MediaBytes – 05/09/07

COMCAST is working on a faster “wideband” cable modem. During a presentation at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association Convention, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed the modem downloading 4 gigabytes of content in less than four minutes.

EBAY is in talks to acquire StumbleUpon, a popular internet service that automatically brings users to websites that match their interests. The price is said to be in the $75 Million range.

MSN is expanding its pact with production company Reveille to create original online programming. The partnership is creating two new online television shows, and has signed sponsorship deals. Volvo Car Corp. will sponsor the comedy “Driving School,” while Chivas Brothers Ltd. will sponsor a travel show titled “This is the Life.”

YOUTUBE‘s agreement to pay popular content creators includes a two-week exclusivity period for new content.

NETWORK NEWS viewership is at a lowpoint for both CBS and NBC. The CBS Evening News recently hit its lowest total viewership since at least 1987. NBC Nightly News recently hit its lowest viewership among 25 to 54-year-olds since at least 1987.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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