- Wikipedia does a content deal with France Telecom’s Orange: the two will share ad revenue on co-branded Wikipedia content on Orange mobile phones.
- A bunch of vintage computer equipment (scanners, hard drives, etc.) play “Bohemian Rhapsody” through blips and whirrs. Naturally, that source code is available.
- Nielsen Online estimates that 60% of Twitter users quit after a month (as opposed to 40% for Facebook and Myspace).
- Disney joins Hulu - full episodes from ABC and some cable channels will be posted on the site in exchange for an equity stake.
- Bluetooth 3.0 + HS specs get released - and it’s fast. Expect wireless streaming from your camcorder direct to your HDTV in the near future.
- Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson leave Myspace - presumably under less-than-desirable circumstances.
- T-Mobile sells one million G1 handsets in the United States.
- The insidious monstrosity known as Adobe Media Player is now dead - and they’re launching an “open-standard media player framework” called Strobe at NAB as well.
I think this strategy is really interesting and makes a lot of sense. It’s common knowledge that online ad CPMs have struggled to compete with their broadcast TV counterparts, and a huge reason for broadcasters putting full TV episodes online for free is to create an alternative to piracy that generates at least a little bit of revenue with advertising. The idea that giving up a small section of your customer base to BitTorrent is better than diluting the brand might not be the best immediate strategy, but I feel like it could pay off big in the long run.
Discovery CEO and President David Zaslav said today that he didn’t see an economic model for free web distribution of long-form content. He said he’d only distribute episodes online if circumstances forced him to, and so far the numbers aren’t significant enough. ‘If people start watching content on mobile phones and on the web in droves, we will have to go there or we will lose market share.’
I asked him off-stage when that day might be, and his response was an emphatic ‘Hopefully never!’ He described a la carte online content consumption, where fans identify more with shows than the channels they run on, as the antithesis of Discovery’s niche brand strategy.
Consider some of the most popular TV on the Web. Which show brings up the strongest associations to the network on which it airs: Lost, The Daily Show or Mythbusters?
- The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show is finally here. This is where the crazy video tech news gets released. Example: Panasonic is developing a 1080p dual-lens video camera for live 3-D video capture.
- Adobe introduces a version of Flash for televisions at NAB. Slashdot speculates that with inevitable Hulu and YouTube streaming to your television, this announcement could be a good justification for dropping your cable.
- This webpage allows you to bulk opt-out of behavioral advertising.
- Silicon Valley execs (including Google, Meetup, AT&T, Wired and Howcast) are in Baghdad for the week to help foster Iraq’s fledgling new media industry.
- Google Updater (that app which runs in the background and updates your Google software) is now open-source.
- Mt. Holyoke College debuts 3-day Orientation For Whites - mostly devoted to discussions about race.
- As expected, YouTube makes some subtle design changes to showcase premium content.
- Sadly, Matthew Perry will NOT be portraying “Thomas Hobbes” in the LOST Season 5 finale. :-( so hard.
- BBC is distributing one of its new shows under a Creative Commons license on BitTorrent and have, in hilarious scene-release fashion, bundled in an NFO file complete with an ASCII rendering of the BBC logo.
- What if Criterion released video games? I guess it’s a Photoshop contest. Personally, I have a soft spot for the Lode Runner cover. [via bg5000]
- Current TV cancels its $100 million IPO, citing the bad economy. At least they still have Brett Erlich?
- P2PBlog passes along a tutorial on how to get your PC to send you a text message once uTorrent has finished a download. You can also send email notifications to your iPhone or Blackberry.
- Interesting and brief AdAge writeup concerning the so-called ‘breakthrough’ ad units premiering on The Daily Beast - starting with a monthlong sponsorship by the luxury handbag brand Bottega Veneta.
After 629 days, 14 followers, a handful of likes and reblogs, and an abundance of personal tumult, here it is. Thanks for reading.
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An opportunity for constructive criticism: Do you have any editorial suggestions for me? Should I cut back on the dry tech posts? Pile on the snark? Post up more pretty videos?
- Bumptop (a novel user interface inspired by a physical desktop) has been floating around as a cool demo video for a couple of years, but now you can download it for your Windows PC.
- P2Pblog points to an interesting analysis of how the used CD market could be a huge factor in declining sales of new music.
- “Ford will hand over promotion duties for its newest car to 100 twenty-somethings who have no advertising experience.”
- RIM (maker of the BlackBerry) hires a “VP of user experience” who was once employed by Apple for 8 years - developing OS X
and probably lending a hand with creating the iPhone software(blogosphere-created myth, sorry. Should have caught that one - but he did help with OS X for eight years, so still an interesting hire.)
- OpenMoko Freerunner, the open-source cellphone, has been cancelled and 50% of the company’s staff has been laid off (although the company has other phones in the pipeline). Oh well.
- The Barbarian Group dissects their Subservient Chicken campaign for Burger King on its fifth anniversary. [via fimoculous]
- A department of the Chinese government imposes content guidelines for Internet video.
- Pilot Season (an amazing TV show from the defunct cable network Trio, with Sarah Silverman, H. Jon Benjamin and David Cross) is going to be re-released as a web series on MyDamnChannel! Awesome news.
- To promote organ donation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “helped develop” a script for the TV show “ER” featuring Noah Wyle getting a kidney transplant.
- Who wants a piece of the e-reader market dominated by Amazon/Sprint Nextel (and to a lesser extent, Sony)? Carriers like AT&T and Verizon- as well as Rupert Murdoch.
- “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.” - NYT editor Bill Keller. Umm… what?
- (We move to the side in order to let a biker on the sidewalk pass by.)
- Josh: I love this town.
- Sinda: Couldn't he have just, um, biked on the road?
- Josh: But isn't that what love is, in a sense? Stepping aside for a moment to help others live their dreams?
- Disney’s negotiating with YouTube to offer ABC shows (shutting out Hulu). YouTube has wider reach, but Hulu comes with an equity stake for Disney. [UPDATE: Looks like they might be making deals with both companies - offering short-form content on YouTube and full episodes on Hulu.]
- In other YouTube news, the site is planning a redesign that aims to highlight premium content and increase integrated ads.
- Dell forms a MVNO in Japan, selling subsidized laptops bundled with HSDPA data plans from the DoCoMo carrier..
- Brand New does Verizon as an April Fool’s joke, complete with fake website and press release. This is pretty great.