Online video

Amazon brings Instant Video app to iPad. Android next?

Amazon takes another step on Apple’s digital media turf: Amazon Instant Video is now available for iPad, bringing another media option for movie purchases, rentals and television shows to Apple’s tablet. For now, Amazon is keeping this away from Android tablets, save its own Kindle Fire.

The day Netflix met its heaviest user

Mark Malkoff recently watched 252 Netflix movies in one single month to figure out how far he could take the company’s unlimited streaming plan. That instantly gained him notoriety as Netflix’s most obsessive user – and an invitation to the company’s campus in Los Gatos, Californa.

How Phil DeFranco plans to save YouTube

Philip DeFranco’s new YouTube channel Sourcefed clocked 100 million views since it launched three months ago as part of YouTube’s new channel roll-out. But with YouTube focusing on professional content, smaller producers could be left behind. That’s why DeFranco wants to share the stage with them.

Is a vast video library worth the time and money?

The killer asset in the video age is widely believed to be a large library full of content that can be sold, licensed and re-distributed onto emerging platforms. But media executives Rob Burnett and Lisa Gersh had different opinions at paidContent 2012.

Newslook iPad app brings order to news video viewing

While video lovers have gotten more social services that highlight interesting clips, it’s still hard to construct a more comprehensive look at video news. Newslook is trying to fill that gap with an iPad app that allows users to construct channels of their favorite news subjects.

YouTube users upload 72 hours of video every minute

YouTube users are now uploading three full days, or 72 hours, of video every minute. That’s 24 hours more than just a year ago. The Google entity announced the new milestone to celebrate its official launch as a video sharing website seven years ago.

Netflix launches sexy new web-based video player

Netflix just launched a new video player for web-based viewing, and it’s hot: Viewers can preview all other episodes while watching an episode of a TV show, the player allows seamless size changes and the overall design is much slicker than before.

ScanFLX makes mobile Netflix disc management a snap

Netflix customers may be moving away from mailed discs in favor of streamed content, but that doesn’t mean it should be difficult to manage Netflix discs. ScanFLX, a nifty $0.99 iOS app, can add titles to your list of DVDs or Blu-Rays by scanning them.

HTC fights back with an ecosystem buy: SyncTV

HTC is starting to realize that hardware and software alone aren’t enough to compete in today’s mobile market. The company bolstered its services on Monday, buying a 20 percent stake in SyncTV, a Sunnyvale Ca. group that offers an online video platform for content providers.

Zediva completes liquidation, customers get nothing

Unsuccessful DVD streaming service Zediva said in an email to its former customers this weekend that it has completed its liquidation process. Creditors got $0.018 on the dollar, and customers who pre-paid for Zediva’s DVD streaming service won’t get any refund

YouTube rolls out new channel design to everyone

Expect YouTube to look very different come Wednesday: The video-sharing site is rolling out its new channel-page design across its entire site, switching over all publishers who haven’t done so in recent months. The new design is meant to make users stick around longer.

Ze Frank is back… on Kickstarter

Ze Frank, the original vlogger, is working on a comeback. His new show could start as soon as he reaches his goal of $50,000 funding on Kickstarter. The odds are looking good: Fans already pledged more than $25,000 just two hours after his pitch went up.

A first look at YouTube’s new TV stars

Dozens of premium-content channels bankrolled by YouTube have been launching on the video site since January. So how have the first few weeks been for YouTube’s new TV stars? We caught up with Philip DeFranco, John Green and Felix Salmon to find out.

Hulu reportedly working on expansion to Germany

Hulu is getting ready to dust off its Lederhosen as the company is reportedly working on plans to launch in Germany. The launch would consist of an offering that would be different from what’s available in the U.S., which suggests Hulu might ask Germans to pay.

Well, hello Mickey: YouTube gets Disney movies to rent

Winnie the Pooh, Cars, Alice in Wonderland and other Disney and Pixar movies are coming to YouTube, thanks to a new partnership between the mouse-eared Hollywood heavyweight and Google’s video site. Movies will be available for rent through YouTube’s premium content section.

Viewers tuning in to online video for longer periods of time

Nielsen reports that the amount of time spent viewing video online is growing faster than the number of viewers tuning in. In other words, those viewers have begun checking in to online streams and sticking around for ever-longer periods of time over the last few years.

Infographic: People really hate video buffering

Tired of those interruptions with spinning wheels and progress bars while you’re watching online video? You aren’t alone: Videos without buffering are watched twice as long as videos with unwelcome breaks, and viewers are 54 percent less likely to return if they experience video buffering.

Cord Cutters: A first look at Google TV 2.0

Google has updated its Google TV platform with a new UI, a bunch of interesting apps and access to the Android Market. The update is rolling out this Sunday, but we already have a first look at the next version of Google TV right here.

Hulu sale is off

Hulu’s owners and management have decided not to go forward with the sale of the company. Both said in a statement that Hulu will have more value to its owners when not being sold. In other words: The offers from Dish & Co. were just too low.

Makers of app believe social is overrated

Desktop video player wants to help its users to discover the best clips on the web, but it doesn’t query Facebook or Twitter to do so. The team behind believes that social is overrated, and instead puts its emphasis on more traditional branded channels.

Are web originals finally ready for primetime?

AOL, Yahoo and YouTube are all betting big on web original content. Why? Because for the first time in a long time, it seems that content may finally be attracting the type of viewership and ad dollars they’ve hoped for.

Mobile media stores: Apple vs. Amazon vs. Samsung

Blogger John Gruber noted that Apple and Amazon are the the mobile content kings as all others have no “razor blades” to sell. Actually that’s not true, as Samsung and HTC are building up their media offerings. Here’s a comparison between Apple, Amazon and Samsung.

Roku teams up with Disney for free kids content

Roku has teamed up with Disney to bring free video clips from to the company’s set-top-box. That’s good news for Jonas Brothers fans, but it should also help Roku to sell more of its hardware, thanks to the appeal of the Disney logo.

How profitable is Glenn Beck’s new web TV venture?

Is Glenn Beck ready to make $100 million with his new subscriber-only web TV venture, or is he barely breaking even? The answer depends very much on who you ask. However, Beck’s numbers don’t look all that bad when compared to some new cable TV properties.

Netflix warns: Penguins are dangerous!

Netflix movie recommendations can be scarily accurate — but sometimes they’re just plain scary: A viewer spotted the site recommending March of the Penguins as a violent movie, and others have gotten horror movie titles advertised as “movies about parenthood.” It’s Netflix gone wild!

YouTube takes automatic captioning international

YouTube users fluent in Japanese can now watch videos in that language with automatically generated captions, thanks to the same speech-recognition technology that also powers voice input on Android mobile devices. This is the first step towards an international expansion for auto-captioning YouTube videos.

What America watches on Netflix

What should one make of the fact that Californians love to watch L.A. Story and Swimming with Sharks, or that New York is hooked on Smoking Aces? Or that Florida is all about Shrek? All of this and more is crammed into this delicious infographic.

Ready to cancel Netflix? Take this test first

Netflix will start to charge $16 per month come September if you want to rent both DVDs and watch movies online. Should you accept the price hike or downgrade your subscription? This easy online test will tell you how to get your money’s worth.

Pirate site accuses competitor of… pirating?

A little over a month after European authorities took down the popular movie streaming site, two similar sites have emerged — and each claims to be the official heir, with one accusing the other of stealing its content. Pirates that steal stuff? That’s unheard of.

Online video shifts to primetime viewing

A new study from Yahoo shows that online video viewing is increasingly happening during primetime viewing hours. Not just that, but more of that video is full-length TV and movie content. So what’s that mean for traditional broadcasters, as more viewers spend more time with online content?

Updated: Netflix goes offline, comes back up

Netflix, the popular online video service seems to be having an outage of some sorts. For past hour or so, I have been trying to access the service but I have been unable to watch it on my iPad or on my Apple TV.

Bad news for Nielsen: TV ads to be bought more like online ads

TV ads will increasingly become performance-based, moving the industry beyond just trying to amass huge audiences, according to execs from media agency Initiative. That could change the way that brands and agencies think about media buying, and could be disruptive to Nielsen’s ratings system.

Netflix revamps website for more instant access

Netflix has revamped its home page to make finding and watching VOD titles easier. The new design includes bigger box art and less information clutter — but not everyone seems pleased. Most of the comments to the blog post announcing the changes were candidly negative.

Taboola updates recommendation tools for publishers

Taboola is giving its publishers more control over the automated video recommendations that are served up on their websites. To highlight these changes and to take advantage of them, Taboola just launched a revamped website and has added new members to its senior management team.

UK Hulu-Wannabe SeeSaw Shutting Down

U.K.-based online video aggregator SeeSaw announced it’s shutting down, just 16 months after being launched to bring together video assets from Channel 4 and ITV. The shutdown happened after it failed to click with viewers or effectively compete with services from its content partners.

Mobile Media Needs To Be Set Free

News of HTC’s latest smartphone brings yet another mobile video store for rentals and purchases. Unlike apps, which are very platform specific, content shouldn’t be dependent on a device brand or processor. The video industry needs to wake up and finally free up mobile media.

As Hulu Revenue Doubles, It Sparks a Set Top Box Boom

Hulu’s CEO Jason Kilar reiterated that the video service is expected to double its revenue in 2011 and is expected to hit 1 million paid subscribers. The figures point to the larger effect that Netflix and Hulu are having on consumer behavior and also hardware sales.

Cord Cutting Will Slow, But Continue to Grow

New research from Convergence Consulting Group suggests that the number of viewers who choose to go without pay TV subscriptions, relying on broadband video services instead, will continue to grow in 2011, but at a slower pace that than the market saw last year.

Key Questions for Live-Stream Content Providers

The live-stream video market is entering an upturn in the typical hockey stick growth chart. Viewership will more than double by 2014, and as the market grows, it will support both content providers with a diverse, one-stop-shop approach and those with more specialized content and audiences.

Comcast: Online Video Isn’t a Competitive Threat

The amount of online video that consumers watch is growing rapidly, but Comcast doesn’t see that growth as a competitive threat to its cable business, according to an FCC filing it submitted in response to critics of its proposed NBC Universal joint venture yesterday.


Survey: Who Are Those Masked Online Video Viewers?

TDG designed and, in December 2009, fielded an extensive research study of U.S. adults that subscribe to a residential broadband Internet service in the U.S.  Though very broad in scope, the study focused primarily on consumer video viewership, addressing topics such as the frequency with which users view regular broadcast TV, online video and mobile video. In this presentation, we mine the data to create a demographic and technologic “snapshot” of adult online video viewers in the U.S. at year-end 2009. Includes survey data on content preferences by sub-group such as gender, education, income and age.

How Falling Prices Have Created Video Ubiquity

With Super Bowl XLIV just hours away, it’s a little late to run out and take advantage of the insane sales on big-screen TVs. But prices have been heading steadily lower not just for displays, but all elements in the video value chain.

Is YouTube Killing Video Originality?

[qi:_newteevee] The promise of web video was that cheap cameras, easy editing software and free online distribution would open up new vistas of…

The Long & Short of YouTube Video

YouTube’s decision to allow long-form videos on its platform got a lot of people talking, including some bloggers claiming that it was…

Now Playing On YouTube: Hulu

Updated: We all know there’s no love lost between Hulu, the Hollywood-backed online video service, and Google-owned YouTube. The two companies have…