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Hellman’s and Bobby Flay Cook Up Another Season; online show Real Food Summer School has the famous chef teaching people how to cook recipes featuring mayonnaise. (The Wall Street Journal) Page Sees Green in White Spaces; Google co-founder in Washington to pimp his company’s proposal to […] Read more »

VentureBeat is reporting that Akimbo is shutting its doors for good. We have contacted the company for confirmation and will update as soon as we have any further information. Update: We received confirmation that Akimbo has indeed shut down. We’re following up to get more details […] Read more »

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Andy Baio over at Waxy.org has an interesting breakdown of the spread of the Star Wars Kid meme from a few years back and his role in it. He lays out not just the early origins of the meme, but also traffic numbers, patterns and referrals […] Read more »

CBS and NCAA Partner for Ad Network; CBS College Sports Media to offer video and display ads on NCAA.com, CBSSports.com and the roughly 215 colleges sites in the CBS College Sports Network. (MediaWeek) Goldman Downgrades Akamai Stock; analyst cuts rating to Sell from Neutral over concerns […] Read more »

The last time Cracked.com threw an Internet Party, more than 1.5 million people showed up to watch. The comedy site is hoping to strike gold again with the aptly-titled Internet Party 2: An Intervention for MySpace. (The video embed code had autoplay, so it’s embedded after […] Read more »

Looks like iTunes users have a hankering for HBO shows…as long as they’re under $2 a pop, that is. After debuting last week, HBO programs fill eight of the top 15 slots on iTunes’ Top TV Seasons sales chart. While The Wire‘s season one is the […] Read more »

MySpace Brings Banzai Back Online; webisodes of the faux Japanese game show will have a 30-day exclusive window on the social network. (TVWeek) Howcast Expands Distribution Platform; how-to video site signs pacts with AOL, Metacafe, Bebo and blip.tv. (release) Let LisaNova’s Boobs Boost Your Playcount; comedian […] Read more »

Did you know that both Tom Hanks and Crispin Glover made appearances on the sitcom Family Ties? Enjoy those before-they-were-stars moments courtesy of CBS, which added Ties and a slew of classic TV shows to its online lineup. The network is new streaming episodes of The […] Read more »

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Michael Eisner spoke at the Microsoft advance08 conference Tuesday, delivering what the Seattle PI called his “Internet Content Manifesto.” The former head of Disney (and the guy who begat Prom Queen) talked about YouTube’s place in the digital landscape, the length of web programming and how […] Read more »

YouTomb is a new service that monitors and tracks videos being taken down off YouTube because of copyright violations. The cleverly named site that was created by the MIT student organization MIT Free Culture scans YouTube to see both who issued a copyright violation complaint, and […] Read more »

Online TV Ads More Important at Upfronts; with more people watching TV online, digital ad buys are no longer an afterthought. (The Wall Street Journal) CNBC to Be Primary Content Source for AOL; business news network to provide multi-media content across the portal’s Money & Finance […] Read more »

The web may be packed with free content, but don’t look for cable programmers such as Time Warner, Disney or MTVN to follow suit any time soon. During a panel discussion at this year’s Cable Show, the networks rejected the notion that they will have to […] Read more »

Do your Skype calls need a little kung fu? Then you’re in luck, as indie movie site Jaman is entering into a new deal that will let Skype users insert film clips into their conversations to share with friends. It’s no big surprise that Jaman landed […] Read more »

Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) believes the latest safe harbor for terrorisms is…YouTube. The senator fired off a letter (and a press release) to Google CEO Eric Schmidt calling on YouTube to pull all content produced by terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda. From his letter: In other […] Read more »

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull whips its way into theaters this weekend, and much like his archaeologist hero, Spielberg is still a big believer in the importance of relics. Jones has his crystal skulls, Spielberg clings to his beloved film stock. While […] Read more »

Congdon Comes Full Circle; with big media behind her, she’s back to video blogging, her new show Sometimes Daily launches today in partnership with Media Rights Capital. (SometimesDaily.com, NY Times feature) Sweeps Kinda Suck for Networks; despite new episodes of popular shows, audiences dropped by 10 […] Read more »

Web TV company Joost has made two hires to help where it is sorely lacking — content. Danny Passman is the company’s new global head of programming strategy and John Schultz is now the director of programming strategy. Both were previously at vid sharing site Dailymotion. […] Read more »

Kids these days are wielding more power over how video and televised entertainment are being pumped into their homes, according to new research from Motorola. The company studied the influence and behaviors of the Millennial generation (young adults ages 16 – 27), and the results are […] Read more »

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) isn’t budging in its negotiations with the Hollywood studios over the use of clips online. In a video posted on its web site, Doug Allen, SAG national executive director and chief negotiator reaffirmed the guild’s belief that an actor must give […] Read more »

Interactive television company ICTV (previous coverage) is officially changing its name to ActiveVideo Networks, a move aimed at reflecting the ways in which video distribution is evolving. Ed Forman, ActiveVideo Networks’ executive vice president of strategy and corporate development and its chief strategy officer, told NewTeeVee: […] Read more »

Two mild-mannered dudes from Tennessee think they’ve come up with a cool way to add collaboration to the movie-making process. Their site, Rootclip, aims to rev up audience participation by letting users determine where the story goes. It works like this: Rootclip creates a one-minute short […] Read more »

Rape Victim Posts Plea to YouTube; young girl part of a growing trend of victims reaching out for help online. (CNN) Dish Wins (but Kinda Loses) Five-Year-Long Piracy Case; jury finds DirecTV and NDS Group did steal satellite signals and engage in piracy — but only […] Read more »

Fox has announced that its upcoming shows Dollhouse and Fringe will air with reduced commercial breaks. Each break will be shorter and feature fewer advertisers, bringing the total amount of national commercial time for each program to just five minutes. But while Fox is calling the […] Read more »

Seems like anyone with a green screen and a sarcastic demeanor is starting up their own news show, especially tech news shows, which is why I was hesitant to check out MOJO’s The Circuit. But it’s actually pretty good. The topics are your basic tech/geek fare […] Read more »

Everyone’s weighed in on CBS’ $1.8 billion acquisition of CNET, but no one’s really talking about how the deal impacts their web video efforts. Liz thinks CBS is hipper than CNET when it comes to web video, but how will the two companies join forces? We […] Read more »

While the ISP part of Cox Communications is busy interfering with its customers’ BitTorrent traffic, the cable part of the company is trying to improve its customers’ experience. The country’s third-largest cable operator tapped NDS Group earlier this week to revamp its user interface. Not only […] Read more »

Undaunted by the comedy competition from all sides, upstart funny site Comedy.com launched three new web series this week, Glitch in the System, Do Unto Others and Incognegro. Created by Variety writer Ben Fritz, Glitch in System is a light-hearted look at video games and game […] Read more »

Jaman Launches Ad-Supported Streaming Movies; 100 of its indie and world films will be available for high-definition streaming for free, no download required. (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal) Amazon Takes Stake in Animoto; photos-into-music-videos company (and Amazon Web Services customer), gets undisclosed sum from the retail […] Read more »

During its upfront, Turner Entertainment (TNT, TBS, TruTV) unveiled a new TV advertising system that should sound a little bit familiar to web-savvy folks like yourselves. Dubbed TVinContext, the service provides relevant ad targeting based on the content of a show. For example, a show featuring […] Read more »

Despite cries from its online fan base, CBS has canceled the vampire drama Moonlight. And though Internet fans are protesting, the network isn’t budging, especially after it got burned by all those Jericho fans who demanded their show stay on the air — but couldn’t rally […] Read more »

The premise of Lifetime’s new web series Street Doctors is a good one: Get a real doctor to answer some of those nuttier medical questions you’re pretty sure you know the answer to, but would be happy to get confirmation on. Questions like “How do you […] Read more »

EchoStar to Introduce First-Ever Cable Product Next Week; SlingModem plugs into coaxial cable, acts as a modem with the place-shifting capabilities of a SlingBox. (Multichannel News) Older DVR Users Skip Ads; 52 percent of men ages 55-64 skip ads all the time, compared with just 21 […] Read more »

Deca’s new online video series Bush League is dedicated to all things dude (because the young male demographic is sorely underserved online). The Bush League blog/web show combo thinks its comedic take on guy topics like gadgets, video games and, of course, girls will set it […] Read more »

Even though Dish Network is testing mobile TV transmission equipment this summer, don’t hold your breath for the service to arrive any time soon. On its earnings call today, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen and vice chairman Carl Vogel made it abundantly clear they are in no […] Read more »

Before the networks starting hosting their “upfronts,” IFC.com held its own tongue-in-cheek “downfronts” to showcase its new slate of web series originals. The site is in the midst of moving away from becoming just a brochure for its oldteevee sibling to rolling out original comedies, how-tos […] Read more »

Studios, SAG Still Clashing Over Clips; studios want to pay a flat fee to use clips of old TV shows and films online rather than bargain with each performer. (Reuters) ABC Unveils New Ad Measurement Tool; to combat lower ratings and ad dollars shifting to the […] Read more »

As reported yesterday, HBO shows are now available through iTunes — and Apple is indeed charging more for the privilege. Popular series like The Sopranos and Deadwood go for $2.99, while The Wire Season One and Flight of the Conchords are $1.99 an episode. Now that […] Read more »

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