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Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or not, you’ll appreciate the acerbic parody video Sarcastic Gamer has released. It’s a play on the Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah,” with lyrics that target anti-videogame activist Jack Thompson. Watch it now before it gets removed. Read more »

ON Networks and SXSW Team Up for Web Series Awards; Greenlight Awards to recognize the best original and episodic web entertainment; winner gets $10,000 and distribution deal from ON. (TVWeek) Digital Distribution Challenges Audience Researchers; it’s harder to tally how many people actually watch when content […] Read more »

FCC Chair Math Might Be Off; Kevin Martin’s original estimation that he could regulate the cable cos might falter due to some inaccurate data. (MultiChannel News) Magnify.net Releases Vlog in a Box; toolset promises to let users set up a video blog page with just a […] Read more »

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MySpace recently launched two original web series: the high-minded (and high-priced) quarterlife, about 20-nothings in existential crises (check out Karina’s review), and the blatantly low-brow Roommates, about slender women lounging in bikinis. While the two take very different approaches to webisodic entertainment, they both appear to […] Read more »

Well my friends, the time has come To raise the roof and have some fun Throw away the work to be done Let the music play on (play on, play on) – Lionel Richie, All Night Long Following the wall-to-wall liveblogging of yesterday’s sold-out NewTeeVee Live […] Read more »

Vudu Adds HD Content; movie download service/set-top to get HD films from Paramount, Universal, and Lions Gate. (The Hollywood Reporter) Coca-Cola Drinks In Joost’s First Commercial Widget; “Coke Bubbles” is the first commercial widget for the P2P TV service, allowing people to share and comment on […] Read more »

NEWTEEVEE LIVE, SAN FRANCISCO — Startup WooMe publicly launched its “online introduction” service today. WooMe allows you to enter into one-minute webcam conversations about particular topics (football teams, rollerblading, the holidays, etc.) with people you’ve never before met (think: online video speed dating). There are six […] Read more »

What’s the future of media consumption? Moderator:Dana Settle, Greycroft Partners Speakers:Gina Bianchini, Ning; Jim Guerard, Adobe; Fred McIntre, AOL; Paul Scanlon, MobiTV; Henrik Werderlin, Joost SETTLE: What is *your* vision of the future? MOBITV: our vision for the future is really creating a seamless experince from […] Read more »

Quincy Smith is the president of CBS Interactive. He wants to make the presentation like TiVo! Pause, rewind away. He’s “kicking” thinks off with a sports analogy. On Hulu: they love ‘em. What’s the next thing? Embeddability. If not working together on contract, then on philosophy. […] Read more »

NEWTEEVEE LIVE, SAN FRANCISCO — Hot on the heels of BoingBoing TV, web entertainment studio DECA today announced its lineup of content partners for 2008: Peter Rojas: of Engadget and Joystiq. Alex Albrecht: (no relation) of DiggNation and Totally Rad Show. SuicideGirls: queens of the alternative […] Read more »

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Dan’l Lewin, Corp. Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Microsoft When will this video revolution arrive? When the technology disappears. We’re still concentrating on the technology which presents new disruption opportunities. Let’s talk online vid econ! High Opreational Costs Variable Cost Structure Potentially Lower Margins […] Read more »

Finding what you’re looking for, or what you aren’t. Moderator: Liz Gannes, NewTeeVee Speakers: Garrett Camp, StumbleUpon; Mary Hodder, Dabble; Adam Singolda, Taboola; Tim Tuttle, Truveo; Alex Vikati, CastTV LIZ: Five core companies in a space enter — one strategy leaves (by popular vote). Finding video […] Read more »

Advertising tries to wrap its mind around web video. Moderator: Jeremy Liew, Lightspeed Venture Partners Speakers: Jayant Kadambi, YuMe; Tod Sacerdoti, BrightRoll; Matt Sanchez, VideoEgg; Matt Wasserlauf, Broadband Enterprises. JEREMY: Not so much *if* money in the long tail, but *how*? (They’re all doing haikus, will […] Read more »

Web Video Meets TV Moderator:Gregg Spiridellis, JibJab Speakers: Lisa Donovan, LisaNova; Douglas Cheney, Big Fantastic; Kevin Cohen, Turner Broadcasting System; Ty Ahmad-Taylor, MTV; Gary Wang, Todou Introducing Spiridellis, who, is introducing the panel, and asking them to introduce themselves and ask them for the epiphany moment. […] Read more »

Silicon Alley Insider thinks it may have figured out the story behind the bogus AmeriTV announcement about securing $45 million in funding. Some smart cats thought something was fishy about the announcement since it was awfully similar to an earlier release from Joost. Silicon Alley did […] Read more »

Bebo Creates Open Media Platform for Video; content partners can publish vids using their own players and ads — MTV, BBC, Next New Networks and Crackle among those signed up. (paidContent) Zune Adds Native MPEG-4 and H.264 Video Decoding; move will reduce the need for real-time […] Read more »

The already-crowded online instructional video space is getting another entry, with AnswersTV officially taking the wraps off its service today. The startup is looking to differentiate itself from the competition by offering high definition, professionally produced segments that instruct and provide answers on a variety of […] Read more »

Adobe CEO to Step Down; Bruce Chizen to leave at the end of the month, President and Chief Operating Officer Shantanu Narayen to replace him. (The Associated Press) Movie Revenue Disappearing; new research suggests that a decline in DVD sales and rising costs for stars will […] Read more »

The Weather Channel is expanding its online video offerings this week with Football Forecast, according to MediaWeek. Hosted by journalist Tim Liatta, the web-only series will look at the weather being forecast for upcoming NFL games and examine how each team typically performs under the expected […] Read more »

FCC, Cable Cos. Heading for a Showdown; obscure provision from 1984 could usher in more choices at lower prices for consumers. (The Wall Street Journal) China Still a Haven for Piracy; 93 percent of the movies sold in China are counterfeit, with no end in sight. […] Read more »

NBC launched its NBC Direct beta over the weekend. The service allows you to download NBC shows to your computer and view them for 48 hours, but compared with the rather elegant (though still limited) Hulu — which is part-owned by NBC — NBC Direct is […] Read more »

One of the things that makes the GOOG-411 directory service awesome — besides the fact that it’s free — is that cool “bippedy-bippedy-bippedy” sound it makes while searching. And now, for the first time ever, the man behind the “bips” (and the voice of 1-800-GOOG-411) breaks […] Read more »

For those of us pensively waiting out the WGA writer’s strike, once again the web comes to the rescue as Lost minisodes will start airing on ABC.com starting Monday. According to Entertainment Weekly, the short vignettes are known as “Missing Pieces,” and are micro stories, not […] Read more »

Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), in partnership with The Huffington Post, today launched news parody site 23/6 (the name is a play on 24/7). And just like HBO’s This Just In before it, 23/6 is destined to fail, because it’s little more than a poor man’s hybrid […] Read more »

Quarterlife Launches on Sunday (Is it Going to NBC?); high-profile MySpace series hits the Net on Sunday, and thanks to the writers’ strike, the peacock is reportedly in talks to pick it up for TV. (Announcement: emailed release; NBC: The Hollywood Reporter) UPDATE: NTV was scheduled […] Read more »

The latest episode of MySpace’s original jigglefest series Roommates is so blatant with its product placement that I don’t know whether to to be ashamed, or stand up and applaud its bald-faced lack of pretense, throwing away any semblance of art. This episode isn’t a show, […] Read more »

Eisner Calls Writer’s Strike ‘Stupid’; says writers should be striking against Apple, the real moneymaker in digital video. (paidContent) Finnish Teen Posted School Shooting Plan on YouTube; 18-year old boy reportedly posted Jokela High School Massacre – 11/7/2007 under an alias before the shooting. (CNN) Does […] Read more »

Our first-ever NewTeeVee Live conference is less than a week away. Still haven’t signed up? Darling, everyone’s going to be there: Quincy Smith, President of CBS Interactive Ralph de la Vega, Group President, AT&T Steve Chen, Co-Founder, CTO of YouTube Mika Salmi, President of Global Digital […] Read more »

PBS Partners with BitTorrent and Vuze; hit shows like Nova, History Detectives and even Teletubbies will be available through the platforms. (Silicon Alley Insider) NBC May Bring Content Back to YouTube; speaking at Ad:Tech, the peacock’s SVP of digital distribution says the network is focused on […] Read more »

Oprah has “discovered” YouTube and she wants all her followers to know about it. First, she created her own YouTube Channel, then she had founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen (he’s the one with the earrings) as guests on her show today. Most of the show […] Read more »

Joost Partners with Meebo; deal allows users to IM while watching content on the video service. (Read/WriteWeb) Telemundo Puts Full Eps Online; full episodes of the network’s prime-time series and novellas will be streamed on Yahoo. (MediaWeek) NTV Creates Blog-Driven Show; fans will be able to […] Read more »

The death knell for the brick-and-mortar video store has been sounded too soon. Sure, Movie Gallery, the country’s second-largest movie rental chain, has filed for bankruptcy, and independent video stores are closing as they fight off online rental competition from the likes of Netflix (NFLX), which […] Read more »

Ze Frank pulled himself out of self-imposed retirement to deliver another one of his signature, rapid-fire soliloquies, this time waxing about the writers’ strike. As always, his wordplay is impeccable, his insight is dead-on and he hasn’t lost an ounce of funny since his exodus. He […] Read more »

Sales of Mobile Video Phones to Hit $125 Billion; new research from Infonetics says sales will double by 2010, driven by more powerful phones and the analog signal switch-off. (release) IAC Gets Google as a Sponsored Search Partner; $3.5 billion search deal comes amid the Internet […] Read more »

If you live in a hermetically-sealed, media-free bubble, then you might not be aware that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) made good on its threat and went on strike this morning. We’ve followed the story extensively, but here’s a quick roundup of other coverage currently […] Read more »

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