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While online video has done much to connect the world by allowing us to share our stories with one another, we often enjoy the tales in front of our computer screens, alone. What if the connective and collective experience of enjoying a film could unite people […] Read more »

Hollywood studios won legal victory against file sharing today, as a judge awarded a $111 million judgment against BitTorrent site TorrentSpy for copyright infringement. But the MPAA, which represented the studios, shouldn’t spend that money yet. Valence Media, which operated TorrentSpy shut the site down in […] Read more »

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Yesterday we wrote that the Microsoft Zune was like the football character Rudy, only it turns out that the Zune is actually more like Rudy’s uptight college R.A.. One of the reasons NBC went with Microsoft, according to The New York Times, is because the Redmond […] Read more »

Mike Gravel, now running as a Libertarian candidate for president of the United States, apparently knows a thing or two about pandering to pop culture and tech geeks. In a video released today by Barely Political, he woos Obama Girl in song, dances the Soulja Boy, […] Read more »

Fora.TV Raises $4 Million; high-brow video aggregator closes Series A from William Randolph Hearst III, Adobe Ventures and others. (Beet.tv) Blinkx Starts Content Management Service; the Advanced Media Platform automates content discovery, indexing, distribution and presentation on a publisher’s site. (MediaPost) Congressional Panel Split on Net […] Read more »

Viacom and Google amped up their war of words over the past couple of days, as each side braces for a big fight in the looming $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit Viacom brought against Google-owned YouTube. Sumner Redstone fired off a round during a speech yesterday […] Read more »

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TV advertising startup Spot Runner has raised $51 million from media company and private equity, bringing its total investment to $111 million. The new money comes from the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), Grupo Televisa, Legg Mason Capital Management, Groupe Arnault/LVMH, and will be used […] Read more »

RedLasso, a pre-launch startup, says it had 24 million unique visitors in April. And I don’t mean pre-launch like Gmail-is-still-in-beta pre-launch, I mean you can’t actually get in through the front door of the site if you aren’t explicitly given special access. Only 18,000 people are […] Read more »

Kontiki, an early commercial peer-to-peer platform provider, formally acknowledged today that VeriSign has sold the company back to its investors at MK Capital. We wrote the news story this morning, but just got a chance to check in with the newly independent company’s president, Eric Armstrong, […] Read more »

The winners of the 2008 Webby Awards were announced today (read Liz Miller’s previous take on the nominees), with the Onion News Network, Hometown Baghdad, My Damn Channel, The New York Times, PBS and Revision3 taking home multiple awards. The Onion took home both the judges’ […] Read more »

Kontiki, an early commercial peer-to-peer platform provider, is off to the next stop in its life. It has been purchased from VeriSign by its former investor MK Capital, as has been reported elsewhere. The company had been acquired only a year and a half ago by […] Read more »

Super Bowl Ads to Cost $3M; and that’s just the entry-level spot. (The Wall Street Journal) NCTA President: “Broadband providers do not block access to content”; Kyle McSlarrow testifies on Capital Hill that there is “no market failure” warranting Net Neutrality law. (Broadcasting and Cable) Javier […] Read more »

Microsoft’s Zune is like the titular character in the movie Rudy. It’s a small fry with a lot of heart that doesn’t give up despite the giant odds (iPodds?) it’s up against. And just like Rudy, Microsoft suited up and scored a little win today nabbing […] Read more »

Comcast SVP Rich Woundy told the audience of the DCIA’s P2P Media Summit in Los Angeles on Monday that his company is not spearheading the creation of a P2P Bill of Rights anymore. Instead, Comcast will take part in a newly formed working group of the […] Read more »

The Mena Show is a period piece, set in 1994, starring 30-year-old Six Apart co-founder/president Mena Trott as the 17-year-old version of herself. It’s “what my vlog would have looked like if I had the web tools available now … in 1994,” Trott says via the […] Read more »

Ever wish you could watch those cats playing piano on the big screen? Then today is your lucky day, as HP announced that YouTube videos will be viewable on its MediaSmart connected devices like the upcoming MediaSmart Connect and MediaSmart TV. Users will be able to […] Read more »

Jinni, a video search and discovery service, has raised $1 million from Israeli investment collective Startup Factory, according to Globes Online. Jinni doesn’t have a live site, but it appears to be looking to license its personalized recommendation technology to TV and online video operators, similar […] Read more »

In a long-anticipated and legitimizing move, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today released its new approved video advertising guidelines, agreed upon by some 145 video sites and advertising companies. Like those for other forms of online advertising, the guidelines should make new forms of video advertising […] Read more »

For all of you too lazy to drive to the video store or too impatient to wait for your DVDs in the mail, 2008 is shaping up to be a banner year for you. The video-on-demand (VOD) space is heating up, which means you have one […] Read more »

Thanks to the web, cartoons aren’t just for Saturday mornings anymore — they’re for every morning, and afternoon and night, too. Independent animators are reaching wide audiences by putting their work online and there’s a ton of great cartoons to be found. Here are four places […] Read more »

Media Execs Expect Big Revenue Growth for Short-Form Video; 38 percent of respondents to Accenture’s latest media survey say short videos will generate biggest growth. (release) Quincy Smith on YouTube Users; during a keynote, CBS Interactive president notes that clips often do better when posted by […] Read more »

Think of the web series Take Me Back as the Canadian version of Saw. First, it’s created by two dudes from Montreal (Joseph Baron and Seth Mendelson). Second, instead of a puppet making a victim gouge their own eyes out, the mysterious kidnapper forces our abducted […] Read more »

A four-year-old startup called Vusion today comes out of stealth mode, launching a streaming video platform competitive with Move Networks. I was blown away by a demo over my dinky home Internet connection — the service is responsive, instant, and incredibly high quality (see showcase). Vusion […] Read more »

Holy (expetive), the YouTube-for-the-religious site GodTube has raised $30 million, according to paidContent. The money came from hedge fund GLG Partners and the valuation for this round was approximately $150 million. GodTube had previously raised $2.5 million from private investors (see our previous coverage). This funding […] Read more »

Now here’s some unusual logic: ask people to pay $3.99 for online video they may be able to see free and ad-supported elsewhere. Charge them more — $5.99 for two to five people, $7.99 for six to ten — if they want to watch it simultaneously […] Read more »

We’re at that point in the election cycle right now when the sheer mention of superdelegates makes me think about leaving the country. But like it or not, the 2008 Democratic primary will continue to dominate the online video world. If only because the Internet needs […] Read more »

YouTube, like the iPod, has become a cultural phenomenon and part of our online lives. From politicians to pointless singers, everyone knows and uses YouTube. And that is why when the largest online video site goes down, it is major news. Of course it results in […] Read more »

Remember Red Swoosh, the P2P company that was bought by Akamai for $18.7 million in April 2007? Red Swoosh used to be a competitor to Akamai, albeit on a much smaller scale, offering P2P-powered content delivery services to corporate customers. Shortly before the Akamai acquisition, the […] Read more »

Amanda Congdon, famous for hosting pioneering video show Rocketboom and then famous for making a big fuss about leaving Rocketboom, is coming back to online video on her own terms. She’s posted a teaser for what looks to be a new ensemble comedy show, Sometimesdaily. Introducing […] Read more »

Actors and the studios have agreed to extend their contract negotiations until May 6th, in what is being viewed as a positive (small) step towards averting another crippling strike in Hollywood. Formal negotiations were supposed to end today, but both sides agreed to continue talking after […] Read more »

Apple said yesterday it had finally scored deals to sell movies from almost every major studio on the same day they come out on DVD. What’s surprising is that the company will lose a dollar on every new release it sells, according to the Wall Street […] Read more »

Viacom to Shell Out $100 Million for New Pay Channel; company will be lead investor but not majority owner. (Multichannel News) 7 Million Downloads for South Park; animated franchise is MTV’s best-selling show on iTunes and Xbox. (Silicon Alley Insider) Silverman: OdTeeVee Will Be Event-Driven; NBC […] Read more »

Rumors hit the web yesterday that Akimbo laid off nearly all of its staff, save for the executives. A spokesperson for the company has confirmed that there were layoffs, but could not provide specific numbers. The rep did say that the layoffs were focused on legacy […] Read more »

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