Chernin Group hires Yahoo veteran Kerns to lead digital; Microsoft rebrands Xbox streaming services

More online video news from across the Web:

> Showtime launched its OTT streaming service, Showtime Anytime, a few days ahead of schedule. Article

> Chernin Group has brought aboard former Yahoo executive Mike Kerns to serve as president of digital. Variety article

> BBC is considering making its news channel online only, similar to its strategy with BBC 3, in a move to cut operational costs. Guardian article

> Netflix and Amazon childrens' series are all about drawing kids into their streaming services early to build lifelong loyalty. California Sunday Magazine article

> Microsoft is rebranding its Xbox Music and Xbox Video services ahead of its Windows 10 release, to "Groove Music" and "Movies & TV," respectively. Variety article

> The FIFA Women's World Cup saw record viewership on TV and online, with more than 19,328 live streams of the championship match, up 342 percent from the tournament average. Release

> iTVMediaCenter, a community-powered streaming network, is looking to be the next one-stop shop for all things online video. BGR post

> Binge-watching is no longer a trend; it's the norm when it comes to watching television. Post (reg. req.)

> More people are watching Hulu on the living-room TV now than on the desktop: living room viewing accounts for 58 percent of Hulu streams, up from 44 percent last year. TechCrunch article

> What? Me worry? YouTube executive Robert Kyncl downplayed the Facebook video threat, saying that the online video market is expanding so rapidly that "it will be a decade before we bump into each other." Financial Times article (sub. req.)

> Sarah Palin is dropping the $99.95 subscription for her online video channel and making all her content free to view. Mediaite article

> Univision has filed papers for an initial public offering that could raise $1 billion and value the company at $20 billion. Broadcasting & Cable article

> OTT revenues in Europe will reach $13.72 billion by 2020, a new Digital TV Research study says. Broadband TV News article

> Amazon has premiered the second season of kids' show Annedroids on Prime Instant Video in the US and UK. Release

> Scripps Networks Interactive has acquired a 52.7 percent stake in Polish operator TVN. Broadband TV News article

And finally… Stephen Colbert is using online video to go viral ahead of his debut on The Late Show, appearing in random spots including guest-hosting Monroe, Mich., public access show Only In Monroe. Washington Post article

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