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A new study from Yahoo, Interpret LLC, Havas Digital, Warner Bros. Media Research and PHD was announced this morning by way of a press release with the headline: “Bosses Beware: Employees Watching Videos Online on the Company’s Dime.” Jeez. As if going into an office for […] Read more »

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch said during a conference call yesterday that he plans to charge for all online content associated with his newspaper and TV properties. “We intend to charge for all our news web sites,” The Financial Times quoted him as saying. “If we’re […] Read more »

In what looked like a scene from a candy-colored Red Dawn, 100 Skydivers descended on San Francisco today as part of a T-Mobile promotion (they formed “T”s in mid-air). Normally we wouldn’t report on such a thing, but some of them were landing right outside our […] Read more »

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Magnify.net Raises $500K; new funding comes from previous investors, brings total amount raised to less than $3 million. (paidContent) Two Execs Leave Tremor Media; co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Andrew Reis and co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Jesse Chenard depart the video ad network to pursue […] Read more »

Kidzui, the company behind the child-safe web browser of the same name, extended its online video experience with ZuiTube, a kid-friendly video destination site. ZuiTube features a collection of 60,000 videos that have been approved for child viewing by Kidzui’s network of 200 parents and teachers […] Read more »

[qi:_newteevee] When Verizon announced today that it will open its TV “Widget Bazaar” to third-party developers, Shaygan Kheradpir, Verizon’s chief information officer said, “Developers should start thinking now about applications that are appropriate for the ‘big screen,’ not the pocket-sized screens they’ve been writing for so […] Read more »

Bill Clinton Met with Kim Jong-Il Over Current TV Journalists; former president spoke with North Korean leader today about the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee. (CNN) RCN Partners with TiVo; the cable operator will make TiVo its primary DVR platform in 2010, will integrate […] Read more »

Online video will enable broadcast networks to develop a second revenue stream like their cable brethren enjoy, David Poltrack, chief research officer at CBS Corp. and president of CBS VISION, said yesterday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Specifically, Poltrack was referring to authentication plans […] Read more »

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Eric Schmidt Resigns from Apple’s Board; move comes as the two companies increasingly compete head-to-head in multiple sectors. (GigaOM) Report: Netflix Coming to iPhone/Touch and the Wii? Multichannel’s unnamed industry source says you’ll be able to watch on additional devices (though probably only over WiFi). (Multichannel […] Read more »

Netflix and Disney announced today that the online movie rental company will make earlier seasons of hit shows such as Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy available via its “Watch Instantly” streaming service. Under the agreement, Netflix will stream the first five seasons of Lost (the […] Read more »

The first video ever shown on MTV was for the The Buggles’ song Video Killed the Radio Star. Given how successful amateur videos have been lately at boosting record sales, an appropriate song for the modern age might be Viral Videos Killed the Music Video Star. […] Read more »

Iger Talks Authentication; during Disney earnings call CEO expressed concern over TV Everywhere ideas that deliver content at no extra cost to subscribers. (paidContent) RealDVD Lawsuit Drags Down Real Earnings; company spent $4.3 million on litigation in the second quarter defending the controversial DVD ripping software; […] Read more »

Behold, the power of our colleague Michael Wolf to sway communications giants! Well, that might be overstating it, but earlier this week, Michael wrote a piece about how lame Verizon’s FiOS Twitter app for the TV was (it was just a public stream of tweets about […] Read more »

Sony’s Q2 Sales and Operating Revenue Down 19.2%; sales of Bravia LCD TVs dropped 27 percent; company blamed poor quarter on bad global economy and appreciation of the yen. (The Wrap) JK Wedding Video Boosts Chris Brown Record Sales; direct link to buy his song “Forever” […] Read more »

If this was a US Weekly article, the headline would read “Stars! They’re just like us! They make web shows!” Speaking at a conference yesterday, Greg Johnson, SVP, ECD and head of digital at William Morris Endeavor, told the crowd to expect more celeb-studded content coming […] Read more »

Extreme Reach Raises More Than $3M; company allows advertising across TV, mobile and broadband using one platform. (paidContent) Xbox Getting Twitter and Facebook Before X-mas; social apps will be added separately rather than as part of a broader update. (Eurogamer) Chuck Adds Web Video to Prop […] Read more »

Vudu said this morning that its content would soon be available — sans set-top box — directly on select models of LG televisions. At the same time, Vudu unveiled its second-generation service platform for net-connected televisions, which means more deals such as the one with LG […] Read more »

Updated with clarification from VoloMedia: VoloMedia announced today that it has been awarded what it called the “patent for podcasting.” According to the press announcement, patent number 7,568,213, titled “Method for Providing Episodic Media,” covers: “…the fundamental mechanisms of podcasting, including providing consumer subscription to a […] Read more »

Alcatel-Lucent Acquires Velocix; terms of the deal not disclosed, according to Dan Rayburn, the company was acquired for its technology and not its revenue. (The Business of Online Video) Viacom Q2 Profit Drops 32 percent; ad revenue still down for cable nets (though it picked up […] Read more »

blip.tv held a press conference this morning to unveil a slick creator dashboard and a host of new content partners that span old and newteevee including YouTube, Roku, WNBC and Verizon FiOS. The new blip dashboard offers a raft of features including single upload to multiple […] Read more »

At Comic-Con (or as I like to call it, “the most wonderful time of the year”) over the weekend I got the chance to meet up with One eskimO, a band from England that will soon be releasing a visual album through Warner Premiere. The Adventures […] Read more »

(Updated to include the previously overlooked “The Ensemble”) Netflix posted an announcement yesterday that it has closed its Netflix Prize recommendation improvement contest. Though no official winner has been announced, the two leading teams, The Ensemble and BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos (Team Pragmatic Theory and Team Bellkor […] Read more »

Broadcast Networks Cutting the Price of Ads; advertisers able to negotiate cheaper rates for the upcoming TV season, bummer news for networks who are already feeling an economic pinch. (The Wall Street Journal) Kia Motors Gets Lost for New Web Series; Mysteries of the Universe: The […] Read more »

Wireless chipmaker Quantenna announced today that it has added to its Series C round with new investor Swisscom, a Swiss telecom provider. The amount wasn’t officially disclosed, but it appears to be roughly $2 million, given that today’s press announcement says the company has raised $44 […] Read more »

Netflix reported its second-quarter earnings today, and during its conference call, CEO Reed Hastings beat the same drum he did during this year’s first-quarter call: kiosks and streams. Netflix continued on its anti-recession roll in the latest 3-month period, beating analysts’ average profit expectations. By the […] Read more »

Disney CEO Bob Iger told a tech conference crowd yesterday that his company is interested in putting up more content online, but it won’t be free, and it might require a subscription. From MediaWeek: “The notion of going online at some point as a subscribe-to, robust […] Read more »

Israeli how-to video site startup 5min said today that it’s raised $7.5 million in a Series B round led by Globespan Capital Partners, with previous investor Spark Capital kicking in as well. Including the $5 million first round and angel funding, this latest round brings the […] Read more »

Redbox Signs Sony to $460 Million Distribution Agreement; five-year deal has the studio providing DVDs to the kiosk rental company, the first such studio deal for Redbox. (Video Business) Soapbox R.I.P.; Microsoft decides to just kill off its UGC video site. (paidContent) Facebook Served 1B Video […] Read more »

Apple, during its quarterly earnings call yesterday, didn’t bring up its stepchild set-top box, the Apple TV. For those who follow the video industry, this is more of a predictable disappointment than a shocker. But as the video world evolves all around it, Apple appears to […] Read more »

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