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Vid-Biz: Qik, Babelgum, Puppet Fight

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Qik to Get Cash Fix?; parent company Visivo raises $3 million in Series B round; could be used to bolster the live mobile streaming service. (VentureBeat)

Babelgum to Plunk Down Six Figures on Oil Doc; feature length Oil Sands to be the first project from the P2P TV service’s Digital Studio program. (Variety)

Puppet Video Sparks Blogging Feud; video blogger Loren Feldman mocks Fast Company TV’s Shel Israel’s interviewing skills; online fight erupts. (TechCrunch)

Verizon FiOS to Shut Down Analog Channels This Month; company phasing out local analog channels starting April 21, well in advance of the national February 2009 deadline. (Multichannel News)

HD TVs Lowering Crime Rate? Low wages in China flooding U.S. with cheap electronics that just aren’t worth stealing (just try pawning an old CRT TV). (Freakonomics Blog)

Nielsen Acquires IAG Research; Ratings company spends $225 million for TV show consumer engagement measurement service. (Broadcasting and Cable)

Sprint and CW Form Super Arrangement; Supergirl to get her own animated mobile series. (MediaWeek)

2 Responses to “Vid-Biz: Qik, Babelgum, Puppet Fight”

  1. Actually before “plunkng down money” on it, we carefully considered whether it was a topic without coverage and interesting. :-)

    Quoting our director of content from Variety: ““We’ll be picking and choosing our projects on the basis of getting the most amount of attention to the widest public possible on issues, such as the environment, which are important to Babelgum. This was a good starting point.””

  2. The February 2009 deadline is specific to over-the-air broadcasts and is not related to cable services. Verizon worked some sort of deal to switch to all-digital to delay the deployment of CableCARD STBs. Not sure the relationship, but someone must get it.