Om and Niall PodSessions‘ latest session is up. We are discussing video’s big move to the move. I decided to talk about all the stuff – streaming versus downloads and other such things in this podsession. I was going to blog it, but got busy with other stuff. You can keep up with all my online video coverage here.
ABC recently announced streams of its popular shows will be available online for free. Fox will offer its programming online as well, including web-only episodes of popular shows such as Family Guy. Smaller players such as Rocketboom deliver content created especially for online viewing and syndicated through partnerships with companies such as TiVo.
Filling in the middle is the iTunes video store and its single purchase and subscription offerings. Are large content producers merely experimenting with online distribution or is this a trend that is here to stay? What’s driving viewer numbers from all over the production spectrum from two guys on their couch to two news anchors behind a desk? Can online video distribution be profitable for large publishers?