read the full article - Even Without a Dedicated Live Stream Team, Twitter is Still All About Video

eMarketer released new figures showing the shift from PayTV towards OTT and other cord-cutting services has continued to gather speed in the US accelerating beyond most forecasts. The latest figures show the number of cord-cutters—adults who have ever cancelled pay TV service and continue without it—will climb 32.8% this year to 33.0 million. Read the full article - Exodus from Pay TV Accelerates Despite OTT Partnerships.

Facebook Australia launched their latest thought leadership video and podcast series, Face 2 FaceThe series discovers how industry leaders from KPMG, TBWA Melbourne, Optus, Velocity Frequent Flyer, Host/Havas, Guzman y Gomez, AFL and Initiative are building brands in the digital age. The series uncovers key insights for how brands should be adapting for mobile, how has creativity changed, how to build a brand on mobile, and how marketers can engage customers in a meaningful way. Watch the full video series here.

A recent report from Marketing Land shows that Instagram ad spend has grown 177%, outpacing Facebook growth, while YouTube advertisers spent nearly triple what they did last year! Instagram audience growth also continued, helped by Stories, and they'll be counting on this continuing with the recent launch of IGTV. The biggest news though was that YouTube ad impressions rose 225 percent, and CPMs fell by 11 percent. Phones and tablets accounted for 79 percent of YouTube ad spend during the second quarter of this year — up from 71 percent a year ago. Read the full article - Facebook takes a back seat to Instagram as ad spend on the Facebook-owned app grows 177%

Paramount Pictures launched Mission Impossible: Fallout with a nice 360 video featuring Tom Cruise perilously dangling from a helicopter, fair enough, Cruise apparently went through 2,000 hours of training in order to shoot the scene. Watch the full video here. 

And finally, we're loving the thought of taking our own private autonomous flying taxi next time we have a meeting. This TED Talk from Rodin Lyasoff, Chief Executive Officer at A³ by Airbus suggests the dream may not be too far from reality! Watch the video - How autonomous flying taxis could change the way you travel.

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