Broadband Content Bits: NBCU; MySpace-GOOD; Hearst; CNET; Showtime; YouTube Audience


NBCU’s entertainment sites offer retro shows: NBC Digital Entertainment and NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) Cable Entertainment announced they will be offering vintage TV content on their entertainment sites,,, and Beginning this month, users can log onto those sites to watch full length episodes of Miami Vice, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Swamp Thing, A-Team, Battlestar Galactica and more.

MySpace to broadcast GOOD’s five-part series: Multimedia company GOOD today announced the debut of its five-part investigation into the downtown Los Angeles’ area called Skid Row. The series will air on MySpaceTV and MySpace Impact 24 hours before the videos will be available on and Kenneth Cool Productions Awearness blog. In the series journalist Sam Slovick will examine the lives of homeless people, along with children, social servants and religious workers. Release.

Hearst launches YouTube channels: Hearst Magazines has launched channels for three of its magazines on YouTube, with 12 more to follow soon, reports Mediaweek. The company aims to encourage an interactive community by sponsoring contests that ask readers to upload personalized videos. Hearst and YouTube will share ad revenue generated through Hearst branded content.

*CNET* launches CNET (NSDQ: CNET) TV 2.0: Yesterday CNET officially launched CNET TV 2.0, featuring closed captioning of its video content so as to accommodate the needs of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. Also included are video overlay ads with an interactive components, video content from Geek Entertainment TV and Revision 3, new correspondents, and new shows such as CNET Live, Loaded, CNET Top 5, CNET Mailbag, Crossfade TV and Product Spotlight.

Showtime to offer downloadable content: Showtime is planning to launch an online complement to its channel and on demand service sometime this year, reports Multichannel News. The network is exploring the idea of making its original content available for download.

YouTube’s audience dips slightly: YouTube’s audience were slightly down the week ending Feb. 10 with 33.3 million unique visitors, from 34.1 million the week before, according to Nielsen Online. MSN Video and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), on the other hand, fared better ratings. MSN reported 4.3 million uniques for the same week, up from 3.3 million the week before, while Yahoo had 2.1 million uniques and 1.5 million the week before. Veoh’s viewership increased as well, receiving 2.1 million uniques, up from 1.5 million the week before.

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