English football’s Premier League suing YouTube for alleged copyright infringement. The league’s lawsuit said that YouTube, owned by Google, had “knowingly misappropriated and exploited this valuable property” by encouraging footage to be viewed on its site. Last October, the Premier League wrote to YouTube, asking it to take down online material which it said infringed the legal rights of its partners and clubs. The Premier League is claiming unspecified damages.
HungryFlix.com announced a new content distribution deal with Tempe DVD, a leading distributor of independent horror films. Tempe has provided ten independent films in high resolution 640×480 MPEG4 format to HungryFlix.com for online distribution as digital downloads. All files support playback on Apple TV, fifth generation iPods and on computers running iTunes.
HungryFlix.com CEO Brian Andrews said, “We are thrilled to provide independent producers and filmmakers with online distribution to the Apple TV. Independents now have the power to distribute their content to multiple devices at basically no cost. We feel that the benefits of this new model can not be understated and we look forward to more content partnerships.”
HungryFlix.com has also announced that its online distribution platform is now open to film festivals looking to add digital downloading to their offerings. The web startup will provide all hosting, bandwidth and payment processing for the film festival. The site’s standard profit sharing model in which profits will be split between the content provider and the online distributor will apply.
Joost, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service, announced that it has signed 32 leading companies from around the world as advertising launch partners. Talk about The Coca Cola Company, HP, Intel, Nike, Microsoft, Warner Bros, among others. The launch is expected this Spring.
“The industry response to Joost has been overwhelming, as is evidenced by the caliber of our launch partners,” said Nick Loria, senior vice president of global advertising, Joost. “Online video distribution is becoming an increasingly competitive medium for advertisers, and Joost delivers a distinct environment: the ability to micro-target audiences with new and unique ads during professionally-produced programming.”
“Joost has attracted partners from every major brand category because we offer an advertising platform that is similar to TV, with high-quality programming; and we’re providing unparalleled user statistics and insights, as well as an unmatched level of interactivity, targetability and measurability,” said David Clark, executive vice president of global advertising, Joost.
Internet veteran and New York Times best-selling author, Joel Comm, announced auditions for his new web reality show, “The Next Internet Millionaire.”
Filming in July and August of this year and set to air worldwide for thirteen weeks in the fall, The Next Internet Millionaire will seek to find the best new entrepreneurial talent who will then be competing for a cash prize of $25,000 and an opportunity to partner with Joel Comm in a new joint venture that could generate millions of dollars. Oh I thought the winner will get a million… just an opportunity to generate a million. [Watch the promotional video]
As the class of 2007 finalizes their post-graduation plans, CollegeGrad.com, an entry level job site, and InterviewStream, an online interviewing site for college campuses, announced an exclusive partnership to deliver online video for college students and recent grads to assist in their job search.
This new joint platform will provide online video capabilities for video resumes, online interviewing and online virtual environments, such as virtual career fairs.
“We are excited about our new partnership with InterviewStream, which provides the most technologically advanced platform for online interviewing available today on the Web,” said Brian Krueger, President of CollegeGrad.com. “Any job board can host video clips produced and edited by job seekers. However our new platform integration will fundamentally change the way job search is conducted over the Internet and enable employers to see & hear recorded responses to certain interview questions online.”
HealthiNation, a New York City-based digital health network, announced that it will be a featured content partner on Joost, the world’s first broadcast-quality Internet television service. HealthiNation’s advertisers will be offered a range of interactive features such as interactive overlays, integrated video placement opportunities and other engagement oriented features.
Joost’s platform offers HealthiNation’s complete health video library, which features compelling digital bio-animation sequences, on-camera doctors and real-life patient experiences on a wide range of health topics like diabetes, pregnancy, cancer treatment, autism and nutrition.
“Online video viewers are looking for engaging and high-quality content experiences, which drives the need for flexible consumer platforms and great content.” said Raj Amin, HealthiNation CEO. “In this new environment, marketers need more tools to connect with this engaged and sophisticated video viewer, which is why we’re pleased to be working with Joost, which offers a slick consumer experience with a variety of features for consumer engagement.”
Jabbits Inc., the Denver-based innovator of webcam consumer research, has launched a new video question and answer tool that is likely to revolutionize video communications for both personal and business purposes, and bridge an existing gap between two major online services.
The new tool allows members of the Jabbits community to upload video of questions to which they are seeking answers, from webcams, mobile phones or camcorders. The free service allows other users to view those questions and upload answers, or ask questions of their own.
Jabbits users have the option to record a Public Question, posted to the entire community, or record a Private Question where answers are solicited in a private, invitation-only environment. Jabbits has been designed to bridge two fast-growing online categories – engaging video sites and interactive Q&A sites – and represents the first truly-integrated service of its kind.
Any question? Post it at Jabbits instead.
I’m a fan of remixes and mashups. A couple years back mashups exploded onto the scene. One of the most downloaded albums of all time is Danger Mouse’s Grey Album – a creative mashup of JayZ’s black album and the Beatles’ White Album. The Grey Album was plagued by copyright issues and couldn’t be officially released but that only fueled demand and massive downloads via p2p networks.
They often say where audio goes video follows. Bands were crafting their own master pieces via their desktop computers long before it was possible to edit video on consumer gear. But with the current explosion in user generated content, large numbers of people are spitting out content for mass audiences consumption. It seems likely that the next evolution in user-gen might just be found within in a remix / mashup environment.
According to New Media Age, musicians includiing James Blunt, Hard-Fi, Air Traffic, Gisli, The Aliens, and Funeral For a Friend are to start moblogging (mobile blogging) thanks to their record companies giving them Shozu-enabled mobile phones.
Shozu allows high quality photos and video to be uploaded to a number of sites, including YouTube and Flickr, with a key press.
Women are not really into Internet videos. A study by eMarketer revealed that 97 million women in the US will use the Internet this year compared with 91 million men. The report also says that only 66 percent of those women are watching videos online compared to 78 percent of men. Not really that much gap.
“Men are more visual than women, who tend to communicate in writing and or in words,” said Debra Aho Williamson, senior analyst with eMarketer and the author of the report.
Williamson also said that despite the growth of YouTube, women have not been part of the site’s traffic spike.
Women do not watch online videos because there are no videos suited for them. Come up with videos for them and they will be flocking online as well. By the way, MarthaStewart.com now has full videos of their past day’s show. This can be a good start.