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Archives for September, 2008


Your TV Comes Pre-Loaded

by Allen Weiner  |  September 24, 2008  |  Comments Off

According to a story in The New York Times, General Electric is getting back into the TV manufacturing business, partnering with Tatung, a Taiwanese electronic company, creating a series of new sets that have Internet capability. The plan is to start with Internet access via a separate box migrating to in-set Internet access next year. [...]

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Debuting TV Shows Early Is Half The Battle

by Allen Weiner  |  September 18, 2008  |  Comments Off

As USA Today reports, NBC will be debuting a number of its new and returning fall shows online before they hit their scheduled broadcast debuts. Great quote from NBC’s John Miller: We want to make (programs) available in as many ways as we can so we can get fans. If you don’t embrace people’s behavior, [...]

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Is The Web Working for Newspapers?

by Allen Weiner  |  September 18, 2008  |  Comments Off

A few scary signs that newspapers looking to the Web for salvation (and money) are finding bumps in that road: 1. McClatchy cuts 16 employees. Company sites soft ad market2. Newspaper online ad revenue is down 2.4% in Q2 compared to 2007. Here’s the report from the Newspaper Association of America on Poynter.org On the [...]

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Joost Is Back. Maybe

by Allen Weiner  |  September 18, 2008  |  Comments Off

Joost, one of the early TV 2.0 pioneers founded by the folks who brought free Internet calling to the world via Skype, has changed directions by moving its modus operandi from a heavy-install desktop download to a browser-based interface. According to reports, Joost will move to being a totally Flash-delivered application over the next months [...]

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Other Places I Lurk

by Allen Weiner  |  September 17, 2008  |  Comments Off

Here are some other places I hang out in the Web 2.0 world: Follow me on Twitter Check out my YouTube videos (especially if you like baseball): Go here Visit my long-standing videoblog: It lives here I also am on Facebook (just search my name) A number of my videos are on Blip.TV (high res [...]

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Evaluating the Protail Opportunity

by Allen Weiner  |  September 17, 2008  |  Comments Off

In 2007, as the video marketplace began to expand with the entry of TV episodes, mashups and shows made specifically for web audiences (aka low attention span theater), it became evident a segment was evolving that was nestled between time-shifted episodes of “Desperate Housewives” and YouTube’s “swinging a cat in the backyard” fare. In a [...]

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Why I Still Have Newspaper Ink In My Blood

by Allen Weiner  |  September 15, 2008  |  Comments Off

I started my first newspaper job 30 years ago this month. I still beam with pride when I read things like the Galveston County Daily News still publishing even after its roof blew off as part of Hurricane Ike.

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And Then There Are Newspapers Who Don’t Get It

by Allen Weiner  |  September 15, 2008  |  Comments Off

A Colorado newspaper reporter (from the Rocky Mountain News) Twittered from a three-year-old’s funeral.

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Another Texas Newspaper Rises To The Occasion

by Allen Weiner  |  September 15, 2008  |  Comments Off

Here’s a clip from The Statesman, the Cox-owned (for now) newspaper in Austin. They are a great example of a daily that uses all the Web 2.0 weapons available to create reader engagement. The paper’s use of Twitter to track Ike is a textbook example others could follow.

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Blogging Fever

by Allen Weiner  |  September 15, 2008  |  Comments Off

So, it appears blogging fever has hit Gartner. I am excited that my colleagues and I get the opportunity to showcase our insight into all things IT (and some not IT related) on a more ongoing basis. I have been blogging for about six years, and the fruits of my labor can be found at [...]

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