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September 23, 2007

Will Web TV Become Mainstream?

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Allan Leiwand of NewTeeVee questioned today what would make Hollywood consider the internet a suitable channel for video distribution. His answer: a rise in one Nielsen ratings point. A rise of one Nielsen ratings point would require a rise in viewers in the number of one million at the same time.

Why? Because Hollywood's bottom line is generated by current advertising revenues and future advertising sales. Obviously a one million viewer increase simultaneously on the web would contribute to this bottom line. Om Malik of GigaOmNET pointed to a study release by Cisco Systems last month on NewTeeVee that stated that the 9% of internet traffic coming from online video content would increase to 30% by 2011. Leinwand states that some service providers have indicated that they expect an increase to 30% by next year and a whopping 90% by 2011! Personally the latter numbers seem high to me, but the Cisco report seems reasonable.

The Cisco report also stated that by 2011 there is expected to be 20 trillion hours of video content distributed via the internet monthly. It would seem reasonable to me to expect a rise in one Nielsen ratings point with this volume of content.

It remains to be seen if web TV will become mainstream or continue serving a niche segment of the TV-viewing population. It still hovers in the realm of the early adopters, but I expect we will see some huge developments in this area within the next few years.

Via NewTeeVee

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Posted by Justin Davey at September 23, 2007 1:02 PM

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