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Seen, heard, and partaken in at SXSW this year: Rock Band. No, not the bands playing at the music festival, the video game. It is everywhere. I just walked the stage floor and there were at least three booths with the game set up and people […] Read more »

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications and Bright House Networks have been working together on Project Canoe, a jointly owned company that would create a national ad network across all six cable systems. The united front is in an attempt to stem the […] Read more »

Paramount Pictures said today it’s launching a Facebook application called Voo-Zoo that lets user watch clips of movies and send them to one another (the verb for this is apparently “VooHoo”: to send someone a Paramount video clip). I’m surprised by the quality of the app, […] Read more »

Entriq Acquires DayPort; DRM company buys content management, syndication and workflow software maker, financial terms not disclosed. (MultichannelNews) Cable Networks Take on Broadcasters at Upfronts; companies like Turner and National Geographic Channel stepping up efforts to lure ad dollars, and are ramping up original production. (TVWeek) […] Read more »

The same folks who brought you Mighty Morphin Power Rangers want to fund your digital media startup. Saban Capital Group has hired Craig Cooper, co-founder of Boost Mobile and formerly a VC with VantagePoint Venture Partners and Softbank Capital, to lead a new digital media investment […] Read more »

Kids are no longer glued to the TV. At least not according to a study released today by Grunwald Associates, which found that 64 percent of kids go online while watching television — and nearly half of them do so “frequently,” from three times a week […] Read more »

Jivox, a new company that helps small businesses make and distribute web video ads on the cheap, is launching with $2.7 million in seed funding led by Opus Capital. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company doesn’t even charge users to combine its stock images, videos, and music […] Read more »

It’s all quiet at NTV HQ this week as Liz abandoned me for much greener (and hipper) pastures in Austin at the SXSW Interactive festival. And though I couldn’t be there in person, I’ve enjoyed reading the coverage of events (like Stacey’s take on Mark Zuckeberg’s […] Read more »

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In some of his first remarks to the press since being named CEO of BitTorrent in October, Doug Walker sat with NewTeeVee last week to discuss his leadership role at the company founded around Bram Cohen’s technology, BitTorrent’s current business-oriented emphasis (or its “third coming,” as […] Read more »

Don’t miss these interesting online video weekend reads. Click through to find out about: – Hulu’s developers burning through $15 million and hamming for the camera. This Fortune story is all Hulu coronation until CBS’ Quincy Smith steals the show in the second-to-last paragraph, with a […] Read more »

After Andy Baio called “bulls**t” on CANSEI DE DER SEX Music is My Hot Hot Sex, there’s been renewed interest in stats-gaming on YouTube. The video is still online at 91,195,785 views and counting, but it’s no longer listed as the most viewed all time. Creator […] Read more »

Kyte.tv announced that it raised another $6.1 million in funding from Steamboat Ventures and Swedish mobile company TeliaSonera, closing out its long-running Series B round. The company also announced that it has added live-streaming capabilities from mobile phones and web cams. Read more »

Internet TV service Babelgum purdied itself all up with a fresh coat of paint and some new features and opened up voting for its online film festival this week (a fest we’ve been skeptical of in the past) The Babelgum open beta now features an all-new […] Read more »

So you want to make a web series, but you’re plum out of ideas? Don’t worry, just borrow from what everyone else is already doing! Here are five clichés great ideas that you can totally use to get unstuck from your creative rut. 1. Use Webcams […] Read more »

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has ordered leading Chinese video-sharing site Tudou to shut down, according to reports from Netease (the original source, though apparently the story has been taken down) and Sohu. The shutdown is reportedly over government concern that Tudou […] Read more »

Code Error, Not Popularity, Crashed Oprah’s Webcast; 800,000 people were watching online when a logical error in the caching servers caused the system to go down, bandwidth was not the issue. (Shelly Palmer Report) Amnesty International Launches Channel on Friction.tv; human rights organization raises awareness of […] Read more »

Disney Media Networks co-chair and Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney said that the TV content ABC puts online actually helps drive people back to traditional television. Speaking at an American Association of Advertising Agencies conference, Sweeney said that viewers who watch TV shows online and […] Read more »

Monday saw the debut of the weekly web series Gravityland by John Herman, a renaissance “media maker” of many talents. The serial show follows a number of characters in a small New Hampshire town, including a fictional pop star, Gabriella (Lauren Hill); a Herman Hesse-quoting, kleptomaniac […] Read more »

Each day we hear about another white-label video service — those friendly people who power video for your site. White-label is the new black; it’s a hugely popular second- or third- or sixth-try business model from people looking to avoid their VCs’ wrath when their YouTube […] Read more »

While I’d like to think it was my complaining, it’s more likely that common sense convinced the higher-ups at Stage 9 to finally allow embedding via YouTube for its new comedy series Squeegees. “We’re working through our process and trying to understand how online video is […] Read more »

Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire joined me (subbing for Om) and co-host Joyce Kim on the GigaOM Show this week. Hear him talk about Brightcove’s traffic spikes from TMZ, politics, and National Geographic; Yahoo’s Maven Networks acquisition; his company’s decision to drop its own ad sales team; […] Read more »

The folks behind financial web show Wallstrip — who cracked the nut of online video if only because they got CBS to buy them for $4 million — are launching a new show on Friday. Moblogic is a show about popular opinion. Host Lindsay Campbell (who’s […] Read more »

Bear Stearns today released a report on web video, declaring “We believe that video will be at the very heart of the next five years of web evolution.” Bear Stearns consumer Internet analyst Robert Peck estimates YouTube will make $90.2 million in domestic revenue in 2008, […] Read more »

Asterpix, Innovid Push Interactive Video Forward; Asterpix’s Asterbot automatically recognizes key items and generates clickable hotspots, Innovid allows insertion of interactive 3D objects into video. (Asterpix: emailed release; Innovid: TechCrunch) Panasonic Blu-Ray Player Gets DivX Certified; Panasonic’s new device to be released in March in Europe […] Read more »

Contrary to earlier reports (including our own), former set-top-box-maker-turned-white-label-video-service Akimbo raised just $4 million in its latest round of financing. According to Thomas Frank, Akimbo CEO, the initial $8 million was a typo that got perpetuated. All investors except for Cisco returned for this latest round, […] Read more »

RuTube, the Russian clone of YouTube, is close to inking a deal to be sold to media giant Gazprom-Media for $15 million, according to Kommersant (via the Quintura blog and with thanks to Google Translate). RuTube, run by a company called ZAO Rutyub, reportedly has a […] Read more »

Spanish company Abertis Telecom is fine-tuning a Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld Network (DVB-H) that allows cell phones to receive and play signals broadcast directly from TV towers, according to The Wall Street Journal. This would allow people to watch digitally broadcast TV programming on their cell […] Read more »

Video startup Eyespot today announced the launch of its Eyespot Network. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not another ad network. It’s actually another white-label video service. Of all of these we’ve talked to — Brightcove, Fliqz, Reality Digital, Twistage, etc. — Eyespot is probably […] Read more »

Wires aren’t evil, but home networking technology is seeking to eradicate them anyway. For those of you who are eager to disconnect your TV, but unwilling to compromise with compressed video, companies Amimon and Belkin may have a solution for you by September. What’s on offer […] Read more »

ManiaTV has raised $9.5 million in venture capital and debt. The video startup has gone through quite a transformation over the last nine months, with a new CEO (Peter Hoskins, former COO), a new focus on original content (meaning ditching user-generated stuff), a move from Denver […] Read more »

Nielsen released new stats today detailing online video metrics for January, and YouTube’s numbers actually dropped over those of December, both in terms of unique users and total streams. Now keep in mind that this is only the second report from Nielsen’s new Video Census service, […] Read more »

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