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Venture capitalists keep telling me they’re shying away from online video startups — the business plans are identical, they’re all depending on eyeballs, and the valuations are ridiculous, one VC said to me yesterday. Yet somehow, their money keeps in landing in video startups’ bank accounts. […] Read more »

Blockbuster is again in talks to acquire studio-owned online movie service Movielink for less than $50 million in cash and stock, according to the Wall Street Journal. Blockbuster, having worked its tail off to compete with Netflix in the mail-order DVD business, is looking for a […] Read more »

News Corp is pooling its efforts to show FOX television programming on more than 200 broadcast affiliate web sites, according to a press release sent to us by Fox Interactive Media. In general, local stations have been less than happy with networks selling programs on demand […] Read more »

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It’s all fun and games until somebody gets their eye poked out — or caught on camera, uploaded, cached and mirrored across the internets. Maria Puenta in the USA Today article “Hello to less privacy” draws some rather dire conclusions from the countless crotch shots, sex […] Read more »

Despite not offering equivalents on its own site, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has gotten YouTube to take down all its clips of the Oscars, reports Variety. Ric Robertson, exec administrator for the Academy, said the organization had its content pulled “to help […] Read more »

I spoke with Steve Woolf and Zadi Diaz today about their plans for an online video film festival, Pixelodeon, which will be hosted at the American Film Institute‘s screening rooms in Los Angeles on June 9th and 10th. recently held their own screening of online […] Read more »

The internet is a transitory place, but you can generally rely on web pages hanging around for a while. Text and photos don’t start disappearing from online articles at random. Google is aggravatingly good at storing every little bit of information about you that’s ever made […] Read more »

We know we’ve been a little too post-happy today, but there’s a few more things we’d like to mention. Below, news about Revver, Pixsy, the latest YouTube hoax, and Brightcove. Remember all the hubbub about Revver being blocked on MySpace? We were surprised when the ban […] Read more »

What a terrible day for Microsoft Vista! It is getting a lot of negative reviews, with some reviewers urging people to stick to the old XP-Office 2003 combination. Chris Pirillo, the biggest Microsoft Windows proponent out there says he is breaking up with Vista. Damn – […] Read more »

Last month we featured measurement from of the top 20 online video sites, according to its panel. Compete ranks according to “sessions” spent on a site, but it’s interesting to note that the number of unique visitors to one or more of the top 20 […] Read more »

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The Academy Awards was always a bigger event for my family than the Super Bowl. I loved the stars, the movies, the outfits — even the campy dance numbers set to cheeseball medleys. But this year there was a certain sense of desperation in the show’s […] Read more »

Roo Group announced today it will acquire Wurld Media, maker of various content distribution platforms including Peer Impact, for up to $10 million in cash and stock. Peer Impact had gained fame when it snared NBC Universal in November 2005, the first major studio to make […] Read more »

Music mag XLR8R (‘Accelerator’), which has been covering the electronic, hip-hop and indie pop beat for over a decade, just launched a new web show on the Revision3 network. A mix of band interviews, videos, concert footage, man-on-the-street interviews and slice of life shorts, it should […] Read more » is a project we’ve been eagerly awaiting ever since Katie drummed up some details on it for GigaOM in January. Recent stories by VentureBeat and Light Reading are starting to bring the project into focus. We’ll try to get you some more details, but for […] Read more »

Clipmarks, a site for both personal and social clipping of text and photos found on web sites, is adding video support today. Why is this interesting? Basically, the company is taking the work out of saving and sharing video. Along with the capability to grab video […] Read more »

In a recent blog post, former telecom exec and wizened future-thinker Tom Evslin asks a lot of questions and poses some interesting answers about Internet video and bandwidth. One of the most compelling questions is about the “where,” as in where is more bandwidth really needed […] Read more »

House Republicans recently complained in a press release that Nancy Pelosi was infringing on copyrights by posting video material from C-Span on The Gavel, the Speaker of the House’s web site. Turns out that all but one of the clips was actually public domain footage, and […] Read more »

It all comes back to the highlight reel. Just one week after hooking up with Eyespot to launch its own video-mixing site, the NBA began soliciting today homemade YouTube gems from would-be hoopstars. The new YouTube channel, “Post Up the NBA,” asks users to submit clips […] Read more »

Merlin Mann has expanded his “entropic web empire” to include an online program simply titled The Merlin Show. Maybe better known for his work compiling funny lists on 5ives or giving advice an how to get things done at 43 Folders, Mann in person is a […] Read more »

According to various news reports, Apple is delaying its Apple TV ship date from February to mid-March. Production of the device is taking “a few weeks longer than we projected,” according to Apple spokesperson Lynn Fox. According to previous accounts, pre-orders have been selling quite well […] Read more »

We have nothing against ugly people, but video is a visual medium, after all. If you’re in a meat market kind of mood, head over to local gossip blog Valleywag’s “Vlog Hot” feature. The massive beauty contest, facing off some 80 videobloggers, is set to have […] Read more »

Last week, the director of a documentary about the technology industry called In Search of the Valley made his movie available for download using Streamburst’s DRM-free watermarking technology. The online movie costs less than half what it would on DVD via Customflix. A UK-based company, Streamburst […] Read more »

Our Monday morning reading of print media sites finds them spending a lot of time on NewTeeVee turf. Here are our quick takes on stories about video syndication, money-hungry YouTube celebrities, the emergence of video resumes, video search, and short films on mobile phones. Google enlarging […] Read more »

It’s still early in the game, to be sure, but so far it looks like YouTube can keep calling Viacom’s bluff, especially since early research shows that YouTube traffic has surged, not suffered, since Viacom demanded the takedown of 100,000 purportedly purloined video clips. According to […] Read more »

Om, writing at GigaOM, is less than optimistic about the new BitTorrent Entertainment Network (not yet live as of this writing — when it actually launches Monday we’ll do a full review). Om thinks the company hasn’t settled the outstanding doubts about ISP demands, ease-of-use issues, […] Read more »

As you scan websites for the choice video moments from Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, you should also take time to peruse Robert Young’s latest missive over on GigaOM, titled Hollywood Disrupted. Clearly over here on NewTeeVee we understand the model of putting creativity into the hands of […] Read more »

Walk a few blocks in parts of San Francisco and you’ll pass half-a-dozen offices that house online video companies. That’s why we like it here. So, in honor of the Bay Area’s booming online video industry, there’s this monthly online video meetup event, that I’ve been […] Read more »

Now former presidential candidate Tom Vilsack has shown that ‘first mover advantage‘ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in terms of vlogging an election campaign. Though he can count another first to his credit: the first candidate to throw in the towel on a vlog. […] Read more »

Azureus beat Bram Cohen’s Bittorrent venture to the punch when they soft-launched a Torrent-powered content platform in December. features film trailers next to semi-professional HD content and has since seen 1 million visitors. All these folks will soon have to learn a new moniker, because […] Read more »

Funny thing about working the online video beat — sometimes you find content in the strangest of ways. Scanning my feeds, I spotted this article in Techdirt, “Carlos Mencia Claims Copyright Infringement On Comedian Who Accuses Mencia Of Stealing Jokes.” Personally, I’m not a fan of […] Read more »

I like film festivals. I try to go to local ones when given the chance. For me, It gives some order and selection with the wide array of genres. DivX today announced the launch of DivX Film Festival, an online film festival devoted to creativity, storytelling […] Read more »

I’m not sure what’s more surprising: That Steve Jobs took a nominal stand against DRM, or that Cory Doctorow’s article dissecting Jobs’ apparent motivation was brief, lively and engaging. (I kid because I love, Cory) [Salon] A 27-year old California man has been arrested for distributing […] Read more »

The Internet is a gameshow, let us count the ways: The YouTube-Cingular contest. The YouTube-McDonald’s contest. The YouTube-Hallmark contest. Veoh: Make a public service announcement and win some stuff. Metacafe: Make a funny video and win some cash. Heavy: Make a funny video, win a Wii. […] Read more »

On Saturday, Brian Conley of Alive in Baghdad wrote a message to the video blogging group expressing frustration with the way their work was being represented on the homepage of Ourmedia, an non-profit video sharing service operated by JD Lasica. That two sites known for both […] Read more »

While Castfire isn’t exactly a household name, even among techies, the startup has been around for two years and provides audio content management software for a number of clients. In November, they signed a deal with C/Net to provide the software necessary to manage C/Net’s long […] Read more »

From the head-scratching, why-is-this-news dept. comes a press release today of a deal between Revver and Verizon, under which Revver’s user-generated content will be available on Verizon’s fiber-based FiOS TV service “later this year.” Run this by me again — I am paying a boatload of […] Read more »

As you may have noticed, NewTeeVee loves us some “Will it Blend?” That’s why I’m shocked — shocked — that they may not have been completely honest about the blendability of neodymium magnets. In this YouTube response, “Blendtec Lies Exposed,” Steve (AKA “rgbflawed“) offers evidence that […] Read more »

Diversion Media, publisher of broadband channels, announced the launch of Snowision, a video site for the snowboarding community. Snowvision marks the second niche video site from Diversion, a New York-based company founded by Nicholas Butterworth, former CEO of MTV Interactive Group, and Tatum Lade, former head […] Read more »

So says Adams Media Research in their press release summing up the results of their “Video on the Internet” management report. That’s based on $1.7 billion in ad revenue from streamed content and $4.1 billion on pay-per-download models such as iTunes. AMR’s analysis points to a […] Read more »

While the New York Times wedding announcement section generally makes me nauseous, I know it’s a guilty pleasure of my mother’s. Especially since I’ve done nothing but let her down in the power-couple matrimony market on so many levels. That said, social strivers from Downtown to […] Read more »

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