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Categories: video

New Survey Highlights Part of Newspaper-dom’s Problem

Posted by: Peter Burrows on December 01

This afternoon, I wrote about Attributor’s retreat from the video fingerprinting business. Instead, it plans to focus on its core market: creating technology that lets newspapers and other text-based media…

Attributor Sells Video Fingerprinting Business to Vobile

Posted by: Peter Burrows on November 30

UPDATE: After this post first went up, an Attributor PR representative contacted me to clarify that the company did not sell all of its video-only business to Vobile. So while…

What’s on the Web Tonight? Clicker Debuts Video Guide

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 12

How do you find what to watch online? Sites for finding and watching video abound, from search engines such as Blinkx and Truveo to hosted video sites such as YouTube…

Best Buy Taps CinemaNow For Video on Demand

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on November 03

Best Buy is stepping up its effort to promote downloadable content by choosing to make Sonic Solution’s CinemaNow service a common feature on all types of electronic devices it sells….

Lifesize’s New Portable VideoConferencing System

Posted by: Peter Burrows on October 05

Last week, Cisco stole the headlines with its $3 billion purchase of Tandberg, the second-largest player in the videoconferencing market Cisco was number three. If the deal closes, Cisco will…

CONFIRMED: YouTube Negotiating With Studios to Rent Movies Online

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 02

YouTube is negotiating with major Hollywood studios on a plan to stream rented movies on Google’s popular video-sharing site. If an agreement is reached, still an uncertainty, it would be…

Can Hulu’s High Prices Hold?

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on August 31

This fall, new episodes of The Office, 30 Rock, and other hit shows will keep millions of online eyeballs glued to Hulu. But some advertisers are reluctant to pay the…

One-Off Viral Videos Now Can Make Money on YouTube

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 25

Ever since Google’s YouTube video sharing unit started trying to make some serious money in late 2007, it has mainly tried to place ads on videos produced by people who…

Maybe Google Isn’t Losing Big Bucks on YouTube After All

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 17

Ever since Credit Suisse came out with a report in early April estimating that Google’s YouTube will lose as much as $470 million this year, many people have been predicting…

SXSW: The Brains Behind “Diggnation”

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on March 15

Early Saturday evening, the line to get in to Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in downtown Austin stretched around the block. The attraction: a live taping of Diggnation, the weekly online video…

Hulu’s Greatest Hits

Posted by: Douglas MacMillan on March 12

This month, Hulu turns one. And to celebrate, the joint venture of News Corporation and NBC Universal is pulling back the curtains to reveal which video clips and full-length TV…

Netflix: Tech’s New Superstar?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 27

You can’t blame investors who are scrambling to grab stock these days in DVD rental service Netflix. The company’s stock jumped nearly 16% to $35 in early trading Jan. 27…

YouTube Debuts Click-to-Buy: E-Commerce for Video

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 07

When even Google CEO Eric Schmidt and cofounder Larry Page admit their YouTube video sharing site might take awhile to make more money than the sub-$200 million in revenues…

Beam Me Up, Scottie: Consumer Telepresence May Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Posted by: Peter Burrows on September 26

I wrote a story this week about high-def corporate videoconferencing and “just like being there” telepresence systems. Turns out interest is picking up,(as we predicted back in early 2007) thanks…

A Surprise Victory for the Broadcasters in the Anti-Piracy Olympics

Posted by: Peter Burrows on September 12

So maybe online video piracy isn’t as inevitable on the Internet as broadcasters fear it is. That’s the claim coming from NBC Universal, given the success of its anti-piracy efforts…

Six Reasons Why People Flip Over the Flip

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 30

Like more than 1 million other people, I’m a fan of the Flip, the little camcorder that, on paper, looks like it should suck. It has almost no advanced features…

Of the Olympics, Video Fingerprinting and Nationalism

Posted by: Peter Burrows on May 29

The Olympics may be a time for the nations of the world to come together. But evidently, they don’t put aside hometown favoritism when it comes to choosing technology vendors….

Easier Access to Netflix Downloads

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on May 22

In my current column, I complain that the Netflix Web site makes it difficult to find which movies are available for streaming. Netflix has made some significant improvements to the…

What Ooyala is Up To

Posted by: Peter Burrows on December 31

Rather than carve out a safe little niche, Ooyala is essentially out to create an entirely new online video ecosystem.

YouTube Intros Video I.D. System; Will Studios Go Along?

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 15

YouTube, under fire from movie studios and television networks for letting pirated versions of their creations loose on the popular video site, finally is announcing a system to help content…

Which no-name startup is making a name for itself with Hollywood’s anti-piracy police?

Posted by: Peter Burrows on May 31

It’s called Vobile Inc. In reporting a story on the surprising progress in video fingerprinting technology, the company was mentioned time and again by sources—even by rivals—as having a technology…

Google To Viacom: Sorry, You’re All Wrong

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 30

This won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but today Google filed an answer to Viacom’s copyright lawsuit against Google and its YouTube video sharing service. As one person at…

Will the Studios’ YouTube Killer Fly?

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 22

It looks like the long-rumored alternative to YouTube will actually happen, as NBC Universal and News Corp. team to provide TV show clips and even full-length movies to a new…

What Did Cisco’s $3.2 Billion for WebEx Buy?

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 15

Following the deal announced by Cisco for the Web conferencing service, here are the candidates: 1) A channel for its cool telepresence system, according to Sean Ness. 2) A pig…

Where Are the Flying Cars and Digital Watermarks?

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 14

I talked with a copyright lawyer, Gregory Rutchik of The Arts and Technology Law Group in San Francisco, today about the Viacom lawsuit against Google and YouTube. His main question:…

Viacom Brings the Hammer Down On YouTube

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 13

OK, so now Viacom’s really serious. It’s suing Google and its YouTube unit for $1 billion. Clearly, this is a negotiating tactic, since it seems unlikely Viacom could reasonably expect…

Tivo + Amazon: Finally!

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 07

Just a day after Wal-Mart announced it’s doing movie downloads, one-upped the retail giant with a service that has seemed to me a dead-obvious thing to do: It’s teaming…

GooTube for Real

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 09

Not surprisingly, Google has indeed bought video sharing phenom YouTube. Although a lot of people, like Mark Cuban, thought it was a bad idea, the deal’s done. It is quite…

GooTube? I Wouldn’t Be Surprised By Anything These Days

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 06

Big talk today is whether Google will buy the Web video phenom YouTube. On the heels of Mike Arrington’s rumor that Google might buy YouTube, the Journal has someone else…

Amazon Unboxes Digital Video Service

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 07

After watching all day for the rumored debut of Amazon Unbox, the online retailer’s much-anticipated digital video download and rental service, I see from a tip on on Alan…

Movie Downloads Coming on iTunes

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 01

… starting in mid-September, says my colleague Ron Grover. It appears that Wal-Mart is not happy about the pricing: $14.99 for new DVDs and $9.99 for older ones, compared with…

Amazon’s Video Download Service Unmasked?

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 21

Alan Taylor discovered what appears to be a beta site for Amazon’s widely expected video download service, which looks like it’s called Amazon Unbox. Taylor, a former Amazonian, clearly did…

Apple to Debut Movie Rentals?

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 18

ThinkSecret says Apple will introduce a movie rental service in three weeks at its developer conference. I have no inside knowledge to know if this will actually pan out, but…

YouTube: 100 Million Videos a Day

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 14

Back in March at PC Forum, when someone from YouTube stepped up at a session and mentioned that the video service was streaming 30 million videos a day, I thought…

Silicon Valley Is a Very Strange Place, Chapter 437

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 01

Are you a Googlehead too?…

YouTube: New NBC or New Napster?

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 31

When someone from YouTube told a gathering at PC Forum a few weeks ago that it was serving 30 million video streams a DAY, no small number of people there…

Looking for Tiny TV?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 23

So what if the number of Americans watching TV on their cell phone is as tiny as the screens they’re viewing? That’s not stopping Nokia, Motorola, Intel, Texas Instruments and…

Best Way to Post Video Clips to Share Publicly?

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 23

I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to post some video to go along with a story that’s running today online. I’d like to find an easy, fast…


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