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Network TV series generally have 22 episodes per season, cable series hover around the 13-episode mark, but there is no standard “season” for web series. The prevailing theory seems to be make as many as you can — but is that always better? Given the attention […] Read more »

Yahoo released an experimental live video product today in the vein of Ustream.tv, Justin.tv, Operator11, blogTV and many others. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Yahoo Live (which was first reported by Valleywag). “How is Y! Live different from other online video sites? That’s simple: it’s live,” says […] Read more »

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ScanScout CEO Doug McFarland has stepped down from the company, effective Dec. 31, 2007. He remains on its board of directors. Founder Waikit Lau has stepped in as interim CEO while ScanScout looks for a replacement. McFarland, who had joined the company Jan. 1, 2007 (making […] Read more »

CINELAN launched today to create, distribute and monetize three-minute documentaries on the web, television and mobile devices, and in digital cinemas. The New York-based company comes to the table with a strong roster of non-fiction filmmakers: Academy Award- and/or Sundance Prize-winning filmmakers Steve James (Hoop Dreams), […] Read more »

Cachelogic is now Velocix; CDN’s name change aligns product and corporate identity. (emailed release) Time Warner to Make All its TV Shows On Demand?; CEO Jeff Bewkes on an earnings call says content should be available via TV and the web. (IP Democracy) ‘Obama Girl’ Didn’t […] Read more »

Online speed dating site WooMe said today it’s received a $3 million bridge round of financing led by Mangrove, along with previous investors Atomico (founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis), Klaus Hammels and newcomer Oliver Jung. This builds on the initial $1.9 million in seed […] Read more »

Some 500 million online greeting cards are sent each year, according to the Greeting Card Association (yes, I really did look that up). What with the increased accessibility and options for online video, it makes sense that cards would start to incorporate it. But…the video e-cards […] Read more »

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Sorry, we forgot to post this earlier! WGA Calls Membership Meeting for Saturday; both coasts to convene, guild says serious talks have resumed, negotiations continue. (Broadcasting & Cable) XinLab and MediaPhy Raise Money; streaming tech company XinLab pulls in $8.1 million in Series A, while TV-on-your-mobile-phone […] Read more »

TurnHere, a company that commissions and distributes online video advertisements on behalf of customers like Simon & Schuster and Citysearch, has rounded up $7.5 million from Venrock and Hearst Interactive Media. Combined with angel funding it raised in November of 2006, the company has raised $8.5 […] Read more »

Fans of blatant product placement and scantily clad women can rejoice as MySpace is “proud to announce” the launch of season Roommates: Season Two! According to MySpace, the first season scored more than six million views. Show sponsor Ford is back, guaranteeing that a Focus or […] Read more »

When Hollywood approached Verizon to join in the fight against piracy, the company pulled an Amy Winehouse and said, “No, no, no.” The New York Times Bits Blog has a nice little interview up with Tom Tauke, Verizon’s executive vice president for public affairs, in which […] Read more »

Revver is looking to sell itself for between $300,000 and $500,000, plus the assumption of some $1 million in debt, CNET reported today, citing unnamed sources. CNET also repeats Contentinople’s report that LiveUniverse was looking to buy the company, saying that the deal fell through. Revver […] Read more »

Howcast, yet another how-to video site, and one that we’ve been tracking through its stealth mode, launches today. The company, founded by Google and YouTube alums, has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Tudor Investment Corporation, and said it plans to add additional […] Read more »

thePlatform, a Seattle-based video publishing and distribution service owned by Comcast, is doing a big partner announcement tonight. Many of these are old deals, but thePlatform is right to call attention to the impressive library of partners it can offer to its customers. This includes new […] Read more »

If you were at our NewTeeVee Live Conference, you got to hear some industry experts touch on the notion of ad engagement. Now VideoEgg is taking that topic and expanding it with their Engagement Debate ’08. On Feb. 20th, media executives, digital marketers and new media […] Read more »

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “Looking to strike Internet gold, a web video startup decides to focus on…comedy.” Anyone? Anyone? (tap, tap) This thing still on? Despite the already crowded market, upstart Independent Comedy Network aims to do just that, and it’s launching […] Read more »

Mogulus and Qik Team Up for Super Tuesday; companies join forces to enable continuous live streaming of primary coverage. (The Uptake) Obama Campaign Adores Yes We Can Video; Michelle Obama sends out an email in praise of the supporter-created video (sorry, James). (BarackObama.com) NBC Asks Supreme […] Read more »

Privately held online video companies in China are breathing a sigh of relief after the government eased up on ownership rules that were set to take effect this past weekend. The government had initially been set to prohibit anyone other than state-owned or state-controlled companies from […] Read more »

Last weekend, filmmaker and digital DIY evangelist Arin Crumley went to a party in Brooklyn, where his coat, wallet, passport, bike and video recorder were stolen. Arin has built a brand around finding innovative ways to broadcast his personal issues and private frustrations directly to his […] Read more »

Despite what we might have expected from the network, ABC still has the entire Lost library — seasons one through three, and now adding season four — available for HD streaming on ABC.com. After we noticed the stash of episodes at the beginning of January, we […] Read more »

There will be plenty of video online for you political junkies tomorrow, Super Tuesday, from YouTube to the national networks, and The UpTake to Chris Crocker. OK, maybe Chris Crocker won’t be weighing in, but how funny would a teary plea to all the Hillary Clinton […] Read more »

Written by Ken Young, whose own blog is called The UK Mobile Report. DVD rental company Lovefilm said Monday it’s buying Amazon.com Europe’s DVD rental business in the UK and Germany. Also under terms of the deal, Amazon Europe will become LoveFilm’s largest shareholder, with a […] Read more »

Popcorn Home Entertainment launched a service today that lets Cablevision subscribers watch new movies on VOD the same day they are released on DVD (generally, it takes at least a month for movies to migrate from DVD to VOD). The catch? You have to order a […] Read more »

What’s the best use of online video for all you Patriots fans out there? Re-watching the Super Bowl ads without having to relive the game. If you missed them the first time, or just want another laugh, you can catch the commercials on YouTube, MySpace, NFL.com […] Read more »

Zillion TV, SpotXchange, Votigo Raise Money; Zillion gets $4.01 million Series A for its pay TV subscription services; online video ad marketplace SpotXchange receives undisclosed sum of angel funding; user-generated promotion company Votigo pulls in $1.26 million. (Zillion TV: (PE Hub; SpotXchange: release; Votigo: release) Mark […] Read more »

Another week, and another stat has just been released showing that people are increasingly turning to the web to consume televised entertainment. The latest from Solutions Research Group claims that 80 million Americans (43 percent of its online population) have watched their favorite TV shows on […] Read more »

Last election cycle, a politician’s own ill-chosen words became a viral video that cost him his candidacy. This November, will a politician get undermined by an ill-conceived viral video made by his own supporters? That’s the thought I had after watching “Yes We Can“, a new […] Read more »

After spending 10 days looking mostly at the inside of my eyelids, I’m hoping to get back to to work this week. But first, here’s a few items from while I was out sick: Roo, the troubled online video service provider, is moving on from its […] Read more »

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