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For the first time since comScore started releasing video stats, the number of videos watched online dropped in January, dipping to 9.8 billion from 10.1 billion in December. This decline falls in line with Nielsen’s January numbers, which also showed a dropoff. But January’s 9.8 billion […] Read more »

YouTube Guitar God Translated Web Fame Into Gigs; his Canon Rock blew up online (watched almost 40 million times), so he took a break from university and created his own solo tour. (LA Times) Justin.tv Partners with Qik; lifecasters can now do live mobile streaming from […] Read more »

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AOL is looking at acquiring KickApps, Kara Swisher of BoomTown reported this morning. Om, looking into the matter at GigaOM, found that there are other bidders involved, and that the company is trying to get a $120 to $150 million valuation based on the $17 million […] Read more »

Last month, I lamented that my Comcast DVR was dumb because it repeatedly recorded the same episodes of shows that I liked. Comcast said the problem had to do with the show programming data it receives from Gemstar-TV Guide. So I spoke with Steve Shannon, executive […] Read more »

If this question interests you and you can be in Palo Alto next Tuesday evening, come to a MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) panel I’m moderating with VUDU CEO Mark Jung, Draper Richards VC Howard Hartenbaum, Microsoft TV director Ben Huang, and VUZE CEO Gilles BianRosa. We’ll […] Read more »

You know how YouTube has its little logo overlaid in white in the bottom right corner of all its videos? Well, it seems to have gone missing. On both videos on and off the site, the files are playing free of any YouTube branding on top […] Read more »

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Political activist site MoveOn.org is asking people to create a commercial for Barack Obama by hosting a contest entitled Obama in 30 Seconds. The winner will get their ad aired on national television and receive a $20,000 gift certificate for video equipment. PLUS, MoveOn has pulled […] Read more »

I’m the first to come clean about my biases, and a tip that landed in the NewTeeVee inbox was like a perfect storm. An independent creator, about as far from a major media market as you can be, making thousands of dollars posting videos online — […] Read more »

TED, the elite annual technology conference that only 18 months ago started releasing video from its archives, has collected 30 million views for its captivating presentations since then. This year’s talks were, from what I’ve heard, among the best ever, and for the first time the […] Read more »

It’s great to hear that Joanna Shields will continue to head up Bebo now that it’s being acquired by AOL (even if Om thinks AOL’s rationale for the deal is “gobbledygook“). Shields was responsible for bringing KateModern, the hit show from the creators of Lonelygirl15, to […] Read more »

Les Moonves Hedges Bets on Hulu; “We think it’s a terrific idea; we think we can do a better job ourself, and by the way we still might join Hulu.” (Online Video Watch) CNN Conducts Video Interview Via Skype; while on vacation in Maui, Jeffery Toobin […] Read more »

DirecTV will launch an on-demand service in the second quarter, as the satellite television service looks to catch up to VOD programming already offered by cable companies, writes The Wall Street Journal today. Satellite TV’s one-way transmissions have been a roadblock for VOD, so the company […] Read more »

Ustream cofounder John Ham gave us a video preview of a new feature when we visited the company’s office this week: The live video site will allow its users to collaborate with the possibility to mix multiple video feeds in real time. Users can either interact […] Read more »

Reality Digital CEO Cynthia Francis was at the TV of Tomorrow conference, so I nabbed her to get her company’s reaction to the YouTube API announcement this morning. As Liz pointed out, even though YouTube doesn’t consider its new APIs a white-label solution “at all,” it’s […] Read more »

We questioned Internet TV service Babelgum‘s recent original content development plans. We didn’t think becoming a content studio was a bad idea, rather it was the types of content and the exclusivity requirement that we took issue with. Evidently, the folks at Babelgum took our post […] Read more »

PopJax, a company devoted to games about web video, is launching tomorrow, but its web site just went up if you want to check it out now. The year-old company has raised $4.7 million from Shasta Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Selby Ventures (where it was […] Read more »

The Pirate Bay‘s Peter Sunde and Frederik Neij recently sat down for a lively and intimate three-part interview with Dayrobber, a Danish online video site. But if, like me, you’re looking forward to a big announcement or two from these merry pranksters, you might come away […] Read more »

Written by Michael Mascioni, who writes about digital media, video and other similar subjects for such publications as Media Week and Future Media. Not only is Disney’s digital revenue forecast to grow to $1 billion this year from $750 million the year before, but according to […] Read more »

We just got off the phone with YouTube product manager, Jim Patterson, who provided more detail on the new APIs the company released today (see: YouTube Widgetizes). YouTube sees this as a way to boost traffic and the quality of its videos, said Patterson, mentioning direct […] Read more »

Nielsen Partnering With Charter Communications for Data; marks the first time the ratings company will collect information from set-top boxes. (The Wall Street Journal) Pando Raising Funding; P2P startup has taken $8.1 million of $20.9 million round. (VentureBeat) Stage 6 Shuttered Because of CopyrightDivX CFO says […] Read more »

Next New Networks has raised $15 million in a second round of funding that’s been a long time coming. It was co-led by Goldman Sachs and Velocity Interactive Group and included Spark Capital, Saban Media Group and Bob Pittman. I spoke with Next New Networks co-founder […] Read more »

I cornered Orca Interactive CTO Ofer Weintraub for a quick stand-up interview at the TV of Tomorrow conference this week to ask him about his company being bought by France Telecom’s Viaccess. While he wouldn’t talk about what Viaccess’ plans for the middleware company are, he […] Read more »

Broadcasters, operators and technologists gathered at the TV of Tomorrow conference yesterday to discuss why the U.S. lags behind other markets in the deployment of interactive TV technologies. So why aren’t we living in an ITV utopia right now? According to the panel, it’s everyone’s fault… […] Read more »

YouTube announced tonight it had expanded its developer tools to give outside web sites and software the ability to enable video uploads, among other features. Today, viewers can watch videos outside the site but have to return to the destination for most other activities. With the […] Read more »

UPDATE: For those searchers coming to this old story, you can find an updated list of where to watch the 2009 March Madness tournament here. Joost will make live-streaming video available to all its users tomorrow; it has also scored a deal with its investor CBS […] Read more »

In the world of DVRs, the TiVo is easily the most important and capable device around. With a slew of options that allow you to find shows with ease and a user interface that is second to none, the product is a world-class entrant into the […] Read more »

For those of you too stoned to head to the multiplex, Screen Media is here to help. You can register to receive a copy of the new pot documentary (pot-umentary?) Super High Me on DVD for your own private screenings on the same day the film […] Read more »

The All-for-Nots, the new series made by the creators of The ‘Burg and funded by Michael Eisner’s Vuguru, launches tonight at SXSW in Texas. It’s a story about a made-up band playing shows around the country, with original songs and actual instruments. The show costs $1,000 […] Read more »

New media network Revision3 has announced a partnership with Transpera to make all of its shows (including The GigaOM Show) available on mobile devices. Transpera’s technology will allow users to share the programming and will help Revision3 monetize its content through advertising. This comes at a […] Read more »

Pando CMO Leaves; Yaron Samid is forming a startup, will remain an adviser to the P2P company. (emailed information) GE Chairman: NBCU Not for Sale; despite rumors that the peacock’s fate hinges on the success of the Olympics, Jeffrey Immelt says he just doesn’t see a […] Read more »

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