Yahoo Shutters Video Service Yahoo Screen (Exclusive)

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Yahoo has shut down Yahoo Screen, the video hub the beleaguered company launched over two years ago to unite its many original and syndicated programming under one roof.

Yahoo Screen was home to everything from the recent streaming of an overseas NFL game to licensed clips of “Saturday Night Live” to the slate of original series launched last year including former NBC comedy “Community,” from Sony Pictures Television. The ambitious originals initiative led to Yahoo declaring a $42 million writedown late last year.

The plan now is to move the video properties from Yahoo Screen to the company’s many digital magazines, where likeminded content can sit side by side. Streamed concerts from Yahoo Screen’s Live Nation channel, for instance, can now be surrounded with content from Yahoo Muisc.

“At Yahoo, we’re constantly reviewing and iterating on our products as we strive to create the best user experience,” said a Yahoo rep Monday, who confirmed the brand was shuttered last week. “With that in mind, video content from Yahoo as well as our partners has been transitioned from Yahoo Screen to our Digital Magazine properties so users can discover complementary content in one place.”

The closure of Yahoo Screen is the latest sign of trouble from the Marissa Mayer-led company, which is said to be exploring the sale of its core business after her multi-year turnaround effort has led to little but investor dissatisfaction and executive exodus.

With the wind-down of Yahoo’s originals efforts, more retrenchment in the video area of the company’s business was widely expected under head of media Martha Nelson, who took over the division when chief marketing officer Kathy Savitt decamped for STX Entertainment last year.

Unknown is whether any layoffs are tied to the closure. Ongoing video efforts are still expected to continue to be available on Yahoo, such as daily news reports from Katie Couric.

Yahoo’s comedy originals, which also included “Sin City Saints” and “Other Space,” are now available in the TV section of the site.

Yahoo launched Yahoo Screen in September 2013 with over 1,000 hours of content, including a slate of eight short-form original series and a partnership with Viacom.

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  1. Before she shut down the user screens, perhaps she should have consulted some of its users. The new ones have really sucked

  2. T. RIley says:

    Yahoo Screen was great! Everything in one place AND NOW IT’S EVERY FREAKING WHERE AND I HAVE TO GO HUNT FOR IT, gee thanks Yahoo you’ve done it again. If it weren’t for AdBlock I wouldn’t even use yahoo and now you’ve made Yahoo Screen go away. Extra annoying can’t be your mission statement…can it?

  3. javier navarro says:

    I never liked the name. They should have bought UStream or LiveStream just for the name. Heck they could even use Flickr and Tumblr as the video platform. Yahoo Screen did not appeal to me because of the name.

  4. Crap, Crap, Crap….. With Yahoo Screen I could find content in one place. Now they want to to go to other places for content. I liked seeing other content in one place. I found things I didn’t know existed and learned new things or found a funny video. They have just narrowed my world down considerably.

  5. Bigpoppaz says:

    Perhaps if they didn’t maintain such a Left-Wing bent on everything they do, they might attract some followers like me who appreciate a bit more balance in the market. Everything I see (Yahoo News in particular) is so far Left that I’ve about given up even looking at it.

  6. Phil Simon says:

    So much for the “V” in Mavens, no?

  7. Jacques Strappe says:

    Boo hoo, Yahoo. Buh bye

  8. Grammer Nazi says:

    Has Internet journalism really gotten to the point where you don’t even spell check an article before you post it?

  9. Grammer Nazi says:

    Muisc?

    • Good catch on the typo, Grammar Nazi. But how about that clunky “…unite its many original and syndicated programming under one roof.” A literate person would simply write: “…unite its original and syndicated programming.” Now, before I get off my apple crate, do I assume your misspelled moniker is ironic? I think it is, but I don’t want to be busted for correcting you.

  10. mayer just waste more money to cover her ass. Time to get rid of her ASAP before she fully destroys yahoo

  11. langston76 says:

    The biggest problem with Yahoo Screen was its design and layout. Absolutely terrible and not user friendly. Always amazing to me when a tech company is so incapable of creating something that is easy to use. I use a lot of the various services and it was by far one of the worst.

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