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Vid-Biz: Broadcast Upfronts, Howcast, Cord Cutters

Broadcast Networks Set for 20% Gain in Upfront Market; ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox should net approximately $8.26 billion in prime-time advertising commitments, up 20% from the $6.88 billion in 2009, according to research from Barclays. (AdAge)

Howcast Is Now Available on BlackBerry; the DIY video firm already had apps for the iPhone and Android, but announced the launch of its Howcast for BlackBerry application today. (Howcast blog)

One in Eight to Cut Cable, Satellite TV in 2010; a study by The Yankee Group found that many will choose to drop premium channels or cut their service down to a basic package, while others will choose to cut off their service completely. (

How to Pitch a YouTube Viewer; web video tracker TubeMogul evaluated the views generated by 10 different video ads, and found that users like ads with talking babies. (MediaMemo)

Apple Didn’t Kill Flash, HTML5 Did; The problem for Flash isn’t that it can’t adapt to contain other types of video; it is that software and hardware, particularly on the mobile side, have moved in a direction that natively supports the playback of H.264 content. (Mashable)

WaPo Plans Hundreds of LiveTV Shows from Newsroom Staff; The Washington Post is launching a platform for hundreds of reporters to host their own live programs live from their desks on a Webcam, via a simple interface with the Post’s content management system. (Beet.TV)