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Hulu is abandoning its plans for a launch in the UK — that’s the latest from the Telegraph on the U.S.-based online video site’s efforts to expand overseas. Despite spending more than a year in negotiations with UK broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Five to launch […] Read more »

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Samsung may join Sony in building out televisions based on Google’s Android operating system, according to a report in the Korea Herald. An executive at the company, which is the largest manufacturer of TVs worldwide, said that Samsung is “examining the business feasibility of Google TVs” […] Read more »

Comcast-NBC Deal Lets FCC Seek Web-TV Concessions; U.S. regulators may use their veto power over Comcast Corp.’s planned purchase of NBC Universal to demand concessions that help Web startups. (Bloomberg) FiOS To Offer YouTube, Net Radio; Verizon’s FiOS TV service has signed new deals that, it […] Read more »

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Live video firm Ustream has made good on its plans to expand in Asia-Pacific, using new recent funding from Softbank to launch a Japanese version of its website at Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son announced the launch of the new localized Ustream site in Tokyo today. […] Read more »

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Video search and recommendations firm Blinkx is adding behavioral targeting to its mix of video ad tools, enabling advertisers to reach certain key demographics of users that visit its site and those of its publisher partners. Blinkx launched the AdHoc contextual ad targeting platform in October […] Read more »

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Sports fans with a Roku player will now be able to follow two professional sports leagues live, with the availability of MLB and NBA content streaming through the broadband set-top box. Channels for both leagues can be added to users’ Roku players, which will allow fans […] Read more »

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YouTube’s first foray into streaming live sports was far more successful than expected, blowing away internal projections and generating five times more views during the 2010 Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament than it initially anticipated. As part of its first international sports deal, YouTube streamed all […] Read more »

Virgin Media Launches Movie Streaming Service; Virgin Media has launched its own browser-based movie streaming service, available to anybody in the UK — not just the cable provider’s own subscribers. (Last 100) Amazon Hopes to Drive 3-D Sales Via Consumer Education; the online retailer has started […] Read more »


Online video ad firm FreeWheel announced today that it has raised $16.8 million that includes Disney venture firm Steamboat Ventures. Steamboat joins existing investors Turner Broadcasting System, Battery Ventures and Foundation Capital. Along with the funding, Steamboat managing director Dan Beldy will join Turner Broadcasting’s Trish […] Read more »

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YouTube’s founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen may have bought the site’s domain back on February 14, 2005, but the first video wasn’t uploaded to the site until several months later. That video, entitled Me at the Zoo, was uploaded five years ago today, on April […] Read more »

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Why Hulu Will—And Should—Charge For Hulu Plus; When Hulu finally announces its subscription plans, it will have a small but critical window of opportunity to explain itself to the market. If it gets the details of the plan right, it will succeed. (paidContent) Vudu Starts Offering […] Read more »

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CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting today announced a landmark, $10.8 billion deal to jointly broadcast the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament over the next 14 years, in a partnership that will enable the companies to air every single March Madness matchup by splitting coverage between CBS and […] Read more »

Goodbye CableCARD, Hello AllVid; The FCC has asked for feedback on a new video interface to replace its failed CableCARD policy — an “AllVid” adapter that would act as an intermediary between home theater gear and pay-TV services. (Ars Technica) Brightcove Announces Facebook Support; the online […] Read more » 210x140

Major League Baseball’s is already one of the most successful online video services, and now it will be available to even more fans’ TV sets, through a deal with Sony that will enable PlayStation 3 owners to stream live baseball games over the game console. […] Read more »

Hulu is one step closer to rolling out a premium subscription plan, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. It may charge users $9.95 a month for access to a larger library of video content. Question is, will you pay for it? Read more »

Netflix had what could be its best quarter ever, and by all accounts it appears to be a direct result of the company’s Watch Instantly streaming service. Based on the company’s actual results, as well as comments from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on the company’s first-quarter […] Read more »

Netflix continues to show strong momentum in subscribers and sales, driven by interest in the company’s streaming service. With the release of its first quarter earnings this afternoon, the subscription rental service posted both better-than-expected subscriber additions and earnings, and forecast continued momentum in the coming […] Read more »


Simulmedia, the media marketing company founded by marketing veteran Dave Morgan, has raised an $8 million Series B round of financing led by Time Warner Investments. The funding round also includes existing investors Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures, which led Simulmedia’s $4 million Series A […] Read more »

Warner Bros. Acquires Turbine, Developer of Lord of the Rings Online; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the video game division of the Burbank movie studio, said it has acquired Turbine Inc., a Massachusetts developer of massively multiplayer online games. (LA Times blog) Kit Digital to Power Tribeca […] Read more »

Widevine revealed its biggest customer to date this morning — Netflix — saying it’s been using its DRM for distribution across multiple consumer electronics devices. And the DRM provider could see even more takeup soon, as it has announced new features, such as support for live […] Read more »

The consumption of on-demand media continues to increase, according to new research from KPMG. According to the consulting firm’s Media and Entertainment Barometer, consumers (at least in the U.K.) are spending more time consuming digital and non-traditional media, with growth in streaming video and strong growth […] Read more »

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Starting with Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT, Facebook will launch f8 Live, which will stream all sessions from the conference live on the Interwebz, along with a number of interactive features that are designed to let those who can’t attend feel like they are a part of the action. Read more »


Despite strong box office sales of 3-D movies, TV programmers and consumer electronics manufacturers who are betting big on 3-D technology entering the home may want to curb their enthusiasm a bit. According to recent survey data from KPMG, few consumers see the need to bring […] Read more »

In an effort to keep its market momentum going, online video management startup Brightcove has announced that it hired a new senior vice president of sales for North America. Former EMC and Savvis executive Paul Goetz will be joining Brightcove’s executive team to keep its sales […] Read more »

FCC Stops Clock on Comcast-NBCU Merger Review; the commission delayed the comment and reply deadlines on the Comcast-NBC Universal merger until it receives more information from the parties. (Broadcasting & Cable) Seagate Adds Video Streaming Services to its Media Players; streaming services from Netflix and YouTube […] Read more »

Epix has struck its first nationwide deal with satellite TV provider Dish Network, the fledgling cable network said this morning, adding an additional 14 million homes that can sign up for its linear, VOD and broadband movie service. Epix, a joint venture between MGM, Lionsgate and […] Read more »

Interactive advertising startup BlackArrow has secured a $20 million Series C Round of financing, led by new strategic investor NDS. The investment also underlines a new strategic alliance between the companies, which will attempt to extend BlackArrow’s interactive capabilities to new markets. In addition to NDS, […] Read more »

With the news that Google plans to open source On2’s VP8 codec next month, there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not it can emerge as the “one codec to rule them all,” as my colleague Stacey Higginbotham tweeted just a few days ago. […] Read more »

Is YouTube’s Safety Mode Safe? Not Very; Google released Safety Mode on YouTube in February, but unfortunately the filter didn’t work. (NY Times Gadgetwise Blog) NBCU Profit Dips in Q1; NBC Universal recorded a 49% fall in profit in the first quarter to $199 million. (Multichannel […] Read more »

UPDATED The latest volley has been filed in the copyright infringement suit between Viacom and Google: Just hours before Google faced analysts and investors on its first-quarter earnings call, Viacom released newly unsealed documents from the suit. The filings seek to strengthen Viacom’s argument that Google […] Read more »

Online video analytics, distribution — and now advertising — firm TubeMogul announced a new publishing product today that will allow its publisher partners to easily publish and distribute their content to any site for free. The company’s new Destinations product enables media companies and content creators […] Read more »

MTV Networks has chosen Yangaroo’s Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) 5.0 to simplify its video workflows and make it faster and easier for the cable programmer to receive and distribute video content to its cable channels. Toronto-based Yangaroo got its start by helping music labels to […] Read more »

Vidyo, in a bid to widen its market share, is launching a line of video conferencing solutions priced under $1,000. The VidyoDesktop Executive combines low-cost touchscreen computers with the VidyoDesktop 2.0 software to enable video conferencing at one-tenth the price of other dedicated solutions. The Executive […] Read more »

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