Vid-Biz: YouTube, ZillionTV, Brightcove

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YouTube to Kill IE6 Support on March 13; Google has given a specific kill date for old browser support, meaning that some future features on YouTube won’t work in older browsers. (Ars Technica)

Qwest Plows Millions Into ZillionTV; telco has invested $10 million in startup ZillionTV in return for exclusive rights to offer the IP-delivered video-on-demand service in the telco’s footprint. (Multichannel News)

Water-Cooler Effect: Internet Can Be TV’s Friend; Blogs and social Web sites like Facebook and Twitter enable an online water-cooler conversation, encouraging people to split their time between the computer screen and the big-screen TV. (NY Times)

WGAW Signs 33rd Online Content Company; Emmy-nominated production company Big Fantastic (Prom Queen, Sorority Forever) has signed on as a signatory to the Writer’s Guild of America, West. (press release)

The TV Numbers Game; Vizio is now the best-selling LCD brand in the United States, but Samsung sells more LCD and plasma sets together than anyone else. (NY Times)

Brightcove Announces Major Customer Wins & Partnerships in Spain; the online video platform signed major new Spanish customers Tuenti, Grupo Vocento, Sony Music Spain, Conde Nast Digital Spain, Grupo V, GEC, GX Magazine and TQMadrid. (press release)

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New media witness

ZillionTV received Qwest money a LOOOONG time ago. None of it, nor the millions poured after, are left, which is why the entire staff is on a 2 to 6 weeks furlough, with promises to come back working for half pay. Unlike Vudu which had a product, a service, and a solid reputation, it is doubtful that anyone with business sense will be buying out this one.

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