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Episodic, a San Francisco-based Web video hosting start-up has been acquired by Google, according to a post on Episodic’s blog. Financial details of the deals have not been announced, but Episodic previously raised $2.5 million in financing. The two-year old Episodic will continue to offer its services to […] Read more »


Mainstream media companies aren’t the only ones gearing up for the launch of the iPad this Saturday. iPad users will also soon have access to plenty of porn optimized for Apple’s touch-screen device, thanks to a number of studios working feverishly on converting their catalogs over […] Read more »

UPDATED YouTube was struggling to keep its site up in face of its relaunch this afternoon, with Twitter users complaining by the hundreds that the site is down, and YouTube’s web server delivering “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” messages and 502 errors. At the time of writing, it […] Read more »

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YouTube just shared a few more details about its video page relaunch, which is scheduled to go live this evening. The relaunch is based on a number of features the site has been trying out over the last couple of months, which include a cleaner page […] Read more »

Netflix started to send out a first shipment of Wii disks last week, making it possible to access its watch Instantly online video on demand offering on the gaming console. A few Netflix customers have already shared their first impressions, and the verdicts are mixed. There […] Read more »

Hollywood has been handed a legal victory against U.K.-based Usenet indexing site Newzbin by the England and Wales High Court today. The court found Newzbin to be liable of copyright infringement and ordered it to prevent any further acts of infringement related to titles from 20th […] Read more »

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Things are getting serious for lacrosse fans, with the National Lacrosse League heading into its final month of the 2010 season. This weekend will be especially action-packed, with the Washington Stealth facing off against the Colorado Mammoth and the Minnesota Swarm taking on the Calgary Roughnecks […] Read more »


H.264, Ogg Theora, MP4, Xvid, MKV, FLV: The world of online video can be pretty confusing. Not only are there tons of different formats and acronyms, but various devices and services actually have vastly different requirements. A video you downloaded via BitTorrent most likely won’t play […] Read more »


Swiss-based one-click file hoster RapidShare wants to redirect users in search for pirated content to legitimate downloads, according to a report by Torrentfreak, which is based on an internal email supposedly sent by RapidShare CEO Bobby Chang. Torrentfreak is reporting that Chang approached representatives of unnamed […] Read more »

Bystanders recording rescue efforts with their cell-phone cameras are oftentimes interfering with the work of ambulance staff. However, Stockholm-based live streaming startup Bambuser believes that mobile video capturing actually has its place in emergency response, as long as it’s the ambulance workers themselves doing the filming. […] Read more »


Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just launched, a site that features every single episode of the last 10 seasons of The Ultimate Fighter. It offers fans the option of watching just the fights without any of the trash talking, and each and […] Read more »

Netflix has started to send out a first batch of the disks required to access its Watch Instantly service with Nintendo’s Wii gaming console, according to a post published on its corporate blog. There, VP of Marketing Jessie Becker writes that Netflix is shipping an unspecified […] Read more »

Boxee users now have direct access to Streamy Award-nominated shows like Anyone But Me and Blue Movies, thanks to an official Koldcast TV app for Boxee that was unveiled today. The app, which was just announced on Boxee’s blog, offers access to all of Koldcast’s programming […] Read more »


A new website aptly named aims to get more users to contribute video clips to Wikipedia by demystifying some of the issues related to the site’s video format. was launched today by the Participatory Culture Foundation, which is also known for its Miro video […] Read more »

Jibjab co-founders and brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis are pulling no punches in an interview that NewTeeVee reader and CinemaTech blogger Scott Kirsner was kind enough to pass on to us. Asked if advertising works for his industry, Gregg responds: “To support a high-quality produced product […] Read more »

The American Film Institute (AFI) informed its supporters late last week that it will put its Digital Content Lab on hiatus, effectively ending a long-running program that matched up broadcasters and studios with software and device vendors, as well as designers and UI experts, to develop […] Read more »


March Madness is kicking off with its opening round game today, and CBS  is getting ready to live stream all games online starting with the first round on Thursday. The network has already made $37 million and sold all of its ad revenue for March Madness […] Read more »

DivX Inc. is releasing a new version of its media player today that tries to bring web video downloads to legacy devices without Internet connectivity. The new DivX player, which is part of a free software suite called DivX Plus, can convert downloaded videos and transfer […] Read more »

EMI has chosen Brightcove to distribute and monetize video across its various web properties, the video platform vendor announced today. The major label hopes to expand its audience reach as well secure new ad revenue streams through the cooperation with Brightcove, according to a news release. […] Read more »


It’s been a lonely day at the office for us at camp GigaOM, with multiple writers headed out to Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest where they’ll have all sorts of fun while we remain in rainy San Francisco. Luckily, you don’t have to be in […] Read more »

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled today that cable companies can’t withhold programming from competitors, affirming rules put in place by the FCC to guarantee fair competition amongst pay TV service providers, according to a BusinessWeek report. Comcast and Cablevision had […] Read more »

Execs Downplay Web Video Threat; Cablevision, Rovi and Disney execs dismissed cord cutting fears at the 2010 Media Summit in New York. (Light Reading) Pick Your Favorite Rev3 Shows & Create a Personalized Feed; Revision3 viewers can now generate personalized RSS feeds, combining new episodes from […] Read more »


Microsoft has launched a UK Hulu wannabe called the MSN Video Player. In addition to Microsoft’s Silverlight, it uses Adobe’s Flash. Others are switching from Move Networks’ technology to Flash. Seems like Apple’s Jihad against Adobe’s Flash may not be enough to kill it. Read more »


26 percent of US consumers watch TV programming online more than once a week, according to a new report from In-Stat titled “OTT Video Platforms, Devices, and Consumer Expectations.” And more and more of these consumers watch online video in the living room, thanks to game […] Read more »

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