MediaBytes – 06.18.07

BLOCKBUSTER has decided to back the Blu-ray high-def standard over the HD DVD standard for its retail locations. A trial run of both formats in 250 stores found that 70% of rentals were Blu-ray. As a result, Blockbuster has decided to stock only Blu-ray titles in 1,450 stores. HD DVD discs will be available online Continue Reading →
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 Continue Reading →
BRIGHTCOVE has chosen TREMOR MEDIA as its primary ad sales partner. Tremor will sell ads across the extensive Brightcove video network, which includes content from The New York Times, Dow Jones, and MTV. NBCU will announce a 15-second limit on pre-roll ads for short-form, online video. TREMOR and BRIGHTCOVE will also limit ads to 15 Continue Reading →
The DOLAN FAMILY privatization bid for CABLEVISION has been accepted by the board, but still must pass a shareholder vote. A “majority of the minority” must approve the deal. BRIGHTCOVE will syndicate CBS NEWS content across blogs and websites. Syndicates will be allowed to insert clips from CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Continue Reading →

MediaBytes – 03/27/07

GigaOM reports from the CTIA Wireless conference, in Orlando.  They reveal a few choice details about Sprint’s WiMAX service, after speaking with a Sprint Senior VP.  They have also posted a thorough overview of newly-announced phones. NewTeeVee provides a quick review of the benefits of Brightcove.  The video streaming service has gained a strong client Continue Reading →
Youtube and Google
As you undoubtedly know, Google has purchased YouTube. This is very good news for Google shareholders, YouTube stakeholders and advertisers. However, it is not great news for every other short-form video distribution site on earth. The hyper-efficient integration of video serving and Internet advertiser sales is going to be very, very hard to compete with. Continue Reading →

The Death Of The Producer

“To us it’s a refrigerator, to our grandparents it was technology … you may think of myspace as technology … our users don’t.” said Shawn Gold,’s senior vice president-marketing and content.  He was referring, of course, to the 72 million registered users of–the wild, wild West of social networks.  Myspace may not be Continue Reading →