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I don’t know whether to be annoyed or intrigued

July 8, 2009
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Ivy leagues go open source

February 22, 2009
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An Ivy league education has always been reserved for the elite. However, thanks to Yale grad Richard Ludlow, now anyone can have access to a world-class education. Ludlow just launched Academic earth, a Hulu-type site for nerds. Academic Earth catalogs videos of lectures from the best professors at the best schools across the nation. You can search by university, subject or top rated content, tune-in or out at your own leisure, or subscribe to a “playlist” and get a full course-load of knowledge.

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Photo Hunt

February 3, 2009
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Monica is a genius. She found this for us. Thanks lady…


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Hulu takes a page from the Apple playbook

January 27, 2009
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In 1984 Apple launched that hallmark ad during the Super Bowl changing the trajectory of their company and inserting themselves directly into the cultural conversation. This year, Hulu hopes to achieve the same momentum.

Hulu’s media team  sent an email to the digital-media press world promising that their Super Bowl ad would “finally reveal the secret behind Hulu.” Hmmm. Not sure what this secret could be. But I guess it’s a smart way to make a tech-savvy press group not DVR through their commercial.


Is YouTube going to have to start charging us?

January 26, 2009
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A new study from Deliotte  indicates yes. It costs over 100 million to host all of YouTube’s content per year, and they still haven’t figured out how to monetize the site. Advertising has proven dicey. It’s a definite crap shoot for advertisers. They buy in and their brand name could end up next to a happy family video or a crazy one-man diatribe about an alien spotting in West Hollywood.

I wonder if in the future YouTube will just disappear as quickly as it emerged? Really though, I think charging people to upload and host content is the most likely scenario.


Hulu & Splashcast to distribute primetime TV on social networks

December 11, 2008
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Hulu and Splashcast are now making it even easier to watch TV online.  With their new  “social TV player” people can watch full episodes, clips and interviews straight from their profile page. Just download the player and content is automatically syndicated in real time. And it’s free.

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Hulu forecasted to catch YouTube

November 18, 2008
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Hulu is forecasted to match YouTube’s US ad revenue next year. Hulu distributes only professional content online, whereas YouTube represents the rise of user generated content.

YouTube, which cost Google $1.65bn two years ago, is by a landslide the most popular online video destination, with 83m unique viewers in the US in September. Hulu’s only at 6m, according to market researcher Nielsen.

But Hulu’s advertising revenues are growing more quickly, according to Screen Digest, a digital media research group.

“YouTube is in a very tough place right now,” said Mr Amel, analyst of Screen Digest. “Most of that user-generated content is worthless or illegal. The next 18 months will determine whether or not it was just an expensive mistake for Google.”

So, is this the begining of the end of UGC?


Fainting goats

November 4, 2008
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How I feel when someone jiggles the handle on the bathroom. Knock people.


YouTube to stream full-length TV shows ala CBS

October 14, 2008
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YouTube and CBS extended their partnership to include full-length TV programs. To start a select group of shows including Dexter, Start Trek, the original 90210, and Californication, will be available on-demand, on a consistent basis. This is a first in YouTube history.

It’s an ad-supported revenue model, so advertisers are probably stoked. But, are they just sweating Hulu? Interesting to see who wins…

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Who really watches video online?

October 11, 2008
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Not who most people expect. Most people think the younger audience, 12-24 year olds, watches the most video online. That actually isn’t true. The two largest segments, 25-34 and 35-44, make up 58.4% of online viewers. Specifically it’s affluent, educated, 25-44 year old females who are busy with their work and personal lives and don’t have time to be tied down to live TV.

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