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Our Bets For Digital Media In 2011

With the book nearly closed on 2010, it’s time to peek around the corner at 2011. Without further ado: eight predictions from the writers of…

2007: A Retrospective Of My Predictions

As dawn breaks on 2008 it’s a good time to think back over the past year, reflect on what has, hasn’t and might have been, and tally up the…

Exclusivity and Control in Content Deals

An excellent (though academic) paper by Andrei Hagiu, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School about the various models involved in…

Audio: LA Mid-Year Digital Media Review

Our LA Mid-Year Digital Media Review Panel at the WGA Theater last week featured five execs who discussed a range of issues in the digital m…

MoComment: The View From The Bottom

Ed: This is the latest in our “MoComment” section, which has guest essays and commentary from industry players. If you

The Official MocoNews Predictions For 2007

And now for my inevitable predictions for 2007 — they’re a little bit late because I decided to see if Apple would launch an iPhone at MacW…

Will 2007 Be

Unlike many 2007 predictions that claim things will happen and then don

InfoWorlds' Mobile Predictions For 2007

Infoworld has released its predictions for 2007 for the mobile and wireless market. They predict more wireless networks (WiFi and WiMax) com…

Handango’s Smartphone Predictions For 2007

Handango has released some predictions for the smartphone market in 2007, and predictably it predicts the smartphone market to do very well.…

This Thing Called Scaling

Scott Karp, one of the deep thinkers about the issues and problems with media businesses, has written a nice piece titled “Content Businesse…

Bubble Or Not, Here I Come, You Can’t Hide

JPMorgan’s digital media team has come out with another edition of its monthly newsletter, and an interesting powerpoint about the topic whi…

My Inevitable Predictions For 2006

Every pundit has to do them, so here are mine: My 12 predictions for what will occur in the mobile content space in the coming 12 months (we…

2005 Mobile Zeitgeist

4INFO has released the top 25 searches on its mobile search service in 2005…due to the methodology it’s skewed towards sports, but anyway.…

2005 — The Year That Anticipated 2006

John Tanner points out that a lot of the technologies that were talked about throughout 2005 will actually be deployed and used in 2006…la…

The Year Of The Digital Citizen

The BBC has an article about the way citizens became more involved in reporting things, and the mobile played a big part in that.
“Crucially…

2005: The Predictions That Were And Weren’t

[by James Pearce] At the beginning of the year I made some predictions about the mobile content market, and although 2006 isn’t quite finish…

2006: Year Of Failures

ABI Research has released a list of mobile features and technologies that won’t be a hit in 2006…it’s a fairly safe way to go, just take e…

No Room For The Little Guy

Peter Kafka from Forbes has made some predictions, including the statement that investors in US mobile content startups are in for a nasty s…

MemeWatch: No Web 2.0

The chatter is shifting from “Bubble 2.0” to “No 2.0” as some people rebel against the idea that everything new and wonderful online right n…

Advertising Predictions For 2006

The OnlineSpin newsletter has sent a set of predictions for 2006… it’s focused on all digital advertising/content but a lot of what it say…

MoComment: Mobile Video — Beyond the Hype

Ed: Our “MoComment” section has guest essays and commentary from industry players. If you’re interested in writing about an issue related to…

Meeker’s Game Changers

Mary Meeker made a presentation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business two weeks ago and this is a PDF of her presentation…a 60-page…

Medio Systems Gets $11 Million Funding

We missed this last month: Seattle-based mobile search startup Medio Systems has received $11 million in funding, from Frazier Technology Ve…

The Alphabet Soup of Digital Media

The Hollywood Reporter has a series of stories on digital media today, and though nothign really groundbreaking, it has some good bits. For…

The End Of Handset Subsidies?

This PC Pro story has brought to mind something else from the Informa survey I reported on last week.
Based on over 1,000 industry survey re…

2006: Crunch Time For Mobile Firms

Informa has predicted a difficult 2006 for mobile operators… “Next year will be difficult for mobile companies as their traditional busine…

Russell Beattie’s Mobile Predictions

Russell Beattie has put up his 2005 wrap-up/2006 predictions about mobile handsets. Some headings: Mobile Video is Here! (And Then Some), Mo…

MemeWatch: Bubble 2.0?

If it looks like a bubble, feels like a bubble and enough people call it a bubble, is it really one?
The bubble concept has been going for…

Digital Convergence Is Back

Deloitte has released a 16-page report on the convergence industry and how it is changing the basic structure of media, telecom and technolo…

Mobile Advertising Predictions For 2006

24/7 Real Media has released some predictions for the online advertising industry in 2006…two relate to the mobile industry:
–5. Best pra…

Understanding The Mobile Content Consumer

In this week’s guest blog at ContentSutra, Kaustuv Ghosh talks about a very pertinent issue in VAS marketing – How to understand the end con…

MoComment: The Return Of The Ringback Buzz

Ed: Our “MoComment” section has guest essays and commentary from industry players. If you’re interested in writing about an issue related to…

MoComment: Keep It Segmented

Ed: Our “MoComment” section has guest essays and commentary from industry players. If you’re interested in writing about an issue related to…

Launching: MocoNews.net Venture Showcase

As we announced earlier in August, we’re launching “MocoNews.net Venture Showcase”, a showcase of mobile content-related startups. The idea…

Traditional Media Joining the Digital Party

Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen came out with a research note earlier this week, after listening to presentations at the firm’s Med…

MemeWatch: Switcheroos

Maybe it’s end-of-summer itch but there’s more chatter lately about switching content providers, tools, services, operating systems, hardwar…

MoComment: From Non-Gamers To Casual Gamers

Ed: We’ve recently started a new section called “MoComment”, with guest essays and commentary from industry players. If you’re interested in…

The Digital Media Universe & Definitions

Rutberg & Co, an investment bank focusing on wireless and technology sectors, has come out with a “framework” for the digital media industry…

Media Stocks & Digital Future

A good story in NYT about the languishing media stocks, and which companies are poised to be growth stocks of the future, transforming to th…

New Media Don’t Get No Respect

And this is new? Traditional media executives attending Herb Allen’s exclusive Sun Valley summit this month didn’t exactly flock to the so-c…

Analysts On YHOO, RNWK, NAPS, AAPL, Etc

NewsFactor.com:
IDC analyst Roger Kay: “Now that the record companies are on board, the industry is really taking off. … There’s a comfor…

Life As Subscription

I am not so sure this rings completely true, when unbundling of services is also becoming a fact, but both don’t necessarily have to be mutu…

Patrick Spain: The Secret Sauce

CEO of HighBeam, in his wrap-up post: As I look across the landscape of online content, I have observed some things that clearly work:
1. Us…

The Long Tail In Digital Entertainment

I know: everyone has already linked to it, but I couldn’t before I read it myself…now I did and I feel a bit conflicted about in.
On one h…

2024 – A Media Odyssey

A long story in latest Media Week magazine in UK, about the future of, what else, media…a great read…
Dr Patrick Dixon, the futurist beh…

Don Katz: How Media Reacts To New Media

Brilliant post by Audible CEO Don Katz: “Invariably – ironic though it always seems in retrospect — each newly minted format or distributio…

The Age of iPod Politics

A brilliant essay by James Poniewozik…”We are the America of the iPod ads — stark, black silhouettes tethered by our brilliant white earb…

The 18 to 34 Year-Old Media Consumer

OPA does a detailed study on the demographic…Online media rate highly in head to head comparisons with offline media across all age groups…

Beyond Portal Websites For TV Stations

“Portal sites are great for organizing and managing content, but… the concept presupposes a marketing mentality that is contrary to the na…

The Age of Consultative Content

An interesting way of looking at the close relationship these days between editorial and readers in some of the trade pubs…(something I’m…

Modularity And Its Effect On Digital Media

(via JD) Tristan Louis, an Internet veteran and a blogger now, among other things, has started writing a series on posts, developing a commo…

Online Publishing: The Long View

Some long term questions, as asked by Vin Crosbie. Is it good or bad to live in a time of change? What does this revolutionary media change…

Why Googleworld Will Beat Murdoch

Slight hyberbole, but makes sense: “For television, the near future will be a struggle between Murdochworld and Googleworld. But I would not…

The Vanishing Mass Market

BusinessWeek has a cover package of stories in its July 12 issue on the fragmentation of the general consumer market and media consumption.…

Media’s New On-the-Go Consumers

No one has the time to be at home, so don’t talk much about the broadband home. Talk about how you as a media and entertaniment entity fit i…

PWC: Net Will Power Global Media Growth

The internet and new technologies are set to power growth in the global entertainment and media industry, according to a new report from Pri…

Viacom’s Problems

(via Fred Wilson): Jim Cramer writes about Viacom’s problems and how they have been compounded by Net/online media. “With that kind of preci…

Technology Changing Idea Of Ownership

“When ownership is excluded from the pricing equation, the fee typically drops. Renting costs less than owning, but while you rent you have…

Plastic, Not Glass

Content display R&D efforts at Royal Philips Electronics are “no longer on glass-based displays,” which are breakable and expensive to manuf…

Pricing New Economy Goods

A story following proposals being mooted in U.S. to unbundle cable channels, and offer them a la carte…”Information goods are tricky. The…

As Rates Drain, Hope Springs Eternal

Vin Crosbie expands on the dismal science in the info industry: “Things will get worse before they get better. There’s no free lunch. There’…

Market Failure in the Media Sector

This speech by Prof Eli Noam of Columbia University follows his controversial column in FT in Feb, which generated a lot of heat and discuss…

[MobileMusiCon@CTIA] EMI Turns on The Music

(by Dana Blankenhorn): (A report from MobileMusiCon, the mobile music conferece held at CTIA on Wednesday) It was a big week for Ted Cohen,…

Making Them Pay

(sub. req.): WSJ has a special section today on premium content, and trends in the digital media market…this story is an overview and step…

The Dawn of the Hand-Held Internet

Vodafone UK is stifling the mobile Internet, by restricting the content providers, according to David Kaye, CEO of Mobilista…”This policy…

Company Visit: Infospace Mobile

Had an interesting conversation yesterday with Mark Levy, VP of Content at InfoSpace Mobile…(An aside: my first company visit since I move…

Welcome to the Riptide

Vin Crosbie extrapolates Seth Godin’s theory on adbundance of media and how that would affect consumer spending behavior…
“If most consume…

TechWatch: TextViewing Text TV on Mobiles

I’ve always had an affinity for companies hatched directly out of Universities: Out of University of Malta comes a new startup called Textvi…

Market Failure In The Media Sector

Eli Noam, professor of economics and finance at Columbia University, writing in FT, looks at the structural and endemic problems in the digi…

Tech Watch: Let’s Pre-p(l)ay

An interesting startup called Prepaid Ventures aims to sell white-label content cards…my conversations with one of the founders and some t…

Redefining the News Online

Journalists around the world have long agreed on a set of values that help define whether a story is newsworthy. But a new book “Digitizing…

Unlikely Media Competitors

(via IWantMedia): An analysis piece on how big media players are inreasingly beginning to take convergence cues from players such as Microso…

Content, or Malcontent?

That’s me talking to Vin Crosbie, on the trends in premium content over the last year, the the inability of the digital media industry to se…

101 Ways to Save the Internet

Point # 16: Simplify Web publishing: Why can’t we post files from our desktop to a Web site in one drag-and-drop move? (Um, isn’t that FTP?)…

Rounding Up The Round-Ups

Updated: In the spirit of the metaness of blogging, I present the list of round-up lists…below are look-backs at 2003 and predictions for…

Now Convergence is Coming Together

Despite the flattened promises and frenzied overspend of the ’90s, this dream of convergence is not dead.

Online News in 2003

2003 was a tumultuous year for online journalism, including the first “Internet war” and the rise in influence for Weblogs and citizen journ…

MSNBC.com Revised

(From guest blogger Staci D. Kramer): The law of unintended consequences hit MSNBC.com with a vengeance when Saddam Hussein was captured jus…

RIP: MP3.com

It’s official: (by guest blogger Staci D. Kramer) At noon PST Tuesday, MP3.com converted from a functioning Web site to a billboard for CNE…

When Free Isn’t Really Free

When the dot-com bubble burst, however, the freebie model largely collapsed along with it, said Alan Davidson, the associate director of the…

Coming soon: Market-share wars

“Momentum has a way of overextending any moves. Recovering from the latest dips will require a lot of evidence that the Internet business is…

Developing a Theory of Bundling

Barry Parr on the economics of bundling…”Outside of monopoly markets, I don’t believe it’s possible to create a successful bundle that doe…

On the Prospects of Paid Content

An interview with, well, me, in Media Life Magazine…besides the usual things you keep hearing from me on this site, I wanted to make a poi…

Free To Be Fee

Paid content is probably inching up on 15 percent to 20 percent of the total size of the ad market, according to Michael Zimbalist, the head…

Ten Years After

Vin Crosbie analyzes the current online publishing market: of course, his focus is mainly newspaper efforts…”By any objective measurements…

Restructuring At Time Inc

For some reason Time Inc always get drawn to the Pathfinder black hole…or maybe it is that we just love bringing up the sore points on any…

What Free vs. Paid is Really About

Our mercurial columnist Robert Spears, with fresh ammo: “Though I enjoy exploring the intellectual challenges of the overarching Free vs. Pa…

Debating Digital Media’s Future

Digital media will force the entertainment industry to rethink current business models and perhaps usher in a special tax to compensate arti…

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Until the proprietary information of both consumers and publishers is protected, interactive marketing will be more promise than reality:DRM…

Business Finds a Way to Survive Online

“Starting out as a free-for-all, the internet has become a place where many business models co-exist. But as huge amounts of content start t…

Dis*Content: Is It Time For Time.com?

(this is a new series of insider happenings in the industry: as they call it in journalistic parlance, reliable, yet unverified).
After Bus…

If You Brand It, They Won

The importance of branding for content providers, and the downsides of taking it too literally: “the sheer number of brand extensions and se…

Dis*Content: Roses Are Red, or Are They?

(this is a new series of insider happenings in the industry: as they call it in journalistic parlance, reliable, yet unverified).
The word o…

From Access to Content

Online content isn’t selling — but a look at the history of cable TV suggests a brighter future. “We remain in the early age of access, not…

A Six-Point Plan For Online Profitability

A summary of the salient points raised at NetMedia 2003 Online Digital Media conference in Barcelona, held last week (where paidContent.org…

Monetize the Archive?

Vin Crosbie tackles the archives question: some basic questions publishers should ask if they are considering charging for archives. “Compar…

The Incremental Evolution

The revenue diversification strategy
for an online media site is always evolving: there cannot be “A
model” wh…

Can the Web beat Big Media?

Dream on…”There have been many attempts to create Web-based local publications,” says Martin Nisenholtz, the CEO of New York Times Digital…

An All-or-Nothing Game?

A better plan is not a headlong charge, but remaining tempered. If you must charge, begin by charging for only the exclusive items on your s…

Q&A: Neil Budde, Former WSJ.com Publisher

“What’s amusing to me, is that most of the Weblogs I use are for business purposes. But I end up signing up for their e-mail as well, so now…

Understanding Online’s Value Proposition

The economic promise of online media can never be fully reached until the industry intuitively understands and leverages what is uniquely va…

How Will the Artists Get Paid?

Throughout history there have been a variety of ways that artists have gotten paid so they can create their work: Through an ecosystem which…

Analysis: Why Push Technologies Are Naive

Content interface companies (content-on-desktop, as Anne Holland puts it) like InfoGate, Serence and others are becoming more common, but wi…

Bubble Redux

This is the story in Barron’s which has singlehandedly dragged the Internet stocks down on the market today, especially eBay, Amazon.com and…

Apple and Universal: Sweet Music

An analysis of the possible acquisition of Universal Music by Apple, by the Microsoft-specialist at CNET News.com, writing for BetaNews. “Ap…

Making Money From Multi-Platform Content

” The content sellers now revolve around the buyer, he said, rather than the buyers revolving around a central content provider.”

Why PCs Will Conquer Home Entertainment

“Two years from now, I firmly believe we’ll be able to use a PC or PC-like device to record television programs and then stream those progra…

Usability and Content Sales

“The mere presence of subscription content may add to percieved value of a site. But again, this depends on the user…to other users with l…

War and the Art of Cashing In

How news sites such as CNN.com and Time.com are preparing for the war: “Heightened interest in online news could make this the perfect momen…

Alive and Well: Now-defunct dotcoms

Alive and Well: Now-defunct dotcoms tried a lot of dumb things. But that doesn’t mean the fundamental ideas they believed in are dumb. That,…

Kevin Werbach on ‘Webification of

Kevin Werbach on ‘Webification of TV’: “[T]he greatest challenge for the established TV industry is to find a viable economic model in the a…

Searching for Online Profits in

Searching for Online Profits in Japan: Japan’s largest newspaper Web sites get hundreds of millions of page views per month. But many new me…

The Rarity Value of Content:

The Rarity Value of Content: An analysis of the online information sector: “The current economic climate is beneficial to niche providers of…

Stop, Thief!: Michael Wolff on

Stop, Thief!: Michael Wolff on the demonization of consumer and how the price of content keeps falling, much to the horror and cluelessness…

The Revolution Masterclass on Paid-for

The Revolution Masterclass on Paid-for Content: Nice to see mainstream online/tech magazines giving “masterclasses” on how to develop subscr…

Best of the Net ? Top Online Publishers

This is a followup to the list from Media magazine on the best online publishers of 2002. The companeis include CNET, CBS MarketWatch.com, E…

Dot-Comeback: Internet Stocks Sizzle Again:

Dot-Comeback: Internet Stocks Sizzle Again: Once-celebrated names like eBay, Yahoo, WebMD and Amazon.com are doing even better, having gaine…

Excuse Me, My Car Is

Excuse Me, My Car Is Calling: A report on a symposium on how a new generation of digital products and services will effect businesses and co…

Top Online Media Execs See

Top Online Media Execs See Bright Future: “Their thoughts on paid content were interesting. Initially, the group identified paid content as…

Untapped Potential of Online Media:

Untapped Potential of Online Media: “The participants (who included the online directors of key publications such as Le Monde, The Guardian,…

When Free Begets Fee: An

When Free Begets Fee: An interesting point by Vin Crosbie about why free content is good to promote your “real” services: “This column is pr…

Fee vs. Free: The Casualties:

Fee vs. Free: The Casualties: Steve Outing notes the newsroom casualties in the sites going from ad-sponsored (free) to subscription-based.…

Nail Down Your Niche: An

Nail Down Your Niche: An interview with Olivier Travers, the founder of TheEndofFree.com. He talks about lessons we can learn from ad*ul^t s…

Paid Content Market Soars (5-minute

Paid Content Market Soars (5-minute streaming video interview): Precisely the reason why I started this website: these vanilla stories on pa…

Web Publishers See Signs Of

Web Publishers See Signs Of Profitability, Stability: A round-up of how publishers such as MarketWatch.com, Washington Post, New York Times…

Gambling is Most Lucrative Vice

Gambling is Most Lucrative Vice Online: Of the $2.9 billion US consumers spent on vice content in 2002, $2.5 billion went to gambling websit…

What Price Content?: What you

What Price Content?: What you want isn’t necessarily what you’ll get. Publishers, are you listening, asks Vin Crosbie. “There’s a huge poten…

Paid Content Trend Is Dangerous

In essence, this is what the story says: “If a growing number of Internet users are finding news stories by using news search engines [Googl…

Should Weblogs Link to Paid

Should Weblogs Link to Paid Articles?: “So, what do you think should be the proper etiquette for weblogs linking to paid content?” Etiquette…

Dan Gillmor: Internet Content in

Dan Gillmor: Internet Content in Peril in Non-Competitive World: A very valid point raised by Dan Gillmor: ” Walt Disney Co. signed a little…

Exploring… Content Strategies: A white

Exploring… Content Strategies: A white paper series on content and
content-related issues, in the eContent magazine. Six articles by indus…

The Music Business and the

The Music Business and the Big Flip: Clay Shirky on why the music industry operates in reverse to the publishing/online publishign industry…

Pay or Watch Ads You Want

An interesting twist on online subscription, a point I have noted before in my brief about Weatherbug: it is offering the options of paying…

Australian Online Media Companies Fail

Australian Online Media Companies Fail to Produce Black Ink: A long and fascinating story on Australian online media market: players such as…

Content Is Crap: A provocative

Content Is Crap: A provocative column by Arnold Kling on why info-mediaries still matter, written in light of the much-hyped launch of Creat…

Sites You Would Pay For,

Sites You Would Pay For, According to WSJ Writers: WSJ writers Tim Hanrahan and Jason Fry list their list of sites they would pay for. Inter…

Digital Piracy: The Show Must

Digital Piracy: The Show Must Go On: Peer-to-peer file-sharing is not going away. The story looks at some of the strategies, legislation and…

New Year Resolutions: Fix Archives,

New Year Resolutions: Fix Archives, Figure out Alternative to Simple Paid Subscritions, and Hire Bloggers!: This, in essence, is Steve Outin…

Canadian Perspective on Online Paid

Canadian Perspective on Online Paid Content: Lame as ever, but quotes Michael Zimbalist, executive director of the NeOnline Publishers Assoc…

Better Content Starts Today: A

Better Content Starts Today: A good story on how to develop stellar content: “Don’t succumb to doom and gloom. Create content that sizzles a…

Programming for Dayparts: A trend

Programming for Dayparts: A trend which has profound implications on how users consume and buy content: Daytime is emerging as primetime onl…

Burgers Can Be as Tough

Burgers Can Be as Tough a Sell as Content: Steve Klein makes an interesting comparison–based on a Washington Post story–between selling co…

The Future of Blogs, AOL

The Future of Blogs, AOL and Tablet PCs: Rob Glaser of OJR takes a tongue-in-cheek look at what lies ahead for online media in 2003. “Best-C…

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Economy Intrudes on Dreams of

Economy Intrudes on Dreams of New Services: The New York Times does a round-up of the new technology services and how they might fare in 200…

The Streams of 2003: Downloadables

The Streams of 2003: Downloadables and Lunchables: An analysis column in the latest issue of eContent magazine, on the content trends likely…

Outlook 2003: Issues In The

Outlook 2003: Issues In The Information Marketplace (): A very interesting overview of the issues in the enterprise content market during th…

Top 100 Content Companies: EContent

Top 100 Content Companies: EContent magazine releases its list of the top 100 digital content companies (mainly in enterprise content), and…

Profits At Last: If The

Profits At Last: If The Economist writes about it, there must be something in it. The usual stuff about how online content firms are moving…

2003 Predictions For Online News

2003 Predictions For Online News Biz: Steve Outing gives his predictions for the next year for the online media sector. On subscription cont…

How to Avoid the Top

How to Avoid the Top 5 Subscription Marketing Mistakes: ContentBiz examines 10 sites and analyzes their subscription marketing mistakes (and…

Paid Content and DRM: “DRM

Paid Content and DRM: “DRM is an essential element to any charging initiative. Content owners have the right to receive payment and recognit…

The Need for Better Reports:

The Need for Better Reports: Vin Crosbie on the need for better reports on online content spending, criticizing Online Publishers Associatio…

Free Content Online? Publishers Are

Free Content Online? Publishers Are Divided: An analysis of move from free to paid content, in light of AOL’s recent decision to wall-off Ti…

Coping With a Web That’s

Coping With a Web That’s No Longer Free (via TheEndofFree): “A paying customer is, after all, a more demanding customer…The added revenue…

Charging for Online Content (Audio):

Charging for Online Content (Audio): A growing number of online content providers are planning to start charging but will consumers be willi…

Measure the Value of Your

Measure the Value of Your Content: Gerry McGovern, erudite as usual. “Measuring content involves an understanding of knowledge and informati…

Rise of MMS, 3G and

Rise of MMS, 3G and Paid-for Services Will Mark Digital Progress: “So what did 2002 teach us? Well, it wasn’t 2001 – which was a start for m…

Collecting What Content Is Worth:

Collecting What Content Is Worth: Vin Crosbie on the need to meter your content the right way. “Most current microtransaction systems (Click…

Convenience and Organization Key for

Convenience and Organization Key for Content Sales: Vin Crosbie writes a provocative column about the role of convenience in access and paym…

Online CD sales down 39%:

Online CD sales down 39%: ComScore research indicates that revenue from the online sale of CDs is down to 39% to $545 million from $730 mill…

Je Suis Content: Vin Crosbie’s

Je Suis Content: Vin Crosbie’s take on the paid content industry: ‘Content’ has two distinct definitions: subject matter and satisfied. Why…

Sex Sells — But It’s

Sex Sells — But It’s No Longer Easy: Online porn sites are also feeling the heat in the downturn: Revenues are down, paying customers are f…

Merrill Brown’s Speech at Online

Merrill Brown’s Speech at Online News Association Conference: Merrill Brown speaks on the state of online news, the industry’s coverage of t…

Readers Probably Won’t Pay: And

Readers Probably Won’t Pay: And yes, the sun goes round the moon…
“[T]he papers he studied found just a 1.4 to 1.8 percent return on inves…

What’s the Pyrrhic Price of

What’s the Pyrrhic Price of Paid Content?: That’s the somewhat caustic title of the discussion going on the Online-News List for the last co…

Number of Visits On Your

Number of Visits On Your Site Can Tell a Lot: Vin Crosbie writes about an important metric to gauge whether converting your website from fre…

Does Information Still Want to

Does Information Still Want to be Free Online? (via TEoF): A opinion article on how the fee version of the Internet is taking over the free…

Paid Content, an Author at

Paid Content, an Author at a Time: Steve Outing writes about voluntary paid-content…in other words, donations to your favorite authors. Th…

Lessons from the Satellite Radio

Lessons from the Satellite Radio Troubles: WSJ has a story on the troubles facing subscription satellite radio services Sirius and XM Satell…

Pay For Fresh, Archives Free?:

Pay For Fresh, Archives Free?: Rusty Foster, founder of the popular community site Kuro5hin, has a contrarian thought: “Has anyone tried the…

A New World of Internet

A New World of Internet Fees: Although some companies have stumbled, analysts predict that charging for formerly free services is the wave o…

Shipping News : At sea

Shipping News : At sea about monetizing content? Become a sailor: Learn navigation, use your compass, and know the waters your sailing in.

Examining Paid Content’s Future: Steve

Examining Paid Content’s Future: Steve Outing takes a critical look at trends in the paid content industry, including advice on payment mode…

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics:

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Vin Crosbie’s rather pessimistic take on the OPA’s recently released paid content report. But then, Crosbie…

Net Surfers Are Getting the

Net Surfers Are Getting the Message: Pay up: Another of those “pasty-white” analysis stories on paid content, but since they linked to this…

The end of free? Please,

The end of free? Please, let it be!: Charles Cooper of CNET News.com believes that content was neither born free, nor was it meant to be tha…

Factiva CEO Sees Two Year

Factiva CEO Sees Two Year Consumer Learning Cycle on Paid Content (via TEoF): Factiva CEO Clare Hart believes that consumers will be coughin…

How Many Users Can You

How Many Users Can You Lose When Going Pay?: An analysis story from a U.K. perspective, on how much and for what are users willing to pay on…

The Internet Power Grab: John

The Internet Power Grab: John Ellis writes about the inevitable migration of free content and services in the digital world to a paid model…

News Headline Services, Deep-Linking, And

News Headline Services, Deep-Linking, And Subscription Content: Vin Crosbie writes about the effect of Danish deep-linking court case agains…

News Sites Hustling for Profits:

News Sites Hustling for Profits: OJR.org has an extensive package of stories on how news sites are trying to get to profitability. Perhaps t…

Pay Up or Log Off

Another one of those “pasty white” stories on paid online content. The usual suspects are interviewed for the story, including WSJ.com, FT.c…

The User Vs. Viewer: “The

The User Vs. Viewer: “The entertainment industry must acknowledge that it is marketing its products to an empowered body of citizens who con…

Applying Economics 101 to Content:

Applying Economics 101 to Content: Vin Crosbie applied some basic economic lesson to online content, and comes to the conclusion that the cu…

The Context of Content: Another

The Context of Content: Another long post on Online Writing List (no easy way to link to it…click on read messages, scroll down and read t…

Does the Subscription Industry Need

Does the Subscription Industry Need Associations?: There’re apparently two of them, eSubscription.org and Subscription Website Publishers As…

Let’s Jam Together: Jimmy Gutterman,

Let’s Jam Together: Jimmy Gutterman, the editor and publisher of Media Unspun asks the online publishers to band together to survive and thr…

Newspaper’s Litmus Test: How local

Newspaper’s Litmus Test: How local newspaper sites should be looking at their online ventures in a different light: “A litmus test is how yo…

Why Micropayments Won’t Work

Among the most cogent arguments against micropayments, drawing on comparisons from other disciplines. Micropayments will work “for services…

Chime in on Subscription Discussion:

Chime in on Subscription Discussion: Since last Wednesday, a fascinating discussion about online paid content has been developing on Online…

Valuing Content: Not directly related

Valuing Content: Not directly related to media content, rather commercial content, but some important lessons: How do you value the price of…

Blast the critics: Media critics

Blast the critics: Media critics have been calling Salon.com’s “Deep Throat” revelation e-book somewhat of a let down. That’s perhaps true,…

And Now Seven: From three

And Now Seven: From three (see below) to seven. The seven specific types of content which people will pay for–includes content that helps p…

Three for Fee: Vin Crosbie’s

Three for Fee: Vin Crosbie’s three criterion for determining if your site is subscription-cashable, using the example of The Jerusalem Post.…

Merrill Brown On MSNBC.com and

Merrill Brown On MSNBC.com and Life: “I want every category of content to have both free and subscription versions so that, yes, there’s fre…

Has Salon Lost Its Way?:

Has Salon Lost Its Way?: “And if the display on any of the stories does happen to pique his interest, it often has the star next to it which…