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YouTube grabbed 73.18 percent of all U.S. visits to online video sites in March, representing a 32 percent year-over-year increase, according to new data from Hitwise. Also gobbling up our eyeballs during March was Hulu, which made climbed to number 22 despite it being public for […] Read more »

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The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is holding its big trade show in Vegas this week, and I’m not sure there’s enough caffeine to help me keep up on all the news — but here’s a round-up, so far, from day one: NAB president David Rehr […] Read more »

Exactly five months after we really could have used it at our NewTeeVee Live conference, live-streaming startup Mogulus has added on-demand reruns of its broadcasts. We hadn’t realized at the time that live and on-demand are such different skill sets. If Mogulus (which, full disclosure, was […] Read more »

Google to Take TV Ad Auction Public; service lets anyone bid to buy a spot on one of 94 networks and have it delivered to Dish satellite customers. (Multichannel News) ManiaTV and Partners with Guerilla Hollywood; Guerilla execs to take directorial control of some of ManiaTV’s […] Read more »

Move Networks, the company that makes online television an enjoyable experience, has raised $46 million in Series C funding from Benchmark Capital, Cisco, Comcast Interactive Media, Televisa (also a Move customer), Steamboat Ventures and Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. This is, we believe, the $34 million round […] Read more »

Ailing video rental chain Blockbuster made a baffling bid to purchase electronics retailer Circuit City for $1 billion. The idea is to create a company that is at the nexus of digital media entertainment and convergence. Seems better positioned to be at the nexus of failure […] Read more »

Online viewing of bootleg video from a popular TV show peaked 12 to 18 hours after the show was originally broadcast, found a study by Akamai and Vobile that was picked up by Multichannel News. Even when unauthorized versions appeared shortly after a show aired, few […] Read more »

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BitTorrent meta-search engine YouTorrent is going legit and will only index sites that source legal torrent files from now on, according to TorrentFreak. One of the guys running the site told TorrentFreak: “Due to the uncertain nature of the source and accuracy of the results returned […] Read more »

Television blog and community site BuddyTV has raised $6 million in Series B funding from Madrona Venture Group. Previously, BuddyTV raised $2.8 million from Gemstar-TV Guide and was part of Charles River Ventures’ seed funding program. BuddyTV said it would spend the new funding on personnel […] Read more »

CBS today emailed us its final tallies for its March Madness on Demand (MMOD) video player, saying it saw 4.8 million unique visitors over the course of the playoffs, for a 164 percent increase over 1.8 million uniques in 2007. Total hours of men’s college basketball […] Read more »

It’s been a great week for the BBC’s iPlayer project: The Beeb has just announced that the iPlayer is now attracting 550,000 daily views on average. The iPlayer is also now officially available on the Wii, making it the first streaming service by a major broadcaster […] Read more »

MySpace has tapped the team behind KateModern to create I Love Chieftown, a new original web series for the social network. Chieftown will be a drama set in east London that follows an aspiring filmmaker as she follows a band trying to break big (sounds kinda […] Read more »

Talk all you want about the online viewership stats for the NCAA basketball tournament — in my book, the Masters golf event is a much better workday time-waster, for several production and sport-inherent reasons. If you don’t like golf or don’t care about Tiger Woods’ quest […] Read more »

One of the most valid complaints about Hulu has been its lack of availability outside the United States. But the company is now at least acknowledging international users, rather than giving them error messages, reports Emily Turrettini on WatchingTV Online. She got the message below when […] Read more »

IAC Launching How-To Site; Life333.com to enter an already crowded field with original and aggregated instructional content. (paidContent) Venture Farm Invests in Vator.TV; site a place for startups to pitch their ideas via online video, funding details not disclosed. (socalTECH) Turns Out TiVo Can’t Predict American […] Read more »

Jinkies, you’d think that Flickr was out clubbing seals given the negative reaction from the photo-sharing community to the site’s new video feature. Members are in full-on digital revolt with more than 30,000 members joining anti-video groups, and a multi-language petition to have video removed. More […] Read more »

Some things never change. “Sex” was the most searched term on YouTube during March, according to Compete.com (“porn” was #6). Also filling up the top 10 was a bunch of hip-hop searches for artists like Lil Wayne and Soulja Boy, as well songs like Low and […] Read more »

Exactly a year ago we wrote about Justin Kan, then the live-broadcasting frontman for his seed-funded startup Justin.tv, going out on a date. Herein lied the question on everyone’s minds: Would Justin go that far for his company? Would he leave the camera on? The answer, […] Read more »

NPR’s The Bryant Park Project was kind enough to bring me back on the air today to talk about the Webby nominees. Topics we touched on included SuperDeluxe vs. College Humor, how The Onion News Network treats fat kids and the web opening up opportunities for […] Read more »

Not to be left behind by the download revolution, video rental company Blockbuster is reportedly working on a set-top box to pipe movies directly to your TV. The move isn’t entirely unexpected — what else was it going to do with Movielink, the movie download service […] Read more »

Major League Baseball Drafts Yahoo; Yahoo to take over video ad sales for MLB.TV and make the service available on Yahoo Sports. (release) Vignette Acquires Vidavee; content management company acquires web video services company for $6.6 million. (release) FCC Chair Still Pushing for À La Carte […] Read more »

YouTube has made some updates to its site, adding referrer logs to its analytics package and changing the layout of video pages. Part of the Insight analytics toolset, the new Discovery feature tells you whether your video was found through a YouTube or Google search, by […] Read more »

Kyte isn’t the only personal/live video startup with a big bank account anymore. Ustream.tv is announcing today it has raised $11.1 million in Series A funding from Doll Capital Management and Band of Angels. Ustream faces quite a bit of competition and hasn’t quite gotten its […] Read more »

MySpaceTV has signed a partnership with ShineReveille International for international distribution of its programming via television, DVD, and merchandise. ShineReveille is the new sales and distribution arm of Shine Group’s merged indie production companies. MySpace said in a press release, issued from MIPTV in Cannes, France, […] Read more »

OK, we’ll bite. ABC is shamelessly exploiting the “green” trend trying to save the planet by launching a new video widget and hooking up with the Arbor Day Foundation. From now until April 30th, for every 10 videos watched through the ABC doohickey, one tree sapling […] Read more »

Sen. Ted “Tubes” Stevens (R-Alaska) warned FCC Chairman Kevin Martin yesterday that the upcoming digital TV transition should be his No. 1 priority, and that Martin should forget distractions like a la carte cable pricing and Net Neutrality. According to Multichannel News, Sen. Stevens said: “I […] Read more »

Maybe it’s really old media of me to say this, but if the New York Times says you’re the “Oscars of the Internet,” that’s probably what you are. (Of course, the NYT can afford to pay the Webbys submission fee, so they’re perhaps a little biased.) […] Read more »

Veronica Belmont will cohost Revision3′s Tekzilla, the company announced today. Belmont had last week announced she was leaving Mahalo, where she was the host of Mahalo Daily. Commenters had speculated she would join an existing tech show like Tekzilla or TWiT. Revision3′s shows are mostly technology-oriented, […] Read more »

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