There is a reason why media companies are still referred to as “the press.” For a long, long time the printing machine was the core technology that provided a comfortable competitive edge. The ability to produce a million copies overnight and distribute them before breakfast offered a solid foundation for making money.
Enter the “trust market”. Trust, not information, is the scarce resource in today’s world. Trust is something that is hard to earn and easy to lose. And it is a core element of journalism, few other professions are so dependent on trust.
But it is not just a requirement, it is also an enormous underserved market. Media companies will learn that it is trust, not SEO, branding, or content farming that’s the road to success. And that road points right to data journalism.
I think I have post-vacation-depression syndrome. It’s a thing… you can look it up. Or, maybe I have ‘haven’t seen enough live music this year’ syndrome. Either way, I think I’m going to buy some concert tickets today in order to cheer myself up.
The ratings giant is due to begin its “extended screen” reporting at the end of April to help TV channels count viewers watching video online, but, so far, its trial report shockingly hasn’t picked up any viewers.
The new report was developed specifically to allow ad agencies to count and rate video viewing. In order to do that, a broadcaster has to move its shows with the full complement of ads to the Web.
TV companies currently sell a limited ad load against their online shows for the equivalent of digital dimes. Hulu, the premium Web video service, for example, pulled in only $240 million last year. By comparison, the total TV ad market is about $70 billion.
Public television advocates said a House of Representatives vote on early Saturday puts in jeopardy the budgets of hundreds of stations and could be a “death sentence” for some in rural areas.
The House’s 235-189 vote on some $60 billion in cuts includes the elimination of funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the rest of this fiscal year. The cuts were part of an appropriations bill needed to fund the government for the next eight months, but the House’s action sets the stage for a showdown in the Senate, and President Obama has threatened a veto…
While writing about how Roku, a set-top box that lets you stream Web video to your television, added Al Jazeera English so that users could watch the Egyptian protests, cable providers are fighting against consumer ability to cut the cord.
Roku’s move was a thrilling taste of what online TV might look like if big cable loses its grip on channels and viewers. Imagine if more channels, sick of waiting in virtual holding pens to be allowed to join cable lineups, instead just joined up with Roku or one of its competitors. And then imagine if viewers followed these channels off the cable reservation, cut their cords and relied solely on little Internet boxes for their TV content.
Independent online video efforts are running into problems left and right, and the cable giants are trying to stymie them for as long as possible while they test out their “TV Everywhere” offerings — which is their attempt at rolling out online video services without allowing subscribers to “cut the cord.” Thanks to loopholes in a recent FCC decision, there are a number of ways Comcast and friends could degrade or throttle Netflix, Hulu and other channels offered by Roku.
It’s true that with more innovations like Roku’s addition of Al-Jazeera English, the future of online video could be bright. But if big cable succeeds in squashing competition and stifling innovation, it could also get really, really dark.
“There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going. There’s no knowing where we’re rowing or which way the river’s flowing. Is it raining? Is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing? Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing. Are the fires of hell a glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes! The danger must be growing for the rowers keep on rowing and they’re certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing!”—Willy Wonka
A while back Rafi and I were talking and I don’t know how it came up but Rafi said (and this is a direct quote) “working at blip.tv is so much fun we need helmets.”
Well I was just IMing with Brandon (our Junior Designer) and he told me that the on-going Nerf gun war in the NY office was brought to a new level today as Mike got some new huge Nerf gun and Brandon’s boss Peter got a bunch of new darts. And Brandon IM’s me, “I’m gonna start wearing a helmet to work.”
So. It’s official. Blip.tv: so much fun you’re gonna need a helmet.
T-Shirts designs will be in hand by the time I get back from vacation.
wow.. as a soccer player, you dream of the goal scoring bicycle kick. It’s the most glorious way to score a goal. It is like the world’s equivalent of the american boys dream of being down 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and 2 outs and hitting a grand slam..
Tonight i’m going to A Benefit to Support the efforts of Bay Area activist/teacher Sarah Shourd to help free her fiance Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal who have been unjustly detained in Iranian prison for nearly a year and a half. After 410 days of solitary confinement Sarah was released last Sept.14th, without Shane and Josh. She is now fighting alongside countless others in the campaign to Free Shane and Josh. For more information please visit:freethehikers.org or freeourfriends.eu
Headliners include The Nightwatchmen (Tom Morello), Jolie Holland, Jason Webley, and others.. There are still tickets availalble, so come and enjoy great music for a good cause!
I bumped into Dina Kaplan, the wonderful co-founder and COO of Blip.tv, at the VON (Video on the Net) conference in San Jose. She glanced down at the admittance badge hanging around my neck and said, “Oh! You’re Project Pedal, I just added you to the featured list on Blip”. I felt very honored.
I think Blip is one of the best video hosting sites out there… I could go into why but the post would just end up being so long no one would bother reading it.