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Broadband Content Bits: Nielsen; Nickelodeon; Universal-EFF; Cycling.tv; iPlayer; SacBee

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Broadband video use on the rise: About 81 million people, or 63 percent of the 129 million who have broadband connections in the U.S., watch broadband video at home or at work, The Nielsen Company has found. The research, conducted on behalf of The Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), shows that the number of broadband viewers rose nearly 16 percent from 70 million in September 2006. Nielsen also found that broadband viewing has not had much of an affect on TV watching. The researcher concluded that broadband viewing is largely incremental, and that individuals use it for new viewing rather than a substitute for traditional TV viewing. More details here.

TurboNick Exclusive: Nickelodeon has started a new original series, Nick Cannon’s Star Camp, July 22, exclusively on TurboNick, the network’s broadband video player. The show is produced by host Cannon, Quincy Jones and Quincy “QD3” Jones III. The show follows eight members of a new youth supergroup, which was hand-picked by Cannon, as they are instructed on how to be stars. The series of five 15-minute episodes will stream on TurboNick every Sunday. The final performance will air in Nickelodeon’s TEENick block on Sunday, August 26. Release.

Universal-EFF: The music group is being sued by an angry mother after she was ordered to remove from YouTube a video of her 18-month baby enjoying a Prince song. Writer Stephanie Lenz recorded the 29-second clip when her toddler Holden began dancing to the track Let’s Go Crazy during the Super Bowl halftime show in February, but YouTube removed the video in June after a request from the record label (presumably a DMCA takedown notice), citing infringement of its copyright. The clip has now been reinstated, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed suit for Lenz in a California district court, alleging Universal made an incorrect claim and interfered with her contract with YouTube; she is seeking damages after a jury trial.

Cycling.tv: The cycling web-TV site that offers premium as well as free-to-view broadcasts, has struck carriage deals with both Joost and Blinkx. The site, which is managed by U.K. design firm Beetlebrow, said it wanted to reach new audiences outside of the bicycle community. The site has recently been showing Tour de France highlights and news reports. (Via NMA).

iPlayer: The independent trust which governs the BBC today released a statement saying effectively nothing following a meeting with open-source advocates who had hoped to press the platform neutrality case for the broadcaster’s web TV catch-up application, due for beta release this Friday. The Open-Source Consortium met trust members yesterday to try to fight over the service, which will initially only work on Windows Xp due to compatibility issues with its underlying Verisign-powered Kontiki DRM application. The trust only reiterated that it would review the situation every six months so that the BBC eventually adds versions for other platforms. (Via digital-lifestyles).

Video Letters: The Sacramento Bee plans to solicit and post video Letters to the Editor from readers on its website. The first videos are expected to be posted by month. The team heading the SacBee project is trying to establish rules as to video content, length, editing, legal constraints, etc. The paper is also considering submissions from outside the circulation area. Also, the paper will decide whether video letter-writers will be restricted in the same way actual letter writers are limited to one printed letter per month on the editorial page.