Vid-Biz: DirecTV, YouTube-Bollywood, Blockbuster


DirecTV Hopeful for Retrans Reform; The satellite TV provider completed about 39 retransmission consent deals in 2010, and faces another 80-plus negotiations this year. (Broadcasting & Cable)

YouTube Banks On Bollywood, Cricket for India; The video sharing site says there is a huge market for Bollywood and cricket content not just in India, but in markets which haven’t been explored earlier — a trend it is hoping to cash in on. (Reuters)

Studios Fight Blockbuster for Millions in Unpaid Fees; Universal Pictures joined 20th Century Fox and Summit Entertainment in submitting a claim for millions of dollars in unpaid fees. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Slingbox iPhone, iPad Apps Enable Video Out; Sling Media has launched updated versions of its SlingPlayer Mobile apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that add support for video out, meaning you can transmit video from your mobile device to a TV over a component cable. (Zatz Not Funny!)

Comcast Unit Shares Cisco’s Video Spotlight; Telstra is using thePlatform’s “mpx” video management system to help the IP end of its BigPond TV deliver not just video on demand to PCs, but linear content, too. (Light Reading Cable)

Collective Buys Video Ad Platform Oggifinogi; Online ad tech firm Collective has acquired rich media marketing services provider Oggifinogi in what appears to be the latest sign of consolidation in the video ad space. (paidContent)

AOL Exec David Eun Out – Here’s His Email To Staff; Eun, who was President of AOL Media and Studios and oversaw the AOL homepage, content brands and sites, will shortly be leaving AOL. (TechCrunch)

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