Live Streaming Stickam Has 4.5 Million Users While the convenience factor of watch-when-you-want has made Web video popular, live events are also luring big audiences on the Web, Stickam's Program Director Andy Wombwell told Beet.TV at the NATPE LA TV Fest earlier this month. To be sure, the live streaming of Michael Jackson's funeral in early July and President Barack Obama's swearing-in in January demonstrated the power of the Internet to amass big audiences.
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Hulu Will Fail in Three Years, NATPE Chief Predicts In a bold assertion, NATPE's CEO Rick Feldman told Beet.TV that he expects Hulu to fail within three years. "Some organizations think putting your content for free on the Web is a good idea. I think it's a bad idea," he told us in this video interview at the NATPE LA TV Fest. NATPE is short for National Association of Television Program Executives. "Three years from now Hulu will be history. If you have something no one is willing to pay for, you don't have anything.
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"TV Everywhere" Will be Big Win for the Industry
TV Everywhere, the big move by cable operators to put content on the Web for subscribers to watch programming on PC's and mobile devices, will be beneficial to many industry players, according to Will Richmond, industry consultant and editor of the authoritative site VideoNuze.We caught up with Will on Tuesday night at his industry event called ViideoSchmooze at the Hudson Theater in Times Square.
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Tilzy.TV Aims to Be "TV Guide" for Web Video
I caught up with Tilzy.TV co-founder Joshua Cohen about his fledgling company that indexes and recommends online video programming. He was a the NewTeeVee mixer last month in Manhattan. There is a big need for authoritative guides for all this Web video. Let's keep an on these guys who are largely under the radar right now.
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Motionbox Takes Uploads of Native HD Camera Files
The new HD camcorders are inexpensive, easy to use and provide lots of storage, but they can be a big hassle to edit and convert files for the Web. The file formats for the Sony, Panasonic, Canon and other cameras come with proprietary software which makes it hard to edit and covert to to a usable file. And once you convert the files, they are often compressed and don't look as good as the original footage. Chris O'Brien, chairman of Motionbox, says that his company has developed a technology
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Hayden Black is Pitching Advertisers for Sci-Fi Musical Comedy
After inking a deal with portal DailyMotion to fund the pilot for his latest online series, Web star Hayden Black tells Beet.TV the site is now pitching potential sponsors for the show. The pilot for the sci-fi musical comedy called "The Cabonauts" has been shot, so DailyMotion is making the rounds with advertisers, Black told Beet.TV at the NATPE LA TV Fest in early July. He's aiming for a brand integration deal for "fun, organic" product placement.
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Being Paid to Build Online Communities
There's more money to be made in creating communities for programming online than making the content itself, Sarah Szalavitz of social design agency 7 Robot told Beet.TV at the NATPE LA TV Fest. She's also a content creator, since she writes and produces the Web's top green series "Zap Root," which has earned more than 500,000 views for many of its episodes. But that's often not enough to pay the bills, so Szalavitz built 7 Robot, which has been profitable from the get-go.
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TV.com Plans to Launch its First Original Web series CBS-owned TV.com plans to launch its first original Web series this month with a weekly recap of prime-time programming, the New Media Minute has learned. The show will be hosted by Web veteran Julie Alexandria. The show will include clips, commentary, and an interactive poll.Other networks are planning companion Web shows for marquee properties, such as the CW with "Melrose Place" and ABC with "Ugly Betty." But don't expect a Web show for every TV show.
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YouTube Looks to Blip.tv for New Show Creators Blip.tv, the fast-growing video sharing site which leads the industry in hosting and distributing episodic Web video programs, now allows its show producers to upload directly to YouTube, the company announced earlier today. At the event I spoke with George Strompolos, who heads manages content partner alliances for YouTube about new agreement. Over at Blip, some 150 shows, including Beet.TV, have been authorized to upload to YouTube, Blip CEO Mike Hudack told me by email. W
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The Financial Times' Video Production and Monetization Strategy The Financial Times, which serves and an increasingly mobile audience, is finalizing efforts around a non-Flash solution to deliver video to Apple and other mobile devices via H.264 according Stephen Pinches, Lead Product Developer for the FT.com. We caught up with Pinches last month at the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable where he was a participant. In this interview, he speaks about the production and monetization strategy around video on the FT.com.
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Adobe's Jennifer Taylor Talks About the Success of Flash Player 10 A large part of the success of online video can be attributed to the widespread adoption of Flash, a thin Web plug-in which is on nearly all of the world's computers. Developed at Macromedia, which was then acquired by Adobe, the developers never anticipated video as part of the program. Jennifer Taylor, one of the developers of early Flash told me that the inclusion of the video codec in Flash was not planned, it was an accident, a lark by a developer.
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Stewart Butterfield Talks About His Resignation from Yahoo Stewart Butterfield is known for two things. Co-founding the photo share website Flickr, and writing a strange and hilarious resignation letter to his former employer, Yahoo!, which quickly became famous on the web. In this recent presentation at the ABC in Sydney, he mused about creativity, inspiration and the development of Flickr as well as his famous resignation letter from Yahoo.
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Why Web 2.0 Companies Need to Sell Fast With private-sector jobs declining, would-be entrepreneurs may grow in number. But what are the secrets to success for startups and business builders in today's world? Jon Fisher will explain the benefits of an approach that emphasizes potential acquirers and a powerful economic predictor. He offers fresh thinking about designing and guiding ventures on a path of least resistance.
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Adobe's New Premiere Editing The much anticipated release of Adobe's CS5, the suite of creative tools for graphics, web design and video editing, includes some significant improvements in Premiere, the widely used video editing program.
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Captions for Web Video Becoming Big Demand for closed captions on Web videos is increasing as publishers seek audiences in new markets and Palo Alto-based company PLYmedia is poised to have a big impact in the space. In addition to the opportunity created by companies seeking to reach audiences around the world, in the United States captions on Web programming could be greatly expanded by the passage of legislation before the U.S. Congress.
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Avner Ronen on Boxee Beta Launch Boxee, a software program which allows users to connect Web video to a television set, created a lot of buzz last week when the company announced it was providing a consumer electronics device, the Boxee "Box." We caught up with CEO and founder Avner Ronen at the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco on Thursday. Avner gave us a rundown on progress.
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Adobe Sees the Upside in HTML5 Developments Much has been said about the looming showdown over software to run video on the Web: between Adobe's Flash, HTML5, an "open source" solution which is gaining traction, as is Microsoft's Silverlight. How does the rise in development around HTML5 impact Adobe?
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Howcast Creates a Successful Branded Web Video Program for GE Founded by three ex Googlers, Howcast is the New York-based video production and distributor of "how to" videos on a wide range of subjects. One of their video campaigns was for General Electric. Watch Sanjay Raman explains how that came to be.
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Tamara Krinsky on the Writers Guild in the Online Video World The Writers Guild of America, the big trade union representing film and television writers, is developing rules around writing original online video content. Spearheading the effort is Tamara Krinsky, who recently joined the WGA with the title of New Media Project Manager. Earlier this week at AdTech, she spoke with Daisy Whitney, the West Coast bureau chief of Beet.TV. After the big writers' strike in 2008, the guild won the right to extend its authority into the online sp
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Gossip Girl Creators Alloy Are Set to Launch New Web Shows Alloy Entertainent, the producer of hit teen television programming including "Gossip Girl" and "Vampire Diaries," films and books, is making a big expansion into original Web programming, Sean Hovath told Beet.TV West Coast Bureau Chief Daisy Whitney at NAB earlier this month.Sean tells us about the new shows, a new video player and advertising strategy.
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Washington Post Plans LiveTV Shows from Newsroom Staff
The Washington Post, the first and most innovative major U.S. newspaper to use video as part of its online news offering, is launching a platform for hundreds of reporters to host their own programs live from their desks on Webcams, via a simple interface with the Post's content management system.
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Kevin Towes on Adobe's Big Peer-to-Peer Plans With the imminent launch of Flash Player 10.1, Adobe will provide publishers with the tools to dramatically reduce bandwidth costs with a new peer-to-peer system, explains Kevin Towes, Product Manager, Adobe Flash Media Server, in this exclusive interview with Beet.TV The new player includes a P2P program which will allow users to share streaming video (both live and on demand) with others. Adobe provides a centralized management system called Stratus.
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Adam Berrey on Brightcove's High-Quality Long-Form Video Delivery Earlier today, Brightcove, the big video sharing platform for publishers, announced a major development. It is providing a number of enhancements including a high quality Flash stream for long form videos and a means to generate metadata around content, making it more discoverable.It has been in beta with some customers and will be fully implemented this fall, the company says.We caught up with Brightcove VP Adam Berry last week for a briefing here at Beet.TV.
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