NBC Choking? Are you sure?

January 18, 2007

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the signals NBC is giving to the market around their IPTV and social networking plans. Most of the other players have fallen into place – Fox with MySpace, CBS is in bed with YouTube, Viacom looks to be partnering with Tagworld, etc. Everyone except NBC is at least experimenting with online TV in other ways, too.

NBC seems to be choking, frozen like a deer in headlights. They were close to acquiring Tribe but backed out. A VP wrote a blog post about their strategy, admitting they were late to the game, and then deleted it. I imagine execs at NBC meeting regularly and screaming a lot for someone to just figure this out and do something…”

The Entrenched Player Dilemma/Opportunity


Studio Support for Internet Movie Downloads

January 5, 2007

(CNN.com, Technology) “LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Hollywood studios have approved a new technology and licensing arrangement that should remove a major obstacle consumers now face with burning movies they buy digitally over the Internet onto a DVD that will play everywhere…”

Studios sign off on movie downloads – CNN.com

XM Now Providing Infotainment…

January 5, 2007

(Darren Murph, engadget) “Although XM’s supererogatory features that compliment the actual music transmissions have been available for awhile, the company is apparently going all out to demonstrate its latest inclusions at CES…”

XM vehicle to showcase real-time “infotainment” – Engadget

Another Embedded Video Player

January 5, 2007

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “The new product is called In Video. Adbrite has created an embeddable video player similar to YouTube, Photobucket, etc. (see video below using their player). If we choose to show a video on TechCrunch, we can use this embeddable player, and at our option it will include Adbrite ads and our logo as a watermark…”

Techcrunch » Blog Archive » AdBrite Makes Brilliant Video Product

No Apple iTV at MacWorld?

January 3, 2007

(Ryan Block, engadget) “Take it for what you will, but the latest AppleInsider rumor to chew on is that at MacWorld next week Stevie J will not be officially introducing the iTV…”

Apple iTV rumored to be passed over at MacWorld – Engadget

Welcome to the Venice Project… the next-gen internet video download?

December 22, 2006

(centernetworks) “I had the chance to participate in the beta of “The Venice Project”, the next project of the Kazaa and Skype founders. The website describes the software as a new venture that combines the best elements of the TV experience with the most powerful Internet technologies.”

Beta tester review of The Venice Project (with screenshots!) – CenterNetworks – News, Reviews, Insights and Interviews

Yahoo Launches Current Network

September 20, 2006

(Nik Cubrilovic, TechCrunch) “On a day that saw its stock take a hit, Yahoo! has teamed up with Current TV to launch Yahoo! Current Network, a video site with a mix of professional and user submitted videos arranged in channels. Current TV is a cable and satellite channel backed by environmentalist Al Gore that shows short user-submitted shows and segments in what it called ‘viewer created content’. Yahoo! has been granted the rights to exclusive Current TV content for its video portal, and in return some of the best user submissions to Yahoo! may make it onto the terrestrial Current TV channel…”

Techcrunch » Blog Archive » Yahoo! Launches Better Video Content