“Somebody in cable needs to buy Netflix before it goes to another suitor. Comcast’s market cap is $55 billion. Time Warner Cable’s is $20 billion. Either one could step up if for no other reason than to create an over-the-top hedge against both traditional and online competitors.
“Buying Netflix would also keep the company away from other potential mates, which could include any of cable’s competitors. And it would keep Apple at bay. In fact, CEO Steve Jobs noted during Apple’s earnings call last week that the company is building up cash for strategic opportunities, which always refers to potential acquisitions. When Jobs mentions cash, he’s talking about stockpiles of more than $50 billion at this point.
(AdAge.com) — In the infant business of streaming TV shows online, media companies have long been wary of putting digital viewers off with too many ads. But in what could become a tipping point, a new study finds that web viewers have a much greater tolerance for ads than expected.
“The networks aren’t blocking Google TV because it’s Google. They are blocking Google TV because it is putting a web TV show, with web TV show economics, on a TV, which would be incredibly disruptive to their business”—Michael Learnmonth - AdAge
Josh and I were in San Francisco on Tuesday for some meetings. When it came time to head for the airport I decided to try UberCab for the first time.
I have written about my love of Taxi apps before, yes I know love is a strong word but I do really love Taxi apps. But Ubercab has taken…
Wow.. So i tried this last night, and it is BY FAR the best taxi app available. I walked out of the Great American Music Hall, submitted my request and the app tells you immediately who your driver will be, what their current location is, and how long you should expect to wait. There is an icon that identifies the location of the driver, and you can track the driver as he approaches you so you can be ready. The app then sends you a text saying your car is approaching, and the car was there no more than 15 seconds later. What would have been a $12 fare was $16… but i got picked up in a Cadillac Escalade and really friendly service. You then get to rate the driver, and the driver gets to rate you…
Spokespeople from Walt Disney Co and NBC Universal confirmed on Thursday that the companies blocked access to its broadcast TV shows from Google TV. Disney owns network and cable TV businesses ABC and ESPN.
Stop the future, if you can.
Google, time to start thinking about creating fresh scripted content (if you haven’t already).
We’re flipping a switch. As of today all new uploads to blip.tv will be presented to viewers in glorious h.264. This means that videos will be clearer, higher quality, and more compatible with a wider range of devices. h.264 plays perfectly in the Flash player, in HTML5, on Google TV, on iPhones,…
The cast of FX’s “The League” (Mark Duplass, Steve Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Jon Lajoie, Katie Aselton, Nadine Velazquez) will watch the Tennesse Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Benchmark in Old Town on Monday.
Psst: Chicago. This is not a test.
Oh how I wish i lived in Chicago. If only to have a shot of Three Penis Wine with Taco.
Keep your eyes on this company.. they are doing great things!
Right now, the startup supports more than 200,000 installed applications and allows brands to reach more than 325 million “fans” across Facebook and other networks. Involver is built to scale for large enterprises. Its customers include the White House, Foster Farms and Sony/RCA Records. Facebook itself used Involver to create the leaderboard for its FIFA World Cup page on Facebook Sports.
Take advantage of the best quarter in blip.tv history
The fourth quarter of 2010 will be the best quarter in blip.tv’s history. We’re encouraging all blip.tv shows to benefit by using the blip.tv player on your show’s Web site, on Twitter and on Facebook. Take advantage by driving traffic to your…
…one of the few bright spots during the recession — continues to grow at a blistering pace. According to the IAB/PwC report, ad spending on digital video enjoyed its best quarter ever, jumping 31 percent vs. the first half of ‘09.
Independent Music Label, Nettwerk Records, just celebrated its 25th year.
They started their business at a time when people thought it took MONEY (lots of it) to sustain a business in the music industry. There are now more independent artists making a sustainable (if not lucrative) living in the music business than ever before. Independent TV show creators will follow much in the same path. Clearly it’s not something that is going to transform overnight. But the lessons here are: 1. Love what you do. 2. Bootstrap your business. 3. Listen to your fans. 4. Embrace new technology. 5. Build your audience.
"In the first years, we lived below the poverty line," McBride says. "I was delivering pizzas, working in bars … Mark was doing the same. We’d work all night and then we had to start it all over again the next morning. We didn’t have a philosophy. We lived it and became it. It has more to do with, ‘This is what we love.’
Nettwerk is respected for its foresight, a willingness to embrace how technology is changing the recording industry, whereas others in the industry are resisting.
Being able to change and modify is a Nettwerk characteristic that likely will see the company through the next 25 years.
"If there’s one thing we’ve done right, it’s listening to our fans," McBride says.
“As one programming executive put it, their sales departments ‘have to have the balls’ to demand higher rates. If they don’t—or if Nielsen doesn’t figure out a better way to track viewership across all platforms—we will begin to see even fewer Don Drapers and more Situations.” [read more]
This is a great article that talks about the troubles of the standard Nielsen Rating system. Of note,
Viewers who want good-quality television had better hope so, because the most vulnerable shows are critical darlings, programs like Sons of Anarchy or Mad Men. They are relatively expensive to produce, and, because their numbers aren’t as big as broadcast-network ratings, they can’t afford to have their totals diminished by uncounted viewing. As one programming executive put it, their sales departments “have to have the balls” to demand higher rates. If they don’t—or if Nielsen doesn’t figure out a better way to track viewership across all platforms—we will begin to see even fewer Don Drapers and more Situations. As Charlie Collier, the head of AMC, puts it: “If we give premium television away, not valuing it appropriately, the best will disappear.”
This is why it is so important for production companies to start taking ownership of their own programming and not rely on the Networks who will cancel your show in a heartbeat.
Do you have a Web show? It’s time to make it profitable. The blip ad sales team has been killing it lately. Shows on blip with prerolls turned on are currently earning excellent CPMs. If you’ve been thinking about moving to blip, or thinking about turning on preroll, now is the time to do it. Sign up or turn on preroll now.
We’ve got shows earning half a million dollars a year. Why shouldn’t yours be one of them?
All day it seemed like nothing got done. Now I’m sitting in front of my computer realizing how much i got accomplished. This is what happens when you don’t diagnose A.D.D. Also, i need an assistant. oh look. squirrel.
The Berkman pitch was one of 31 wrong calls by Wendelstedt. Thirteen other times he called a ball on a pitch inside the strike zone, one of them on a cutter to Derek Jeter(notes) that literally was in the center of the strike zone, at the belt, halving the plate. And 17 times – most of them actually benefitting Pavano – Wendelstedt called a strike on a pitch outside the zone.