EMI struck a licensing deal with YOUTUBE. EMI recordings and videos will be available on the site, and users will be able to include content in their own videos. All four major labels have now signed deals with YouTube.
REALNETWORKS announced a new version of RealPlayer that will “rip” and save video from multiple internet sources. According to Real, the software will download and organize video in all major formats and from popular sources, including YouTube, Brightcove, and the New York Times. However, it will respect DRM.
BEST BUY and BLOCKBUSTER are believed to be working on digital distribution services. The CEO of Lionsgate cited digital distribution deals with the two companies, though they have made no formal announcement of their services.
NATAS announced nominees for this year’s Broadband Emmy Awards. NATAS has added four new award categories. User-generated content made up almost half of the entries in these categories.
NIELSEN released its first sample of commercial ratings.