Sunday, January 18, 2009

Weekly Review: Online Video News Roundup 1/12/09 - 1/16/09

Here's the latest installment of the weekly review with a collection of online video news and information. Thanks to all the sources.

January 12, 2009

January 13, 2009

  • The Internet as News Central - eMarketer
    Only TV is a more popular source.
    In yet another sign that news readers are dropping print for digital, the Internet has now surpassed all media except television as a news source, according to consumers surveyed in December 2008 by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

    In December 2008, 40% of respondents said they got most of their news about national and international issues from the Internet, up from just 24% in September 2007.
    Pew said it was the first time since it started surveying that consumers relied more on the Internet for news than on newspapers. Television was still the main source for national and international news, at 70%.

    Leading News Sources According to US Consumers, 2001-2008 (% of respondents) Flash Media Server 3.5 And Flash Media Live Encoder 3.0 Released

January 14, 2009

The Official Google Video Blog - Showcasing cool new videos from across the web and keeping you current with latest news from Google Video
  • Official Google Video Blog: Turning Down Uploads at Google Video
    At Google, we like to launch early, launch often, and to iterate our products. Occasionally, this means we have to re-evaluate our efforts and make difficult decisions to be sure we focus on products that make the most sense for our users. In a few months, we will discontinue support for uploads to Google Video. Don't worry, we're not removing any content hosted on Google Video -- this just means you will no longer be able to upload new content to the service....
    There are still great options for people who want to upload content to Google, and we invite them to explore YouTube's dynamic global community or Picasa Web Albums. If you have questions or need more information please read our FAQ page. We're confident this decision is the right one for our users, and we're looking forward to making Google Video an even better place for you to search and find videos from all over the web.
  • SEO and Video Top Retailer’s Priorities for 2009 - ReelSEO
    According to Internet Retailer’s latest monthly survey, online merchants are making search engine optimization and video their top web site design priorities for 2009. The survey also reports that “usability testing can also help retailers do a better job of deploying video” to which ReelSEO’s Grant Crowell makes his suggestions for e-retailers to improve the website video usability experience for shoppers.

i.TV lets you schedule TiVo recordings easily.

January 15, 2009


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January 16, 2008
  • Really great news from YouTube (Lessig Blog)
  • YouTube Tests Video Downloads

  • I've been saying that IP based video conferencing will be taking off in 2009 and it looks like I'm right with that prediction. NASA and Verizon have reworked their agreements and now will have IP based video and web conferencing supplied by the Baby Bell. At the same time, Forbes is reporting how well the giants in video conferencing are doing. Polycom was able to maintain their growth. Cisco keeps building Telepresence Suites, while HP's Halo seems to be just getting their sea legs.If any company is vulnerable to a better product at a lower price, it would be the HP Halo property in my view. Others offer similar quality (i.e. Lifesize for one) and at better prices. At the end of the day, price will still be in the determination equation. HP will likely have to come down in price and that will start the ball really rolling, even in a down economy.

  • Betting On Telepresence -
    Polycom, HP and Cisco hope video conferencing sales will soar in the down economy.
    Last week, Polycom--best known for its ubiquitous triangle-shaped conference room speaker phones--said it would likely have fourth-quarter net revenues of $263 million to $265 million, about equal with last year's number. Not great, at first pass. But the video end of the business--in particular, higher-end custom conference rooms--grew modestly. At the low end, the videoconference business can be as simple as a $70 Webcam on an Internet connection. What is really moving the industry, however, are high-definition "telepresense" suites, which are installed inside businesses to look like one-half of a conference room, with big screens on one wall. They connect to a similar room inside the network, completing the room. Sound and light are tweaked for maximum effect and the high-def and plasma screens offer remarkable detail.

  • Tilzy.TV » Blog Archive » How Do Web Video Creators Talk to Advertisers?
    Internet video advertising was all the rage until nobody, including Google, could quite figure it out. The theoretical, and now demonstrated, value of online video advertising precedes our collective ability to effectively monetize it, but strides are being made. Dan Beltramo, CEO of Vizu, an online market research and opinion polling firm, recently articulated “across-the-board” impact of online video, particularly preroll advertising which, he says, outperforms dynamic display ads by as much as six times. That’s strong justification for a premium price per impression for video ads. Luckily, I’ve had the privilege of speaking with many of the industry professionals innovating in this arena. I asked people working across the internet video industry the following or some version of it:
How do you communicate value to advertisers?
Some were elusive. Others were eager to share. Here’s what I learned…
A standard metric for video will likely emerge.

  • Online video CPMs off 14% in 2008 - FierceOnlineVideo
    A report released Thursday by online video ad network BrightRoll showed significant declines in CPMs for online video ads. Pre-roll CPM rates for 2008 were down 14.2 percent on average from 2007, and Q4 rates were down 25 percent year-over-year, according to the report. See the MediaPost article here

  • Boxee, Used to View Web on TV, Generates Buzz -
    Piping Internet video into a television seems as if it should be simple — after all, a screen is a screen. But consumer electronics and media companies have been moving toward that combination with painstaking caution, both because of technical limitations and to protect their existing business models. Now, with an Internet start-up’s hubris and whimsical name, an 11-employee New York company called Boxee is barging into the fray. It is treading over the carefully negotiated business arrangements of much larger companies and garnering accolades from tech-heads for doing what the big guys have failed to do. Boxee bills its software as a simple way to access multiple Internet video and music sites, and to bring them to a large monitor or television that one might be watching from a sofa across the room. Some of Boxee’s fans also think it is much more: a way to euthanize that costly $100-a-month cable or satellite connection.