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April 16, 2009

YouTube shifting some focus to professional, long form video content

youtubelogo.jpgYouTube is ready to announce new content including full-length videos and movies as well as premium content, according to the Wall Street Journal. While it's not clear where the premium content is going to come from, sources close to the matter say YouTube is attempting to showcase longer form content without losing focus on the user-generated short video clips that have made the video-sharing site famous. Earlier this month it was reported that YouTube is in discussion with Sony Pictures to offer premium content on the site, though it's unclear whether it would be ad supported or paid. After roughly half a decade of offering almost all free content I'm not sure if users would be willing to pay for content, even if it is premium. At the same time, ad clickthrough rates aren't all that successful when used in tandem with online video, so advertising probably isn't a legitimate business model either.

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March 22, 2009

Amazon set to begin selling HD TV downloads for $2.99?

amazonhdpricing-ntv.jpgAmazon is hot on the heels of iTunes, apparently set to begin selling HD video downloads via Amazon Video On Demand in the next few days. NewTeeVee's Janko Roettgers did a few Google searches for Amazon VOD yesterday which mysteriously revealed an HD version of the TV show House, though a clickthrough brought him back to the download platform's homepage. So, it appears the Google spider managed to index some HD content that Amazon hasn't announced yet. The pricing for the expected HD downloads are pretty similar to iTunes. $2.99 for HD episodes and up to $53 for a complete season, which, if true, will undercut iTunes by a few bucks. Full seasons on iTunes cost $59 which in my honest opinion is a little too much considering a Blu-ray season package will cost you less in some cases.

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October 11, 2008

CBS Launches YouTube Channel: Is Long-Form Video Catching On?

cbsyoutube.jpgVideo viewers on the web haven't always been entirely comfortable with long-form content, preferring vids of just a few minutes. But YouTube is beginning to feel otherwise, rolling out a "theater view" player that uses a larger screen for longer videos, and hosting a dedicated CBS station for oldies like MacGyver and newer shows like Dexter. While YouTube hosts about 5 billion video streams per month, or 44% of all online video views in the United States, NBC's Hulu is already established itself in the long-form genre. Steadily growing in popularity, Hulu brought in 100 million unique visitors last month, typically viewers of full-length TV shows.

Via NYTimes

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October 1, 2008

Fancast Launches Premiere Week, Catch Up On All Your Favorite Shows (And Win A Pair Of Movie Tickets)

full_spot.pngAt CES in January, Comcast announced their Fancast IPTV initiative and while we were a little annoyed that they held its vast selection of movie and television content close to the chest (no embeds), nor could you watch anything in full screen, Fancast is now out of beta and rockin' TV's fall lineup.

TheHills1(2).pngA couple of days back Fancast launched Premiere Week, allowing you to watch new episodes of all this year's hot shows from the big networks plus exclusive cable channels such as Showtime. The great thing about this is that if you happen to miss a new episode of your favorite show, whether it be CSI, Bones, or Dexter, you can just head over to Fancast and watch it at your leisure for free.

They also provide a little added interactivity that you don't get watching your HDTV. Several celebrity guest bloggers have been added to mix to spice things up including two-time Dancing With The Stars winner Julianne Hough, Hannah Montana's Cody Linley, and the Goth Couple from last year's Amazing Race.

In some cases you'll even have access to content before it hits the bigscreen. In the case of Californication, the season two premiere was on Fancast for 48 hours before it aired on TV. I know I'm planning on catching up on last year's missed Dexter episodes in a few, in fact I have to check out the season premiere I missed as well. Why don't you join me at Fancast and check it out!

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By the way, if Fancast has saved your ass from missing a key television episode since its launch and there's a wild and wacky story behind it, tell us about it in the comments. The funniest story will get its teller a pair of free movie tickets from Fandango courtesy of RocketXL.

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September 28, 2008

Discovery Channel Teams Up With YouTube, Sony To Reach Fans Around The Globe

discover(2).pngDiscovery Channel is going web 2.0, launching nine YouTube channels "featuring a robust collection of clips from Discovery's family of world-class network brands". The new partnership, says the network, will provide deeper engagement with American fans while supplying a little leverage to push content around the globe. In fact, Discovery has plans for "targeted international Channels showcasing localized and native language content for specific regions around the world".

Meanwhile Discovery's consumer products wing, Discovery Commerce, has paired up with Sony to provide Sony Blu-ray player buyers a coupon redeemable for a high-def program sampler, Discover on Blu-ray Disc. The sampler will feature episodes Fearless Planet and Sunrise Earth and the program will begin October 5 in over 11000 US retail locations.

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August 22, 2008

Intel, Yahoo, And Comcast Team Up To "Webify" Your HDTV

_44945071_intel-kim-and-barry-body.jpgBoth Yahoo and Comcast have called upon Intel to develop an architecture that will bring interactive widgets directly to your TV screen. In Yahoo's case, widgets will be based on the current Yahoo Widget Engine and distributed via a dedicated Widget Channel from which you can view all kinds of interactive and useful internet content such as stock prices and news reports. You'll also be able to interact with your online friends, throwing a bit of a social networking component in the HDTV mix.

Comcast is planning on building the Widget Channel on top of its tru2way platform, a next-generation cable platform that'll bring a whole new level of interactivity into your HDTV viewing.

via betanews
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July 31, 2008

Report: 50% Of Online Viewers Replacing Traditional TV With Web Video

3897.jpgWe've long thought that the real winners in the web video revolution would be the hardware makers that created the most innovative and usable streaming devices so web TV viewers could actually watch internet content on their big-screen TV's. Turns out we may be wrong.

A report from Integrated Media Measurement Inc. says about 20% of all traditional TV content is viewed online. Nothing really new there, but what's really interesting is that 50% of online viewers classified their web video watching as a complete replacement for TV. And what do these web video hardcores that have ditched the big screen for the small screen look like? IMMI says they're most likely between the ages of 25-44, bringing home upwards of $80, 000, and tend to have an extensive post-secondary education.

While most of us think that the younger generation, those between 13 and 24, make up the majority of online viewers, that's just not so. In fact, this demographic lagged making up only 19.1% of web video viewers compared to 29.1% of traditional TV watchers. Check out the thumbnails below to get a closer look at the findings.

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July 28, 2008

NFL's Sunday Night Football Moves To The Web Thanks To NBC Agreement

41251817(2).jpgThe National Football League has been more than a little slow in moving into the internet world. But according to the LA Times, that move is finally about to happen. Starting September 4, when the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants, the NBC network will broadcast their television feed on their website and that of the NFL. That game happens to fall on a Thursday, but after that all of NBC's Sunday Night Football games will be streamed over the web, complemented by blogs, highlight clips and other interactive features.

The NFL receives about $3.7 billion per year in fees from networks for exclusive rights to broadcasts and this has been the main reason the football league hasn't gone digital in the past. With that kind of money exchanging hands, the NFL has been fearful of ticking off their broadcast partners and losing valuable television time. The project will run as a "one year experiment" for the time being.

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July 20, 2008

Mark Cuban Knows How To Save Internet Video

soapbox.jpgMark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and an opinionated HD fanatic, has long thought web video to be dead when others think it's just a baby. But maybe it's not dead after all, as his latest online rant chronicles the strategy he believes could be the saving grace for internet TV. In a nutshell, scrap your computer, let the satellite and telcos handle it (and charge you for it) and bring it straight to your HDTV. How does this work? "Move the video cloud to the node and encode and insert into the traditional video distribution systems", says Cuban. That's right, video can be sent straight to a service provider's set-top box from where you can create custom playlists right from the comfort of your TV screen. TV distribution systems as they are work, so why not just move internet TV to traditional distribution systems and let your service provider handle it? Here's one reason why not: maybe we don't want an even bigger cable or satellite bill!

Via Blog Maverick

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June 7, 2008

SanDisk's TakeTV and Fanfare Service Shuts Down

taketv.jpgWe told you about SanDisk's TakeTV PC-to-TV USB device and its accompanying Fanfare video portal back when it was first launched but it hasn't really been on our radar since. It seems it wasn't on anyone else's radar either, as SanDisk has announced it's closing down the service a mere 8 months after it first came to market. The TakeTV was a simple USB flash drive that carried content from the computer to the television, but with SanDisk's lack of experience in the content distribution market and only a couple of Fanfare deals with NBCU and CBS, the service never really got off the ground. If you already own a TakeTV flash drive, it'll still work, but you'll have to find your web video from other platforms than Fanfare.

Via paidcontent

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