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Sonic Solutions Buys Simple Star; Sonic’s Roxio to incorporate platform that allows people to turn video clips into shows that are shareable to PCs, TVs and social networks. (VentureBeat) Comcast iGuide Time Shifts Itself; glitch made guide listings off by two and a half hours for […] Read more »

The big news coming out of Time Warner this morning was that the company is finally selling off its cable division, the second largest in the country (our pal Stacey at GigaOM says its the beginning of Time Warner’s death by 1,000 cuts). But the other, […] Read more »

Kitschy 80s TV icon The People’s Court is being resurrected for the digital age. People’s Court Raw is throwing its robes into the UGC competition/argument space by letting people post video versions of their disputes online and letting the audience vote for who is right. As […] Read more »

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ScanScout Hooks Up with ClearSpring; in-video ad company partnering with widget maker for broad social platform distribution. (MediaPost) Economic Slump Hurting Cable, Not Satellite; perception of satellite’s HD programming as superior helping growth. (Reuters) New TV Series Scarlet a Marketing Hoax; elaborate ad campaign promotes LG’s […] Read more »

Well, the analysts at Pali Research were almost right. There is an additional “mystery” partner in the Viacom, Parmount, Lionsgate, MGM pay TV endeavour — but that partner is reportedly Blockbuster. According to The Wall Street Journal, the struggling movie rental chain is in talks to […] Read more »

The first taste is free, or in this case, the first 500 GB. Velocix is betting on the free business model bandwagon today by giving away its entry-level CDN service. The move isn’t surprising as CDNs are engaged in a bit of a price war right […] Read more »

If you’re feeling stressed, forget about “calm blue ocean” mantras and squishy toys to squeeze. Instead, a new study from East Carolina University says you should fire up a casual game. And since gaming company PopCap underwrote the research, scientists recommend the beneficial effects of the […] Read more »

Fans of PostSecret are steamed at NBC and they are letting their fury loose in the NewTeeVee comments. The uproar was sparked yesterday when PostSecret linked to a story we wrote earlier this month about NBC launching an upcoming online series called Fears, Secrets and Desires. […] Read more »

YuMe Desktop Utility for Ad Tracking; AdMe Campaign Window lets advertisers monitor and optimize online video ad campaigns in real time. (release) Bebo Nabs Goldigga for Sofia; urban apparel company for young women signs on as fashion sponsor for the online series Sofia’s Diary. (New Media […] Read more »

Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate made headlines last week when they announced they were banding together to form a new pay TV network. We voiced some questions over the deal, and Rich Greenfield, managing director and media analyst for Pali Research is also skeptical — but […] Read more »

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AT&T denied allegations that it hampers P2P traffic using false “reset” commands. In comments filed with the FCC, the telco dismissed claims from the BitTorrent-based video distributor Vuze, which claimed that AT&T was among eight broadband providers interrupting down P2P file transfers. Vuze is demanding further […] Read more »

People on the Move; Lionsgate hires former CinemaNow CEO Curt Mavis for newly-created president of digital media position; TiVo CMO Clent Richardson leaves after less than eight months to become CEO of Immerision. (Mavis: The Hollywood Reporter; Richardson: Multichannel News) SaysMe.TV Raises First Round; political UGC […] Read more »

DISH Networks is testing new equipment to enable TV transmission to mobile devices this summer, according to UBS analyst John Hodulik. The satellite company recently bought the nationwide E-block license with 6MHz capacity, which could be used for one-way TV broadcasts, and will be using the […] Read more »

Whasai!* Chinese officials are cracking down on Internet cafes that let customers download illegal copies of movies. Beijing courts are levying bigger fines for copyright infringers as part of an overall campaign against piracy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a third of China’s Internet users use […] Read more »

Is some die-hard DivX fan trying to resurrect the shuttered Stage 6 video sharing service? Ghacks was tipped by a commenter to Stage6 clone The site is live with the messages “DivX Stage6 returns here on April 29th 2008,” and “Stage6 Alternative / Clone.” There […] Read more »

MobiTV Raises $5 Million More; money on top of the $125 million the white-label streaming service already raised. (VentureBeat) TubeMogul Adds Howcast; creators can now get analytics for their work on the instructional video site. (release) SAG and Studios Extend Talks; move helps alleviate fears of […] Read more »

If you want any indication as to how the movie download business is going, you’ll have to look elsewhere than yesterday’s earnings calls from Apple and Amazon. Though both companies are jockeying to lead us into a downloadable future, they barely touched on the topic during […] Read more »

Man, there’s been a lot of comics related news this week. Marvel Entertainment is keeping it going with its serious push into online territory. Marvel just hired former Sony Pictures Digital EVP Ira Rubenstein to head up its new Global Digital Media Group. With big budget […] Read more »

If you know your Devotchka from your Devendra Banhart, then you probably know Stereogum. The influential music blog recently launched Videogum, a site devoted to the more visual side of pop culture, including movies, TV and web video. BuzzNet took over Stereogum late last year in […] Read more »

Popular web comics Penny Arcade and PVP have both started livecasting video shows that illustrate (pardon the pun) their respective creative processes. Through Ustream, the cartoon artists behind the two comics are literally broadcasting the creation of them on their computer desktops, in real-time. Penny Arcade […] Read more »

Some How-To Videos are Making Money; instructional videos on stuff like turning a flashlight into a laser earned Kip Kedersha $102,000 from Metacafe last year. (The New York Times) Hollywood Divided Over Net Neutrality; WGA president testifies before Congress to keep the Internet open, but studios […] Read more »

The fight for your TV service could escalate as allegations arise that AT&T’s U-Verse is messing with Comcast’s network, according to Ars Technica. The problems occur when customers combine services — using U-Verse for television and Comcast for an Internet connection. Data travels along different paths […] Read more »

Holy Rorschach! Director Zack Snyder (300) wants you to create fake TV commercials that could be used in the background of his upcoming, geek-tastic, comic book nerdgasm of a feature film, WATCHMEN. There are a lot of TV screens in the movie, so rather than fill […] Read more »

Break out your puffy shirts, TBS has started streaming full episodes of Seinfeld, giving the network a new place to sell ads while giving the finger to Mac users who won’t be able to watch. MediaPost speculates that the show about nothing is only legally available […] Read more »

MySpace and NBC Join Forces for Campaign Coverage; Decision ’08 to provide daily videos from NBC and MSNBC, as well as user-generated content. (Reuters) MediaScrape Raises $3.16 Million; Montreal-based news video aggregator, syndicator and translator gets money from undisclosed investors. (paidContent) BayTSP and NTT Partner for […] Read more »

Today is like the Super Bowl for our greener sister publication, Earth2Tech. And though they glower at us every time we eat a dolphin-unsafe tuna sandwich, Earth Day is the one day on which we happily unite to try and save this rock we all live […] Read more »

For anyone that’s ever dreamed of working long hours for little pay, NBC News and the New York Film Academy have teamed up to offer a program in digital journalism. According to the Film Academy’s web site: NBC NEWS and the New York Film Academy created […] Read more »

Sony to Launch Video Service Through PS3; company hopes third time is the charm for piping movies and TV shows directly into the home. (The LA Times) lonelygirl15 and KateModern Characters to Meet; crossover event kinda like the Internet’s version of when Magnum P.I. met Simon […] Read more »

Viacom has announced it’s joining forces with Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate to form a new pay TV channel, VOD and online service. Details are slim, but according to Variety, the online component would most likely not be an ad-supported model (like Hulu), but would look to […] Read more »

Google Video has given itself a redesign, adding some nice search tweaks and a fresh new look. Now when you search for a video, results can be viewed through a regular list, a grid, or a TV view that lets you watch a video while you […] Read more »

Mario is like the R.E.M. of Internet memes. While most memes Rickroll out of nowhere, take over our collective consciousness, only to evaporate almost as quickly, performing cover versions of the Super Mario theme song seems to endure. Like R.E.M., Mario has achieved and maintained a […] Read more »

For a company whose product sported a beautiful interface, TiVo’s web site was alway pretty ugly. But that’s all changed, as the DVR company has given its web presence a dramatic makeover to match its signature style. It’s even incorporated the playful pop and bell sounds […] Read more »

Some of you may have been duped into believing this “news” report from Barely Political — uncovering the harsh conditions under which many bloggers work — was real. Yes, the lack of phones makes it look like a blogging sweatshop (who needs phones when you don’t […] Read more »

It was a year ago this week that a bottle-wielding toddler demanded rent money from Will Ferrell and kicked off a burgeoning comedy empire. Funny or Die celebrated its one-year anniversary with a celeb-studded tribute video and by sharing some plans for upcoming features. Funny or […] Read more »

CW Won’t Stream Gossip Girl Online; network thinks the move will help bolster the show’s oldteevee ratings. Teenage girls protest… then go back to texting about what a jerk Spencer Pratt is. (TVWeek) YouTube Sketchies2 Winner Announced; WaverlyFlams takes home $40,000 in cash and prizes for […] Read more »

You know those high-profile lawsuits the MPAA are bringing against the Pirate Bay and other BitTorrent sites? Well…they’re kinda helping boost BitTorrent Traffic, according to Ars Technica. All the publicity surrounding the suits may be attracting new users who had previously not known where to get […] Read more »

Quarterlife‘s low ratings be damned, networks are tapping more new content to make the leap from Internet to oldteevee. NBC has signed up the rights for the upcoming sci-fi web series Gemini Division, starring Rosario Dawson; and across the pond, Channel Five has picked up Bebo’s […] Read more »

Hulu Heading for Mobile? During NAB keynote, CEO Jason Kilar says mobile phones are “ripe for the Hulu experience”; also says Arrested Development is the site’s top show. (Broadcasting & Cable) Tommy Hilfiger Finds Fit With Online Video; TommyTV will blend fashion and live music performances. […] Read more »

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