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Veoh is shutting down and about to file for bankruptcy, despite raising ample funding and having solid search and recommendation technology. The site had also procured a decent audience, with more unique users than Hulu up until about a year ago, when Hulu launched an ad […] Read more »

Viacom Beats Q4 Estimates; CEO Philippe Dauman, coming off a 4 percent decline in domestic advertising sales in the fourth quarter, said he expects the ad climate to improve in the first quarter. (Multichannel News) Adobe’s Flash 10.1 Coming to Smart Phones; the latest version of […] Read more »

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After less than five years in business, Veoh has decided to shut down operations and lay off the remainder of its staff. It is also preparing to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection at some point in the near future, according to MediaMemo. The closure marks […] Read more »

iPad Puts Focus on Apple’s Flash Feud; Apple and Adobe, which used to be cozy partners, have become increasingly estranged since the computer maker unveiled its iPad tablet late last month. (Wall Street Journal) Electus Hires Starcom Entertainment Vet Caraccioli-Davis; entertainment marketing specialist Laura Caraccioli-Davis is […] Read more »

It’s been a long time coming, but over-the-top video company Vudu has finally stopped selling its set-top box, according to the NY Times, preferring instead to provide its software and video marketplace to consumer electronics manufacturers. Founded in 2004, Vudu released its first Internet video set-top […] Read more »

Roku added two new channels to its content mix: MHz Networks, which provides international and educational content to select cable and satellite packages, and the Highway Girl, which features a collection of interviews and live performances with indie musicians. MHz Networks and the Highway Girl will […] Read more »

Google has announced new violence and profanity filters for YouTube, an opt-in series of features it is calling “Safety Mode,” in what appears to be an ongoing attempt to clean up the murkier parts of the video-sharing site and make it a little more appealing to […] Read more »

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Disney’s Iger Takes Big Swig of iPad Kool-Aid; on Disney’s earnings call, Iger reeled off a series of iPad uses that are either likely or already in progress, including a companion to ABC’s Lost, an ABC News app, a digital books app for Disney, an enhanced […] Read more »

Advertisers are becoming increasingly “disenchanted” with TV ads, according to a recent survey of 104 U.S. advertisers. The survey, performed by Forrester along with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), found 62 percent of advertisers believe that TV advertising is less effective than it used to […] Read more »


The Free Speech Coalition, a trade association representing members of the adult film industry, will be introducing its new anti-piracy program this week in an effort to weed out the number of sites that re-distribute porn content without paying its producers. The porn industry trade association’s […] Read more »

VOD Site Voddler Gets Another $3.5 Million in Funding; Swedish film streaming site has picked up a further 26 million Swedish kronor ($3.5 million) in funding from Eqvitec Partners, bringing the total amount raised to SEK150 million ($20.2 million). (paidContent) TiVo: New HD Box Coming?; Janney […] Read more »

Looking for information on the 2011 Super Bowl? You should click here! For NFL football fans that might have been planning on tuning into Super Bowl XLIV online, we have some bad news: This weekend’s big game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts […] Read more »

Hulu roughly a year ago found itself caught between its corporate parents and Boxee, an upstart software company that made it easier for its viewers to watch full-length videos on their TVs. But now it’s in the middle of a fight over whether NBC’s merger with […] Read more »

Disney: “No Decisions Have Been Made” on Hulu Premium; Disney EVP Kevin Mayer says “no decisions have been made” about what kind of pay models and services Hulu is going to use, or when those will roll out. (MediaMemo) KickApps Lands NBC for Social Video Sites; […] Read more »

One of the maxims of online video is that everyone hate pre-roll ads, but just how much, exactly? So much that one out of every six users abandons a video stream before a pre-roll advertisement ends and the actual video begins, according to new research from […] Read more »

Movies, Cable Drive News Corp.’s Strong Fiscal Q2; operating income at its Filmed Entertainment division nearly tripled to $324 million, fueled by strong sales of DVDs, while cable network operating income rose 35 percent, to $604 million. (Multichannel News) Meanwhile, News Corp COO Chase Carey said […] Read more »

BrightRoll said today that it’s wrapped up a $10 million Series C round of financing — after reaching profitability. The video ad network, which claims to be “bigger than Hulu,” plans to use the funds to expand even further, adding to its technology platform and growing […] Read more »

3Crowd Technologies, the new startup from BitGravity co-founder Barrett Lyon, has come out of stealth with new products that the company believes will help revolutionize the price structure of streaming video online, making it affordable to video publishers to deliver content to massive audiences. Launching with […] Read more »

Move Networks made some personnel reductions yesterday associated with a shift from its legacy streaming business to providing a platform for delivering IPTV services. According to a source, the company reduced headcount by about 10-15 percent, leaving the company with 107 employees total. The personnel cuts […] Read more »

¡Ay, caramba! Youtube has added a ton of Spanish-language content with the launch of its Univision channel yesterday, bringing in programming from the programmer’s three major networks: Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión. The launch of the channel marks the first time Univision content has been distributed beyond […] Read more »

NBC Preps First All-HD Winter Olympics; the 2008 Vancouver Winter Olympics will mark the first time a Winter Games is produced entirely in HD, with 835 hours of high-def content set for NBC Universal’s broadcast and cable channels. (Multichannel News) YouTube’s Final Take From Movie Rentals: […] Read more »

Ustream has nabbed a major strategic investment by Japan’s Softbank that could be worth $75 million over the next 18 months. With the new funding, Ustream will look to expand in Japan, China, Korea, and India, opening offices and hiring employees to tap dramatic mobile phone […] Read more »

Cable providers could find customers defecting for other services, or possibly even cutting the cord if they don’t find ways to provide more value to their subscribers, according to a new survey from Strategy Analytics. As many as two-thirds of cable subscribers said they would switch […] Read more »


Netflix has been busy boosting the amount of content available through its Watch Instantly streaming service, adding 300 new titles from independent distributors The Criterion Collection, Gravitas Ventures, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Regent Releasing. Adding just 300 titles may not sound like […] Read more »

iPad Can’t Play Flash Video, But It May Not Matter; while Flash is present on nearly every Apple desktop and laptop computer, Apple has concerns over its vulnerability to viruses and other malware, as well as the way Flash-based content can voraciously consume battery life. (NY […] Read more »

Hulu, with the Super Bowl less than a week away, is gearing up for the big game by adding a ton of on-demand content from the NFL Network, with videos of past championship matchups and highlights from all 32 NFL teams. Users can now review past […] Read more »

President Barack Obama will be participating in a first-of-its-kind online video event today, answering questions via YouTube’s CitizenTube channel. The event, which begins at 1:45 p.m. EST/10:45 a.m. PST, is a followup to last week’s State of the Union address, and will open up the floor […] Read more »

Is it possible that downloadable media might be a marketer’s best friend? According to a recent study, that could be the case. In fact, not only do people that listen to podcasts tolerate ads more than in any other medium, but some folks actually like them. […] Read more »

NBCU Projects 200 Million Will Watch Winter Olympics TV Coverage; NBC Universal’s president of research, Alan Wurtzel, suggests that 200 million viewers will watch at least some portion of the Winter Games. (Multichannel News) To measure the total audience across TV, online and mobile devices, NBCU […] Read more »

In a regulatory filing sent to the FCC today, Comcast (c CMCSA) and NBC said they don’t see online video distributors as a competitive threat, discounting the possibility of a an online video distributor emerging and competing with Comcast’s cable operations, as well as any consumer […] Read more »

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